• 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 will be presented at the EU BC&E 2014

The scientific paper "The Sustainability of Bioenergy in a Scenario with Alternative Biomass Resource Applications" submitted by the BIOTEAM project for the 22nd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (Hamburg, 23-26 June 2014 http://www.conference-biomass.com) has been selected for an oral presentation during the event!

EU BC&E ranks as one of the top world leading events in the Biomass sector: it brings together all key specialists and it's the most important international platform for dialogue between research, industry and policy.

BIOTEAM project and its first results will be presented on the second day of the Conference, during the session "Biomass policies, markets and sustainability - Applied sustainability assessment"

The paper and the slide presentation can be downloaded here.

Publications section updated

The new report "Harmonized bioenergy pathway sustainability assessment framework, advanced version" is available for download in the Publications section of the website.

The report is a methodological guidance document for performing a sustainability assessment for different types of bioenergy pathways (i.e. solid, gaseous and liquid).

The BIOTEAM consortium has made an effort to create an assessment framework that is sufficiently robust to be applied to different bioenergy pathways within different market contexts in different EU countries, and to provide room for inclusion of both objectively measurable and more qualitative sustainability impacts of specific pathways.

The pathway assessment framework aims at being sufficiently flexible to be applicable to a wide range of bioenergy pathways in all EU countries, while also allowing for differences between pathway configurations and country contexts.

Workshop: "Forests and energy: challenges, data and tools"

Daniele Russolillo will chair a round table on woody biomass utilization during the workshop: "Forests and energy: challenges, data and tools" on February 14th at the Polytechnic of Turin.
Many key stakeholders will take part to the event: public stakeholders (Piedmont Region and Province of Turin), National Sector Associations (Italian Thermotechnical Committee, Italian Residential Heating Association) and research centers (Istituto Superiore Mario Boella and the Energy Department of Polytechnic of Turin).

During the round table BIOTEAM project will be mentioned.

For further information visit the web page of the event (in Italian)

Energy and climate goals for 2030

On 22 January 2013 the Commission proposed energy and climate objectives to be met by 2030. The objectives send a strong signal to the market, encouraging private investment in new pipelines and electricity networks or low-carbon technologies.

To know more visit the European Commission website

What are the objectives?

  • 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions (compared to 1990 levels)
  • To achieve at least a 27% share of renewable energy consumption
  • Energy efficiency to play a vital role, but no specific target at this point.

What about biomass?

According to the European Commision "an improved biomass policy will also be necessary to maximise the resource efficient use of biomass in order to deliver robust and verifiable greenhouse gas savings and to allow for fair competition between the various uses of biomass resources in the construction sector, paper and pulp industries and biochemical and energy production. This should also encompass the sustainable use of land, the sustainable management of forests in line with the EU's forest strategy and address indirect land use effects as with biofuels."

Read at pag. 60 of the "Impact assessment on energy and climate policy up to 2030" what is the estimated biomass demand for energy purposes according to different policy scenarios.


Publications section activated!

Visit the Publications page of the website and dowload the first BIOTEAM publications.

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