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Decarbonising the energy sector with bioenergy – EERA launch R&D&I agenda

Bioheat, biopower, and biofuels are able to provide significant benefits to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, increase energy security and create new opportunities for sustainable economic growth. Researchers from 36 organisations in 18 countries have published an agenda that defines priorities and perspectives to 2030 and beyond to align national research, development, and innovation efforts across borders and thereby unleash the full power of bio-based solutions in the energy transition.

Marking the 2019 International Day of Forests (March 21), Professor Andrea Monti of the University of Bologna, Coordinator of the EERA Joint Programme on Bioenergy (left), presents the new “Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda” to Adel El Gammal, Secretary-General of EERA (photo courtesy EERA).

The “Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda” of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Joint Programme on Bioenergy aligns research efforts across borders and provides guidance for policymakers. The Joint Programme on Bioenergy within EERA brings together excellent scientists from the main European universities, research alliances, technology centres, scientific agencies, institutes and associations active in biomass and bioenergy research.

We have aligned the priorities and key performance indicators in our common Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) with those identified in the SET-Plan (1). Moreover, research recommendations from the SRIA of the European Technology and Innovation Platform Bioenergy, as well as input obtained from international stakeholders and common research priorities agreed upon in other EERA Joint Programmes, have been integrated. The agenda thus provides extensive and well-founded guidance to policymakers and administrators at all levels who are deciding on and designing framework programmes for research and innovation commented Professor Andrea Monti of the University of Bologna and Coordinator of the Joint Programme.

A common set of R&I priorities for the coming years

The “Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda” represents the consensus of the involved researchers on how to address the challenges of decarbonisation policies from a research and innovation perspective by means of bio-based solutions.

The overall objective is to accelerate the implementation of SET-Plan priorities and actions in order to contribute to decarbonising the energy sector, an issue where bioenergy is an essential component of a future low-carbon technologies basket in all climate change mitigation scenarios.

The Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda helps:

  • Align research priorities and activities of the many organisations participating in the Joint Programme, and thereby of the main European actors in the field to create a technical-scientific basis for further development of advanced bioenergy routes;
  • Align research priorities and activities with other stakeholders, while also promoting international co-operation;
  • Assess research and innovation priorities to accelerate the implementation of bioenergy and circular bioeconomy in Europe;
  • Promote the possibilities for joint technology development, in order to help accelerate the implementation of the SET-Plan objectives;
  • Create an entry point for other researchers and industry stakeholders for them to connect with the researchers in the Joint Programme. This will allow for further aligning priorities and establishing a mutually benefitting collaboration.
About EERA

The European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) is an association of European public research centres and universities active in low-carbon energy research. Bringing together more than 250 organisations from 30 countries, EERA is Europe’s largest energy research community. EERA coordinates its research activities through 17 Joint Programmes and is a key player in the European Union’s Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan.

The EERA Joint Programme on Bioenergy gathers Europe’s main research organisations in the fields of bioenergy and bioeconomy. It promotes international co-operation to accelerate the implementation of SET-Plan priorities and actions, contributing to the decarbonisation of the energy sector by assessing research, development, and innovation. Bioenergy in all its forms (power, heat, and biofuels) is an essential component of the existing and future low-carbon technologies mix in all climate-change mitigation scenarios.

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