World Bioenergy Association invites engagement on biomass sustainability

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A new paper, “Transparency, trust and best practice of responsible biomass use”, published on 19 April by the World Bioenergy Association (WBA), explores the Glasgow Declaration on Sustainable Bioenergy, some of the nuances of the public debate on sustainability and the importance of getting bioenergy right.
The International Energy Agency’s landmark Net Zero Emissions report calls for modern, sustainably-sourced bioenergy to meet almost 20% of global energy needs by 2050.
The bioenergy sector must therefore make it clear to all stakeholders, whether policymakers, regulators, the third sector or the public that the sector is committed to high standards in every aspect of sustainability, according to the WBA.
The paper also acknowledges the need for precision in public debate, which it reports has become polarised in some parts of the world.
The Glasgow Declaration on Sustainable Bioenergy, launched at COP26, set out 16 high-level sustainability principles for responsible biomass use.
The aim of the principles is to create a simplified framework version of regulations and requirements needed in sustainable bioenergy, to enable a more nuanced debate about what makes the right conditions for sustainability through regulation, certification and best practice.
Industry players and stakeholders are now invited to use the Glasgow Declaration as a starting framework to discuss and develop sustainability best practice in a dialogue within and beyond the global industry. As the bioenergy sector expands, we all have a responsibility to ensure sustainability is at the heart of any biomass use, according to the report.
Christian Rakos, president of the World Bioenergy Association, said: “For bioenergy to contribute to climate change mitigation, it must be sustainable. That means working together to improve trust, understanding and best practice.
“Bioenergy is an essential tool for delivering net zero emissions, but only when delivered under the right conditions. As the bioenergy sector expands around the world, we have launched the Glasgow Declaration on Sustainable Bioenergy as a starting framework for advancing sustainability best practice and enabling a more nuanced debate on what those right conditions look like.”
Alan Knight, group director of sustainability at Drax, said: “Drax is committed to ensuring the biomass we source delivers positive outcomes for the climate, for nature and for the communities in which we operate.
“As part of this commitment, Drax is proud to support the Glasgow Declaration on Sustainable Bioenergy as a dialogue for improving understanding and best practice in biomass sourcing globally. We look forward to engaging further with stakeholders both within and outside of the industry with the aim of embedding the Declaration’s principles into meaningful and consistent standards and regulations around bioenergy use.“

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