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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 Annual Report 2023

Published May 2024, the IEA Bioenergy Annual Report 2023 includes a special feature article on ‘Emissions from Biomass Combustion’ prepared by Task 32.

Meetings Task 40

Task 40 had two successful and pleasant hybrid meetings in September 2023 at the University of Utrecht and in March 2024 in Washington DC, always combined with site visits (to the biomass and coal-fired power plant RWE Amer and to DC Water’s Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant). Read more here.

IEA Bioenergy News Volume 35(2) – December 2023

This issue covers the ExCo92 meeting and workshop held on 17-19 October 2023 in Lyon, France. It also features a Task Focus by Task 34, the Notice board, and recent publications and upcoming events.

We are in the second year of the 2022-2024 triennium, enthusiastically working on projects and preparing for our next physical meeting. We are involved in and/or leading 2 major projects with other IEA Bioenergy Tasks. There is also news of a successful Task 40 workshop on green hydrogen. Find all the details in Task 40 Newsletter June 2023.





Utilisation and storage of captured biogenic CO2 – Deployment in selected EU countries

Webinar 17 Jun, 2024
Location: Online, Register on Zoom

A number of full-scale BECCUS projects have recently been initiated, with the majority of these projects being focused on CO2 storage. Just a few years ago, some of the actors involved in these same projects were more focused on potential utilisation of the captured CO2 rather than storage. This webinar attempts to shed light on the driving factors behind this shift, by focusing on recent BECCUS deployment in Sweden, the Netherlands and Denmark.

Exploring Flexibility from Renewable Hydrogen and Bioenergy in Energy Systems Modelling

Joint workshop between ETSAP, IEA Bioenergy TCP Task44 and the Intertask Project (ITP) Synergies on green hydrogen and the biobased value chain.

Date: 17 Nov, 2023.

Concept: Hybrid workshop: Speakers and audience present in Torino and online.

The objective of this IEA Bioenergy, IEA ETSAP and IEA Hydrogen collaboration is to exchange modelling experiences and perspectives on the multi-faceted aspects of flexibility. The half-day workshop will set the scene for a discussion and the joint planning of a webinar with the aim of formulating a modelling agenda for flexibilisation impact assessment.

WS30: Bioenergy in a Net Zero Future

Lyon, 19 October 2023 – Workshop organized by IEA Bioenergy in collaboration with ADEME, the French Agency for Ecological Transition

This workshop aims to discuss the role of bioenergy in the transition to a carbon neutral energy system. In the morning sessions, the focus will be on policies and strategies to support the role of bioenergy in the energy transition. The afternoon sessions will consider the flexibility of bioenergy in the energy system, the use of biogenic CO2 and promising developments in bioenergy concepts.

Available now all presentations and a summary from the 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.

The workshop was an expert meeting where different stakeholders from among others industry, academia and linked IEA TCPs were invited (29 experts and 9 guest speakers). The goal of the workshop was to describe possible value chains combining hydrogen production and deployment of hydrogen and bio-based processes for different bio-based end-products, including technologies at different development stages. Based on the outcome of the discussions of the industry and science sessions promising concepts will be identified which will be then described and assessed in more detail throughout the Inter-Task project. So stay tuned!





Latest publications

New! Study

BECCUS and flexible bioenergy – finding the balance

Inter-task project Deployment of BECCUS value chains

In this system study, the two important technologies flexible bioenergy and BECCS (bioenergy with carbon capture and storage) are in focus. As the business models for the provision of flexible bioenergy and BECCS/U are of different nature, it has to be governed which role each of the technologies are going to play within the energy system and further within climate policy making. In particular, the implications of the interaction of both technologies should be considered and taken into account.

Report Work package 4

Inter-task project Assessment of successes and lessons learned for biofuels deployment

Sustainable biomass supply chains for international markets

The report presents case studies for feedstock supply chains that have been evaluated from multiple viewpoints as these are vital for successful development of advanced biofuels. It highlights lessons from biorefineries and pulp mills using short rotation wood fibre crops (Brazil), European experiences in development of bio-based supply chains for torrefied woody biomass, pioneer biorefineries in the US (traditional feedstock pre-processing for herbaceous feedstocks) and conceptual depots producing conversion-ready feedstock and co-products. Link to additional reports of the project.

Synthesis report IEA Bioenergy Task 40

Regional Transitions project 1.0

“Regional transitions in existing bioenergy markets”

Results of a project in which IEA Bioenergy Task 40 experts explored strategies for developing sustainable bio-based value chains in a regional dynamic market context. The focus was on feedstock supply chains, a cornerstone for the development of sustainable and reliable bio-based value chains, and was organised into three activities.

Inter-task project 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.  All in all, eight 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 available here.

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.

IEA Bioenergy Task 40

Bioeconomy Synergies Project
Progress & Prospect Report 2019-2021

This document explains scientific findings from the internal Task 40 project on Circular Bioeconomy.

Inter-task project 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.




The IEA Bioenergy Technology Collaboration Programme (TCP) is organised under the auspices of the International Energy Agency (IEA) but is functionally and legally autonomous. Views, findings and publications of the IEA Bioenergy TCP do not necessarily represent the views or policies of the IEA Secretariat or its individual member countries.