Bioenergy accounts for roughly one-tenth of world total primary energy supply today.Read more
Modern bioenergy does not include the traditional use of biomass in developing countries and emerging economies for cooking and heating, using inefficient open fires or simple cook stoves, which has impacts on human health and the environment.
Last updated Dec 9, 2022
Bioenergy use by sector and share of modern bioenergy in total final consumption in the Net Zero Scenario, 2010-2030Open
Demand for bioenergy production will increase, but must be achieved sustainably
In accordance with these sustainability considerations, there is no expansion of cropland for bioenergy nor conversion of existing forested land into bioenergy crop production in the Net Zero Scenario.
Global bioenergy supply in the Net Zero ScenarioOpen
Aligning with the Net Zero Scenario will require modern bioenergy use and phasing out traditional use of biomass
The use of this traditional biomass falls to zero by 2030 in the Net Zero Scenario in order to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal 7 on Affordable and Clean Energy. Modern bioenergy usage, which excludes traditional uses of biomass, nearly doubles from about 42 EJ in 2021 to 80 EJ in 2030.
Growth in biofuel demand in advanced and emerging economies by fuel, 2022-2027Open
Robust biofuel demand growth over the next five years will help meet climate and energy security goals
The United States, Canada, Brazil, Indonesia and India make up 80% of global expansion in biofuel use, as all five countries have comprehensive policy packages that support growth. In Europe, falling transport fuel demand nearly stalls volume growth even though state-level policies are increasingly stringent. Globally, the biofuel share in transport fuel consumption climbs from 4.3% to 5.4% during 2022-2027.
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