The ART Fuels Forum, established under the project: “Support for alternative and renewable liquid and gaseous fuels forum (policy and market issues)”, is financed by the European Commission and aims at bringing together selected representativesREAD MORE
The ART Fuels Forum, established under the project: “Support for alternative and renewable liquid and gaseous fuels forum (policy and market issues)”, is financed by the European Commission and aims at bringing together selected representatives of:
towards facilitating discussion and elaboration of common issues on policy and market penetration barriers for these fuels.
The project contributes to enhancing and strengthening the understanding of the needs of the ART Fuels sector in view of improving:
The Forum integrates a series of organized and structured discussions, plenary meetings, preparation of position papers, etc. towards shaping strategies and policies for market deployment of ART Fuels.
Alternative Renewable Transportation Fuels are sustainable advanced liquid and gaseous transportation fuels produced by a wide range of feedstock and through innovative conversion technologies. The cost of ART Fuels is a key element for their large-scale market deployment, strictly linked to the price of the feedstock and the adopted conversion technology. Among the fuels considered as ART Fuels, we can list, in principle, fuels from thermochemical and biochemical conversion of lignocellulosic biomass, fuels from algae and microbial biomasses, power to gas/liquid fuels, solar fuels, fuels from industrial waste gases, fuels from municipal solid waste, plastic waste and refinery waste, co-processing of biomass intermediates in existing refineries etc.
The biofuel market grew up considerably in the period 2005-2012, with US, Europe and Brazil as leading consumers. However, the biofuel demand has slowed down over the recent years (2012-2014), indicatively the total EU biofuel consumption showed a decrease of 4.8% in terms of energy (Mtoe) over 2012 (data from: EU Farm Advisory System posts, Eurostat). On the other hand, the EU production increased its output by around 10% in 2012-2013. This slowdown of consumption follows the strong build-up in biofuel consumption between 2005 and 2010 and depends on a variety of different factors, including: the global economic crisis, the reduced increase in transport fuel consumption in several regions, the dependence on supporting policy and regulatory framework and the concerns on sustainability impact and public perception.
Recently (30 November 2016), the European Commission (EC) published a proposal to the EU Council and the European Parliament to recast the Renewable Energy Directive (RED; 2009/28/EC). Under the RED, Member States are required to source 10% of the energy used in road and rail transport from renewable sources by 2020. The recast of RED, the so-called RED II proposes a set of policy measures to achieve a 27% renewable energy share from energy consumed by the electricity, heating and cooling, and transportation sectors by 2030. RED II indicates that 6.8% of transportation fuels must derive from renewable sources by 2030, thus providing an opportunity for the wider utilization of ART-Fuels, including also renewable transport fuels of non-biological origin, waste-based fuels and renewable electricity. In particular, the Commission’s RED II proposal anticipates a sub-target of 3.6% of transportation fuels, that is part of the 6.8% mandate of the target, should be met by the use of advanced biofuels. This sub-mandate for advanced feedstocks should help to promote emerging technologies for biofuel production. To minimize the Indirect Land-Use Change (ILUC) impacts, the proposed RED II foresees a cap on the contribution of food-based biofuels towards the EU renewable energy target, starting at 7% in 2021 and going down progressively to 3.8% in 2030.
EXERGIA is an independent firm of consultants operating internationally in the fields of energy and environment, member of SESMA, the Hellenic Association of Management Consulting Companies (Greek branch of FEACO). It was founded in 1991 and maintains since then a rapid growth rate through expansion of its client base and of its activities. Having been involved in a large number of significant sustainable energy projects worldwide, EXERGIA is established among the top energy consulting companies. The wide scope of company’s projects ranges from consultancy to European Union and state policy and strategy formulation up to energy/environmental audits and feasibility studies for private clients.READ MORE
The Renewable Energy Consortium for Research and Demonstration (RE-CORD) is a no-profit public-private independent research body established by the University of Florence, which merges numerous competences and resources in the field of basic and applied research, engineering, and sustainable land planning and development. Founded in 2010 under the initiative and as a further development of the Research Center for Alternative and Renewable Energy (CREAR) – University of Florence, RE-CORD develops scientific and technological research in the field of Renewable Energies and in particular Bioenergy, while creating a synergistic effect by combining expertise and resources from the four founding members.READ MORE
Can the aviation industry really go carbon neutral by 2050? 14/02/2020
Take a look at the article published by The Guardian. Click here.READ MORE
Nordics bet on advanced biofuels to suit carbon neutrality ambitions 07/02/2020
The third Editorial communicating the view of the ART Fuels Forum regarding the Nordic decarbonization example is published by Euractiv….READ MORE
Airbus, Air France, Safran, Suez and Total welcome advancements in favour of a sustainable aviation biofuel industry in France 03/02/2020
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Take a look at the press release on the Green Deal, published by ACEA. Click here.READ MORE
The Digest’s Biofuels Mandates Around the World 2020 23/01/2020
Take a look at Digest’s presentation regarding the Biofuel Mandates around the World 2020. For more information please click here.READ MORE
JOINT DECLARATION FOR LEGAL CONSISTENCY OF THE EU ALTERNATIVE FUELS DEFINITION 16/01/2020
Take a look at the Joint Declaration for Legal Consistency of the EU Alternative Fuels Definition drafted by Liquid Gas…READ MORE
3rd EU-India bilateral conference on Advanced Biofuels at New Delhi 2nd-4th March, 2020 24/12/2019
On behalf of Mr Hans van Steen, Acting Director “Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency”, of the Directorate General for…READ MORE
European Green Deal: don’t overlook liquids! 13/12/2019
Take a look at the article published by the Forum’s Leader and Adviser, Eric van den Heuvel, for the think-tank…READ MORE