GBEP Newsletter n.8 - 1 July 2010

G8 Leaders commit to adopt sustainability criteria and indicators as well as to agree on capacity building activities in GBEP

The recent G8 Summit held in Muskoka, Canada, renewed the Global Bioenergy Partnership’s mandate, calling for it to move forward in defining its sustainability criteria and indicators and work on capacity building. In their final communiqué, the summit leaders said they recognised the potential of bioenergy for sustainable development, climate change mitigation and energy security. They added: “We welcome the work of the Global Bioenergy Partnership and commit to facilitating swift adoption of voluntary sustainability criteria and indicators, as well as on capacity building activities.”

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GBEP news roundup: new partners and observers and progress on task forces

GBEP is succeeding in attracting an ever greater number of countries and international organisations to become partners – with the total number now at 33. Another 28 take part as observers. This broad participation makes the GBEP’s work increasingly authoritative and relevant and means that bioenergy experts and decision-makers worldwide are contributing to its goals.

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GBEP online resources to help with financing, assessing bioenergy potential

As part of its work towards creating a new GBEP focus area on financing, capacity building and technology cooperation for sustainable bioenergy, two reports were developed by the Secretariat of the partnership and are now available on the GBEP website that should provide useful resources for countries and organisations keen to put bioenergy projects or programmes in action.

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FAO BEFSCI and BEFS project release compilation of bioenergy sustainability initiatives and analysis on bioenergy and food security in Tanzania

Numerous initiatives have been developed in recent years to address the environmental and socio-economic impacts associated with the production of biofuels or of specific biofuel feedstocks. These include regulatory frameworks, voluntary standards or certification schemes, and scorecards. Some cover the entire biofuels supply chain, while others deal only with parts of it. In order to provide an overview of these initiatives, the FAO Bioenergy and Food Security Criteria and Indicators (BEFSCI) project released a Compilation of Bioenergy Sustainability Initiatives. Meanwhile, the Bioenergy and Food Security (BEFS) Project released its analysis on Tanzania, implementing its quantitative and qualitative framework to analyse the interplay between bioenergy and food security.

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UN report highlights role for energy in promoting development, task for UN-Energy

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change (AGECC) has released a report, "Energy for a sustainble future", calling for concerted action on two ambitious but achievable goals: to ensure universal access to modern energy services by 2030 and to reduce global energy intensity by 40 percent by 2030. This means connecting billions of people to clean, reliable and affordable energy services while also producing more goods with less energy – a crucial combination for growing economies, encouraging development and achieving the Millennium Development Goals' anti-poverty targets.

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Global Bioenergy Perspectives: biofuel feedstocks and invasive species

This is the first article in the Global Bioenergy Perspectives series, which will highlight reports and papers of focusing on topics of particular interest in relation to bioenergy.

A recent UNEP paper has focused attention on the risk of adopting invasive species as biofuel feedstocks without properly assessing and monitoring their impact on biodiversity..

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GBEP agenda for the rest of 2010 and other events

A list of upcoming and past GBEP events or which involved GBEP itslef. Links are provided for programme details and to download papers or presentations.

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