September 2009 news

30.09.09 Biofuels Ukraine 2009

On 21-23 October, Kiev, Ukraine, will host Biofuels Ukraine 2009, an international conference on renewable energies and biofuels. 

The conference, and the accompanying Roundtable on "Biofuels. New Market Opportunities", will provide a platform for open discussion of the hot issues regarding the industrial production and usage of liquid biofuels: bioethanol, biobuthanol, biodiesel, and biogas. It will also be an opportunity to discover more about the latest developments of the Ukrainian biofuels industry.


23.09.09 EU divided over effects of indirect land-use change

The concept of indirect land-use change (ILUC) caused by biofuel production looks like playing a complicated role in the EU’s rules relating to the use of biofuels across Europe.

An informal consultation by the European Commission on how EU Member States and some non-EU countries view ILUC provided widely differing views on how to address ILUC when calculating emissions from biofuels.


(source: Transport & Environment)

22.09.09 Biofuels sustainability scorecard updated by IADB

A new version of its Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard, which will enable users to better anticipate the impacts of potential biofuel projects on sensitive issues such as indigenous rights, carbon emissions from land use change, and food security has been released by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB).

The updated version of the Scorecard includes new categories to more thoroughly capture the environmental and social dimensions of biofuels investments.


(source: Biofuel Review / IADB)

21.09.09 Sweden breaks ground on unique BioDME development

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden inaugurated (on 18 September) the world's first plant for the production of a renewable automotive fuel called BioDME.

The pilot plant is expected to begin production in July 2010 with a capacity of about 4 tonnes per day using forest residues as feedstock.

The plant is being constructed by Sweden-based development company Chemrec as part of the BioDME project with consortium members Chemrec, Haldor Topsøe, Volvo, Preem, Total, Delphi and ETC. The project is supported by the Swedish Energy Agency and the EU's Seventh Framework Programme.


(source: Biofuels International / BioDME)

17.09.09 Dutch municipalities demonstrate biofuels application during Dutch 'Progress Week'

The Dutch Climate League (Klimaatverbond) is working together with local authorities, regional entities, provincial authorities and the Dutch Sustainable Mobility Platform (Energy Transition programme), to organise the Fuel Switch Caravan, from the 14-27 September. The province of North Brabant in the Netherlands is also organising the Haute Voiture Caravan, in collaboration with local authorities and other local partners (companies and organisations), from 14-18 September. Both events aim to increase the demand for, and knowledge of, sustainable transport fuels such as natural gas, hydrogen and bioethanol.

Local or provincial authorities in the Netherlands that organise a meeting during these periods immediately become a bus stop for the caravan. Around 25 public entities have expressed their interest in participating which means that the caravans will stop at their location.

The composition of the caravans are changed daily to include as many different types of sustainable or "clean" vehicles as possible increasing awareness levels, thus increasing support for these types of vehicles.

more.. (in Dutch)

(source: Senter Novem / Weekvandevooruitgang)

15.09.09 Poland may not reach year end biofuel target

In Poland, now that the large oil companies' lobbying has failed to change the biofuels legislation, they are buying biodiesel on local and foreign markets to reach the 4.6 percent target by year end. Oil companies are likely to fall short of their obligation, but the use of B20 and B100 will help the final figure to come close to the 4.6 percent target. The government is currently considering including B7 and E10 mandates to the law, according to reports published by the World Energy Alternatives website.

(source: World Energy Alternatives)

11.09.09 50% less emissions from bus modified for dual-fuel biomethane/diesel in the UK

A consortium brought together by low carbon experts at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom (UK) has launched what is claimed to be the first bus in the UK to run on clean, biomethane gas. The bus is reported to reduce pollutant emissions and greenhouse gas emissions by around a half. It is hoped the technology will be rolled out to bus fleets across the country and further afield.


(source: GAVE-news/NGV Global News)

09.09.09 Environment and Energy 2009: new solutions in the fields of energy, energy-efficiency and environment technologies

Environment and Energy 2009, the 5th annual international exhibition of this kind, will take place in Riga, Latvia, on 15-18 October. The event will provide a unique opportunity for professionals to meet, share their experiences and profit from workshops and conferences held on a wide range of topics, ranging from energy-efficiency, to environmental protection, and including environment-friendly fuels and transport.

This year the exhibition will include a completely new section, on energy-efficiency, which will enrich the event and will open a door to a wide range of issues related to energy-efficiency solutions. The exhibition will offer a comprehensive overview of the latest energy-saving and environmentally-friendly technologies and their application in practice.


03.09.09 European cooperation project launched for developing manufacturing method for biofuel

The European Union (EU) has invested EUR 5.9m into a project, NEMO, to develop manufacturing methods for liquid biofuel from agricultural and forestry waste. The pan-European project is being headed up by Finland's VTT Technical Research Centre and brings together several European research institutions and companies to develop the next generation of biofuel.

The NEMO project (Novel high performance enzymes and micro-organisms for conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to bioethanol) will develop techniques to produce biofuels from agricultural and forest waste, such as wood and straw cuttings as well as energy crops.


(source: Biofuel Review / GAVE-news)

02.09.09 Big opportunities for Australia through non-food biofuels

Up to 30 percent of fuel for Australia's road transport and the aviation industry could be generated through biofuels, creating tens of thousands of jobs in rural and regional Australia and adding $5 billion to Australia's economy. This startling new analysis on second generation biofuels, conducted by Southern Cross University's Centre for Plant Conservation Genetics, shows that by 2025, 30 percent of the country's petrol could be provided by bioenergy.


(source: Biofuel Review)

01.09.09 American biofuel sector heavily damaged by the recession

According to the U.S National Biodiesel Board, the U.S biofuel sector has been heavily hit by the global credit crisis. Currently, around two-thirds of the biodiesel manufacturers' production capacity is not being used. Low oil price and the postponement of U.S legislation requiring biofuel to be blended with conventional fuel has also contributed negatively on the sector. The Board expects turnover for 2009 to be around half that of 2008.

The mentioned issues are also expected to negatively impact the manufacture of next generation biofuel, made from non-food biomass.


(source: GAVE-news / National Biodiesel Board)