Working Group on Capacity Building for Sustainable Bioenergy

The GBEP Working Group on Capacity Building for Sustainable Bioenergy (Working Group), established in May 2011 and co-chaired by The Netherlands and the United States until May 2013 and currently by Argentina and ECOWAS, is promoting the dissemination, use, and implementation of the outcomes of the GBEP Task Forces on GHG Methodologies and on Sustainability through activities and projects.

It raises awareness of the potential benefits of sustainable modern bioenergy through multiple means, including workshops, study tours, public forums and other ways to present sustainable practices and assess resources. The activities and projects developed within the Working Group are country driven. Its main focus is to facilitate collaboration among GBEP Partners and Observers for capacity building projects and related activities.

The Working Group is also facilitating cooperation and capacity building through sharing information, stimulating discussion, and identifying opportunities for cooperation on sustainable bioenergy development and deployment, as well as encouraging sharing of lessons learned, identifying and disseminating information about existing tools and resources available from both the public and private sources and facilitating appropriate linkages between them.


The Working Group agreed to establish six Activity Groups:

  1. Regional Forums/Workshops on Sustainable Modern Bioenergy (led by the U.S. and ECOWAS);
  2. Raising awareness, and sharing of data and experience on the implementation of GBEP indicators (led by Germany and Indonesia);

  3. Study tour for capacity building and training (led by Brazil);

  4. Towards sustainable modern wood energy development (led by FAO, UNEP and UNF/GACC)

  5. The Global Renewable Energy Atlas - Bioenergy Component (led by IRENA)

  6. Bioenergy and Water (led by IEA)


Relevant documents:

Co Chair Conclusions of the 8th Working Group meeting
1 December 2016

Co-Chair Conclusions of the 7th Working Group meeting
11 November 2015

Co-Chair Conclusions of the 6th Working Group meeting

12-13 November 2014

Co-Chair Conclusions of the 5th Working Group meeting
11-12 December 2013

Co-Chair Conclusions of the 4th Working Group meeting
29-30 May 2013

Co-Chair Conclusions of the 3rd Working Group meeting
16 November 2012

Co-Chair Conclusions of the 2nd Working Group meeting
19 June 2012

Co-Chair Conclusions of the 1st Working Group meeting
16 November 2011

Scope and programme of work of the Working Group on Capacity Building for Sustainable Bioenergy
19 May 2011

Chair summary of the 11th Steering Committee meeting
20 May 2011


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