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IEA Bioenergy Task 38 - 'Climate Change Effects of Biomass and Bioenergy Systems'


TASK 38 Task Leader and National Team Leader: 

Dr Annette Cowie is the Task Leader and also the Australian National Annette CowieTeam Leader for IEA Bioenergy Task 38.  Dr Cowie is a Senior Research Scientist in Industry & Investment NSW’s Science and Research Division. Until recently she also held the title of Professor at the School of Environmental and Rural Science (University of New England) and was a Director of Rural Climate Solutions.  She leads the New Forests research program in the Forest Resources Research unit.

Contact Email:

For more details on Annette Cowie see the Dept. Primary Industries NSW web-site.


What's New?:

Task 38 Resources:


Task 38 Participation Group:

The Task 38 Participation Group held an ad hoc informal meeting at the BA Annual Conference in Adelaide 1 - 2 December.  More details soon including an update on the recent Task Progress Meeting in Helsinki. 

If you are interested in being part of this Group, contact

  • Who's in the Group? - Details coming soon!

  • Current Areas of Focus for the Group:

    • Progress Meeting (26-27th March in Sweden)
    • Activities in the next Triennium Workplan for Task 38
  • Next Webinar - watch this space!


Task 38 Presentations and Webinars:








Presenters - Annette Cowie and Miguel Brandão - 'Application of LCA in quantifying the Climate Change effects of bioenergy', 4 March 2015


Presenters - John McGrath, Goran Berndes, Annette Cowie and Mark Brown, Forest Biomass - Climate and Wider Environmental Issues, 9th November 2015 


Task 38 Progress Meetings / Update Reports:

Progress Meetings

2014: 8 - 9 December 2014, Helsinki (Finland)


2015: 25 - 27 May 2015, Växjö (Sweden)


2015: 24 - 31 October 2015, Berlin (Germany)


2016: March/April 2016, Savannah (USA)


Additional Meetings

  • [Germany] Potsdam, 28 – 19 May 2015 - The International Biochar Symposium “Biochar – Contribution to Sustainable Agriculture”
  • Nanjing, April 2015 - 3rd International Conference of Biochar in Green Agriculture

Related Resources of Interest:


  • “Biomass Emissions and Counterfactual” BEAC model - a tool for assessing GHG effects of using North American woody biomass for electricity. Report and calculator available here.
  • “The Global Calculator”, an open-source model of the world’s energy, land and food systems. Available here.