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Energy 25-02-2021

Wind provided 16% of EU electricity in 2020, despite COVID delays

Wind energy provided 16.4% of EU and UK power in 2020, bringing the industry closer to its objective of producing 50% of the bloc's total electricity by 2050. But permitting issues, lockdowns and changing regulations threaten to slow down further deployment, the industry warns.
Agrifood 28-01-2021

Czech Republic’s transport decarbonisation ‘trapped’ in local politics

Efforts to decarbonise the Czech Republic’s transport through the increased use of bioethanol have fallen prey to local politics, putting the country’s renewable energy goals at risk. EURACTIV Czech Republic reports.

Malaysia takes WTO legal action against EU over palm biofuel curbs

Malaysia is taking legal action at the global trade watchdog against the European Union and member states France and Lithuania for restricting palm oil-based biofuels, the government said.
Agrifood 15-12-2020

German motoring association pushes for increased ethanol in petrol blending

The German motoring association ADAC has proposed doubling the quota of ethanol’s blending with petrol in car engines from 10% to 20% to achieve higher CO2 savings and eventually contribute to the decarbonisation of the transport sector.
Agrifood 30-11-2020

New fraud investigation casts doubt over used cooking oil origins

A fresh biofuels fraud investigation in the Netherlands has once again shone a spotlight on the origin of imported used cooking oil (UCO) in the EU. 
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.

EU urged to correct transport decarbonisation ‘anomaly’ to reach climate targets

The EU should scale up the use of sustainable renewable fuels in road transport if Europe’s ambitions for a decarbonised economy are to become a reality by 2050, stakeholders have said.
Energy 21-07-2020

The Dutch have decided: Burning biomass is not sustainable

The Netherlands should phase out the use of biomass for generating electricity as soon as possible, the advisory board of the Dutch government said in a report presented earlier this month.
Agrifood 24-06-2020

EU lacks ‘complete overview’ about used cooking oil origins

The European Commission does not have a “complete overview” of the origin of used cooking oils used for the production of biodiesel consumed in the EU, but appears set to tighten the rules, EURACTIV has learned.
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.

Stakeholders back ‘linking’ biomass policy to CAP

Linking biomass policy to key EU policy sectors such as agriculture would create a win-win situation that would help the bloc deliver its Green Deal goals and create a sustainable market, a number of stakeholders told EURACTIV.com.
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.
Agrifood 30-03-2020

Stakeholders call for ‘reality check’ on EU road transport and energy policy

Europe’s ambitious plans for road transport decarbonisation need a “reality check” in order to result in a pragmatic decrease of emissions and oil products, energy stakeholders told EURACTIV.com.
Transport 18-02-2020

Europe’s oil dependency to stick to transport up to 2030

Despite the European Commission's proclaimed aim of decarbonising transport, and various pieces of legislation it has pushed forward, Europe’s transport sector will remain heavily dependent on oil until 2030.
Agrifood 20-01-2020

Investing in consumer ‘proximity’ to produce biodiesel from UCO

A Greek company says it has found a way to collect much more effectively used cooking oil for biodiesel production: by making it easier for consumers to find nearby collection points and avoid simply pouring the used oil down their kitchen sink,
Agrifood 10-01-2020

Lisbon bus project uses 100% used cooking oil as fuel

Lisbon’s public transportation company CARRIS has joined forces with the private sector in a project aiming to boost sustainable mobility in the country’s capital through the use of 100% used cooking oils.
Agrifood 12-12-2019

Biofuel expert calls on EU to revisit RED II to avoid ‘impetus of oil’

The EU should look at how countries across the world promote biofuels in their national policies and, following the announcement of the Green Deal, basically “revisit” the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) on road transport decarbonisation, a biofuel expert told...
Agrifood 02-12-2019

Commission official: EU should re-examine renewable energy rules

The recently updated Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) has drawn much criticism and it would be good for the European Commission to look at it again, a high-ranking official in the EU executive has admitted.
Agrifood 21-11-2019

Expert: Commission should expose weaknesses in national transport decarbonisation plans

The European Commission should ask member states to provide cost assessments of carbon abatement in their transport decarbonisation plans, but also to compare "alternative paths to decarbonisation" and look beyond Europe for inspiration, an international expert on agricultural issues told EURACTIV.com.
Agrifood 20-11-2019

Study: No EU country has calculated transport decarbonisation costs

The EU risks missing its target to decarbonise transport by 2030, as in the current draft plans of member states, there is no cost-effectiveness calculation of the different proposed measures, a study has found.

MEP: Clean technology mix needed to decarbonise transport

Decarbonising transport is an enormous challenge and there will be a need to deploy a mix of clean technologies to accelerate the transition to a sustainable system, MEP Seán Kelly told EURACTIV.com.
Economy & Jobs 07-11-2019

Selling electricity to neighbours: Technically feasible, but not in practice

An EU-funded Interreg project promoting microgrids technology has managed to help consumers produce renewable electricity on their own. But the ultimate objective to  enable reselling the power to their neighbour has been hindered by regulatory obstacles.
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