“Mobilising Sustainable biomass chains for the Dutch context”
16/17-Oct-2018, Springhouse, Amsterdam
Reports, presentations and background information of the ‘free-exploration’Workshop in which an international group off experts explored opportunities to sustainably increase biomass availability in a future fossil-free, bio-based and circular context.
About 30 (inter)national experts from different backgrounds were brought together for two days to freely explore and exchange knowledge and insights on how to possible address the transition to a biobased an circular economy. At the end of the two days, results were presented to interested stakeholders.
Below you wil find:
- Presentation of the teams
- Links to Key-note presentations
- Background reading and watching material
Experts sharing their views
Experts share their views:
Presentations and key-note speaches
FAO Food and Agricultural Organisation
“I know that in the Netherlands you are trying to find ways to mobilize production of biomass in a sustainable way. From the FAO’s point of view we have the following recommendations:
- Accept that sustainable bioenergy is complex. Therefore assessing its sustainability is context specific and should be undertaken case by case.
- FAO and others have the knowledge, tools and approaches to achieve sustainable biomass production.
- Resources for biofuels per se are not good or bad. It depends on how they are managed.
- Biomass production for materials and energy should contribute to investments in sustainable agriculture and should be part of sustainable agriculture.”
Introduction to the Leaders of Sustainable Fuel Change Concept
Independent consultant, former chairman ETIP-Bioenergy
Ingvar provided – via a Skype talk – the workshop with insights on how to convert the procurement game when purchasing trucks. Bringing together a group of companies, each with high transport needs, jointly procuring trucks under the condition of sustainable fuel operation
Find here Ingvar’s presentation.
Sustainability in the Fashion supply chain –
Example from another sector
Find here Carla’s presentation.
Further material to read and/or watch
This information below was provided by the experts as background and preparation for the workshop.
Interview Olivier Dubois (FAO) on biofuels production – by Driven by Nature
Reforms must prepare the UK countryside for climate change and ensure that our use of land supports reduced emissions, says the UK Committee on climate Change.
Two reports are published:
Royal Haskoning DHV: “Nederland moet meer inzetten op biomassa voor elektriciteit en chemische industry”
Haskoning DHV stelt: “Nederland moet veel meer inzetten op biomassa. Niet alleen voor opwekking van elektriciteit, maar ook als grondstof voor de chemische industrie. Er is namelijk geen ander realistisch duurzaam alternatief voor fossiele grondstoffen voor het productieproces van onder meer plastic. Investeren in biomassa biedt bovendien kansen voor de regio Groningen die een nieuwe motor kan worden van de Nederlandse economie.”
New study conducts quantitative and qualitative sustainability assessment of bio-based raw materials for the chemical industry
An extensive sustainability study carried out by nova-Institute shows that first-generation fermentable sugar is just as advantageous for a sustainable raw materials strategy of the European chemical industry as second-generation sugar. The results indicate that the poor reputation of first-generation agricultural commodities is in no way scientifically justifiable. It would therefore be counterproductive to restrict the use of sugar plants.
How bamboo can save the world
The main aim is to provide guidelines for the development of a European Bioenergy Trade Strategy for 2020 and beyond. It should ensure that imported biomass feedstock is sustainably sourced and used in an efficient way, while avoiding distortion of other markets
The Future of Petrochemicals – Towards a more sustainable chemical industry – a new report by IEA, the International Energy Agency, 2018.
The report takes a close look at the consequences of growing demand for chemical products, and what can be done to accelerate a clean energy transition for the petrochemical industry.
“Modern bioenergy is critical to meeting global climate change goals”, say Kimmo Tiillikainen, Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing of Finland, and Fatih Birol, Executive Director of IEA, the International Energy Agency, 2018.
S2Biom. – Tools for Biomass Chains.
The project supports the sustainable delivery of non-food biomass feedstock at local, regional and pan European level through developing harmonised data sets, strategies, and roadmaps at local, regional, national and pan European level for EU28, Western Balkans, Ukraine, Moldova and Turkey that can be accessed via this S2BIOM tool set.
Agroforestry, what is it? -BBC 2018
What is six Thinking Hats?
Various modelling and mapping tools aim to provide accurate and to the point information concerning European forests, their management and the fulfillment of functions like wood availability, carbon sequestration, biodiversity, etc
Creative thinking – how to get out of the box and generate ideas.
Mobilising more wood therefore offers a major opportunity for Europe to reduce its impacts on the environment and develop a sustainable bio- based economy. Today, Europe’s large unused wood potential is ‘locked’ in forests where harvesting is limited due to complex barriers associated with regulation, accessibility, ownership structures and other technical, social and economic factors. A large share of the unused potential can be mobilised through more active forest management and without disturbing other forest functions.
Shubhendu Sharma: How to grow a forest in your backyard | TED Talk
How to grow a forest in your backyard?
Seedballs- Great Solution to Deforestation-Regrowing Trees
The future of farming and agriculture
50 Years ago this was a wasteland. He changed everything.
Chasing ice – The calving of the Jakobshavn Glacier
The SIMWOOD project – A demonstration of the potential to increase wood mobilisation; Policy Brief – Tim Green, Christophe Orazio, Uwe Kies, David Edwards
Simwood was an EU project on sustainable wood mobilisation from European forests. The European resources were modelled in large detail and taking into accounted fragmented forest owners, steep slopes, nature reserves, etc., then it was estimated that, at a maximum, Europe can mobilise an additional 60 million m3/y.
New York Cities’ greenhouse gas emissions as one-tone sphere of carbon dioxide gas