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Briefing paper: Accounting whole life cycle bioenergy emissions within the UNFCCC emission accounting framework

Bioenergy is an attractive renewable energy option for many countries as it is compatible with many elements of existing energy infrastructure, and can be easily transported and stored in the form of biomass and fuels. For bioenergy to be a viable low-carbon renewable energy option and replace fossil fuel generation, it is fundamental that the energy generated provides genuine reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in line with the mitigation effort to stay well below 1.5°C. This briefing paper, written by Andrew Welfle from the University of Manchester, looks at accounting greenhouse gas emissions for bioenergy.

New research paper: (Stop) burning for biogas. Enabling positive sustainability trade-offs with business models for biogas from rice straw

Our Systems Topic Group Lead Mirjam Röder and Hub Director Patricia Thornley, both from Aston University, with Craig Jamieson from Straw Innovations Ltd have published a paper on the work of their rice straw to biogas project in the Philippines, presenting business models for the first-of-its-kind facility. The latest research involved working with farmers to understand the need for practical solutions for agricultural practices, income diversification and energy.

New research paper: Use of phosphonium ionic liquids for highly efficient extraction of phenolic compounds from water

Our Pre-treatment and Conversion Topic Group Lead Jason Hallett and colleagues from Imperial College London have just published a new paper on wastewater clean-up using ionic liquids.

Supergen Bioenergy Hub events

ERA Big Ideas series: Alternative Fuels - Low Carbon Gases, 2 June

This webinar from the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) is being led by Supergen Bioenergy Hub Director Patricia Thornley, who will be joined by other experts from industry, academia and policy, including Paul Henderson from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Amna Bezanty from Kew Technology.

Webinar on temporal and accounting aspects of greenhouse gas emissions, 3 June

The Supergen Bioenergy Hub has recently published two briefing papers on different aspects of measuring greenhouse gas emissions: ‘Greenhouse gas emissions – timing matters!’ and ‘Accounting whole life cycle bioenergy emissions within the UNFCCC emission accounting framework’. This webinar will introduce key findings highlighted in these papers, along with the industry perspective from Michael Goldsworthy from Drax and Nicola Noponen from the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials. 

Funding and opportunities from Supergen Bioenergy Hub

Reader in Catalysis for Energy and Bioproducts at Aston University

The Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University, where the Supergen Bioenergy Hub is based, is inviting applications for a Reader in Catalysis for Energy and Bioproducts. EBRI is internationally renowned for its work on biomass, energy and sustainable bioproducts. The successful candidate will provide leadership and direction within the catalysis portfolio to support wider institute objectives. They will have access to EBRI’s state-of-the-art laboratory facilities to enable an internationally leading research programme in catalysis for energy and bioproduct applications. Apply by 31 May.

News and updates from our partners

UKCEH Strategy 2025: Research and Innovation

The UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UKCEH) has launched a new five-year research and innovation strategy, outlining its role in tackling the unprecedented global environmental challenges.

Industrial Biotechnology UK Landscape Map

The Knowledge Transfer Network has recently launched the Industrial Biotechnology (IB) Landscape Map, which covers the UK IB supply chain from raw material producers, technology providers and end users as well as highlighting key academic institutions, innovation centres and scale-up facilities. If you would like to be added to the map or have a map query, please email

Net zero: A systems perspective on the climate challenge

The National Engineering Policy Centre has launched an 18-month policy programme on how the UK can reach its net zero emissions target by 2050. The programme’s launch paper sets out the aims and scope of the centre’s programme of work on net zero. 

IEA Bioenergy launches new website

IEA (International Energy Agency) Bioenergy has launched a new website to support its mission to promote the global development of sustainable state-of-the-art bioenergy.

Latest newsletters from our partners

Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC) May newsletter

Biorefine Cluster News Bulletin May 2020

Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) News Update May 2020

UK Circular Plastics Network May Newsletter

Events from our partners

Energy Networks Conference 2020 – final week programme, to 1 June

The final week of the programme includes a closing session with keynote talks from industry on 1 June. See the programme and register.

EERA Bioenergy SP5 meeting and virtual workshop: ‘Challenges in bioenergy: The effect of the Green Deal for academics and companies’, 3 June

The next European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) bioenergy sub-programme (SP5: sustainability, techno-economic analysis and public acceptance) online meeting will be on 3 June and includes a virtual workshop. Register by 28 May.

Green Carbon Webinar Series 2020, various dates

The series runs until 11 June with fortnightly online talks.​ This year's topics range from lab-based research projects about biochar production to international field trials and non-governmental community projects. Find out more and register.

