New agreement between the European Commission and the European Investment Bank on reinforcing the ELENA facility

On 2nd of May, the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) signed an agreement on reinforcing the European Local Energy Assistance facility with a budget of €30 million for new projects.  In particular, €20 million will be dedicated to projects on energy efficiency and renewable energy, and €10 million to sustainable urban transport and mobility projects.

The ELENA facility was established in 2009, it is managed by the EIB and financed by the EU research and innovation funding programme – Horizon 2020. ELENA provides grant funding to large- scale investment programmes in the area of energy efficiency, distributed renewables, and sustainable urban transport, and has so far awarded around €100 million of EU support. ELENA funding is allocated on a first-come-first-served basis for the development of projects leading to investments above €30 million, and covers up to 90% of eligible project development costs.

For more information visit:  http://tinyurl.com/k8ddx54.

The CoR opinion on the report “The local and regional dimension of the bioeconomy and the role of cities and regions”

On 31 of March, members of the SEDEC commission adopted the own-initiative opinion on “The local and regional dimension of the bioeconomy and the role of cities and regions” . The rapporteur Ms Katrin Budde (DE/PES), underlined the potential of bioeconomy in fostering independence from fossil fuels, counteracting climate change by means of carbon neutrality, creating growth and jobs, meanwhile calling for better synergies between European, national and regional bioeconomy initiatives.
This opinion contributes to the review of European Commission’s Bioeconomy Strategy and relevant action due in 2017.

MEPs vote for measures to decrease European food waste 

On 11th of April, the Envi Committee adopted a report introducing measures to cut in EU 88 million tonnes per year food waste by 2030. The report that will be voted on 15-18 of May, calls for a coordinated policy response on labelling, liability and education, as well as on facilitating food donation.

New study on the potential of biogas as a source of clean energy

The study published by DG Energy, examines potential role, costs and benefits on the use of gas produced from organic waste as an energy source in Europe. Biogas can be a flexible and sustainable  alternative source of energy used mainly for renewable electricity production, heat production, and transport fuels. In 2014, 14.9 million tonnes of oil equivalent of biogas was produced in the EU, which represented about 7.6% of all primary renewable energy production in the EU.
The study underlines the necessity of creating a long – term policy framework and a stable investment framework for the development of biogas sector in EU.

Amendment of EU regulation on fertilising products

In March 2016, the European Commission presented a legislative proposal on fertilising products as part of the Circular Economy package.
The proposal discussed at ENVI Committee on 24 of April, aims to cover a wider range of fertilising products (including those manufactured from secondary raw materials), as well as to set limits for the presence of heavy metals and contaminants in fertilising products. Some of the amendments considered by the Committee concerned cadmium (Cd) limits, the possibility of using animal by-products, animal manure, and other recovered waste (such as struvite, biochar and ash-based products) in fertilisers, the definition of plant biostimulants, as well as the authorisation procedure for the use of micro-organisms in microbial plant biostimulants.

EUBIA attends the Webinar for the IRENA Global Atlas – Bioenergy Simulator

The IRENA Global Atlas is an online stimulator developed with the objective of identifying and figuring out how to utilise the unused arable land available worldwide as a source for bioenergy production. The users can estimate the potential yields of bioenergy produced anywhere in the world based on the data made available from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization and World Bank.

The stimulator consists in four stages. In an early stage, the user must choose the area, as well as the energy sources between: crops, agricultural residues, livestock waste, and forest plantations. Once the source has been selected, the user should select the production process between the 24 available. Finally, the user can select the bioenergy end-use between transport, heating, and electricity consumption. The simulator informs how bioenergy can be used in the area with a list of potential applications and informs about potential issues.  The system includes a validation system where the users can validate the result or give inputs to improve the data.

On 2030 half of the renewable energies will be bioenergy.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS for the EU-financed matchmaking-mission on ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN INDUSTRY

The Call for Applicants published by Low Carbon Business Action Team, is part of the International Business Matchmaking Programme between Small and Medium-sized enterprises from Brazil and the EU 28 Member-states.

The main sectors covered by the call are: Heating systems and technologies; Process automation and controls; Design and engineering of plants and processes; Energy management. Apply online at http://www.lowcarbonbrazil.com/mm-ee-in-industry

The matchmaking-mission is organized by an Institutional partnership of Sebrae (Serviço Brasileiro de Apoio à Micro e Pequena Empresa), CNI (Confederação Nacional da Indústria) in line with the Feira FEIMAFE Exhibition/Fair 2017 in São Paulo, SP, Brasil.

BBI-JU CALL FOR PROPOSALS OPENS TODAY

The Bio-based Industries (BBI) Joint Undertaking (JU) is in charge of implementing open call for proposals for research and innovation actions, along with the support actions, based on the Horizon 2020 rules for participation.The 2017 Call for Proposals opened officially today.

Collaborate with EUBIA

EUBIA will soon start working on new proposals, and looks forward to collaborate and support the members in preparing their projects.
EUBIA has 20 years of experience in EU projects with a significant number of successfully concluded projects and ongoing ones. We invite you to get in touch with us in order to develop and submit together successful proposals.

The  BBI-JU Annual Work Plan (AWP) 2017 can be downloaded here.

MEPs vote to ban the use of palm oil in biofuels

On 4th of April, the MEP’s voted a report by Czech GUE member Kateřina Konečná, calling on the European Commission to take measures to ban the use of palm oil in biofuels by 2020, and elaborate a single certification scheme for palm oil entering into the EU market.

The debate started on Monday 3 of April during the plenary session in Strasbourg. The report aims to stop deforestation caused by palm oil production and preserve biodiversity. Furthermore, the palm oil production leads to greenhouse gas emissions, and loss of natural habits endangering the survival of species. The EU is the second biggest palm oil consumer in the world, although is trying to limit its production. Nowadays, palm oil is extensively used in food, cosmetics, detergents, and mainly in biofuels.

EUBIA’s presentation at World Biomarkets conference 2017 is now available

Andrea Salimbeni’s power point presentation on “Exploring different organic waste valorisation strategies From fresh material to power”, given at World Biomarkets conference 2017 in Amsterdam, can be viewed here.