European Technology and Innovation Platform Bioenergy

9th Stakeholder Plenary Meeting

20-21 November 2019

Boulevard du Roi Albert II, 5, B-1210 Brussels

Advanced bioenergy gaining momentum

Brussels, 21 November 2019

The 9th Stakeholder Plenary Meeting of the European Technology and Innovation Platform Bioenergy (ETIP Bioenergy) confirmed the many opportunities already available today to use sustainable biomass for supporting the clean energy transition in Europe. It was complemented by the ADVANCEFUEL Workshop “RESFuels in transport sector decarbonisation” and the Final Forum of the ERA-NET Cofund BESTF3 with a focus on funding the scaling-up of advanced bioenergy technologies.

After some years of hesitation, the sector is now showing concrete signals of a renewed commitment both with new commercial industrial initiatives and in research and innovation.
One and a half year ago, at the previous stakeholder meeting, the discussion was still influenced by the uncertainties of the policy framework at that time. This year, with the REDII and the first delegated acts in place, it is very positive to see that technologies are finally getting to the market and new investments are starting to be announced, although some points of the legislation still need to be fine-tuned, said Patrik Klintbom, Chair of ETIP Bioenergy Steering Committee. There is a substantial amount of sustainable biomass available, the time for action is now and we need to bring all the technologies to the market. In order to succeed we must increase cooperation and join forces in research, innovation, scaling up and demonstration, he continued.
Maria Georgiadou, European Commission DG RDT, emphasized that a vast portfolio of technologies and value chains is available to meet this target and the Commission through its various programs is working to provide the support that is still needed for all the technology readiness levels, to ensure that these solutions can deliver their expected contribution. In this regard, the bioenergy sector should take advantage of the synergies among the various EU tools that are and will be available in different forms, including not only the well-known Horizon 2020 and the upcoming Horizon Europe Programme, but also several other instrument such as the Investment Plan for Europe, the Structural Funds, the Digital Europe Programme, the Just Transition Fund, InvestEU, the upcoming Innovation Fund, and the EU Finance for Innovators.

The latest trends in advanced bioenergy technologies were presented during the two-days event.
In this regard the updates from Dutch BTG about their new commercial initiatives with fast pyrolysis bio-oil (FBPO) were particularly encouraging. With over 25 years of research and demonstration and after more than 4 years of continuous operation of the first commercial-scale EMPYRO plant delivering stable FBPO, earlier this year BTG announced new plants to be soon built in Finland and in Sweden. The company is even more committed to expanding its portfolio of activities, BTG CEO René Venendaal announced the set-up of a new high-technology company for converting crude pyrolysis oil into diesel fuel suitable for the shipping sector. It will be the first refinery in the world for an advanced marine biofuel based on pyrolysis oil.

Besides technology advances, the opportunities and the current prospects for using advanced biofuels in the refining sector were also presented.
We have an ambition to become CO2 neutral in 2045 and we are working to reduce emission along all the steps of the value chain, said Olov Öhrman, Preem AB, emphasizing that the biomass value chain is very different from the one of the traditional fossil fuel with a specific constellation of actors along the value chain. This complexity offers many opportunities to refiners and not only challenges.
The BTG and Preen efforts add on announcements by other companies earlier this year, such as UPM, St1, Preem, Clariant, which were presented or discussed at the meeting.

The potential to reduce carbon emissions in transport with renewable fuels was elaborated by the EU innovation project ADVANCEFUEL, coordinated by FNR, aiming to remove barriers to the market rollout of advanced renewable fuels (RESfuels). A considerable CO2 reduction requires the deployment of all renewable options including renewable advanced fuels in addition to an efficiency increase of the transport system. Liquid advanced biofuels become important as short-term solutions particularly for aviation, marine, heavy duty vehicles, as they are lacking alternatives. Their sustainable growth, however, depends largely on the clarity, long-term stability and consistency of the policy framework, which should provide confidence to investors and allow the industry to improve their technical and financial performance.

A whole session of the event explored the challenges and the possible solutions for broadening the biomass feedstock base for Europe.
Every year in the EU about 1.2 billion tonnes of biomass are supplied and used: about 1 billion tonnes come from primary sources (agriculture, forestry, pastures, fisheries and aquaculture), 0.2 billion tonnes from secondary sources (recovered paper, wood and other bio-waste).
Interesting updates were also heard from BECOOL, a Horizon 2020 project which is developing innovative cropping systems to integrate lignocellulosic crops along with traditional food crops in multiannual rotations. Integrating lignocellulosic energy crops in agricultural rotations with traditional food crops can have positive impacts on the fertility of soils, and can contribute to reduce soil erosion and the need for agrochemicals and fertilizers", said Andrea Parenti, University of Bologna.
A detailed mapping of the available marginal lands in Europe was also presented by Anouk Cormont from Wageningen University & Research. Marginal lands make up around 30% of the EU agricultural lands and the most common reasons for their marginality are limitations to plant rooting, adverse climate and excessive soil moisture. We need to recover those lands and bring them back to productivity. In this regard, growing perennial crops for bioenergy can be an option to diversify farmers’ income, which could also contribute to storing carbon into the soil.

