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R&D breakthrough: Make biofuels on sunlight

Reverse photosynthesis. That is what a research team from University of Copenhagen with Professor Claus Felby in front calls its sensational discovery. The group has found a method where sunlight can speed up production of biofuels and other bioproducts significantly. Copenhagen University is a member of BioRefining Alliance, which works to promote advanced biorefining.

5 quick questions regarding biofuels in Finland

EU has agreed on a non binding target of 0.5% advanced biofuels in the transport sector. Finland is one of the most ambitious member states when it comes to biofuel targets. BioRefining Alliance has interviewed Marko Janhunen from one of the large producers of advanced biofuels in Finland, UPM, about the country’s current policies and prospects for advanced biofuels and bioproducts.

Succesful workshop about green transport roadmap 2030

Repræsentanter fra myndigheder, industrien, universiteter og organisationer valgte torsdag den 30 .april 2015 at bruge en hel dag på at komme med værdifulde input til udarbejdelsen af en grøn roadmap for transportsektoren frem mod 2030. Det er Energifonden, der har igangsat arbejdet med at lave scenarier, der kan vise konkrete veje til en reduktion af fossile brændstoffer i vejtransport. Arbejdet gennemføres af Ea Energianalyse med hjælp fra Dansk Energis analyseafdeling. Analysearbejdet forventes at være færdig før sommer.

Environment Committee adopted compromise text on biofuels

Tuesday, April 14 the European Parliament’s Environment Committee, ENVI, adopted the compromise text on biofuels and ILUC (Indirect land use change), which was prepared by the Latvian presidency after negotiations between representatives of the Council and Parliament. Here, an agreement on a non-binding targets for advanced (2G) biofuels of 0.5 percent and a ceiling of 7 percent for conventional (1G) biofuels was made. Although the compromise is less ambitious than Parliament’s proposal, Director of BioRefining Alliance, Anne Grete Holmsgaard, believes that the decision may still be able to boost advanced bio-economy in Europe.

The National Bioeconomy Panel recommends blending mandate for advanced biofuels

The National Bioeconomy Panel formed by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture & Fisheries announced today its recommendations on how yellow biomass such as straw may contribute to Denmark becoming a growth center for bio-economy. One of the recommendations is a 2.5 percent blending mandate for advanced (2G) biofuels in petrol and diesel.

Energy Union: We should invest in advanced biofuels

In its proposal for a new Energy Union, presented on Wednesday the 25th of February, the EU Commission stresses the need to transform the transport sector, which today is almost entirely dependent on oil. Therefore, investment in sustainable, advanced fuels is proposed – including the production of biofuels and bioeconomy in general.

Binding target for 2G and ready to negotiate with the Council

A binding 1,25% target for advanced (2G) biofuels, a cap on traditional (1G) biofuels and targets for ILUC (Indirect Land Use Change) were three of the key points when the European Parliament’s Environment Committee, ENVI, yesterday adopted a draft law regarding biofuels. The committee also adopted a mandate for further negotiations with the Council of Ministers and the European Commission. Director of BioRefining Alliance, Anne Grete Holmsgaard, calls the results an important milestone in the process of getting a compromise between the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers over the next 2 months.