Tag: ILUC

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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EU RSB releases new low iLUC risk criteria

EU RSB releases new low iLUC risk criteria

May 4, 2015 |

In the EU, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) released a draft “Low iLUC Risk Biomass Criteria and Compliance Indicators.” This add-on certification module to the RSB standard for biofuels and bio-products is based on the Low Indirect Impact Biofuels (LIIB) Methodology, developed in collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Ecofys. RSB-certified […]

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European Parliament approves environment committee ILUC compromise

European Parliament approves environment committee ILUC compromise

April 29, 2015 |

In France, the European Parliament approved the reform of the Renewable Energy Directive approved earlier this month by the Parliament’s environmental committee. Crop-based biofuels will be limited to 7% of overall fuel consumption compared to the 10% mandate all EU member states must achieve by 2020, while ILUC will be monitored rather than have an […]

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EU reshapes its biofuels policy

EU reshapes its biofuels policy

April 16, 2015 |

Jettisons indirect land use change for now, citing poor data visibility; caps food-crop biofuels to 7%; limits proposed Directives to 2020. In Brussels, the European Parliament’s Environmental Committee has voted this week to endorse the Council’s proposed compromise on reform of the EU biofuels policy, and indirect land use change. The final vote was 51 votes in […]

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UK farmers union urges MEPs to support biofuels by voting down ILUC compromise

UK farmers union urges MEPs to support biofuels by voting down ILUC compromise

April 15, 2015 |

In the UK, the National Farmers Union is encouraging European parliamentarians to vote against the biofuels reform compromise approved by the European Parliament’s environment committee this week, saying legislators have been bullied into the deal by environmentalists and social pressure groups. The vote the end of this month provides the last opportunity to support the […]

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Second EU triologue negotiations on ILUC fail to reach an agreement

Second EU triologue negotiations on ILUC fail to reach an agreement

March 25, 2015 |

In Belgium, the second triologue negotiation between the European Parliament, European Council and European Commission has yet again failed to reach an agreement on ILUC. The three main areas of disagreement continue to be the cap on first-generation biofuels, whether or not to include an ILUC factor, and a sub-mandate for advanced biofuels. The third […]

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Purdue-led researchers back up ILUC with new analysis

Purdue-led researchers back up ILUC with new analysis

February 26, 2015 |

In Indiana, Using models that blend global economics, geography, ecology and environmental sciences is essential to understanding how changes in trade and natural systems in one part of the world affect those in another, a review concludes. Tom Hertel, distinguished professor of agricultural economics, collaborated with an interdisciplinary team of experts led by Jianguo Liu […]

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ePure wants MEPs to make a decision on ILUC at last

ePure wants MEPs to make a decision on ILUC at last

February 18, 2015 |

In Belgium, ePure is asking MEPs to make a final policy decision on ILUC at last during the ENVI committee’s upcoming vote on Feb. 24. The association wants a focus on ILUC mitigation considering that actually measuring and modeling ILUC is nearly impossible. With hardly any new biofuel investments since the European Commission released its […]

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European biodiesel supply chain wants policymakers to be wary of ILUC methodology

European biodiesel supply chain wants policymakers to be wary of ILUC methodology

January 27, 2015 |

In Belgium, prominent researchers have underlined the benefits of biodiesel as well as their reservations regarding the readiness of the ILUC science for EU policymaking. The EBB, EOA and FEDIOL call on EU decision makers to safeguard existing investments from the introduction of ILUC methodology, be it for reporting or accounting. Alexandre Gohin (INRA) highlighted […]

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Making Indirect Land Use Change Go Away

Making Indirect Land Use Change Go Away

January 14, 2015 |

As the specter of falling oil prices spooks the sector, here’s good news from the Land of ILUC — a shocker study pointing a way towards mitigating or eliminating that infamous scourge of carbon-scoring for biofuels. There are two types of stories in the world of biofuels. There are the fascinating stories we can’t wait […]

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