EBTP-SABS European Biofuels Technology Platform - Support for Advanced Biofuels Stakeholders
Biofuels play a key role in the energy and climate strategy of the EU. So far they are the only renewable energy carrier which contributes significantly to the energy demand of the transport sector. In the medium term this will continue, at least for sectors such as heavy duty road transport and aviation. Since 2006, the European Biofuels Technology Platform (EBTP) has supported the development of cost-competitive world-class biofuels value chains and the acceleration of their sustainable deployment in the EU.
From 2006-2013, the activities of the EBTP were administered by a Secretariat, with partial support from the EC. The contract for the Secretariat of the EBTP ended in March 31st 2013. Following a call under FP7-ENERGY-2013-IRP, a new Coordination and Support Action (609607), EBTP-SABS: Support for Advanced Biofuels Stakeholders, commenced in September 2013 and will run until the summer of 2016. EBTP-SABS aims to: further develop communications with the established network of EBTP particpants; to stimulate and support involvement of a wider range of stakeholders; and to inform the general public with accurate information on various aspects of advanced biofuels.
The EBTP-SABS project is coordinated by the Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR), Germany, with online communications and IT support provided by CPL Press, UK – both organisations having worked with the platform since its launch in 2006. The EBTP-SABS team is strengthened by the addition of Bioenergy 2020+, Austria, and Central European Initiative (CEI), Italy.
Please note: some EBTP internal administration tasks and other ongoing Secretariat activities are still carried out by FNR, using its own 'in-house' resources. These are not part of, nor funded by, the EBTP-SABS work packages.
The objective of the EBTP-SABS project is to provide support to all activities of EBTP which are of interest to the biofuels community as a whole and the general public. This includes information about technological, market, political, regulatory and financial developments and deployment activities such as the set-up, commissioning and operation of pilot and demonstration facilities and surrounding research. A main focus will be to support the European Industrial Bioenergy Initiative (EIBI) and facilitate the implementation and possible update of the EBTP Strategic Research Agenda.
EBTP-SABS will motivate discussion and interaction between various groups of
stakeholders and the working groups of EBTP on 'hot topics' relating to the accelerated deployment of the most promising value chains for advanced biofuels.
Informing the biofuels debate with scientifically correct, unbiased information will serve all biofuel stakeholders. The information will be provided at several levels of detail: general information to support those entering the biofuels community as well as the general public; more detailed information to support research or deployment activities; and links to research projects, demonstration facilities, external reports, stakeholders and training courses to support those who actively seek to implement biofuels technologies. Key instruments to achieve this aim will be the EBTP website, fact sheets, reports, newsletters and networking events at different scales.
EBTP-SABS will help connect the EBTP with a wide range of stakeholders in research, industry, government, NGOs and related professions, providing expertise in 4 key areas to:
- Improve feedstock sustainability and availability by addressing logistics, land use issues and production of a diversity of feedstocks (wastes, aquatic and microbial biomass, cellulosic energy crops, etc);
- Demonstrate conversion of feedstocks to advanced biofuels via innovative technologies at industrial scale (biochemical, thermochemical, etc), to establish best-performing value chains, overcome technical bottlenecks, and lower capex and opex;
- Develop end use of advanced biofuels in road, air, marine and rail transport and other uses, through innovations in fuel use, engines and infrastructure;
- Accelerate market deployment of the most promising advanced biofuels to contribute to the EU strategy on climate change mitigation and sustainable transport across all Member States, improve European energy security and technology leadership, and help create 1000s of new jobs in the bioeconomy.
Specific EBTP-SABS tasks include to:
- Update the EBTP Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) to inform priorities for research and demonstration under Horizon 2020 and the European Industrial Bioenergy Initiative (EIBI); The EBTP Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) was published in June 2016.
- Help develop strategic solutions to overcome the main barriers to deployment of advanced biofuels in Europe (e.g. funding, training, feedstock issues, technology bottlenecks, need for robust operational case studies, reduction in capex and opex, innovative support mechanisms);
- Establish and expand information about demonstration and flagship facilities, and supporting research on advanced biofuels across all Member States and other countries of interest, as well as provide updated information on events, reports, feedstock availability, funding and deployment issues
- Increase dissemination and knowledge sharing through the EBTP website, online newsletters and databases
- Promote greater involvement in EBTP activities of a wider range of stakeholders from all advanced biofuels sectors and all Member States
- Hold Stakeholder Plenary Meetings. SPM6 was held in Brussels on 14-15 October 2014. SPM7 was held in Brussels on 21 June 2016.
