AEBIOM position in the project: Project Partner

In short:

The Biomass Policies project brings together eminent experts on biomass and bioenergy from various key European institutions, such as Imperial College London, VITO, IINAS, ECN, and 11 national energy agencies with key policy evidence and models to provide a better understanding of how the biomass resource can be efficiently integrated in the energy & biomaterial systems taking into account the domestic availability of resources, new conversion technologies as well as new stimulation and regulation measures.


  • Define sustainable indigenous bioenergy value chains (energy & fuel) with high relevance at EU 27, and the participating MS level and quantify resource efficiency, sustainability aspects and competition with other sectors. This gives the participating Member States guidance on which value chains they can focus their efforts on with high potential impact on the market, and provides concrete SWOT analyses for these value chains for the respective MS.
  • Develop country profiles for the participating Member States of their policy landscapes for the selected high relevant bioenergy value chains (over the different relevant policy fields, i.e. energy, economy, agriculture, environment), as a basis for an overall policy framework towards a sustainable bio-based economy.
  • Benchmarking of existing policy approaches for their current and expected market impact (in relation to NREAP targets), efficient use of resources, abatement of sustainability risks and dealing with competition with non-energy sectors relying on the same type of biomass.
  • Creating (future) concepts for integrated biomass policy frameworks, tailored to meet EU27 and national requirements, supporting the mobilization of indigenous resource efficient bioenergy value chains (towards heat, electricity, CHP and advanced biofuels), but in the same time creating synergies and keeping a level playing field with other biomass applications to open opportunities for a sustainable bio-based economy (e.g. through cascading and biorefineries). The impacts of these policy frameworks towards NREAP targets with be quantified through modelling.
  • Creating an interactive policy platform and work closely with national administrations (through the participating energy agencies) to provide input with regards to biomass value chains and national policies, to validate project findings, and to work towards policy implementation. In addition to the policy platform a structured interaction with industry and market stakeholders will be organized to build sectoral support for the integrated policy frameworks and proposals.
  • Translation of policy frameworks into concrete proposals for national policy legislation in the participating countries, developed in a participative approach with national administrations and industry and market stakeholders.

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Project Leader Interview: HERE

Project Duration: 01.04.2013 – 01.03.2016


Nathalie Hemeleers