IEA Bioenergy Task 38, Climate Change Effects of Biomass and Bioenergy Systems – Triennium 2016-2018
The primary goal of IEA Bioenergy Task 38 “Climate Change Effects of Biomass and Bioenergy Systems” is to develop, demonstrate and promote methods to assess the net climate effects of bioenergy, to support greenhouse gas accounting for bioenergy, and to inform decision-makers in the selection of GHG mitigation strategies. Task 38 brings together the research work of national programmes in participating countries, on climate change effects of a wide range of biomass systems, bioenergy technologies and terrestrial carbon sequestration. The Task considers questions of GHG estimation in agriculture, forestry and the energy sector, with application to GHG inventory reporting and life cycle assessment, and contributes to the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Emphasis is placed on the development of state-of-the-art methodologies for assessing climate change effects that demonstrate the application of established methods and support decision-makers in implementing effective GHG mitigation strategies.