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Project ID: 44275
Funded under: FP6-POLICIES
Country: France

Mapping the biorefinery landscape

Biorefineries could comprise an important part of the EU's future energy needs, but the sector remains scattered and undefined. A recent initiative has mapped the biorefinery landscape to advance this important industry.
Mapping the biorefinery landscape
Biorefineries convert biomass to produce fuel, power and/or heat, representing a cleaner, more eco-friendly method for energy production. The EU-funded project 'Current situation and potential of the biorefinery concept in the EU: strategic framework and guidelines for its development' (Biorefinery Euroview) assessed existing and future biorefineries to support the sector.

Biorefinery Euroview teamed up with another EU initiative, 'Assessment of Biorefinery concepts and the implications for agricultural and forestry policy' (Biopol) to create synergies and further develop biorefineries in Europe. Together they interviewed 19 EU biomass and biorefinery plants to identify factors for their successful development and surveyed industrial acceptance of biorefineries. They also mapped future development of biorefineries, pilot projects, research initiatives and types of feedstock involved.

The two projects jointly surveyed around 2,800 industrial stakeholders in Europe, covering the chemical, pulp, paper, sugar, biofuel, biodiesel, food, petrochemical and other industries. The survey closely categorised biorefineries and related plants, identifying which ones are agro-industrial sites that could be transformed into viable biorefineries in the future.

As a result of the joint efforts, a much clearer overview of the sector has emerged for the EU. This will ultimately support policymaking, funding and growth of the sector in a myriad of ways and promote competitive alternative energy production for a cleaner, greener Europe.

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