The work and investments within BEST gaining European support is estimated to amount almost 17 700 000 €. In addition a lot of non funded work and investments is carried out in, or very close to, the project, meaning the ”real” BEST budget is higher
BEST is one of two sister projects within the European Partnership Biofuel-Cities; the other project is BiogasMAX. One aim for the European partnerships like Biofuel –Cities is to establish European partnerships for innovative demonstration of alternative fuels and energy efficient vehicles, which will foster the progressive take up of alternatives to petrol and diesel.
Together with another European Partnership, Hydrogen for Transport, the partnerships build up the Alternative Motor Fuel Work programme. This is part of the Sixth Framework Programme
The Alternative Motor Fuel Work programme
The Alternative Motor Fuel work programme aims at the development and demonstration of oil substitution fuels and energy efficient vehicles. Despite all efforts at the European, National, Regional and Local levels, greenhouse gas emissions from energy used in transport continue to grow. In addition, the transport sector remains almost exclusively dependent on oil. Activities under the Alternative Motor Fuel heading of the work programme should contribute to:
the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions growth,
the reduction of over-dependence on oil and
the promotion of biofuels for transport applications.