The core aim of the project is to study, develop and implement at pilot level advanced 2nd generation biofuels production schemes driven by local/regional public private partnerships between a Municipality, a research organization and a university, with a major mobilization of local enterprises which will provide the raw material for the fuel production.
In Washington, the Obama Administration outlined a new $14 million round of R&D grants for algal biofuels, as the US President highlighted algal biofuels in a speech at the University of Miami which focused on energy policy.
Canada points the sustainable direction: municipal waste used for producing ethanol in a way that does not adversely affect the food chain.
The European Commission has asked airlines to report on "the amount of biomass" they use so that biofuels can be accounted as "zero emission" in the greenhouse gas emissions reports they are requested to produce each year under the EU's carbon scheme for the aviation sector.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of funds for Fiscal Year 2012 for two key programs to encourage the use of renewable biomass and production of advanced biofuels. About $25 million will be made available through each program.
UPM is to invest in a biorefinery producing biofuels from crude tall oil in Lappeenranta, Finland. The industrial scale investment is the first of its kind globally