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Bioenergy Greenhouse gas emissions: Align Calculations in Europe (BIOGRACE-II)

Project brief
Key action: Biofuels
Status: Ongoing
Coordinator: Neeft john
NL Agency, Netherlands
Tel: +31 88 6022 605
Partners: Bioenergy 2020+ GmbH (BE2020), Austria
European Biomass Association (AEBIOM), Belgium
Flemish Regulatory Agency for the electricity and gas market (VREG), Belgium
BIO Intelligence Service (BIO IS ), France
IFEU - Institut für Energie- und Umweltforschung Heidelberg GmbH, Germany
Swedish Energy Agency (STEM), Sweden
Benefits: Policy makers, companies and verifiers benefit from harmonised GHG calculations, resulting in a harmonised European bio-energy market and less administration.
Keywords: GHG calculation, harmonisation, bioenergy, biomass, electricity, heat.
Duration: 01/04/2012 - 31/03/2015
Budget: EUR 1 194 202 (EU contribution: 75%)
Contract number: IEE/11/733


The EU industry calls for harmonisation of biomass sustainability criteria. Also the EC suggests the introduction of harmonised schemes. The project BioGrace-II will help harmonising calculations of GHG emissions for electricity and heat from biomass. It builds upon the earlier IEE-project BioGrace which harmonises GHG calculations for biofuels for transport. The key steps of the BioGrace-II project are to: 1)Build an Excel-based tool for GHG calculations for electricity and heat from biomass; 2)Convince policy makers from at least 6 Member States to chose for harmonisation and use the same tool or approach; 3)Involve companies who will give feedback and ensure that the GHG calculation tool meets their wishes. Besides, BioGrace-II will train verifiers on how to verify GHG emission calculations, for biofuels and for electricity and heat from biomass. The project ensures active participation and engagement of market actors such as biomass feedstock producers, companies that convert feedstock into intermediate and final products and companies that distribute, sell and use these products. Involving these actors is an essential part of the project.

  • First results have been obtained: a draft of the GHG calculation tool has been prepared, a workshop for GHG experts and the first "train the trainer" session for verifier trainers have been held. Moreover, the draft tool has been presented to companies at the first feedback session, and suggestions for improvements have been obtained.
  • Expected result: the tool will be further developed, and a methodological background document, calculation rules and a user manual will be made. These outputs will be disseminated, with two main outcomes: at least 500 stakeholders will download this tool from; and at least 400 stakeholders will participate in workshops and feedback sessions.
  • Expected result: Policy makers have decided to harmonise GHG calculations. 3 policy maker workshops and 6-15 technical meetings with policy makers in at least 6 member states are organised. The outcome: in 2015 at least 6 member states have agreed and decided to harmonise GHG calculation of electricity and heat from biomass by adopting the methodology and calculation rules, and are either using the tool or the list of standard values which will ensure that GHG calculations give the same result.
  • Expected result: Companies have given feedback in 9 feedback sessions and 3 public workshops and verifier trainers have been trained in train-the-trainers sessions. The outcome will be that at least 90 companies will have commented on the key outputs of the BioGrace-II products and have confidence in their applicability. Also 32 of more verifier trainers from voluntary schemes have been trained in GHG calculations and pass the information on to verifiers.
  • Expected result: The combined outcome of the three points above will be that biomass trading barriers have been reduced and that verification of sustainability information is enhanced, both causing reduced administrative costs and facilitating the development of large-volume biomass supply chains.

Lessons learnt
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BioGrace II Project Slides
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GHG calculation tool
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