Data & Information
- WWF has published within the framework of the Living Forest campaign a report analyzing the role of the bioenergy sector in deforestation, forest management and expansion of fast growing tree plantations. The report also formulates a number of recommendations on how to address these.
- The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has created the FAO Sustainable Bioenergy Toolkit, which provides decision support tools and a host of resources and case studies for policy-makers, investors, and producers.
- One such tool is the Decision Support Tool for Sustainability Bioenergy focused on helping to guide policy frameworks and development plans in emerging markets.
- The International Energy Agency, in cooperation with OECD, has produced the report From 1st to 2nd Generation Biofuels, providing an analysis and summary of the latest biofuel production technologies and research, including on a crop-specific basis.
Evaluation & Certification
- The Roundtable for Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) Self-Assessment Tool is a free online service that uses the RSB Standard to assess environmental and social risks associated with liquid biofuel production.
- Leveraging the criteria of the RSB, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has created the IDB Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard, which aims to help stakeholders identify and manage the complex ESG issues that face new bioenergy projects.
- Many tools detailed here, as well as the RSB, draw in part on the FAO’s Bioenergy and Food Security Criteria and Indicators (BEFSCI) project, which maintains and develops “a set of principles, criteria, indicators, good practices and policy options on sustainable bioenergy production that safeguards and, if possible, fosters food security”: