In Memory of Guido Ghisolfi, 1st chairman of the Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels

Guido Ghisolfi Guido Ghisolfi has passed away. His death touches all of us in the advanced biofuels industry. Guido was a business man with a vision, and one of the most influential advocates of the advanced biofuels industry worldwide.

Guido was the initiator of the Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels coalition. A mixed group of industry leaders met in Milan in the summer of 2012 to discuss how we can work together to strengthen the voice of our industry. We came to the conclusion that by working together our companies coming from plastics, specialty chemicals, aviation, energy, forest industry and other industries will be able to deliver the message needed. Since then our work together has become increasingly intensive and our voice stronger.

Without any hesitation Guido was elected as the first chairman of our coalition, and he led our efforts in discussions with the European Commission, European Parliament and the Member States.

We remember Guido as a passionate colleague who was pushing for transformation. Our world needs leaders who make change happen. Change does not happen without dedication, passion and inspiration for making a difference.

Our thoughts are with the family and with our colleagues at Biochemtex, a company that built the first advanced biofuels plant by Guido in Europe.

On behalf of Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels

Marko Janhunen
Chairman, LSB
Vice President, UPM Biorefining

Green World

The Leaders

We, the Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels, believe that 2nd Generation and Advanced Biofuels (2GAB) made from no-food competing feedstocks represent one of the major industrial opportunities today for our planet in the sustainable energy technology field. The world is taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and 2GAB are a key part of the solution, because they do not compete with food and have considerably lower environmental impact than fuels made from petroleum oil or natural gas. Significant 2GAB production could be deployed today provided that a policy and regulatory framework enabling long-term investment is implemented. The Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels are determined in stimulating the EU policy towards Newsletter subscriptionaccelerated industrial research and innovation into emerging biofuel technologies, including algae and new conversion pathways, supported by public and private policies promoting deployment. The Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels will be constructive towards existing biofuel associations and other biofuel organisations and will aim to cooperate with them in areas of common interest. The Leaders of the Sustainable Biofuels is set up by the CEOs of the participating organisations.
Members of the Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels must be:
• Technology developers of 2nd generation and advanced biofuels who have already been investing in large scale demonstration scale facilities
• Investors in plants (demo or flagship) of 2nd generation and advanced biofuels.

Here you can give a look to the LSB MANIFESTO

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LSB position


3 June 2014

Creating post 2020 policy framework for investments in advanced biofuels – critical step to achieve EU 2030 climate and energy goals

  • Create a stable and consistent 2030 framework for investments in the advanced biofuels sector. Establishing 0.5% binding sub-target for advanced biofuels in 2020 is the first important step to give the right signal to the market.
  • Continue the FQD with specific GHG emissions reduction targets beyond 2020.
  • Set a binding, ambitious and realistic target for advanced biofuels up to 2030 with a clear trajectory.

Why do we need a binding advanced biofuels target?

  • To decarbonise the transport sector in a cost-effective and sustainable manner, technology developments of advanced renewable fuels going beyond R&D are necessary, in line with the Commission's proposal for limiting emissions from indirect land-use change.
  • Without an adequate sub-target for advanced biofuels for 2030, there will be no strong outlook for the demand. That will not only halt investments in new domestic production capacity, but it will also prevent vital research and development investments. Moreover, investments in R&D already made by industry and the EC will be wasted and new investments in advanced biofuels will go to other regions....

For further informations download here the complete position paper