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Mission Statement

The mission of the European Biofuels Technology Platform (EBTP) is to contribute to the development of cost-competitive, world-class biofuels technologies, to the creation of a healthy biofuels industry and to accelerate the deployment of sustainable biofuels in the European Union through a process of guidance, prioritisation and promotion of research, technology development and industrial demonstration.

1. Editorial

Dear EBTP stakeholder,

As the new Chair of the Steering Committee of the European Biofuels Technology Platform I am happy to present to you the EBTP’s 9th Newsletter.

The Steering Committee welcomes not only a new Chair, but also three more new members and two new Working Group chairs (see EBTP Developments).

Currently, the EBTP is devoting much of its work effort to the development of the European Industrial Bioenergy Initiative and will keep stakeholders informed of progress. The platform is also commencing the planning phase for the next Stakeholder Plenary Meeting (SPM4) on 14 September 2011.

I am looking forward to an enjoyable cooperation!

Lars Hansen
Chair, Steering Committee, European Biofuels Technology Platform

2. EBTP Developments

The EBTP is happy to welcome its new Chair, Lars Hansen, Novozymes, who was formally appointed at the 22nd Steering Committee Meeting in Brussels on 9th February 2011. The EBTP thanks Véronique Hervouet for her very active chairing of the platform over the past three years.

The Steering Committee also welcomes Denis Cieutat (Air Liquide), Paul Nash (Airbus) and Sandro Cobror (Gruppo M&G), and new appointments have been made in two Working Groups. WG 4 (Sustainability) is now chaired by Marc Londo (ECN), the former WG4 Vice-chair. The vacant position of WG5 Chair (Marketing) has been filled by Marc Gillmann (Total).

3. European Industrial Bioenergy Initiative EIBI

Sine the launch of the EIBI in November 2010 and the publication of the EIBI Implementation Plan, the EBTP has continued to help shape the EIBI in close collaboration with the European Commission and Member State representatives. The next step will be an EIBI call for Expression of Interest (EoI). The EBTP will inform stakeholders via e-mail and on the website once the call is published.

4. 4th Stakeholder Plenary Meeting of the EBTP (SPM4)

The 4th annual Stakeholder Plenary Meeting of the EBTP (SPM4) will take place on September 14th 2011 in Brussels. All EBTP stakeholders are cordially invited to participate in this event. There will be no conference fees, but attendance is limited by capacity of the venue and is subject to successful registration. Further information and registration details will be added to the EBTP website in the coming weeks, and stakeholders will be informed by e-mail once details of the programme are finalised.

5. EBTP Liaison with other organisations

The EBTP continues its participation in the BECOTEPS project, which has just finalised its white paper on “The European Bioeconomy 2030”, to be officially presented at the BECOTEPS Final Event on 22 March 2011 in Brussels.

The EBTP also contributes to Star-COLIBRI, which will hold its European Expert Forum on Biorefineries on 12-13 Apri 2011 in Budapest. The Forum aims at initiating partnerships between projects at a European and national level, and will provide a platform for networking between stakeholders. The forum will also gather input for two major policy documents in the framework of the Hungarian Presidency of the EU: the Joint European Biorefinery Vision for 2030 and the Joint Strategic Research Roadmap for Biorefineries for 2020. Participation in the forum is free of charge, subject to successful registration.

EBTP stakeholders are welcome to participate in the BECOTEPS and Star-COLIBRI events, and can register online via the links above.

6. EBTP involvement in recent Biofuels Events

December 2010 – 4th International BtL Congress, Berlin, Germany
Iwona Podrygala and Birger Kerckow (both Secretariat) represented EBTP

14 December 2010 – 3rd EIBI Team Meeting, Brussels, Belgium
Véronique Hervouet, Markku Karlsson, Henrik Erämetsä (all Steering Commitee) and Birger Kerckow (Secretariat) represented EBTP

8 February 2011 – ISCC General Assembly, Brussels, Belgium
Birger Kerckow (Secretariat) represented EBTP

9 February 2011 – 1st Joint Task Force Meeting Bio-CCS
Birger Kerckow and Mona-Maria Brinker (both Secretariat) represented EBTP

15 February 2011 – 4th EIBI Team Meeting, Brussels, Belgium
Anders Lau Tuxen, Markku Karlsson, Henrik Erämetsä (all Steering Commitee) and Iwona Podrygala (Secretariat) represented EBTP

7. Biofuels Events Autumn/Winter 2010/11

Links and details for the following events are included on the events page of the EBTP website.

8-11 March – The European Fuels Conference
Paris, France

14-15 March – BioWise 2011 Summit and Exhibition
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

22 March – Unlocking the potential of the bio-economy
Brussels, Belgium

22-24 March - Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference
Stockholm, Sweden

12-13 April – Star-COLIBRI European Expert Forum on Biorefineries
Budapest, Hungary

12-13 April – 6th Congress on Biomass: Fuel and Power 2011
Moscow, Russia

Please also remember to make a note in your diary for...

14 September - 4th Stakeholder Plenary Meeting of the EBTP (SPM4)
Brussels, Belgium

8. Recent Biofuels Reports & EC Communications

A number of new biofuels reports have been added to the EBTP Reports Database including:


Current Status and Potential for Algal Biofuels Production - A Report to IEA Bioenergy Task 39
Al Darzins (NREL), Philip Pienkos (NREL), Les Edye (BioIndustry Partners)

A Realistic Technology and Engineering Assessment of Algae Biofuel Production
Energy Biosciences Institute EBI

End use

Report of the European Expert Group on Future Transport Fuels
EC Mobility and Transport


Indirect Land Use Change and Biofuels-Study for the European Parliament
Uwe R. Fritsche and Kirsten Wiegmann, Oeko-Institut

Anticipated Indirect Land Use Change Associated with Expanded Use of Biofuels and Bioliquids in the EU - An Analysis of the National Renewable Energy Action Plans
Institute for European Environmental Policy IEEP

A causal descriptive approach to modelling the GHG emissions associated with the indirect land use impacts of biofuels
E4tech (for UK Department of Transport)

Policy & Markets

Recent progress in developing renewable energy sources and technical evaluation of the use of biofuels and other renewable fuels in transport in accordance with Article 3 of Directive 2001/77/EC and Article 4(2) of Directive 2003/30/EC
DG Energy

The Vision Scenario for the European Union 2011 Update for the EU-27 Project
Öko-Institut eV on behalf of the Greens / European Free Alliance

The Energy Report - 100 % renewable energy by 2050
WWF and Ecofys