Session 3 - Sustainability - 18th International Congress for Renewable Mobility "Fuels of the Future 2021" 18.-22.01.2021

All energy sources in the transport sector must be produced sustainably in future in order to contribute to climate-change mitigation. It is therefore essential that the electricity for e-cars, hydrogen and synthetic fuels comes from renewable energy sources. Mandatory sustainability requirements for biofuels have already existed for years. The third session “New Aspects of Sustainability” at the 18th International Conference on Renewable Mobility, “Fuels of the Future 2021”, focuses on what this means for the sector. The conference will be held from 18.-22.01.2021 – and for the first time in its history will be in a digital format. Experts from industry and academia will address current developments in research, legislation and practical application of sustainably produced renewable fuels. These will be urgently needed in coming years, as the German government will only succeed in attaining its climate targets if transport-sector emissions are also drastically curtailed.  

How can greenhouse gas emissions be reduced in agriculture, ensuring that biofuels from cultivated biomass can also perform even better in cutting greenhouse gases? Max Trommsdorff from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) in Freiburg is researching agricultural photovoltaics and will demonstrate the untapped potential available in simultaneous use of land for agriculture and photovoltaics.

In December 2018, the Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II) was adopted at the European level. It must be transposed into national legislation by summer 2021. However, revision of RED II is already in the pipeline. Peter Jürgens from REDcert GmbH, a certification system provider for sustainable biomass and biofuels, explains the changes the revised RED II will bring for economic operators working in sustainability certification.

Dr. Henrik von Storch from Deutsche Post DHL Group explores the role that sustainable fuels can play for a large logistics company in his presentation “Sustainable Fuels for Logistics. Status. Perspectives. Solutions.”

Dr. Rainer Schrägle (Technologica GmbH) and Frank Gschwender from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) open up another angle from which to consider sustainability. They will address the provision of sustainably produced lignocellulosic biomass from bushwood from Namibia for production of BtL (biomass-to-liquid) fuels. Their presentation highlights the opportunities and risks that bioenergy presents in emerging and developing economies.

The complete programme, information on registration and the exhibitor forum can be found at

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