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"Let’s enable sustainable, advanced biofuels to contribute to decarbonising the EU transport sector"

Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels (LSB) have nominated Marko Janhunen, UPM Biorefining as LSB Chair for the upcoming year. "Let’s enable sustainable, advanced biofuels to contribute to decarbonising the EU transport sector" said Janhunen after his nomination.

Marko Janhunen, Vice President, Stakeholder Relations, UPM Biorefining here addressing delegates at the recently concluded EUBCE conference.

Marko Janhunen, Vice President, Stakeholder Relations, UPM Biorefining here addressing delegates at the recently concluded EUBCE conference.

Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels (LSB), a coalition of leading advanced biofuels producers and technology developers committed to making a significant contribution to meeting EU ambitions of decarbonizing the transport sector, have nominated Marko Janhunen as Chair for the upcoming year at their Annual General Meeting in Brussels in June 2017.

Janhunen who is Vice President, Stakeholder Relations, UPM Biorefining, the advanced biofuels arm of the Finnish forest industry major UPM, takes over the Chair from Gloria Gaupmann, Public Affairs Group Biotechnology, of Switzerland-headed speciality chemicals major Clariant. Gaupmann acted as an interim Chair since November 2016.

This is an exciting year for advanced biofuels in the European Union. The Commission proposal on the review of the Renewable Energy Directive released last November paved the way for advanced biofuels to play a strong role in decarbonising EU transport. Now it is up to the EU Parliament and the EU Council to confirm the advanced biofuels target and stimulate further private investments in the sector, said Marko Janhunen after his nomination.

LSB is working closely with the European Parliament (EP) and the Member States to provide credible information on the potential of advanced biofuels in the European Union. LSB supports a dedicated and defined target for advanced biofuels, as proposed by the Commission in the form of the Annex IX part A mandate, and the related feedstock list.

A specific advanced biofuels target based on the unchanged Annex IX Part A is necessary for generating investment and investor security for advanced biofuels based on innovative technologies using sustainable feedstock, said Janhunen.

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