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IEA Bioenergy TCP

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  1. Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.


IEA Bioenergy TCP


What to study?

  • For Prelims: IEA Bioenergy TCP- composition, objectives and functions.
  • For Mains: Benefits of membership for India, what is bioenergy?


Context: Cabinet approves joining of IEA Bioenergy TCP by Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas as its 25th member.

The other members are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Commission.


About IEA Bioenergy TCP:

International Energy Agency’s Technology Collaboration Programme on Bioenergy (IEA Bioenergy TCP) is an international platform for co-operation among countries with the aim of improving cooperation and information exchange between countries that have national programmes in bioenergy research, development and deployment.

IEA Bioenergy TCP works under the framework of International Energy Agency (IEA) to which India has “Association” status since 30th March, 2017.


The collaboration offers many benefits at both the policy and technical level including the ability to:

  • Strengthen national R&D capabilities.
  • Enhance the quality of R&D outputs.
  • Disseminate information on technology capabilities.
  • Accelerate the deployment of new technologies.
  • Contribute to energy policy development.


What is bioenergy?

Bioenergy is defined as material which is directly or indirectly produced by photosynthesis and which is utilised as a feedstock in the manufacture of fuels and substitutes for petrochemical and other energy intensive products.


Potential of bioenergy:

Bioenergy is already making a substantial contribution to supplying global energy demand, and can make an even larger contribution, providing greenhouse gas savings and other environmental benefits, as well as contributing to energy security, improving trade balances, providing opportunities for social and economic development in rural communities, and helping with the management of wastes, so improving resource management.

Estimates indicate that bioenergy could sustainably contribute between 25% and 33% to the future global primary energy supply (up to 250 EJ) in 2050. It is the only renewable source that can replace fossil fuels in all energy markets – in the production of heat, electricity, and fuels for transport.


Challenges therein:

Increasing deployment of bioenergy also poses some challenges. The potential for competition for land and for raw material with other biomass uses must be carefully managed. Bioenergy must compete with other energy sources and options.

Logistics and infrastructure issues must be managed, and there is need for further technological innovation leading to more efficient and cleaner conversion of a more diverse range of feedstocks. Policy makers and the public at large will need to be confident that expansion of bioenergy is sustainable.


Mains Question: Bioenergy is the largest used renewable energy source in the world. Discuss the progress made in the use of bioenergy and challenges presented by bioenergy to food security.