Luc Pelkmans is project manager bio-energy within the unit Transition Energy & Environment at VITO. He graduated as Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) in 1994, and performed a post master in environmental technology. He works for VITO since 1996: he did research on alternative motor fuels, development of hybrid electric drive trains and emission evaluation of new vehicle technologies in real world circumstances. His focus in the past years has been on policy oriented studies and sustainability analysis, mainly towards biofuels. He gained important expertise in biofuels and other alternative fuels both in European projects (ESTO, PREMIA, Biofuel Cities, ELOBIO) and in studies for Belgian and Flemish governments. Since 2006 he is project manager of the bio-energy team at VITO. Luc is Belgian alternate ExCo member of IEA Bioenergy, and is the Belgian representative in IEA Bioenergy Task 40. Luc Pelkmans is currently coordinator of a tender for DG ENER on ‘benchmarking sustainability criteria for solid and gaseous biomass for energy'.