In Belgium, the second triologue negotiation between the European Parliament, European Council and European Commission has yet again failed to reach an agreement on ILUC. The three main areas of disagreement continue to be the cap on first-generation biofuels, whether or not to include an ILUC factor, and a sub-mandate for advanced biofuels. The third […]
In Guatemala, as much as 12,000 cubic meters of ethanol are headed to Europe from the port of Puerto Quetzal with the delivery arriving in Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp in June. Last week a shipment of 15,000 cubic meters was booked for the same route, arriving in mid-May.
In Ireland, the country’s agriculture minister says that EU biofuel policies have no impact on national animal feed prices because cereals markets are global. The country imports 3 million metric tons of animal feed out of a total 4.7 million tons, most of which comes from North and South America, biofuel byproducts themselves.
In Belgium, without the deployment of renewable energy since 2005, greenhouse gas emissions in 2012 could have been 7% higher than actual emissions, according to the European Environmental Agency report ‘Renewable energy in Europe – approximated recent growth and knock-on effects’. The renewable heating and cooling market sector contributed most towards overall renewable energy in […]
In Belgium, the European Bioeconomy Alliance (EBA) has called for bioeconomy development to be set as a priority in the European Commission’s new €315 billion investment plan as well as in national and regional measures. The group is calling for more predictability in policies that will lead to a long-term strategy for a competitive, dynamic, […]
In Germany, the rapeseed crop is at risk of severe damage from frost after it was left weakened by insects following an EU ban on a common pesticide. The French and British crops suffered less damage and look to better survive any potential cold snaps. European rapeseed production is seen down 11% on the year […]
New book The Growth of Biofuels in the 21st Century analyzes contemporary international biofuels policy landscapes
In the US, a new book entitled The Growth of Biofuels in the 21st Century has been published, drawing on interviews with policy insiders in Brazil, the EU, and the US to analyze the ambition and landscape in biofuels policy. Authors Rob Ackrill, professor at Nottingham Trent University, and Adrian Kay, professor at the Australian […]
German Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein plants advocates for 7% iLUC base quantity in Europe
In Germany, the European biofuel economy should develop on the basis of a 7% “iLUC” base quantity, according to Wolfgang Vogel, the chairman of the Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants. Vogel wrote to the members of the European parliament committees responsible for the European biofuel policy, stating that the security of […]
In the EU, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has asked Fraunhofer and Helmholtz to establish “Knowledge and Innovation Communities” on raw materials. These communities on innovation in the sector “healthy living – active ageing” and in the field of “raw materials”. In the latter field the EIT selected the consortium “RawMatTERS”, a […]
In Indonesia, the country’s president has asked the outgoing European Commission president specifically to help lower the barriers against his country’s palm oil products, primarily to help support farmers benefit from export trade. Palm oil exports accounted for more than 10% of the country’s overall exports in 2013. The EU president said he would take […]