IEA Bioenergy Task 32: Biomass Combustion (Working Period 2022 - 2024)

Biomass combustion is an important technology for providing renewable energy worldwide. Almost half of the EU's energy consumption is used for heat, which, among other technologies, can be provided by biomass combustion in a climate-friendly manner. It is therefore a key technology for achieving national and international climate and energy goals. This project shall ensure the exchange of information on relevant topics in order to support the success of Austrian actors from industry and research.

Short Description

The IEA Bioenergy Task 32 brings together a group of experts, who are committed to contributing to the wider use of biomass combustion for the provision of heat and power. In the short term, the activities of Task 32 are aimed at facilitating market access for biomass combustion technologies and thus expanding their use. In the medium to long term, the competitiveness of biomass combustion should be secured through further optimization of the technologies.

For many years, Task 32 of IEA Bioenergy has been working intensively on the energetic use of biomass for the central and decentralized provision of heat and electricity. In view of the great challenges in the transformation of the energy supply of industry and the emerging need for carbon sinks to achieve global climate goals, Task 32 sets additional priorities in these areas in the triennium 2022 - 2024.

The work program for 2022 - 2024 includes the following work packages:

1. Substitution of fossil fuels in industry
2. Sustainable biomass CHP plants with negative GHG emissions
3. Innovative district heating plants with low emissions
4. Low emission domestic furnaces

Within these work packages, studies and reports are created, events are organized and databases are set up and expanded. In 2022 - 2024, Austria will act as co-task lead and will be intensively involved in planning, coordinating and implementation of the task activities. In particular, this should help to

  • remove market barriers by creating a common regulatory environment and standards for the introduction of modern technologies for the provision of heat and electricity.
  • obtain and analyze reliable information on worldwide technological and political developments and to inform relevant stakeholders.
  • influence developments nationally and internationally by involving the scientific, industrial and political stakeholders.
  • make the information obtained accessible to a broad group of relevant industries, so that product and technology developments can be adapted to changing conditions or opportunities at an early stage.
  • disseminate national innovations in the IEA network and thus enhance the opportunities of Austrian companies on international markets.


Austria, Canada, Denmark (Operating Agent), Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland

Contact Address

Dr. Christoph Schmidl
Gewerbepark Haag 3
A-3250 Wieselburg-Land