Task 45: Climate and Sustainability Effects of Bioenergy within the broader Bioeconomy

Task 45: Climate and Sustainability Effects of Bioenergy within the broader Bioeconomy

Task 45 is a new task under IEA Bioenergy with its first triennium of activities during 2019-2021. The objective of Task 45 is to identify and address critical issues related to the climate and other sustainability effects of bioenergy and biobased products and systems. The aim is to promote sound development for bioenergy as an integral component of the overall bioeconomy. This objective will be achieved by providing analyses that support well-informed decisions by land owners, communities, businesses, governments and others. A key goal is to increase understanding of the environmental, social and economic impacts of producing and using biomass for bioenergy, within the broader bioeconomy. A central aspect concerns the development and application of science-based methodologies and tools for assessing the effects of biobased systems.

Upcoming Events 

The 2nd International Conference on Negative CO2 Emissions A new date for the conference has been set: June 14-17, 2022!




Latest publications

Aug 2021 – Sustainability governance of bioenergy and the broader bioeconomy. Technical paper prepared for Task 45 and GBEP Task Force on Sustainability. Available here

Aug 2021 – Strategic deployment of riparian buffers and windbreaks in Europe can co-deliver biomass and environmental benefits. Communications Earth & Environment, available open access here

May 2021 – Applying a science-based systems perspective to dispel misconceptions about climate effects of forest bioenergy. Global Change Biology Bioenergy, available open access here

May 2021 – Bioenergy for climate change mitigation: scale and sustainability, Global Change Biology Bioenergy, available open access here

Contribution of Biomass Supply Chains for Bioenergy to Sustainable Development Goals. Land 2021, 10(2), 181; available open access here

Feb 2021 – Campaigns questioning the use of woody biomass for energy are missing key facts. Available here.

Sept 2020 – Key findings and notes from the round table discussion on the IPCC report on climate change and land. Available here

More publications can be found here



The IEA Bioenergy Technology Collaboration Programme (TCP) is organised under the auspices of the International Energy Agency (IEA) but is functionally and legally autonomous. Views, findings and publications of the IEA Bioenergy TCP do not necessarily represent the views or policies of the IEA Secretariat or its individual member countries.