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, […]
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. […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
In Switzerland, Ennovor Group has earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) sustainability certification for their used cooking oil methyl ester (UCOME) biodiesel. The certification demonstrates Ennovor’s strict compliance with EU sustainability standards. A recent report by the World Wide Fund (WWF) ranked RSB as the best performing scheme out of the 13 schemes included […]
In Belgium, following an opinion of the European Commission that will put an effective end to the circumvention of EU anti-‐dumping duties on US fuel ethanol through Norway, ePURE withdrawn its request for an anti-‐circumvention investigation.
In Belgium, the committee of European Union member states governments known as COREPER has approved a 7% cap to first generation biofuels and a voluntary 0.5% quota for advanced biofuels by 2020. Member states will vote on the proposal at the council meeting in June and then the new European Parliament will take up the […]