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, their economic, environmental and social assessment and the investigation of relevant policies. The Triennium 2019-2021 made findings from countries with a committed biofuels policy accessible to Austria, and success stories of Austrian industry, research and policy were 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 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.

Projects and publications during this triennium addressed the following topics:

  • Policies and regulations on biofuels in member countries
  • Sustainable fuels for shipping and aviation
  • Renewable fuels for decarbonization of road transport
  • Sustainability of biofuels and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions
  • Drop-in biofuels and their importance

The objectives of Austrian participation were met in the 2019-2021 triennium. Scientifically robust information on the global technological and policy status of biofuels was collected and analysed, Austrian stakeholders and their work were involved in the development, and thus Austria and Task 39 were able to contribute to the development of sustainable, socially and environmentally sound biofuel systems.

A special highlight was the national networking workshop entitled "News on the production and application of renewable fuels in Austria" held at the end of the triennium. During the event, companies and research institutions gave the nearly 80 participants from industry, research and ministries an insight into the current status of their work and plans for the future in the field of renewable fuels. The presentations of the three thematic blocks "Production", "Current Research Topics" and "Application of Renewable Fuels" are available for download on the BEST Research website.

Project Images

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


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


Contact Address

Dipl. Ing. Dina Bacovsky
BEST – Bioenergy and Sustainable Technologies GmbH (formerly BIOENERGY 2020+ GmbH)
Gewerbepark Haag 3
A-3250 Wieselburg-Land
Tel.: +43 5 02378-9435