Partners

This project is performed by a team of experienced organisations in the field of sustainable energy and experienced with ILUC modelling, bioenergy production pathways and biofuel markets. It combines in-depth knowledge of the biofuel industrial sector and biofuel sustainability of Ecofys (coordinator) and E4tech, with the academic research perspective and modelling expertise of IIASA.

Ecofys is a renewable energy and sustainability consultancy company. Ecofys has a track record of more than 25 years in analysing renewable energy policies, technologies and markets and has a solid track-record in the field of biofuels. Ecofys developed the first operational sustainability scheme for biofuels in the EU – the UK Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation. It also supported several other countries on biofuel policies, including the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Colombia. Ecofys has advised the European Commission on biofuels sustainability, markets and policy since 2008. Furthermore, Ecofys supplies expertise to key initiatives such as CEN and GBEP on (in)direct effects of biofuels, GHG calculation methodology and sustainability safeguarding. Various experts from Ecofys work on biofuel LCA studies, biomass potential studies for both corporate and governmental clients and on cost competitiveness and feasibility of biofuels.

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) is a scientific research institute located in Laxenburg, near Vienna, Austria. Founded in 1972, IIASA conducts policy-oriented research into problems of a global nature that are too large or too complex to be solved by a single country or academic discipline. IIASA is sponsored by its National Member Organizations in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Its research is independent and completely unconstrained by political or national self-interest.

Within IIASA, the Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM) Program aims to improve our understanding of ecosystems in today’s changing world—in particular, the current state of ecosystems, and their ecological thresholds and buffering capacities. By using advanced theories of applied systems analysis, new information technologies and integrated biophysical, social and economic modeling techniques; ESM is charting possible pathways to the future by linking ecosystems, society, policy, and governance.

E4tech is an internationally operating consultancy firm based in the United Kingdom and Switzerland, providing high-quality services in the field of renewable energy. Since 1997 E4tech has worked with a wide range of private and public sector clients in many countries, operating at the interface between business, technology and policy. Our goal is to assist our clients to achieve solutions that are technologically, economically and environmentally sound in relation to sustainable energy challenges. E4tech currently employs around twenty energy professionals.

E4tech has been a pioneer in developing LUC and ILUC modelling methodologies and estimating associated greenhouse gas emissions, most notably in its causal descriptive ILUC modelling work for the UK Department for Transport. Furthermore, E4tech has extensive experience in undertaking sustainability analysis of bioenergy systems and integrating sustainability frameworks within policy. E4tech has worked in this area for a wide range of public and private sector clients, including the UK Department for Transport, the Department for Energy and Climate Change, the Carbon Trust, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels, various biodiesel producers, the Fast Moving Consumer Goods sector and the Biochemical sector.