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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 

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!

IEA Bioenergy News Volume 33(2) – December 2021

This issue covers the ExCo88 Virtual meeting held on 11-14 October 2021. It also features the highlights of IEA Bioenergy conference 2021 by the Technical Coordinator, a Task Focus by Task 37, the Noticeboard, and recent publications and upcoming events.




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:

IEA Bioenergy Task 40 Webinar

16 June 2020

Recorded version:

“Deployment of Bioenergy combined with Carbon Capture and Storage or Utilisation (BECCS/U)”


Latest publications

Carbon accounting in Bio-CCUS supply chains – identifying key issues for science and policy

Task 40 leads the intertask project “Deployment of Bio-CCS/CCU Value Chains” and as a result this report was published in February 2022 as contribution of IEA Bioenergy Task 40/45.

More case studies and reports available here.

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.

Task 41 Special Project report 

Renewable Gases  Hydrogen in the Grid

January 2022

The project’s objective is to carry out a thorough study on renewable gases (RG) and the effect of hydrogen (H2) addition in the gas grid as well as applications at increased concentrations up to 100%.

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

Decarbonizing industrial process heat: the role of biomass

Report | IEA Bioenergy Intertask project on industrial process heat

December 2021


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.