The Danish government has set a 0.9% blending mandate for use of advanced biofuels made from waste materials, such as straw, to be effective by 2020 and applied to the country’s transportation sector, Biofuels Digest reported on 18 December.

“This is an ambitious and progressive decision taken today by the Danish government,” said Novozymes’ vice president of biorefining, Thomas Schrøder.

“Together with conventional biofuels, advanced biofuels used in Danish vehicles are the most obvious way to reduce immediately C02 emissions from a sector which accounts for one-third of all of the country’s emissions.

“By this agreement, Denmark has become a frontrunner – also with an advantage when the EU agrees on a longer-term mandate for advanced biofuels by 2030,” he said in the report.

“The agreement sends a clear signal to the market and to investors; the technology for production of advanced biofuels is available today and the political framework now supports investments.”

Denmark’s Novozymes produces a wide range of industrial enzymes, which are used as catalysts in manufacture of a wide variety of products including ethanol for fuel.