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Workshop "Biofuel Policy for a Low Carbon Future"


The workshop "Biofuel Policy for a Low Carbon Future" organized by the Low Carbon Programme, was held on September 19 in Bilbao.
The Low Carbon Programme, is a Joint Research Programme on Energy and Environment, sponsored by Fundación Repsol and launched by the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3).
The main aim of the workshop was to discuss with experts from leading international research institutions, policymakers and social and business representative’s issues associated to biofuels policy in Europe.

Further information of the Joint Research Programme at http://www.lowcarbonprogramme.org/

Second annual Workshop organized by the Low Carbon Programme "Biofuel Policy for a Low Carbon Future "

Transport is a very important sector in the transition to a low carbon Europe. Transport uses a third of all EU energy and is responsible for 25% of the European GHG emissions. Moreover, it is the only major EU sector where GHG emissions are increasing. This has made the European Commission to set for 2050 an 80% reduction of carbon emissions in transport and 70% reduction in the use of oil. Achieving these ambitious targets will require a complex set of means including the reduction in scale (demand of transport), improved technology (increase the efficiency in vehicle’s engines) as well as a change in the fuel mix. It is in this latter aspect where biofuels are expected to play a significant role. Thus, the first presentation this morning, by Arno Behrens from the Centre for European Policy Studies will focus on the role of biofuels in the objective to achieve a Low Carbon Transport in Europe.
The workshop had two presentations that covered two of the major concerns raised in the last decade regarding policies promoting the use of biofuels. The first concern is about changes in land use caused by the increased demand for biomass. Considering these indirect land use changes we may find that some biofuels can actually lead to higher carbon emissions than fossil fuels. Dr David Laborde, from IFPRI, explained the science behind indirect land use changes in a moment where the  biofuels industry was continuosly disputing it.
The second concern had to do with the impact of biofuel policies on agricultural price levels and volatility and María Blanco, Associate Professor at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid dealt with the fuel versus food debate. The topic was approached from other three new perspectives. First of all, Dr. Thonier, from Bio Intelligence, a consultancy firm based in Paris, shared some details of a set of projects that BIO IS was carrying out for the European Commission and the French Department of Agriculture and motivated the need to introduce flexibility into biofuel mandates. Nusa Urbancic, clean fuels manager at environmental NGO Transport and Environment shared  their reflections on how to fix EU biofuels policy. Finally, Carlos Díaz, from Repsol provided us with an oil company’s view on biofuels mandates.
After that, an open discussion was opened among the participants, with some closing comments from Professor Markandya, Scientific Director of BC3, Basque Centre for Climate Change

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Workshop on Economics of Energy Efficiency

Reus (Spain), 12-13 December 2013

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Workshop "Flood risks assessment in the Ebro river basin"

A case study in Zaragoza  (November 16th) 2012.  Zaragoza

 The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) is organizing a workshop focused on flood risks assessment and prevention policies.  This workshop is framed within the project PREEMPT, funded by the European Commission, DG Humanitarian and Aid and Civil Protection – ECHO.
The aim of this project is to assist the relevant authorities to better appreciate the risks posted by droughts and floods. It does so by collecting the data about past disasters, filling-up the knowledge gaps - in particular about indirect and intangible losses, both economic and social ones, and by improving risk assessment methods and approaches in place in four participating countries: Italy, Spain, Belgium and Germany (further information at http://www.feem-project.net/preempt/index.html ).
The workshop will take place in Zaragoza (Aragon) on the 16th of November and will be focused on flood risks assessment in the Ebro river basin. It has the objective to disseminate and discuss of a flood risk analysis in the Ebro river basin and debate about flood risk prevention policies. With this objective the workshop will put together experts, academics, water and risk management authorities.

Participating institutions:  Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Ebro River Basin Agency, Basque water agency, Catalan water agency, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Public University of Navarra, University of Zaragoza, Servicios y Proyectos del Ebro, SA, Euroestudios, GETINSA Ingeniería, KV consultores, SENER Ingeniería y sistemas, Salud Pública de Gipuzkoa, and the Basque Centre for Climate Change.


Workshop on Environmental Justice and PES

September 19th - 21st , Murua (Araba)

The Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) is organizing a workshop focused on Environmental Justice and Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES). This workshop is framed within the project ECOFINDERS , funded by the European Commission under FP-VII. The aim of this project is to support European Union soil policy making by providing the necessary tools to design and implement strategies for sustainable use of soils (further information at  http://ecofinders.dmu.dk or https://www.bc3research.org/research/ecofinders.html ).

The workshop that will take place in Murua (Araba) from the 19th to the 21st of September will be focused on offering new insights about the challenges that are embedded in the design of  novel financial mechanisms that are socially legitimate and fair in the quest for optimizing and devising a sustainable future of our basic resource base. With this objective the workshop will put together international experts with contrasted experience worldwide.

Participants include: Prof. Katrina Brown (University of Exeter, UK), Dr. Roldan Muradian (Radboud University of Netherlands), Prof. Adrian Martin (University of East Anglia, UK), Dr. Jacob Phelps (Singapore National University), Dr.  Erik Gomez-Baggethun (UAB, Barcelona), Dr, Esteve Corbera (UAB, Barcelona), Dr. Unai Pascual (BC3, Basque Country), Dr.  Eneko Garmendia (BC3, Basque Country).


Directions in the Voluntary Provision of International Public Goods

New Directions in the Voluntary Provision of International Public Goods (April 17-18, 2012, Mannheim, Germany)

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