Towards the development of a European bioenergy trade strategy for 2020 and beyond (Biotrade2020plus project)

David Sánchez, Inés Del Campo, R. Janssen, D. Rutz, U. Fritsche, L. Iriarte, K. Fingerman, R. Diaz-Chávez, M. Junginger, T. Mai-Moulin, L. Visser, B. Elbersen, G.J. Nabuurs, W. Elbersen, I. Staritsky, L. Pelkmans

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In Europe the demand of biomass for the whole bioeconomy is increasing year by year. In some cases, this biomass come from non-European countries. The EU is already a net importer of biomass for bioenergy and imports could be even more relevant in the near future. Therefore, it is important to guarantee that this biomass supply from outside the EU is being done in a sustainable way and that negative environmental and socio-economic impacts are minimised. The project BioTrade2020plus has the aim of providing guidelines for the development of a European Bioenergy Trade Strategy for 2020 and beyond. It has analyzed in depth the role of lignocellulosic biomass (woody resources, agricultural residues and cellulosic crops) imports from six selected sourcing regions: North America (Southeast United States), South America (Brazil, Colombia), East Europe (Ukraine), Southeast Asia (Indonesia) and East Africa (Kenya). It has considered availability and sustainability constrains as well as existing strategies in these sourcing regions. All this info is being integrated in an interactive tool available on the BioTrade2020plus webpage.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings 24th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition
PublisherETA-Florence Renewable Energies
ISBN (Print)9788889407165
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameEuropean Biomass Conference and Exhibition Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2282-5819


  • Biomass
  • International
  • Logistics
  • Market development
  • Supplychains
  • Sustainability criteria

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