Tag: EU

EU biofuels policy not negatively impacting Ireland’s animal feed market

EU biofuels policy not negatively impacting Ireland’s animal feed market

February 23, 2015 |

In Ireland, the country’s agriculture minister says that EU biofuel policies have no impact on national animal feed prices because cereals markets are global. The country imports 3 million metric tons of animal feed out of a total 4.7 million tons, most of which comes from North and South America, biofuel byproducts themselves.

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EEA says 2013 EU biofuel use fell in half of member states

EEA says 2013 EU biofuel use fell in half of member states

February 17, 2015 |

In Belgium, without the deployment of renewable energy since 2005, greenhouse gas emissions in 2012 could have been 7% higher than actual emissions, according to the European Environmental Agency report ‘Renewable energy in Europe – approximated recent growth and knock-on effects’. The renewable heating and cooling market sector contributed most towards overall renewable energy in […]

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EBA calls for bio-based product policies, addressing of barriers to investment in EU bioeconomy

EBA calls for bio-based product policies, addressing of barriers to investment in EU bioeconomy

February 9, 2015 |

In Belgium, the European Bioeconomy Alliance (EBA) has called for bioeconomy development to be set as a priority in the European Commission’s new €315 billion investment plan as well as in national and regional measures. The group is calling for more predictability in policies that will lead to a long-term strategy for a competitive, dynamic, […]

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German rapeseed crop at risk of frost damage

German rapeseed crop at risk of frost damage

January 29, 2015 |

In Germany, the rapeseed crop is at risk of severe damage from frost after it was left weakened by insects following an EU ban on a common pesticide. The French and British crops suffered less damage and look to better survive any potential cold snaps. European rapeseed production is seen down 11% on the year […]

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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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