News & Events

The CERESiS consortium partners have met both virtually and physically on November 10th and 11th 2022 at Viterbo, Italy. This meeting was organized and hosted by the University of Tuscia to discuss and communicate the work that has been done so far within the project. The main objective of this meeting was to perform a follow up of the project’s activities and actions up to Month 24 of the project and define the next steps in order to ensure its success.

This newsletter aims to present the progress made in the first 18 months of CERESiS project.

The focus of this first issue is on Regulatory & Legal issues.

Two trial sites in Ukraine with fuel and mineral oil contamination and pesticides contamination were planted with Reed Canary Grass (RCG) and Miscanthus in spring 2021. As of the end of summer, Reed Canary Grass has grown up to more than 0.8 meters and Miscanthus - up to more than 2 meters. Biomass harvesting is planned for February 2022, when the moisture content in plants is expected to decrease and reach 20-25%.

7th December 2021: Mechanized harvesting trials of Phalaris arundinacea by means of a disc mower began at the experimental site of the University of Tuscia – Viterbo, Italy.

During the harvesting process, data on soil compaction and harvest time were also acquired; moreover, the biomass to be used by the partners Karlsruher Institut für Technologie in Germany (KIT) and Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche in Italy (CNR) of the CERESiS project was also collected, for Fast pyrolysis (FP) and Supercritical water gasification (SCWG) testing.

The CERESiS project aims to provide a win-win sustainable solution to (a) scaling up non-ILUC biofuels production and (b) cleaning contaminated lands by facilitating land decontamination through phytoremediation, growing energy crops and producing clean biofuels.

To do so, an open access, modular and expandable Decision Support System (DSS) is under development, able to identify optimal solutions for each application. It will incorporate land, phytoremediation, technological, economic, environmental parameters providing critical information to stakeholders & policy makers on the suitability of combinations of phytoremediation strategies and conversion technologies for particular sites, contaminants, environmental restrictions etc.

A new Glasgow Declaration on Sustainable Bioenergy sets out how wood-based bioenergy can help tackle climate change, with a world-wide industry standard for sustainability at its core.

By 2030, sustainable wood-based bioenergy is projected to reduce net global emissions by 600 million tonnes of CO2e annually and one billion tonnes of CO2e by 2050 – more than is currently emitted by the world’s entire aviation industry.

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says: “Bioenergy use is substantial in 1.5°C pathways with or without BECCS due to its multiple roles in decarbonizing energy use.”

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 101006717.