Thursday, January 21, 2010

Detailed Conference Announcement: Greenhouse gas emissions from bioenergy systems: impacts of timing, issues of responsibility - March 8 - 10, 2010

Dear Reader;

IEA Bioenergy Task 38, in cooperation with JOANNEUM RESEARCH and Centre wallon de Recherches agronomiques, is pleased to announce its 2010 Annual Conference.

Theme: "Greenhouse gas emissions from bioenergy systems: impacts of timing, issues of responsibility"
Dates: March 8 - 10, 2010
Location: Brussels, Belgium

Scope and objectives of the workshop
The workshop consists of two days of presentation and discussion on issues including
  1. How can indirect land use change due to bioenergy be quantified and managed?
  2. What is the impact of timing of GHG emissions from land use change, and emission reductions and sequestration associated with bioenergy systems?
  3. Who should take responsibility for GHG emissions due to land use change associated with bioenergy?
  4. Can policy mechanisms be used to recognize impacts of timing, and issues of responsibility?

The goals of the workshop will be to

  1. Share knowledge and increase understanding of the impacts of timing and issues of responsibility for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from bioenergy systems.
  2. Draft a summary document including recommendations, that will be circulated broadly, and presented to the IEA Bioenergy Executive Committee.
  3. Convey the key points and recommendations in a briefing paper for policy-makers, to inform negotiations toward the post-2012 climate change agreement.
  4. Enhance an informal alliance of researchers interested in these topics, currently known as the "Graz Group", that will continue to discuss these issues and work together to draft journal papers and briefing papers for policy-makers.

Keynote speaker: Michael O'Hare: Adding when to the what, where, if and why of biofuels' indirect climate effects - and adding others to the list of usual suspects.

Dr. Michael O'Hare is Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy, and Affiliate of the Energy and Resources Group, University of California at Berkeley. He has been a faculty member at MIT and Harvard, a bureaucrat in Massachusetts' Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, and has a research and teaching history across Energy and Environment, Arts and Cultural Policy, Higher Education Pedagogy, and Public Management. Currently he directs contract research at Berkeley for the California Air Resources Board for implementation of the state's Low Carbon Fuel Policy. O'Hare was trained as an architect and engineer at Harvard.

Invited speaker: Miko Kirschbaum: Reassessing optimal climate-change mitigation strategies through more explicit consideration of the role of time in impact assessments.

Dr. Kirschbaum is Senior Research Scientist, Landcare Research, Palmerston North, New Zealand. His research involves modelling climate change effects on plant growth and carbon storage. He developed the detailed forest growth model, CenW, which combines plant physiology, physical processes governing heat and water exchange and biological processes in the soil. He studies on the effect of stand-level net greenhouse gas emissions have considered feedbacks via the global carbon cycle and the differential longevity of different greenhouse gases. He has also developed an alternative method of biospheric carbon accounting, the Average Carbon Stocks approach, that would overcome many of the problems inherent in other approaches. He has contributed significantly to international assessments of climate change impacts, as Convening Lead Author of two chapters of the 1995 IPCC report of the impacts of climate change and as Lead Author to two chapters of the 2000 IPCC Special report on Land use, land-use change and forestry. It was through this work for the IPCC that Dr Kirschbaum became a part-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Plus presentations from Uwe Fritsche, Annette Cowie, Alexander Popp, Jesper Hedal Kløverpris, and many others.

For more information including programme, registration form and venue description please see

or contact Susanne Woess-Gallasch (


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IEA Bioenergy is an international, collaborative research programme on bioenergy aiming at improved international cooperation and information exchange ( The primary goal of IEA Bioenergy Task 38 ("Greenhouse Gas Balances of Biomass and Bioenergy Systems") is to investigate all processes involved in the use of bioenergy and carbon sequestration systems, with the aim of assessing overall greenhouse gas balances and supporting decision makers in selection of mitigation strategies. Participating countries are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the USA. The conference is part of a series of workshops and conferences within Task 38, taking place on a regular basis. For more detailed information on the Task, its output, and on previous events see:
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1 comment:

  1. Greenhouse effect is the gradual warming of the air surrounding the earth as a result of heat being trapped by environmental pollution.


Biofuels are a wide range of fuels which are in some way derived from biomass.

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