Biofuel Cities - European Partnerships for biofuel innovation at the local level
Biofuel Cities is a European project - supported by the European Commission – that provides a platform for biofuel stakeholders.
In particular, Biofuel Cities integrates European research and pilot application of biofuels in European local governments. The project aims to accelerate the market introduction of biofuels and energy-efficient vehicles based on local sustainable mobility policies, and stimulate continued market penetration of biofuels through identifying strategic Research & Development needs and policy development. The project has started in May 2006.
About the project
Biofuel Cities is a European project - supported by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Transport and Energy – that provides a platform for biofuel stakeholders. Biofuel Cities integrates European research and pilot application of biofuels in European local governments. The project aims to accelerate the market introduction of biofuels and energy-efficient vehicles based on local sustainable mobility policies, and stimulate continued market penetration of biofuels through identifying strategic Research & Development needs and policy development.
In particular, Biofuel Cities aims at (a) building a European Partnership in which biofuel end-users, deliverers, and frame-workers, such as feedstock providers, industrial and commercial end-users, research institutes, and local governments, are encouraged to network, find partners for projects and exchange; (b) independantly assessing biofuel project, both research and development and development orientated projects, as well as local sustainable mobility policies, in order to guide industrial and commercial stakeholders, local governments, and the European Commission on the further implementation of biofuels and energy-efficient vehicles; (c) supporting biofuel stakeholders through information, events, tools and publications, as well as guidance on biofuel policies and applications.
INEM's role in Biofuel Cities
INEM represents both the biofuel producing and consuming economy in the Biofuel Cities project. Companies play an important role for the introduction of sustainable practices for transport. They often run vehicle fleets and are the best candidates for introducing not only energy efficiency measures, but also new and renewable fuels which might in one or the other case require that fuelling infrastructure is set up.
What INEM will focus on in Biofuel Cities
Biofuel Cities as a whole targets at developing strategies for biofuels introduction in Europe. INEM will focus in this context on the role, which companies can play in such strategies. This includes the active involvement of innovative and environmentally engaged companies in the various consultations which will take place within the project, thereby also giving support to these companies for introducing biofuels in their procurement and use patterns.
How Biofuel Cities fits to INEM's vocation
Biofuel Cities is a natural step in the further development of INEM's engagement for sustainable development. Going beyond energy saving and efficiency by including the use of renewable sources gives the necessary balance for taking up the challenge of climate change and shortage of fossil energy sources. Providing clean, safe and cost-effective sources of transport fuels for the future integrates the environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability into a coherent and strong approach that serves best companies and the environment.
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