Tag: ILUC

Proposed EU low ILUC risk criteria not strong enough for some Commissioners

Proposed EU low ILUC risk criteria not strong enough for some Commissioners

February 5, 2019 |

In Belgium, Euractiv reports that the sustainability criteria under the second Renewable Energy Directive has been held up because some European Commissions felt the proposed low ILUC risk criteria for certification weren’t strong enough. Directorate Generals were only given two days to review an ILUC proposal that was being fast-tracked through a non-legislative process that […]

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Researchers find corn ILUC to be minimal

Researchers find corn ILUC to be minimal

January 28, 2019 |

In Illinois, since 2007 corn ethanol production has doubled and there was also a sharp upturn in corn prices between 2008 and 2012. However, a newly released article in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics finds no evidence to support earlier concerns about large indirect land use change effect of corn ethanol causing expansion in […]

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US soy could win ILUC fight against palm oil in the EU

US soy could win ILUC fight against palm oil in the EU

January 23, 2019 |

In Belgium, the Bloomberg reports that while palm oil is likely to lose out when the European Commission releases its low ILUC feedstocks list before February 1, US soybeans may step into the focus as a potential replacement due to almost non-existence of ILUC in US feedstocks. The EU already forecasts imports of US soybeans […]

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Statutory GHG reduction requirement for biofuels increases to 50 percent

Statutory GHG reduction requirement for biofuels increases to 50 percent

January 21, 2018 |

In Germany, UFOP sent out a reminder that the increased GHG reduction requirement for biofuels took effect on 1st January 2018 in accordance with the “iLUC Directive” from 2015. In accordance with this, biofuels from cultivated biomass must demonstrate a reduction in greenhouse gases compared to fossil fuels of at least 50 percent to be […]

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Does regulating indirect land use change work? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ILUC reform

Does regulating indirect land use change work? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ILUC reform

November 17, 2017 |

University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana professor Madhu Khanna has been raising issues with including an indirect land use change factor for compliance with  low carbon fuel standards. Why, since ILUC is a required calculation for the Renewable Fuel Standard? Khanna notes that estimates of ILUC factor have varied considerably across studies and over time; plus, inclusion […]

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New report says ILUC from waste-based biofuels could be higher than thought

New report says ILUC from waste-based biofuels could be higher than thought

September 6, 2017 |

In the UK, a new report by Cerulogy assesses the indirect emissions implications of producing biofuels from some of the waste materials listed in the European Commission’s REDII proposal, and of some that may be proposed as additions to the proposal as it is discussed in the European Council and Parliament. This study finds that […]

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ePure study shows European ethanol cuts GHG emissions 14% including ILUC

ePure study shows European ethanol cuts GHG emissions 14% including ILUC

July 14, 2016 |

In Belgium, a new study by renowned global consultancy Ricardo Energy & Environment and commissioned by ePure has found that the higher use of ethanol in Europe would contribute to a 14.1% GHG emission reduction in European transport, even after possible land use change (ILUC) emissions have been taken into account. The study builds upon […]

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Controversy reigns over Globiom study looking at ILUC

Controversy reigns over Globiom study looking at ILUC

March 16, 2016 |

In Belgium, the European Commission is dancing around the release of the long awaited Globiom study earlier this week—after the closure of a four-month public consultation period on the future of the Reneable Energy Directive 2020-2030—saying that it was an external study that did not represent the views of the Commission. Yet the report clearly […]

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EU ministers approve ILUC policy changes

EU ministers approve ILUC policy changes

July 14, 2015 |

In Belgium, EU Ministers have officially rubber-stamped new rules to address indirect land use change (ILUC) impacts associated with biofuels. The new rules, which have been discussed by the EU institutions for 3 years, must now be transposed and implemented quickly to ensure Europe meets its climate and energy targets for transport, says the European […]

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RSB approves low iLUC risk criteria and indicators

RSB approves low iLUC risk criteria and indicators

June 4, 2015 |

In Switzerland, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials kicked off its annual General Assembly meeting with a delegation vote on the new “Low iLUC Risk Biomass Criteria and Compliance Indicators.” The standard was approved by consensus and will be an ‘optional module’ for operations undergoing RSB certification. Members commented on the new indicators being a key […]

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