IEA Bioenergy eWorkshop – Contribution of sustainable biomass and bioenergy in INDUSTRY TRANSITIONS towards a circular economy

19. - 20. October 2020

The workshop intends to share examples of strategies and initiatives of biomass use in industries in their transition to a more circular economy, thereby increasingly moving towards recycling and renewable resources. The aim is also to formulate recommendations to facilitate the deployment of such applications.


This workshop is organized by IEA Bioenergy in collaboration with ADEME.

IEA Bioenergy is an organisation set up in 1978 by the International Energy Agency (IEA) with the aim of improving cooperation and information exchange between countries that have national programmes in bioenergy research, development and deployment.

Content Description

According to IEA's Sustainable Development Scenario (SDS), the use of bioenergy in industry will grow substantially, from approximately 8 EJ today to 24 EJ in 2060. 

This implies that the industrial sector will be the greatest user of bioenergy after the transport sector, replacing fossil sources in both low- and medium-temperature applications (e.g. for hot water production or for drying), as well as for higher-temperature (HT) applications (such as HT steam supply and for direct use in cement kilns and glass furnaces).

Moreover, in the transition to a circular economy, which needs to be increasingly based on recycling and renewable resources, chemicals and materials produced from biomass will play a key role in chemical and process industries.


  • Monday 19. October 2020 / 14:00 - 16:00 CEST
    Intro & Part 1: Biomass for medium and high temperature heat in industry
  • Tuesday 20. October 2020 / 10:00 - 12:00 CEST 
    Part 2: Biomass in energy intensive industries – steel & cement sectors
  • Tuesday 20. October 2020 / 14:00 - 16:00 CEST 
    Part 3: Biomass in chemical/process industries


Participant Information

The workshop was originally scheduled to be in Lyon (France), but due to COVID-19 restrictions it was decided to have an online workshop.

Participation at the event is free of charge, but a separate registration is needed for each session.

There will be extended Q&A sessions at the end of each session. Workshop participants can enter their questions through the webinar system, and an interative tool (SLIDO) will be used to gather input from the audience.

Please find all necessary information for registration on the IEA Bioenergy Webpage and within the detailed programm.

Contact Address

IEA Bioenergy - Technical Coordinator
Luc Pelkmans