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IEA Bioenergy Task 40: Deployment of biobased value chains (in the triennium 2016-2018 known as ‘Sustainable biomass markets and international bioenergy trade to support the biobased economy’), 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.

News and Highlights 

IEA Bioenergy News Volume 34(2) – December 2022

This issue covers the ExCo90 meeting held on 17-19 October 2022. It also features an overview of Bioenergy in Austria by Hannes Bauer (Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology of Austria), a Task Focus by Task 39, the Notice board, and recent publications and upcoming events.

We are starting the new triennium 2022-2024. Take a look into Task 40 Newsletter June 2022. Be excited about the new projects and developments and stay tuned!





Expert workshop – Deployment perspective of green hydrogen from biomass and green hydrogen use in bio-based processes

Berlin, 29 March 2023 – organised and coordinated by IEA Bioenergy Task 40 in the frame of the Inter-Task project on “Synergies of green hydrogen and bio-based value chains deployment” in collaboration with IEA Bioenergy Tasks 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 39, 42, 44, and 45 (and with invitation only).

The aim is an exchange between participants from international institutes, industry and science (including IEA AMF, IEA Hydrogen, IEA Headquarters Paris). Thematically, the focus is on the application perspectives of concepts for green hydrogen from biomass, the development and description of possible value chains, the definition of an assessment framework for evaluation and a selection of specific case studies for further evaluation within the framework of the inter-task project.

WS28: Technology advances in liquid biofuels and renewable gas

Vienna, 17 October 2022 – Workshop organized by IEA Bioenergy in collaboration with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK) and BEST – Bioenergy and Sustainable Technologies GmbH

During the panel discussion “What is needed to accelerate the deployment of renewable gases”, Uwe Fritsche presented the Key results of the “Renewable Gas” InterTask Project.

Hybrid meeting 7+8 September 2022 in Copenhagen

The first physical meeting of Task 40 in the triennium 2022-2024 (and indeed since November 2019) was a successful and long-awaited hybrid Task meeting. See more information within the link.

Bioenergy and Sustainable Development – Climate Change Mitigation and Opportunities for Sustainability Co-Benefits

23-24 May 2022 – Recordings and presentations from e-Workshop organized by IEA Bioenergy, in collaboration with the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) and the Biofuture Platform

IEA Bioenergy conference 2021

Bioenergy – a critical part of the path to carbon neutrality

The triennial conference (29 November – 9 December 2021) was held in a series of online sessions. The central theme was the role of biomass in the transition to a carbon neutral society. Task 40 was represented with presentations and moderation in 4 sessions, see the recordings and presentations in detail below:


Latest publications

Deployment of BECCUS value chains in the United States
A case study of sequestering CO2 from ethanol production 
Contribution of IEA Bioenergy Task 40 to the IEA Bioenergy inter-task project Deployment of BECCUS value chains

The case studies provide deeper insights into the key aspects that come into play for companies that are in the process of setting up value chains for capture, transportation and sequestration or utilization of biogenic CO2.
More case studies and reports available here.

Deployment of BECCUS value chains
Synthesis report “From concept to commercialization”

Over the duration of the 2019-2021 IEA Bioenergy triennium, a consortium of IEA Bioenergy Tasks – Task 36, Task 40, Task 44 and Task 45 – collaborated on an inter-task project called Deployment of BECCUS value chains, led by Task 40. The objective of the project was to improve the understanding of the opportunities for, and obstacles to, deployment of bioenergy combined with carbon capture and utilization or permanent storage (BECCUS). All in all, seven publications have been produced as project outputs. This report includes a summary and a synthesis of these individual studies, as well as a discussion and an outlook into questions to be further explored in future research. More case studies and reports available here.

Bioeconomy Synergies Project

Progress & Prospect Report 2019-2021

This document explains scientific findings from the internal Task 40 project on Circular Bioeconomy, in particular with the following outputs:

  • Provide case studies of synergies between food/feed, material and energy uses of biomass
  • Create a first version of a resource flow database for modelling synergies in a Circular Bioeconomy
  • Derive insights for bioeconomy supply network modelling, policy recommendations and the strategic direction of the IEA Bioenergy Task40 including follow-up projects

Renewable gas ‐ deployment, markets and sustainable trade

The main objective of the project was to enable more deployment of renewable gases and to underpin their sustainability. It was carried out in collaboration with IEA Hydrogen, EC DG ENER and industrial partners, and was completed in March 2022.

Click here to view the project and results.

Open-access paper, available at:

Schipfer, Fabian; Pfeiffer, Alexandra; Hoefnagels, Ric (2022):

Strategies for the Mobilization and Deployment of Local Low-Value, Heterogeneous Biomass Resources for a Circular Bioeconomy.

In: Energies 15 (2), S. 433. DOI: 10.3390/en15020433



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