Biomass and Bioenergy special issue: Building a sustainable biofuels industry, international conference in Gothenburg, 4-6 November 2019

A special issue of the journal Biomass and Bioenergy, published by Elsevier, presents a selection of work from the conference ‘Building a sustainable biofuels industry’ in Gothenburg, 4-6 November 2019.

The conference, organised jointly by Supergen Bioenergy Hub (UK), Bio4Fuels (Norway) and Renewable Transportation and Fuels (Sweden), focused on the key objective of sustainable biofuel implementation prospects in Norway, Sweden and the UK. It brought together 200 researchers, industry specialists and policymakers to review the status of bioenergy deployment, analyse the future of sustainable biofuel production and use in Europe and connect sectorial expertise, with a view to supporting sustainable biofuel production and greenhouse gas mitigation.

This special issue is edited by representatives of each of the three research hubs: Marcelle McManus from Supergen Bioenergy Hub, Svein Jarle Horn from Bio4Fuels and Ingrid Nyström from Renewable Transportation Fuels and Systems.

The papers included cover research on:

  • The effect of bioenergy on climate change
  • The effect of policy incentives on establishing biogas transport systems
  • A comparison of effectiveness of support policies for sustainable development of the bioenergy sector in UK and the Nordic countries
  • Biochemical processing to produce biogas
  • Improving the productivity of bioethanol production
  • H2S capture in gasification processes.

The editorial examines what role biofuels will play in the pathway to net zero:

“The answer from IEA [International Energy Agency] is that biofuels play an important role in the currently ongoing energy transition and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.”[1]

“The papers in this special issue frame this transition by exploring the temporal nature of the greenhouse gas impacts of biofuels, outlining how we can and should share information to make decisions about when impacts occur. Policy is explored to assess successful uptake of bioenergy across several countries and in particular sectors, such as transport. Also included are papers on particular technical challenges and their solutions to increase productivity – ensuring we are able to meet the 42.8 PJ per day of biofuels required by 2050.”[2]

Access the special issue here

[1] Svein Jarle Horn, Marcelle McManus, Ingrid Nyström, Editorial: Special issue of the international conference “Building a sustainable biofuels industry”, held in Gothenburg November 2019, Biomass and Bioenergy, Volume 151, 2021, 106181, ISSN 0961-9534, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2021.106181.(https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0961953421002178)

[2] Svein Jarle Horn, Marcelle McManus, Ingrid Nyström, Editorial: Special issue of the international conference “Building a sustainable biofuels industry”, held in Gothenburg November 2019, Biomass and Bioenergy, Volume 151, 2021, 106181, ISSN 0961-9534, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2021.106181.(https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0961953421002178)