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22.12.09 Biofuel Cities European Partnership draws to a close
After over three years, the Biofuel Cities European Partnership and project will come to an end on 26 December. The Biofuel Cities project consortium partners would like to thank you for your interest in the project. Your contributions have been key in making the project a success.
We would very much like to continue the work that we have started. To make this possible, we have submitted a proposal to expand the platform and a decision on this is expected in early 2010.We will be sure to let you know the outcome - cross your fingers! We look forward to being able to be your source of news on clean fuels and vehicles in the near future.
Goodbye and thanks from the Biofuel Cities European Partnership team,
18.12.09 Norwegian government scraps biodiesel tax exemption
Norway is planning to scrap a tax exemption for biodiesel, joining a growing number of countries taking the view that users of biofuels should pay for them instead of taxpayers.
The Norwegian prime minister Jens Stoltenberg supported removing the exemption, which attracted opposition from Members of Parliament and some NGOs in Norway. He said biofuels have some impact, and motorists using public roads should contribute to their maintenance.
(source: Transport & Environment)
17.12.09 Biofuels Cities' ideas on new standards progress rapidly
Based on studies, interviews and questionnaires, the Biofuels Cities project identified three interesting subjects for further standardisation. These concerned pure vegetable oils, biofuels derived from waste and residues, and biogas.
Following another standardisation workshop, it was concluded that it could be interesting start European standardisation through a CEN Workshop on pure vegetable oils and possibly B30 (or another higher blend of biodiesel). The business plans for pure vegetable oils, respectively B10-B30 were drafted and the signals of interest were gathered from workshop participants and project partners in late 2009. The plan for straight oils and fats was submitted to another EU-project, 2ndVegOil. It was agreed that the workshop would be moderated via this project. 2ndVegOil carries out product testing and specification setting. Further decisions are expected in January 2010, so interested parties should remain in contact with NEN.
Several organisations wish to move the B30 plan forward. Biofuels Cities presented this idea to the CEN diesel fuel working group at its November meeting. The group supported a proposal to start work towards a full European Standard. A proposal for new work and the request to establish a new task group for the B30 specification is being balloted until February 2010. A new group of experts will then study the details. Biofuels Cities partners and contacts are invited to contact their national standardisation body in order to be informed and nominated as an expert. In order to support the aims of the Renewable Energy Directive, it was concluded that a two-fold standardisation exercise would help to promote local biogas production. In November, the EC expressed its intention to provide CEN with a Mandate (standardisation task) for biomethane for automotive use and for gas grid introduction. This work will start in 2010, so keep in contact with NEN for further details.
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15.12.09 Stay tuned to read about the outcomes of the Biofuel Cities European Partnership
After over three years, the Biofuel Cities European Partnership (BCEP) and project will come to an end on 26 December. During this time, a number of interesting resources, often supported by the input of the many active BCEP participants have been created. Although the project will finish, these products will still be available on the website.
Perhaps some of these publications and tools might have slipped your attention; therefore the most relevant products, in a nutshell, will be presented to readers in the 10th and final edition of the Biofuel Cities Quarterly. The Quarterly will be published just before Christmas and will be on readers desks at the start of the new year.
Latest edition (available soon) and previous editions available here
10.12.09 Global biofuels reduce GHGs by 123.5 million tonnes, says biofuel industry led report
The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) has published a new report revealing new figures about the global reductions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions resulting from the production of biofuels. The report states that world biofuels production in 2009 has reduced global GHG emissions by 123.5 million tonnes representing an average reduction of 57 percent compared to the emissions that would have occurred from the production and use of equal quantities of petroleum fuels.
The GRFA actively promote policies that advance global investment in renewable fuels, particularly biofuels.
download report [pdf file]
(source: Global Renewable Fuels Alliance)
09.12.09 US government invests in 19 projects on advanced biofuels
The government of the United States announced on Friday 4 December that it had selected 19 biofuel refinery projects to receive up to 379 million Euros ($564 million) to enhance the development of advanced biofuels using biomass feedstocks.
The projects, spanning 15 states, are designed to accelerate the construction and operation of pilot, demonstration, and commercial scale facilities, said the government's Agriculture and Energy departments in a joint statement.
08.12.09 Scientists discover new process for producing biofuels at lower-costs
An Arizona State University research team in the USA has developed a process that removes a key obstacle to producing lower-cost, renewable biofuels. The team has programmed a photosynthetic microbe to self-destruct, making the recovery of high-energy fats, and their biofuel by-products, easier and potentially less costly.
(source: Climate Ark / Science Daily)
04.12.09 2nd generation biofuel plant opens in Denmark
A test plant to produce second generation bioethanol is being opened in Kalundborg, Denmark. The plant will process 30,000 tonnes of straw each year into 5.4 million litres of ethanol, 13,000 tonnes of biopellets and 10,500 tonnes of melasses.
03.12.09 Japan launches first second generation plant
Japan's first cellulosic bioethanol demonstration plant capable of continuous processing is about to launch operation. It will produce ethanol, for use in petrol, from rice straw and wheat straw.
(source: Biofuels International)