Tag: EU

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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The EU’s Sweet 16: 16 of the most fascinating projects under development and in deployment in Europe

The EU’s Sweet 16: 16 of the most fascinating projects under development and in deployment in Europe

April 10, 2017 |

Europe is often thought of as a dead-end for biofuels, owing to a thorny debate over fuel mandates, and agricultural protection. But it’s a reputation entirely undeserved; some of the most fascinating projects are there. In this survey, we did not look at some excellent projects already commercialized, such as Beta renewables’ complex in Crescentino […]

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The policy framework of bio-based plastics markets: new report

The policy framework of bio-based plastics markets: new report

March 12, 2017 |

In Germany, a ew trend report from nova institut highlights policies around the world and their positive and negative impacts on bio-based plastics market developments. A must read for any investor or producer – where is demand expected to increase? In contrast to biofuels, there are currently no strong, comprehensive policy frameworks in place to […]

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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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