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EU member states won’t appeal against biodiesel anti-dumping duty cuts

EU member states won’t appeal against biodiesel anti-dumping duty cuts

January 18, 2018 |

In Belgium, European member states have backed down from appealing at the European Court of Justice the decision cutting anti-dumping duties on Argentine and Indonesian biodiesel imports. A total of six appeals were planned, four against Indonesia and two against Argentina, following the General Court of the European Union’s 2016 ruling that later saw those […]

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European Parliament votes to freeze crop-based biofuels at 2017 levels

European Parliament votes to freeze crop-based biofuels at 2017 levels

January 17, 2018 |

In Belgium, the European Parliament voted to cap crop-based biofuels at 2017 levels brought in by a last minute amendment submitted by three key party groups on the day of the vote. For those member states who don’t yet use 2% crop-based biofuels, they will be allowed to reach that level, but for all other […]

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European Parliament to vote on REDII Wednesday

European Parliament to vote on REDII Wednesday

January 16, 2018 |

In Belgium, all eyes are on the European Parliament that is set to vote on Wednesday regarding the extension of the Renewable Energy Directive through 2030, known as REDII. ePure and farm groups Copa-Cogeca are pushing hard on the yea side while a group of 30 NGOs including WWF and Transport and Energy on the […]

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European Commission says no palm oil ban currently in place

European Commission says no palm oil ban currently in place

January 11, 2018 |

In Belgium, Euractiv reports the European Commission believes it is not going against World Trade Organization rules with the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive that seeks to drastically cut the amount of crop-based biofuels used in the EU by 2030, and says the ban against the use of palm oil for biodiesel post-2020 isn’t […]

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European bioplastics industry want duty-free ethanol imports to compete with Latin America

European bioplastics industry want duty-free ethanol imports to compete with Latin America

January 3, 2018 |

In Belgium, the European bioplastics industry has asked the European Commission to secure duty-free ethanol imports specifically for chemical intermediates in order to better compete with Latin American producers like Braskem who have nearly unlimited access to cheaper ethanol supplies. The European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) brought up the issue during the recent EU-Mercosur trade […]

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EU member states to meet December 18 about future REDII

EU member states to meet December 18 about future REDII

November 29, 2017 |

In Belgium, European member states will meet on December 18 to discuss the different proposals for the next Renewable Energy Directive from the European Commission as well as the three European Parliament committees that have voted on it, including a number of contradictory amendments. The Parliament will then vote on the policy in plenary between […]

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ePure says Parliament industry committee vote sets the stage for clash between EU member states

ePure says Parliament industry committee vote sets the stage for clash between EU member states

November 28, 2017 |

In Belgium, ePure says the vote Tuesday by the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee sets the stage for a real clash with EU Member States over how to decarbonise transport. Nearly everybody agrees the European Commission’s Renewable Energy Directive II proposal – which has low ambitions for renewables in transport and would phase […]

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“Green Gold” documentary blames EU biofuel lobby for bad policy

“Green Gold” documentary blames EU biofuel lobby for bad policy

November 20, 2017 |

In Belgium, a new documentary called “Green Gold” premiers this week looking at the evolution of the Renewable Energy Directive and how the biofuels lobbies at member state and European level impacted its development, pointing the finger at them for creating negative environmental impacts around the world as forests were allegedly cleared to produce biofuel […]

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European Parliament split on future of REDII

European Parliament split on future of REDII

November 15, 2017 |

In Belgium, the legislative process towards the new Renewable Energy Directive post-2020 took a step backwards last week when not only center right and rightwing members of the European Parliament’s transportation committee voted against the proposal that would phase out conventional biofuels and the use of palm oil completely but socialists and democrats also voted […]

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European Commission could launch new anti-dumping investigation on Argentine biodiesel this month

European Commission could launch new anti-dumping investigation on Argentine biodiesel this month

November 9, 2017 |

In Belgium, EURACTIV says the investigation resulting from official complaint by the European biodiesel industry regarding the lowering of anti-dumping duties on Argentine biodiesel will likely be published in November in the Official Journal of the EU although it has 45 days to do so after receiving it. The complaint was lodged with the European […]

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