Measuring, governing and gaining support for sustainable bioenergy supply chains


YEAR 2018

Webinar: Approaches to Gain Trust in Sustainability of Bioenergy through Credible GovernanceThis webinar explores approaches in different geographical regions for local and international bioenergy supply chains based on primary agricultural or forest feedstock, or residue and waste streams. A general pattern emerges that market development is linked to political incentive structures, and that sustainability governance develops over time to fit different phases of development, adapting to new knowledge or as new priorities occur.

To view the webinar including discussion and questions, follow the link below:

Download presentation: IEA Bioenergy webinar 13 Sep 2018


Governance of environmental sustainability of manurebased centralised biogas production in Denmark

Manure-based centralised co-digestion is a Danish biogas production concept that developed in the late 1980s. Manure and slurries are supplied from several farms to a centrally located biogas plant
for co-digestion with up to 25% digestible wastes. From its early stages of development, centralised co-digestion of manure was recognised by the Danish society as a multifunctional, environmentally sustainable concept, able to deliver a number of benefits for the agriculture, environment, and energy sectors, and society as a whole. In 2016, the annual production of biogas surpassed 9 PJ, with 75-85% of the produced biogas originating from manure-based plants. The goal is to increase annual production to 16 PJ by 2020. To read the full report, click here


YEAR 2017

Workshop Outcomes: Sustainability of Bioenergy Supply Chains, Gothenburg, May 2017

Workshop summary can be found here.

  1. Introduction (Thursday, 18 May) of IEA Bioenergy Intertask Sustainability & Paris workshop outcome
  2. Presentations (Thursday, 18 May) on Objective 1: Measuring Bioenergy Sustainability
  3. Presentations on Objective 2 and 3: Bioenergy Governance & Stakeholders’ Perception:

                 – part 1 (Thursday 18 May)

                – part 2 (Friday, 19 May)

4. Presentations of the Plenary session (Friday 19 May) on Sustainability of Bioenergy Sector


Published peer-reviewed publications that are linked to this project:

Cintas, O., Berndes, G., Cowie, A.L., (…), Marland, G., Ågren, G.I., Carbon balances of bioenergy systems using biomass from forests managed with long rotations: bridging the gap between stand and landscape assessments, 2017, GCB Bioenergy 9 (7), pp. 1238-1251. The article can be downloaded here.

Cintas, O., Berndes, G., Hansson, J., (…), Lundmark, T., Nordin, A. The potential role of forest management in Swedish scenarios towards climate neutrality by mid century, 2017, Forest Ecology and Management, 383, pp. 73-84. The article can be purchased at:

Koponen, K., Soimakallio, S., Kline, K.L., Cowie, A., Brandão, M. Quantifying the climate effects of bioenergy – Choice of reference system, 2017, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. The article can be downloaded here.

Oskar Englund, Goran Berndes, Christel Cederberg, How to analyse ecosystem servicesin landscapes – a systematic review. Ecological Indicators 73(2017) 492-504. The article can be downloaded here.

Sierk de Jong, Kay Antonissen, Ric Hoefnagels, Laura Lonza, Michael Wang, André Faaij, Martin Junginger (2017). Life-cycle analysis of greenhouse gas emissions from renewable jet fuel production. Biotechnology for Biofuels (2017) 10:64 DOI 10.1186/s13068-017-0739-7. The article can be downloaded here

Shyam K. Nair, Damon S. Hartley, Tessica A. Gardner, Gabe McNunn, Erin M. Searcy (2017): An Integrated Landscape Management Approach to Sustainable Bioenergy Production. Bioenergy Research. doi 10.1007/s12155-017-9854-3. A request for the full-text can be found at:

Dale VH, KL Kline, ES Parish, AL Cowie, R Emory, RW Malmsheimer, R Slade, CT Smith, TB Wigley, NS Bentsen, G Berndes, P Bernier, M Brandão, H Chum, R Diaz-Chavez, G Egnell, L Gustavsson, J Schweinle, I Stupak, P Trianosky, A Walter, C Whittaker, M Brown, G Chescheir, I Dimitriou, C Donnison, A Goss Eng, KP Hoyt, JC Jenkins, K Johnson, CA Levesque, V Lockhart, MC Negri, JE Nettles, M Wellisch (2017) Status and prospects for renewable energy using wood pellets from the southeastern United States. GCB Bioenergy doi: 10.1111/gcbb.12445. The article can be downloaded here

Dale VH, Parish ES, Kline KL, Tobin E (2017) How is wood-based pellet production affecting forest conditions in the southeastern United States? Forest Ecology and Management 396: 143-149. More information can be found at:

Duden AS, PA Verweij, HM Junginger, RC Abt, JD Henderson, VH Dale, KL Kline, D Karssenberg, JA Verstegen, APC Faaij, F van der Hilst (2017) Modelling the impacts of wood pellet demand on forest dynamics in southeastern United States. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining. A request for the full-text can be here

Hanssen SV, Duden AS, Junginger HM, Dale VH, van der Hilst F (2017) Wood pellets, what else? Greenhouse gas parity times of European electricity from wood pellets that are produced in the south-eastern United States using different softwood feedstocks. GCB Bioenergy. DOI: 10.1111/gcbb.12426. The article can be downloaded here

Parish, ES, Dale VH, Tobin E, Kline KL 2017. Dataset of timberland variables used to assess forest conditions in two Southeastern United States’ fuelsheds. Data in Brief 13: 278–290. More information can be found at:

Parish ES, Dale VH, Kline KL Abt RC (2017) Reference scenarios for evaluating wood pellet production in the Southeastern United States. WIREs Energy and Environment. e259. doi: 10.1002/wene.259. The article can be found here

Berndes, G., et al. (2016). Forest biomass, carbon neutrality and climate change mitigation. From Science to Policy 3. European Forest Institute. More information can be found here

Berndes, G., et al. (2016). Forest biomass, carbon neutrality and climate change mitigation. Think Forest Brief. European Forest Institute.

Cowie, A. et al. (2017) Response to Chatham House report “Woody Biomass for Power and Heat: Impacts on the Global Climate”. IEA Bioenergy, 13 March 2017. Open letter available via this link. Supporting document available via this link

Berndes, G., et al. (2018). Forests, bioenergy and climate change mitigation: are the worries justified? Open Letter availablevia this link

Forests and the climate – manage for maximum wood production or leave the forest as a carbon sink? Conference, 12-13 March, 2018, Stockholm, Sweden. Documentation available via this link

Englund, O., et al. (2017). A new high-resolution nation-wide aboveground carbon map for Brazil. Geo: Geography and Environment, DOI: 10.1002/geo2.45. Scientific paper, published. Available via this link

Nordborg, M., et al.  (2016). Challenges in developing regionalized characterization factors in land use impact assessment: impacts on ecosystem services in case studies of animal protein production in Sweden. International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, doi: 10.1007/s11367-016-1158-x.  Scientific article, published. Available via this link