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BE-Sustainable is a source of news, information and resources on biomass, bioenergy and the bioeconomy, published by ETA-Florence Renewable Energies.

The acknowledged importance of bioenergy in the current and future energy scenario as well as the emerging role of the  bio-based economy, are fuelling a global and lively debate on the challenges and the opportunities offered by the use of biomass resources for the transition to a low carbon economy. BE-Sustainable is an effort to contribute to this debate by bringing as much science and fact-based content to a wide audience of readers inside and outside the biomass community, as well as to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge in the interest of progress and development of a sustainable biomass sector.

BE-Sustainable is also a magazine published quarterly and available in printed and electronic version.

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A biorefinery to turn urban waste into biobased products
Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:00:17 +0000

The rapid population growth and its concentration in large cities has caused an important increase of urban waste, which contributes significantly to the total amount of waste generated by our society. Today in Europe, each person generates, on average, 475 kg of urban waste annually. Around 50 % of this correspond to bio-waste (food and…

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The potential of marginal lands for bioenergy
Tue, 13 Feb 2018 11:01:24 +0000

Large areas of marginal lands can be found all over Europe. However, legal and political restrictions often impede the utilization of marginal lands for biomass production. Launched in 2016, the EU-funded project ?Sustainable exploitation of biomass for bioenergy from marginal lands? (SEEMLA) aims at establishing suitable innovative land-use strategies for a sustainable production of bioenergy…

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Biogas fired combined heat and power plant
Thu, 08 Feb 2018 11:25:29 +0000

Distributed combined heat and power has been recognized as a cost effective way to produce energy required in every-day life, allowing to minimize transmission losses and waste heat resulting from the otherwise separate production of heat and electricity in central power stations and heating units. Hybrid power plants, resulting from the combination of a micro…

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LSB calls upon the EU to set an advanced biofuels mandate in 2021
Tue, 06 Feb 2018 15:43:56 +0000

Advanced biofuels coalitionLeaders of Sustainable Biofuels (LSB)calls upon the EU institutions to ensure sufficient investor confidence for the sector by setting the advanced biofuels mandate, based on Annex IX part A, to begin in 2021. The Commission and the European Parliament are aligned with the policy request but Council is proposing that the mandate only…

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Standards and regulations for the bio-based industry
Tue, 06 Feb 2018 08:41:46 +0000

Regulatory stability and predictability represent an important basis for investment in almost all industries and sectors. It is particularly crucial for emerging industries and capital intensive sectors, both of which apply to a significant share of bio-based industries. Accordingly, pro-active, forward-looking regulatory approaches and harmonized standardization system can represent important drivers for industry development and…

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Chemical building blocks from municipal solid waste
Wed, 31 Jan 2018 12:50:30 +0000

Today in Europe 244 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) is generated every year. The biodegradable fraction of MSW (Municipal Solid Waste) ranges between 30-50% wt, accounting for around 100 million tons per year. Currently about 29% of the MSW goes to recycling, 24% to landfilling, 16% to composting and about 27% to incineration.…

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Integrated cropping systems for food and advanced biofuels
Wed, 24 Jan 2018 10:17:19 +0000

Currently, agricultural crop residues such as cereal straw make up one of the main feedstocks for advanced biofuel plants. Although crop residues are abundant in Europe, local fluctuations in yield, availability and price can be a challenge for advanced biofuel plants which need large volumes of biomass. By adopting innovative farming systems, that integrate food…

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UPM & Zero Emission Resource Organisation Cooperate to Promote Green Transportation & Petrochemical Industry
Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:06:16 +0000

UPM Biofuels and the Zero Emission Resource Organisation have started cooperation in promoting a shift to green transportation and petrochemicals sectors. The work focuses on creating a predictable long term operating environment for sustainable, advanced biofuels to enable climate change mitigation to encourage green transport with renewable fuels. The cooperation also aims to enhance knowledge…

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Scientists urge MEPs to recognize bioenergy?s role in EU?s policies
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:20:20 +0000

On Monday the15th of January 2018, EURACTIV published an opinion article titled Bioenergy at the Centre of EU Renewable Energy Policy, signedby a group of more than 50 scientists. Bioenergy is one of the most affordable renewable energy technologies […].Amongst the renewable energy options, bioenergy has the unique potential to deliver significant benefits to society…

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Lignin-based carbon fibres for composites
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:16:45 +0000

Carbon fibres are considered one the most added value products on the market due to their excellent properties, high stiffness and tensile strength, low thermal expansion and density, heat tolerance and chemical resistance. The use of carbon fibre (CF) based composites is of growing importance in many industrial applications with the total global market estimated…

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