Agri-Food Waste Day Conference

On the 17 October, Waste2Fuels participated in the Agri-food waste day conference, co-hosted by NoAW and Agrocycle, IMG-6025both projects funded under H2020, the European Research and Innovation scheme. The aim of the conference was to bring together different stakeholders and share opinions about circular economy challenges and activites in the agri-food sector. During the event latest development in technologies and systems across the industry chain, from on-farm production systems, through retail and on to the consumer; and beyond into the bio-economy built on the agri-food ‘circular economy’. 

NoAW and Agrocycle projects presented their achievements and shared best practices, giving concrete examples of circular economy models.

Results on agricultural wastes co and by-products mapping have been presented in relation with the methodological approach adopted. Data concerning the availability of agricultural and solid wastes in EU 28 has been presented and focus has been paid mainly on food waste, solid residues used for bio-energy, Municipal organic wastes, cellulosic wastes material.

Perspectives and recommendations on steps to move further have also been suggested, highligthing the valorization potential of AWCBs, which are produced in significant quantities throughout the EU28. Conclusions were mainly focused on the need for selection of specific agricultural commodities and generation of data on smaller spatial scale as well as the focus on AWCBs from processing stage in specific sites with high availability.

The conference was a good occasion for Waste2fuels to be promoted and to create synergies and share best practices with other project addressing similar challenges.



Sustainable First and Second Generation Bioethanol for Europe

Last September, Waste2Fuels had the pleasure to participate in the Sustainable First and Second Generation Bioethanol for Europe event.

In the context of discussion on REDII, the conference provided an overview on pros and cons related to the first and the second generation of bioethanol, focusing on the GHG emission reduction and decarbonisation of transports. Joachim Lutz from Cropenergies, stressed the need for Europe to use both conventional and advanced biofuels in order to reach the climate goals.

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Olivier Dubois form FAO debunked the myth of “food vs fuels”stating that sustainable production of biofuels is complex and they should be considered as an opportunity for responsible investment in sustainable agriculture, rural development and bioeconomy.

Strong attention has been devoted to a comprehensive sustainability assessment from Nova Institute. A detailed study, showing that the first generation of biofuels is sustainable as the second generation in terms of GHG reductionhas been presented during the event. The study is based on the analysis of twelve different sustainability criteria, selected on the basis of the most current standards and certification systems of bio-based fuels and materials, including a wide range of environmental, social and economic aspects. IMG-5603The report analyses the strength and weaknesses of all biomass feedstocks for bioethanol production by criteria such as GHG footprint, GHG abatement costs, land use efficiency, food security, protein-rich co-products, employment, rural development, livelihood of famers and foresters, LUC / iLUC, logistic, infrastructure, availability, traceability, social impacts, biodiversity and air and soil quality.


Source: Nova Institute

Second generation biofuels seems to perform better than the first generation in terms of the reduction of GHG emissions. Biofuels made from any kind of feedstock provide advantages in terms of GHG emission reductions and should be vectors of a viable transitional strategy towards low-emission mobility, as long as they adhere to sustainability criteria.


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