No. 20 | May 2009
Welcome to the 20th issue of the Biofuel Cities Update, your monthly electronic newsletter providing information on developments in the field and from the Biofuel Cities European Partnership, the multi-stakeholder forum for the application of biofuels.
Read this newsletter at: http://www.iclei-europe.org/index.php?id=7113
Inside this issue
1. Latest Biofuels News
- International scientific-based consensus on environmental impacts of biofuels - new report
- Strong growth in EU's ethanol fuel production
- EU makes large investment into biofuel produced by algae
- Making 'sustainable' use of household waste
- Biofuel Cities hosts session at World Biofuels Market
- Biofuels Cities publication focuses on emissions of biofuel vehicles
- Biofuels impacting on water demand, warns UN report
- German vehicles fuelled by South African biodiesel
2. Policies update
3. New Publications and Resources
4. Event Highlights
5. Editorial and Legal Information
1. Latest Biofuel News
21.04.09 International scientific-based consensus on environmental impacts of biofuels - new report
More than 75 scientists from 21 countries, representing various disciplines, have prepared an assessment of the environmental consequences of biofuels, in the framework of the SCOPE (Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment) International Biofuels Project Rapid Assessment.
The findings have both positive and negative impacts on the use of biofuels for transport purposes, with a number of measures also recommended (by the authors) to improve certain situations >>more
15.04.09 Strong growth in EU's ethanol fuel production
After a moderate growth in 2007 (11%), European fuel ethanol production increased considerably in 2008, according to the European Bioethanol Fuel Association (eBIO). The strong growth, of almost 60%, also came at a time where biofuels were under critique and the uncertainties for biofuels in the EU legal framework were significant.
14.04.09 EU makes large investment into biofuel produced by algae
The EU has recently allocated 4.87 million euro for research to study the possibilities of producing biofuel from algae. The research project, called BioMara, will focus on the feasibility of the use of microscopically tiny single-cell organisms and seaweed. Researchers will investigate if such organisms grow quickly, have a high yield, and do not compete with agricultural land for food crops. >>more
08.04.09 Biofuels Cities publication focuses on emissions of biofuel vehicles
The seventh issue of the Biofuel Cities quarterly newsletter has a special focus on the emissions of vehicles running on biofuels.
07.04.09 Biofuels impacting on water demand, warns UN report
According to the United Nations World Water Development Report 3, presented ahead of the Fifth World Water Forum in Istanbul, production of ethanol stood at 77 billion litres in 2008 and should reach 127 billion litres by 2017.
01.04.09 German vehicles fuelled by South African biodiesel
South Africa signed a contract to export between 70 and 90 percent of output from a planned 400,000 tonnes a year biodiesel plant to Germany, according to a report from the South African Business Day newspaper. An environmental impact assessment is under way and production from the plant, located in the Elidz area (Eastern Cape), will start in 2010. >>more
24.03.09 Making 'sustainable' use of household waste
Using household waste to produce bioethanol can reduce landfill dramatically while producing heat and electricity, Mika Aho, Managing Director of leading Finnish bioethanol company St1 Biofuels, told EurActiv in an interview. >>more
09.03.09 Biofuel Cities hosts session at World Biofuels Market
The Biofuel Cities European Partnership ran a vibrant session at the World Biofuel Markets Conference in Brussels (Belgium), on 17 March. The session focused on the adoption of biofuels on a local and regional scale, bringing together the objectives of the Biofuel Cities European Partnership and the increasing demand for up to date information about the use of biofuels in local fleets.
2. Policies Update
22.04.09 European Commission speeds up work on biofuels' impact
The European Commission is planning to bring forward by nine months legislative proposals to quantify the impact of indirect land use change when calculating emissions from biofuels, according to the news source ENDS Europe.
(source: ENDS Europe)
16.04.09 Renewable transport fuel on target in the UK
The UK government's Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) is delivering on its promise to provide green, sustainable transport fuels despite a Government slowdown on targets one year after its introduction, the UK Renewable Fuels Agency says. >>more
06.04.09 European directive on clean and efficient vehicles
3. New Publications and Resources
The Biofuel Cities Resources Database has over 450 different kinds of resources available on-line through an easy to use system. Publications on the results of studies, projects and conferences; on-line information (e.g. websites), press releases, fact sheets and presentations are some of the many resources available on the application of liquid and gaseous biofuels.
Some of the new resources that arrived at the editor's desk this month are reports, newsletters and case studies, including:
All resources can be accessed through the Biofuel Cities Resource Database<//link>. Access to the Resources Database is for Biofuel Cities European Partnership participants only.
4. Event Highlights
To keep up to date, plan your attendance and contribute to the biofuels debate, visit the Biofuel Cities Events Calendar http://www.biofuel-cities.eu/index.php?id=4023
Organising an event related to biofuels? Send us the detail (firstname.lastname@example.org) and connect to your audience
Highlights of some upcoming events:
This multi-stream conference will address areas such as ever changing regulations, best practices, future growth and outlook trends, emerging feedstocks, second generation technology and production methods, storage and handling concerns and quality control. The event will bring together medium to large biofuels producers, investors, regulators, project owners and equipment/service providers to discuss how to fight the critics and drive the European market forward.
All events can be accessed through the Biofuel Cities Events database at http://www.biofuel-cities.eu/index.php?id=4023
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5. Editiorial and Legal Information
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