Junior researcher Sustainable feedstock supply from agriculture for advanced biofuels in the Euro...

Utrecht University
September 28 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

A two year junior researcher position is available in the section Energy and Resources (~60 staff) at the Department of Innovation, Environmental & Energy Sciences. The department offers an enthusiastic, dynamic working environment, and conducts research of high scientific quality and relevance for industrial stakeholders and governments in the national and international arena.

There is an increasingly urgent need to decarbonize the transport sector. Biofuels are expected to have a critical role in it. This is especially the case for sectors that have little alternatives such as aviation, marine shipping and heavy freight road transport. The latest renewable energy draft directive sets clear limits to the contribution of food-based biofuels in the EU, while aiming for a larger role of advanced biofuels produced from lignocellulosic biomass and organic waste by 2030. The EU project ADVANCEFUEL, funded under Horizon 2020 with eight partners from six countries, aims to facilitate a market roll-out of advanced liquid biofuels and other liquid renewable fuels in the European transport sector between 2020 and 2030 with an outlook on post-2030 impacts. With respect to environmental impacts, most impact indicators of biofuel supply chains apply mainly to the first stages of the supply chain including feedstock production and harvesting & collection (soil, water, biodiversity, land use).

Your task will be to contribute to the ADVANCEFUEL project by mapping potential environmental impacts (GHG emissions, impacts on soil, impacts, water and biodiversity) of lignocellulosic biomass feedstock production spatially explicitly. The research will focus on domestic biomass supply in the European Union with a focus on agricultural biomass including perennial grasses (e.g. miscanthus, switchgrass), short rotation coppice (e.g. poplar, willow), and agricultural residues (e.g. straw from cereal crops).

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