The general objectives of this project for EU DG ENER is to contribute to the efficient implementation by the EU Member States of the new REDII sustainability criteria applying to forest biomass (following a risk-based approach) and to agriculture biomass. This work will also assist economic operators in the sourcing of sustainable biomass for energy generation, and auditors and verifiers in their assessment on whether economic operators have effectively complied with the new EU bioenergy sustainability criteria.
The project consists of the following four tasks:
- Task 1. Development of a proposal for a guidance document on the implementation of the new risk-based sustainability criteria for forest biomass, including explaining relevant concepts, developing a method to apply those criteria, and identifying available evidence to show sustainability compliance.
- Task 2. Development of a proposal for a guidance document on the implementation of the new sustainability criteria for agriculture biomass, including explaining relevant concepts, a method for compliance, and identifying available evidence to show sustainability compliance.
- Task 3. Preparing 32 country fact-sheets including a legal analysis of whether national or sub-national laws in 32 countries (the EU Member States and 5 third countries) address the new forest biomass criteria laid down in REDII; and carrying out a number of case studies to test on the ground the methods/types of evidence proposed in Tasks 1 and 2 and to identify risks and uncertainties and ways to address them.
- Task 4. Supporting the Commission in its dialogue with stakeholders with the view to collect feedback on the proposed approaches/methods and ensure accuracy and objectivity of the overall project findings. This includes the organization of two stakeholder workshops. A first stakeholder workshop was organised in the fall of 2019. A second stakeholder workshop will be organised in the spring of 2020. The workshops are complemented with ad-hoc consultations of relevant experts from the EU and third countries.
Stakeholders and consultation
A first stakeholder workshop was held on the 11th of October 2019 to collect input from a broad range of stakeholders. The workshop report can be downloaded here and the project presentation slides can be downloaded here.
A second stakeholder workshop is scheduled for April/May 2020 in which the draft guidance for forest and agricultural biomass, as well as the draft factsheets and case studies will be presented. All deliverables will also be published on this website, as to allow for consultation by the public. Instructions will be provided once deliverables are open for consultation.
Project coordination and contacts
The REDIIBIO project consortium is led by Navigant and includes the European Forest Institute (EFI), the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), the Oeko Institute and the Spatial Informatics Group (SIG).
- REDIIBIO Coordinator: NAVIGANT / Michèle Koper, email: michele.koper @ navigant.com
- Task 1 lead: Jo Van Brusselen, EFI, email: jo.vanbrusselen @ efi.int
- Task 2 lead: Silvia Nanni, IEEP, email: Snanni @ ieep.eu
- Task 3 lead: Michèle Koper, email: michele.koper @ navigant.com
- Task 4 lead: Michèle Koper, email: michele.koper @ navigant.com
The results of the REDIIBIO project have been produced under contract (no. ENER/Cl/2019-439/S12.807585) with the European Union. Opinions expressed in any of the project outputs are those of the contractors only and do not represent the contracting authority’s official position. Neither do any of the project outputs reflect an official position of the European Forest Institute.