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    • Sustainable Rural Bioenergy Solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa: A collection of good practices

      This collection aims to provide a reference for policy makers and practitioners working to scale up bioenergy in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. Energy, agriculture, forestry, environment, finance and business experts all seek for solutions to provide energy and also enhance food security, social welfare and environmental sustainability.

      Publications Reports Bioenergy & biofuels Technology Bioenergy Policy
    • Biofuel potential in Southeast Asia: Raising food yields, reducing food waste and utilising residues

      Southeast Asia has considerable resources to produce liquid biofuels sustainably, using biomass feedstocks that would not cause carbon-dioxide emissions or interfere with food supply. This report offers detailed estimates of biomass resource potential for Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. According to an IRENA assessment, advanced biofuels could provide as much as 7.3 exajoules of primary energy per annum in Southeast Asia by 2050, or half of the region’s total primary bioenergy potential.

      Publications Reports Climate Action Bioenergy & biofuels Technology Energy transition
    • Sugarcane bioenergy in Southern Africa: Economic potential for sustainable scale-up

      This study reviews the bioenergy potential from sugarcane and associated development costs in seven sugar-producing countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), aiming to provide a foundation for more detailed country-level studies exploring practical potential.

      Publications Reports Bioenergy & biofuels Technology
    • Renewable Energy for Agriculture: Insights from Southeast Asia

      This report examines the role of renewables in meeting growing energy needs in the agriculture sector in an inclusive and environmentally sustainable manner.

      Reports Publications Socio-economic impact Energy transition Bioenergy & biofuels Technology Buildings & cities
    • Advanced biofuels: What holds them back?

      Advanced liquid biofuels are important for low-carbon transport development. A survey of industry executives highlights regulatory uncertainty as a key market barrier.

      Publications Reports Bioenergy & biofuels Technology
    • Global Bioenergy Supply and Demand Projections: A working paper for REmap 2030

      Biomass has an auspicious future in the world’s supply of renewable energy. REmap 2030, the global roadmap developed by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), foresees a major role for modern, sustainable biomass technologies in efforts to double the share of renewables in the energy mix.

      Publications Reports Bioenergy & biofuels Technology Bioenergy Policy
    • A Pathway to Decarbonise the Shipping Sector by 2050

      This report explores the options and actions needed to progress towards a decarbonised maritime shipping sector by 2050 identifying a realistic pathway to reach the 1.5°C climate goal.

      Publications Reports Transport Technology Energy efficiency Technology Bioenergy & biofuels Technology Hydrogen Technology Wind energy Technology Costs Bioenergy Policy
    • Solid Biomass Supply for Heat and Power: Technology Brief

      This technology brief from IRENA examines the multi-dimensional logistical challenges of establishing a steady supply chain for solid biomass.

      Publications Reports Bioenergy & biofuels Technology Power Generation Costs Costs Energy transition in end uses Policy
    • Biomass for Heat and Power

      This IRENA/IEA-ETSAP technology brief provides technical background analyses the potential and barriers for market growth, and offers insights for policy makers on biomass for heat and power.

      Publications Reports Bioenergy & biofuels Technology
    • Biomass Potential in Africa

      Biomass Potential in Africa, a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the German Biomass Research Centre (DBFZ), compiles recent studies assessing bioenergy potential for the continent, compares their methodologies, benchmarks the results, and identifies the key parameters for those assessments.

      Publications Reports Bioenergy Policy Bioenergy & biofuels Technology
    • Biofuel potential in Sub-Saharan Africa: Raising food yields, reducing food waste and utilising residues

      This report offers detailed estimates of the biomass resource potential in Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda. With conversion to advanced liquid biofuels, sustainable biomass feedstock could potentially meet or exceed the five countries’ combined fuel needs for transport in 2050, according IRENA estimates.

      Publications Reports Bioenergy & biofuels Technology
    • Testing IRENA’s biogas survey guidelines: Lessons learned in six countries

      The report suggests was to improve biogas data collection, including reducing survey costs, improving response rates, simplifying the data collected and using local knowledge about previous projects and programmes.

      Publications Reports Guidelines Statistics Bioenergy & biofuels Technology Innovation indicators Innovation
    • Recycle: Bioenergy

      Sustainable bioenergy could even out solar and wind variability and replace fossil fuels for industry, transport and buildings.

      Publications Reports Renewable Energy Roadmap (ReMap) Global Bioenergy & biofuels Technology Bioenergy Policy Energy transition in end uses Policy Power Generation Costs Costs Circular economy Policy
    • Biogas for road vehicles: Technology brief

      Switching to biogas as vehicle fuel can reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector between 60% and 80% compared to fossil-based fuels like gasoline and diesel.

      Publications Reports Bioenergy & biofuels Technology
    • Innovation Outlook: Advanced Liquid Biofuels

      IRENA’s Renewable Energy Innovation Outlook series analyses the emerging developments making renewable energy technologies (RETs) increasingly competitive in the world’s energy markets and systems.

      Publications Reports Bioenergy & biofuels Technology
    • Measuring small-scale biogas capacity and production

      This field guide presents various methodologies for estimating biogas capacity, production and consumption. Such information can be integrated into national censuses, household surveys and energy surveys.

      Publications Reports Guidelines Statistics Bioenergy & biofuels Technology
    • Production of Bioethylene: Technology brief

      This technology brief examines the potential of bioethylene for the production of clean bio-ethanol and reduced impact of the chemical industry on the environment.

      Publications Reports Bioenergy Policy Bioenergy & biofuels Technology
    • Biomass Co-firing: Technology brief

      This brief focuses on biomass co-firing as a transition option towards a completely carbon-free power sector.

      Publications Reports Bioenergy Policy Bioenergy & biofuels Technology
    • Off-grid Renewable Energy Statistics 2021

      This publication presents statistics for the decade 2010-2019 in trilingual tables, covering off-grid power capacity, biogas production and numbers of people using off-grid power and biogas for cooking and lighting.

      Publications Reports Statistics Off-grid for energy access Bioenergy & biofuels Technology Hydropower Technology Solar energy Technology
    • Technology Briefs

      This series of technology briefs provides technical background information, analyses market potential and barriers and provides insights for policy makers on key types of renewable energy technology. The briefs, produced by IRENA in collaboration with the International Energy Agency’s Energy Technology Systems Analysis Programme (IEA-ETSAP), cover different technologies or processes:

      Publications Reports Bioenergy & biofuels Technology Solar energy Technology Ocean Technology Geothermal energy Technology
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