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Bioenergy has received a lot of attention over the past years, both from the side of governments looking for ways to mitigate climate change, ensure energy security, strengthen the agricultural sector and promote develop-ment, and investors seizing business opportunities that occurred largely due to government support in the form of targets and mandates. At the same time, a number of concerns have been voiced regarding potential impacts on food security and the environment related to the rapid expansion of bioenergy feedstock production, and in particular, competition between different land uses.

Decision makers in governments are faced with complex decisions on trade-offs between often conflicting goals. Decisions about bioenergy occur at two distinct levels: the national level in the definition of a bioenergy strategy, and the specific project or investment level in an approval or licensing process. Ideally, a government has a clear strategy in place before making decisions on major invest-ments. However, in practice, investment decisions may have to be made without the guidance of an established strategy, or while the strategy is being formulated. There-fore, the DST proposes step-wise guidance for both the strategy and the investment decision-making processes. The underlying concept of the DST is that identification and mitigation of risks and a longer-term perspective of sustainable use of resources are key to maximising the potential benefits from bioenergy.

How can this Decision Support Tool help you?

This tool has been developed to assist decision makers in the process of developing a national bioenergy policy and strategy and/or assessing investment opportunities, by:

Providing step-wise guidance on the key issues that need to be addressed when considering tradeoffs, and processes that need to be under-taken to optimize opportunities and minimize risks;

Providing a set of technical resources and links to existing tools, guidelines, information and resources that are relevant to each country’s critical risks and challenges;

Offering guidance on identification and inclusion of stakeholders in the bioenergy decision-making process and on adopting transparent processes for good governance.

It is recognised that each country’s context differs and the best process is the one that is developed by the govern-ment through adequate stakeholder engagement within its own particular context. This tool sketches out typical steps that can serve as a basis for adaptation to specific country contexts. Because facilitating a bioenergy strategy is dynamic and constantly evolving, with new tools being developed to help guide processes and decisions, the DST by nature is also dynamic. The tool is therefore a work in progress as these new ideas, learned lessons and tools are made available.

Introduction

Whether or not bioenergy can deliver on the objectives without creating new and additional pressures depends largely on the existence of a robust and inclusive national planning process and project design and management.

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