Policy Brief – Bioenergy & Sustainability (2016)


Bioenergy, a renewable energy source, has the potential to move the planet into a more sustainable future. Today fossil fuels supply almost 82% of the world’s energy demand. The resulting green house gas emissions (GHG) impact Earth’s systems and human health and wellbeing.

Currently bioenergy contributes approximately 10% of the world’s primary energy supply. Bioethanol and biodiesel provide about 3% of the world’s transportation fuels, but biofuels could provide up to 30 % by 2050 with projected improvements in technology. Bioenergy – developed knowledgeably and implemented considering local and regional needs – can help:

  • increase resilience in food supply
  • both locally and globally
  • decrease pollution
  • preserve biodiversity
  • improve human health
  • rehabilitate degraded land
  • mitigate climate change
  • provide economic and business opportunities