The demand for energy is increasing globally and fossil fuel stocks are diminishing. Diversification of energy sources is necessary in order to provide for this increasing demand. The Netherlands is stimulating the use of biomass as a raw material for energy and chemistry.
Through various regulations and programmes NL Agency facilitates and stimulates projects and supplementary research in order to gain experience in the production and certification of sustainable biomass:
- The Sustainable Biomass Import programme - DBI (by order of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation)
- The Global Sustainable Biomass programme - DBM (by order of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
- The Daey Ouwens Fund - DOF (by order of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
The Netherlands Programmes for Sustainable Biomass (NPSB) bundle the knowledge from the biomass-project portfolio of NL Agency and fill the knowledge gaps with supplementary research.
On this website you can find information on the progress of the biomass projects and on all knowledge that is produced by these projects and by the supplementary research. On this website project implementers can also find the necessary forms and guidelines of the programmes. It is no longer possible to request a subsidy within the Sustainable Biomass Import and Global Sustainable Biomass programmes.
Should you have any questions regarding the projects on sustainable biomass at NL Agency, or on sustainable biomass in general, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Sustainable biomass essential for a bio-based economy
There are global agreements to reduce the emission of greenhouse gasses, to which the use of fossil fuels is contributing to a great extent. All renewable energies, wind, water, solar and bio-energy, will have to contribute to these challenging targets. The biomass used for bio-energy has to be sustainable. In addition to the use for energy purposes, biomass is becoming increasingly more important for other applications, for example in the chemicals industry. The Netherlands is stimulating the use of biomass as a basis for a bio-based economy.
Sustainable biomass offers opportunities
The growing global demand for biomass is creating opportunities for socio-economic development in producing countries and opportunities for trade and industry, even in the Netherlands. Through sustainable production of biomass, with attention for local circumstances, this can generate an extra income for farmers. Sustainable implementation can also combat competition with food production, deforestation and undesired effects in land use change. The transition to a bio-based economy is possible with sustainably produced biomass in the Netherlands and in countries from where the raw materials originate.
Gaining experience with sustainable biomass
Through various regulations and programmes, NL Agency facilitates and stimulates projects and supplementary research in order to gain experience in the production and certification of sustainable biomass. The Netherlands Programmes for Sustainable Biomass (NPSB) bundle the knowledge from the biomass-project portfolio of NL Agency and fill the knowledge gaps with supplementary research. The project portfolio for NPSB consists of the Global Sustainable Biomass and Sustainable Biomass Import programmes and the relevant projects of the Daey Ouwens Fund. In addition to that, the experience of other programmes and parties is used. The knowledge from these projects is used to strengthen the framework for the production of sustainable biomass and found with practical experience. This knowledge and network is used to support policy development by the Dutch government and other governments, specifically in developing countries.