IEA Bioenergy Task 42: Biorefining in a Circular Economy (Working Period 2019-2022)

Austrian contributions to the implementation of the planned Task 42 work program for the further development, implementation and evaluation of biorefineries within the IEA Bioenergy TCP.

Short Description

The establishment of biorefineries for the provision of energy and products based on renewable resources forms the basis of a sustainable circular economy. Biorefineries are therefore key technologies for the actual decoupling of energy and consumer goods production from fossil resources. The implementation of biorefineries can make an essential contribution to the reduction of climate-relevant emissions.

The aim of the task is to contribute to the development and commercialisation of competitive, environmentally friendly and socially acceptable biorefineries in which food, animal feed, raw materials, bulk chemicals and bioenergy are produced efficiently and without waste.

In the period 2019-2021, Austria has taken the leadership in Activity Area 1: Provision of quantitative, scientifically sound and understandable data on the technical, economic and environmental added value of biorefining to co-produce bioenergy and bio-products in a sustainable way.

The focus lies on the further development and application of a TEE assessment method for biorefineries that covers technical, economic and ecological aspects. Likewise, "non-technical" hurdles for biorefineries will be identified and evaluated on the basis of a case study.

In addition, the IEA Bioenergy Task 42 encourages generally networking of national and international stakeholders and publishes thematic reports in the field of biorefineries.


Australia, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Irland, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden

Contact Address

DI Michael Mandl (National Team Leader)
tbw research GesmbH
Schönbrunner Straße 297/2/4
A-1120 Wien
Tel.: +43 (699) 1444 52 11

DI (FH) Johannes Lindorfer
Energieinstitut an der Johannes Kepler Universität Linz
Altenbergerstraße 69
A-4040 Linz
Tel.: +43 (732) 24685653

Dr. Franziska Hesser
Kompetenzzentrum Holz GmbH
Konrad Lorenz Straße 24
A-3430 Tulln
Tel.: +43 (1) 47654-73518