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Biofuels and sustainability: Decarbonising transport and fuelling food security - Brussels, 7 June


As part of a broader reform of the Renewable Energy Directive, the European Commission has proposed phasing out what it refers to as “food-based” biofuels in the EU – a use of terminology that implies production of crop-based biofuels in Europe is directly affecting food prices and availability. The biofuels industry says this characterisation ignores evidence that the production of renewable fuels and food coexist sustainably and even support each other – without negative consequences in third countries. The relationship between biofuels production and food security is central to the debate on how Europe can use renewable energy to achieve its climate and energy goals for transport.


EU Sustainable Agriculture as a Clean Energy provider - Brussels, 20 June


This event will be an opportunity to address the theme “Clean Energy for all Europeans” through an “agriculture lens”, in other words from the perspective of the EU agri-food sector. The discussion will aim at reflecting on the issue of agriculture as a clean energy provider. It will be an opportunity to take stock of the on-going developments of the techniques available, discuss their sustainability (or not) and highlight the potential contribution of the agricultural sector to the energy challenge – considering trends, challenges & opportunities.


6th International Conference on Lignocellulosic Ethanol, Brussels 27-28 September

27/09/2017 - 28/09/2017

The Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission is pleased to invite you to the 6th International Conference on Lignocellulosic Ethanol (6ICLE) which will bring together the world’s experts in lignocellulosic ethanol, biomass pretreatment, enzyme & yeast development, upgrading to biochemicals and the latest update to the flagship commercial and demonstration plants in this exciting area. The recast of the Renewable Energy Directive with the Winter Package of last November will be central in the discussions. Thomas Schroeder, Vice President for Biorefining, Novozymes, and Kyriakos Maniatis will be the Conference Co-Chairs. Building off the success of past conferences, 6ICLE is anticipated to attract more than 200 policymakers, technology developers, financiers, researchers, scientists, engineers from around the globe for 2 days of intensive programme. NO REGISTRATION FEES