Bioenergy in a Net Zero Future

19. October 2023
Hôtel Mercure – Lyon Centre Charpennes, 7 place Charles Hernu, 69100 Villeurbanne, Lyon, FR

This workshop aims to discuss the role of bioenergy in the transition to a carbon neutral energy systems. The focus will be on policies and strategies to support the role of bioenergy in the energy transition and on the flexibility of bioenergy in the energy system, the use of biogenic CO2 and promising developments in bioenergy concepts.


IEA Bioenergy in collaboration with ADEME

Content Description

Reaching net‐zero emissions globally by 2050 requires an unprecedented transformation in how energy is produced, transported and used. In the IEA Net Zero by 2050 scenario, modern bioenergy use rises to 100 EJ in 2050, meeting almost 20% of total energy supply.

In an energy mix dominated by wind and solar, sustainable bioenergy features prominently in flexible energy generation, industry and transport, and is increasingly used in connection with carbon capture and utilisation or sequestration (CCUS).

The captured biogenic CO2 can either be stored to achieve a net extraction of CO2 from the atmosphere (reaching so-called "negative emissions") or it can be combined with green hydrogen to produce carbon-containing e-fuels and e-products.


  • 8:45 Registration
  • 9:00 The role of bioenergy in energy transition strategies
    • Welcome and short introduction by IEA Bioenergy and ADEME representatives
    • IEA representative: bioenergy in IEA’s Net Zero by 2050 roadmap – to be confirmed
    • Representative of the French Ministry: French perspective
    • Marlon Arraes, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Brazil: Brazilian perspective – to be confirmed
    • Oshada Mendis, Natural Resources Canada: Bioenergy in Canada’s Net-Zero Future
  • 10:30 Coffee Break
  • 11:00 Panel debate on drivers and barriers & effective policies and strategies to support the role of bioenergy: With the speakers of session 1 and representatives of the European Commission, the USA, … and regional French authorities.
  • 12:15 Lunch Break
  • 13:30 Flexible bioenergy and the use of biogenic CO2 in future energy system
    • Markus Millinger, Chalmers Univ. (Sweden): Considerations on the priority of biomass use in future energy systems
    • Elina Mäki, VTT (Finland): How flexible bioenergy and other system services from sustainable bioenergy can support the transition to a renewable energy system
    • Christiane Hennig, DBFZ (Germany): Managing biogenic CO2 in Bio-CCUS concepts
    • Representative of IEA Bioenergy Task 45: Carbon accounting in Bio-CCUS value chains – to be confirmed
    • Aïcha El Khamlichi, ADEME (France): Will there enough biogenic CO2 for projected e-fuel demand in France?
  • 15:00 Coffee Break
  • 15:30 Promising developments in bioenergy concepts
    • Marion Maheut, ENGIE (France): Diversification of applications downstream of pyrogasification
    • Joakim Lundgren, Luleå University of Technology (Sweden): Carbon-negative production of hydrogen through biomass gasification
    • tba (France): synergy projects between anaerobic digestion and gasification in France
    • tba, Ramboll (Denmark): Status of CO2 capture and utilization from biogas plants in Denmark – to be confirmed
    • Stefan Ellenbroek, Energie360 (Switzerland): Wood-based CHP with biochar production for negative emissions – to be confirmed
  • 17:00 Summary and conclusions
  • 17:15 Closing drinks


Participant Information

  • Participation is free of charge, but pre-registration is required.
  • The registration link will be available by the end of August.
  • Please indicate if you will participate on-site in Lyon, or if you would like to connect online and follow the live stream. There is room for around 100 participants in Lyon.

Further information

Contact Address

IEA Bioenergy
Luc Pelkmans (Technical Coordinator)