Tag: EU

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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Indonesian biodiesel producers seeking talks with EU

Indonesian biodiesel producers seeking talks with EU

July 9, 2014 |

In Indonesia, consultations between biodiesel producers and the European Union could come as early as July in order to avoid a lengthy case in the EU’s Court of Justice regarding anti-dumping levies placed on Indonesian biodiesel imports.  

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EU rapeseed harvest seen breaking record production

EU rapeseed harvest seen breaking record production

July 7, 2014 |

In Europe, the rapeseed harvest may come close to a record this year thanks to good weather during sowing and growing periods. France’s ODA expects EU production to hit 22.5 million metric tons, up from the 2009 high of 21.6 million tons, while COCERAL expects production to reach 22.8 million tons. The European Commission estimated […]

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Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership’s scenarios for meeting UK’s 2020 renewable transport target

Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership’s scenarios for meeting UK’s 2020 renewable transport target

June 18, 2014 |

From the EU, the Renewable Energy Association is hailing scenarios published by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership as “an important step forward for the sustainable biofuels industry”, noting that “the absence of a clear Government plan for meeting the 2020 renewable transport target has seen investment in the sector grind to a halt.” The LowCVP […]

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National Trust for Ireland says biofuel targets unsustainable

National Trust for Ireland says biofuel targets unsustainable

June 16, 2014 |

In Ireland, to meet binding EU transport targets, Ireland imported 126 million litres of biofuel in 2013 – some 84% of the total 150 million litres used last year. That’s according to An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland, which is drawing attention to the failure of EU biofuels policy to meet one of […]

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Proposal on indirect land-use change: EU Council reaches agreement

Proposal on indirect land-use change: EU Council reaches agreement

June 13, 2014 |

Received at the Digest from the Council of the European Union: Today’s Energy Council reached a political agreement on the draft directive on indirect land-use change (ILUC) amending the fuel quality (98/70/EC) and renewable energy (2009/28/EC) directives (10300/14 + 10300/14 COR 1). The aim of the proposed directive is to start a transition to biofuels […]

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