Global Sustainable Bioenergy Project

BE-Basic supports and participates in the Global Sustainable Bioenergy (GSB) project. This project was initiated by Prof. Lee Lynd from Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth (U.S.A.). The GSB projects aims at a global analysis of the feasibility of large-scale Bioenergy production. The GSB project is being executed in three stages:


Stage 1: Organise Continental Conventions

In the first stage of the project five continental conventions for stakeholders were held in 2010:

Europe (hosted by the Kluyver Centre for Genomics of Industrial Fermentation, The Netherlands)
Africa (hosted by the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa)
Latin America (hosted by the University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Asia/Oceania (hosted by the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia)
North America (hosted by the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St. Paul, USA)

These conventions gathered input for stage 2 and 3 by the completion of five resolutions for each convention and in a common final resolution that was agreed at the North America Convention.

Stage 2: Testing the working hypothesis

Test the working hypothesis that it is physically possible to gracefully reconcile very large-scale bioenergy production with competing land demands (e.g. to produce energy for more than a quarter of global mobility or equivalent);

Stage 3: Develop recommendations

Develop recommended transition paths and policies based on the analysis of issues related to:

  • Macroeconomics
  • Environment
  • Ethics
  • Equity
  • Local-scale effects on rural economies

Visit the GSB website for more information.