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IEA Bioenergy

IEA Bioenergy is an organization set up in 1978 by IEA with the aim of improving cooperation and information exchange between countries that have national programs in bioenergy research, development, and deployment.

Bioenergy Australia is the vehicle for Australia's participation in IEA Bioenergy, an international collaboration agreement in bioenergy involving some 23 countries.  See:

Bioenergy Australia currently participates in five IEA Bioenergy Tasks – Task 37, Task 38, Task 39, Task 42 and Task 43.

ARENA Funding - Thanks to funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) Bioenergy Australia is able to widely promote Australia's involvement in these tasks.  See this Bioenergy Australia News Story and the ARENA web-site for more information.

Use these pages to find out more about Australia’s participation in the Tasks and check back regularly for updates on reports, presentations and events.

Key Reports

IEA Bioenergy Work Program 2016 - 2018

Milestones and Achievements - IEA Bioenergy Report March 2015 - a brief snapshot of achievements and activities in the last year (IEA Bioenergy Report to the Renewable Energy Working Party).

Electricity from Biomass - from small to large scale - Summary and Conclusions. ExCo72  09.04.15

IEA Bioenergy 2014 Annual Report

IEA Bioenergy 2015 Annual Report

IEA Bioenergy operates on a three year cycle with the Tasks in which Australia participates having been prolonged at the recent ExCo76 meeting, held in Berlin Germany in October 2015. All the Tasks in which Australia participates have been extended with updated work scopes.

The papers below confirm the extension proposals for the new triennium (2016-18) and outline the amended work programs.

ExCo77 Workshop Publication 2016

'Mobilising sustainable bioenergy supply chains: Opportunities for agriculture - Summary and Conclusions 23.08.16' from the IEA Bioenergy ExCo77 workshop - available from the website at


Key Activities


The purpose of this survey is to capture information regarding the number of operational biogas plants in Australia. The information will be compiled, shared and regularly updated.  The information will form part of the IEA Bioenergy Task 37 Country report which is an annual update and is valid for information collected during the year of publication (see

In order to provide an accurate picture of biogas activity in Australia this short survey requests information on type of feedstock used, biogas production data, how the biogas is utilised and digestate handling.

To take the survey please click on this link - (note - cut and paste the url into your browser if you are having problems).


News / Key Events




  • IEA Progress Meetings 2014-15 (summary) - see individual Tasks for more details
    • Task 37 - October 15-17, 2014 (France) and March 25-27, 2015 (Sweden)
    • Task 38 - December 8-9, 2014 (Finland)
    • Task 39 - March 10-14, 2015 (S. Korea)
    • Task 42 - May 4-6, 2015 (Sardinia, Italy) and IEA Bioenergy Conference 2015 (Triennium Meeting) - Oct 23-24, 2015 (Berlin, Germany)
    • Task 43 - October 23-24, 2014 (Belgium)

 For reports from each of these Progress Meetings check out the individual IEA web-pages.


Task 37 'Energy from Biogas'

IEA Bioenergy Task 37 Task 37 is an international working group which covers the biological treatment of the organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW) as well as the anaerobic treatment of organic rich industrial waste water. OFMSW is digested in specifically designed digestors or in co-digestion with other wastes (mainly manure). The main interests are the production of biogas and a digestate of a high quality. Collection, sorting, gas upgrading and gas utilization are accompaning technologies.

For more details see the Bioenergy Australia IEA Bioenergy Task 37 web-page.


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

IEA Bioenergy Task 38 - The primary goal of IEA Bioenergy Task 38 on Climate Change Effects of Biomass and Bioenergy Systems is to investigate all processes involved in the use of bioenergy and land-based carbon sequestration systems, with the aim of assessing net climate impacts and supporting decision makers in the selection of GHG mitigation strategies.

For more details see the Bioenergy Australia IEA Bioenergy Task 38 web-page.


Task 39 'Commercialising Conventional and Advanced Liquid Biofuels from Biomass' 

IEA Bioenergy Task 39 - Task 39 is a group of international experts working to commerialise sustainable transportation biofuels. Bioenergy and biofuels are important components within a country's green energy portfolio.  While there are numerous renewable energy options for heat and electricity generation, biofuels are currently the only means of displacing liquid fossil fuels such as gasoline, diesel and aviation fuels.

For more details see the Bioenergy Australia IEA Bioenergy Task 39 web-page.


Task 42 'Biorefining in a Future BioEconomy' 

IEA Bioenergy Task 42 - IEA Bioenergy Task 42 seeks to create synergies between work on sustainable biomass feedstock production and on efficient technologies for processing biomass, while also paying attention to socio-economic and environmental drivers, including GHG mitigation. 

For more details see the Bioenergy Australia IEA Bioenergy Task 42 web-page.

Note - this Task was originally known as 'Biorefining - Sustainable Processing of Biomass into a Spectrum of Marketable Bio-based Products and Bioenergy' [amended to the current Task Title in December 2015].


Task 43 'Biomass Feedstocks for Energy Markets' 

IEA Bioenergy Task 43 - IEA Bioenergy Task 43 seeks to promote sound bioenergy development that is driven by well-informed decisions in business, governments and elsewhere. This will be achieved by providing to relevant actors timely and topical analyses, syntheses and conclusions on all fields related to biomass feedstock, including biomass markets and the socioeconomic and environmental consequences of feedstock production.

For more details see the Bioenergy Australia IEA Bioenergy Task 43 web-page.