BIOSURF is an EU-funded project under the Horizon 2020 programme for research, technological development and demonstration.
The objective of BIOSURF (BIOmethane as SUstainable and Renewable Fuel) is to increase the production and use of biomethane (from animal waste, other waste materials and sustainable biomass), for grid injection and as transport fuel, by removing non-technical barriers and by paving the way towards a European biomethane market.
The BIOSURF consortium consists of 11 partners from 7 countries (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy and United Kingdom), covering a large geographical area, as indicated in the figure on the left.
The intention of the project is:
- To analyse the value chain from production to use, based on territorial, physical and economic features (specified for different areas, i.e., biofuel for transport, electricity generation, heating & cooling);
- To analyse, compare and promote biomethane registering, labelling, certification and trade practices in Europe, in order to favour cooperation among the different countries and cross border markets on the basis of the partner countries involved;
- To address traceability, environmental criteria and quality standards to reduce GHG emissions and indirect land-use change (ILUC), as well as to preserve biodiversity and to assess the energy and CO2 balance;
- To identify the most prominent drivers for CO2-emissions along the value chain as an input for future optimization approaches and to exchange information and best practices all across Europe with regard to biomethane policy, regulations, support schemes and technical standards.