The general objectives of this contract with EU DG ENER is contribute to the swift, consistent, and cost-effective implementation by the EU Member States of the new REDII sustainability criteria applying to forest biomass (following a risk-based approach) and to agriculture biomass. This work will also assist economic operators in the sourcing of sustainable biomass for energy generation, and auditors and verifiers in their assessment on whether economic operators have effectively complied with the new EU bioenergy sustainability criteria.
The specific objectives of the contract are to assist the Commission in:
• Developing a proposal for a guidance document on the implementation of the new risk-based sustainability criteria for forest biomass, including explaining relevant concepts, developing a method to apply those criteria, and identifying available evidence to show sustainability compliance (task 1).
• Developing a proposal for a guidance document on the implementation of the new sustainability criteria for agriculture biomass, including explaining relevant concepts, reviewing best practices in relevant monitoring and management systems, and identifying available evidence to show sustainability compliance (task 2).
• Performing an analysis of whether national or sub-national laws in selected countries address the new forest biomass criteria laid down in REDII; and carrying out a number of case studies to verify the applicability on the ground of the methods/types of evidence proposed in tasks 1 and 2 and to identify risks and uncertainties and ways to address them (task 3).
• Supporting the Commission in its dialogue with stakeholders with the view to collect feedback on the proposed approaches/methods and ensure accuracy and objectivity of the overall project findings (task 4).
Full name of the project
Technical assistance for the implementation of the new sustainability criteria for agriculture and forest biomass under the Recast of the Renewable Energy Directive