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Biofuels are transportation fuels derived from agriculture, forestry or other organic feedstocks. Bio-ethanol and biodiesel are the most common biofuels used in transport, although other biofuels are also in use, such as pure vegetable oil and biogas. The main drivers for the production and use of biofuels are the security and diversification of energy supply, reduction of oil imports and dependence on oil, rural development and the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Biofuels for Low-Carbon Transport and Energy Security

14/10/2014 to 15/10/2014

The European Biofuels Technology Platform’s 6th Stakeholder Plenary Meeting (SMP6) - Biofuels for Low Carbon Transport and Energy Security - will take place in Brussels on 14-15 October 2014.

Discussion topics at the event will include the role of biofuels in a low-carbon energy system, perspectives from the global biofuels industry, technology advances in biofuels value chains and the end-use of biofuels in road, air and sea transport.

Fourth International Conference on Lignocellulosic Ethanol (4ICLE)

23/09/2014 to 25/09/2014

Following the success of the first three International Conferences on Lignocellulosic Ethanol, the European Commission’s Directorate General for Energy is organising a fourth Conference on Lignocellulosic Ethanol in Landshut-Munich in cooperation with Brazil.

The keynote presentation will provide an overview of cellulosic ethanol technology-routes and commercialization progress, followed by presentations on various topics, including accelerating the adoption of 2G bioethanol and developing sustainability frameworks for biofuels.

Conference of the European Biogas Association

30/09/2014 to 02/10/2014

The European Biogas Association (EBA) is to hold its biennial European Biogas Conference in Egmond aan Zee, Alkmaar Region, the Netherlands on 30 September - 2 October, 2014. The conference will cover a broad range of topics related to biogas, including European policy issues, biomethane production and utilization, and contributions to cross-border trade. The event aims to bring together biogas experience and share the latest information on policies, industrial developments, innovation and legislation.

NER 300 at the European Union Sustainable Energy Week 2014


The European Union Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) took place from 23 to 27 June 2014. Launched in 2006 as an initiative of the European Commission, the EUSEW has become a reference point for public authorities, energy agencies, private companies, NGOs and industry associations engaged in helping to meet the EU’s energy and climate goals. This year, the High-Level Policy Conference (HLPC) of the EUSEW featured a dedicated session on “Funding innovative low-carbon technologies: the NER 300 programme” on 26 of June.

Progress in Biogas III

10/09/2014 to 11/09/2014

The third Progress in Biogas international conference will focus on practical and scientific results from small-scale decentralised biogas systems at a household, farming, industrial, communal and municipal level, in addition to innovations in biogas technologies and techniques. In so doing, the conference aims to contribute to the optimisation of technology, with the overarching aim of making biogas production and use more flexible.