Two contracts have been awarded as part of the European Commission's plan to create a single platform for the biofuel sector.
According to a contract award notice, issued this week, the commission's directorate-general for Energy wants the forum to cover Europe’s alternative, renewable liquid and gaseous fuel sectors.
The deals, which are worth a total of €1.8m, were awarded to Greece-based consultancy Exergia and Italy-based research body the Renewable Energy Consortium for Research and Demonstration (RE-CORD).
ENDS reported in August last year that the commission had revealed plans to create the single forum representing what it called the "widespread-biofuel sector".
The new body would also aim to support what is described as the "non-renewable low-carbon fuels" such as lignocellulosic, algae, microbial, power to gas/liquid, solar fuels, fuels from industrial waste gases, fuels from municipal solid waste, plastic waste and refinery waste as well as the co-processing of biomass in existing biorefineries.
The new biofuel body would also "expand and build on" the work of the ART-Fuels Forum (AFF), which bought together more than 100 stakeholders representing the EU low-carbon fuels industry, according the commission.
The AFF put forward "positions and suggestions" for the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II), which was backed by the commission in November last year. Several of AFF’s recommendations were considered positively by RED II legislators, according to the commission.