Bioenergy primarily relies on woody biomass from European forests that are responsibly managed. Why is that so? 

The sustainable management of forests can be ensured as a result of collaboration between the bioenergy sector and the wood-based industry, which leads to biodiversity protection, forest vitality and regeneration capacity. Bioenergy helps finance costly management operations such as early thinning, that prevent the development of pests and diseases, while improving the quality of remaining trees.  

The sector fully supports traceability and responsibility for the value chain. Bioenergy is the only renewable energy source with mandatory sustainability criteria, laid out in the Renewable Energy Directive. If bioenergy does not comply with these criteria, it does not count toward renewable energy targets and cannot receive public funding. 

The bioenergy sustainability criteria are currently under review – the sector needs workable criteria that are not restricting or jeopardising the livelihoods of those living off the forest. For more information, see our current Position Paper on the topic. 


 Bioenergy is an integral part of a sustainable future because:

it provides energy security

it fosters rural development

it contributes to greenhouse gas emissions reductions

it increases forest resilience


Our Networks

  • The international platform for everyone involved in biomass torrefaction and carbonization.

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Our Certification Schemes

  • The world-leading, transparent and independent certification scheme for wood pellets. From production to delivery, ENplus® guarantees quality and combat fraud along the entire supply chain.

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  • enSURE Compliance with RED II Sustainability Requirements for the Production of Electricity, Heating and Cooling from Biomass.

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