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  1. Biofuels and bioenergy

    Bioenergy will remain crucial over the next decade in order to reach the renewable energy targets in 2020, which is why the EU member states incorporated the bioenergy option in their National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs). As the JRC aims to pro ...

    04 September 2015

  2. Shipping sector emissions: alternative fuels for marine and inland waterways transport

    05 May 2016 A recent JRC report finds that fuels like liquefied natural gas (LNG) and methanol are the most promising alternatives to drive decarbonisation of the shipping sector and ultimately contribute to the fight against climate change. Market penetr ...

    05 May 2016

  3. Climate change impacts of power generation from residual biomass

    The European Union relies largely on bioenergy to achieve its climate and energy targets for 2020 and beyond. We assess, using Attributional Life Cycle Assessment (A-LCA), the climate change mitigation potential of three bioenergy power plants fuelled by ...

    25 May 2016

  4. Strict regulation of forest management can be detrimental to the functioning of national timber markets

    03 Mar 2016 A recently published JRC scientific article demonstrates that the degree of regulation of forest management can affect the functioning of national timber markets. Hence, strict, detailed, prescriptions for forest management can inhibit the sel ...

    03 March 2016

  5. 24th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition

    06 Jun 2016 to 09 Jun 2016 The EUBCE is the event in which the members of the bioenergy community can get a broad picture of the situation and trends emerging in today's market. The Conference provides a high-level scientific programme and parallel e ...

    08 January 2016

  6. IEA Bioenergy Task 37: Country Reports Summary 2015

    This publication contains a compilation of summaries of country reports from members of IEA Bioenergy Task 37 (Energy from Biogas). The individual country reports include information on the number of biogas plants in operation, biogas production data, how ...

    01 May 2016

  7. Biofuels in aviation: Fuel demand and CO2 emissions evolution in Europe toward 2030

    This article presents the results of a scenario-based study carried out at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre aimed at analyzing the future growth of aviation, the resulting fuel demand and the deployment of biofuels in the aviation sector in ...

    22 April 2016

  8. An assessment of dedicated energy crops in Europe under the EU Energy Reference Scenario 2013. Application of the LUISA modelling platform- Updated Configuration 2014

    This report presents a comprehensive analysis of dedicated energy crops (ENCR) performed with the LUISA (Land Use-based Integrated Sustainability Assessment) modelling platform across Europe between 2020 and 2050. LUISA is configured in compliance with th ...

    10 April 2016

  9. Regional patterns of energy production and consumption factors in Europe Exploratory Project EREBILAND- European Regional Energy Balance and Innovation Landscape

    The Resilient Energy Union with Forward Looking Climate Change Policy is one the ten priorities of the overarching Agenda for Jobs, Growth, Fairness and Democratic Change of the European Commission. The Communication on the Energy Union package and its An ...

    01 April 2016

  10. 23rd European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE)

    01 Jun 2015 to 04 Jun 2015 The EUBCE is the event in which the members of the bioenergy community can get a broad picture of the situation and trends emerging in today's market. The Conference provides a high-level scientific programme and parallel e ...

    14 April 2015

  11. Renewable energy technologies/sources path within EU 2020 strategy

    Renewable energy technologies/sources (hydropower, wind power, solar power, marine-energy, geothermal energy, heat pumps, biomass and biofuels) are alternatives to fossil fuels contributing to the improvement of environment, enhancement of energy security ...

    21 January 2016

  12. EU Biomass Conference & Exhibition 2014

    23 Jun 2014 to 26 Jun 2014 The EU BC&E covers the entire value chain of biomass to conduct business, to network, and to present and discuss the latest developments and innovations. It highlights progress in research, technological development and prod ...

    17 June 2014

  13. Biofuels from algae: technology options, energy balance and GHG emissions: Insights from a literature review

    During the last decade(s), algal biomass received increasing interest as a potential source of advanced biofuels production resulting in a considerable attention from research, industry and policy makers. In fact, algae are expected to offer several advan ...

