IEA Bioenergy is an international collaborative agreement set up in 1978 by the
International Energy Agency (IEA) to improve international co-operation and
information exchange between national bioenergy R&D programmes. IEA
Bioenergy aims to accelerate the use of environmentally sound and
cost-competitive bioenergy on a sustainable basis, and thereby achieve a
substantial contribution to meeting future energy demands.
Nineteen countries or organisations, designated by their governments,
take part in IEA Bioenergy : Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada,
Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand,
Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the USA and the European
The fields of operation of IEA Bioenergy are (for period 2001-2003) :
- Solid biomass fuels standardisation and classification.
- Socio-economic aspects of bioenergy systems.
- Short rotation crops for bioenergy systems.
- Conventional forestry systems for sustainable production of bioenergy.
- Biomass combustion and co-firing.
- Thermal gasification of biomass.
- Pyrolysis of biomass.
- Techno-economic assessments for bioenergy applications.
- Energy from integrated solid waste management systems.
- Energy from biogas and landfill gas.
- Greenhouse gas balances of biomass and bioenergy systems.
- Liquid biofuels.
For more information, see IEA Bioenergy's web site :