Tools to assure environmental and social sustainability
To ensure that bioenergy can achieve its potential benefits, sustainability of the entire life-cycle needs to be assured. UNEP develops tools across a spectrum of sectors to assure these benefits. These include tools for policy and project levels, government, private sector and practitioners.
Global Bioenergy Partnership: Sustainability Standardsweb
GBEP is an initiative by the G8 +5 taken at the 2005 Gleneagles Summit. This initiative supports the development of sustainable biomass and biofuels deployment, particularly in developing countries. The GBEP has developed sustainability indicators for biofuel production to guide analysis and policy decisions.
UN-Energy Bioenergy Decision Support Tool web
Under the framework of UN-Energy, UNEP and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations have jointly developed the DST. The DST provides stepwise guidance to decision makers in governments to develop sustainable bioenergy policies and strategies, and to assess investment proposals.
Bioenergy Decision Support Tool
Resource Assessment and Mapping
Mapping has proven a sound methodology tool for policy planning and implementation of bioenergy projects. Land availability and suitability assessments should take into account areas of biodiversity, high carbon areas, land rights/ tenure, water and indigenous communities.
UNEP, through its Bioenergy Policy Support Facility, has worked with the governments of Kenya, Uganda and Senegal to produce mapping assessments for bioenergy.
Resource Assessment and Mapping (Summary)
Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels: Biofuel Certification web
The RSB is an international initiative that brings together multi-stakeholders to develop principles and criteria for sustainable production of biofuels. It has since developed into a solid, internationally recognized standard. UNEP was on the Board of the RSB Standard and sponsored several outreach events to support the initiative.