No. 22 | July 2009
Welcome to the 22nd 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: www.biofuel-cities.eu/index.php?id=7300
Inside this issue
1. Latest Biofuels News
1. Latest Biofuel News
18.06.09 Optimistic predictions for global biofuels market reaching EUR 178 billion by 2020
Despite current challenges, the findings of a new report predict that the combined biodiesel and ethanol markets will reach $247 billion (EUR 178 billion) in sales by 2020, up from just $76 billion in 2010.
The authors of the report, Pike Research (a U.S based market research company), anticipate that the global surge in sales will principally come from fuels based on waste greases, jatropha-based fuels (by 2014) and finally algae-based biodiesel (by 2016). >> more
16.06.09 Neste takes steps towards use of sustainable palm oil
Major Finnish oil refining company, Neste, recently announced a commitment to using only certified palm oil for the production of biofuel, "as and when sufficient volumes become available". The company has come under increasing scrutiny over its use of palm oil as a feedstock for its NExBTL renewable diesel. The recent announcement (from 4 June) is seen as an attempt to minimise this criticism. >> more
15.06.09 Rotterdam residents receive discounts on biofuelled cars
Residents of the City of Rotterdam (the Netherlands) who purchase cars running on biofuel are now eligible for a discount amounting to thousands of Euros. The discounts are part of a scheme under the new Rotterdam Climate Initiative (RCI). The RCI is a collaborative agreement between the local authority and the Rotterdam business community. The scheme also covers other environmentally-friendly vehicles, not only those running on biofuels.
09.06.09 European body sees algae fuel industry in 10-15 years
The European Algae Biomass Association (EABA) has claimed that the likelihood of the commercial production of biofuel made from algae becoming reality may still be over a decade away. Such fuels are considered to be net carbon neutral because the algae absorbs greenhouse gases when they grow. >> more
08.06.09 New report casts doubts over jatropha benefits
Biofuels produced from jatropha may be competing with food production for land and water, according to a new report published by Friends of the Earth. The report investigates claims made by UK biofuels company D1 Oils about jatropha - promoting jatropha as a wonder crop because of its ability to grow on poor quality land. >> more
03.06.09 Biofuel from grass - a growing opportunity
Welsh scientists are reported to be working on a highly innovative research project to turn grass into a green transport fuel. The 1 million GBP 'Grassohol' research project aims to develop commercially and economically viable processes to make ethanol from perennial rye grass - the most commonly sown grass in the UK, which is normally used for grazing or silage. >> more
29.05.09 Municipal waste to biofuels plant to start production in Canada
Enerkem, a waste-to-biofuels technology company, recently announced it has been granted a permit to commence the construction of a commercial facility to produce biofuels and green chemicals from sorted municipal solid waste in Edmonton (Canada).
"This unprecedented project is set to change the dynamics of the waste and fuel industries by making waste - that would otherwise be landfilled - a resource for transportation fuels," said Vincent Chornet, President and Chief Executive Officer of Enerkem. "The City of Edmonton is a leader in waste management and is now pioneering this solution which is to become a model for cities around the globe".
2. 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. Access to the Resources Database is for Biofuel Cities European Partnership participants only.
3. Event Highlights
To keep up to date, plan your attendance and contribute to the biofuels debate, visit the Biofuel Cities Events Calendar www.biofuel-cities.eu/index.php and connect to your audience
Organising an event related to biofuels? Send us the details (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Highlights of some upcoming events:
Biofuels Markets & Jatropha Asia
27-29 May 2009, Sevilla, Spain
The 4th annual Biofuels Markets & Jatropha in Jakarta will bring together over 40 leading biofuels and jatropha leaders, who will provide expert insight into the latest developments in ethanol, biodiesel, jatropha and next generation feedstocks.
Bioenergy 2009 - Sustainable Bioenergy Business
All these events as well as many other events on biofuels can be accessed through the Biofuel Cities Events database at www.biofuel-cities.eu/index.php?id=4023
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4. Editiorial and Legal Information
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