Moderated breakout sessions open to the participants were organized in order to collect stakeholders’ views and advice on what are the most important aspects of the sector which need to be addressed by the Platform’s four working groups on biomass supply, conversion, end use, market and policy. The outcomes of the discussion will provide a valuable guidance to the ETIP Bioenergy Steering Committee as well as the Implementation Working Group 8 linked to the SETPlan in defining the priorities for the next activities and events.
I am looking forward to concrete discussions on how we can accelerate biofuels deployment with a jointly coordinated effort, Patrik Klintbom concluded.


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20 November 2019





09:30 – 10:30

Registration & coffee


10:30 – 10:40

PDF Icon Welcome

Patrik Klintbom, Chair SC ETIP Bioenergy

10:40 – 11:00

PDF Icon EU Research & Innovation Policy on renewable fuels and bioenergy

Maria Georgiadou, DG RTD

11:00 - 12:30

What’s new in technology?

Moderation: Patrik Klintbom


PDF Icon Biofuels – Future Opportunities for Refiners

Olov Öhrman, Preem


PDF Icon Rolling out of the pyrolysis technology through Europe

Gerhard Muggen, BTG Bioliquids BV


PDF Icon Delivering advanced biofuels and circular chemicals to market: An industrial case study for Enerkem

Robert Vierhout, Enerkem


PDF Icon Investment announcement on advanced biofuel refinery for the shipping sector

René Venendaal, BTG

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch and networking


13:30 – 15:30

Broadening the biomass feedstock base in Europe – Opportunities and challenges

Moderation: Calliope Panoutsou, Imperial College London


PDF Icon Biomass supply and cost supply assessments

Andrea Camia, European Commission, Joint Research Centre


PDF Icon Lignocellulosic biomass and food crops: sustainable intensification of agriculture in the framework of the BECOOL project

Andrea Parenti, University of Bologna


PDF Icon Biofuels from marginal land

Berien Elbersen Anouk Cormont, Wageningen University & Research


PDF Icon Challenges for RED II Sustainability Certification from a Certification Scheme’s Point of View

Peter Hawighorst, Meo Carbon Solutions GmbH

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee break


16:00 – 17:30

Getting involved – ETIP Bioenergy, a platform for its stakeholders

Interactive breakout sessions on biomass availability, conversion technologies, markets and end use, and policy and sustainability



Working Group 1 – Biomass Feedstocks

  • Opportunities and challenges for broadening biomass feedstock in Europe
  • Recommendations for R&I actions
  • Biomass supply and cost supply assessment

Calliope Panoutsou, Imperial College London


Working Group 2 – Conversion

  • News and developments on priority value chain projects
  • Examine the changes regarding the ETIP Bioenergy value chains and their background
  • Development pathways and innovative technologies

Lars Waldheim, Waldheim Consulting & Francisco Gìrio, National Laboratory of Energy and Geology


Working Group 3 – End use

  • Competition of renewable fuels with non ICE-based transport alternatives
  • Competition for renewable fuels between road, air and maritime transport
  • What can R&I do to bring solutions to the market?

Philippe Marchand, Biofuels expert & Dorothée Lahaussois, Toyota Motor Europe


Working Group 4 – Policy and Sustainability

  • Is the REDII sufficient to achieve sustainable biomass supply in the EU
  • How to ensure that REDII requirements will be understood and met by non-EU partners?
  • Does REDII serve as a sound basis for governing the sustainability of the broader bio economy, and if not, determining what else is needed?

Uwe Fritsche, International Institute for Sustainability Analysis and Strategy (IINAS)

17:30 – 18:00

Results from the breakout sessions – Rapporteurs


18:00 – 20:00

Reception & get together





21 November 2019





08:30 – 09:00

Registration & coffee


09:00 – 10:20

The fast way forward

Bird´s eye view of the role of biofuels, technological options, implementation barriers and financing opportunities

Moderation: Patrik Klintbom, Chair SC ETIP Bioenergy


PDF Icon The Contribution of Advanced Renewable Transport Fuels to the Decarbonisation of Transport in 2030 and beyond

Dina Bacovsky, BEST


PDF Icon BIOFIT project – Bioenergy Retrofits for Europe’s Industry: Opportunities and Challenges

Dimitrios Kourkoumpas, Research Engineer at CERTH – Centre for Research & Technology Hellas


PDF Icon DEMO-SPK - Research and Demonstration Project on the Use of Renewable Kerosene

Franziska Müller-Langer, DBFZ Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum


PDF Icon Advanced Biofuels and more from biorefinery – cooperation is the key to success

Patrick Pitkänen, St1 Oy

10:20 – 10:30

Closing remarks

Patrik Klintbom




10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break & registration BESTF3ADVANCEFUEL workshops


11:00 – 12:30

1st parallel sessions BESTF3 & ADVANCEFUEL workshops


12:30 – 13:30



13:30 – 15:00

2nd parallel sessions BESTF3 & ADVANCEFUEL workshops