Optimising value chains and ensuring the sustainability of advanced lignocellulosic biofuels with effective sustainability criteria and verification

This side-event of the EUBCE is delivered by the Horizon 2020 project ADVANCEFUEL, and the European Technology and Innovation Platform Bioenergy. It is open to all attendees of the EUBCE 2019.

Advanced biofuels are expected to play a key role in the decarbonisation of the transportation sector in the European Union. Policy support combined with a well-functioning system of sustainability criteria is required to foster the market uptake of advanced biofuels, while also safeguarding the environmental and social sustainability. The recast of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II), together with targeted support for advanced biofuels and binding sustainability criteria for the whole bioenergy sector, is considered an important step forward. The sustainability criteria for bioenergy defined in RED II initiate changes in national legislation at the Member State level as in voluntary schemes. The legislation and voluntary sustainability certification bodies need to take into account that a long-term development perspective is required, including defined means to actually monitor sustainability compliance of different bioenergy producers. Policy makers, voluntary scheme owners, and third party auditors need information and guidance for implementing the defined sustainability requirements and to reliably safeguard their validation. To facilitate this, a harmonised and mutually recognised implementation and certification approach to the European Member States needs be targeted. Economic operators require information and guidance on how to provide evidence of compliance to the new sustainability criteria. Detailed information and guidelines are particularly important for biofuel producers given the changes in feedstock uses, technologies, and deployment for the envisioned increasing advanced biofuels market.

This workshop engages expert speakers from research, industry, policy, and certification bodies to discuss sustainability of advanced biofuels. In details the workshop will;

  • Discuss sustainability criteria in the RED II and particularly emphasise the changes affecting efficient and sustainable production and use of advanced biofuels
  • Learn about the views of the European Technology and Innovation Platform (ETIP) Bioenergy representing many important market players of the sector
  • Gather information from a policy and scheme owner perspective
  • Discuss and validate these findings by experts and stakeholders at the workshop
  • Identify the major sustainability issues and options for harmonisation of sustainability criteria and certification

Draft Agenda

Welcome and short Intro of ADVANCEFUEL and ETIP projects

Kristin Sternberg, FNR; ADVANCEFUEL Coordinator

15:45 – 16:10
Effective sustainability criteria for advanced biofuels in the context of converging biobased economy sectors
Ric Hoefnagels, University Utrecht; ADVANCEFUEL

16:10 – 16:35
RED II sustainability criteria – from viewpoint of ETIP Bioenergy
Patrik Klintbom, Chair of ETIP Bioenergy

16:35 – 16:55
Sustainability criteria and certification for bioenergy

16:55 – 17:15
Implementation of sustainability criteria for bioenergy in the Netherlands
Loes Knotter from the Dutch Platform of Sustainable Biofuels

17:15 – 18:00*
Panel discussion: Actions needed for harmonised sustainability requirements and verification for bioenergy
Chair: Ric Hoefnagels

Philippe Marchand
Calliope Panoutsou
Nour Amrani (tbc)
Loes Knotter
Marko Janhunen
Patrik Klintbom/ Antti Arasto
Ingvar Landälv (tbc)

~18:00 Closure and wrap-up of Meeting
Kristin Sternberg, Ric Hoefnagels


* The panel discussion begins with some brief findings on the assessment of measuring sustainability requirements in various schemes. Then the discussion aims to receive audience opinions on a number of questions:

a. What is needed in terms of guidance and information for involved stakeholders on the implementation and measurements of sustainability requirements
b. What national initiatives and voluntary schemes provide transparency mechanisms (standards, reporting, rights and duties of involved parties, communication)
c. Concrete actions are needed to increase efficiencies of legislative implementation, measurements, and compliance as well as reducing incurred costs. What collaboration is needed among voluntary and national schemes for sustainability requirements and certification to be harmonised?

Monday 27 May
15:30 – 18:30 | Room: 1.05

Organised by

Contact person:

Kristin Sternberg, FNR
Ric Hoefnagels, University Utrecht


To attend this event please make a regular conference registration for at least the day of the event.
Please note that this Programme may be subject to alteration and the organisers reserve the right to do so without giving prior notice.