IEA Bioenergy Task 39: Commercialising Conventional and Advanced Transport Biofuels from Biomass and Other Renewable Feedstocks (Working Period 2019-2021)

IEA Bioenergy Task 39 deals with the commercialization of conventional and advanced biofuels, including innovative raw materials such as micro-algae, their economic, environmental and social assessment and the investigation of relevant policies. Findings from countries with a committed biofuels policy are made accessible to Austria, and success stories of Austrian industry, research and policy are promoted internationally.

Short Description

It is one of the goals of national and international climate and energy policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector, but compared to other sectors this is particularly difficult to achieve. Biofuels are already making a significant contribution and reducing emissions from the existing vehicle fleet. The development of technologies for the production of advanced biofuels from lignocellulosic raw materials and residues will allow for an expansion of production and a greater saving on GHG emissions per litre of fuel. International information exchange on R & D activities and results, policies and current trends should help to support this technology development and the corresponding market introduction of advanced biofuels.

IEA Bioenergy Task 39 brings together internationally recognized experts who exchange views on the above topics and work together on particularly relevant issues. A variety of topics are mentioned in the international application of Task 39 for the new Triennium; the work will focus on the following topics:

  • Sustainability of biofuels and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions along the value chain
  • Fuels and regulations for international long-distance transport
  • Increasing fuel demand and need for raw materials to meet this demand in the countries of Southeast Asia and Latin America.

The aim of the national work is to collect and analyse scientifically robust information on the global technological and political status of biofuels, to involve Austrian stakeholders and their R&D work, and thus to contribute to the development of sustainable, socially and environmentally sound biofuel systems. The Austrian delegate acts as an interface between the Austrian stakeholders and the international network.

The main results of the work will be the extensive information exchange with the Austrian stakeholders, the input of R&D results into the task work, the dissemination of the task deliverables, a national workshop on biofuels and a publishable final report.


Publications are available on the website of IEA Bioenergy Task 39.


Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Sweden, USA and the European Commission

Contact Address

Dipl. Ing. Dina Bacovsky
Gewerbepark Haag 3
A-3250 Wieselburg-Land
Tel.: +43 (7416) 52238 35