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Bioenergy and Sustainability Initiative (BSI)
By: SDPI

Partner: SAWTEE, SIS, PSQCA

Year: 2011

Background:

The advent of the modern environmental and energy discourse is usually considered to date back to the early 1960’s. Energy is considered an important prerequisite for the economic growth and sustainability of a country. On the one hand it is used for industrial and agricultural purposes and on the other hand it is required for domestic use. The available non-renewable energy resources are being depleted at a higher rate and also they are too expensive to buy or are already acquired by countries. The efforts of the exploration sector have not so far come up with a satisfactory reflex in order to ensure our future energy needs with the present technological solutions. There is an urgent need to explore an alternative and renewable energy solution. Bioenergy can be instrumental in ensuring the future energy needs of mankind with a low carbon solution. At the same time Bioenergy may pose negative impacts / threats if not addressed properly. The threats may include Food insecurity issues, Habitat loss, sustainability of the ecosystem for certain endangered species, Weak Energy Governance set-ups in South Asian countries, GHG emissions through supply chains, Low level awareness on the technical issues behind the technology involved and Capacity building of all stakeholders including public, private, producers and civil society.

In March 2011, SAWTEE, Swedish Standards Institute (SIS) and Pakistan Standards & Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) selected SDPI to act an expert member organization for the development process of new standard for Bioenergy Sustainability Criteria (ISO/WD 13065). S researcher from SDPI was nominated, by PSQCA and representative of all other Asian Countries, for the membership of ISO/PC 248/ WG-3 Resolution Committee member and got elected unanimously during the ISO meetings in Nairobi, October 2011. The participation of SDPI is critically important so as to influence the standard development process to watch the interest of South Asian countries especially for Food insecurity and sustainability of the ecosystem.