The world must act urgently to keep alive the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C.
Bioenergy will play an indispensable role by replacing fossil fuels with reliable, low-carbon, renewable energy and by delivering negative emissions through bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS).
At the heart of global Net Zero
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), global Net Zero will require a threefold increase in energy supply from sustainable bioenergy sources. The Glasgow Declaration on Sustainable Bioenergy sets out what an expanded bioenergy sector could look like in 2030 and 2050, based on the IEA’s Net Zero Emissions scenario.
Committed to global sustainability
As signatories to the Glasgow Declaration on Sustainable Bioenergy, we’ve made sustainability our first priority. It’s our responsibility to set the highest standards in our industry. The Declaration is our public commitment to ensuring this, and sets out what we mean by ‘Sustainable Bioenergy’.
However, we are only one part of a much larger sector. We invite all participants in the wider bioenergy sector, including industry, civil society, academia, and governments, to join us in delivering the potential of sustainable bioenergy in support of global Net Zero.
Stepping up to a global challenge
As our industry expands, we will maintain our full commitment to sustainability and promote adoption of our principles of sustainability, wherever biomass is sourced. We will use the best available science to continually develop and improve practices, setting the highest standards for our industry. However, we are only one element of a much larger sector.
3.5 million jobsIn 2019, bioenergy technologies employed 3.58 million people globally
1 billion tonnesBy 2050, bioenergy could cut global emissions by 1 Gt of CO2 per year - more than the whole aviation industry’s emissions
14% of total energyBioenergy is the largest source of renewable energy in the world, providing 14% of primary energy
x 3 growthThe IEA says sustainable bioenergy will need to grow threefold by 2050 to enable global Net Zero
The Glasgow Declaration on Sustainable Bioenergy sets out a vision for the sustainable growth of the industry in support of global Net Zero.DOWNLOAD THE DECLARATION