Biomass Supply


Task 43 – 2019-2021 Workplan


Through deployment, application and management of best practice in technology and economic systems in integrated biomass production and supply chains systems this task aims to:

  • Develop, refine, compare and promote sustainable integrated land management strategies that contribute to increased, competitive biomass mobilisation through engaged stakeholder groups in existing and emerging agriculture and forestry lignocellulosic systems.
  • Develop, refine, compare and promote innovative biomass supply chain and logistics systems through engaged stakeholder groups that more efficiently recover and deliver more high-quality biomass for multiple products and markets including bioenergy.
  • Explore emerging bioeconomy supply chain and logistics systems to develop integrated solutions for the production and supply of more high-quality biomass.
  • Foster international collaboration and shared views on strategies to increase the quantity, quality, value, and reliability of biomass supply and logistics.


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 supply chain and logistics systems. 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 biomass supply chain and logistics systems sectors. Task 43 collaborates with other Tasks in intertask projects to integrate biomass supply chain and logistics with energy conversion and end-use, ensuring that analytical and conceptual linkages with markets are strong.

Work scope for the Task period 2019-2021

The Task will explore technical and economic strategies to increase the quantity of biomass available, improve the quality of the biomass delivered for different energy purposes, and explore strategies to increase the value and foster confidence in biomass supply, for both direct and cascade use of biomass for bioenergy.  The task will work exclusively with terrestrial biomass sources including residues, by-product or co-product production from forest and agriculture production systems; residues, by-products or co-products from bio-based manufacturing industries; cellulosic biomass from post-consumer waste; as well as dedicated biomass crop systems as part of broader land management strategies. The Task focus will be on the production and supply of biomass feedstock for energy leading to value creation within the broader context of bioeconomy.

Work programme

The two work packages represent the two key focus areas that both feed to common overarching objectives of supporting the reliable production and supply of more, high-quality biomass towards a profitable bioeconomy that meets an increasing demand for bioenergy. The two work packages are:

WP1 – Biomass production systems for sustainable bioenergy within the bioeconomy

WP2 – Integrated supply chain and logistics for sustainable bioenergy within the bioeconomy