Sustainable biomass supply chains

Paris Agreement[1] aims to strengthen the global response to climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 20 Celsius and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.50 Celsius. The European Union and transport sectors like aviation and maritime responded quickly with plans for significant cuts in emission levels by 2030.

Biomass as raw material for transport biofuels remains at the cornerstone of these political aspirations since it can offer readily available fuel solutions especially to sectors with limited short-term alternatives as aviation, heavy duty and maritime. Concerns are raised however about the sustainability of biomass supply and the options to increase the feedstock base and secure long term, year-round supplies for operational and future plants. REDII[2] emphasises the role of biofuels[3], bioliquids and biomass fuels but at the same time takes a more targeted approach to ensure sustainability is safeguarded and Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) impacts associated with conventional pathways are reduced. After the 31st December 2023 biofuels, bioliquids and biomass fuels produced from food or feed crops -for which a significant expansion of the production area into land with high carbon stock is observed[4] – will gradually decrease to zero by 2030. The Directive also through the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/807 of 13 March 2019[5] encourages the production of biomass raw materials that: ‘are produced under circumstances that avoid ILUC effects, by virtue of having been cultivated on unused, abandoned or severely degraded land or emanating from crops which benefited from improved agricultural practices[6].

This definition offers the opportunity to bridge the gap between agriculture and energy, biomass supply and use in order to facilitate the integration of sustainable agricultural practices to the biomass, biofuel and bioenergy value chains and deliver low carbon solutions with high resilience to climate change. The workshop aims to bring together stakeholders from research and industry and discuss challenges addressed by ongoing Research & Innovation projects and Good Practices applied by the industry to ensure low ILUC risk sustainable biomass supply.

[3] “Biofuels” as defined in RED. “Biomass fuels” is a new term introduced in REDII, for gaseous and solid fuels produced from biomass.


Moderators: K. Maniatis & Th. Goumas

Setting the scene: Sustainable biomass supply value chains in Europe: how can we address low ILUC risk C. Panoutsou (20 mins)

Challenges addressed by Research & Innovation projects;

  • Unused, abandoned or severely degraded land; E. Alexopoulou- MAGIC (30 mins)
  • Crops from improved agricultural practices; A. Monti- BECOOL (30 mins)

Good Practices

  • EBA: Biogas Done right (15 mins)
  • UPM: Carinata; (15 mins)
  • Clariant: The value-chain of the SUNLIQUID cellulosic ethanol plant in Romania; Paolo Corvo (15 mins)
  • Brazil: Maize ethanol as a double crop; Marcelo M. R. Moreira, Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (15 mins)
  • Colombia: Sustainable BECCS palm project on the Colombian savannah; Henrik Wiig, C2Biotrade (15 mins)

Panel Discussion:

Gaps in Research & Innovation and Policy; Moderators: C. Panoutsou


15:30 – 18:30



Theodor Goumas

ART Fuels Forum


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