Optimal sustainable biomass valorisation approaches for food and non-food applications within a market-pull approach

Stakeholder defined market pull bio-based ingredients
Analysing optimal sustainable biomass valorisation approaches for food and non-food applications (market-pull approach

LEEAFF procedure for biorefinery sustainability assessment

During 2013 it became clear that the PROSUITE assessment tool will not be available in the short-term to assess the sustainability of biorefinery processes. Therefore, it was decided to modify this activity to the further elaboration of the LEEAFF indicators.


The Canadian representative will send a draft working document on this issue to all partners early 2014; and further discussion will take place at the next Task42 Progress Meeting in Berlin on 20-230114. At this meeting also will be discussed how these LEEAFF indicators will be integrated into the biorefinery factsheets. 

Coordination: CAN – Maria Wellisch (maria.wellisch@agr.gc.ca)

Sustainable bioenergy supply chains – Joint Tasks Strategic Fund Project coordinated by Task43

This strategically funded inter-Task project coordinated by Task43 was kicked-off by the end of 2012. During a project meeting organised in Rotterdam, the Netherlands – in parallel to the WBM-2013 conference – it was decided to organise the project work on 5 case studies, viz.: 1) Agricultural residues for bioenergy and biorefineries: wheat straw (Denmark) and corn stover (USA, Canada); 2) Mobilising temperate and boreal forest supply chains (three deployment models: local small-scale, international trade, biorefineries); 3) Integration of lignocellulosic crops into agricultural landscapes; 4) Regional biogas production; and 5) Cultivating pastures and grasslands: the sugarcane ethanol case. Task42 contributes to this project by bringing its specific biorefinery knowledge and assisting in the sustainability assessments. From a Task42 point-of-view this project should consider both the assessment of conventional reference supply – valorisation chains (bioethanol, biogas, ...) and more advanced and optimised refinery chains in which chain and process residues are valorised to added-value bio-based products to improve overall economics.

Coordination: D – Heinz Stichnothe (heinz.stichnothe@ti.bund.de)

Future market demand biomass for the BioEconomy – Joint Task40/Task42 activity

This is a joint project activity of Task40 and Task 42. Within this project the potential international supply, trade and demand for biomass for energy and fuel applications within a competing BioEconomy market will be assessed, including the identification of improved and new value chains. The project will include emerging demand regions, with an increased focus on (S)E Asia (Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia). Task 42 will contribute to this project by providing info on: which types of biorefineries are expected to be implemented as a function of the time, which feedstocks will they use, and where will they be located. Task40 will provide complementary analysis in which the possible feedstock supply in terms of available quantities, countries of origins, types of supply chains, and feedstocks cost levels at the biorefinery gate will be investigated. The kick-off of this project between Task40 and Task42 is delayed, and now is scheduled to take place at Q1 2014; however, the final report (D3.3) is expected to be delivered on time by the end of 2014.

Coordination: NL – René van Ree (rene.vanree@wur.nl)


Optimal sustainable biomass valorisation

For this activity the optimal sustainable production and valorisation of biomass for both Food and Non-Food applications in a future BioEconomy is the framework. To meet all future biomass markets demands, available and new biomass resources have to be used as efficient as possible. Further, global food & feed production has to be guaranteed, raw materials for the production of chemicals & materials have to become available in sufficient amounts, and chain and process residues have to be used for the production of biofuels, power and/or heat. Within this activity an International Seminar will be organised, in close co-operation with other relevant IEA Bioenergy Tasks, to discuss future sustainable biomass valorisation chains with industrial stakeholders, GOs and NGOs concerned. The goals of this seminar are: to inform stakeholders on the variety of opportunities of sustainable biomass valorisation within a BioEconomy, to show stakeholders that full chain co-operation is an absolute necessity for the market implementation of high-efficient biorefinery-based value chains, to bring together stakeholders of the (Agro)Food and Non-food (incl. energy/fuel) sectors to jointly analyse and develop strategies for the sustainable production and valorisation of biomass to Food and Non-food.

This activity will start in 2014, and will be finalised by the end of 2015.


BioEconomy Survey 2014

Coordination: NL – René van Ree (rene.vanree@wur.nl)

Global Bioeconomy Summit Berlin 26 November 2015