Tag: EU

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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EU farmers unions strongly urge EU to rethink phase out of conventional biofuels

EU farmers unions strongly urge EU to rethink phase out of conventional biofuels

October 18, 2016 |

In Belgium, Copa & Cogeca sent a letter to Vice-President of the EU Commission Maros Sefcovic to strongly oppose plans to phase out conventional biofuels post-2020, saying that a long term and stable EU policy is needed to meet EU climate goals, decarbonise the transport sector and ensure food security. The move comes just before […]

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An EU biofuels proposal worth getting behind

An EU biofuels proposal worth getting behind

October 6, 2016 |

By James Cogan, Special to The Digest Europe’s bioethanol association ePure just released a renewables policy paper that’s something to get excited about. It’s a show of confidence and ambition on the part of Europe’s ethanol CEOs.  Their product delivers climate and bioeconomy benefits, it doesn’t come with adverse side effects and it is worth fighting for. […]

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Kuwait biofuel plant aims to export to EU and US

Kuwait biofuel plant aims to export to EU and US

September 28, 2016 |

In Kuwait, the Mina Al-Ahmadi biofuel plant has its sights on the European and US markets for exporting the fuel it will produce when online in 2018. The facility is about 65% completed and should produce 800,000 barrels of biofuels per day at full production capacity. The fuel will seek compliance with European environmental standards […]

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