The project aims at advancing our knowledge and adding perspectives on linkages between bioenergy initiatives and land use change – and how these can influence the climate benefits of bioenergy. The project will based on this contribute to the development of policies and associated incentives that stimulates rational land use meeting sustainability requirements and contributing positively to climate change mitigation. Specifically, the project will: (i) produce a report on bioenergy and land use change that pays special attention at bioenergy systems that are part of long rotation forest management and especially the case of Swedish forest bioenergy; (ii) produce a short report on the topic for IEA Bioenergy ExCo. This report shall provide a state of the art summary and also communicate the position of EIA Bioenergy ExCo in relation to bioenergy, land use change and climate change mitigation; (iii) contribute to the fifth assessment report of the IPCC: Berndes is appointed as contributing author to the report with special responsibility for bioenergy and land use; (iv) participate in expert groups that are formed to support the development of regulating systems that intend to address linkages between bioenergy and land use change, for instance sustainability requirements within EU-RED, sustainability certification systems, and standards.
Full Professor at Chalmers, Space, Earth and Environment, Physical Resource Theory
Funding Chalmers participation during 2012–2015