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New 20-country coalition set to promote advanced fuels for the climate

Coalition of twenty countries launch "Biofuture Platform" to help decarbonize transport and industry through advanced low carbon fuels and bioeconomy solutions.

At an event held during  COP22, in Marrakech, Morocco a coalition of 20 countries interested in the clean energy and the bioeconomy fields announced the launch of the Biofuture Platform, a new collective effort to accelerate development and scale up deployment of modern sustainable low-carbon alternatives to fossil based solutions in transport fuels, industrial processes, chemicals, plastics and other sectors.

The Biofuture Platform encompasses some of the most relevant countries for the driving of markets and innovation in advanced biofuels and biomaterials. The participating countries comprises of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Netherlands, Morocco, Mozambique, Paraguay, Philippines, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States of America and Uruguay.

The launch event was co-hosted by the governments of Brazil and Morocco, with the presence of ministers, heads of delegation, and high-level representatives of the Biofuture Platform partner countries and international organisations. The government of Brazil, who had originally proposed the initiative, was chosen to coordinate the Biofuture Platform’s implementation as its interim facilitator.

Explore all avenues

– Transportation has, so far, been one of the most challenging sectors for mitigation. This is not a matter of selecting between different paths to achieve a certain goal. We need all hands on deck, to explore all avenues towards near and medium term solutions for the transport sector if we are to reach our emissions targets by 2030, said Sarney Filho, Minister of Environment of Brazil, who presided the launch event.

– In face of the urgency of fighting climate change, countries cannot afford to ignore the largely underestimated potential of
bioenergy, especially in face of new technological developments which are opening the door to a whole new low-carbon bioeconomy as an alternative to fossil-based fuels, chemicals and materials, Filho said.
– Sustainable green bioeconomy will and must be the next wave of the global economy and the base of sustainable well-being in the future. Renewable energy, naturally, will be an essential key towards mitigating climate change and towards bioeconomy, said Kimmo Tiilikainen, Finland’s Minister for Agriculture and Environment.

Move away from food vrs. fuel

The launch of this new country-led platform was also hailed by several international organisations and mechanisms, such as IRENA, IEA, FAO, and SE4ALL, as well as private sector associations and initiatives such as the WBCSD, ABBI, UNICA, and below50.
– Sustainably-sourced advanced biofuels will be key to expanding the use of renewables in the transport sector. Their high energy density and wide range of feedstock options make them especially vital as a transportation fuel, said Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

– Particularly regarding biofuels, FAO and its partners work to support countries to move from the dualism of ‘food versus fuel’ to the inclusive concept of ‘food and fuel’. In this line, FAO welcomes the Biofuture Platform which aims to promote low-carbon solutions and contribute to the global efforts against the impacts of climate change, said José Graziano da Silvat, Director General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

According to the Launch Statement endorsed by the twenty-strong group of nations, the Biofuture Platform shall also involve the private sector and other stakeholders and initiatives in a flexible operating model, and address the specific challenges ahead of scaling up a sustainable bioeconomy by promoting international collaboration in policy dialogue; research and development; and by facilitating an enabling environment for advanced low-carbon fuel and bioeconomy-related investments.

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