Register for the SCOPE report workshop, June 17 in Brussels, Belgium

juni 08, 2015

Brussels, June 17th 2015
Committee of the Regions Building
7th floor, 16:00-17:30

Organized by SCOPE, FAPESP and BE5Basic

More than 100 experts from 24 countries contributed to the report, including 15 EU’s leading institutions. The report presents main findings and recommendations on current production, use of bioenergy and growth potential, considering such aspects as land use, feedstocks, technologies, impacts and policies.

In the workshop authors will highlight key findings and conclusions in the light of the recent changes to European policies.

Where next for Europe as we debate the role of bioenergy in the 2030 and 2050 time horizons?

The Bioenergy & Sustainability report calls attention to the value of bioenergy as an alternative power source and as an option to reduce the impact of fossil fuel combustion. The authors affirm  that  sufficient  land  is  available  worldwide  for  expansion  of  biomass  cultivation,  that most of this land is in Latin America and Africa, and that the use of these areas for bioenergy production  would  not  represent  a  threat  to  food  security  and  biodiversity under  adequate conditions. Moreover, they present evidence that soil improvement technologies, production chain   integration   and   use   of   bioenergy  by products  could   boost  economic  performance, enhance food quality, reduce pollution and create jobs. The report highlights the opportunities for enhancement  of  energy  security  and  mitigation  of  climate  change  through  advanced biomass  conversion  technologies  that  would  also  help  to offset  the  negative  environmental impact  of  deforestation  and  land  degradation  due  to  agriculture  and  cattle  grazing.  The authors  concluded  that bioenergy  production  systems  based  on  sustainable  practices  help offset  greenhouse  gas  emissions  resulting  from  land  use  changes.  These technologies  and procedures  include  combinations  of  different  feedstocks,  use  of  co-products,  integration  of bioenergy  with  agriculture,  pasture intensification,  agro-ecological  zoning,  landscape-level planning, improving yields, and other land management practices adapted to local conditions. The   authors   consider   how   bioenergy   expansion   impacts   existing   energy   systems,  food production,   environmental   and   climate   security,  and   sustainable   development   in   both developed  and  developing  regions.  They  present  their  science-based  recommendations  for policy formulation and for the deployment of a range of bioenergy use options such as liquid biofuels, bioelectricity, biogas and bio-based chemicals, amongst others, in different regions of the world.

The work was coordinated by  scientists  associated  to  FAPESP’s  Research  Programs  on Bioenergy (BIOEN), Global Climate Change (RPGCC), and Biodiversity (BIOTA), with the collaboration of an international advisory committee and support by FAPESP and the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE), an international non-governmental organization.

To download the 779-page report (open access):

Enquiries about the report should be addressed to Prof. Glaucia Souza:


The     Scientific      Committee      on     Problems      of     the     Environment      is     an     international nongovernmental   organisation   founded   in  1969.   SCOPE   is   a   cross-sectoral   and   trans- disciplinary network, connecting experts and institutions around the world. It is recognised for its authoritative, independent and influential scientific analyses and assessments of emerging environmental   issues   that   are   caused   by   or   impact  humans   and   the   environment.   It collaborates  with  inter-governmental  agencies  such  as  UNESCO  and  UNEP  and  with  other partners in the development of its scientific program and outreach activities. 

About BE-Basic Foundation

The BE-Basic Foundation is an international public-private partnership that develops industrial viable, safe and ecologically friendly biobased solutions for the Biobased Economy. Our aim is developing true innovative bio-chemicals, bio-materials, bio-construction concepts and biobased monitoring tools. Societal  embedding of the products,  services  and  processes developed by BE-Basic are essential and is addressed specifically.


BIOEN, the FAPESP Bioenergy Research Program, aims at articulating public and private R&D, using academic and industrial laboratories   to advance and apply knowledge in fields related to bioenergy  in  Brazil.  Research  ranges  from  biomass  production  and  processing  to  biofuel technologies, biorefineries,  sustainability  and  impacts.  The  FAPESP  Research  Program  on Global Climate Change (RPGCC) aims at advancing knowledge on Global Climate Change and guide decisions and policy in the field. The BIOTA-FAPESP Program (FAPESP Research Program on  Biodiversity  Characterization, Conservation,  Restoration  and  Sustainable  Use),  aims  not only at discovering, mapping and analyzing the origins, diversity  and distribution of the flora and fauna of the biomes of the state of São Paulo, but also at evaluating the possibilities of sustainable  exploitation  of  plants  or  animals  with economic  potential  and  assisting  in  the formulation of conservation policies on remnants of native vegetation.