Biomass Feedstocks for Energy Markets


Task 43 – 2016-2018 Workplan



To promote sound bioenergy development that is driven by well-informed decisions in business, governments and elsewhere. This will be achieved by providing to relevant actors timely and topical analyses, syntheses and conclusions on all fields related to biomass feedstock, including biomass markets and the socioeconomic and environmental consequences of feedstock production.




The Task will produce and provide timely and policy-relevant information to targeted audiences, arrange Task-specific events, contribute to important workshops and conferences, and engage in processes that are identified as important in shaping the conditions for biomass feedstock production. Scientific publications, policy-relevant reviews, case studies and science and technology briefs on a variety of topics will be published and presented throughout the triennium.



The Task Leader and WP Leaders together with the NTLs constitute the Steering Committee (SC) that approves plans and budgets associated with task activities. The SC builds international and national capacities essential to have credibility in the various feedstock supply sectors, and, at the same time, capacity to deal credibly with crosscutting themes that cover bioenergy systems and transcend to landscape, regional, national and international scales. Task 43 collaborates with other Tasks in intertask projects to integrate feedstock supply with energy conversion and end-use, ensuring that analytical and conceptual linkages with markets are strong.


Work scope for the Task period 2016-2018

The Task has a global scope and includes commercial, near-commercial and promising feedstock production systems in agriculture and forestry. The primary focus is on sustainable land use and land management of biomass production systems, explicitly considering environmental and socioeconomic aspects. The Task has established several activities that address key questions of high relevance to the land use and energy sectors, and interacts with other research networks and programmes that have workplans in the same areas.
One central aim is to achieve strong outreach and impacts as a result of Task activities. The Task will have a strong international impact by producing and providing timely and policy-relevant science and technology syntheses to targeted audiences for policy analysis and bioenergy market development.


Work programme

The work programme is organized to effectively meet the Task objectives, addressing the questions:

  • Studies integrating several disciplines are conducted to analyze trade-offs, compatibility and synergies between food, fibre and energy production systems and the bio-economy.
  • The Work Programme is organized in three WPs that are each organized in a set of Task Activities. Research priorities include Landscape management and design for bioenergy and the bio-economy (WP1); Developing effective supply chains for sustainable bioenergy deployment (WP2); Governance sustainability of bioenergy supply chains (WP3).
  • Task workshops and meetings inclusive of the different WPs and international events are arranged to address key questions for the Task.
  • The Task participates in three strategic inter-Task projects and actively collaborates with relevant organisations (IRENA, FAO, GBEP, and others).