• Pathways

    The sustainability of biomass-to-energy pathways

  • Policy Instruments

    Assess the impact of policy instruments on the sustainable use of biomass

  • System Mapping

    Advance our understanding of the impact of market system dynamics on the sustainable use of biomass

  • Optimization

    Provide tools and guidance that enable public and private stakeholder to strike an (optimized) balance between economic, social and environmental impacts associated with the use of biomass for energy purposes

The sustainability impact of biomass-to-energy pathways


assess of the impact of policy instruments on the sustainable use of biomass


advance our understanding of the impact of market system dynamics on the sustainable use of biomass


provide tools and guidance for public and private stakeholders



The sustainable-biomass.eu online platform has been launched to support the BIOTEAM consortium to interact with the European biomass-to-energy community.

The EU co-funded BIOTEAM project will use this platform to interact with public and private bio-energy stakeholders and to share the project results with the EU community with the overarching goal to promote the sustainable and rational use of biomass.

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    Enabling truly sustainable Bioenergy production is an important step towards a sustainable society. Participating in this great challenge is very exciting.

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    It is fascinating to find those little flaws in Bioenergy pathways that make them less sustainable than you would think at first glance. Policy makers need this support to avoid them.

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    When you look at all these different sustainability criteria you have no idea which pathway is the most sustainable one. Multi Criteria Decision Analysis offers good tools to solve this problem.

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    Multi Criteria Decision Analysis is particularly helpful in understanding and judging complex decision problems such as comprehensive sustainability assessment of bioenergy pathways.

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    Biomass is the most versatile renewable energy source. It can help to cope with increasingly scarce fossil resources.

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    Competing uses for biomass, as well as the associated transportation distances have to be taken into account when judging the feasibility of bioenergy concepts.

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    The sustainable use of biomass is a country- or region-specific balancing act between justified economic, social and environmental interests.

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    Increasing (biomass) resource scarcity triggers societies and policy makers to carefully review the rationality of the resource allocation mechanisms of market systems.

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    The EUs 20/20/20 targets and ambitions are not always in line with commonly accepted principles on the cascading of biomass.

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    There is a wide-array of (un)intended and (un)known side-effects of policy instruments on the real sustainability performance of biomass resource use.

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    What to do, and what not to do with ‘our’ (scarce) biomass, that is the question.

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BIOTEAM Partners announce the finalization of the Project

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The BIOTEAM Partners announce that on the 30th of March 2016 all the activities were finalized, but the BIOTEAM website will be fully functional to access data and content until 30 March 2018!

It has been an amazing experience, 36 months of mutual learning, international engagement and discovery.

Indeed our best resource was the wide network of stakeholders, institutional and market actors that provided valuable insights and collaboration. We are very thankful!

After BIOTEAM we will keep on working on sustainable biomass pathways, with a greater awareness and a much larger network.

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First time here? The best way to get to know us is through our special final issue: BIOTEAM Magazine



BIOTEAM side-event at COP21, Paris



On 7 December 2015, BIOTEAM participated to the side-event at COP21, the Paris climate conference, in the Netherlands Climate Pavillion.

Eise Spijker delivered the speech "Green growth and bioenergy – the risks of NOT integrating climate strategies with other development objectives".

How does bioenergy contribute to other (more local) environmental, economic and/or social objectives? Do those bioenergy options with the highest net GHG reduction performance also deliver desired employment benefits?




BIOTEAM results presented at Nanjing University

On 2 December 2015, Lars Lauven, Assistant Professor at the University of Göttingen, presented BIOTEAM project's results during the seminar "Optimization in renewable energy planning" held at School of the Environment in Nanjing University.


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Wytze van der Gaast@: wytze@jin.ngo 
Eise Spijker@: eise@jin.ngo 
Krisztina Szendrei@: krisztina@jin.ngo


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