Tag: belgium

EU BIOWAYS project collects data regarding public perception of bio-based production

EU BIOWAYS project collects data regarding public perception of bio-based production

October 17, 2018 |

In Belgium, EU-funded BIOWAYS conducted an EU-wide online survey alongside analysis of relevant studies which helped them to collect qualitative and quantitate data regarding the public perception on bio-based products. The online questionnaire was translated in seven languages and evaluated public perception and engagement with bio-based products, the benefits of utilizing them and reasons that […]

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EU updates its Bioeconomy Strategy as stakeholders urge action

EU updates its Bioeconomy Strategy as stakeholders urge action

October 11, 2018 |

In Belgium, the EU has updated its Bioeconomy Strategy. The updated plan signals the EU’s continued commitment towards establishing itself as a world leader in renewable resource efficiency, catalysed by transformative industrial biotechnology. Europe’s leadership in this field has already significantly boosted activity, investment, technological breakthrough and interest in developing dynamic bioeconomies throughout the Member […]

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EU starch producers to look towards bioplastics as hopes for isoglucose demand sink

EU starch producers to look towards bioplastics as hopes for isoglucose demand sink

October 4, 2018 |

In Belgium, StarchEurope told FoodNavigator that the European starch industry will start looking towards innovations such as bioplastics in an effort to compensate for the lack of isoglucose demand expected when EU sugar quotas ended last October. Global sugar prices have weighed heavily on European prices which are below the cheapest starches. The association says […]

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European Biodiesel Board calls on Member States to push for duties against Argentine biodiesel

European Biodiesel Board calls on Member States to push for duties against Argentine biodiesel

October 2, 2018 |

In Belgium, during Wednesday’s TDI meeting Member States’ representatives are going to discuss a recent Commission document that, in spite of clear evidence of distortive practices and strong injury for the EU economy, the European Biodiesel Board says fails to announce provisional Anti-Subsidy (AS) duties vs. Argentina. The Commission investigation found evidence the Argentinean Differential […]

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ePure says 2017 ethanol production reached 5.84 billion liters

ePure says 2017 ethanol production reached 5.84 billion liters

September 10, 2018 |

In Belgium, European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) members produced 5.84 billion liters of ethanol and 5.71 million metric tons of beneficial coproducts in 2017, according to new audited data released by the industry group. Some 81 percent of the total ethanol output was for fuel use, with an average of more than 70 percent greenhouse-gas savings […]

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Abengoa will also contest EU charges of manipulating ethanol benchmark pricing

Abengoa will also contest EU charges of manipulating ethanol benchmark pricing

September 3, 2018 |

In Belgium, both Abengoa and Alcogroup will contest the European Commission’s allegations of manipulating S&P Global Platts’ European ethanol benchmark prices. Last week, Reuters reported that both companies had been issued statements of objection from the EC’s competition watchdog but Abengoa had no responded to requests for comment while Alcogroup said it would fight the […]

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European Commission charge Abengoa and Alcogroup with manipulating ethanol price benchmarks

European Commission charge Abengoa and Alcogroup with manipulating ethanol price benchmarks

August 30, 2018 |

In Belgium, Reuters reports that the European Commission’s competition watchdog has charged both Abengoa and Alcogroup with rigging ethanol benchmarks published by S&P Global Platts. The three-year investigation also included Sweden’s Lantmannen but they haven’t been charged although it said it was in settlement negotiations. Abengoa and Alcogroup are likely to face fines next year […]

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European Environment Agency bioeconomy report urges quick uptake

European Environment Agency bioeconomy report urges quick uptake

August 28, 2018 |

In Belgium, Europe uses natural resources unsustainably and the European Union has put in place policies on circular economy and bioeconomy in response. A new European Environment Agency (EEA) report argues that implementing these two concepts in tandem, by applying specific design principles within a systemic approach, would improve resource efficiency and reduce environmental pressures. […]

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European bioeconomy seen strongly linked with SDGs

European bioeconomy seen strongly linked with SDGs

August 16, 2018 |

In Belgium, a new paper of Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) illustrates the strong link between the SDGs, the bioeconomy and the Bio-Based Industries with concrete examples. Thanks to BIC’s Partnership with the European Union since 2014, the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) has kick-started the European bioeconomy by supporting innovative bio-based demonstration and flagship […]

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Belgium urges Malaysia to open diplomatic mission to EU to lobby for palm oil

Belgium urges Malaysia to open diplomatic mission to EU to lobby for palm oil

August 1, 2018 |

In Malaysia, the Borneo Post reports that the Belgian ambassador to Malaysia suggested the country set up a separate diplomatic mission in Brussels specifically to lobby the European Union’s 28 countries, especially on issues such as palm oil. The new Malaysian government is seen as more open to negotiations with the European Union and European […]

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