Chalmers Energy Area of Advance / Global Bioenergy Partnership

Bioenergy, water and SDG implementation: Experiences and linkages

Thursday 31 August | 09.00-10.30 | Room: FH 300
Summer Bloom in the Baltic Sea (Credit: Jeff Schmaltz)

This event disseminates the outcomes of an initiative to collect examples of positive bioenergy and water linkages. This collection showcases innovative examples of how bioenergy systems - in both the feedstock production and conversion phases - can produce positive impacts on the status of water. The examples that have been documented so far cover a wide range of geographic locations, feedstocks, bioenergy pathways and practices. They come from 11 countries across six continents: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Paraguay, South Africa and the United States of America. Each example includes qualitative and/or quantitative data on the positive impacts on water quality and availability, biomass/bioenergy production as well as any possible co-benefits that were observed.

The event builds on an integrative understanding of bioenergy and water, aiming to contribute to SDG implementation. Selected positive examples will be presented together with learning from activities addressing linkages between SDGs and the GBEP Sustainability Indicators, which are intended to guide analysis undertaken of bioenergy at the domestic level with a view to informing decision making and facilitating the sustainable development of bioenergy in a manner consistent with multilateral trade.


09:00 Introduction to the work of GBEP and the Sustainability Indicators – Links between SDGs and GBEP Sustainability Indicators 
Uwe Fritsche
, IEA Bioenergy, and IINAS 

09.10 Introduction to the work of Activity Group 6 on Bioenergy and Water and Publication on “Examples of Positive Bioenergy and Water Relationships”
Göran Berndes
, IEA Bioenergy and Chalmers University of Technology 

09.20 Case studies on Positive Bioenergy and Water Relationships
Ronald S. Zalesny Jr., USDA Forest Service, and Ioannis Dimitriou, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

10.00 The experience of the Stockholm Environment Institute
Louise Karlberg, Stockholm Environment Institute

10.10 Interactive Discussion
Moderator: Uwe Fritsche, IEA Bioenergy

10.30 Close of session


A summary document is available in the "Resources" section.

We thank all particpants for contributing to a stimulating event.