Reports & Papers

  • Technical, Economic and Environmental (TEE) Assessment of Integrated Biorefineries – Gasification based biorefinery case studies

    Oct 2022

    IEA Bioenergy Task42 “Biorefining in the Circular Economy” aims at enhancing the commercialisation and market development of biorefinery systems and the related technologies while considering environmental, social and economic aspects. Providing quantitative, scientifically sound, and understandable data on the technical, economic and ecological added-value of biorefining to co-produce bioenergy and bio-products in a sustainable way […]

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  • Global biorefinery status report 2022

    Jul 2022

    The Global Biorefinery Status Report (GBRSR) aims to give an overview of recent biorefinery developments. First of all it is based on a summary of data and information that is reported by the representatives of partnering countries member states in the Task 42 Biorefinery Country Reports. This information was extended with important biorefinery initiatives in […]

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  • Barriers and incentives for the market diffusion of biorefineries in a circular economy

    Apr 2022

    New product development and diversification into new markets and product areas, provide new business opportunities for stakeholders along the value chain, but also mean higher complexity and risk in business undertakings. The diversification into new markets and product areas calls for an early identification of specific barriers and incentives for a successful market diffusion of […]

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  • Sustainable Lignin Valorization

    Nov 2021

    This report report was published by IEA Bioenergy Task 42 (Biorefineries in Circular Economy) in collaboration with the LignoCOST project. It highlights various aspects related to the use of lignin as feedstock for the production of many aromatic chemical compounds and building blocks. Despite the huge availability of technical lignins typically from the pulp and […]

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  • Bio-Based Chemicals: A 2020 Update

    Feb 2020

    Since the first issue of the IEA Bioenergy Task 42 report on bio-based chemicals in 2011, the importance of a circular economy has become evident. In the transition to a circular economy, chemicals and materials produced from biomass will play a key role. This update of the 2011 report addresses the main biobased chemicals that […]

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  • Alternative sustainable carbon sources as substitutes for metallurgical coal

    Dec 2019

    Alternative sustainable carbon sources as substitutes for metallurgical coal: Each year over 1 billion tonnes of metallurgical coal (coking coal) is utilised to produce most of the 1.7 billion tonnes of steel produced worldwide. Renewable alternatives need to be developed so that current fossil derived coking coal can be substituted by renewables at reasonable cost. […]

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  • Technical, Economic and Environmental Assessment of Biorefinery Concepts: Developing a practical approach for characterisation

    Jul 2019

    The idea of biorefining in general is considered a promising concept for the processing of biomass into a spectrum of bio-based products and bioenergy. It is seen as one of the enabling technologies of the circular economy, closing loops of streams and aiming at the valorisation of multiple outputs. Due to its complexity and diversity […]

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  • Natural Fibers and Fiber-based Materials in Biorefineries Status Report 2018

    Dec 2018

    This report was issued on behalf of IEA Bioenergy Task 42. It provides an overview of various fiber sources, their properties and their relevance in biorefineries. Their status in the scientific literature and market aspects are discussed. The report provides information for a broader audience about opportunities to sustainably add value to biorefineries by considering […]

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  • Bioeconomy and biorefining strategies in the EU Member States and beyond

    Dec 2018

    This publication provides the results of a survey on bioeconomy and biorefining strategies in EU Member States and beyond, that was performed by IEA Bioenergy Task42 in close cooperation with the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the EC and the Biobased Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU)   Motola et al – 2018 – Bioeconomy and […]

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