June news

30.06.08  Questions concerning biofuels?

What should I consider when changing to biofuels? Which biofuels are available? Answers to these kind of questions and more are now available on the Biofuel Cities website.

The page on frequently asked questions (FAQ) gives clear and documented answers to the most commonly asked questions concerning biofuels and their applications.

Visit Biofuels FAQ


26.06.08  MEPs back stronger clean vehicle procurement plans

The European Parliament's Environment Committee yesterday (24 June) voted in favour of earlier implementation of plans making it mandatory for government authorities to ensure public transport fleets and other utility vehicles are clean and energy efficient.

MEPs want to make it compulsory for public authorities to consider not only the purchase price of buses, garbage lorries or delivery vans when acquiring them, but also their environmental impacts. The additional criteria would include life-cycle costs for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and air pollution and would enter into force as early as January 2010.

The decision aims is to kick-start a market in technologies that are currently not commercially viable, such as biofuels, hydrogen, natural gas or LPG, electric or hybrid vehicles.

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(source: EURActiv, 25 June 08)


24.06.08  Over 1,000 participants in Biofuel Cities European Partnership

The launch of the stakeholder platform in July 2007 has raised a huge amount of interest amongst different actors with an impressive 1,000 people registered to date as participants in the European Partnership. Participants can now access an increasing range of information resources (e.g. publications, websites, policies) - currently some 340 resources are accessible - and 250 projects on biofuels linked to interactive maps for easier viewing.

The European Partnership is designed for all stakeholders in the area of biofuel vehicles, such as local governments and local companies that, for example, work with local car fleets, businesses in the biofuel supply chain, the research community, governments and standardisation bodies, NGOs and media.

The web platform has numerous features available and some of these features are exclusive to participants of the Biofuel Cities European Partnership, so register today! Participation is free.

Register your participation at: www.biofuel-cities.eu


18.06.08  Volvo producing liquid biogas

Volvo has started up a new company known as Terracastus Technologies, which has developed a new technology to clean and liquefy biogas or landfill gas. Biogas in liquid form is attractive because it requires considerably less transport volume. Terracastus Technologies falls under Volvo Technology Transfer, Volvo's venture capital subsidiary. The company has already submitted a quotation for a biogas plant with this new technology in Lidköping, Sweden.

(source: GAVE news June 08 / Volvo)


17.06.08  Commission accuses US of biodiesel dumping

The EU has initiated anti-subsidy and anti-dumping investigations into imports of biodiesel from the United States in what could turn into the next major trade row between the bloc and its number one trading partner.

According to a press release issued on the 13 June, "Examination by the European Commission of complaints lodged by European industry found that an investigation was warranted – sufficient evidence was provided of subsidies to the US biodiesel sector, as well as dumping of biodiesel in the European market".

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(source: EURActiv, 13 June 08)


16.06.08  Increased Swedish commitment to biogas

Sweden should earmark a further Euro 64 million (SEK 600 million) over the period 2009-2013 to increase investments in biogas production, according to a proposal from the Swedish Board of Agriculture. The support would be primarily aimed at the digestion of farmyard manure.

In view of the high level of interest in biogas in Sweden, the Swedish Board of Agriculture estimates that at least 10-15 percent of the total potential for biogas from farmyard manure can be realised in the next five years.

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(source: Swedish Environmental Protection Agency)


12.06.08  International biofuel leaders react to Food Summit Resolution

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), along with the European Bioethanol Fuel Association (eBio) and the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) released a statement coinciding with the conclusion of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation's (FAO) food summit, held on 3-5 June in Rome.

Many countries and international organisations that met at the summit cited multiple causes on how much the rush for environmentally friendly biofuels is contributing to soaring prices that are causing hunger and unrest worldwide.

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(source: eBio / Good Fuels)


11.06.08  100% Clean Fleet in Madrid by 2011

In February 2008, the Mayor of Madrid, Alberto Ruiz Gallardon, officially presented the "Green Fleet" of Madrid City Council. The Mayor also announced the City's commitment to gradually increase the role of clean vehicles in such a way that the whole public fleet (that is, the fleet of the official local administration) would be “ecological” before 2011. Today the share of clean vehicles is approximately 20 percent.

Today, Madrid has a "Green Bioethanol Fleet" composed of 40 Flexi-fuel cars, one official car for the Environment Councillor and five Bioethanol buses. This fleet is the result of the City's participation in the European Project BEST (Bioethanol for a Sustainable Transport).

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(source: BEST Newsletter #2)


09.06.08  'World's First' Green Diesel

Finnish based Neste Oil Corporation announced the launch of its "Green Diesel", said to be the "first in the world" that suits all diesel motors. The product is a 10% blend of a biodiesel component (called "NexBTL") and 90% regular diesel. The biodiesel component is produced using a technology which uses feedstocks that include palm oil, rapeseed oil and animal fats. The company’s medium term goal is to increase the proportion of inedible feedstocks by 60% in the next ten years. According to the Renewable Energy Magazine, the inedible feed stock may include algae. The company also plans to construct two additional biodiesel plants in Porvoo (Finland) and in Singapore.

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(source: Renewable Energy Magazine)


05.06.08  Supply of verified sustainable ethanol in Sweden

The Swedish company SEKAB has become the first company in the world to supply verified sustainable ethanol. This is ethanol from Brazilian sugarcane for inclusion in E85 and ED95. The ethanol is quality assured from environmental, climate and social perspectives. The SEKAB Group is one of Europe’s leading ethanol producers.

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(source: Biofuel Cities European Partnership / SEKAB)


02.06.08  MEPs seek reduced biofuel commitments

The pressure is rising on the European Commission to water down plans to raise the share of biofuels in transport to 10% by 2020, as leading Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on the issue call for the target to be cut to 8% or scrapped entirely.

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(source: EurActiv, 28/05/08)