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Norway reclassifies PFAD so it complies with EU sustainability criteria

Norway reclassifies PFAD so it complies with EU sustainability criteria

April 26, 2016 |

In Norway, the government has changed the way it regulates biodiesel produced from PFAD, or palm-fatty-acid-distillate, so that as of Jan. 1, 2017 it will be classified as a byproduct feedstock rather than a waste, meaning that it will then be subject to the European Union’s sustainability criteria. Neste in particular uses PFAD as a […]

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EU biofuels: A lost opportunity?

EU biofuels: A lost opportunity?

April 20, 2016 |

By Dick Roche, former Irish Minister for Environment and EU Affairs Special to The Digest When the EU Commission produced its 2012 proposal to cap at 5% the contribution crop-based biofuels can make under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), the logic of the Commission’s position was widely questioned. Critics, including this writer, challenged the extraordinary […]

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UFOP: EU’s rapeseed market is “lethargic”

UFOP: EU’s rapeseed market is “lethargic”

December 13, 2015 |

In Germany, Ufop is reporting that “Lethargy returns” in the rapeseed market. “Following several weeks of a lethargic cash market, early-December 2015 rapeseed sales were slightly up based on rising bids and somewhat increased supply,” the group writes. “Above all, the 2016 crop was discussed fairly frequently at the beginning of December and contracts were […]

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UK energy secretary says country at risk of EU fines for not reaching 2020 renewables goals

UK energy secretary says country at risk of EU fines for not reaching 2020 renewables goals

November 11, 2015 |

In the UK, the Energy Secretary says the country isn’t likely to meet the European Union’s renewable energy targets for 2020 because the policies are not in place, especially for transport. In a leaked letter to other cabinet members, she said “The absence of a credible plan to meet the target carries the risk of […]

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European ethanol to remain tight through year’s end as imports “impossible”

European ethanol to remain tight through year’s end as imports “impossible”

October 28, 2015 |

In the Netherlands, the European ethanol continues to suffer from tight supplies, which have helped to boost front month swap prices to a two-month high of EUR558 per cubic meter, up EUR18 on the week. The second month swap has also soared to a three month high just behind it at EUR539 per cubic meter. […]

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Ten billion euros of investment in advanced biofuels

Ten billion euros of investment in advanced biofuels

October 28, 2015 |

At a time when carbon emissions should be dropping by 40%-80% EU transport emissions will actually increase by that amount, becoming the number one EU contributor to catastrophic global warming. By James Cogan, Special to The Digest Transport emissions can only be reduced in the 2030 timeframe by traffic efficiencies, biofuels and lower tailpipe emissions.  […]

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Indonesia confident of favorable ruling from WTO dispute panel against EU

Indonesia confident of favorable ruling from WTO dispute panel against EU

September 3, 2015 |

In Indonesia, the government is positive about the WTO dispute panel that was recently established on Monday against the European Union as the country seeks to get Europe to withdraw its antidumping duties on Indonesian biodiesel. A similar dispute panel was set up for Argentina against the EU in April 2014 and is still not […]

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Oil World expects dry, hot weather to hit EU rapeseed production further

Oil World expects dry, hot weather to hit EU rapeseed production further

July 1, 2015 |

In Germany, Oil World expects the EU’s rapeseed production to take a hit from the current hot and dry weather, where lack of rain in top producers Germany, France, Britain and Poland is likely to see the most impact. The analysts expect production to reach only 21.8 million metric tons, down from more than 24 […]

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Swedish rail operator gets EU funding to trial switching to biodiesel

Swedish rail operator gets EU funding to trial switching to biodiesel

June 29, 2015 |

In Sweden, Inlandsbanan AB has received funding from the European Commission to trail rapeseed-based biodiesel in its trains with the aim of converting 100% of its engines to run on RME by 2020. The move will allow it to reduce its GHG emissions by 60% while avoiding the cost of electrifying its entire 1200km rail […]

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BP, Novozymes, Scania, Shell back launch of “Biofuels for Europe” info site

BP, Novozymes, Scania, Shell back launch of “Biofuels for Europe” info site

June 27, 2015 |

In Brussels, a new interactive website “www.BiofuelsforEurope.eu” launched today in the European Parliament to summarize the latest science on key biofuels issues using fact-based, understandable information. BP, Novozymes, Scania and Shell have sponsored the initiative in the common view that biofuels, when sustainably produced, have a positive role to play in decarbonizing the transport sector in […]

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