How to advance cellulosic biofuels

Assessment of costs, investment options and policy support

Published: 19/01/2016

Advanced cellulosic biofuels can be a promising, sustainable alternative to fossil fuels in the transport sector but currently play only a minor role in the total fuel mix. In a study for ICCT and ECF, Ecofys assessed current and expected future production costs of a number of advanced biofuel pathways.

Supported by the Passmore Group we also assessed which types of investors could be willing to invest in new production facilities, and evaluated what government support would be necessary to mitigate investment risks. We conclude that large cost differences exist across advanced biofuel pathways and that costs are expected to decrease in coming years. Cellulosic ethanol can become relatively cost competitive with cost levels that may become acceptable for investors. Still, in coming years costs will often still be higher than those for conventional biofuels and fossil fuels, with carbon abatement costs of €164 per tonne of CO2 and up. This means a stable, long-term government policy support will be necessary to ensure a market and generate investments in new advanced biofuel production capacity.

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