Tag: EU

Waste Erased: Top 7 EU-based industrial advances in utilizing waste residues

Waste Erased: Top 7 EU-based industrial advances in utilizing waste residues

November 16, 2017 |

Europe pursuing biorefineries, power-gen based on advanced use of waste residues. In Europe, the race to erase industrial and municipal waste is on, and now has taken on a more serious ardor with the arrival of some new tech. For too long, ideas on dealing with waste have revolved around reduction and recycle rather than […]

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Indonesia and EU trade war over palm oil expands to milk powder

Indonesia and EU trade war over palm oil expands to milk powder

November 3, 2017 |

In Indonesia, the government is threatening to block milk powder imports from the European Union if the EU moves forward with its recent resolution to restrict imports of palm oil from Indonesia. Indonesia imports milk powder from EU countries, as well as Australia and the United States. “If they continue then I will do the […]

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EP Committee on Environment denies prospects for domestic biofuels

EP Committee on Environment denies prospects for domestic biofuels

October 28, 2017 |

In Germany, UFOP published a letter expressing its disappointment in the result of the vote in the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment on Monday this week concerning the reform of the biofuel policy for the period from 2020 to 2030 (RED II). UFOP said that as a result of the decision, biofuels made from cultivated […]

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Proposed RED II reduction of biofuels sparks more criticism

Proposed RED II reduction of biofuels sparks more criticism

October 8, 2017 |

In Europe, the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive for 2021-2030 (RED II) proposed biofuels reduction on first-generation biofuels made from food crops from 7% in 2020 to 3.8% in 2030 is being debated in the European Parliament’s committees in preparation for a January 2018 vote. While some say the move will reduce pressure on food prices, […]

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EU and Mercosur countries resume trade talks including ethanol and sugar discussions

EU and Mercosur countries resume trade talks including ethanol and sugar discussions

September 30, 2017 |

In Brazil, Unica, Brazil’s cane industry group told Reuters that trade talks resuming between the EU and the Mercosur bloc of South American countries will likely include ethanol trade discussions. Unica said ethanol was excluded from the EU proposal last year and Brazil was surprised by the move because the biofuel had been part of […]

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New EU biodiesel GHG calculations increase market uncertainty

New EU biodiesel GHG calculations increase market uncertainty

September 2, 2017 |

In Europe, new biodiesel greenhouse gas calculations took effect on September 1st with new rules requiring all biodiesel that contains methanol to have reduced GHG savings. Producers now have to recalculate their GHG savings which is resulting in market uncertainty and impacted paper and physical trading. For countries like Germany, this is having an even […]

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US slaps Argentine, Indonesian biodiesel producers with huge anti-dumping penalties

US slaps Argentine, Indonesian biodiesel producers with huge anti-dumping penalties

August 23, 2017 |

In Washington, the US Commerce Department issued a preliminary countervailing duty determination from the Commerce Department regarding subsidized biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. The Commerce Department found that Argentina and Indonesia provide subsidies to their biodiesel producers in violation of international trade rules. In addition, Commerce found “critical circumstances” to address the post-petition surge […]

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EU postpones vote on biodiesel import duties for Argentina and Indonesia

EU postpones vote on biodiesel import duties for Argentina and Indonesia

July 30, 2017 |

In Belgium, the European Union held off on a vote that was supposed to lower duties on biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia in response to Argentina’s challenge to the EU’s anti-dumping duties placed on biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. The vote was postponed for their next meeting on September 7. In 2013, the EU […]

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MEPs support keeping sustainable European biofuels in the EU energy mix

MEPs support keeping sustainable European biofuels in the EU energy mix

July 2, 2017 |

In the EU, the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee voted Thursday on its opinion on the European Strategy for Low Emission Mobility – and showed clear support for keeping crop-based biofuels like renewable ethanol as part of the EU transport energy mix. MEPs also sent a clear signal that Europe […]

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EU partially financing biomass heating projects in 235 Moldovan communities

EU partially financing biomass heating projects in 235 Moldovan communities

April 27, 2017 |

In Moldova, 235 communities are benefiting from European funding to install biomass heating in buildings such as schools where beforehand heating wasn’t available to the extent required due to high costs. The use of biomass is meant to create a market the local industry to grow into, reducing the need to import heating energy while […]

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