This post is based on an article by Nurhidayati Abd Aziz and Dato’ Leon Kin Mun, BiomassSP published in April 2012 in  BE-Sustainable magazine. As one of the countries with active agricultural activities and one of the largest producers of palm oil, Malaysia is blessed with abundant biomass resources which can be converted into alternative…

Using biomass to provide energy services is promoted by many governments globally as a means to combat rising energy prices, support rural development and help mitigate climate change. Biomass is also expected to play an increasing role as a feedstock for the chemicals industry, reducing this sector’s reliance on coal and oil. Yet the increased…

This post is based on an article by Robert Edwards, Luisa Marelli, Declan Mulligan, and Monica Padella, EC JRC published in June 2012 in BE-Sustainable Magazine.   A set of mandatory targets specific to the EU transport sector are included in EU directives, which aims at achieving the overall objective of a sustainably-fuelled transport system,…

This post is based on an  article by David Chiaramonti, CREAR and Arianna Giovannini, Chemtex  published in April 2012 in BE-Sustainable Magazine. Background Ligno-cellulosic ethanol can play a key role in developing the “low carbon future”. This biofuel can be produced worldwide from many different lignocellulosic biomasses, residual or dedicated, assuring high productivity per hectare,…

  Over 50% of the targets for renewable energy use in 2020 as specified in the National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs) will need to come from bioenergy. As a consequence the demand for biomass will increase strongly over the coming years. In the Biomass Futures project it is estimated that the EU biomass potential…