GBEP Side event "Tracking Sustainable Bioenergy Development", Lisbon (Portugal), 13:30-16:00, 28 May 2019.

GBEP is organizing a side event in the context of the 27th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE). In 2011, the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP), an initiative composed by over 50 governments and 26 International Organizations, published a set of 24 sustainability indicators for bioenergy. The indicators contain descriptions and annotated methodologies to guide countries in assessing the sustainability of their domestic bioenergy production and use.
The GBEP indicators are currently in the implementation phase. As of February 2019, the GBEP indicators have been implemented in twelve countries (Argentina, Colombia, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Netherlands, Paraguay and Vietnam) and Germany implemented the indicators for a second time. Four countries are currently in the process of implementing the indicators (Brazil, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uruguay). In light of the lessons learned collected, GBEP has been working on the development of an Implementation Guide on the use of the GBEP Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy to improve their practicality and related guidance for users. This side event will give the opportunity to share the experience of GBEP and other relevant international institutions regarding the joint effort towards sustainable development of bioenergy.


IEA Bioenergy Workshop - Governing sustainability in biomass supply chains for the bioeconomy, Utrecht (Netherlands), 23 May 2019.

Workshop organised by IEA Bioenergy in collaboration with GBEP, FAO, IEA, Biofuture Platform, IRENA, Below50 and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RvO) as local host.

Securing a sustainable supply of biomass is one of the key issues for deploying bioenergy, but also other biobased products. Given the ample debate on the sustainability of bioenergy and biofuels, it can be expected that similar requirements and governance systems will be discussed for other emerging biobased products, and existing bioeconomy commodities such as food & feed, fibers, timber etc. Supporting and building a sustainable bioeconomy will require collaboration of policy and market actors across sectors as well as civil society. This workshop kicked‐off the work of IEA Bioenergy to identify approaches and strategies for sustainable cross‐sectoral supply‐chain management, together with many partners.