Inside this issue

1. Latest Biofuels News

- Biofuels meet EU CO2 target but gains vary, French study says

- Biogas production and new city buses in Örebro

- Nordic cooperation: Call for proposals in "sustainable biofuels"

- Call to European Local Governments for input - biofuels, energy, climate

- U.S. study questions need for tax incentives and urges broader look at
  environmental impact of ethanol

- Biofuel consumption predicted to double by 2015

2. Projects and Activities

3. New Publications and Resources

4. Event Highlights

Editorial and Legal Information

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.

Biofuels made with grains and oilseeds mostly showed a fall in emissions of 60-80 percent versus fossil fuels, above a 35 percent objective set by the European Union for 2010, according to the study published late on Thursday by the national French Energy and Environment Agency, ADEME. >>more

(source: WBCSD/Reuters)

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.

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(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.

The results collected during this 1st call for input (until the beginning of November 2009), will feed into the Local Government Climate Roadmap and the development of the first "European Local Government positionings" prior to the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP 15 (Conference of the Parties). They will help shape the EU energy and climate policy framework and send clear messages to national governments and the European Commission.

Please share your views, needs and challenges regarding energy and climate protection at the local level.
- What is blocking action?
- What works well?
- Are there country-specific problems?
This input can relate to policy, technical issues, financial aspects, or any other area relevant to municipal action as it is relevant to climate and energy.

We invite you to make use of the LG Action questionnaire, which is also available on the project website Alternatively, send us your items by email to Maryke van Staden and Carsten Rothballer

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.

The report specifically recommends that Congress consider biofuels' impact on soil, air, water and wildlife, something that goes beyond the 2007 Energy Security and Independence Act, which sets targets for biofuels production. The law currently defines a biofuel based only on its greenhouse gas emissions, stipulating that a conventional biofuel like corn-based ethanol must produce 20 percent less greenhouse gasses compared with petroleum. >>more

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

Joint tender requirements for the purchase of vehicles and transportation services in the County of Blekinge, Sweden

This project was carried out by the Swedish National Road Administration and aimed at setting environmentally-friendly joint tender requirements for the joint purchase of vehicles and transportation services in the County of Blekinge, Sweden. The project started with an analysis of the common practice in municipalities and the County Council, followed by a study of good practice examples and experiences and the identification of important requirements. The final result was that new procurement requirements were adopted in the County.  >>more

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:

  • 'Biofuel Conflicts and Human Security: Toward a Sustainable Bioenergy Life Cycle and Infrastructure', article published by Juergen Scheffran, Swords and Ploughshares (2009)
  • 'Miljö Fordon', a Swedish website containing lists and maps showing all filling stations providing alternative fuels in Sweden
  • 'Ethanol buyers' consortium', a European platform to lobby for more ethanol buses, and to convince vehicle producers to introduce ethanol buses on the market.
  • 'Plants at the pump: Biofuels, Climate Change, and Sustainability', a report by Britt Childs and Rob Bradley from the World Resources Institute (2007)

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

Organising an event related to biofuels? Send us the details and connect to
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Highlights of some upcoming events:

Biofuels 2009
27-29 October 2009, Budapest, Hungary

Biofuels 2009 is the fourth annual event from the World Refining Association. Through in-depth roundtable discussions, and social networking opportunities, delegates will have the opportunity to meet the key players in the field. The event will feature seminars on global biofuels production and regional comparison and will include best practice examples of supply chain, storage and blending.


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".
Taking place on 15-17 November in Munich, the conference will cover a wide range of topics, from operability and performance of biodiesel to future and developing production technologies. The entire last day will be devoted to biodiesel and sustainability issues as well as on large-scale transport and alternative (that is, not biodiesel) diesel engine fuels.


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 control.



All these events as well as many other events on biofuels can be accessed through the Biofuel Cities Events database at

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5. Editiorial and Legal Information

The Biofuel Cities Update is a monthly e-newsletter that aims to keep you informed of developments in the field of biofuels and in the Biofuel Cities European Partnership.

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Published by the ICLEI European Secretariat GmbH

Editors: Stefanie Lay (responsible) / Amalia Ochoa

Copyright © 2009 ICLEI European Secretariat GmbH, Freiburg, Germany

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