Tag: belgium

European industry wants EU to sign Mercosur trade deal once and for all

European industry wants EU to sign Mercosur trade deal once and for all

July 12, 2018 |

In Belgium, industry is urging the European Commission to sign free trade deal with the Mercosur countries next week before Brazil heads into election season and puts the agreement on hold yet again. Mercosur is still seeking a higher ethanol quota than had been offered previously, a move resisted by the European ethanol industry. Sugar, […]

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European rapeseed yields seen falling due to drought and frost

European rapeseed yields seen falling due to drought and frost

July 12, 2018 |

In Belgium, European rapeseed yields are expected to take a major hit this year due to weather anomalies such as droughts as frosts, potentially cutting production to 20 million metric tons from an expected 22.1 million tons in 2017/18. With China expected to boost rapeseed imports to compensate for a lack of US soybean as […]

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European scientists concerned by blanket GHG emissions neutrality of biomass

European scientists concerned by blanket GHG emissions neutrality of biomass

July 12, 2018 |

In Belgium, the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC) says it has worked to draw the attention of policy makers to a glaring oversight in this ambition: the EU and its Member States continue to classify all biomass from forests as carbon neutral, renewable energy. It is simplistic and misleading to classify all types of […]

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Agrisoma lobbying to get carinata included in RED-approved feedstock list

Agrisoma lobbying to get carinata included in RED-approved feedstock list

July 9, 2018 |

In Belgium, Politico reports that Canada’s Agrisoma has hired Germany lobbying firm Alber and Geiger to help it get carinata included in the Renewable Energy Directive’s list of approved feedstock, a move that would allow for production across the EU-28 (future EU-27 by the time it’s likely approved). Already they report that the proposal has […]

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European ambassadors endorse EU agreement on biofuels

European ambassadors endorse EU agreement on biofuels

June 28, 2018 |

In Belgium. EU ambassadors endorsed the provisional agreement reached by the Bulgarian Presidency on the revision of the renewable energy directive. Negotiators of the Bulgarian Presidency reached a deal with the European Parliament at the fifth trilogue meeting, in the early morning of 14 June. The endorsement means that the Council has approved the deal. […]

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ePure study shows European ethanol delivers 70% average GHG emissions savings

ePure study shows European ethanol delivers 70% average GHG emissions savings

June 20, 2018 |

In Belgium, European renewable ethanol delivered an average of more than 70% greenhouse-gas savings compared to fossil fuels in 2017, according to new certified data from European ethanol producers. The number represents the latest of a string of annual increases in the climate-change-fighting potential of European ethanol, which has shown improved performance every year since […]

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European Union agrees on renewable transport targets and palm oil ban

European Union agrees on renewable transport targets and palm oil ban

June 14, 2018 |

In Belgium, negotiators from the European Parliament, Council and Commission agreed early Thursday morning on a new target for renewables in transport – a deal that clearly recognizes the importance of separating bad biofuels like palm oil from good ones like European ethanol. The agreement sets a target of 14% renewables in transport by 2030. […]

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Copa-Cogeca says DG Agri wasn’t consulted sufficiently regarding REDII

Copa-Cogeca says DG Agri wasn’t consulted sufficiently regarding REDII

June 13, 2018 |

In Belgium, the secretary general of Copa-Cogeca says that DG Agri has not been properly consulted regarding biofuels regulations, something that concerns that farmers unions greatly because of the opportunity provided by biofuels and the economic impacts likely if crop-based biofuels are phased out as expected. Farmers want the cap on cro-based biofuels to remain […]

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Six European countries ask ICAO to not back down from aviation emissions goals

Six European countries ask ICAO to not back down from aviation emissions goals

June 6, 2018 |

In Belgium, Reuters reports that France, Norway, Finland, Belgium, Austria and the Netherlands are concerned about potential weakening of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s 2016 agreement seeking to cap airline emissions at 2020 levels. Aviation biofuel has been seen as a key way of achieving those goals and a weakening of the mandate could also […]

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European Commission to begin registering Argentine biodiesel imports Friday

European Commission to begin registering Argentine biodiesel imports Friday

May 24, 2018 |

In Belgium, Platts reports that as part of the European Commission’s most recent trade investigation into potential dumping of Argentine biodiesel on the European market, the EC will begin registering imports of Argentine biodiesel as of Friday in an effort to better track potential increases in import volumes and be able to respond quicker.  The […]

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