Switzerland is strongly networked at the international level in the biomass and wood energy research fields thanks to its membership of the International Energy Agency (IEA). The Bioenergy Implementing Agreement serves as a platform for promoting international co-operation relating to energy technologies in research and development, during the demonstration phase and in the market launch phase, and also simplifies the exchange of information and know-how. Players from government, universities and private institutions are represented on the IA Bioenergy platform.
Switzerland participates in three specific tasks:
In order to communicate the progress and achievements made in the above tasks, reports are published on a periodical basis in a variety of media (see links below).
Switzerland also participates actively in the ERA-NET Plus Programme BESTF (Bioenergy sustaining the future), which was initiated as part of the European Industrial Initiative on Bioenergy (EIBI) under the European Commission's SET Plan. The EIBI will contribute to the availability of commercial advanced bioenergy technology by 2020 by lowering production costs making such technology competitive with those used for fossil energy carriers. A further aim of the EIBI is to promote the use of advanced biofuels to cover 4% of the EU transport sector energy requirement by 2020.