Transport is responsible for about a quarter of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions. Last years, while most sectors have reduced CO2 emissions, transport’s share has steadily increased.
Therefore, it is essential to evaluate the sustainability of biofuels throughout their whole life cycle in order to establish which ones are the most sustainable ones.
BIOLCA will enable users to evaluate the sustainability of biofuels through individual or comparative studies and analyzes environmental, economic and social parameters.
The project will improve the tool developed in the framework of GAITEK Programme (a Basque Government’s funding instrument) incorporating new propulsion models, updating the impact assessment methodology, improving the user interface, etc. Once the technical and performance improvements are implemented, the BIOLCA tool will be validated and demonstrated by means of two pilot experiences, which will be carried out in two potential users with important road transport fleets: Bilbao City Hall, with a fleet of 156 city buses (Bilbobus) and CESPA, a garbage collection company, with a fleet of 8 trucks in Barakaldo. Therefore, BIOLCA tool will be tested with real data and situations, and results obtained from both pilot experiences will be an important step forward in the sustainable development strategies of both agents involved.
The innovative character of BIOLCA is based on the following innovative aspects:
- Specific software: BIOLCA is a powerful tool specifically designed for biofuels, and includes a database that covers the whole life cycle of biofuels. The tool has been designed to be intuitive and wasy to use.
- Sustainable assessment: BIOLCA, as a sustainability tool, assesses not only environmental, but also social and economic impacts.
- Methodology: BIOLCA has been designed with an unique methodology which, based on LCA approach, has been adapted to include social and economic impacts. Furthermore, BIOLCA has a configurable structure for weighting the impacts, which allows to the users to configure the systems according to their own criteria.