Biofuels

Agrifood 12-06-2018

EU farmers boss: DG Agri ‘not properly consulted’ in biofuels talks

EU farmers are “quite worried” about the fact that the European Commission’s DG Agri is often disregarded when it comes to policy decisions that have a direct impact on the farming community, such as the biofuels debate.    
Agrifood 11-06-2018

French farmers start refinery blockade over palm oil imports

French farmers began a blockade of oil refineries and fuel depots on Sunday evening (10 June) over plans by Total to use imported palm oil at a biofuel plant, which have fanned farmer discontent over unfair competition.
Agrifood 18-05-2018

France gives green light to palm oil despite European Parliament’s ban

While the European Parliament has decided to ban palm oil imports by 2021, France recently gave the go-ahead for a biorefinery owned by Total, a move that prompted many critics. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Agrifood 08-05-2018

NGOs tell Commission to listen to science and differentiate biofuels

A coalition of Czech and Slovak NGOs has called on the European Commission to draw a line in the Renewable Energy Directive revision (RED II) between more sustainable ethanol and the high greenhouse gas emitting tropical oils.
Agrifood 30-04-2018

Ireland increases crop-based biofuel transport share, provides ‘business certainty’

Ireland’s environment ministry has decided to increase the crop-based biofuel share in transport to 10% from the existing 8% and draw a 2030 plan aiming to provide long-term business certainty in the field.
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Agrifood 06-04-2018

Brazilian biofuel producers oppose further deforestation of the Amazon

The Brazilian Senate is considering lifting a ban on sugarcane production for ethanol fuel in the Amazon. The plan, supported by the country's president, has sparked protests from environmentalists and the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association, UNICA.
Agrifood 26-03-2018

Straw is not waste but co-product, EU farmers tell Commission

The EU farmers’ association claims that straw is an agricultural co-product and not a waste, whereas the European Commission has listed it as waste to produce “advanced biofuel” to decarbonise the transport sector.
Agrifood 22-03-2018

Double-counted renewables will increase dependency on fossil fuels

The EU Council's proposal for double or even multiple counting of advanced biofuels and green electricity consumption will increase Europe's dependency on fossil fuels to cover "real" energy needs, something which conflicts with the principal objective of the RED II legislation.
Agrifood 21-03-2018

Debate on costs of advanced biofuels heats up

The debate on the technologies available to produce second-generation biofuels, and their related costs, is heating up in Brussels amid disagreement over the European Commission’s estimates.
Agrifood 20-03-2018

Questions raised over EU’s proposed advanced biofuels list

Not all second-generation biofuels listed by the European Commission are sustainable, critics warn, urging policymakers to use the indirect land use change (ILUC) factor to “clean up” the list.
Agrifood 19-03-2018

EU set bar ‘too high’ on advanced biofuels

The EU needs a more realistic target for advanced biofuels in transport, green campaigners have warned, saying proper sustainability criteria should be introduced to avoid the “mistakes of the past” when biofuels attracted criticism for causing deforestation and environmental degradation in the developing world.
Agrifood 06-03-2018

Malaysia to respond with ‘might and tact’ if EU proceeds with palm oil curbs

Malaysia will respond with "might and tact" if the European Union proceeds with a plan to limit use of palm oil in biodiesel, a cabinet minister said on Tuesday (5 March).
Agrifood 22-02-2018

Farmers defend biofuels as part of EU’s upcoming ‘protein strategy’

There is a need to maintain the EU's main source of protein feed that are the co-product of biofuels, the European farmers association Copa-Cogeca told EURACTIV.com as the Commission announced its intention to draw up an EU-wide "protein strategy".
Development Policy 19-02-2018

Months away from Malaysian election, EU’s move stirs discontent in palm groves

An EU decision to curb palm oil imports was the last thing Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak needed ahead of a coming election, with rural voters already aggrieved over financial scandals at state-owned palm oil agency Felda.
Agrifood 08-02-2018

Advanced biofuels ‘not yet viable’, industry study warns

Less than 1% of projected capacity for advanced biofuel production worldwide has become reality, according to ethanol industry researchers who warned policymakers against placing too much hope in the fledgling technology.
Agrifood 22-01-2018

Farming debates in 2018: Innovation and the new CAP

In light of Brexit, there is no doubt that the future of the EU agricultural policy will dominate discussions in Brussels in 2018. But the need for innovation and the introduction of new technologies in the sector will spark intense debates and trigger strong reactions from green NGOs.
Agrifood 17-01-2018

EU Parliament ends palm oil and caps crop-based biofuels at 2017 levels

The European Parliament decided today (17 January) to phase-out palm oil by 2021 and cap the crop-based biofuels at the 2017 member states’ consumption levels and no more than 7% of all transport fuels until 2030.
Energy 17-01-2018

Backtrack in Strasbourg as MEPs compromise on energy efficiency

The European Parliament has abandoned its long-held 40% energy efficiency target at the final hurdle, after political groups backed a binding 35% goal in 2030 instead.
Agrifood 17-01-2018

Division reigns as Parliament gears up for critical biofuels vote

The European Parliament is due to adopt the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive at its plenary session in Strasbourg on Wednesday (17 January). France is trying to undermine the agreement to eliminate palm oil from EU biofuels - the only compromise MEPs managed to reach.
Agrifood 11-01-2018

Commission tells Malaysia proposed biofuel policy respects WTO rules

The European Commission's proposal for the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive is in compliance with the EU’s commitments under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, Commission sources told EURACTIV.com, replying to threats from Malaysia to refer the case to the WTO.
Agrifood 11-01-2018

Socialists, EPP and ALDE propose to cap biofuels shares at 2017 level, end palm oil

Lawmakers from the European Parliament's three major political families reached on 10 January a compromise to cap the level of crop-based biofuels at the level that each member state reached in 2017 and “kill” palm oil as a transport fuel from 2021, EURACTIV.com has learnt.
Energy 10-01-2018

EU heading for ‘zero palm oil’ in transport by 2021

Lawmakers are considering a complete phase out of palm oil in transport fuels by 2021 – a proposal which has garnered support from the biggest political groups in the European Parliament ahead of a key vote next week, EURACTIV can confirm.
Agrifood 14-12-2017

‘Greenwashed oil’ set to win from renewable transport targets, biofuel industry claims

Biofuel producers in the Visegrad countries plus Lithuania and Bulgaria have warned that a phase-out of biofuels will lead to a phase-in of ‘greenwashed’ fossil fuels under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), as it currently stands in the Council’s proposal.
Agrifood 04-12-2017

Scientists demand end to crop-based biofuels

A group of 177 Dutch scientist have signed a letter urging the Netherlands to back a complete phase-out of crop-based biofuels at European level, calling them a “false solution to climate problems”.

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