Implementation Guide for the GBEP Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy

The Implementation Guide for the Global Bioenergy Partnership Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy has been developed to complement and enhance the first edition of The Global Bioenergy Partnership Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy, published in 2011. It includes guidance that is based on the implementation of the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) Sustainability Indicators in fourteen countries, spanning four continents. On the basis of the lessons learnt from this implementation of the GBEP Sustainability Indicators (GSI) at national and local level, guidance has been provided on methodological and practical issues that were not addressed in the original report. This includes both cross-cutting issues that concern the implementation of the set of GSIs (Section 1), as well as methodological guidance for each of the 24 GSIs (Section 2).

Section 1 on cross-cutting issues addresses: the integration of definitions and methodologies; ensuring an effective implementation of the indicators; and enhancing the practicality of the indicators. In order to address these issues, the Guide provides the following guidance:

  • Definitions of modern bioenergy
  • Attribution of the impacts to bioenergy production and consumption
  • Relevant good practices and practical proxies
  • Stepwise approach for the effective implementation of a GSI project

In Section 2, guidance is provided on the methodology for each individual indicator under the three pillars (environmental, social and economic). For each indicator, this Section addresses clarifications to the original GSI report, suggests proxy approaches to indicator measurement, provides further data sources and guidance on data collection, and presents guidance on attribution.

This Guide is to be used by practitioners, in conjunction with the first edition of The Global Bioenergy Partnership Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy, to ensure an effective and successful implementation of the GSIs in their country. The Guide is a ‘living document’ that will be updated as new lessons learnt emerge and further guidance can be provided.

Download the Implementation Guide here.

As a contribution to this work, a technical paper on attribution has also been prepared to address the challenge of how to attribute the measurement of the indicators clearly to the production and use of bioenergy.