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H O R I Z O N 2 0 2 0 P R O J E C T S : P O R TA L

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S O C I E TA L C H A L L E N G E S : E N E R G Y

production of world class, competitive

biofuels. In addition, a strategic deployment

document will be published which contributes

to meeting the needs and challenges of the

practical implementation and deployment of

the activities. The latest SRA dates back to

2010 and is currently being updated, with the

final version expected to be launched by the

end of 2015.

How does the ETP contribute to the

European Industrial Bioenergy

Initiative (EIBI)?

Biofuels and bioenergy play a prominent

role in the Strategic Energy Technology Plan

(SET-Plan). Ensuring that advanced biofuel

technologies provide competitive alternatives

to fossil fuels, while respecting the

sustainability of their production, was identified

as one of the key EU technology challenges for

the next decade in order to meet the EU’s

2020 energy targets.

The EIBI is one of the industrial initiatives under

the SET-Plan that aim to prioritise and facilitate

‘first-of-a-kind’ demonstration of innovative

‘clean energy’ technologies in Europe. The aim

of the EIBI is to demonstrate the technical and

commercial viability of all steps of a value

chain, from feedstock through conversion to

end product, on a single site based on

technologies that are not yet commercially

available and which could be deployed on a

large scale, thus excluding existing biofuels

and heat and power technologies.

Since 2009, the EBTP has helped to shape the

EIBI in close collaboration with the European

Commission and EU member states. The EBTP

provides the core industrial inputs to EIBI. EIBI

industrial representatives have also compiled

the priorities of Theme 13 of the SET-Plan

Integrated Roadmap, namely ‘Developing

sustainable biofuels, fuel cells and hydrogen

and alternative fuels for the European transport

fuel mix’. Liaison between the EBTP EIBI team

representatives and the steering committee and

working groups of EBTP is ensured.

IN

April, the European Parliament voted in favour of new

legislation regarding indirect land use change impacts

of biofuels (iLUC), bringing forward new rules

governing how EU member states can meet the target of 10% for

renewables in transport fuels by 2020. MEPs voted in favour of a

7% cap on the contribution of biofuels produced from ‘food’ crops,

in addition to a greater emphasis on the production of advanced

biofuels from waste feedstocks.

With this backdrop, Portal spoke to Birger Kerckow and Britta Müller,

of the European Biofuels Technology Platform (EBTP) secretariat, to

learn more about the platform’s work, its contribution to Horizon

2020 and the barriers to biofuel breakthroughs.

What are the main aims of the EBTP?

Established in 2006, the EBTP brings together the knowledge and

expertise of stakeholders from industry, biomass production, research

and technology development, engine and vehicle manufacturing, fuel

distribution, government and NGOs in a public private partnership.

The EBTP aims to contribute to the development of cost-competitive,

world class biofuel value chains and the creation of a healthy biofuels

industry. The platform also aims to accelerate the sustainable deployment

of biofuels in the EU through a process of guidance, prioritisation and

the promotion of research, technology development and demonstration.

What are the core components of the Strategic

Research Agenda?

By producing the SRA, we draw European policy makers’ attention to

the most important fields of research and innovation to enable the

Building the biofuels

In an interview with

Portal,

the Biofuels ETP secretariat detailed the action

being taken to realise a green European energy society that harnesses its

power from the natural environment

The EBTP brings

together multiple

stakeholders from

across the industrial,

research, public and

third sectors

© Robert G Rossi

Birger Kerckow

Britta Müller