Bioenergy and Sustainability: Bridging the Gaps
A collaboration of 137 bioenergy experts from all over the world culminates in the launch of a report that documents current research results and recommendations on the production and utilization of bioenergy, together with future growth potential, taking things such as technologies, land use, feed stocks, impacts and government policy into consideration. Experts from 82 different institutions located in 24 different countries have been collaborating over the last two years in an effort to analyze various issues regarding the sustainability of producing and using bioenergy. They will be releasing a report titled â€œBioenergy & Sustainability: Bridging the Gapsâ€ on the 28th September, 2015 at a symposium being held at the World Bank in Washington DC. The authors will outline their key findings at the meeting, and will also discuss potential for expanding sustainable energy projects in developing countries, together with the role that bioenergy is likely to play over the next 15 to 35 years. The meeting is hosting invited guests from a variety of scientific institutions, as well as government agencies, non-government organizations, funding agencies and the World Bank. The goal is to plot a road map to ramping up global sustainable bioenergy production. In compiling the report, the authors reviewed more than 2000 research studies on bioenergy production and use, and provide a thorough analysis of the present bioenergy sector, including: available technology, funding and markets, and the potential for sustainable expanding bioenergy use and production, while at the same time also reviewing potential impacts of bioenergy use and production. The report discusses how the effect that expanding bioenergy production may have on existing energy sources and systems, as well as its potential impact on food production, environmental integrity, climate change, and sustainable development in both developing and developed nations. They present recommendations for formulating policy and for deploying a variety of bioenergy options â€” for example biogas, bioelectricity, or liquid biofuels, to name a few â€” in different locations around the world.