BioTrade2020+ - Supporting a Sustainable European Bioenergy Trade Strategy The project BioTrade2020+ is a project that was started in 2013 and will be finalised in summer 2016.

Europe has set high aims within the Renewable Energy Strategy in terms of solid biomass providing Bioenergy. At the same time the demand for lignocellulosic biomass as a feedstock for production of materials and chemicals is also increasing in the shift towards establishing a bioeconomy and decline fossil dependency. In order to facilitate the increasing demand , a large part of the lignocellulosic solid biomass will have to be imported from regions outside Europe. Little insight is available on potentials and sustainability risks. For social acceptance and compliance to solid biomass criteria, the sustainability needs to be assured. 

The project helps biobased industries transition from food based feedstocks to residues and other non-food biomass thus avoiding unwanted competition with food industry feedstocks. BioTrade2020+ does this by addressing the aims of topsectoren Agrofood themes  Markt and keteninnovatie and Duurzame import/Internationaal. This is because the project aims at releasing relevant information for policymakers, industrial stakeholders, NGOs, biomass standardization and certification organizations and other key actors to define long-term strategies / policy frameworks to establish sustainable biomass trade from third countries to the EU in 2020 and beyond.   

The main aim of Biotrade2020+is to provide guidelines for the development of a European Bioenergy Trade Strategy that ensures that imported bio-resources are sustainably sourced and used in an efficient way, while avoiding distortion of other (non-energy) markets. Time line is until and beyond 2020, up to 2030.

The aim is to analyse the potentials (technical, economical and sustainable) and assess key sustainability risks of the full chain of current and future lignocellulosic biomass and bioenergy carriers (with the main focus on wood chips, pellets, and residues of agro products) from the major sourcing regions of the world (Canada, US, Latin America, Russia, etc.) to the EU. An evaluation of their production and distribution costs, market prices, competition with food and fibre industry, main actors involved and sustainability profiles will be provided.

This project provides support to enhance the use of stable, sustainable, competitively priced and resource-efficient flows of imported feedstocks to the EU. Thus reducing the sustainability risks of imported feedstock for bioenergy.