“Mobilising Sustainable biomass chains for the Dutch context”
16/17-Oct-2018, Springhouse, Amsterdam

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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.

30 experts 2 days 1 space

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:

Team results

Team 1

Team 2
Mobilizing biomass done right


End of workshop team presentation (PDF)

Team 3
Two pathways to mobilize biomass

End of workshop team presentation (pdf, slideshow)

Team 4
In search of unused residues

End of workshop team presentation (slideshow)

Team 5
BioHubs – Build, Bring and Bunk


End of workshop presentation (PDF)

Presentations and key-note speaches


Eric van den Heuvel

Director Platform Sustainable Biofuels

Framing of the challenge and urgency of the issue. Describing the set up of the workshop and explanation of the ‘Rules of the Game’

Find here Eric’s presentation as slideshow or as pdf.

Keynote speech

Olivier Dubois

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:

  1. Accept that sustainable bioenergy is complex. Therefore assessing its sustainability is context specific and should be undertaken case by case.
  2. FAO and others have the knowledge, tools and approaches to achieve sustainable biomass production.
  3. Resources for biofuels per se are not good or bad. It depends on how they are managed.
  4. 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

Ingvar Landälv

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

Carla Chidichimo

TrueCoulours Textiles

Carla of TrueColour Textiles highlighted in her presentation the issues that are encountered in the fashion and apparel industry with respect to sustainability and certification.

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


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.”


Nova Insitute

Sugar as Feedstock for the Chemical Industry – What is the most sustainable option?


Fermentable sugar as a raw material for the chemical industry: first generation as sustainable as the second – significant reduction in greenhouse gases for both

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.


A test of Endurance: Addressing migration and security risks by means of landscape restoration in Africa – Planetary Security Initiative – Louise van Schaik, Ries Kamphof, Stefano Sarris, 2018


How bamboo can save the world

EU Project

BioTrade 2020 +Interactive Tool

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.


Bioenergy can solve some of our climate problems, but not all of them at once. -Stephanie Searle, International Council on Clean Transportation, 2018.

EU Project

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?


Future harvesting pressure on European forests. – G.J. Nabuurs, A. Pussinen, J. van  Brusselen, M.J. Schelhaas, 2006

EU Project

European Forest Resource analysis tools.

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.

This handbook is an outcome of the EU-funded SIMWOOD project (see also elsewhere  on this page). The results of the project are accessible through the websites and/or


Shubhendu Sharma: How to grow a forest in your backyard | TED Talk


How to grow a forest in your backyard?


Marginal Lands: Concept, Assessment and Management – Shujiang Kang, Wilfred M. Post, Jeff A. Nichols, Dali Wang, Tristram O. West, Varaprasad Bandaru & Roberto C. Izaurralde, 2013


Quick scan Literature Review on Biofuels Feedstock Resource Availability. -Eric van den Heuvel, Sub Group Advanced Biofuels (SGAB), 2016.


Seedballs- Great Solution to Deforestation-Regrowing Trees


The future of farming and agriculture


The Energy Report- 100% Renewable energy by 2050 – WWF, Ecofys, OMA/AMO 2011


The role of biomass and bioenergy in a future bioeconomy: Policies and facts – Nicolae Scarlat, Jean-François Dallemand, Fabio Monforti-Ferrario, Viorel Nita, 2015


Het platte dak wordt steeds groener in Rotterdam. Maino Remmers- NOS 2017.


50 Years ago this was a wasteland. He changed everything.

Position paper

Advanced biofuels – a fast lane for transport decarbonization. Climate change mitigation requires innovative solutions and firm action from all of us – UPM, 2018


Chasing ice – The calving of the Jakobshavn Glacier


BE-Sustainable – The magazine of bioenergy and the Bioeconomy, March 2018: Denmark, a living lab for bioenergy

Policy Brief

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.

Position Paper

Actieplan Bos  en Hout, 2006


New York Cities’ greenhouse gas emissions as one-tone sphere of carbon dioxide gas


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