Veranstaltungen Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e. V.

GHG Emissions
in Renewable Feedstock Production

Accounting and Mitigation, 23. May 2017, Brussels

GHG Emissions
in Renewable Feedstock Production

Accounting and Mitigation, 23. May 2017, Brussels

Opening Adress

Dear Colleagues,

It is the focus of the promotion of renewable resources to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to shift away from fossil feedstocks in the energy and material sector. With the introduction of the Renewable Energy Directive (EU-RED) in 2009 and several other EU regulations it is of great societal interest to find and develop the most effective and cost-efficient solution to reduce GHG emissions within the agricultural value chains, which is especially valid for the production process of biomass feedstocks.

With a set threshold of 35% savings of GHG emissions for biofuels and bioliquids (EU- Renewable Energy Directive and EU Fuel Quality Directive) the need for consistent and standardised measurements of GHG emissions and new reduction techniques is imminent and urgent.

The German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) has already supported different research and development projects within the framework of the funding programme “Renewable Resources”, that are focussing on fundamentals of GHG emission measurements and mitigation activities in the context of biomass production for energy and material use. The Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR e.V.) is responsible, as the governing project coordinator for the program “Renewable Raw Materials”, for analysing the data and to identify new research areas. Topics in these projects focused on direct emissions, effects of different field crops during the cultivation phase, but also reduction effects in the following production chains. Two complex joint research projects developed a baseline dataset to model GHG emissions from maize and winter rapeseed and assessed the influence of GHG emission of field crops in general.

Research in the field of renewable biomass is not just restricted to activities within FNR, for instance the Bavarian project “ExpRessBio” shows new methodological solutions in the context of production systems for agricultural and forest raw materials. Similar projects were also undertaken in other EU member states, for instance large joint research projects from the United Kingdom and France, where GHG emissions and the consequent mitigation have been evaluated with the cultivation of different field crops.

To discuss the current state-of-the-art and future requirements in the field of assessing and mitigation of GHG-emissions when cultivating plants for raw material production in Germany and other EU member states, the Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR e.V.) would like to invite you in the name of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) to this information meeting.I’m looking forward to welcome you on the 23.5.2017 in Brussels and wish you an interesting and successful event!

Yours sincerely

Dr.-Ing. Andreas Schütte
Managing Director, FNR