A Compilation of Bioenergy Sustainability Initiatives

Over the past few years, numerous initiatives have been developed to address the environmental and socio-economic impacts associated with the production of biofuels or of specific biofuel feedstocks. These initiatives include regulatory frameworks, voluntary standards/certification schemes, and scorecards. Some of them cover the entire supply chain, while others deal only with parts of it.

The BEFS project reviewed twenty-three of these initiatives. A portion of them are still under development or are being tested, while others are already in operation or implementation. A few of these initiatives were completed but never adopted.

The twenty-three initiatives reviewed by the BEFS project are catalogued here. For each initiative, a description is provided, followed by a table listing all of the initiative’s provisions to address a set of sustainability aspects/issues. In order to allow for comparisons among this diverse set of initiatives, a standardized format and set of sustainability aspects/issues are used.

Go to the overview table  or click on the text below to open the file on each initiative.





This compilation of bioenergy sustainability (and related) initiatives was extracted from the original documents. It is not meant to be comprehensive. The mention of a specific initiative does not imply that it has been endorsed or recommended by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in preference to others of a similar nature that are not mentioned. The presentation of material in this information product does not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of FAO. The views expressed in this information product are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of FAO.


last updated:  Wednesday, April 2, 2014