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sofia girnary transport travel research ltd
Sofia Girnary

Transport & Travel Research Ltd

28 April 2010

bionic project summary
BIONIC Project Summary
  • Biofuels are widely recognised as being an essential part of any future sustainable transport system.
  • A range of barriers exist which can delay the successful introduction of biofuels in the transport sector.
  • BIONIC addresses these barriers from the point of view of local or regional public authorities.

28 April 2010

bionic partners
BIONIC Partners

BIONIC includes regional

actions in five partner regions

aimed at promoting

developments in the

production and use of

transport biofuels:

  • North West England (UK),
  • Cantabria (Spain),
  • Värmland (Sweden),
  • Prahova (Romania)
  • Pazardjik (Bulgaria)

28 April 2010

background to bionic
Background to BIONIC

The barriers identified were :

  • Fuel production capacity and availability
  • Availability of higher blends to recognised specifications
  • Vehicle technology compatibility
  • Supply network availability and organisation
  • Production cost and associated taxation regimes
  • Availability of reliable information and purchasing opportunities to both fleet managers and the wider population.

Local and regional public authorities have a role to play in overcoming these barriers which BIONIC has explored and developed.

28 April 2010

uk national policy context
UK National Policy Context
  • Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO) sets annual targets for biofuel as a percentage by volume of road transport fuel. The target for 2009/10 is 3.25%.
  • Fuel duty incentives: Government support to biodiesel and bioethanol, in the form of reduced taxation (20p per litre less than fossil petrol and diesel) was withdrawn on 1st April 2010.
  • Regulatory framework: This varies, as the sector is both a renewable energy and waste industry. Planning applications may fall under either renewable, general industrial or waste planning.

28 April 2010

bionic objectives outputs
BIONIC Objectives/Outputs
  • Establish regional biofuels networks in the partner regions.
  • Set up and run case studies on topics in 5 categories.
  • Produce Best Practice Guidelines informing local and regional authorities on project findings.

28 April 2010

regional biofuels networks
Regional Biofuels Networks
  • Local networks have been established in each of the 5 partner regions.
  • The networks meet regularly to discuss regional issues, provide support to the case studies and feedback from other sites in the BIONIC project.
  • The main tasks in the future are to increase representation for those sectors that are not yet represented and to maintain the networks.

28 April 2010

case studies
Case Studies
  • Each partner region has a number of case studies on topics in 5 categories:
    • Agricultural / Feedstock Supply
    • Waste Recycling / Collection and Biogas
    • Production Facilities
    • End Use
    • Promotion/Awareness


28 April 2010

region v rmland sweden
Region Värmland, Sweden

The local network covers the region of Värmland,and is made up of several sub-groups each working on issues related to a specific fuel, including biogas, bioethanol, biodiesel and methanol.

Recent activities include conferences and site visits to biogas production plants

Case studies include:

  • Explore the possibilities of using black liquor from the forestry and paper industries for production of biofuels.
  • Campaigns and promotional activities.
  • Possibilities and limitations of a forest region to make use of agricultural feedstock to produce biofuels like RME.
  • Explore the potential for waste recycling to produce biogas, and its application in transport systems in the urban areas of the region.

28 April 2010

ploiesti romania
Ploiesti, Romania

Case studies include:

  • Investigate the regional market to obtain data on the potential for waste cooking oil in developing a recycling network and transforming this waste into biodiesel.
  • Undertake a test with B25 fuel in some buses in the local public transport fleet.
  • Campaigns and promotional activities.
  • The local network covers Prahova County, focusing on the main cities that have a public transport network, namely Ploiesti, Sinaia, Valeni, Comarnic and Mizil.

28 April 2010

cantabria spain
Cantabria, Spain

Case studies include:

  • Analyse the bioethanol production facility in Torrelavega.
  • Launch an incentive program to promote biofuel in local public transport fleets
  • Promotional events including the ‘BioBus’ dissemination campaign. The BioBus has distinct branding and carries information about renewable energy and sustainable transport. The bus runs both regular scheduled services and trips for special groups.
  • The local network covers the Region of Cantabria in the north of Spain.
  • Recent activities include network meetings and associated press releases.

28 April 2010

pazardjik bulgaria
Pazardjik, Bulgaria

Case studies include:

  • Analysis of 14,270 ha of uncultivated lands in Pazardjik District including
    • Climate conditions;
    • Sorts of agricultural lands;
    • Soil characteristics.
  • Analysis of data for forest and agricultural biomass, and for urban wastes to investigate the possibility for biogas production.
  • Promotional and awareness campaigns
  • The local network covers the Pazardjik district in the central part of Southern Bulgaria. The region consists of 11 municipalities, and the region’s centre is Pazardjik.
  • Recent activities include establishing a Steering Committee, raising awareness locally and arranging local site visits.

28 April 2010

best practice guidelines
Best Practice Guidelines
  • The evaluation of the case studies and the development of the regional networks will inform the development of Best Practice Guidelines.
  • The Guidelines will be a valuable resource for all local and regional authorities looking to expand or develop biofuel use in their region

28 April 2010

bionic expected results
BIONIC Expected Results
  • Networks of biofuel suppliers and potential users created in each of the participating regions.
  • Improved biofuel supply chains in each of the partner regions.
  • Greater awareness, availability and uptake of transport biofuels.
  • Best practice guidelines explaining the role of local and regional authorities in promoting biofuels in their areas and how to address the market barriers.
  • Case studies that demonstrate this best practice.
  • Development of practical regional biofuel strategies.

28 April 2010

further information
Further Information

Contact details:

  • Project coordinator:

Andrew Leadbetter

  • Project manager:

Sofia Girnary

28 April 2010