Good practice guidelines

Jan 2007

Modern biomass, and the resulting useful forms of bioenergy produced from it, are anticipated by many advocates to provide a significant contribution to the global primary energy supply of many IEA member countries during the coming decades. For non-member countries, particularly those wishing to achieve economic growth as well as meet the goals for sustainable development, the deployment of modern bioenergy projects and the growing international trade in biomass-based energy carriers offer potential opportunities.
However developing a bioenergy plant can be a challenging process. Securing reliable and cost effective supplies of biomass feedstocks, produced in a sustainable manner over the operating life of the plant, can prove to be difficult.
This paper endeavours to facilitate the development of bioenergy projects by providing a discussion of good practice guidelines for use by policy makers, local resource consenting authorities, plant developers and biomass feedstock suppliers. Whether the project is designed to provide electricity, heat, cogeneration of heat and power, liquid biofuels for transport, or a range of products from a biorefinery is incidental.
The overall aim is to ensure that proposals and planning for a bioenergy project can proceed expediently and in an appropriate manner. This will help to ensure that the bioenergy industry maintains its reputation of being responsible with regard to minimising the potential environmental and social impacts that a project might bring to a community.
The paper does not attempt to describe and evaluate the various production and conversion technologies related to biomass and bioenergy or their costs.

By: International Energy Agency (IEA)

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