UN Policy Framework Builds on Worldwatch Institute’s Biofuels Expertise


Bioenergy could help meet the needs of the 1.6 billion people who lack access to electricity, but policy frameworks are needed to ensure its sustainable development, according to a United Nations report that was prepared in collaboration with the Worldwatch Institute’s biofuels team, led by Suzanne Hunt and Rodrigo Pinto.


The report, Sustainable Bioenergy: A Framework for Decision Makers, launched last week by UN-Energy, drew heavily on Worldwatch Institute research, which stresses the importance of standards to assure that the development of bioenergy contributes to environmental sustainability and rural economic development.


In the preface to the report, UN-Energy Chair Mats Karlsson thanks Worldwatch for its support in creating the document, which was sponsored by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. Institute researchers played a lead role in drafting the report and in bridging the perspectives of the 20 international agencies, programs, and organizations that make up UN-Energy, which collectively edited the report.


Sustainable Bioenergy builds on Worldwatch expertise that went into producing the landmark report on biofuels, Biofuels for Transportation: Global Potential and Implications for Sustainable Agriculture and Energy in the 21st Century, which was supported by the German Ministry of Agriculture. The summary was released in June 2006 and the full report will be published by Earthscan in July 2007.