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IEA Bioenergy ExCo67 Workshop Report Provides Updates on Biomass for Transport

IEAAugust 2012: The Bioenergy Implementing Agreement of the International Energy Agency (IEA Bioenery) has released a new report, titled “Future Biomass-based Transport Fuels- Summary and Conclusions from the IEA Bioenergy ExCo67 Workshop,” which summarizes the presentations of four panel sessions during a workshop on the potential use of biomass-derived transportation fuels.

The workshop was held in conjunction with the 67th Executive Committee meeting (ExCo67) of IEA Bioenergy in Helsinki, Finland, on 10 May 2011, and aimed to engage the Executive Committee in a discussion with energy experts and stakeholders in order to enhance the policy-oriented work within IEA Bioenergy. The report first highlights remarks by Esa Härmälä, Energy Department, Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Finland, who emphasized the Finnish government's national target of achieving 20% renewable fuel by 2020, the majority of which is to come from biomass from forests.

The report further summarizes contributions to four panel sessions. The first session on “Strategic views” contained presentations on: the car industry's new engine technologies and the use of liquid and gaseous biofuels; the IEA's Technology Roadmap for biofuels; and the ethanol market in Brazil. In the second session, on “Biomass for road transport fuels,” speakers discussed challenges relating to the sustainable production of sugarcane ethanol in Brazil; current and future trends for the use of corn-based and cellulosic ethanol; supply, sustainability and technical aspects of biodiesel; and the use of biogas from waste.

The third session covered “Biofuels for air and maritime transport,” including a focus on green jet fuel technology and the opportunities of biofuels for airlines' emissions targets, and regulatory and technological drivers for the greening of shipping fuels. Session four focused on Finland and presented: the TransEco research program on adapting the Finnish road transport system to national and European Union-level climate and energy targets; results from three end-use projects on ethanol optimization for cold ambient conditions, paraffinic renewable diesel for buses, and an IEA project on new types of buses; and Finish biorefinery projects. [Publication: Future Biomass-based Transport Fuels. Summary and Conclusions from the IEA Bioenergy ExCo67 Workshop]