Call for papers – Conference on “Energy Systems in Transitions”

Organised by the Helmholtz Alliance ENERGY-TRANS. For further information please read the call for papers HERE

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Skal danske biler køre på Afrikansk vand?

– og hvis de skal, hvordan undgår vi så at gøre os skyldige i globalt vandtyveri? Læs hele Helle Munk Ravnborg’s artikel her (Ph.d, seniorforsker, DIIS).


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EC sets new Targets for Sustainable Biofuels

On October 17, 2012, the European Commission (EC) proposed a new directive to ensure sustainable biofuels production and to encourage development of 2nd generation biofuels. The 2009 Renewable Energy Directive requires a 10% share of renewable energy in the transport sector by 2020. The use of food-based biofuels to meet the 10% renewable energy target will be limited to 5%. Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said: ”For biofuels to help us combat climate change, we must use truly sustainable biofuels. We must invest in biofuels that achieve real emission cuts and do not compete with food.”

In essence to proposal directive aims at:

  • Increasing the minimum greenhouse gas saving threshold for new installations to 60%
  • Including ILUC (indirect land use change) factors in reporting
  • Limiting the amount of food crop-based biofuels and bioliquids
  • Providing market incentives for 2nd and 3rd generation biofuels (including algae, straw, and various types of waste). No financial support to biofuels production from crops used for food and feed.

Read full press release HERE

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Open public seminar on sustainable biofuels

COBREN cordially invites you to the seminar  “Governing Sustainable Biofuels: Markets, Certification and Technology” open to the public Monday, 19 November at 15:00 – 16:45 at the Main Auditorium, DIIS, Strandgade 71, Copenhagen C. Please note that participation is only possible by registration.
Public seminar: Governing Sustainable Biofuels: Markets, Certification and Technology.
Chair: Stefano Ponte, CBS
Keynote Speakers:
Biofuel Dichotomies
Arthur Mol, professor, Department of Social Sciences, University of Wageningen, 
Certified Sustainable: The EU’s Biofuels Sustainability Scheme
Jolene Lin, assistant professor, Faculty of Law, the University of Hong Kong
Roundtable discussion:
Anne Grete Holmsgaard, Director, Biorefining Alliance
Kirsten Hjørnholm Sørensen, Policy Advisor, ActionAid Denmark (MS)
Robert Arendal, Chairman, Sustainable Biofuels Network
Andreas Rasche, Professor of Business in Society, CBS
Open discussion

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Join our Linkedin Networking Group

COBREN is now pleased to invite researchers, industry, government, and NGO’s to join our Linkedin Group. We decided to start this group in order to facilitate communication between researchers, businesses, policymakers and civil society. The group is intended to disseminate research and knowledge, ask question and to develop new joint initiatives. We will also share all news about COBREN ativities on Linkedin. You can join the goup by clicking on the button below.

Cobren Group group on LinkedIn

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Next COBREN Meeting set for June 15, 2012

The next COBREN meeting has been set for June 15. The meeting will take place at Copenhagen Business School. Stay tuned for further information.

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COBREN Researchers at the World Biofuels Market Conference in Rotterdam

Stefano Ponte, Mengistu Assefa, and Anders Riel Müller will be attending the World Biofuels Market 2012 taking place in Rotterdam from March 13 to March 15. World Biofuels Market is the largest biofuels congress and exhibition event in Europe with more than 1500 attendees from more than 60 countries. You can read more about the conference at:

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