UNEP is working in partnership with governments, the private sector, NGOs and civil society on a number of activities to help bioenergy reach its sustainable potential. UNEP’s Bioenergy Programme features key initiatives in scientific assessment, decision making tools, and creative financing.

Assessments to guide decision making

At the cross roads of different policy areas, bioenergy requires informed and long term decisions on trade-offs and coordination amongst energy, agriculture, transport, environment, and trade policies. To enable such informed decisions, UNEP is working to improve the analytical basis.

A Global Environment Facility (GEF) Targeted Research Project GEF Project

The UNEP International Resource Panel – Assessing Biofuels Report web

The Bioenergy and Water Nexus

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

UN-Energy Bioenergy Decision Support Tool web

Resource Assessment and Mapping

Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels: Biofuel Certification web

Creative Financing and Business Models for small scale technologies and enterprises

UNEP develops innovative financing mechanisms to bring small-scale sustainable bioenergy technologies into commercial deployment. This includes small-scale end-user financing products and commercial lending, and providing seed capital financing for renewable SMEs.

AREED II - web

End-user Finance for Access to Clean Energy Technologies in South and Southeast Asia (FACET)


Local Biofuel Production For Use In Telecommunications Applications - web