Inside this issue

1. Latest Biofuels News

    - Ecolabelled fuel now on the market

    - Ethanol predicted to reach 30 billion gallons by 2012

    - Turning olive stones into bioethanol

    - France to phase out excise duty exemption more slowly

    - More biofuels via Rotterdam

    - Biofuel-powered aircraft in three years, says Boeing

    - GreenFuel announces first commercial algae plant in Spain

    - Launch of commercialisation process for algae biofuels

    - Biofuels and sustainability were the focus of discussions at the final
      European Workshop for end-users in Warsaw

    - Insight into regional cyclic approach of biodiesel production and use in
      Tübingen, Germany

    - Bioethanol filling stations and clean buses in the Netherlands

2. Policies update

3. Projects and Activities

4. New Publications and Resources

5. Event Highlights

6. Editorial and Legal Information

1. Latest Biofuel News


21.11.08  Ecolabelled fuel now on the market

As the search for alternative fuels continues, the Nordic Ecolabel has announced the first ecolabelled fuel. Methane from the Swedish company FordonsGas Sverige AB is the world's first ecolabelled fuel, having fulfilled the rigorous criteria of the Nordic Ecolabel.

The interest in methane-powered cars has risen exponentially in Sweden. 15,000 cars and buses in Sweden use methane, an increase of 60 percent over the past few years. In Sweden, methane for fuel is a 50/50 mixture of fossil natural gas and biogas from digestion plants.>> more


19.11.08  Ethanol predicted to reach 30 billion gallons by 2012

The ethanol market is set to swell to 27.7 billion tonnes over the next four years, a report by Global Industry Analysts finds.>> more


18.11.08  Turning olive stones into bioethanol

The Spanish olive oil industry discards around four million tons of olive stones (pits) every year. According to their recent article in the Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, researchers from Jaén and Granada have calculated that it is possible to produce 5.7 kg of bioethanol from 100 kilograms of olive stones.>> more


14.11.08  France to phase out excise duty exemption more slowly

The French government decided on 24 October to reduce a planned tax increase for biofuels from next year.

The current exemption for excise duty on biodiesel amounts to 22 cents - this will be reduced in 2009 to 15 cents and by 2011 to just 8 cents, before being phased out entirely in 2012.>> more


13.11.08  More biofuels via Rotterdam

The transshipment of biofuels in the port of Rotterdam increased in the first half of 2008 from 1 million to 2.5 million tonnes. The ratio of ethanol to biodiesel was almost 50/50 and manufacturing mainly took place overseas: ethanol in Brazil and biodiesel largely in the United States.>>more


12.11.08  Biofuel-powered aircraft in three years, says Boeing

Biofuel-powered aircraft could be carrying millions of passengers around the world within three years, according to Boeing.

Darrin Morgan, an environmental expert at the US jet manufacturer, said the group was expecting official approval of biofuel use in the near future.>>more


06.11.08  GreenFuel announces first commercial algae plant in Spain

The promise of commercial algae fuel is getting closer to reality with the announcement from GreenFuel Technologies of a $92 million deal to build algae greenhouses. The project will capture CO2 emissions from a cement plant in Jerez (Spain) and use them to grow algae for food, fuel, and feedstock.>> more


30.10.08  Launch of commercialisation process for algae biofuels

Launched on the 23 October, the UK's Carbon Trust has begun an internationally leading research and development initiative on commercialising the use of algae biofuel as an alternative to fossil based oil by 2020. >>more


29.10.08  Biofuels and sustainability were the focus of discussions at the final European Workshop for end-users in Warsaw

People new to biofuels as well as biofuel experts (from research institutions, cities, for example) - representing end-users and organisations interested in end-user perspectives, joined the discussions at the fourth and final Biofuel Cities End-user workshop (held on 16 October).

At the centre of discussions was the issue of sustainability, whereby topics such as climate change mitigation (in particular waste-to-energy solutions), land use change and biodiversity, as well as food security were discussed at length.

The programme and presentations from the Workshop are available online in the Biofuel Cities participants area.>>more


28.10.08  Insight into regional cyclic approach of biodiesel production and use in Tübingen, Germany

12 participants from 8 European countries gathered in Tübingen for the final End-user Study Tour for the Biofuel Cities project to explore the regional production and use of biodiesel in the State of Baden-Württemberg (South-West Germany).

The programme and presentations from the Study Tour are available online in the Biofuel Cities participants area. More information on the event will be available online soon in the report. >>more


27.10.08  Bioethanol filling stations and clean buses in the Netherlands

The Tamoil filling station in the City of Alkmaar (Netherlands) is the latest to start selling bioethanol (E85). This brings the number of commercial filling stations in the Netherlands that sell bioethanol up to 21. One litre of E85 currently costs around 1.80 Euro.

