• 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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Luke and Lrcaf, the Finnish and the Lithuanian BIOTEAM partners, presented project's findings at the 23rd European Biomass Conference & Exhibition, held in Vienna from 1 to 4 June 2015.

Download the poster and the presentation "Renewable energy sustainability is not self-evident and varies between pathways and countries".


BIOTEAM at the EU SEW 2015



Fondazione per l'Ambiente and JIN, the Italian and the Dutch BIOTEAM partners, will join the speaker’s corner during the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015, held in the Committee of the Regions building in Brussels on 17 and 18 June.

Daniele Russolillo will deliver a speech on the Market Mapping of district heating systems - policy interactions, market barriers and economic regulation, while Eise Spijker will discuss about Biomass cascading in dynamic market environments.

Download the presentations:



BIOTEAM presented during the Workshop "AlterPELLET"


Fondazione per l'Ambiente - Turin School of Local Regulation, the Italian BIOTEAM partner, will join the round table during the Workshop "AlterPELLET" that will be held in Turin on Wednesday, June 10th.

The AlterPELLET project, realized by the Polytechnic of Turin with the cooperation of several private stakeholders, is focused on the development of a local and sustainable bioenergy pathway in Piedmont Region (North-West Italy), based on an innovative type of wood fuel, similar to woodchips, that can be used in domestic and small size boilers in place of pellets.

During the round table, Daniele Russolillo will present BIOTEAM findings and explore possible synergies between the two projects.

Visit the page of the event (in Italian).

Seminar on the market mapping of bioenergy pathways in Poland

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BIOTEAM Polish partner is having a Regional Seminar on the Bioenergy Pathways on February 25th in Gdansk, Poland.
The Seminar is organized together with the Pomeranian Province Administration and is supported by the Regional Environmental Fund in the frame of project activities related to Bioenergy market system analysis. Key bioenergy markets stakeholders (private and public) are expected to participate in the event. The Seminar programme includes both presentations as well as discussion on the sustainability of different bioenergy pathways, based on participating stakeholders experience.

Download the programme of the Workshop (in Polish).


Workshop on market mapping of solid pathways in Italy




The Italian BIOTEAM partner, Foundation for the Environment, and the Chamber of Commerce of Turin organize the workshop: "Forestry-wood sector: what key to a sustainable development?".
The event, realized in partnership with the Polytechnic of Turin and Cluster Legno Piemonte, will be held in Turin during the morning of 28th January 2015.

Project Partners


Contact Us

Laan Corpus den Hoorn 300, 9728 JT Groningen, Netherlands

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


Via Maria Vittoria 38, 10123, Torino (TO), Italy

Daniele Russolillo@: daniele.russolillo@fondazioneambiente.org
Alice Montalto@: alice.montalto@fondazioneambiente.org

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