Partners for Innovation is now a Knowledge Sharing Partner of the recently launched “Sustainable Bioenergy High Impact Opportunity” (HIO) initiative. HIO is a multi-stakeholder coalition, co-chaired by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials. The initiative was launched during the second Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum in New York, that took place from 18-21 May 2015.
The coalition aims to deliver environmentally, socially and economically sustainable bioenergy options, with a focus on emerging markets and rural communities in developing countries. It will also engage with national governments, civil society and the private sector to identify opportunities to further develop sustainable bioenergy, taking into account agricultural resources, sound environmental management, economic growth rates, energy and food security needs, financing mechanisms and policy frameworks.
All types of bioenergy projects are being promoted, including: renewable biomass for clean cooking solutions; on-farm bioenergy production to boost agricultural yield and reduce post-harvest losses; distributed electricity production, using sustainable biomass from forestry and agriculture co-products; electricity and fuels from municipal solid waste; cellulosic ethanol for clean cooking and transportation; and sustainable aviation biofuels.