Royal Academy of Engineering STEM Education Policy Webinar Series, Wednesday mornings

The Royal Academy of Engineering has launched an online series of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) education and skills policy seminars. The webinars hear from different guest speakers each week on a range of topics covering schools, technical and higher education affecting science and engineering skills. Each webinar is followed by a Q&A session with the speaker. 

All-Energy and Dcarbonise postponed until 4-5 November 2020 

Following the ongoing situation in the UK and globally, All-Energy and Dcarbonise 2020 has been postponed to take place on Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 November at the same venue, SEC Glasgow.

On-demand talks from All-Energy

A variety of talks is available online, on topics such as low-carbon heat and scaling up hydrogen.

Funding and opportunities from our partners

Low-carbon opportunities for your business

Are you a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) based in the West Midlands looking for new ways to survive, evolve and expand in these challenging times? The Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) at Aston University can help you develop low-carbon products and services.

The EBRI team is also offering virtual consultations on deriving value from waste, to give SMEs support and guidance on how to develop new, sustainable, low-carbon products and services from a range of different waste materials. Book a free 30-minute consultation by emailing

First call from the UKERC (UK Energy Research Centre) Flexible Fund

In this first call, UKERC is seeking expressions of interest (EOIs) from universities or other institutions eligible to hold UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) awards in the following topic areas:

  • Governing the transition: governance and energy vector change
  • Finance: the impact of policy on investments at different scales
  • Cooling the transition: clean cooling and energy integration

EOIs should be submitted by 5pm on 22 June. 

Mini centre for doctoral training on catalysts for a sustainable biofuel supply

The University of Loughborough has opportunities in the following areas:
Project 1: Active Single-atom Catalysts PhD
Project 2: 2D Assembly of Single Atoms into Support Structures/Nanomembranes PhD
Project 3: 3D Assembly of Single Atoms into multi-structured catalysts PhD
Project 4: Liquid-Phase Biorefinery Catalyst PhD
Project 5: 3D/2D catalysts for waste streams PhD

UK Parliament inquiry: Could hydrogen play a key role in achieving net-zero targets?

The UK House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee is conducting an inquiry looking at technological innovations which could contribute to tackling climate change. The second session of this inquiry looks at hydrogen production and distribution in the UK. The inquiry will be an opportunity to highlight UK-based examples of innovation and excellence. Send your submissions by 19 June.

Royal Academy of Engineering Policy Fellowships: Connecting policymakers with the nation’s leading engineers

Each year, the Royal Academy of Engineering selects exceptional policymakers to become Policy Fellows. This intensive development programme builds stronger connections between policymakers and the technical community in support of better evidence-based policymaking. Apply by 15 June.

Nuffield research placements opportunity for UKRI-funded researchers

Can you help to inspire the next generation of researchers? The Nuffield Future Researchers programme is looking for UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)-funded researchers who can provide supervised online research projects for post-16 students who can work independently.

Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) demonstrate impact in developing countries: round 2, phase 1

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £9.3m to demonstrate market-creating innovations in lower-income countries and emerging economies. Deadline: 10 June

UK Research and Innovation Global Challenges Research Fund/Newton Fund agile response call to address COVID-1

Proposals are invited for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak in low- and middle-income countries.

Knowledge Transfer Network Future Flight Challenge phase 2

Innovate UK is investing up to £30m in innovation projects as part of phase 2 of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) Future Flight Challenge. Phase 2 will fund projects that develop integrated aviation systems and/or vehicle technologies that enable new classes of electric or autonomous air vehicles. These could include drones, urban air mobility vehicles or electric sub-regional aircraft. Solutions should be able to be integrated into a mature operational environment, ensuring safe and reliable operation in flight and on the ground. Deadline: 1 July

ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) Action Fund

The Action Fund, led by ICLEI with support from, will grant up to €350,000 per project to civil society organisations, academic institutions and non-profit research institutes in selected cities in Europe, who are working on or wish to develop environmental projects that use publicly available data to drive environmental and climate action, increase energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. Projects should be focused on non-profit, charitable or educational purposes. Deadline: 15 June

NERC Management Board: Non-executive director vacancies

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is looking for up to two independent, part-time, non-executive directors to join the NERC Management Board (NMB). NERC carries out and supports environmental science research in its research centres and through funding research carried out in universities and with other partners. The NMB supports the NERC Executive Chair in the day-to-day management of NERC. Deadline: 6 July

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