This voluntary initiative came from Partnerships for SD (CSD11/WSSD)
Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP)
Government of Italy - (Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea);
Government of Brazil - (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Government of Canada - (Natural Resources Canada)
Government of China - (National Development and Reform Commission - NDRC)
Government of France - (Prime Minister's Office; Ministry of Agriculture and Fishery)
Government of Germany - (BMU/ Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety; BMELV/ Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection)
Government of Japan - (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Government of Mexico - (Department of Energy)
Government of Netherlands - (Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment)
Government of Russian Federation - (Ministry of Education and Science; Federal Agency on Science and Innovations)
Government of Spain - (Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade; Institute for Diversification and Saving of Energy)
Government of Sudan - (Ministry of Environment and Physical Development)
Government of Sweden - (Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications)
Government of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - United Kingdom (Department of Environment and Climate Change)
Government of United Republic of Tanzania - (Minister of State, Vice President's Office, Environment)
Government of United States of America - (U.S. Department of State; US Department of Energy; US Department of Agriculture Rural Development)
European Biomass Industry Association (EUBIA), Brussels, (Belgium)
World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE), Brussels, (Belgium)
United Nations Foundation (UNF), Washington D.C., (United States of America)
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Rome (Italy)
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna, (Austria)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Paris, (France)
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva, (Switzerland)
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), New York, (United States of America)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), New York (United States of America)
Other intergovernmental organizations:
International Energy Agency (IEA), Paris, (France)
Description/achievement of initiative
The purpose of the Global Bioenergy Partnership is to provide a mechanism for Partners to organize, coordinate and implement targeted international research, development, demonstration and commercial activities related to production, delivery, conversion and use of biomass for energy, with a particular focus on developing countries. GBEP also provides a forum for implementing effective policy frameworks, identifying ways and means to support investments, and removing barriers to collaborative project development and implementation.
The Partnership's main objectives are to:
1. Create a global high-level policy dialogue on bioenergy, support national and regional bioenergy policy-making and market development, and facilitate international cooperation.
2. Favour more efficient and sustainable uses of biomass and develop project activities in the bioenergy field.
3. Foster the exchange of information, knowledge skills and technologies by identifying and promote potential areas of bilateral and multilateral collaboration.
4. Facilitate bioenergy integration into energy markets by tackling specific barriers in the supply chain.
5. Act as a cross-cutting initiative, working in synergy with other relevant activities, avoiding duplications.