A new report, Global Bioenergy Supply and Demand Projections for the Year 2030, assesses the potential for biomass across the globe, along with different technologies, for rapid and sustainable scale-up of this vital renewable energy resource.

The total biomass demand could reach 108 exajoules worldwide by 2030, representing 60% of total global renewable energy use, if all the technology options involved in the REmap analysis are deployed, according to the report.

The global roadmap, REmap 2030, was published by the IRENA to provide a plan for modern, sustainable biomass technologies in efforts to double the share of renewables in the global energy mix.

IRENA Innovation and Technology director Dolf Gielen said: "Sustainable bioenergy has the potential to be a game-changer in the global energy mix."

"Sustainably sourced biomass, such as residues, and the use of more efficient technology and processes can shift biomass energy production from traditional to modern and sustainable forms, simultaneously reducing air pollution and saving lives."

The report finds that approximately 40% of the total global biomass supply is expected to be generated from agricultural residues and waste while another 30% originating from sustainable forestry products.

According to the REmap 2030 analysis, scaling-up renewable energy to 36% of the global energy mix by 2030 will reduce emissions CO2 level.