The group said at the UN Climate Summit Cop 23 held in Bonn that they will endeavor to promote the use of sustainable bioenergy with a view of delivering on the 2015 Paris climate agreement, which aims to keep a global temperature rise this century below 2 degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
The group includes countries accounting for half the planet’s population, comprising, besides Morocco, Argentina, Brazil, Britain, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mozambique, the Netherlands, Paraguay, Philippines, Sweden and Uruguay.
They agreed to “develop collective targets prescribing the contribution of sustainable bioenergy to final energy demand and as a percentage of transport fuel use”, their joint Biofuture Platform initiative said in a statement.
Bioenergy can be generated by burning wood, wood pellets or crop waste such as bagasse from sugar production.
The group would also seek to expand what they called the “bioeconomy”, or all economic activity related to the use of plants in the production of renewable energy, materials and chemicals.