    24 December 2015

  14. Sustainable Biogas Production in Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants

    This report deals with anaerobic digestion (AD) of sewage sludge, an energy- and nutrient-rich by-product of wastewater treatment plants (WWTP). The objective is to promote sustainable practices and technology, focussing on energy efficiency of biogas pro ...

    23 December 2015

  15. Land allocation and suitability analysis for the production of food, feed and energy crops in the period 2010- 2050 EU Reference Scenario 2013 LUISA platform – Updated Configuration 2014

    Since land is a finite resource, the competition for land among different uses has become a real problem. Competition for land takes place when different alternative uses (such as agriculture, forestry, energy or/and natural conservation) are competing fo ...

    16 December 2015

  16. Opportunities and Threats for Bioheating in the European Union

    Bioheating is a key factor for the delayed progress in achieving the 12% renewables target in gross inland energy consumption of the EU by 2010. The key opportunities for biomass in the heat sector are to substitute/complement coal, the small-scale heat g ...

    25 February 2010

  17. Proceedings of the DG JRC Enlargement and Integration Workshop on Cogeneration 9-10 June 2005, Petten (NL)

    The Enlargement and Integration Workshop at JRC-IE Petten on 9-10 June 2005 was intended to inform participants from the New Member, Candidate and West Balkan States about progress with the Cogeneration Directive 2004/8/EC. Although most of these countrie ...

    25 February 2010

  18. Nitrous Oxide (N2O) Emissions from Waste and Biomass to Energy Plants

    Nitrous oxide is a greenhouse gas with a global warming potential approximately 300 times that of CO2. N2O appears naturally in the atmosphere, oceans and tropic and temperate soils being the major natural sources of N2O. Nevertheless, the concentration o ...

    25 February 2010

  19. Integration of Biomass Drying with Combustion/Gasification Technologies and Minimization of Emissions of Organic Compounds

    The results presented describe the various methods used for drying wood and in particular wood chips for use in heating, heat and power and fuel recovery processes. The drying process is important in raising the calorific value of the wood feedstock and g ...

    25 February 2010

  20. The JRC-EU-TIMES model. Bioenergy potentials for EU and neighbouring countries

    The JRC-EU-TIMES is a partial equilibrium energy system model maintained by the Institute for Energy and Transport (IET) of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) to analyse the role of energy technologies development and their potential contribution to decarbon ...

    23 December 2015

  21. Sustainability of Biofuels, Bioenergy and Alternative Fuels

    The Sustainability of Biofuels, Bioenergy and Alternative Fuels (ALFA) Action contributes with its scientific knowledge and analytical capacity to the European Commission's policy goals of: Renewable energy targets, with outstanding dedication to bio ...

    22 September 2014

  22. From a rise in B to a fall in C? SVAR analysis of environmental impact of biofuels

    This is the first paper that econometrically estimates the impact of rising Bioenergy production on global CO2 emissions. We apply a structural vector autoregression (SVAR) approach to time series from 1961 to 2009 with annual observation for the world bi ...

    27 November 2015

  23. From a rise in B to a fall in C? SVAR analysis of environmental impact of biofuels

    This is the first paper that econometrically estimates the impact of rising Bioenergy production on global CO2 emissions. We apply a structural vector autoregression (SVAR) approach to time series from 1961 to 2009 with annual observation for the world bi ...

    05 November 2015

  24. Towards chemical markers for tracking the origins of plant-based biodiesel

    05 Jun 2014 Determining the origin of first generation biodiesels based on independent measurements requires the identification of one or more of the following: i) the raw biological material, ii) the geographical origin of the materials and iii) the manu ...

    04 June 2014

  25. A new method to assess the quality of biodiesel

    03 Jun 2014 Biodiesel is obtained by transferring vegetable oils or animal fats into alkyl esters of their fatty acids. However, the amount of free glycerol as a by-product of the biodiesel production, together with remaining amounts of unreacted triacylg ...

    03 June 2014