Improving bioenergy sustainability through the GBEP indicators: FAO projects in Paraguay and Viet Nam

After testing the GBEP indicators in Colombia and Indonesia from 2011 to 2014, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) started a new project in 2016 to enhance the bioenergy sustainability in two new countries – Paraguay and Viet Nam - through the use of the GBEP indicators.

Funded by the Government of Germany, through the International Climate Initiative of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, the project’s main objectives are:

•    To assess and enhance the capacity of Paraguay and Viet Nam to measure the GBEP indicators and use them to inform bioenergy policy-making;
•    To learn lessons about how to apply the indicators as a tool for sustainable development and how to enhance the practicality of the tool;
•    To set the basis for the constitution of a national platform for the long-term monitoring of bioenergy sustainability in the beneficiary countries; and
•    To advise policy-makers and engage stakeholders on best practices in bioenergy in order to maximize sustainability and contribute to adaptation to climate change.

The first multi-stakeholder meetings held last year led to the identification of selected bioenergy pathways: in Paraguay the project is currently focusing on wood energy (at both household and industrial levels) and ethanol from maize and sugarcane; in Viet Nam it is focusing on biogas (at both household and industrial levels) and cassava-based ethanol.

This summer will see the project advancing towards the discussion and validation of the preliminary results of the measurement of the GBEP sustainability indicators for the selected bioenergy pathways, carried out by the centers of excellence identified in the two countries.

In response to requests emerging during meetings in 2016, trainings will be carried out in the two countries in order to strengthen the local capacity to apply the methodologies to measure GBEP indicators 1 (Lifecycle GHG emissions) and 4 (Emissions of non-GHG air pollutants, including air toxics). The trainings are organized in collaboration with experts from the German based Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (Ifeu), who developed a tool to assess the emissions of GHG and non- GHG air pollutants. Using a holistic approach, the tool is tailored to the application of the value chains in the two countries.

While the meetings in Viet Nam are already concluding (18-21 July, Hanoi), Paraguay meetings will be held from 22 to 25 August. The project will end in April 2018 with the development of two reports, which will represent another wealth of knowledge and experience on the applicability of the GBEP indicators.

Learn more about the project “Building Capacity for enhancing bioenergy sustainability through the use of GBEP indicators in Paraguay and Viet Nam


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