The IEA Bioenegy R&D Technology Collaboration Platform
IEA Bioenergy Overview
IEA Bioenergy, also known as the Technology Collaboration Platform (TCP) for a Programme of Research, Development and Demonstration on Bioenergy, functions within a framework created by the International Energy Agency (IEA). IEA Bioenergy comprises a world-wide network of experts in every aspect of the value chain of biomass for energy, who are from the research community, institutions of higher education, government agencies and industry. IEA Bioenergy has a rich and excellent history of encouraging and perpetuating the use of biomass as an energy source, to help lessen dependence on fossil fuels, both within and outside its member countries.
Biomass is material produced by photosynthesis, such as wood or plants. Biomass feedstocks used for energy include forestry and wood industry residues, agricultural residues, energy crops and the biogenic fraction of related municipal wastes. Bioenergy technologies use these resources to produce heat, electricity or solid, liquid, and gaseous biofuels which can substitute for fossil-based fuels.
IEA Bioenergy Vision, Mission and Strategy
The vision, mission, and strategy statements for IEA Bioenergy focus on overcoming the environmental, institutional, technological, social, and market barriers to the near- and long-term deployment of bioenergy technologies.
Vision: Bioenergy is, and will continue to be a substantial part of the sustainable use of biomass in the bio-based economy. By accelerating the sustainable production and use of biomass, the economic and environmental impacts will be optimised resulting in more cost-competitive bioenergy and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
Mission: To increase knowledge and understanding of bioenergy systems in order to facilitate 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.
Strategy: To provide platforms for international collaboration and information exchange in bioenergy research, technology development, demonstration, and policy analysis. This includes the development of networks, dissemination of information, and provision of science based analysis and advice, as well as support to policy makers, involvement of industry, and encouragement of membership by countries who are actively interested in IEA Bioenergy.
Click here to read the Strategic Plan 2015-2020
Click here to read the summary of activities and outputs of IEA bioenergy work programme 2016-2018
IEA Bioenergy Task
The work carried out under the IEA Bioenergy TCP is divided into a number of “Tasks”, more information on each of the tasks is available from the IEA Bioenergy website above. Each Task has a number of member countries. Ireland is a member of four of these Tasks and for each task there is a National Team Leader.