Global Bioenergy Partnership


Biodigestors in open field, with blue skies behind.

The Partnership focuses its activities in three strategic areas: sustainable development, climate change, and food and energy security.

In line with the international debate on bioenergy, GBEP Partners selected three priority areas for the programme of work: sustainability of bioenergy, capacity building, and awareness raising and information exchange.

Sustainable development of bioenergy

GBEP established the Task Force on Sustainability in 2008. In 2011, GBEP developed 24 voluntary sustainability indicators for bioenergy, a tool to inform the development of national bioenergy policies and programmes, monitor the impact of these policies and programmes, as well as interpret and respond to the environmental, social and economic impacts of their bioenergy production and use. The indicators address the production and use of liquid, solid and gaseous biofuels for heat and power and for transport. 

Capacity building for sustainable bioenergy

GBEP carries out a number of capacity building activities to raise awareness of the potential benefits of sustainable modern bioenergy through multiple means, including workshops, study tours, public forums and other ways to present sustainable practices and assess resources. The focus of these activities is to facilitate collaboration among GBEP Partners and Observers for capacity building projects and related activities. Among others, since 2013, GBEP has organized a Bioenergy Week in a different continent every year. The goal of this initiative is to bring together relevant stakeholders in order to share experiences and lessons learnt related to sustainable bioenergy development, with a focus on the specific priorities and issues of the hosting country and region.

Raise awareness and facilitate information exchange on bioenergy

GBEP aims to increase the understanding of issues related to bioenergy development by: 

  • participating in relevant international conferences and meetings focused on bioenergy, and organization of specific GBEP events;
  • media coverage online and offline; and
  • developing information material and updating the website to promote information sharing on bioenergy and on GBEP's activities and programme of work.