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 sustainability of biomass-to-energy pathways


The objective of this activity is to assess the sustainability impact of a number of bio-energy pathways within six countries (Finland, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Germany and the Netherlands). Knowing the quantified/qualified sustainability of existing/planned bio-energy pathways is a good starting point for further assessing and understanding the importance of the implicit and (in)direct influence that market systems and policy frameworks have on the sustainability performance of biomass-to-energy pathways and the potentially non-energy use alternative pathways that are using the same biomass resources.  

In order to perform these pathway sustainability assessments the BIOTEAM consortium will involve and consult a broad range of both public and private stakeholders

Key tasks

  • Develop a basic harmonized methodological framework for the assessment of pathways that is based on LCA principles

  • Prepare a comparative analysis of the criteria and criteria attributes used in a selected number of existing biomass sustainability initiatives and (voluntary) certification schemes

  • Prepare a long-list of suitable sustainability criteria for the pathway sustainability assessment and prioritize them to produce a short-list of criteria that sufficiently covers the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability

  • Select and execute a series of 6-10 pathway sustainability assessments per BIOTEAM country and consider the relevance of alternative use pathways

Key outputs

  • One harmonized pathway sustainability assessment methodology

  • 36 – 60 pathway sustainability assessment reports (6-10 per country)

  • One bio-energy pathway sustainability assessment synthesis report


The BIOTEAM consortium has published the following reports:

  • Comparative assessment of sustainability standards and national bioenergy pathway inventory on the basis of literature review;
  • Advanced version of harmonized bioenergy pathway sustainability assessment framework;
  • Results of pathways sustainability assessment in BIOTEAM countries.

Visit the Publications section to download the documents.

Key references

  • EU on biofuels

  • Global Bio-Energy Partnership

  • EU on bio-energy

  • The Global Bio-Pact project



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