The EU is changing its ambitions on biofuels — some say, “with every passing fad”, others say that EU biofuels have “not met the sustainability goals many hoped for it.” Why use biofuels at all, in terms of carbon goals? How does the European renewable fuels industry look at itself? Too focused on survival instead […]
In the EU, Taurus energy has been awarded 20 million euros to develop a 2nd generation ethanol demo plant in France. The project will run for three years at a cost of $35 million euro, and will demonstrate an environmentally clean method which will separate lignin, cellulose and hemicellulose without causing damage to any of […]
In the EU, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) released a draft “Low iLUC Risk Biomass Criteria and Compliance Indicators.” This add-on certification module to the RSB standard for biofuels and bio-products is based on the Low Indirect Impact Biofuels (LIIB) Methodology, developed in collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Ecofys. RSB-certified […]
In Belgium, the European Parliament’s environmental committee has approved the text on biofuels reform negotiated between itself, the European Council and the European Commission. The legislation that seeks to cap first generation biofuel use at 7% will be voted upon during the next plenary session of the Parliament on April 29 in Strasbourg, France.
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 […]