Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) water indicators and methodology for water use and water quality.

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In May 2011, the GBEP Steering Committee endorsed the set of 24 relevant, practical, science-based, voluntary sustainability indicators for bioenergy defined by the GBEP Task Force on Sustainability.  The indicators are intended to guide any analysis undertaken of bioenergy at the domestic level with a view to informing decision making and facilitating the sustainable development of bioenergy and, accordingly, shall not be applied so as to limit trade in bioenergy in a manner inconsistent with multilateral trade obligations.  Within these indicators are those related to water.  The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Germany co-lead the sub-group on water, this sub-group has developed the water indicators and corresponding methodology sheets.