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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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European Bioenergy Day: From November 21, Europe could run on bioenergy alone
Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:43:29 +0000

Renewables are expected to provide Europe with 66 days? worth of renewable energy in 2017, with as much as 41 days provided by bioenergy alone. Bioenergy has reached an all-time high in Europe ? which is great news in light of the alarming announcements made by scientists on climate change at COP23. Because of this,…

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Major countries formally agree to develop targets for biofuels and the bioeconomy
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:47:39 +0000

Countries representing half of the global population and 37% of the global economy yesterday agreed to scale up the low carbon bioeconomy and develop collective biofuels targets prescribing the contribution of sustainable bioenergy to final energy demand and as a percentage of transport fuel use. The decision was set out in a declaration released by…

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6.2-MW Biogas project enables sustainable growth in Uruguay
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:01:42 +0000

The German plant manufacturer WELTEC BIOPOWER recently signed a contract for a biogas plant extension of the milk powder producer Estancias del Lago (EDL) in Uruguay. From late 2018, the plant with its eight digesters, will generate a rated thermal input of more than 6 Megawatts from cattle manure and fodder leftovers. The company will…

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Growing lupin on marginal lands for the bioeconomy
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:34:52 +0000

LIBBIO (Lupin Bioeconomy Development) is a four years R&D project for increasing biomass production and strengthening European bio-economy. It is supported by the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking-BBI JU, a cooperation between Bio-based Industry Consortium and the European Commission. The project group consists offourteen partnersfrom eight countries. We Europeans are in some sense doingproperly in…

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Patrik Klintbom appointed Vice Chair of ETIP Bioenergy
Thu, 09 Nov 2017 09:29:29 +0000

Patrik Klintbom has been appointed as the new Vice Chair of the European Technology and Innovation Platform Bioenergy (ETIP Bioenergy). The ETIP Bioenergy Steering Committee approved his nomination in Brussels on the 10th of October 2017 meeting, with the intention that Patrik succeeds Ingvar Landlv as Chair in spring 2018. Patrik has been a Senior…

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ETIP Bioenergy releases its position paper on RED II
Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:37:33 +0000

The European Technology and Innovation Platform Bioenergy (ETIP Bioenergy) has released itsposition paper outlining some key recommendations for the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II). ETIP Bioenergyis a platform that brings together relevant actors from academia, industry, and civil society, engaged in the development of sustainable bioenergy and competitive biofuel technologies. One major task of…

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Biocarbon in Small Scale Pellet Boilers, Technological and Economic Feasibility
Fri, 03 Nov 2017 11:48:01 +0000

Biocarbon is a promising fuel which can have several applications, for example: to provide peak load in bioenergy plants, as substitute fuel for oil boilers, as quality fuel for high efficiency and low emission small-scale heating appliances, and as a way to optimize fuel mixtures by blending. Researchers at the University of Perugia, Italy and…

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The role of woody biomass in contributing to EU 2020 renewable energy target
Thu, 02 Nov 2017 09:22:55 +0000

The European Union has set ambitious targets of raising the share of EU energy consumption produced from renewable resources from 20% by 2020 to 27% by 2030. A study by Lappenranta University of Technology, the European Commission Joint Research Centre and Mikkeli Development Ltd, summarised available research, focused on countries? specific woody biomass usage and…

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Planting Seeds for the Future: Bioplastic Plant Pots
Thu, 26 Oct 2017 15:00:22 +0000

Millions of tonnes of vegetable residue, such as green peas, are disregarded annually. These non- marketable, economically un- viable legume residues have found a new lease of life thanks to the European Union?s funded project Leguval. Converting these often over looked food waste- products into functioning, practical bio- plastic applications and ecological materials provides a…

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Biogas prevents 20 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year
Tue, 24 Oct 2017 10:02:13 +0000

The German Biogas Association publishes industry figures for 2016 for the German sector. Freising: Industry figures, as published by the German Biogas Association, displayed that last year 205 new biogas plants were introduced to the grid. This figure provided a substantial increase on the 150 previously predicted by the Association, ten plants, however, were shut…

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