• 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.

BIOTEAM is featured in "Torino Ambiente"

BIOTEAM is featured in "Torino Ambiente", the quarterly newsletter on environmental subjects published by the Chamber of Commerce of Turin. Read the article on page 10 and 11 (in Italian).

BIOTEAM presentation

BIOTEAM has been presented in Turin (Italy) during the workshop "Biorefinery for the production of energy and bio-based products", held on 29-30 October 2013. The workshop addressed the state of art and the perspectives of research for the development of biorefineries intended to produce energy and bio-based added value chemicals from renewable sources comprising both dedicated crops and biowastes of urban, agriculture and agro-industrial origin.

The workshop has been organized in the framework of the Intelligent Energy Europe BIOTEAM project and of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology EUBIS Action.

95 people from universities, reasearch centers, private sector and public authorities attended the meeting.

Click here to know more and to download the speakers' contributions.

BIOTEAM is featured in JIQ

BIOTEAM is featured in JIQ, the e-magazine on climate and sustainability published by the JI Network.
Read the article "BIOTEAM – Optimizing Biomass to Energy Systems in Europe" on page 5 and 6.

The last report by IEA -Task 42

Available in electronic format the last report by IEA -Task 42 on biorefineries (Biofuel-driven Biorefineries)

Preliminary contacts have been estabilished between BIOTEAM project and Task 42 representatives.

Funny Report..!

Read a nice and funny report (in finnish) on the last meeting of the BIOTEAM project in Helsinki (26-27 September) written by Kaija Hakala of MTT Agrifood Research, one of the BIOTEAM Finnish partners.

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