Bioenergy, Advanced Biofuels and Renewable Fuels 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, in particular for sectors such as heavy-duty road transport and aviation.
Since 2016, the former European Biofuels Technology Platform (EBTP) active since 2006 transformed to the European Technology and Innovation Platform Bioenergy (ETIP Bioenergy), aiming to support the development of cost-competitive world-class Bioenergy, Advanced Biofuels and Renewable Fuels value chains and the acceleration of their sustainable deployment in the EU.
From June 2022, ETIP Bioenergy is assisted by a specific project called ETIP-B2022-2025 (Grant Agreement no. 101075503). This project, funded under the Horizon Europe Framework Programme for Technology and Innovation of the European Commission, will maximize the impact of the activities promoted by the platform among bioenergy stakeholders at European and global level.
Aims and tasks of ETIP-B2022-2025
In line with the call outcomes, the objective of ETIP-B2022-2025 is to support and empower renewable fuel and advanced bioenergy stakeholders’ contributions to the Green Deal and, more specifically, the Strategic Energy Technology (SET)-Plan. ETIP Bioenergy aims to actively engage with these stakeholders and the civil society, link their needs to policy making of the European Commission and Member States, and to provide advice to industry. The ETIP-B2022-2025 project´s objective is to support ETIP Bioenergy in this task.
How does the process work
The team of the ETIP-B2022-2025 project initiates discussion and interaction between stakeholders and working groups of the ETIP Bioenergy on 'hot topics' related to the accelerated deployment of the most promising value chains for Bioenergy, Advanced Biofuels and Renewable Fuels technologies. Informing current debates with scientifically correct, unbiased information will serve to stakeholders to get policy, legal framework and technical support to their investment strategies in the near future.
Key instruments to achieve this aim is the ETIP Bioenergy website with all the useful resources as factsheets, reports, newsletters, videos on interviews by experts and narrative videos. In addition, a calendar of initiatives, such as policy meetings, technical workshops, networking events at different scales.
Recognizing the importance of civil society engagement, the project will examine comparatively how public involvement in bioenergy technology development and promotion takes place in different countries at different political levels. The goals are to understand new trends and developments for promoting public involvement, the benefits of public involvement, best practice examples, and limitations of methods used. Both top-down efforts driven by governmental actors and bottom-up efforts that are led by citizens will be considered.
Behind the scenes: ETIP Bioenergy Working Groups
ETIP-B-SABS 2022-2025 project supports the four ETIP Bioenergy Working Groups (comprising a pool of experts from research, industry, governments and NGOs) in providing expertise in four key areas to:
• Biomass availability: 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);
• Conversion: 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;
• End use: develop end-use of advanced biofuels in road, air, marine and rail transport and other uses, through innovations in fuel use, engines and infrastructure;
• Markets and sustainability: accelerate market deployment of the most promising bioenergy and renewable fuels 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 creating 1000s of new jobs in the Bioenergy, Advanced Biofuels and Renewable Fuels sector.
A Task Force for Bioemethane has been established in fall 2022.
The ETIP-B-2022-2025 Consortium
BEST – Bioenergy and Sustainable Technologies has more than 20 years of experience in biomass to energy research, application and related policy. BEST was leading the sector monitoring in the ETIP B SABS 2 project. Currently BEST is involved in 5 IEA Bioenergy Tasks. BEST has experience in bioenergy technologies as well as in research related to societal risks and acceptance, motive analysis and a good knowledge on gender and intersecting aspects in research projects.
BEST is in charge of overall project management as well as direct support to ETIP Bioenergy, and will have a strong role in stakeholder engagement activities that directly tie to work of the SC or the WGs.
RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden AB has long experience of bioenergy and biomass in the areas of research, development, demonstration and deployment. RISE also possesses a growing technology infrastructure in the field. Currently RISE is involved in ETIP Bioenergy where Patrik Klintbom is the Chair of the SC since 2018. RISE is also coordinating the CSA SET4BIO and leading the innovation challenge under the same project. Furthermore, RISE is involved in the WGs of ETIP Bioenergy.
RISE will take over responsibility for sector monitoring and reorganize, update and expand the website content. Also, RISE will lead the innovation challenge, utilizing the model developed in the SET4BIO project.
EUREC - The Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centers is the project’s ears and eyes in Brussels representing the views of 39 research centres on European policy impacting R&I in energy to EU institutions. Maintaining connections to ETIPs is integral to its work. EUREC’s coordination of the project SMARTSPEND (2018-2021) built on previous experience in bringing ETIPs together to define joint positions since 2016. It coordinates the RHC ETIP (Renewable Heating and Cooling) which has a ‘Technology Panel’ on bioenergy.
EUREC will be in charge of joint activities with other ETIPs and stakeholder fora, drawing on its experience in coordinating R&I actors.
ETA-Florence Renewable Energies is an Italian consultancy and engineering firm active in the field of renewable energy and has 25 years of expertise in dissemination, communication and exploitation of results and activities of European R&I projects, particularly in the field of biomass, bioenergy and the bioeconomy, including the former 2 support projects to ETIP Bioenergy (ETIP Bioenergy SABS and ETIP B SABS II) and SET4BIO. Since 2019 ETA is also in charge of delivering communication services to IEA Bioenergy and since 2000 it is the organizer of the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition.
ETA will continue handling all communication and dissemination activities of the project and organize most project events. ETA has long experience in creating outreach products in the field of renewable fuels and bioenergy.
CSD - the Centre for the Study of Democracy is a European public policy research institute, which combines research excellence with advocacy for piloting social innovation and institutional reforms in Europe across several areas, most notably energy governance, energy transition, economic development and innovation studies.
ETA-Florence Renewable Energies
|RISE Innventia / RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB
CSD Center for the Study of Democracy
Radostina PrimovaMartin Vladimirov
|The Association of European Renewable Energy Research Centers
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