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01/05/2016

Lawmakers agree to limit food-based biofuels

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Biodiesel worse for the environment than fossil fuels, warn green campaigners

Instead of reducing emissions, using biodiesel in transport will increase polluting emissions by 4%, the same as putting an extra 12 million cars on the road in 2020, green campaigners have said.
Transport 14-04-2016

Less 'fatbergs', more alternative fuels

This integrated approach to decarbonisation of the EU transportation policy will only be successful if it places the right incentives for the production of second generation, advanced alternative fuels, writes Angel Alvarez Alberdi.

EU’s 2030 climate and energy objectives will be missed without biofuels

If Europe is serious about its climate commitments, and if Europe wants to reduce its dependence on imported oil, then we need to increase the amount of low-carbon biofuels in the energy mix, writes Peder Holk Nielsen.
Transport 03-03-2016

Anti-insect paint and electric planes: can technology make aviation sustainable?

Insects may not seem the most obvious problem to tackle when trying to make aviation more sustainable. But avoiding them on takeoff could help cut airlines’ fuel bills and emissions by up to 10%.  
Agriculture & Food 10-02-2016

Better law-making requires more transparency

The European Commission should make public a study on biofuels it commissioned itself, even if it doesn’t like its results, writes José Inácio Faria.

Assessing co-benefits could accelerate action on climate change

Despite the encouraging and historic climate agreement at COP 21 in Paris, politicians all over the world argue that quick climate action is too costly. But if they redid the calculation and included co-benefits they would take action now. And they should, argues Christian Friis Bach.
Transport 25-01-2016

Volvo exec: ‘Plenty more scope’ to cut CO2 emissions from trucks

There are virtually “no limits” to what technology can achieve to reduce CO2 emissions from trucks, says Niklas Gustafsson from the Volvo group. What will eventually hold back progress in cutting emissions are wider societal factors, he claims.
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Transport 21-01-2016

Boeing in Europe: Innovation and Collaboration will advance EU Aviation Strategy

Boeing is supporting regulators and other stakeholders to address key challenges faced by the aviation system.
Transport 18-12-2015

Biofuels must be part of the transport sector's decarbonisation plan

Biofuels present an opportunity to decarbonise the transport sector in the medium term. This should not be squandered because of misplaced fears over land use change, writes Elmar Baumann.

Financiers fanning the flames of Indonesia’s forest fires

After the COP21 talks in Paris, many eyes are again focusing on the role that companies and financiers can play in reducing climate change, writes Anne van Schaik.
Central Europe 10-12-2015

It took courage to bring Bulgaria into the EU

On 15 December, Bulgaria will mark the 20th anniversary since it made its EU membership application. On this occasion, Dick Roche recalls the country’s EU path and questions if the treatment it gets from the EU is fair.
Agriculture & Food 07-12-2015

EU opens investigation into biofuel benchmark fixing

The European Commission said on Monday (7 December) that it had opened a formal antitrust investigation to look into suspicions that three ethanol producers have colluded to manipulate benchmark prices used by the industry.


Central Europe 23-11-2015

Europe’s sustainable biomass potential is substantial

Sufficient sustainable biomass can be produced within European borders to drive major bioeconomy development and all that is needed is recognition of this latent potential and enabling public policies, writes Zoltán Szabó.

Cleaner fuels are necessary to tackle climate change

With transport emissions in the spotlight, the EU needs to nuance its approach to biofuels and consider complementary options to electrification if it wants to cut emissions in the near future, writes Géraldine Kutas.
Agriculture & Food 17-11-2015

To build a bio-economy, Europe needs to cut bioenergy

Europe urgently needs to rethink its bioenergy policies to account for their true impact on the climate, biodiversity and food scarcity, writes Bas Eickhout.

VW not alone in being ‘economical with the truth’

Europe has a love affair with diesel and VW, has not been the lone delinquent in the broader emissions debate, writes Dick Roche.

EU Commission is blinded by fake science

Much of the data on which the EU Commission bases its policy-making on reducing harmful emissions is fake, writes Dick Roche.
Transport 02-07-2015

Europe’s biofuels debate needs to focus on implementation

As the debate kicks off on transport within Europe’s 2030 climate and energy framework, policymakers and industry must not lose sight of the challenges, says Robert Wright.
Agriculture & Food 22-05-2015

German government to boost organic farming

Germany is hungry for organic products. But, despite good market conditions, and heavy marketing, organic farmers are not reaping their share of the boom’s benefits, something Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt intends to change. EurActiv Germany reports.
Transport 29-04-2015

Cap on biofuels – is a cap on all bioenergy next?

The false assumptions that have been linked to the use of biofuels in earlier EU policies are not just limited to biofuels but to bioenergy, writes Sini Eräjää.
Transport 29-04-2015

Parliament rubber stamps EU biofuels reform amid final controversy

The European Parliament gave its final approval on Tuesday (28 April) to a law limiting the use of crop-based biofuel in the transport sector.
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CTO: The Real Green Gold

The incorrect classification of Crude Tall Oil as a residue is a serious threat to the European pine chemical industry. By adopting the ILUC Directive with CTO included in Annex IX, EU decision makers are pulling away the carpet under the feet of an innovative biobased chemical sector. Ultimately the incorrect classification of CTO could lead to significant economic and environmental losses for Europe.
Transport 16-04-2015

Bio-based chemical industry victim of EU biofuel reform

The new biofuels law risks protecting fuel companies that require state support at the EU taxpayer’s expense, write the CEOs of Arizona Chemical, Respol Resinas, and Forchem.
Sustainable Dev. 14-04-2015

Lawmakers agree to limit food-based biofuels

MEPs approved a compromise agreement on Tuesday (14 April) on a law limiting the use of harmful biofuels, following extensive negotiations with the Council of Ministers.