Inside this issue

1. Latest Biofuels News

- Stay tuned to read about the outcomes of the Biofuel Cities European Partnership

- Global biofuels reduce GHGs by 123.5 million tonnes, says biofuel industry-led report

- Scientists discover new process for producing biofuels at lower-costs

- Second generation biofuel plant opens in Denmark

- Japan launches it’s first second generation plant

2. New Publications and Resources

3. Event Highlights

4. Editorial and legal information

1. Latest Biofuel News

15.12.09 Stay tuned to read about the outcomes of the Biofuel Cities European Partnership

After over three years, the Biofuel Cities European Partnership (BCEP) and project will come to an end on 26 December. During this time, a number of interesting resources, often supported by the input of the many active BCEP participants have been created. Although the project will finish, these products will still be available on the website.

Perhaps some of these publications and tools might have slipped your attention; therefore the most relevant products, in a nutshell, will be presented to readers in the 10th and final edition of the Biofuel Cities Quarterly. The Quarterly will be published just before Christmas and will be on readers desks at the start of the
new year.

Latest edition (available soon) and previous editions available here.  


10.12.09 Global biofuels reduce GHGs by 123.5 million tonnes, says biofuel industry-led report

The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) has published a new report revealing interesting figures about the global reductions of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions resulting from the production of biofuels. The report states that world biofuels production in 2009 has reduced global GHG emissions by 123.5 million tonnes, representing an average reduction of 57 percent compared to the emissions that would have occurred from the production and use of equal quantities of petroleum fuels.

The GRFA actively promote policies that advance global investment in renewable fuels, particularly biofuels.

read press release

download report [pdf file]


08.12.09 Scientists discover new process for producing biofuels at lower-costs

An Arizona State University research team in the United States has developed a process that removes a key obstacle to producing lower-cost, renewable biofuels. The team has programmed a photosynthetic microbe to self-destruct, making the recovery of high-energy fats, and their biofuel by-products, easier and potentially less costly. >>more


04.12.09 Second generation biofuel plant opens in Denmark

A test plant to produce second generation bioethanol is being opened in Kalundborg, Denmark. The plant will process 30,000 tonnes of straw each year into 5.4 million litres of ethanol, 13,000 tonnes of biopellets and 10,500 tonnes of melasses.
>>more


03.12.09 Japan launches it’s first second generation plant

Japan's first cellulosic bioethanol demonstration plant capable of continuous processing is about to commence operation. It will produce ethanol, for use in petrol, from rice straw and wheat straw.  >>more

2. 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 include the following:
  • 'Green Protectionism in the European Union: How Europe’s Biofuels Policy and the Renewable Energy Directive Violate the WTO Commitments', published by Fredrik Erixon, European Centre for International Political Economy (2009)
  • 'Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions from World Biofuel Production & Use”, prepared for the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (2009)
  • 'Recommendations for Action submitted by the German Biofuel Industry to the new German Government to advance the Biofuels Markets in Germany', press release published by the Consortium for Biodiesel Quality Management (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Qualitätsmanagement Biodiesel e.V.) (30 November 2009)

All resources can be accessed through the Biofuel Cities Resource Database at:
www.biofuel-cities.eu/index.php?id=4888. 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.

Organising an event related to biofuels? Send us the details and connect to
your audience (secretariat@biofuel-cities.eu)

Highlights of some upcoming events:


GasHighWay - A Trans-European Road to Renewable Mobility
28 January 2010, Malmö, Sweden

This event is the first international workshop organised as part of the EU project, "Promoting the Uptake of Gaseous Vehicle Fuels, Biogas and Natural Gas, in Europe". The project aims at increasing the use of environmentally benign vehicle fuels in the transport sector. It will also promote the production and upgrading of biogas (biomethane) as a vehicle fuel, as well as injection of the upgraded biogas to the natural gas grid. The long-term objective of the project is to promote the realisation of a network of filling stations for biogas and natural gas reaching from the northernmost tip of Europe, Finland, to the south of Italy, in other words: the 'GasHighWay'.

Website: www.gashighway.net
E-mail: tytti.laitinen@jklinnovation.fi
Bioenergy Expo
4-7 February 2010, Verona, Italy

The Bioenergy Expo is an exhibition on sustainable energy designed to offer new income opportunities for agricultural entrepreneurs and present information and opportunities to energy sector operators concerning the generation of energy from agricultural sources.
Topics covered include different types of biofuels and vehicles, including second generation biofuels from lignocellulosic materials and environmentally friendly vehicles.

Website: www.bioenergyweb.it/index_en.asp
E-mail: innocenzi@veronafiere.it


Methane to Markets Partnership Expo
16-17 December 2009, Paris, France

This congress and trade fair will provide delegates with the latest developments and insights in European biofuel production, sustainability issues, international trade, emerging biodiesel technologies and second generation biofuels processing.

Website: www.biofuels2009.eu
E-mail: mbrons@agriprojects.nl


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

Would you like your event promoted through the Biofuel Cities Events database? Send details on the event to secretariat@biofuel-cities.eu

4. 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.

The Biofuel Cities European Partnership is a forum for the application of biofuels. Open to all stakeholders in the area of biofuels for vehicles, it offers access to the www.biofuel-cities.eu information and exchange portal; workshops and study tours; news, publications and tools. The Partnership is supported by the European-Commission funded Biofuel Cities project. Participation in the Biofuel Cities European Partnership is free. To join more than 850 peers or to find out more, visit www.biofuel-cities.eu or write to secretariat@biofuel-cities.eu

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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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Acknowledgement:

This publication is part of the activities of the Co-ordination Action Biofuel Cities European Partnerships Consortium. The Coordination Action is funded by the Sixth Research Framework Programme of the European Union, under the Activity "Alternative Motor Fuels: Biofuels Cities".

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