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UNCTAD previews its upcoming 2G biofuels study in Germany – Fuels of the Future Conference
18 January 2016
City Cube Conference Center
Berlin Messe, Germany

Key Issues

​Upon the conclusion of the COP21 in Paris, members of the international biofuels industry, EU officials and in special German businesses and regulators gathered in Berlin to discuss the role and implications of the latest international political developments in the bioenergy industry.

Certification bodies such as REDCert were present, and presented suggestions on how to apply the lessons from upstream certification on bioenergy to the unconventional oil industry, which could be greatly optimized in special in methane venting and flaring operations.  Other thoughts involved proposed solutions to the issue of indirect land-use change (iLUC) which has been ever present since biofuels sustainability discussions have been incorporated in energy policy in 2008 in Europe.

Members of the international biofuels industry, such as Argentina and Brazil, were present and exchanged views on how to make sure biofuels make an important role to countries Nationally Determined Contributions to tackle climate change, within the framework set after COP21.

UNCTAD, by invitation of the organizers,  previewed its upcoming study on 2nd Generation Biofuel technologies, a sector of the bio economy which has grown quickly over the last few years. The presentation included statistics on the growing number of commercial 2nd generation (cellulosic) biofuels which have become operational over the last year, amounting to a total of about 1.6 billion litres of installed capacity as of 2015. This generated debate with the audience on whether this capacity can be fully utilized in face of upcoming blending plans in the US and European markets, as well as an expected increase of ethanol demand in Brazil up to 2025. 

The full report from UNCTAD on 2G ethanol is to be released in March 2016.



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