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Squaring the circle between phytoremediation and biofuel production

Thursday 12 May 2022 | 14:00 -16:30 CEST


Maurizio Cocchi, ETA Florence, Italy

14:00 – Opening remarks
Maria Georgiadou, EC DG RTD, Senior Expert – Renewable Energy R&I Policy

14:15 –GOLD: Growing energy crops on contaminated land for biofuels and soil remediation
Efthimia Alexopoulou, CRES, Greece

14:25 – Phy2Climate: Clean biofuel production and phytoremediation solutions from contaminated land worldwide
Matteo Fermeglia, Hasselt University, Belgium

14:35 – CERESiS: ContaminatEd land Remediation through Energy crops for Soil improvement to liquid biofuel Strategies
Athanasios Rentizelas, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

14:45 – EU’s Soil Strategy and Soil Observatory
Luca Montanarella, EC JRC, Senior Expert – Sustainable Resources

15:00 – Key points and summary
Emma Fromant, ETA Florence, Italy

15:10 – Panel discussion – The role of policy and regulation in Europe
Moderator: Matteo Fermeglia

  • Mirco Barbero, EC DG ENV, Policy Officer – Soil protection and sustainable land use
  • Luca Montanarella, EC JRC, Senior Expert – Sustainable Resources
  • Calliope Panoutsou, Imperial College London, UK
  • Marko Perisic, Hasselt University, Belgium
  • Efthimia Alexopoulou, CRES, Greece
  • George Vourliotakis, Exergia, Greece

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Panel discussion: The role of policy and regulation

Workshop aim

The aim of the workshop is to discuss the regulatory and policy framework at the intersection of nature-based contaminated land/soil management and biofuels areas and highlight existing gaps and blind spots, with a view to develop proposals to overcome such gaps. The vision is to facilitate the use of biomass grown in contaminated land for the purpose of phytoremediation to produce clean biofuels for the transport sector.

The current policies and regulatory frameworks for management and clean-up of contaminated sites in Europe do not include biofuel production as a valuable, mutually reinforcing option to remediate sites and generate clean energy. At the same time, all energy and climate policies and their associated projections envisage an increasingly significant role for biofuels for transport up to at least 2030, creating therefore the need for mobilization of significant amounts of (sustainable) biomass feedstock.

Considerations related to the land use change effects, as well as the introduction of the low-iLUC risk feedstock concept, have sparked an interest on the exploitation of marginal and contaminated land for biofuels’ feedstock production. It is therefore necessary to identify and eliminate the policy and regulatory barriers that may hinder the use of contaminated land for biofuel production.

The workshop will be organized on the based of preliminary findings from three H2020 projects (CERESiS/GOLD/Phy2climate).


This event is free and open to all
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Please note that this Programme may be subject to alteration and the Organisers reserve the right to do so without giving prior notice.