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A review of the current state of bioenergy development in G8+5 countries

This report, assessing bioenergy production in G8+5 countries, highlights challenges for the developing industry.

Trade barriers still impede bioenergy development, particularly in smaller developing countries. And although not all biofuels are environmentally friendly, there is no international sustainability assurance system for bioenergy — though this is being addressed.

All of the +5 countries except Russia have set a transport biofuel target, and are reviewing blending targets. Almost all countries cite energy security and climate change as the most important factors for developing biofuels. Technical standards are becoming increasingly uniform, which will promote quality assurance and trade.

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