Tag: EU

New book The Growth of Biofuels in the 21st Century analyzes contemporary international biofuels policy landscapes

New book The Growth of Biofuels in the 21st Century analyzes contemporary international biofuels policy landscapes

January 26, 2015 |

In the US, a new book entitled The Growth of Biofuels in the 21st Century has been published, drawing on interviews with policy insiders in Brazil, the EU, and the US to analyze the ambition and landscape in biofuels policy. Authors Rob Ackrill, professor at Nottingham Trent University, and Adrian Kay, professor at the Australian […]

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German Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein plants advocates for 7% iLUC base quantity in Europe

German Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein plants advocates for 7% iLUC base quantity in Europe

January 12, 2015 |

In Germany, the European biofuel economy should develop on the basis of a 7% “iLUC” base quantity, according to Wolfgang Vogel, the chairman of the Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants. Vogel wrote to the members of the European parliament committees responsible for the European biofuel policy, stating that the security of […]

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EIT establishes new consortium on raw materials led by Fraunhofer and Helmholz

EIT establishes new consortium on raw materials led by Fraunhofer and Helmholz

January 5, 2015 |

In the EU, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has asked Fraunhofer and Helmholtz to establish “Knowledge and Innovation Communities” on raw materials. These communities on innovation in the sector “healthy living – active ageing” and in the field of “raw materials”. In the latter field the EIT selected the consortium “RawMatTERS”, a […]

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Indonesia’s president asks EU president directly to lower trade barriers

Indonesia’s president asks EU president directly to lower trade barriers

November 20, 2014 |

In Indonesia, the country’s president has asked the outgoing European Commission president specifically to help lower the barriers against his country’s palm oil products, primarily to help support farmers benefit from export trade. Palm oil exports accounted for more than 10% of the country’s overall exports in 2013. The EU president said he would take […]

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EU’s biofuel supply chain group demands 2030 blending targets

EU’s biofuel supply chain group demands 2030 blending targets

October 23, 2014 |

In Belgium, ahead of the European council of head of state this week, the European biofuels supply chain group representing feedstock producers and biofuel processors demanded specific targets for renewables and specifically biofuels in the 2030 Climate and Research framework. They say that without specific transport targets in the 2030 Energy Package, biofuels would disappear […]

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Indonesian palm oil investment over $2.5 billion, but is demand cooling?

Indonesian palm oil investment over $2.5 billion, but is demand cooling?

September 11, 2014 |

In Indonesia, palm oil investment over the last three years has totaled more than $2.7 billion, demonstrating the potent effect of the progressive export tax and tax breaks introduced in 2011 to spur growth in the industry that processes palm oil into various derivatives. 70% of the country’s total overseas shipments are now palm oil […]

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AT-SEA seaweed textiles enable high-yield, large scale seaweed cultivation

AT-SEA seaweed textiles enable high-yield, large scale seaweed cultivation

September 9, 2014 |

In Ireland, the AT~SEA project, in partnership with Oceanfuel, has developed advanced textiles that allow easy, mechanized cultivation of floating seaweed farms. The textile allows for high yields at a large scale, up to 16kg of wet seaweed per square meter. This is three to five times the yield of traditional seaweed farming. AT-SEA is […]

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“Biofuels Barometer” report offers sober assessment of biofuels prospects in the EU

“Biofuels Barometer” report offers sober assessment of biofuels prospects in the EU

September 1, 2014 |

In the EU, Energies Renouvelables is noting that biofuels consumption has dropped 6.8 percent in the EU road transport sector between 2012 and 2013, with a 4.7% overall “incorporation rate”. The group, which has published its Biofuels Barometer (available here), said that “sustainable biofuels” consumption rates are now exceeding 86 percent and that, despite the […]

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EU biofuel consumptions falls for first time since industrial expansion

EU biofuel consumptions falls for first time since industrial expansion

July 22, 2014 |

In France, the growth of biofuel consumption for use in transport in the European Union (EU-28) has dwindled in the past few years and finally dropped by about one million tonne oil equivalent (toe, 6.8 percent) between 2012 and 2013 according to EurObserv’ER, to a consumption level of 13.6 million toe. Nevertheless, sustainable biofuel consumption, […]

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EU awards EUR1 million in grants to low carbon technologies

EU awards EUR1 million in grants to low carbon technologies

July 9, 2014 |

In Belgium, the European Commission has awarded EUR1 billion to 19 projects under the second call for proposals for the NER300 program. The projects cover a wide range of low-carbon technologies − from CCS oxyfuel technology, bioenergy (including advanced biofuels), concentrated solar power and geothermal power to wind power, photovoltaics, ocean energy and smart grids. […]

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