IEA Technology Roadmap on Bioenergy
The IEA Technology Roadmap on Bioenergy has been published.
Four key action areas are identified to accelerate the deployment of sustainable bioenergy:
Accelerate deployment of proven bioenergy solutions: Many deployment opportunities based on commercial technologies could be widely deployed in the short term, with immediate benefits in the form of CO2 savings, energy security and complementary benefits, given appropriate policy and regulatory frameworks. To accelerate this short-term deployment, an appropriate policy and regulatory environment is a prerequisite to enabling projects to be developed and financed.
Enable the development of new bioenergy technologies: Delivering the longer-term bioenergy deployment levels will require a mix of mature bioenergy technologies and new technologies that are suited to the context and market roles that bioenergy will need to fulfil, especially sustainable and low-carbon biofuels for transport. Good progress has been made recently in developing and demonstrating some of these (e.g. waste and residue HVO, cellulosic ethanol, gasification and syngas conversion, and pyrolysis).
However, supporting these technologies through the commercialisation stage will require specific policies to support their development and deployment including, for example, quotas for advanced bioenergy systems, financial de-risking measures, continued support for RD&D and enhanced international cooperation in innovation.
Mobilise sustainable biomass feedstock supply: Delivering the vision will require a fivefold increase in the supply of bioenergy feedstock (from around 23 EJ now to around 128 EJ by 2060). This will be challenging and will require the mobilisation of a range of biomass and waste resources. It is unlikely that wastes and residues alone can provide sufficient raw material, so other sources, such as from forestry management operations and agriculture, will be required.
Enhance international co-operation on bioenergy: There is good co-operation amongst the main international organisations with an interest in bioenergy. Further international initiatives should build on existing networks, where successful, to avoid duplication and redundancy.
Ireland launches national support scheme for non-domestic Renewable Heat
Ireland is introducing a national Support Scheme for Renewable Heat. The Scheme is to financially support the switch from fossil fuel heating systems to renewables for large heat demand non-domestic users. This covers commercial, industrial, agricultural, district heating, public sector and other non-domestic businesses and sectors outside the emissions trading system (ETS). The scheme replaces a previous scheme which had provided the wrong incentives and had to be discontinued.
Source: Bioenergy International
Biojet at Malmö Airport, Sweden
Malmö Airport (MMX) is the latest airport in Sweden where an aircraft has been refuelled with a biojet fuel making it the fifth airport in the country.
In 2016, Swedavia Group, the Swedish owner, operator and developer of ten airports across the country purchased biojet fuel corresponding to the total fuel consumption of its employee’s service flights the year previous. It is the first company in the world to carry out such a venture, something it repeated by ordering biofuel for 2017 service flights.