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Agrobiopôle wallon Pole of excellence in Agronomy and Biotechnologies One of the partners of Biorefinery Euroview project Our Objective: To generate, promote and develop R&D activities in the field of Agronomy and Biotechnologies that favor innovation and benefit a sustainable regional development Wallonia: Strategic position in the heart of EU www.agrobiopole.be
Biorefinery Euroview Project Title:Current situation and potential of the biorefinery concept in the EU: strategic framework and guidelines for its development Framework: 6th Framework Programme Duration: 24 months 1st March 2007 >> 28 th February 2009 Coordinator: Industries and Agro-Resources Competitiveness Cluster, France Partners: • Agrobiopôle Wallon, Belgium • Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) • EuropaBio • Department Europol’Agro of Champagne-Ardenne Regional INNovation Agency (CARINNA), France • Ghent University, Belgium • Regional Development Agency of the North Great Plain, Hungary • Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT), Finland
Abstract of BIOREFINERY EUROVIEW The BIOREFINERY EUROVIEW is designed to support European policy and to strengthen the European Research Area, in order to increase the competitiveness of European territorial systems in the biorefinery field. Objectives: • Studying existing or planned European biorefineries • Identifying socio-economic factors and regulatory aspects which improve or slow down the development of biorefineries • Building a range of forecasting scenarios for biorefinery development • Selecting the concepts and the operational policies for the future development of biorefineries
General definition: « Integrated bio-based industries, using a variety of different technologies to produce chemicals, biofuels, food and feed ingredients, biomaterials (including fibers) and power from biomass raw materials » by the Biorefinery Euroview Consortium What is biorefinery? Valorisation of the whole plant
Work Plan WP1:State of the art:existing biorefineries EUAO (F)
WP1: State of the art: existing biorefineries Objectives: • Identification, classification and mapping of existing EU biorefineries (resources, products, process) and of existing prospectives. • Review of non-European existing biorefineries.
WP1:Method & first results A questionnaire was sent to industries: Targets (industries, association, …): – Chemical – Sugar and starch – Biofuels and bioenergy (heat and power) – Paper and forest – Petroleum Type of data collected : • Feedstock, Processes, Market, Company size, Socio-economics topics Around 200 items in each questionnaire : 1. Bio-based/ biorefinery activities 2. Evaluation of biorefinery concepts 3. Barriers/future of biorefineryconcepts 4. Socio-economic aspects Around 2200 contacts >>>> only 110 feedbacks
WP1:Method & first results Geographical distribution of targets (left) & answers (right)
WP1:Method & first results Market acceptance of biorefinery concepts –Survey amongst industrial actors about • Evaluation of biorefinery concepts • Benefits, challenges and barriers of biorefinery concepts • Necessities for accelerating the adoption of biorefinery concepts
WP1: First results Evaluation of the biorefinery concepts → Overall positive evaluation Benefits: decreasing imports, regional economies, environmental issues, new markets Challenges: costs, technology and feedstock quality → Typical „early stage“ problems Barriers: mainly economic and market issues
WP1: First results Identified factors, which are necessary for accelerating the adoption of biorefinery concepts: • R&D and feedstock • Marketing and market aspects • Knowledge transfer • Skills and interest of the industry • Financing Neccessities for accelerating the adoption of biorefinery concepts → «a lot of work » is necessary in almost all identified fields
Work Plan WP2:State of the art:socio-economic impacting factors WP1:State of the art:existing biorefineries EUAO (F) RDANGP (HU)
WP2: State of the art: socio-economic impacting factors Objectives: • Survey at national level of socio-economic factors among policy makers & various stakeholders (understanding/acceptance in policy community) • Benchmarking of policies and regulatory incentives impacting on biorefinery development in Europe (stimulation of research/innovation; coordination & coherence, EU legislative support to energy, agriculture,forestry, environment & health, market development) • Mapping and comparative analysis of policy strategies in non-European countries.
WP2: First results • Initial results indicate moderate to good understanding of biorefinery concepts: largely share the views of the scientific community → relative advantages of advances to 2nd generation biofuels and then onwards to biorefinery implementation • Biofuels debate is affecting the views of biorefineries • Perceptions of disparity in policy support for advanced bioenergy and biorefinery concepts at EU level versus national level. • Concern that feedstock production issues can damage biorefinery reputation and acceptance (genetically modified plants, food crop displacement, deforestation/biodiversity concerns in developing countries) • Mixed perceptions of support from industry: – agricultural product industries (starch/sugar) support biorefineries, – forestry/petrochemical industries support AND oppose.
WP2:First conclusions Key issues • Translation and implementation of EU policy into MS policy! • Sustainability of biomass feedstocks and biofuels for transport? Certification schemes? • Innovation processes? • Competition between biofuels for transport (energy security) and heat/power from biomass → What role for the biorefineries?
Work Plan: Current status WP2:State of the art:socio-economic impacting factors WP1:State of the art:existing biorefineries WP3:Scenarios for development of biorefineries EUAO (F) UGENT (BE) RDANGP (HU) Opportunities and limits for the development of biorefineries
WP3: Scenarios for development of biorefineries Objectives: • New process and technological convergence on the 2020 horizon. • Scenarios concerning resource availability. • Development of funding scenarios for biorefinery pilot plants and demonstration projects.
Work Plan: Next steps WP2:State of the art:socio-economic impacting factors WP1:State of the art:existing biorefineries WP3:Scenarios for development of biorefineries EUAO (F) UGENT (BE) RDANGP (HU) Relevant scenarios including technological process, resource avaibility, industrial organization and facilities views Opportunities and limits for the development of biorefineries WP4:Impacting of the selected scenariosRecommendations for best practice VTT (FI)
WP4: Impacting of the selected scenariosRecommendations for best practice Objectives: • Development of preliminary roadmaps for different biorefinery concepts. • Recommendations for biorefinery development support policies.
Work Plan WP2:State of the art:socio-economic impacting factors WP1:State of the art:existing biorefineries WP3:Scenarios for development of biorefineries WP5:Coordination and Dissemination Website Brochure Poster Newsletters Press Biorefinery Conferences EUAO (F) UGENT (BE) RDANGP (HU) Relevant scenarios including technological process, resource avaibility, industrial organization and facilities views Opportunities and limits for the development of biorefineries WP4:Impacting of the selected scenariosRecommendations for best practice IAR (F) VTT (FI)
Contact & Information about Biorefinery Euroview: Website: www.biorefinery-euroview.eu Coordinators: Mr Christophe Luguel Industries & Agro-Resources Clustercontact@biorefinery-euroview.eu Mr Guillaume JollyIndustries & Agro-Resources Clustercontact@biorefinery-euroview.eu