Bioenergy from agriculture is today at the heart of sustainable development, integrating its key components: environment and climate change, energy economics and energy supply, agriculture, rural and social development.
Fighting against climate change imposes the mitigation of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. Considerable efforts have to be pursued, especially in the field of energy production and use.
Concerning energy supply, the limitation of fossil fuels import is a crucial matter: beside the rational use of energy, the contribution of renewable sources, including biomass, for energy production is of considerable importance. It is worth to note that, in addition to the limitation of fossil fuels import, implementing renewable energy sources offers other attractive economic advantages, such as jobs creation, technology development, technology export, etc.
Sustainable agriculture leads to important questions about the diversification of agricultural productions and sources of incomes for farmers, the use of rural and arable lands for food and non-food crops, the contribution of agriculture to climate change fighting and renewable energy supply.
The lack of primary and reliable data on bioenergy externalities from agriculture and the lack of decision-making tools are important non-technological barriers to the development of bioenergy from agriculture on a large scale, and, consequently, to the achievement of the national and regional objectives of sustainable development in greenhouse gases mitigation, secure and diversified energy supply, rural development and employment and agriculture future. Furthermore, the recent worldwide controversies about transport biofuels, food shortages and increasing prices have demonstrated the need for sustainability criteria applied to biofuels and bioenergy.

In this sustainable development context, the objective of the TEXBIAG project is to lead to an actual and significant contribution of bioenergy from agriculture to the mitigation of greenhouse gases emission, to a secure and diversified energy supply, to farmers' incomes and rural development.
To reach this final objective, it is necessary to grasp the modifications that will affect land-use on the one hand, and the energy utilizations and conversions of biomass on the other hand. To support this, it is also imperative to develop a comprehensive and reliable knowledge of the environmental and socio-economic impacts (externalities) of bioenergy from agriculture, which condition its long term development.
To achieve this goal, the TEXBIAG project provides three tools:
1. A database of primary quantitative data related to environmental and socio-economic impacts of bioenergy from agriculture integrating biomass logistics;
2. A mathematical model monetizing bioenergy externalities from agriculture;
3. A prediction tool assessing the impacts of political decisions made in the framework of the development of bioenergy from agriculture on different economic sectors (energy, agriculture, industry, and environment).
Original languageEnglish
PublisherBelgian Science Policy
Number of pages101
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameScience for a Sustainable Development (SSD)

    Research areas

  • bioenergy, biomass, agriculture, externalities, socio-economic impact, environmental impact

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