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

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

IEA Bioenergy Task 45 workshop on forests and the climate – Presentations

May 2020
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13-14 May 2020 on Zoom

This was intended as a physical workshop in conjunction with the 2nd International Conference on Negative CO2 Emissions at Chalmers, Göteborg, Sweden. With the conference postponed du to the corona virus the WS was carried out remotely. Focus in the WS was on forests and climate mitigation and the backbone for the was seven interesting presentations. The WS was chaired by Annette Cowie with Göran Berndes and Gustaf Egnell as facilitators. The presentations during the WS can be viewed below.


May 13

Werner Kurz: Carbon storage in forests: motivations, risks and unknowns

Vassilis Daioglou: Land Based Mitigation: An Integrated Assessment Models’ perspective

Brent Sohngen: Forests: Carbon sequestration, biomass energy, or both?

May 14

Tomas Lundmark: Short term and longer term climate effects of three alternative future land use strategies for Sweden’s largest forest owner

Giacomo Grassi: Measuring the carbon impact of forest management: the EU approach

Hans Petersson: From a climate perspective, is it better to store carbon in forests or sustainably use the forest resource? And accounting under EU/2018/841

Florian Kraxner: Bridging Mitigation and Adaptation: Thoughts on Combining Afforestation with Forest Fire Management and Bioenergy

Speaker information

  • Werner Kurz is a Senior Research Scientist at the Canadian Forest Service (Natural Resources Canada) in Victoria, BC.He leads the development of Canada’s National Forest Carbon Monitoring, Accounting and Reporting System and the Wildfire and Carbon Project of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.
    His research focuses on carbon dynamics in forests and harvested wood products and the opportunities of the forest sector to contribute to climate change mitigation.
  • Vassilis Daioglou is a researcher at Utrecht University and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency.He develops and uses Integrated Assessment Models to investigate climate policy strategies and the Sustainable Development Goals. His focus is on bioenergy supply and demand, and land-based mitigation.
  • Brent Sohngen is a Professor of environmental and natural resource economics in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at The Ohio State University.He conducts research on the economics of land use change and forestry, the design of incentive mechanisms for water and carbon trading, carbon sequestration, and valuation of environmental resources.
  • Tomas Lundmark is a full professor of Silviculture at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.Most of his recent research has focused on improved understanding of the carbon balance of managed forest systems such as those in Scandinavia.Including stand level studies; effect of different silvicultural measures, but also analyses with a broader scope including carbon sequestration and storage in forests and products as well as the substitution effects related to the use of wood.
  • Giacomo Grassi is a senior scientific officer at the Joint Research Centre, European CommissionHe leads the group on ‘Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry’ (LULUCF), and coordinates the JRC work on the Carbon Budget Model (CBM)His focus is estimation of GHG fluxes from managed terrestrial ecosystems, and their reporting and accounting under the relevant EU and UNFCCC legislation.He provides scientific support in the design of EU forest-related climate policies, and the role of forests under the Paris Agreement.
  • Hans Petersson is a researcher and also Head of Department at the Department of Forest Resource Management, Swedish University of Agricultural SciencesHis research focuses on different aspects of forest inventory and sampling related to LULUCF reporting and accounting under EU and UNFCCC legislation.
  • Florian Kraxner leads IIASA’s Center for Landscape Resilience & Management and is the Deputy Director of the institute’s Ecosystems Services and Management Program.His research interests include global biophysical land use modeling, with emphasis on sustainability safeguards, natural disturbances, integrated renewable energy systems, and land-based Negative Emissions Technologies.Florian is currently the president of the International Boreal Forest Research Association (IBFRA) and – with his other hat on – the scientific coordinator of the RESTORE + project – a five-year international partnership that aims at addressing the Food-Land-Energy nexus related to restoration by utilizing robust scientific methodologies to provide evidence-based policy options in Indonesia and Brazil.