Commissioned by the International Energy Agency (IEA), Wageningen UR and key partners in the IEA Task 42-project have released an in-depth report on biorefining for bioenergy purposes. The full report, that highlights current status of biorefining for bioenergy, as well as future and country specific challenges, is now available and can be downloaded on our website.
Next to an overview of the current status of biorefinery, the report provides insight in value-added products from biorefineries, such as proteins for food- and non food applications and biobased chemicals. Moreover, thirty practical examples of biorefinery facilities in IEA Task42 participating countries are listed in the report, giving details on types of biorefinery, feedstocks and outputs.
International collaboration on bioenergy R&D
IEA Bioenergy is an international collaboration set-up in 1978 by the International Energy Agency (IEA) to improve international co-operation and information exchange between national bioenergy R&D programmes. Its vision is that bioenergy is, and will continue to be a substantial part of the sustainable use of biomass in the BioEconomy. By accelerating the sustainable production and use of biomass, particularly in a Biorefining approach, the economic and environmental impacts will be optimised, resulting in more cost-competitive bioenergy and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. The mission of IEA Bioenergy is facilitating the commercialisation and market deployment of environmentally sound, socially acceptable, and cost-competitive bioenergy systems and technologies, and to advise policy and industrial decision makers accordingly.
Knowledge exchange on bioenergy developments
Using a clear strategy, the IEA forms platforms for international collaboration and information exchange, including the development of networks, dissemination of information, and provision of science-based technology analysis. It also gives support and advice to policy makers, involves industry, and encourages membership by countries with a strong bioenergy infrastructure and appropriate policies. Gaps and barriers to deployment are addressed within the IEA Bioenergy to successfully promote sustainable bioenergy systems.
Unbiased statement on biorefinery
The report provides an unbiased, authoritative statement on biorefining in general, and of the specific activities dealt with within IEA Bioenergy Task42 on Biorefining. It is valuable for a range of stakeholders, varying from the agro-sector, industries, SMEs to policy makers and NGO’s.