The Team of Specialists on Wood Energy was established by the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) and the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC) at their joint session Metsä2013 held in December 2013.
The UNECE Committee and the FAO Commission have jointly adopted the Integrated Programme of Work for 2014-2017. The Programme opens the new cycle of work for the member States and the joint secretariat. It also includes guidelines for Teams of Specialists (ToS), composed of experts in particular fields, on how to support the implementation of the Integrated Programme of Work.
Mandated by the COFFI and the EFC, the Teams of Specialists will report annually to the Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management. The procedures, the role and responsibilities of the Team of Specialists on Wood Energy, of team leaders, members as well as of the secretariat are clarified in the Guidelines and Terms of Reference (ToR), attached here:
Terms of reference PDF
List of ToS members PDF
The main objectives of the work of ToS on Wood Energy are to:
- Advise and support the joint ECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section activities in work areas 1. Data, monitoring and assessment and 2. Policy advice and dialogue on the methodology for, the implementation of and the follow-up on the Joint Wood Energy Enquiry and specific studies related to wood energy, of the Integrated Programme of Work;
- Contribute to a better understanding of wood energy statistics as a basis for sound policy making.
In line with the Programme guiding principles, the UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section initiated the new cycle of work by the announcement of the first meeting of the ToS on Wood Energy. The objective of the first meeting was to set the framework for future cooperation and coordination, including the election of the leader and deputy leader. The meeting took place on 16 July 2014. Fifteen national delegates and experts participated.
The meeting identified possible priorities for the work of the ToS:
- work on the conversion factors;
- addressing the issue of double counting, as existing data about how much wood is available in the market is confusing;
- raising awereness on the importance of wood energy in the overall renewable energy portfolio;
- preparation of a wood energy status report in the UNECE region.
The ToS would like to address these priorities by collection of the best practices on the UNECE website and by supporting the member states in improving the quality of the submitted data as well as in exchanging experience from filling out the Joint Wood Energy Enquiry (JWEE). The participants also discussed the posibility of organisation of capacity building events and publication of a study paper in relation to one of the prioritised themes.
Participants decided that the ToS leadership will be elected by correspondence at a later stage.
The experts of the Wood Energy Team will work to provide the forest sector with the best available and up-to-date information and knowledge in the region on wood energy to ensure the forest sector contribution to the transition towards a green economy.
For more information please contact the ToS secretary Alicja Kacprzak