Bioenergy and Food Security Operator Level Tool - Agricultural residues

The main purpose of the BEFS OLT (Agricultural Residues) tool is to provide an initial screening of bioenergy projects so as to assess their environmental, social and economic performance. The assessment results provide an indication of the strengths and weaknesses of screened projects and support decision-making in relation to further developments. It also helps project developers monitor the environmental and social performance of projects before and during implementation. In addition, financial institutions can use the tool to assess bioenergy projects considered for funding. This tool would also be of benefit to a variety of other users such as academic institutions, NGOs etc. More generally, the tool raises the awareness of its users about the sustainability performance of bioenergy projects.

The tool covers crop residue and livestock residue pathways. Each pathway consists of several components which can be assessed as stand-alone projects or as part of an overall supply chain (multi-component projects).

The tool is supported by a manual that includes a full description of the tool’s components as well as background information on the methodological approach and indicators.

Thank you for using the Operator Level Tool (Agriculture residues) V1
We welcome any comments, questions, and feedback at BEFS-support@fao.org