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 […]
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 […]
In Brussels, The Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking, a public-private partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC), has approved the funding of 10 projects totalling €120 million to boost the EU capacity to stimulate growth and jobs via a more circular, low carbon and sustainable bioeconomy. The 7 funded research projects will tackle […]
EU biofuels framework failing to meet EU climate, energy and environmental objectives: new report from Finland
In Finland, new research from the University of Eastern Finland finds that “the EU biofuels regime is a good example of a mode of new governance suitable for governing complex regulatory challenges such as sustainable biofuels, but its regulatory architecture and the particular mechanisms of new governance it deploys endanger the achievement of the underlying […]
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.