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UNECE and algae biomass Posted by Luis on Mon September 06 2010 09:05:24 AM 3

The United Nation's Economic Commission of Europe's project on Biomass trade is not new.


What is new is the introduction of algae biomass production. Algae are one of the richest nutrient natural resources. They can be used to produce electricity, heat or biofuels such as biodiesel, biobutanol and biogasoline. In addition, algae have the capacity to absorb CO2 and to purify water (algae can be used as bioremediation of waste water and sewage). Finally, algae are widely used in the pharmaceutical industry, for instance as a nutritional supplement. Due to this variety of uses across various economic sectors, algae biomass is considered as one of the most cost-efficient renewable energy sources. Algae can be produced almost anywhere, provided there is abundant water, light, carbon dioxide and minerals like phosphate.

 Algae, which are not yet produced in the Russian Federation, could thus offer a particularly attractive source of sustainable and renewable biomass as well as an important contribution to solving urgent environmental problems.


The UNECE project will help to identify the best opportunities for algae biomass production as part of its work to introduce RBAPs. This latest development within the project will most likely increase the number of regions that can be involved and give a new impetus for regional governments to work on capacity building, cooperate with the private sector and make further investments in the development of the biomass sector.

For more information please contact:

Hans Jansen
Senior Project Manager
UNECE Economic Cooperation and Integration Division
Tel: 41 (0)22 917 37 28
Email: hans.jansen@unece.org