Extending the RED Sustainability Requirements to Solid Bioenergy: REDEX

The EU Renewable Energies Directive (RED) established mandatory sustainability requirements for liquid bioenergy carriers (biofuels) in 2008, and since then, the discussion is on extending these criteria to all bioenergy (i.e. also to solid and gaseous). With funding from BfN and own resources, IINAS provides scientific support for this discussion, and established, together with partners from EU countries and institutions, a series of “Joint Workshops” on extending the RED sustainability requirements to solid bioenergy:

This process lead in December 2012 to a joint outcome paper (updated July 2013) on scientific knowledge and recommendations on sustainability criteria and indicators for solid bioenergy from forests.

The 4th Joint Workshop was held from July 1-2, 2013 together with the JRC in Arona, IT (see presentations - a summary will be available soon).

Furthermore, a Canadian-EU workshop was held in Quebec, Canada at the Forêt Montmorency Research Center from Oct. 3-5, 2012, co-organized by Natural Resources Canada, Laval University, IEA Bioenergy Tasks 40 + 43, GBEP, and IINAS (see report from this meeting).

From October 23-24, 2013, the US-CA-EU Workshop "Transatlantic Trade in Wood for Energy: A Dialogue on Sustainability Standards and Greenhouse Gas Emissions" took place in Savannah, Georgia (USA).

IINAS also contributes to the Sustainable Biomass Partnership (formerly Initiative Wood Pellet Buyers - IWPB), and aims to working with the EU FLEGT Facility on consistent regulatory approaches and options for sustainable bioenergy criteria and indicators in UN-REDD.