Sustainable Biomass Markets and International Trade to support the biobased economy

Welcome to the new website of Task 40, IEA Bioenergy. We recently moved our contents from to this page which is under the management of IEA Bioenergy organisation.


IEA Bioenergy Task 40: Sustainable International Bioenergy Trade, commonly abbreviated Task 40, was established under the International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Implementing Agreement in December 2003 with the aim of focusing on international bioenergy technology potential, barriers, and trade as well as its wider implications.







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News 2016


27 October: Welcome to join us on an international webinar Biomass Torrefaction: Technology Status and Commercialisation Applications for Torrefied Biomass and Its Roles in Logistics and Trade. 

More information please click to the instruction and dial number to join us!


06 – 08 November, 6th Annual USIPA Exporting Conference

24 – 26 May, International Wood Biorefining Week”, Stockholm, Sweden, 24-26 May 2016


Developing the Global Bioeconomy: Technical, Market, and Environmental Lessons from Bioenergy

Developing the Global Bioeconomy, 1st Edition,Patrick Lamers,Erin Searcy,J. Richard Hess,Heinz Stichnothe,ISBN9780128051658Purchase | This book reviews the bioenergy sector and draw useful lessons for the full deployment of the bioeconomy.  As expectations that a future bioeconomy will rely on a series of tradable commodities, this book provides a central accounting of the state of the discussion in a multidisciplinary approach that is ideal for research and academic experts, and analysts in all areas of the bioenergy, biofuels, and bioeconomy sectors, as well as those interested in energy policy and economics.

Mobilisation of Forest Bioenergy in the Boreal and Temperate Biomes, 1st Edition,Evelyne Thiffault,C.T. Smith,Martin Junginger ,Göran Berndes,ISBN9780128045145Mobilisation of Forest Bioenergy in the Boreal and Temperate Biomes: Challenges, Opportunities, and Case Studies

Purchase | The book features input from key international experts who identify and analyze the main opportunities and roadblocks for the implementation of sustainable forest biomass supply chains in the boreal and temperate regions. . It also proposes recommendations for practitioners, policymakers, and future research in the field of bioenergy conversion and management, as well as those interested in sustainable management of natural resources.

 cascadingCascading of woody biomass: definitions, policies and effects on international trade

Download | This working paper aims to inform the debate on cascading through an analysis of the terminology around cascading, and a review of how the concept is framed and implemented in policies of the EU and selected member states. It also discussed potential implications on international bioenergy markets from implementation of the cascading principle. The presentation of this study can also be found here.



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