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Europe's leading advanced biofuel companies form joint initiative to speed up deployment

Seven of Europe's leading biofuel producers and airlines have joined forces to create a new initiative "Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels" to speed up deployment of advanced sustainable biofuels in Europe.

Date Posted 07 Feb 2013
Story Source Dr Matthew Aylott, NNFCC
Relevant Industries Biofuels

Leaders of Sustainable BiofuelsChemtex, British Airways, BTG, Chemrec, Clariant, Dong Energy and UPM have joined forces in a new initiative which aims to drive market uptake of advanced sustainable biofuels across Europe in all transport sectors.

Advanced biofuels are made from wastes and residues rather than food crops, and can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 65 per cent compared to fossil fuels.

These next generation biofuels will play a key role in helping Europe reach its target to produce at least 10 per cent of all energy used in transport from renewable sources, particularly with the European Commission proposing a cap on biofuels made from food crops. However, there is currently very little production of advanced biofuels in Europe.

The new "Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels" initiative will establish a common strategy to accelerate the market penetration and technology deployment of next generation biofuels. The organisations behind the move say the initiative will allow the industry to speak with a single voice and take a leading position in the field of advanced biofuels.

The initiative will help to accelerate research and innovation into emerging biofuel technologies, including algae and new conversion pathways, supported by public and private research, development and deployment programmes. It will also work together with the supply chain to further develop worldwide accepted sustainability certification and establish financing structures to facilitate the implementation of sustainable biofuel projects.

"The Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels initiative could be a significant driver for change in Europe and has the potential to spearhead a new wave of development in advanced biofuels," said Dr Geraint Evans, Head of Biofuels and Bioenergy at NNFCC.

"Action is now urgently required to support and promote the use of next generation biofuels in Europe, and it is now crucial that pressure is applied on the European Commission to deliver meaningful support for advanced biofuels," he added.

NNFCC are currently advising British Airways on their joint venture with US bioenergy group Solena to produce jet fuel from gasified waste at a site near London. The GreenSky project should be operational by 2015 and once built will be Europe's first sustainable jet fuel plant.

By Matthew Aylott.

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