Recently, we had the pleasure of participating in the “Building a sustainable European biofuels industry” conference in Gothenburg, Sweden. The conference focused on the key objective of sustainable biofuel implementation prospects in Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom, and participants included researchers, industry specialists and policy-makers. The goal of the conference was to review the status of bioenergy deployment, analyze the future of sustainable biofuel production and use in Europe, and connect a sectorial expertise with a view to supporting sustainable biofuel production and greenhouse gas mitigation.
It was arranged by a joint venture between Bio4fuels (Norway), a centre for environment-friendly energy research, Supergen Energy (United Kingdom), a bioenergy hub work and with academia, industry and government, and Renewable Transportation Fuels and Systems (Sweden), a collaborative research programme between the Swedish Energy Agency and f3 The Swedish Knowledge Centre for Renewable Transportation Fuels.
At the conference there was a number of talks from researchers, industry and policy experts, and especially the talk “Sustainable Advanced biofuels and more” given by Patrick Pitkänen, Director of Advanced Fuels, St1 Oy, presented an interesting vision for the future of biofuels with a more open source and transparent approach to the industry and ongoing research and development efforts. A number of interesting aspects were also brought up by Anne Sophie Vinther Hansen, Senior Innovation Project Manager, A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S, in her talk: “Net zero emissions by 2050 – A maritime approach to renewable energy transition”, especially in terms of how the company, A.P. Møller – Mærsk, can push the industry and facilitate development in order to achieve their goals. The conference also functioned as a network event, where it was pleasant to meet people from all different aspects of the industry both on the consumer and producer side.