Biofuels

16-03-2017

Commission is not the only culprit in the biofuel shambles

The EU approach to biofuels over the last decade is a case study in how not to make public policy, writes Irish Senator Jennifer Murnane O’Connor.

Agrifood 10-03-2017

Parliament committee says palm oil biofuels usage should end by 2020

MEPs adopted a report on Thursday (9 March) urging the European Commission to phase out the use of palm oil as a component of biodiesel by 2020 “at the latest”.

09-03-2017

EU sees ‘strategic advantage’ of biofuels in aviation

In sectors like aviation where decarbonisation options are limited, there is a strategic advantage in encouraging the use of biofuels, a European Commission official has said.

Magic tricks in the forest: When member states make their emissions vanish

Countries are free to manage their forests as they choose, but reducing them to a tool of light-fingered carbon accounting can leave world deprived of vital carbon sinks, writes Hannah Mowat.

 

Aviation 07-03-2017

Aviation biofuels: Won’t get fooled again

Biofuels are being touted as a solution to the problem of aviation emissions. But previous experience shows us we must take care to ensure they are not actually worse for the environment than the kerosene they replace, writes Carlos Calvo Ambel.

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01-03-2017

Biofuels in aviation: A sustainable alternative?

Current laws require EU countries to have “at least 10%” renewable energy used in transport by 2020 – including a 7% cap for biofuels. For 2030, the European Commission proposed reducing conventional biofuels in transport to 3.8% as part of a broader target to source at least 27% energy from renewables.

28-02-2017

EU biofuels targets should be ‘more ambitious’, industry says

The biofuels industry urged EU member states yesterday (27 February) to review the European Commission’s proposal on post-2020 biofuel use in transport.

24-02-2017

Loaded terms in the bioeconomy

The use of emotionally misleading terms needs to be avoided if we are to have efficient policies, writes Zoltán Szabó.

Transport 24-02-2017

Expert: Clear sustainability framework needed for advanced biofuels

If the EU wants to avoid a U-turn on advanced biofuels, then it has come up with a “clear and robust” sustainability framework that will provide policy certainty and investment security, biofuel expert Laura Buffet said in an interview with EURACTIV.com.

Energy 17-02-2017

A Canadian circular economy reality

Edmonton has become the first city which turns all non-compostable and non-recyclable household waste into methanol, ethanol and green chemicals. Europe should take notice, writes Lambert van Nistelrooij.

Energy 23-01-2017

Survey: EU citizens supportive of conventional biofuels use

The vast majority of European citizens believe that food-based biofuels should be promoted by the EU, according to a new industry-funded opinion poll published today (23 January).

Energy 23-01-2017

The real impact of palm oil and failed policies

The true negative impact of palm oil, the interests that the trade serves and the failure of policy to deal with deforestation and other consequences, write Jakub Kvapil, Stanislav Lhota and Zoltán Szabó

Energy 13-12-2016

Commission ‘dangerously’ out of touch with reality on biofuels

A response delivered by Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete in the European Parliament last week demonstrates just how dangerously out of touch with reality the executive is on a policy that impacts on the lives of hundreds of thousands of EU citizens, writes Dick Roche.

Energy 01-12-2016

Commission under fire over post-2020 biofuels targets

The European Commission came under heavy criticism yesterday (30 November) after proposing to phase-out conventional biofuels by 2030.

Energy 30-11-2016

EU unveils Winter Package of power market reforms

EU regulators will unveil reforms on Wednesday (30 November) to promote a greater share of renewables in Europe's grid by 2030, with plans to cut energy use by 30%, phase out subsidies for coal-fired plants and enforce greater cross-border trade.

Transport 18-11-2016

Airline flies first commercial jet powered by forest biomass

Alaska Airline passengers have taken to the skies in a "world-first" commercial flight running on sustainable alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals from the Pacific Northwest. EURACTIV's partner edie.net reports.

Energy 10-11-2016

EU will have to import cow dung to meet renewables targets, study warns

EXCLUSIVE / The European Union will be forced to import organic waste, such as cow dung and wood, if it does not limit the amount of bioenergy that can count towards its renewable energy targets, new research has found.

Auditors’ report on biofuels calls for return to common sense

Will the report of the EU Court of Auditors (ECA) regarding the EU system for the certification of sustainable biofuels spark an outbreak of common sense within the Commission, asks Dick Roche.

Agrifood 31-10-2016

Commission proposals on biofuels will damage Romania’s interests

The change of EU policy on biofuels will undermine Romania’s potential to become one of Europe’s most important sources of clean renewable fuel, writes Laurențiu Rebega.

Transport 14-10-2016

Commission admits policing biofuels according to public opinion

The European Commission’s proposal for a gradual phase-out of conventional biofuels was based on public opinion, an EU official admitted.

Transport 13-10-2016

Global deal to curb aviation emissions ‘not enough’, MEPs warn

European lawmakers on Wednesday (12 October) gave a lukewarm reception to the landmark deal reached by the 191 members of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to limit aviation emissions.

Transport 11-10-2016

Ethanol makers criticise the EU’s ‘biased’ transport decarbonisation goals

The European Commission is in denial concerning the contribution of conventional ethanol to the EU's transport decarbonisation goals post-2020, according to European ethanol producers.

Energy 11-10-2016

EU risks losing competitive edge in low-carbon fuels, warn industry and NGOs

EXCLUSIVE / The European Union risks losing its hard-won advantage on new low-carbon fuels to international competitors such as the US, a group of NGOs, leading companies, and think tanks has warned.

Transport 07-10-2016

Global deal on aviation emissions puts EU scheme under pressure

The 191 members of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) sealed a deal on Thursday (6 October) aimed at ensuring carbon neutral growth for the booming sector after 2020, calling into question the future of the EU's existing scheme to reduce airlines emissions.

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