Tag: belgium

EU researchers design and test cellulosomes to breakdown biomass waste into chemicals

EU researchers design and test cellulosomes to breakdown biomass waste into chemicals

April 12, 2018 |

In Belgium, EU researchers designed and tested cell structures, cellulosomes, that help breakdown abundant biomass waste to produce value-added chemicals, such as advanced biofuels. Key to producing advanced biofuels from lignocellulosic biomass is the efficient conversion of the cellulose contained within cell walls into fermentable sugars – a major bottleneck for large-scale production. Efficient breakdown […]

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European farmers union push for biofuels ahead of triologue talks on REDII

European farmers union push for biofuels ahead of triologue talks on REDII

March 27, 2018 |

In Belgium, ahead of trilogue talks between the EU institutions on the EU’s renewable energy plans, Copa and Cogeca call for a stable long-term policy to maximize the potential of crop-based biofuels to decarbonize the transport sector. Copa and Cogeca have adopted an updated position on the promotion of EU renewable energy. Outlining key points […]

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New European legislation highlights benefits of bioplastics

New European legislation highlights benefits of bioplastics

March 7, 2018 |

In Belgium, provisional agreements reached by the European Council and Parliament on the EU waste legislative package published by the Commission in 2015 recognize the benefits of bioplastics. The new legislation acknowledges that bio-based feedstock for plastic packaging as well as compostable plastics for separate bio-waste collection contribute to more efficient waste management and help […]

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European Commission green lights Italian support scheme for advanced biofuels

European Commission green lights Italian support scheme for advanced biofuels

March 1, 2018 |

In Belgium, the European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules an Italian support scheme for the production and distribution of advanced biofuels, including advanced biomethane. The measure will contribute to reaching EU energy and climate change goals while limiting distortions of competition. The Italian scheme supports the production and distribution of advanced biofuels […]

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European farmers want conventional biofuels included in new “protein strategy”

European farmers want conventional biofuels included in new “protein strategy”

February 26, 2018 |

In Belgium, Euractive reports that European farmers are urging the European Commission to keep conventional biofuels in mind as part of the upcoming “protein strategy.” A third of the EU’s animal feed 45 million metric tons consumed annually is from soybeans, of which only 5% is produced within Europe. The rest is imported, and poses […]

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EU re-opens investigation into alleged US ethanol dumping

EU re-opens investigation into alleged US ethanol dumping

February 20, 2018 |

In Belgium, an investigation was announced in the Official Journal of the European Union on February 20 relating to imports of ethanol originating in the US. ePure requested in November that the investigation is re-opened, and as the current 9.5% duty on US-origin ethanol that has been in place since 2013 was set to expire […]

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EU opens subsidy investigation against Argentine biodiesel imports

EU opens subsidy investigation against Argentine biodiesel imports

January 31, 2018 |

In Belgium, Reuters reports that as anticipated last week, the European Commission has gone ahead and launched an investigation into alleged subsidies provided by the Argentine government to boost biodiesel exports at prices that impede the competitiveness of the European biodiesel industry. Although anti-dumping tariffs against Argentine biodiesel imports were lowered in September, depending on […]

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European Commission to take up investigation on Argentine biodiesel subsidies

European Commission to take up investigation on Argentine biodiesel subsidies

January 29, 2018 |

In Belgium, Reuters reports that this week the European Commission is expected to follow up on the European Biodiesel Board’s request to investigate alleged subsidies on Argentine biodiesel exports into Europe. The EBB requested an investigation into the subsidies on export taxes on soybeans that led to accusations of dumping, an investigation the EC is […]

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EU Council confirms it won’t appeal biodiesel duty cases via Twitter

EU Council confirms it won’t appeal biodiesel duty cases via Twitter

January 23, 2018 |

In Belgium, Platts reports that the EU Council confirmed via Twitter it has withdrawn its appeals on six biodiesel duty cases against Argentina and Indonesia at the European Court of Justice, allowing biodiesel flows from the two countries to continue as they have since November when anti-dumping duties were lowered significantly. With rumors in the […]

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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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