Tag: Ireland

Ethanol Europe releases report showing lack of advanced biofuels deployment

Ethanol Europe releases report showing lack of advanced biofuels deployment

February 8, 2018 |

In Ireland, Ethanol Europe released a report showing the relative failure of the advanced biofuels industry to launch in Europe, demonstrating that a reliance on advanced biofuels for the future decarbonization of European transport while leaving behind conventional biofuels already producing fuel with low greenhouse gas levels was a foolhardy move. ePure says that real […]

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Irish Bioeconomy Foundation receives EUR4.3 million grant for innovation and piloting facility

Irish Bioeconomy Foundation receives EUR4.3 million grant for innovation and piloting facility

January 1, 2018 |

In Ireland, Lisheen Task Force and the Irish Bioeconomy Foundation (IBF) welcomed the announcement by Minister Heather Humphreys of EUR4.3 million of financial support through Enterprise Irelands’ Regional Economic Development Fund for the establishment of a Bioeconomy innovation and piloting facility at Lisheen Co. Tipperary. The facility will enable industry, entrepreneurs and researchers to scale […]

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Ireland and France continue to hold up EU-Mercosur trade deal

Ireland and France continue to hold up EU-Mercosur trade deal

December 12, 2017 |

In Argentina, Reuters reports that Ireland and France continue to stand in the way between the European Union and Mercosur countries concluding a multilateral trade deal before the end of the year. European ethanol producers have complained about increased import quota, saying an increased quota in a stagnant market will push them out of business. […]

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Irish biodiesel consumption and blending rate fall from June but up on year

Irish biodiesel consumption and blending rate fall from June but up on year

August 31, 2017 |

In Ireland, biodiesel consumption fell by more than 10% in July to 15.54 million liters from its June consumption figure for a volumetric blending level of 5.79% but compared to July 2016, it was a nearly 48% increase when the blending rate was just 4.1%. The blending mandate is set to increase to 8.695% from […]

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Ireland to fully divest from fossil fuels over the next five years

Ireland to fully divest from fossil fuels over the next five years

January 31, 2017 |

In Ireland, the parliament has voted 90-53 to fully divest from fossil fuels, the first country to do so. The EUR8 billion Ireland Strategic Investment Fund must sell all of its investments in coal, gas and oil during the next five years. A member for County Claire has called on the government to focus on […]

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Ireland’s Bord na Móna taking heat over PKS feedstock

Ireland’s Bord na Móna taking heat over PKS feedstock

January 10, 2017 |

In Ireland, state-owned Bord na Móna is taking heat for using what is being called unsustainable palm kernel shells used for co-firing in its Edenderry, Co Offaly power station. In 2016, it purchased 36,000 metric tons of PKS, 75% of which comes from Indonesia, while total imports since 2010 reach around 150,000 tons. Currently about […]

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Irish livestock association slams leaked EU biofuels plans

Irish livestock association slams leaked EU biofuels plans

November 29, 2016 |

In Ireland, the Irish Cattle and Sheep Association president Patrick Kent has slammed leaked EU Commission proposals that would undermine previous biofuel policy. The leak is from a new renewable energy plan from the Commission that apparently will slash the target for the crop biofuel component of EU transport fuels from 7% to 3.4% by […]

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Irish researchers find biofuels projects boost local food security in Africa

Irish researchers find biofuels projects boost local food security in Africa

November 21, 2016 |

In Ireland, researchers from the University College Cork have published a paper in the SpringerLink journal, Food Security, saying biofuels produced under the right conditions can have positive food security impacts on developing countries including in Africa. The lack of consistent policy framework in Europe and unclear policy goals in African countries have hampered much […]

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Irish ethanol plant seen back online in November following major fire

Irish ethanol plant seen back online in November following major fire

September 27, 2016 |

In Ireland, Carbery’s cheese whey-based ethanol plant in West Cork is expected to come back online in November following a fire three weeks that forced the plant to shut and will require up to €2 million in investments to get going again. A fire erupted on the roof when, according to investigations so far, ethanol […]

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Irish and French companies teamed to supply biodiesel for Euro 2016 football stadium lighting

Irish and French companies teamed to supply biodiesel for Euro 2016 football stadium lighting

June 23, 2016 |

In Ireland, Greentech Biofuels, an Irish Company based in Kildare, Ireland specializing in green energy solutions, teamed up with Saint Etienne Metropole and Ondaine Agro in order to bring biofuel-powered floodlights to one of the stadiums hosting Euro 2016. The three organizations joined forces to produce large amounts of biodiesel which were used to keep […]

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