Availability and Supply of Sustainable Bioenergy
in the EU and Beyond
Dr. David Baxter
Former European Commission JRC, EUBCE Executive Committee member
For any bio-product, biofuel or bioenergy to be produced there inevitably needs to a supply of biomass that is sustainable in respect of environmental, economic and social considerations. With ever increasing pressure to replace fossil-derived products and fossil energy to tackle climate change, biomass availability and the competing demands for its supply are becoming ever more critical. This plenary session will address three studies into biomass supply.
The first presentation will look at how biomass use for bio-based markets can be achieved without harming biodiversity. Scenarios have been considered for bio-feedstocks availability to 2050 with priority given to include biomaterials and non-transport applications before any remaining biomass is used for biofuels. Results seem to show that for all sectors in Europe, including transport, there appears to be sufficient biomass available without adversely impacting biodiversity.
The second presentation considers Europe’s “Fit for 55” policy and the capacity for advanced biofuels production for marine, aviation and road transport in 2030. The study takes into account competing demands for biowastes and biomass residues from the different transport sectors and recognises the particular challenge of invalid claims for virgin vegetable oils being declared as used cooking oils (UCOs).
The final presentation comprises a summary of the main results of the recently completed MAGIC European project focused on industrial crops grown on marginal land. The project has either developed itself or improved on key existing tools for use by relevant stakeholders, including a crops database, a decision support system, maps of marginal land in Europe and the Bio2Match tool. The project considers ten biomass value chains.
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