Removing barriers to renewable transport fuels
The use of renewable fuels grew rapidly since the early 2000s as markets matured, driven in part by political targets and incentives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) sets a target for the contribution of advanced biofuels and biogas of at least 0,2 % in 2022, at least 1 % in 2025 and at least 3,5 % in 2030. However, demand has stagnated as consumers have questioned the sustainability of conventional biofuels. Experts have questioned the overall sustainability of first generation biofuels, including their impact on land use patterns and food prices, and their carbon emissions across the production value chain. In response, a new generation of renewable transport fuels is emerging, but numerous barriers remain for their uptake.
Bringing together prominent research centres and universities, the ADVANCEFUEL project aimed to facilitate the commercialisation of advanced renewable transport fuels to contribute to the achievement of the EU’s renewable energy targets, and reduce carbon emissions in the transport sector to 2030 and beyond. ADVANCEFUEL examined renewable fuels produced from lignocellulosic feedstocks, renewable hydrogen and CO2 streams, and provided market stakeholders with new knowledge, tools, standards and recommendations to help remove barriers to the uptake of alternative fuels for more sustainable transport.
The ADVANCEFUEL project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement N°764799