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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 already looking forward to the next hybrid meeting of Task 40 in September 2023 at the University of Utrecht combined with a tour of the biomass and coal-fired power plant RWE Amer. We will report back.

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.

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.





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!

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.



Latest publications

New! 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.

NEW! Synthesis report of 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.

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.  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 available here.

Bioeconomy Synergies Project

Progress & Prospect Report 2019-2021

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

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.