European Union Sustainable Energy Week
Brussels - Belgium, 17 June 2015
Brussels, Belgium
Committee of the Regions, 7th floor (JDE 70)


A SCOPE rapid assessment process project developed with FAPESP will publish Bioenergy and Sustainability this spring. The report provides a comprehensive analysis of the current bioenergy landscape, technologies and practices with a critical review of their impacts, based on an extensive evaluation of current bioenergy resources status, systems and markets, potential sustainable expansion and wider adoption of this renewable resource. This assessment is a collective effort with contributions from more than 130 experts from 24 countries, encompassing scientific studies on topics ranging from land use and feedstocks, to technologies, impacts, benefits and policy.

The authors consider bioenergy expansion and how it impacts on energy, food, environmental and climate security, sustainable development and the innovation nexus in both developed and developing regions. The report also highlights numbers, solutions and gaps in knowledge and suggests what science is needed to maximise bioenergy benefits.

Additional documents

 FAPESP-SCOPE Bioenergy & Sustainability report: Key findings and recommendations


 Press release






The workshop will present and discuss the key findings and possible implications for policy, communication and innovation strategies for sustainable bioenergy. It will focus on two important and crosscutting issues related to governance and strategic development: supply chain and environmental security, and sustainable development and innovation.



The target audience will bring together multiple domain stakeholders, including policy makers, representatives from civil and industrial sectors and the media, to discuss scientific findings related to sustainable bioenergy.

The proposed workshop is a joint interdisciplinary effort led by an international non-governmental organisation of natural and social scientists (SCOPE), a research foundation (FAPESP) and its research programmes on bioenergy (Bioen), climate change (PFMCG) and biodiversity (Biota), and an international public-private partnership that develops industrial bio-based solutions for building a sustainable society (BE-Basic Foundation).




Jon Samseth

Professor of physics affiliated with the Norwegian institutions: Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, SINTEF and NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

Glaucia Mendes Souza

President of the FAPESP Bioenergy Reshe activities of her group focus on the Transcriptome analysis, generation of transgenic plants and studies related to the investigation of regulatory and signaling networks

Angela Karp

Scientific Director of the Rothamsted Centre for Bioenergy and Climate Change

Paulo Artaxo

Professor in and head of the Applied Physics Department of the USP Institute of Physics

Luciano Martins Verdade

Associate professor in the Center of Nuclear Energy in Agriculture of the USP

Patricia Osseweijer

Full professor Science Communication and Group leader Biotechnology and Society, Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology

Luuk van der Wielen

Prof. van der Wielen is Distinguished Professor for Biobased Economy of TUD and Full Professor at it’s Dept of Biotechnology at Delft, NL where he heads the Bioprocess Engineering Section

Jeremy Woods

Lecturer in bioenergy at Imperial College London working on the interplay between development, land-use and the sustainable use of natural resources