How bioenergy contributes to a sustainable future – IEA Bioenergy Report 2023

IEA Bioenergy has officially launched today its annual bioenergy report “IEA Bioenergy Review Update 2023” which presents an evidence-based assessment of the status of bioenergy around the world. The assessment is based on work conducted by over 200 experts, active within the Tasks of the IEA Bioenergy Technology Collaboration Programme (TCP). The aim of IEA Bioenergy is to advance bioenergy technologies and provide factual input to evidence-based decisions in relation to biofuels and bioenergy. The report’s goal is to reinvigorate awareness and interest in bioenergy, address concerns that arise in the public debate, and demonstrate the synergies between bioenergy and other renewable as well as the biobased economy, and point out opportunities that can be seized by many countries around the globe.

The information provided in the report is complemented by information from other multilateral initiatives such as the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, and the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP): these organisations focus on emerging economies and developing countries and, for instance, on topics such as phasing out the traditional use of biomass and replacing it with clean cooking options.

The report has been officially launched by Dina Bacovsky, Chair of IEA Bioenergy during the 7th CEBC – Central European Biomass Conference, taking place in Graz, Austria.

Distributed as an open web-based publication to enhance usability, the report is divided into two parts:
– Part A “Strategic View on Biomass and Bioenergy” deals with bioenergy and its contribution to a  sustainable future.
– Part B “Technologies for Sustainable Bioenergy” describes the status and perspectives of different bioenergy technologies.

ETA-Florence Renewable Energies contributed to the creation of the report by designing the report layout and infographics and implementing both the web and the pdf version. Nina Kononova created additional visuals.

IEA Bioenergy Review Update 2023 was written by the following team of experts: Dina Bacovsky, Christa Di ßauer, Bernhard Drosg, Matthias Kuba, Doris Matschegg, Christoph Schmidl, Elisa Carlon (all BEST), Fabian Schipfer (TU Vienna), and Florian Kraxner (IIASA). Vera Djemelinskaia, a communication specialist, provided guidance to the authors to find simple language for complicated issues. She also guided the report through the process of delivery. Kathryn Platzer edited the text for English language.

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