Inside this issue

1. Latest Biofuel News

    - Second chance to evaluate Biofuel Cities!

    - Biofuel Cities online forum now open

    - Biofuel from compostable waste

    - Ethanol REACH Association launches joint registration initiative for
      European ethanol industry

    - Study tour of biofuel production in Baden-Württemberg - Call for

    - Biofuels in South-Eastern Europe

    - Road transport remains Europe's single largest air polluter

    - How the EU is 'topping up the fuel mix'

2. Policies Update

3. Projects and Activities

4. New Publications and Resources

5. Event Highlights

6. Editorial and Legal Information

1. Latest Biofuel News

  Second chance to evaluate Biofuel Cities!

Many thanks to those of you who have already taken the time to evaluate the Biofuel Cities European Partnership! For those who missed the chance, but would like to contribute their opinions we will be re-opening the survey from 22 August until 30 September 2008.

Please take a moment to evaluate the services that have been provided to you through the Partnership, such as:

- website,
-    Electronic and print newsletters
-    Partner & project search facilities
-    Mailing lists
-    Workshops and study tours

We would like to ask for 5-10 minutes of your time to complete our online questionnaire. Your feedback will be used to further develop the Biofuel Cities European Partnership and better address the needs of our Participants. The questionnaire also gives you the opportunity to add any other comments that you might have. These are particularly welcome.

You can access the questionnaire here: The results will be available on the "Publications" page of our website in the near future.

We thank you very much for your co-operation.

Biofuel Cities online forum now open

Share your views about different biofuel related issues with the participants of the Biofuel Cities European Partnership. Biofuel Cities now offers an interactive forum on its website. A few discussions have already commenced in relation to the themes:

- Vehicle availability and fuel quality;
- First versus second generation of biofuels;
- Food versus fuel, and
- Sustainability of biofuels.

You are invited to join the discussions. The forum is available for participants of the Biofuel Cities partnership exclusively.

Not a participant yet? It is easy to register online to join this unique partnership:

Already a participant? Just login here to be directed to the forum and share your opinions and experiences with over 1,000 participants that are already part of the partnership.

  Biofuel from compostable waste

The province of Overijssel (Netherlands) is collaborating in a research project known as 'rijden op gft' (driving on compostable waste), which aims to build a plant in the municipality of Zwolle to ferment compostable waste into biogas to fuel cars. Following the fermentation process, the residue will be turned into high-grade compost. A preliminary study has shown that this process is feasible. However, the project must also prove that biogas contributes to sustainable energy supplies and a better air quality in the town. >>more

(source: GAVE-news / ROVA)

  Ethanol REACH Association launches joint registration initiative for European ethanol industry

Taking effect on 1 June 2007, REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals) is the European chemicals legislation which applies to all 27 EU Member States plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

Ethanol must be registered by all its EU-based manufacturers and importers, as well as by all representatives of non-EU-based manufacturers and formulators. As a first step, 'pre-registration' is required for existing substances such as ethanol, and this is only possible between 1 June and 30 November 2008.

Easy Registration for Members of the Ethanol REACH Association is possible. Read more about this option and the REACH association on the Ethanol REACH website. >>more

(source: REACH)

Study tour of biofuel production in Baden-Württemberg - Call for participants

Tübingen and its neighbouring communities (Germany), 23-24 October 2008

Do you wish to learn how to establish a regional economic cycle, with farmers, fuel producers and end-users all benefit by combining efforts? The City of Tübingen (Germany) runs its municipal waste fleet on biodiesel that is produced in the region. Join us and find out how the process works, what local economic benefits are generated and how different stakeholders work together for a win-win situation.

As part of the Biofuel Cities project, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability in cooperation with the Informationsinitiative Biokraftstoffe Süd, are organising this final study for end-users - industrial / commercial fleet owners, local authorities, agricultural end-users, public transport companies. The study tour is free of charge and only for participants of the Biofuel Cities European Platform (registration free of charge at:

Interested in participating? Email your expression of interest together with your contact details to Christine Klas (email: from ICLEI by 5 September 2008.

  Biofuels in South-Eastern Europe

The fifth issue of the Biofuel Cities quarterly newsletter has a special focus on the developments in the South-Eastern part of Europe. Readers can gain an insight into the status quo and the future outlook of feedstock and biofuels production (in Romania, Greece and Bulgaria, for instance) as well an understanding of the market developments and the main barriers concerning implementation.

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.

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  Road transport remains Europe's single largest air polluter

Despite marked improvements since 1990, emissions from cars and trucks continue to be the main source of health-damaging air pollutants, according to a new report by the European Environment Agency (EEA). The report, published on Monday (28 July), shows that road transport remains the single most important source of sulphur oxides (SOx), carbon monoxide (CO) and non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs) in the EU-27. >>more

(source: EURActiv, 29 July / EEA)

How the EU is 'topping up the fuel mix'

The latest 'News Review' from the European Commission's Intelligent Energy-Europe programme is now available online. Part of the News Review includes a report on the 16 projects on biofuels co-funded by the programme.

The report called 'Biofuels topping up the fuel mix' provides information on the main objectives and expected results on a range of European projects. These range from projects that: aim to set up CO2 labels for vehicle fleets (Carbon Labelling), set up networking schemes between biofuel suppliers and users (Bio-NETT) and set up a common procurement approach of different transport vehicles (COMPRO). >>more

2. Policies Update

  Draft biofuel sustainability guidelines announced

The steering committee of the Roundtable for Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) announced on the 13 August the release of draft guidelines - called "Version Zero" - on the "Principles for Sustainable Biofuels". The RSB is a multi-stakeholder initiative of the Energy Centre, Swiss Federal Technical Institute (EPFL). The guidelines contain "international standards for guaranteeing that biofuels originate from environmentally sustainable sources", and could also be used to compare environmental/social impacts of biofuel alternatives.

