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Biofuels 27-04-2022

EU energy security should not undermine climate change efforts, but enhance them

Anyone that expected a regulatory thunderstorm during 2021 and 2022 in order to achieve climate neutrality in Europe will not be disappointed. The Fit-for-55 package has proven a very complex mechanism that should put the EU at the forefront of climate mitigation efforts.
Biofuels 21-04-2022

Princeton academics accuse EU biofuels policy of harming climate aims

The EU’s promotion of biofuels as a renewable energy source is undermining the bloc’s climate goals, a new study by Princeton University academics and CIRAD, a French agricultural research body, has found.
Biofuels 08-04-2022

Biofuels’ impact on food security debate resurfaces amid Ukraine war

The war in Ukraine has reignited the “food vs fuel” argument surrounding crop-based biofuels, with allegations that the EU’s demand for ethanol and biodiesel exacerbates food security concerns. The biofuels industry has branded the claims “ridiculous”.
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Biofuels 22-03-2022

New state-of-the-art waste-based and advanced biodiesel plant will significantly contribute to transport decarbonization goals in Central and Eastern European region

In a move to further strengthen its commitment to fight climate change and deliver a more circular economy, the Envien Group has constructed a multi-waste and residues-based biodiesel plant at its integrated biodiesel site in Komárom, Hungary operated by Rossi Biofuel Zrt.
Agrifuels 08-03-2022

Discrepancy in British and Irish used cooking oil imports raises biofuel fraud concerns

A new analysis suggests more Malaysian used cooking oil was exported to Britain and Ireland than was collected in the country, raising fears that banned substances are being fraudulently passed off as the in-demand biofuel feedstock.
Biofuels 25-02-2022

German study slams crop-based biofuels as ‘a cure worse than the disease’

Crop-based biofuels are as damaging to the climate as fossil fuels, a new study by environmental NGO Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) has found. But industry has been quick to reject the study, dismissing its findings as “erroneous” and “misleading”.
Agrifuels 10-02-2022

Commission aims to decarbonise transport by equally taxing fossil and crop-based biofuels

Decarbonising Europe’s transport has always been a tough equation for EU policymakers. However, the puzzle is expected to become even more complex as the European Commission is considering taxing at the same rate fossil fuels and crop-based biofuels, EURACTIV has learnt.
Biofuels 01-09-2021

EU biofuel reform plan risks undermining waste-based fuels: industry

The European Commission's proposal to halt advanced biofuels from being double-counted towards road transport energy targets would diminish the use of waste-based fuels in favour of cheaper crop-based biofuels, a leading industry organisation has told EURACTIV.

EU extends tariffs on U.S. biodiesel for five years

The European Union will retain its tariffs on U.S. biodiesel for a further five years after concluding that removing them would likely lead to a surge of imports at artificially low prices.
Transport 05-07-2021

EU biofuels goals seen behind deforested area as big as the Netherlands

European Union targets to boost biofuel use are likely to have led to the deforestation of an area roughly the size of the Netherlands over the last decade to expand soy, palm and other oil crops, a report said on Monday (5 July).
Biofuels 26-05-2021

Ethanol boss: electric vehicles are not the future, but part of it

Electric vehicles are not the only future option for the decarbonisation of Europe’s transport sector, but all available sustainable solution should be taken into account, Valérie Corre from the European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE) told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Agrifood 17-11-2020

Policymakers urged to support biofuels to meet transport’s green goals

Governments around the world need to urgently address this year's 11.6% drop in biofuel output, caused by the pandemic, in order to meet transport’s decarbonisation goals, the head of the renewable energy division at the International Energy Agency (IEA) told EURACTIV in an interview.
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Are all renewable aviation fuels equally sustainable?

A recent European Commission inception impact assessment on “ReFuelEU Aviation” presents ideas about a future EU law to promote renewable aviation fuels, labelled as “Sustainable” Aviation Fuels (SAF). These offer a legitimate way to reduce GHG emissions and deserve our...
Agrifood 25-05-2020

Commission re-opens controversial advanced biofuel list in transport

The European Commission has launched a stakeholder consultation to expand the list of the so-called advanced or second-generation biofuels of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II), EURACTIV.com has learnt.
Agrifood 22-04-2020

Biodiesel boss: Green Deal could use available technologies ‘without prejudices’

The much-awaited re-visit of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) should get rid of “prejudices” and take advantage of technologies and products already placed on the market, a biodiesel stakeholder told EURACTIV.com in an interview.
Agrifood 21-04-2020

Romania allows derogations in fossil fuel blending

The Romanian government adopted on 9 April an emergency ordinance that changes the regulations on fuel sales and allows the sale of gasoline and diesel without the mandatory quotas including biofuels, EURACTIV.ro reported.
Agrifood 01-04-2020

EU biofuel industry warns Commission about ‘derogations’ in fossil fuel blending

A number of member states in Central and Eastern Europe are considering “derogations” in fossil fuel blending as part of the extraordinary measures to tackle the economic implications of the coronavirus, the EU biofuels industry has warned.
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Agrifood 29-10-2019

Used Cooking Oil biodiesel: best in class to decarbonise road transport

The Used Cooking Oil biodiesel (UCO) is best in class to decarbonise road transport and therefore, it attracts “bullying", writes EU waste biodiesel producers (EWABA).
Agrifood 12-09-2019

Netherlands mulls end to used cooking oil double-counting

An analysis of the “weak” points of the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II), combined with the results of an ongoing criminal investigation, will determine whether it is possible to end double-counting of used cooking oil (UCO) in energy used in transport, a Dutch spokesperson told EURACTIV.com.
Agrifood 14-08-2019

EU slaps anti-subsidy duties on Indonesian biodiesel

The European Commission on Tuesday (13 August) imposed countervailing duties of 8% to 18% on imports of subsidised biodiesel from Indonesia, saying the move aimed to restore a level playing field for European Union producers.
Agrifood 18-01-2019

Time is running out for biofuels sustainability criteria

The European Commission’s Directorate-General (DG) of Energy will only give two days to other DGs to express their opinion about its much-awaited proposal on the sustainability criteria of biofuels, which will determine the future of palm oil in Europe.
Agrifood 19-11-2018

Palm oil ban on the ropes as Commission weighs options

Under the EU’s new renewable energy rules, the European Commission has to define criteria that are meant to curb the use of the most climate-damaging biofuels. A new study warns that if handled incorrectly, the use of fuels like palm oil will increase instead of being phased out.
Agrifood 08-11-2018

Electricity and biofuels needed in tandem to meet climate goals, UN report says

First generation biofuels such as palm oil diesel gave bioenergy a bad name, but recent scientific reports have confirmed that policymakers must take into account all the available options in the transport sector to win the climate change battle.
Agrifood 28-09-2018

EU says cheap Argentine biodiesel ‘subsidised’ but won’t impost tariffs for now

The European Commission has decided not to impose provisional import tariffs on a flood of low-priced Argentine biodiesel until it gathers more information, although it considers the fuel to be subsidised and a potential threat to local producers.