Tag: EU

EU headed for imported oil dependency via backtrack on conventional biofuels

EU headed for imported oil dependency via backtrack on conventional biofuels

February 19, 2017 |

In the EU, Emmanuel Desplechin,  Secretary-General, ePure wrote in Politico Europe that “Europe needs more ambition if it wants to decarbonize transport. Europe needs a realistic mix of renewable energy solutions — including low-emission fuels such as sustainably produced and renewable European ethanol — if it wants to achieve its goal of decarbonizing EU transport.” Desplechin adds that “the […]

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EU car sales for alternative vehicles steady in Q4 2017 but alternative fuels vehicles drop

EU car sales for alternative vehicles steady in Q4 2017 but alternative fuels vehicles drop

February 1, 2017 |

In Belgium, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association said during the fourth quarter of 2016, demand for alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) in the EU increased only moderately (+1.2%), with registrations totaling 168,103 units. Results were diverse among the different vehicle categories. Hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) continued the positive trend, showing double-digit percentage gains during the last […]

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Opinion survey shows nearly 70% of Europeans want conventional biofuels

Opinion survey shows nearly 70% of Europeans want conventional biofuels

January 23, 2017 |

In Belgium, Europeans overwhelmingly support the use of conventional biofuels made from crops and believe EU policy should encourage it, according to an EU-wide opinion survey released Monday by ePure. More than 69 percent of Europeans surveyed say conventional biofuels should be encouraged, while just 15 percent think they should not, according to the EuroPulse […]

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Recent Renewables Required Reading: What Can You Skip, What d’ya Gotta Read?

Recent Renewables Required Reading: What Can You Skip, What d’ya Gotta Read?

December 1, 2016 |

This week, in Washington and Brussels, four news flashes on global renewable fuel volumes appeared on the radar. Can you safely ignore them and get on with other work, or is there something to get deeply informed about? Let’s look into it. #1. The Point of Obligation RFS Crisis. The issue.  Several parties petitioned the US EPA […]

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Petition for rCCU integration in the RED presented to European Commission

Petition for rCCU integration in the RED presented to European Commission

November 27, 2016 |

In Belgium, a petition for Carbon capture and use support was presented to Marie Donnelly, Director Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency, European Commission DG Energy; 86 renowned companies and leading universities have already signed. The authors asked for inclusion of the following mechanisms in the new legislation on the Renewable Package: • To fully […]

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EU-funded GREENLAND project uses trees for toxic land clean up

EU-funded GREENLAND project uses trees for toxic land clean up

November 17, 2016 |

In Austria, researchers led by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna are coordinating the EU-funded project GREENLAND that in part aims to use trees such as poplars and willow to clean up superfund sites. Not only do the trees’ roots suck up polluted water but bacteria can also be added to […]

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EU Commission’s biofuel plans will cost farmers €2B/year: Report

EU Commission’s biofuel plans will cost farmers €2B/year: Report

November 13, 2016 |

In Belgium, the European Association of Sugar Manufacturers (CEFS), the European Confederation of Maize Production (CEPM), the International Confederation of European Beet Growers (CIBE) and the European renewable ethanol producers association (ePURE) have issued a joint letter to the European Commission strongly opposing any phasing out of EU support for conventional biofuels produced in Europe […]

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T&E and BirdLife say EU will have to import 20% of bioenergy feedstock

T&E and BirdLife say EU will have to import 20% of bioenergy feedstock

November 10, 2016 |

In Belgium, sustainable wood waste, agricultural residues, manure and other organic residues generated in Europe will only cover around 80% of the EU’s projected bioenergy use in 2030, a new analysis by green groups BirdLife Europe and Transport & Environment (T&E) revealed. If Europe does not limit the use of bioenergy eligible to meet the […]

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Romanian MEP says EU policies destroying potential benefits from biofuels

Romanian MEP says EU policies destroying potential benefits from biofuels

October 31, 2016 |

In Belgium, a Member of European Parliament from Romania says that the European Commission’s about turn on biofuels policy in 2012 is undermining his country’s capacity to develop its rural economy via ethanol production that would support thousands of farming families and create tens of thousands of jobs. Now the policy that the European Commission […]

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Oxfam slams biofuel industry for lobbying EU policy

Oxfam slams biofuel industry for lobbying EU policy

October 26, 2016 |

In Belgium, the European Union must overhaul its current bioenergy policy, which is based on getting fuel from plants, because the industry is linked to the eviction of thousands of people from their lands, out-competing food crops, and creating more not less pollution, says Oxfam. A new Oxfam report says that a powerful industry lobby […]

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