Furthermore, the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management very recently allocated 1.8 million Euro in subsidies for 23 investment projects that focus on building new filling stations for alternative fuels (natural gas and ethanol/E85). The amount is being made available via a Dutch scheme known as Tankstations Alternatieve Brandstoffen (filling stations for alternative fuels) which aims to achieve a nationwide network of filling stations selling alternative fuels to motorists. A further 10 million Euro has been provided by the national government to test clean and efficient buses for public transport use - the first are scheduled to be on the road in 2009, two of which will run on biogas.>>more

2. Policies Update


17.11.08  IEA raises alarm on oil, climate

In this year's World Energy Outlook, the International Energy Agency (IEA) breaks with its tradition of allaying concerns about the availability of oil. Instead, it calls for an urgent transition to a more sustainable global energy system to avert a potential climate catastrophe.>>more


03.11.08  Vapour pressure of biofuels for transport

The 'vapour pressure' of transport biofuels looks set to become a new battleground in the EU's fuel quality directive.

The European Commission wants to relax a limit on the maximum vapour pressure allowed in transport biofuels to encourage greater use of fuels such as ethanol, and the French  EU Presidency has now supported this, subject to an environmental assessment. But European environmental groups are calling for caution, as more vapour pressure is likely to mean more air pollution from petrol stations.

(Source: Transport & Environment Bulletin, October 2008)


28.10.08  Environmental NGOs warn Barroso on land-use change

The four environmental NGOs - Transport and Environment (T&E), BirdLife, Friends of the Earth (FoE) and the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) - wrote to the President of the European Commission earlier this month expressing 'deep concern over the direction the EU biofuels policy is taking' and asking him to order an immediate review.>>more

3. Projects and Activities


Highlights of the new projects and activities added to the Biofuel Cities Project Database at www.biofuel-cities.eu/index.php?id=4024


Rueil-Malmaison - Partenaire Diester

In the French municipality of Rueil-Malmaison, inhabitants, companies and associations decided to enforce initiatives for sustainable development. A municipal biodiesel fuelling station was built in 2004. 11 vehicles of the municipal fleet run on pure vegetable oil while the other vehicles run on diester 30%

Local production of diesel fuel from rapeseed oil mixed into diesel fuel at a level of 30% in France is referred to as 'Diester'.

(Source: Biofuel Cities Project Database)


Saint Louis Sucre - Biofuel production

Saint Louis Sucre (France) benefited from a 32,867 tonne allowance to manufacture ethanol fuel at its Eppeville plant in Somme. The quantity has been increased to 40,367 tonnes over the 2008-2012 period. Saint Louis Sucre produces alcohol and ethanol from sugar beet or molasses at its Eppeville distillery.

(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 websites (online information) and publications which include:

  • 'Biodiesel Directory 2009' a worldwide directory for the biodiesel industry (published by Biodiesel Directory, 2008);

  • http://www.biokraftstoff-portal.de (German website and online information);

  • Press release on: 'The city of Stockholm expands the use of buses running on biomethane' (from 4 November); and

  • Press release on: 'Sweden to create Sweden's first liquid biogas filling station' (from 6 November).

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


Environment and Energy
27-29 November 2008, Riga, Latvia

The aim of the event is to contribute to the energy policy making and implementation and the target group include enterprises and specialists, professionals in their industry, representing the Baltic States, the EU and other countries, as well as representatives of the state and local authorities, sector specialists, entrepreneurs, other interested parties.

Website: http://www.bt1.lv/bt1/ee/?link=10000000

E-mail: agris.reihmanis@bt1.lv


Fuels of the Future
1-2 December 2008, Berlin, Germany

The conference aims to contribute to shaping the future of biofuels for transportation in Europe. Since 2002 the conference has been a meeting point for the biofuels industry and for policy makers, and it evolved to one of the most important events in this field on the European level. The organisers expect the participation of 700 to 800 stakeholders.

Website: http://www.bioenergie.de/fuels-of-the-future/start_e.htm

E-mail: info@bioenergie.de


Growing Beyond Oil. 5th Canadian Renewable Fuels Summit
1-3 December 2008, National Capital Region, Canada

The event, involving key actors of the North American biofuel industry, will focus on the following issues: advancement of second generation biofuels, responding to the food versus fuel debates, biofuels as a cleaner, greener, more affordable source of energy that will strengthen economic prospects at home and in emerging economies alike.

Website: http://www.crfs2008.com/

E-mail: crfsregistration@bbiinternational.com


All events can be accessed through the Biofuel Cities Events database at http://www.biofuel-cities.eu/index.php?id=4023

Would you like your event promoted through the Biofuel Cities Events database? Send details on the event to secretariat@biofuel-cities.eu

6. Editorial and Legal Information


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Editors: Stefanie Lay (responsible) / Amalia Ochoa

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