European Biofuels Technology Platform - Support for Advanced Biofuels Stakeholders (EBTP-SABS)
The project European Biofuels Technology Platform - Support for Advanced Biofuels Stakeholders (EBTP-SABS) is funded under the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration (FP7). It aims at providing support to the activities of European Biofuels Technology Platform (EBTP), which are of interest to the biofuels community as a whole, and to the general public.
The EBTP has been supporting the development of cost-competitive biofuel value chains and the acceleration of their sustainable deployment since 2006. Biofuels have a key role in the energy and climate strategy of the EU. So far, they are the only renewable energy carrier, significantly contributing to the energy demand of the transport sector. In the medium term, this will continue at least for sectors such as heavy-duty road transport and aviation.
Through the project the stakeholders of the EBTP will receive updated information about technological, market, political, regulatory and financial developments and deployment activities such as the set-up, commissioning and operation of pilot and demonstration facilities, and surrounding research. Specific focus will be put on supporting the European Industrial Bioenergy Initiative (EIBI), and on facilitating the implementation and updating of the EBTP Strategic Research Agenda. EBTP-SABS will motivate discussions and interaction between and among various groups of stakeholders and the working groups of EBTP on hot topics related to the accelerated deployment of the most promising value chains for advanced biofuels.
The main objectives of the EBTP-SABS are:
- to provide scientifically sound, unbiased, up-to-date information on biofuels, their development and deployment and the respective public debate;
- to facilitate informed discussions and fact-based decision finding processes;
- to support different types of stakeholders through the provision of updated information at different levels of detail, and with links to other information sources;
- to identify barriers to the development of advanced biofuels;
- to update of the SRA/SDD and support the EIBI;
- to integrate data on research and deployment activities carried out in Central, East and South-East Europe.
The CEI’s involvement as full-fledged Partner derives from the widespread perception that Countries in Central, East and South-East Europe are extremely promising for the development of Biofuels, and Bioeconomy in general. At the same time, it is necessary to raise the awareness of Governments, of the Academia, of Industries and the business community, as well as of the broader public in CEI Member States, that sustainable development of advanced biofuels could significantly foster their economies.Special attention will be paid to involving into the biofuels debate a larger number of stakeholders from CEI Member Countries, which have relevant potential yet to be capitalised.
The project runs from 1 September 2013 to 31 August 2016.