The EBTP-SABS Documents published on completion of these tasks can be found below:
FNR is the central coordinating agency in the area of Renewable Resources in Germany acting on behalf of the German Federal Ministery of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV). CPL is a UK-based scientific publisher with a focus on bioenergy, database development and online dissemination. Bioenergy2020+ is the Austrian competence centre for bioenergy R&D and has been involved in numerous national, European and international projects in biofuels research and biofuels dissemination. Bioenergy2020+ will take responsibility for biofuels sector monitoring and will provide input for the establishment of new databases and fact sheets. The Central European Initiative (CEI), based in Italy, has a wide network of contacts with ministries and researchers in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe, and will broaden the scope and outreach of EBTP.
Members of the EBTP-SABS team include:
Birger Kerckow, Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR), Gemany, is the principle coordinator of the EBTP-SABS project team, and has worked within the European Biofuels Technology Platform (EBTP) Secretariat since its establishment in 2006. He is an agricultural engineer with a specialisation in agricultural economics (University of Göttingen). He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of renewable biological resources, both on national and international level. He joined the Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR) in 1997 and is currently Head of Department for EU and International Cooperation and co-ordinates the international activities of FNR.
Britta Müller, Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR), Germany, supports the coordination and management of EBTP-SABS and is responsible for all day-to-day administration of the project. She is also responsible for the management of project meetings and events as well as coordination of EBTP stakeholders. She has an academic background in agricultural science with a specialisation in agricultural economics.
Roger Coombs, CPL Scientific Publishing Services Ltd, UK, was responsible for online communications and web development under WP5, and the set-up of databases under WP2 of EBTP-SABS until Summer 2015. Roger took over management of the EBTP website from his colleague Katy Hall in 2006, and in the past 10 years he and Katy have developed large-scale websites and databases for various EC energy projects including BioMatNet, EpoBio, ManagEnergy and Regions202020, as well as the CO2 Capture Project CCP. For the previous 20 years he worked as a journalist, author and editor on a wide range of reports, journals and books on biotechnology, pyrolysis and gasification, biofuels, biomass production, and sustainable agriculture. Katy Hall will be responsible for the website until the end of the project in August 2016.
Dina Bacovsky, BIOENERGY 2020+, Austria, is responsible for WP2 on information collation, structure for the databases, and general and detailed information sections for the website. She has developed and maintains a database and interactive map on advanced biofuels production technologies for the international network IEA Bioenergy Task 39 “Commercialising Conventional and Advanced Liquid Biofuels from Biomass”. She represents Austria in IEA Bioenergy Task 39, and she operates the secretariat of the IEA Advanced Motor Fuels, a network that focuses on end-use aspects of alternative transport fuels.
Nikolaus Ludwiczek, BIOENERGY 2020+, Austria, is responsible for collating and updating the information for the database on research, development & deployment under WP2. He also works on the project Biograce on harmonising bioenergy greenhouse gas emissions, and was co-author (together with Dina Bacovsky) of the status report on advanced biofuels demonstration facilities in 2012. Currently he is writing his PhD thesis on land use competition in Brazil.
Peter Canciani, Central European Initiative, Italy provides a bridge to stakeholders form Central, East and South East Europe, facilitating insight into most recent developments in the field of advanced biofuels in the region and promoting more active participation of interested parties through enhanced visibility of the EBTP. He works as Project Manager at CEI Executive Secretariat, acting as focal point for activities in the field of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Before joining the CEI in 2012, he worked on technical assistance and development projects in Russia and the Balkans, focusing particularly on administrative reforms, public procurement and on the promotion of regional cooperation.
To discover more about EBTP-SABS activities and how you can become involved in the European Biofuels Technology Platform, or to offer any feedback or suggestions please email info[at]ebtp-sabs.eu.
The European Commission’s Energy Union strategy, adopted in February 2015, dedicates one of its five dimensions to research, innovation and competitiveness. The integrated SET-Plan will play a central role in a new European energy Research & Innovation (R&I) approach designed to accelerate the energy system transformation. The new Integrated SET-Plan Communication defines the new European R&I Strategy for the EU for the coming years. It will provide the overall framework for promoting strengthened cooperation in R&I between the EU, Member States and stakeholders (research and industry).
Within this context a new role is foreseen for the European Biofuels Technology Platform, which will becom the European Technology and Innovation Platform (ETIP) Bioenergy. The work of the ETIP will be more closely combined with one European Industrial Initiative (EII), the European Industrial Bioenergy Initiative (EIBI). EBTP has been a strong player in the EIBI team, combining industry and Member State representatives, since its foundation in 2010. The new working structure will be put in place in Autumn 2016, including the establishment of an Advisory Board and a Coordination Group in addition to the already existing Steering Committee.