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Grouping Major Biodiesel Producers and Promoting the use of Biodiesel in the EU

The European Biodiesel Board also known as EBB, is a non-profit organisation established in January 1997. EBB aims to promote the use of biodiesel in the European Union, at the same time, grouping the major EU biodiesel producers.
To achieve its aims, EBB

  • represents its members to the institutions of the European Union and other international organisations
  • promotes scientific, technological, economic, legal and research activities
  • collects, analyses and disseminates information
  • studies problems confronted by the biodiesel industry and suggests solutions at economic, political, legal, institutional and technical levels

Located in Brussels, with Mr. Raffaello Garofalo as Secretary General, EBB has achieved a high degree of visibility and confidence vis-a-vis the EU institutions and non-governemental organisations alike through its networking, information gathering and co-ordination activities.

 

Relevant projects


“BIODIESEL CHAINS”

In the course of 2007, EBB participated as a subcontractor in the Biodiesel Chains project, covered by the 6th Framework Programme for Research (Altener/Intelligent Energy). The project, entitled “BIODIESEL CHAINS: Promoting favourable conditions to establish biodiesel market actions”, aims at promoting favourable conditions for the establishment of biodiesel market chains in selected member states which have had limited developments to date. The project was focused on Greece, Belgium, Poland, Cyprus, Romania and Bulgaria, which had at the time made limited progress in creating markets to achieve European liquid biofuel policies and targets. The project was completed at the end of 2007 after 2 years of research, compiling reports on the agricultural and market conditions and the legislative framework in the above mentioned countries.


“BIOSCOPES”

EBB is also participating to the EC funded programme “BIOSCOPES”, which deals with various biofuels technical aspects, including EN14214 potential long term revision to allow a larger number of agricultural raw materials: EBB participates as an observer and the funding only covers the travel expenses. So far the Bioscopes programme has lead to quite disappointing conclusions given that the convenor has only organised one initial meeting an that activities have been lagging behind for more than one year.


EBB participation to the European Biofuels Technology Platform

EBB has been participating as a stakeholder in the both the BIOFRAC and EBTP. Mr. Garofalo notably is a member of the Steering Committee of the Technology Platform. EBB is participating in the 1st and 5th Working Group of the BFTP (Biomass and Marketing respectively), while several of its members are involved in the activities of the rest of the BFTP Working Groups. However, the biofuels industry is strongly underrepresented in these fora. Regrettably, the representatives from the oil industry and car manufacturing industries have been given a dominant position in the BFTP and therefore the focus of the platform is very much biased in favour of the so-called “2nd generation biofuels.” This is also reflected in the BFTP Strategic Research Agenda and Deployment Strategy, which have been opened for public consultation in October 2007, although EBB did its utmost to try reaching a more balanced approach on biofuels present and future technologies. The SRA focuses mainly on biofuels derived from biomass in a sustainable and cost-effective way.

Without denying the need for other technological routes, the development of the so-called “second generation” processes is still very uncertain. One risk is that this would be used as a procrastination tool, while the emphasis in the short and medium term should be on developing the full potential of existing technologies.  Indeed, more research is still needed to develop the full potential of present technologies, notably by developing new feedstock and new production pathways (biodiesel from algae etc), which will increase the availability of biomass. This is strongly opposed by the car manufacturing and oil industries: the bulk of the research effort should be reserved to second generation while present technologies would need marginal improvements in the field of production processes.

During the latest meeting of the EBTP in June 2008, it was decided that the focus of the EBTP should be on Research & Development in the biofules sector, combining it with the potential EBTP contribution to FP7 calls. The main activity of the current year is the EBTP contribution to the European Industrial Initiative on Bio-Energy (EII Bio-energy, included in the SET plan) by identifying the best bio-energy pathways and technologies to be analyzed towards commercialization, taking into account the whole supply chain and sustainability issues. In this respect, a database of biofuel R&D projects was presented, which will be updated constantly, along with a summary of pilot plants in the EU.


Contact details

EBB European Biodiesel Board
Boulevard Saint Michel 34
1040 Brussels
Belgium
tel: +32 (0)2 763 24 77, fax: +32 (0)2 763 04 57
 

Contact person
Mr Adrian O’CONNELL
Technical Expert
Email: ao@ebb-eu.org
 

For more information, please visit: http://www.ebb-eu.org/