About: alternative fuels

Electric vehicles 16-12-2021

EU decision makers can supercharge the shift to electric vehicles

Despite progress, barriers remain to electric vehicle (EV) uptake in eastern and southern Europe. But the right EU policies can speed up the electric mobility shift across the continent, benefiting consumers and the environment, argue Monique Goyens and Julia Poliscanova.
Energy 27-05-2020

Danish groups team up to deliver green hydrogen for transport fuel

Renewable energy company Ørsted and Copenhagen Airport are amongst the consortium of businesses aiming to develop a hydrogen and sustainable transport fuel facility in the heart of the Danish capital. EURACTIV's media partner edie.net reports.
Energy 08-05-2018

EU warms to plastic waste ‘recycling’ as transport fuel

A proposal to use non-recyclable plastic waste in the production of transport fuels is picking momentum among EU member states and legislators in the European Parliament, despite warnings from environmentalists.
Aviation 01-12-2017

E-fuels may be an option for aviation but not road transport, study finds

Liquid E-fuels made from renewable power, the latest buzzword among proponents of alternative fuels, are not the answer to Europe's quest to decarbonise transport because their production is still inefficient and costly, according to a new study being published today (1 December).
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Alternative fuels and cleaner transport: From policy to reality
Electric vehicles 09-12-2016

Alternative fuels and cleaner transport: From policy to reality

With 94% of depending on traditional fuels, the current European transport sector requires up to €1 billion a day and is responsible for a quarter of EU carbon emissions.
Niklas Gustafsson, Volvo Group
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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Infographic - Boeing in Europe
Transport 07-12-2015

INFOGRAPHIC: Boeing in Europe

Boeing’s history with Europe goes back to Wilhelm Böing, father of company founder Bill Boeing, who was born in Hohenlimburg, Germany and emigrated to the United States in 1868. In 1916, Bill Boeing established a company that has become the world’s leading aviation and aerospace enterprise and a global industry icon.
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Aviation 01-08-2014

Cleaner and Quieter Aviation: Farnborough International Airshow 2014

The Farnborough International Airshow is a week-long aerospace and defense trade exhibition. The airshow took place between 14 and 20 July and saw 72 billion dollars of orders announced.
The aviation industry wants to reduce its dependence on fossil fuel partly to reduce its impact on the environment. [Photo by Timothy Spence]
Transport 17-07-2014

Aviation group pushes for ‘level-playing field’ on alternative fuels

SPECIAL REPORT / A leading British aviation group Wednesday (16 July) called for immediate action to develop alternative jet fuels while seeking to skirt the controversy that has forced the European Union to reconsider biofuels targets for motor transport.
Transport 14-04-2014

Parliament votes to harmonise electric cars in Europe

The European Parliament is set to approve new EU laws aimed at setting up infrastructure for alternative fuels in the EU, a move aimed at boosting electric vehicles and reducing Europe’s dependence on imported oil, MEPs said ahead of the plenary vote, which takes place today (15 April). EURACTIV reports from Strasbourg.
Energy 05-11-2010

EU looks to alternative fuels for ‘green’ cars

The EU needs a long-term strategy on alternative fuels to decarbonise its transport sector by 2050, according to a draft report from the European Commission, seen by EURACTIV.
Transport 19-11-2009

‘Transition fuels’ to pave way for carbon-free cars

Alternative fuels could bridge the transition to low-carbon road transport as electric cars remain a thing of the future, a roundtable at the European Parliament heard yesterday (18 November).
Transport 11-04-2008

Biofuels for transport

In a bid to reduce its dependency on imported oil and tackle global warming, the EU has committed to raising the share of fuels from renewable sources in transport to 10% by 2020. Concerned with warnings that increased agrifuel production could in fact lead to mass deforestation and food shortages, the EU also agreed a set of sustainability criteria for biofuels.
Transport 29-10-2007

The review of the EU’s Fuel Quality Directive

Petrol and diesel specifications are being reviewed in order to lower their environmental and health impact as well as to take into account new EU-wide targets on biofuels and greenhouse gas emissions reduction.
Transport 18-09-2007

EU undecided on standards for cleaner fuels

Proposed fuel specifications aimed at making oil companies play their part in cutting fuel emissions and promoting the development of biofuels, have come under fire for failing to set any kind of sustainability standards and for potentially conflicting with other climate-friendly policies.
Energy 18-09-2007

Biofuels: The Next Generation

With ethanol and biodiesel coming under increasing criticism for driving up food prices and putting biodiversity at risk, the EU has committed to 'second-generation' biofuels as a clean alternative for transportation - but many challenges remain before they find their way into our cars.
Energy 18-07-2007

Interview: Biofuels hampered by ‘scale problem’

First-generation biofuels - such as ethanol - must be seen as a ''stepping stone'' for the development of new, environmentally-friendly alternatives, such as fuel made from waste, because it will never be possible to produce them on a sufficiently large scale - according to UOP, a leading developer of refining processes and technology.
Energy 18-07-2007

Biofuels: ‘We are nowhere near an economic solution’

Carlos Cabrera, president and CEO of the Honeywell-owned company UOP - which has specialised in developing processes and technologies for refining crude oil for the past 90 years - told EURACTIV why he believes policymakers should shift their attention to second-generation biofuels if they want to substantially reduce CO2 emissions in the transport sector.
Trade & Society 06-07-2007

EU eyes imports to quench biofuels thirst

Europe must open its doors to imports of biofuels from developing countries in order to reduce its oil dependency and cut carbon emissions, said EU leaders at a high-level conference in Brussels attended by Brazilian President Luis Inacio 'Lula' da Silva.
Energy 15-06-2007

Consumers and producers of alternative fuel in a ‘Catch-22’ situation

Consumer acceptance, fuel infrastructure and manufacturing capabilities should develop hand-in-hand to avoid deadlock in the diffusion of alternative-fuel vehicles, according tp Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers Struben and Sterman.
Transport 24-11-2006

Hydrogen and fuel cells

Hydrogen vehicles hold the promise of curing the world's oil dependency while making transport-related air pollution and CO2 emissions history. But sceptics point out that hydrogen is clean only if produced from renewable sources of energy.

US biofuel subsidies questioned

Policies to support biofuels in the United States are costly and do not help much towards alleviating dependency on imported petroleum or reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, a think-tank warns.
Transport 27-10-2006

Hydrogen and fuel cells: fake promises?

Hydrogen vehicles hold the promise of curing the world's oil dependency while making transport-related air pollution and CO2 emissions history. But sceptics say that hydrogen is clean only if produced from renewable sources of energy.
Transport 22-06-2006

EU in doubt over alternatives to oil

Biofuels, natural gas, hydrogen… None of the candidates to replace oil in vehicles are entirely convincing at the moment, according to the Commission which says it lacks a long-term vision supported by carmakers and the oil industry.