The RSB will also look to build on standards that are already in place, such as those put forth by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), to provide a robust set of standards that stand up to scrutiny. >>more

(source: ISAAA / CEN-Energy Centre)

01.08.08  Need for biodiversity-friendly production of biofuels in Europe

During the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP9) to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Bonn, Germany, the European Centre for Nature Conservation (ECNC) launched a discussion paper on the impacts of biofuel production on biodiversity in Europe.

The Paper is now available in the form of a report that focuses on second generation biofuels.

Some of the main conclusions of the report include: the urgent need for the development of an overall policy and implementation framework that could make agricultural bioenergy production environmentally compatible; a requirement to draw up a code of practice, memoranda of understanding, criteria for biodiversity-friendly production; and a pressing need for research and monitoring that is required to demonstrate the values and best practices for biodiversity in European agricultural habitats. >>more

30.07.08  Greenhouse gas profiles of biofuels needed

Biofuels for Transportation: The latest white paper from the Pew Center in the USA offers an introduction to the current state of play for biofuels: the technologies used in their production, their green house gas (GHG) emissions, and associated policy issues.

The amount of emission reductions that can be achieved through the use of biofuels varies widely, depending on choices made at each step from feedstock selection and production through final fuel use. One of the main conclusions of this paper is that support for biofuels should be linked to their GHG profiles. Given the complexity of this premise, development of methodologies acceptable to a large range of stakeholders is indeed a critical step in enabling and implementing any such policies. >>more

(source: Pew Center on Global Climate Change)

3. Projects and Activities

Highlights of the new projects and activities added to the Biofuel Cities Project Database at

hE blends nederland

hE blends nederland introduces a new, hydrous, ethanol low-blend, suitable for most gasoline engines and cheaper than other ethanol blends on the market.

(Source: Biofuel Cities Project Database)

MArket DEvelopment of GAS-driven CARs including supply and distribution of natural has and biogas (MADEGASCAR)

MADEGASCAR sets out to increase the use of gas-driven vehicles, powered by both natural gas and biogas, by addressing both consumers and providers.

Before being prepared to change their vehicles, consumers must be convinced of the advantages of gas-powered cars. This project will promote the benefits of such cars to fleet owners, car dealers, local authorities and fuel station owners using training seminars and promotional campaigns.

(Source: Biofuel Cities Project Database)

4. New Publications and Resources

Some of the new resources that arrived at the editor's desk this month are a number of publications which include:

  • "The Sustainability of biofuels - Issues to be considered" (presentation from the Austrian Biofuels Institute);
  • Biofuels Supplement - Newsletter 15 August from the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA);
  • "Biofuels - Questions and Answers" (publication by Technologie- und Förderzentrum im Kompetenzzentrum für nachwachsende Rohstoffe); and

All resources can be accessed through the Biofuel Cities Resource Database. Access to the Resources Database is for Biofuel Cities European Partnership participants only.

5. Event Highlights

BioEnergy Americas
9-10 September 2008, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The conference is on utilising agricultural capacity to produce sustainable biofuels.

Over 220 executives from across Latin America, the US and Europe met at the first Biodiesel Congress in Buenos Aires. Officially supported by the Argentine Biofuels and Hydrogen Association, the inaugural event featured high-level debate, discussion and analysis from a selection of leading players in government, industry and key associations involved in the region's growing biodiesel market.

Due to popular demand, this year's event has been expanded to include Biofuels, Biomass and BioPower Generation. >>more

CME Ethanol Fundamentals and Risk Management
9-10 September 2008, Chicago, USA

Attendees of this course will benefit from a diverse base of subjects. As a fundamental level course, topics will be comprehensive yet introductory and require no prerequisite learning. This cross-discipline course will be designed to benefit all those with a financial interest, investment, or involvement in the expanding role of the fuel ethanol market, for example ethanol producers and marketers, downstream petroleum refiners and jobbers, and commercial and industrial gasoline consumers.



Automotive Biofuels
9-11 September 2008, Berlin, Germany

Subtitled "Intelligent use of 2nd generation biofuels - Optimising powertrain technology - Reducing CO2 emission to achieve sustainable mobility", the conference will deal with recent developments of biofuels especially for the automotive industry as well as legislation and policy drivers for biofuels.
The conference will give representatives of the automotive industry an opportunity to:

  • Assess different biofuels such as ethanol, biodiesel and biomethane and hear about their environmental performance and their technical impact on the engine
  • Learn about flex-fuel vehicles and how to optimally improve the powertrain technology by adapting the injection system
  • Get an insight into end user experience with renewable diesel to successfully plan future sustainability strategies
  • Examine 2nd generation biofuels and their well-to-wheel performance to implement necessary adaptations within the powertrain



Bioenergy World Americas 2008
16-20 September 2008, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

Bioenergy World Americas 2008 is an international conference responding head-on to the challenge to develop sustainable bioenergy value chains. Industry and institutional experts will put forward strategies and initiatives, determining the positive way forward for biofuels to parallel and compliment the food supply chain.

Delegates will be encouraged to debate the issues as well as to propose their own approaches and strategies for creating both sustainable feedstock supply chains and integrated sustainable biofuel production processes.



6. Editorial and Legal Information

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Editors: Stefanie Lay (responsible) / Amalia Ochoa

Copyright © 2008 ICLEI European Secretariat GmbH, Freiburg, Germany

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