Newsletter EUBIA
June 2017


EUBIA Award 2017- EUBCE 2017

Amec Foster Wheeler is the winner of EUBIA Award 2017, due to their contribution to high efficiency CFB technology, that indicates lower fuel consumption and also lower levels of ash and air emissions, including lower emissions of carbon dioxide. Concern about climate change is a key factor for developing and implementing renewable energy solutions today, and the use of biomass in power generation can contribute significantly to reduce CO2 emissions. Click here to see more pictures from EUBCE 2017.


The European Commission publishes the latest energy data for all EU countries 
The EC has published EU energy statistical datasheets containing information on each country’s energy production, trading and consumption sorted by energy carrier and economic sector. They also provide information on the evolution of each country’s primary energy consumption, countries’ energy efficiency, their level of dependency on energy imports, and the evolution on the deployment of solar energy.
In addition, it is possible to track how greenhouse gas emissions have varied in individual sectors and at national level since 1990. For more information click here.  

The Final Report of the Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels has been approved by the Sustainable Transport Forum (STF) 

This report provides a support to the European Commission in the elaboration of a methodology for the deployment of advanced biofuels. The study provided by the Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels, offers a simple and transparent definition for advances biofuels, reliable targets for deployment of advanced biofuels in EU market by 2030, updates the technology status of various value chains, and examines closely the production costs of advanced biofuels. The Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels also considers the proposals on decarbonising transport in the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive and provides proposals for improvements aiming to create a long term stable framework encouraging investments. Currently, the use of advanced biofuels as well as other renewable fuels is limited in the EU, due to the higher cost compare to fossil fuels, which they aim to replace.
The Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels of the Sustainable Transport Forum is made of 32 industry experts representing all advanced biofuels value chains as well as the transport sectors of aviation, maritime and heavy-duty transport. Read the full report here.

Draft opinion by Bas Eickhout on “Promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (recast)”

On 29 of June, the ENVI Committee considered the draft opinion by Bas Eickhout on “Promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (recast)", presented by the the European Commission as part of the  'Clean Energy for all Europeans' package of proposals. A major goal of the recast RES directive proposal is to increase the share of renewable energy sources in the overall energy mix to at least 27 % by 2030, meanwhile ensuring that the EU becomes world leader in renewable energy.
The Rapporteur proposes to increase to 45% the Renewable Energy Sources (RES) share in 2030, with national mandatory targets, priority access and a system of guarantees of origin that only serves as a traceability and accounting tool. MEP Eickhout proposed to bring down the threshold for applying the sustainability criteria to installations bigger than 1MW and strengthen the requirements under which Member States can give financial support to large scale biomass plants.

Call for applications 
Call for applications: Matchmaking Mission on Renewables

EUBIA will act as a supporting organisation to  Low Carbon Business Action (LCBA) Matchmaking Mission #8 – Renewables (solar PV, wind and biomass) to be held between the 3-6 of October in Fortaleza-CE, Brazil.
Low Carbon Business Action is a European Union funded initiative aiming at engaging small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from Brazil and from the EU Member States through a series of business matchmaking missions to be held until December 2017.
The call for applications for the matchmaking mission on renewable energy (Solar Photovoltaic, Wind, Biomass) for October 3-6, is now open. Travel costs of selected SMEs will be 80% reimbursed. Apply here.
For more information please contact


Biofuels workshop: Study on Research and Innovation Perspective of the mid and long-term Potential for Advanced Biofuels in Europe

This study has been launched in 2016 as an initiative of DG Research & Innovation and it is implemented by Ecorys, WIP, E3M-Lab, EFI, EuroCARE and IUNG.
The workshop involved stakeholders and experts from various fields with the aim to discuss the approach and findings of the study.
The results shows that advances biofuels are necessary and complementary to other renewable alternative fuels, in order to reach EU decarbonisation targets. According to common opinion, there is a necessity for R&I improvements, higher demand and higher economies of scale, in order to reduce production costs of AB. On the other hand, price levels of feedstock will increase with increasing demand of feedstock to reach decarbonisation targets. Another shared opinion emerged during the workshop, was the necessity of not choosing a dominant feedstock technology, multiple technologies can coexist such as cellulose used for one pathway, and lignin for another.
Co-processing of biomass based feedstocks with fossil fuels is considered as a promising option for scaling up both feedstock and conversion technologies. Feedstock processing can produce high value applications and by-products which can be used for the production of advanced biofuels. Furthermore, it was stated that the development of advances biofuels can benefit from the technological developments and investments in conventional biofuels.
A written consultation on the draft final report will take place in July/August 2017.


Agrocycle poster presentation at EUBCE 2017 

On Monday 12th  of June 2017, the AGROCYCLE project was presented by EUBIA during the EUBCE poster presentation session. The presentation was focused on explaining the scope of the project in providing sustainable agricultural waste valorisation pathways, contributing to the EU target of reducing food waste by 50% by 2030.
Delegates from scientific research, industry and policymakers from 66 countries assisted
to more than 800 presentations from 3,800 authors and five workshops on different
subjects of the biomass sector.
The 25th  European Biomass Conference and Exhibition event represented an opportunity for knowledge exchange and discussions on latest scientific findings, industrial progress and policy landscape shaping this sector. The conference opened with a discussion on the indispensable role of biomass on the view of Paris Agreement.


SALTGAE Project at EUBCE 2017 

Saltgae Project is a European project funded under H2020. It proposes an innovative, sustainable and efficient solution for the treatment of high salinity wastewater of the food industry by using halotolerant algae for the elimination of organic matter and nutrients.
This innovative solution is notable for its high added value. It not only provides an efficient and ecological solution for wastewater treatment, but also represents an innovative way to produce algae biomass, that can be then valued in different by-products.
Due to the fact that EUBCE has become an essential meeting point for the entire European Biomass value chain, the 19 partners of Saltgae project attended the exhibition in order to expose the latest developments in Saltgae technology.
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