The transformation towards a fossil free energy system has started. One major reason is that the GHG emissions need to be reduced to curb global climate change. The Swedish parliament adopted in 2009 the vision that Sweden’s energy supply shall be sustainable, resource efficient and free of net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050. As one step towards this vision a vehicle fleet free of fossil fuels by 2030 is prioritized.
The transformation implies both major possibilities and large risks. To be able to wisely exploit the possibilities and avoid the risks, critical decisions by companies and authorities need to be based on best available knowledge. Science and research is an important source for such knowledge.
The networking organisation f3
- provides a broad, scientifically based and trustworthy source of knowledge for industry, governments and public authorities in their strategic planning of short-term actions to reach long-term visions
- carries through system oriented research related to the entire renewable fuels value chain, both in the shape of syntheses of current research, and as supplementing studies
- acts as a national platform stimulating interaction between large and relevant R&I programs, towards Horizon 2020 and for other international collaborative processes.
f3 partners include Sweden’s most active universities and research institutes within the field, as well as a broad range of industry companies with high relevance. f3 has no political agenda and does not conduct lobbying activities for specific fuels or systems, nor for the f3 partners’ respective areas of interest.
The f3 centre is financed jointly by the centre partners, the Swedish Energy Agency and the region of Västra Götaland. f3 also receives funding from Vinnova (Sweden’s innovation agency) as a Swedish advocacy platform towards Horizon 2020. Chalmers Industriteknik (CIT) functions as the host of the f3 organization and the centre’s secretariat.