3rd ADVANCEFUEL Stakeholder Workshop

The ADVANCEFUEL project cordially invites stakeholders from the biomass and bioenergy sector to join the project’s third workshop on 27 May from 15:30-18:30 in Lisbon. The workshop is a side event of the 27th edition of the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE 2019). The title of the workshop is: Optimising value chains and ensuring the sustainability of advanced lignocellulosic biofuels with effective sustainability criteria and verification. 


Advanced biofuels are expected to play a key role in the decarbonisation of the transportation sector in the European Union. Policy support combined with a well-functioning system of sustainability criteria is required to foster the market uptake of advanced biofuels. But policy makers, voluntary scheme owners, and third party auditors need information and guidance for implementing the new sustainability requirements defined in the Renewable Energy Directive II.


This workshop engages expert speakers from research, industry, policy, and certification bodies to:

  • Discuss sustainability criteria in the Renewable Energy Directive II and particularly emphasise the changes affecting efficient and sustainable production and use of advanced biofuels
  • Share the views of the European Technology and Innovation Platform (ETIP) Bioenergy, which represents major market players of the sector
  • Gather information from a policy and scheme owner perspective
  • Present and validate these findings by experts and stakeholders
  • Identify major sustainability issues and options for harmonisation of sustainability criteria and certification


Draft Agenda

Please note that this may be subject to change


15:30 – Welcome and short Intro of ADVANCEFUEL and ETIP projects
Kristin Sternberg (FNR), ADVANCEFUEL co-ordinator


15:45 – 16:10 – Effective sustainability criteria for advanced biofuels in the context of converging biobased economy sectors

Ric Hoefnagels (University Utrecht), ADVANCEFUEL partner


16:10 – 16:35 – RED II sustainability criteria – from viewpoint of ETIP Bioenergy
Patrik Klintbom, Chair of ETIP Bioenergy


16:35 – 16:55 – Certification of bio-based economy, materials for bioenergy – from a scheme owner perspective ISCC



16:55 – 17:15 – Implementation of sustainability criteria for bioenergy in the Netherlands
Loes Knotter (Dutch Platform of Sustainable Biofuels)


17:15 – 18:00 – Panel discussion: Actions needed for harmonised sustainability requirements and verification for bioenergy

Chair: Ric Hoefnagels

Philippe Marchand

Calliope Panoutsou

Nour Amrani (tbc)

Loes Knotter

Marko Janhunen

Patrik Klintbom/ Antti Arasto

Ingvar Landälv (tbc)


The panel discussion begins with some brief findings on the assessment of measuring sustainability requirements in various schemes. Then the discussion aims to receive audience opinions on a number of questions:

  1. What is needed in terms of guidance and information for involved stakeholders on the implementation and measurements of sustainability requirements
  2. What national initiatives and voluntary schemes provide transparency mechanisms (standards, reporting, rights and duties of involved parties, communication)
  3. Concrete actions are needed to increase efficiencies of legislative implementation, measurements, and compliance as well as reducing incurred costs. What collaboration is needed among voluntary and national schemes for sustainability requirements and certification to be harmonised?


18:00 Closure and wrap-up



More information on this workshop is available at the EUBCE 2019 website.