The Activity Group 4 "Towards sustainable modern wood energy development"

The Activity Group 4 "Towards sustainable modern wood energy development", led by FAO, UNEP and UNF/GACC, was established in December 2013. The Activity Group will focus on sustainable production and use of wood energy for household energy access and productive local uses - primarily in developing countries.

Issues related to this topic will include:

- How to incorporate sustainability into local/small scale supply chains?
- How to build on good practices in forest management, including planted forests?
- How to improve efficiency of charcoal production, and further disseminate improved stoves?
- How to improve energy access in developing countries with sustainable wood bioenergy?

This work will entail improvement on knowledge and capacities related to sustainable local production and use of wood energy. It will also prove useful to inform large-scale wood energy producers and users willing to invest in wood energy operations in developing countries on how their business plans should take into account local circumstances, in those countries, in particular regarding local needs, constraints, opportunities and good practices related to sustainable production and use of woody biomass for energy mainly for local energy supply in developing countries.

The Activity Group has produced the stock taking paper "Towards sustainable modern wood energy development" on successful initiatives on solid biomass development in developing countries – including lessons learned and sustainability impacts.



GBEP Activity Group 4 - GBEP Side Event at the Global Landscape Forum on "Contribution of a sustainable wood energy production approach to Forest Landscape Restoration in Sub-Saharan Africa" - Bonn, 1-2 December 2018

The event aimed to discuss the relevance and opportunity of sustainable wood energy production and use as a contribution to forest landscape restoration (FLR) with stakeholders across sectors and especially between FLR and bioenergy stakeholders. The focus of the event was Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), as both challenges and opportunities for sustainable woody bioenergy to contribute to FLR - and vice versa - are concentrated in countries in this region. Currently, there is a lack of collaboration between those requiring wood energy and those concerned with enhancing FLR. This event sought to bring stakeholders from both groups together into dialogue to explore the views of different stakeholders, and to develop a joint agenda for action around sustainable wood energy and FLR.

 Working documents and outcomes

GBEP Activity Group 4 - ECOWAS Workshop on Sustainable Wood Energy Management - Cotonou (Benin), 9-11 May 2016

The workshop brought together technical and policy advisers in the energy and forestry sectors in public, private and civil society organisations from the ECOWAS member states with the objective to share information and enhance capacities of actors within the wood energy value-chain. Discussions covered the present state of the affairs with regards to the unsustainable use of wood fuels and how to introduce sustainability in its value- chain; raise awareness and enhance capacities on shifting to and expanding the sustainable use of  wood fuels while incorporating efficient and modern approaches in the entire value-chain.The event was co-organized by the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) in partnership with the Ministry of Energy, Water and Mines of Benin, and with  the support of the Austrian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, as well as of GIZ.

Working documents and outcomes

Webinar : "Towards sustainable modern wood energy development" - 24 June 2015

Building on the findings and recommendations spelled out in the report "Toward sustainable modern wood energy development" , the webinar discussed about the main challenges to sustainably manage the wood energy sector  in developing countries and shared stories of success in coping with these challenges including technological advancements in the conversion of wood into charcoal, regulatory frameworks, and tax systems.

Working documents and outcomes