No. 26 | November 2009
Welcome to the 26th 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=7512
Inside this issue
1. Latest Biofuels News
1. Latest Biofuel News
20.10.09 Biofuels meet EU CO2 target but gains vary, French study says
The current generation of biofuels meets a European target for cutting carbon dioxide emissions but its performance varies widely depending on the crop and production process used, an official French study has shown.
19.10.09 Biogas production and new city buses in Örebro
On 1 October 2009 the Municipality of Örebro (Sweden) put into action, in conjunction with other public sector organisations, local trade and industry, and local farmers, several parts of a widespread scheme to increase the production and use of biogas (methane). On the same day, new buses using biogas began to appear on the streets of the town. A new and expanded bus route network will be introduced six months later.
These changes to the municipality's transport system will result in the emissions of carbon dioxide are being reduced by approximately 20,000 tons per year. Just changing from diesel to biogas in the city’s bus traffic will reduce emissions by 3,000 tons per year.
(source: Municipality of Örebro/ELTIS)
16.10.09 Nordic cooperation: Call for proposals in "sustainable biofuels"
The 15 October saw a new call for proposals on "sustainable biofuels" open within the Top-level Research Initiative (TRI) in Norway. The TRI is an initiative which involves various Nordic organisations and national institutions in the Nordic Region.
The Open Call for Proposals on "sustainable biofuels" aims to fund Nordic research projects which have a strong user involvement in the knowledge creation and diffusion throughout the project cycle. The rationale is that effective and efficient knowledge creation, adaptation and diffusion takes place as an integrated interaction and collaboration between producers and users of new technologies and systems. >>more
(source: GAVE-news/ Norden)
08.10.09 Call to European Local Governments for input - biofuels, energy, climate
Through the project LG Action - "Networking action to involve Local Governments in the EU and international energy and climate debate" - all European local governments (LGs) are invited to share their input on energy, climate, and biofuels. Those themes together with buildings, transport, waste and water are very relevant to the current EU climate and energy targets and debate.
Please share your views, needs and challenges regarding energy and climate protection at the local level.
07.10.09 U.S. study questions need for tax incentives and urges broader look at environmental impact of ethanol
In a report that raises significant questions for the corn ethanol industry, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Friday (2 October) questioned the need for tax credits supporting the industry while urging the U.S. Congress to consider broad effects on air, water and wildlife before expanding biofuel production.
05.10.09 Biofuel consumption predicted to double by 2015
Up to 30 percent of fuel for Australia's road transport and aviation industry could be generated through biofuels, creating tens of thousands of jobs in rural and regional Australia, and adding AUD 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. >>more
2. 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
Joint tender requirements for the purchase of vehicles and transportation services in the County of Blekinge, Sweden
GasHighWay - Promoting the Uptake of Gaseous Vehicle Fuels, Biogas and Natural Gas in Europe
This project aims at promoting the uptake of gaseous vehicle fuels (biomethane and compressed natural gas - CNG), by creating a network of filling stations for biomethane and CNG spanning Europe from the north, Finland and Sweden, to the south, Italy (the “GasHighWay”). This objective will be reached by involving filling stations owners, operators of vehicle fleets, existing and potential biogas producers and municipal and regional authorities. >>more
3. New Publications and Resources
The Biofuel Cities Resources Database has over 500 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.
4. 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.
Organising an event related to biofuels? Send us the details and connect to
Highlights of some upcoming events:
World Ethanol 2009
2-5 November 2009, Paris, France This conference will bring together industry experts, including senior representatives from the oil and automotive industry. Important issues in the field will be addressed during the conference and an outlook for agricultural commodities and non-foodstocks will be given. Delegates will have the opportunity to network and to exchange information with senior executives from all sectors of the industry.
2nd International Congress on Biodiesel: The Science and The Technologies
15-17 November 2009, Munich, Germany
Key scientific information and insights into future technologies in all of the biodiesel categories will be presented at the "2nd Congress on Biodiesel: the Science and the Technologies".
Biofuels International Expo & Conference
19-20 November 2009, Singapore, Singapore The first Biofuels International Asia Expo & Conference will bring together medium to large biofuels producers, investors, regulators, project owners and equipment/service providers to discuss the future of the Asian market, including the controversy surrounding how and where feedstocks are grown.
The 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 email@example.com
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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