Bioenergy and Sustainable Development - Climate Change Mitigation and Opportunities for Sustainability Co-Benefits

23. - 24. May 2022
Online, AT

The aim of this e-Workshop is to provide practical information to qualify the contributions of bioenergy to climate change mitigation, highlight the opportunities and co-benefits of biomass supply chains (beyond energy provision) and open the prospects of stimulating such co-benefits and managing trade-offs.


IEA Bioenergy in collaboration with Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) and the Biofuture Platform.

Content Description

Modern bioenergy is the largest source of renewable energy in the world and is expected to grow substantially as one of complimentary pathways to support decarbonization initiatives to limit global warming by 1.5°C. Given these trends, it is expected that there will be a significant increase in sustainably-sourced biomass as bioenergy systems are adopted under national climate change and circular economy  policies. While it is likely that much of the additional biomass will be sourced from waste and residue streams, biomass sourced from purpose-grown crops are also expected to increase.

IEA Bioenergy recently published an overview of 37 case studies from 18 nations worldwide to understand how biomass supply chains can support bioenergy production, while simultaneous contributing to Sustainable Development Goals. Beyond directly contributing to the provision of affordable and sustainable energy and climate change mitigation, several of the analyzed cases contributed to sustainable land management, restoration of degraded lands, and improving economic opportunities and resilience in rural areas.


The online workshop will have two sessions:

  • Monday 23 May 2022 (16:00 – 18.30 CEST): This session will examine debates surrounding the contribution of bioenergy to climate change mitigation.
  • Tuesday 24 May 2022 (13:00 – 15:30 CEST): This session will consider opportunities for sustainability co-benefits (beyond climate) and ways to create win-win approaches, e.g. to lift socio-economic perspectives in rural areas and improve the way landscapes are managed.

Each session will have keynote presentations, followed by a panel discussion. Interactive tools will be used to gather input from the audience.


Contact Address

Technical Coordinator - IEA Bioenergy
Luc Pelkmans