Topic Sheet: Decision Support Tools and Ex-Ante Research for Evaluating Bioeconomy Transformation Strategies

Topic sheet no 10, June 2020 (click link for download)

The robustness of new biorefinery concepts depends on their ability to survive under uncertain future conditions, for example, biomass/feedstock prices, energy prices, bioproduct prices, policy instruments, changes in grid power production, and performance characteristics of novel processes (yields, efficiencies, etc.). Assessments and evaluations, economically and in terms of GHG mitigation typically consider today’s conditions, resulting in non-optimal decision-making. Decision support models and tools using Ex-Ante Evaluation that address future scenarios in order to identify robust biorefinery strategies analysis are needed.

This topic sheet is based on the proposal for a new task in Annex XI – Industry-based Biorefineries.