ERA-NET Bioenergy – Pulling bioenergy research together

Welcome to ERA-NET Bioenergy! Here you can find background information and project descriptions on bioenergy research.

The European strategy for renewable energy sources identifies bioenergy as the most important renewable energy source for the future: a source of cleaner, more secure and sustainable power for Europe. Bioenergy is a highly diverse area: agricultural residues and dedicated energy crops, municipal waste and landfill sites can all provide biogas for heat, power and transport fuel; and forestry residues are used to produce heat and electricity. As national programmes fund 90% of bioenergy research in Europe, coordinating them will improve outcomes. In ERA-NET Bioenergy, national ministries and agencies that own or manage bioenergy research programmes work together in order to improve cost-effectiveness and ensure the maximum research impacts for this vital energy sector. More about ERA-NET Bioenergy.

ERA-NET Bioenergy has been active since October 2004. Until December 2010, it was funded by the 6th Framework Programme of the European Commission. Since January 2011, ERA-NET Bioenergy is a self-sustained network organised on a membership basis.

On these pages, you will find information on the members of ERA-NET Bioenergy, our joint calls for R&D proposals and the resulting research projects.

In case your ministry or funding agency is interested in becoming part of our network, please contact the ERA-NET secretariat.

ERA-Net Bioenergy is incorporated as an additional activity within Bioenergy Sustaining the Future (BESTF3)

The ERA-Net Co-fund, BESTF3 brings together a number of national and transnational organisations with an interest in promoting the greater use of bioenergy. It follows on from two previous BESTF ERA-Net Plus initiatives that were launched respectively in 2012 and 2013 and, like its predecessors, aims to kickstart large scale investment in close-to-market implementation of bioenergy, thereby helping to achieve the key objectives of the European Industrial Bioenergy Initiative (EIBI) Implementation Plan and the Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan.

Bioenergy Sustaining the Future (BESTF3) is a European initiative which aims to encourage the commercialisation of bioenergy projects, and increase renewable energy production across the EU. ERA-Net Bioenergy is incorporated as an additional activity within the project, by this demonstration and research are brought together and collaborative projects are thus encouraged across the entire TRL spectrum.

More about BESTF3