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BIKE - Biofuels production at low - Iluc risK for European sustainable bioeconomy

Duration:
36 months (2023)
Principal investigator(s):
Project type:
UE-funded research - H2020 - Societal Challenges - Energy
Funding body:
COMMISSIONE EUROPEA (Commissione Europea)
Project identification number:
PoliTo role:
Affiliated entity

Abstract

The EU ILUC directive in 2015 introduced in the legislative framework a new concept for transport biofuels, the indirect land- use change (“ILUC”). Following, the recently issued red ii Directive introduces an exemption for biofuels, bioliquids and biomass fuels certified as low ILUC-risk toward the phasing out requirement for high-iluc risk feedstocks. The respective delegate act defines as low ILUC risk: ‘fuels produced in a way that mitigates ILUC emissions, either because they result from productivity increases or they come from crops grown on abandoned or severely degraded land’. The aim of the proposed project is to support the EC in the foreseen revisions of REDII by providing evidence, measuring and widely disseminating the market potential of low ILUC risk value chains for biomass, biofuels and bioliquids in Europe. The work will focus on three specific pathways to achieve low ILUC-risk, sustainable value-chains for advanced biofuel production, distinguished among the type of biomass, the cultivation and production mode. The project will map and evaluate both possible productivity increase for crops grown on abandoned or severely degraded land, and the feasibility of a new biogas- to-liquid production route. The core activity of BIKE project will be to investigate on the reliability of identified low-ILUC risk biofuels production routes, assessing the environmental, social and economic sustainability of proposed solutions. A detailed assessment of existing policy and legal framework, influencing the deployment of low ILUC risk value chains will also be performed to inform future policy and decision making in this area.

Structures

Partners

  • CENTRE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND SAVING FONDATION
  • Christopher Malins
  • CIB-CONSORZIO ITALIANO BIOGAS E GASSIFICAZIONE
  • CONSORZIO PER LA RICERCA E LA DIMOSTRAZIONE SULLE ENERGIE RINNOVABILI RE-CORD - Coordinator
  • ENI S.P.A.
  • ETA - ENERGIA, TRASPORTI, AGRICOLTURA SRL
  • EXERGIA ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT CONSULTANTS AE
  • FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS FAO
  • IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
  • ISCC SYSTEM GMBH
  • NEMZETI AGRARKUTATASI ES INNOVACIOS KOZPONT
  • POLITECNICO DI TORINO - AMMINISTRAZIONE CENTRALE
  • STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
  • UPM-KYMMENE OYJ
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Keywords

ERC sectors

PE8_6 - Energy processes engineering

Sustainable Development Goals

Obiettivo 7. Assicurare a tutti l’accesso a sistemi di energia economici, affidabili, sostenibili e moderni|Obiettivo 13. Promuovere azioni, a tutti i livelli, per combattere il cambiamento climatico*

Budget

Total cost: € 2,976,668.75
Total contribution: € 2,970,418.75
PoliTo total cost: € 74,215.00
PoliTo contribution: € 74,215.00

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