No. 4 | November 2007
Welcome to the fourth issue of the Biofuel Cities Update (we hope you like its new look HTML format!), your monthly electronic newsletter providing information on developments in the field and from the Biofuel Cities European Partnership, the multistakeholder forum for the application of biofuels.
Read this newsletter at: http://www.biofuel-cities.eu/index.php?id=5618
Inside this issue
1. Latest Biofuel News
2. News from the Biofuel Cities European Partnership
1. Latest Biofuels News
13.11.07 The potential of algae as feedstock
Algae are set to eclipse all other biofuel feedstocks as the cheapest, easiest, and most environmentally friendly means of producing liquid fuel for cars, homes and power generators, according to a report by market analyst Kiplinger. >>more
08.11.07 GEM BioFuels to fund Jatropha plantations
UK-based feedstock supplier GEM BioFuels has raised 5 million Euros (3.5 million pounds) for use in expanding its jatropha plantations in Madagascar and to acquire a seed crushing plant to produce crude jatropha oil.
GEM Biofuels is a company established to supply jatropha-based feedstock to the rapidly growing global biodiesel market. >>more
07.11.07 Dutch biodiesel manufacturers join forces
Eight biodiesel manufacturers in the Netherlands are leading the push climb to the top of the list of biodiesel producers in the European Union. The Netherlands Biodiesel Industry Association (VNBI) says its goal is to become one of the EU's top producers within two years. Together, the production plants of the eight companies manufacture a total of 1.5 million tons of biodiesel per year. Therefore, according to VNBI, the Netherlands could certainly replace 10% of diesel is uses with biodiesel by 2009. >>more
06.11.07 Sustainable Energy Europe Awards Competition 2008
Does your organisation receive sufficient recognition and praise for its endeavours in the field of sustainable energy or energy efficiency? Imagine the opportunity of being showcased across Europe as a pioneer in the field of sustainable energy innovation.
The Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign of the European Commission is a major initiative, promoting, showcasing and rewarding outstanding projects and programmes in the field. Become part of this exciting Campaign and join as a Partner before 31 October 2007 and you will be automatically entered into the prestigious annual awards competition, to be held in Brussels on 29 January 2008. >>more
2. News from the Biofuel Cities European Partnership
19.11.07 Report now available on information needs of potential biofuel users
A report presenting the results of a survey carried out earlier this year to assess the information needs of biofuel users is now available. The survey was carried out within the framework of the EU Biofuel Cities project. >>more
08.11.07 Biofuel Cities European Partnership officially launched
15.11.07 Biofuel Cities Quarterly second issue online
The second issue of the Biofuel Cities quarterly newsletter is now available online. The current issue focuses on the role of 'end-users of biofuels'.
With a different focus in each issue, the Biofuel Cities Quarterly keeps you informed about technology and policy developments related to the application of biofuels. >>more
3. Policies Update
21.11.07 Certificate for sustainable palm oil getting closer
There is not long to go until there is an international certificate for the sustainable production of palmoil. The Round Table for Sustainable Palm Oil (RPSO), which includes representatives from the palm oil industry around the world, will decide on the conditions at their meeting in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) during the third week of November. Certification of companies is expected to begin thereafter. >>more
(source: GAVE-news, November 2007)
14.11.07 UN Panel to address sustainability of biofuels
Assessing the environmental and social impacts of biofuel production and the sustainable recycling of metals are likely to top the agenda of a new global think tank on resource efficiency, set up by the United Nations on 9 November.
The EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas highlighted the sustainability issue of biofuels as one of the top issues for discussion by the Panel. "We have to ensure that biofuels are sustainable," said Dimas, in relation to the EU's binding target of increasing the share of biofuels to 10% by 2020 - provided that the biofuels are produced sustainably and that second-generation biofuels are developed. "Both environmental and social impacts will have to be taken into account," added Dimas. >>more
(source: EurActiv, November 2007)
4. Project and Activites
November saw some 15 new projects being added to the Biofuel Cities Project Database at www.biofuel-cities.eu/index.php?id=4024. Highlights include:
21.11.07 Clean Cities Partnership
Clean Cities strives to advance the nation's economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local decisions to adopt practices that contribute to the reduction of petroleum consumption. Clean Cities has a network of approximately 90 volunteer coalitions, which develop public/private partnerships to promote alternative fuels and advanced vehicles, fuel blends, fuel economy, hybrid vehicles, and idle reduction. >>more
This is a new website that is set up to collect information on all biofuel plants in the world. All biofuel plants are invited to enter their plant into the website's database to build the largest database worldwide! This service is free and at the moment the easiest way to find a bio plant around the world. >> more
05.11.07 Biovalue Eemshaven
Biovalue is a company that aims to setup Biodiesel factories around the world incorporating vegetable- and animal fat as raw materials. Using the latest technology, Biovalue has the potential to be a major player in the Biomass market. >> more
05.11.07 Biopetrol Rotterdam
By setting up another biodiesel production site in Rotterdam: LURGI AG is contracted to build there two biodiesel production facilities, where each one is expected to produce 400,000 tonnes of biodiesel per annum. Starting with the third quarter 2007, these refineries are scheduled to extend our capacity to around 750,000 tonnes of biodiesel in the first instance. >> more
05.11.07 Rosendaal Energy Sluiskil
Rosendaal Energy will build a biodiesel plant at Sluiskil, The Netherlands for production of 250.000 tons biodiesel. Raw materials for this plant are crude and refined vegetable oils and fats. Supply will be primarily by barge and seagoing vessel. The plant will not produce waste streams. >> more
03.11.07 Multifuel Engine Retrofit
This project aims to convert a diesel engine into a multifuel engine that can burn several types of fuels such as used vegetable oil, biodiesel, diesel, hydrogen, and/or biogas at the same time, or independently. The final goal of this project would be to use renewable or alternative energy sources to fuel the engine, while optimising the power output, gas mileage, CO2 balance and emisions. A pilot unit would be developed for data collection. >> more
5. New Publications and Resources
New resources that arrived at the editor's desk this month range from downloadable publications such as the "European Biomass Statistics 2007. A statistical report on the contribution of biomass to the energy system in the EU 27" to links to relevant resources such as:
6. Event Highlights
29.11.07 Green energy to be mature? Mol, BelgiumWe all receive signals that green energy technologies are grown up and are leaving there childhood behind. But what does this mean, that we have a mature economical sector that can be the energy supplier of the future? Or are we still in adolescent phase where independence has to be accompanied but not restricted to grow to maturity? This workshop tries via overviews and actual cases to give answers. >>more
06-07.12.07 China Synfuels Summit 2007, Beijing, China
06-07.12.07 Biofuel-2007: Driving the Agricultural sector, Kiev, Ukraine
The event provides good platform for discussions of prospects of bioethanol and biodiesel markets in Ukraine and other countries. >>more
7. Editorial and legal information
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