Availability and cost of biomass for road fuels in EU
The second edition of the well-to-wheels study was released in May 2006 and is available on the JRC web site (http://ies.jrc.ec.europa.eu/WTW). This contains detailed evaluations of energy and GHG balances, costs and availability for a wide range of alternative fuel/vehicle pathways. Compared with the first issue of the study, increased attention has been given to biofuel options. In the course of the study, it became clear that the estimated figures for biomass and biofuel availability vary widely between different published studies. Also, in our calculations, there were some input variables... where little or no reliable information was available. Consequently, it was felt valuable to gain input and discussion from other expert groups, including authors of other recent studies, to compare information, test the reliability of the assumptions on the JEC study (JEC: JRC-EUCAR-CONCAWE), and find new information to reduce the existing areas of uncertainty. Invitations to the workshop were issued with these objectives in mind. More than 40 people attended the workshop, including representatives from the JRC, EUCAR and CONCAWE, the European Commission, and a wide range of experts from several European countries.