About Biofuel Cities

Welcome to biofuel-cities.eu - your one-stop-shop for information and exchange on the broadscale application of liquid and gaseous biofuels.

Click through the site to discover a Europe-wide directory on biofuel projects and activities; learn of interesting news on biofuels activities and past events; access our biofuels resource centre, containing information on policy, legislation, technology, and more. The Partnership provided tools to connect to key biofuel actors through online facilities that offer twinning, project co-operation and networking opportunities, as well as tools for biofuel project assessment.

This website is part of the wider Biofuel Cities European Partnership, that came to an end in December 2009 after over three years. It has served as a forum for all stakeholders in the area of biofuel and energy-efficient vehicles. The Biofuel Cities European Partnership was a platform for the introduction of biofuels across Europe that took into account the complete chain from feedstock to biofuels production, distribution and utilisation in vehicle fleets. It was supported by the European Commission-funded Biofuel Cities project.

The main language for this website is English, however, a range of information is available in other languages. Find out more below!

 

Contents

1. Biofuel-cities.eu - The website

2. Biofuel-cities.eu - Restricted access section

3. Biofuels - The issue

4. Biofuel Cities - Aims

5. Biofuel Cities - Features on offer

6. Is the Biofuel Cities European Partnership for me?

7. Biofuel Cities - Project facts

 

1. Biofuel-cities.eu - The website

The Biofuel Cities website has two levels of access, one which is open to the public and a restricted access section for participants of the Biofuel Cities European Partnership.

The news section, 'Newsroom', offers information on biofuel application in Europe, gathered throughout the course of the Biofuel Cities project. Here you also have the opportunity to view past issues of the Biofuel Cities Update e-newsletter.

In the events section, 'Events', you have access to all the details on past biofuel events in Europe, including workshops organised by the Biofuel Cities European Partnership.

Our 'Projects and Activities Directory', is an interactive directory of projects and activities related to the application of biofuels in Europe. Find projects in your country, through online maps or database searches.

For any more technical questions you may have, the 'Biofuels FAQ' section provides you with some background information on biofuels and the issues surrounding them.

Here at the 'About' page, you can find out more about the Biofuel Cities project and the project partners, with information available in French, German and Polish.

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2. Biofuel-cities.eu - Restricted access section

This section is exclusively for participants in the Biofuel Cities European Partnership.

'My Biofuel Cities' is your online space to add or edit entries to the Resource Centre, Contact List and Projects and Activities Directory.

A resource library, 'Resource Centre' stores hundreds of documents, links, presentations and other useful resources to support you. An easy-to-use interactive system ensures you find everything quickly and allows you to upload and present your own documents. Resources in all European languages can be included. This is also the place to find internal documents of the European Partnership, programmes and results of workshops, study tours and other activities.

Online networking is possible under 'Biofuel Cities Partnership Facility'. Here you find tools to exchange, share information, find partners for projects and co-operation, such as the interactive mailing list or the contact data of your fellow participants.

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3. Biofuels - The Issue

On 10 January 2007 the European Commission unveiled an integrated energy and climate protection policy in its communication "An Energy Policy for Europe". The package of proposals includes a plan to set a binding target for at least 10% of vehicle fuel in the European Union to come from biofuels by 2020. The objective is to advance Europe's competitiveness, protect the environment, and secure future energy supplies.

Biofuels have a unique role to play in Europe's new energy policy. Today Europe's transport system is almost entirely dependent on oil, much of it imported from volatile markets. In order to reduce this dependence, a diversification of energy sources is required. Biofuels are the only direct substitute for oil in transport that is today available on a large scale.

Biofuels can also contribute to more sustainable transport. The transport sector is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions. Biofuels are one of the few measures - alongside improvements in vehicle efficiency - offering the practical prospect of large-scale greenhouse gas savings in the transport sector in the medium term.

However, many challenges remain in relation to the sustainable application of biofuels. The net benefits derived from biofuels depend on how they are produced and used. The sustainability of biofuel crop production is an important focal point in many European countries, as well as within the European Commission. The production of such crops should not lead to forest destruction, land quality deterioration, increased greenhouse gas emissions compared with fossil fuel use, etc. Another discussion is the question of whether biofuels could contribute significantly to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and decreasing our dependency on fossil fuels, as the supply of arable land available for biofuel crop cultivation is limited. Increasing prices of food and animal feed, due to an increased demand for biofuel crops production, also features in  these discussions. The development of second generation biofuels, which are not produced from food or feed crops, could contribute to the identification of  solutions for these dilemmas. However, these second generation biofuels are  not yet commercially available. Biofuel Cities increased awareness of these discussions and arguments being raised.

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4. Biofuel Cities - Aims

The Biofuel Cities project developed and maintained the 'Biofuel Cities European Partnership' in order to demonstrate the broadscale use of new and innovative biofuel technologies. During its run of over three years, Biofuel Cities covered the complete chain from feedstock to biofuels production, distribution and utilisation in vehicle fleets.

Biofuel Cities worked to

  • build a European Partnership for exchange and networking on biofuels application;
  • independently assess research & development and demonstration projects on biofuels and sustainable mobility policies;
  • offer support through information, events, tools, and publications.

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5. Biofuel Cities - Features on Offer

The Biofuel Cities project

  • co-ordinated the Biofuel Cities European Partnership, a forum for all stakeholders in the area of biofuel and energy-efficient vehicles;
  • maintained this website;
  • provided events and online facilities that offered twinning, project co-operation, and networking opportunities;
  • organised expert workshops and study tours demonstrating practical examples of biofuel application;
  • delivered newsletters and a range of publications to provide information on biofuel developments, including good practice cases, guidance and reports;
  • developed tools for monitoring, standardisation of biofuels and biofuel application.


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7.  Biofuel Cities - Project facts

The Biofuel Cities project ran from mid-2006 to the end of 2009. It was a "Co-ordination Action" project funded by the Sixth Research Framework Programme of the European Union, under the Activity 'Alternative Motor Fuels: Biofuel Cities'.

Biofuel Cities was brought to you by seven partners that share unique and extensive experiences not only on biofuels research and application and sustainable mobility, but also on the specific needs of local governments, enterprises, as well as on requirements for assessment and communication.

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