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20181129 European Commission presents climate strategy 2050
On November 28, the "A clean planet for all" strategy was presented by the European Commission. The document contains no hard legislation, but a vision on the economic and social transformations needed for a low-carbon or CO2-free Europe in 2050.

20181126 EU slows down in race for renewables, energy efficiency
According to latest data from the European Environment Agency. progress on renewables and energy efficiency is slowing across the EU, mostly due to rising energy consumption in transport. Although the EU as a whole “remains on track” to reach its 20% renewable energy target by 2020, the pace in reaching that objective “was only up marginally”, the EEA said, warning of a general slowdown in the uptake of clean energy in Europe. According to the EEA, the declining pace of progress is mostly due to rising total energy consumption.

20181122 10 countries demand net-zero emission goal in new EU climate strategy
Ministers from ten EU countries have urged the European Commission to chart a “credible and detailed” path towards net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in 2050, ahead of the launch of a landmark climate strategy next week. In their joint letter, the ten member states “encourage the Commission to set a clear direction towards net zero GHG emissions in the EU by 2050”. The letter was followed up by a European Parliament resolution that urged the Commission to make sure the strategy includes a net-zero option for 2050, which was also backed by the centre-right EPP group.

20181120 Outcome NEa network meeting 2018: mainly managing CO2
: The NEa network meeting was organized for participants in emissions trading and stakeholders in ‘Energy for transport’. Minister Wiebes initiated the discussion presenting the strategy regarding the Climate Agreement. He considers cost control and the pricing of CO2 to be of great importance. It became clear that emissions trading will remain an important tool in the future, however it is still unclear how the system should be improved and which policy instruments can be of use to reach that goal.

20181119 Palm oil ban on the ropes as Commission weighs options
Under the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) the European Commission has to define criteria that are meant to curb the use of the most climate-damaging biofuels A study by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) warns that if handled incorrectly, the use of fuels like palm oil will increase instead of being phased out. ICCT insisted that there is “strong” evidence that palm oil, and even soy, meets the high ILUC definition. For soy, the study suggests that plantations are moving into land that was formerly used to raise livestock, forcing cattle farmers to move onto rainforest land

20181114 EU Parliament orders Commission to execute the phase-out of palm oil in diesel
The European Parliament has adopted a new law to phase out the highest-emitting biofuels made from palm and soybean oil. The law states that these biofuels cannot grow above each country’s 2019 consumption levels and should gradually decrease from 2023 onwards until reaching 0% in 2030. The new law also scraps the target for food-based biofuels after 2020. EU countries are free to mandate food-based biofuels after 2020, but the law caps their contribution to the consumption levels achieved in each country in 2020.

20181114 RED II is now reality. What’s next for biofuels?
The European Parliament’s final adoption of the EU’s renewable energy policy for 2020-2030 confirms the importance of sustainably produced crop-based biofuels such as European ethanol to achieve the EU climate goals. EU Member States have between now and 2020 to increase their use of renewable ethanol in transport if they want to maximise their ability to reach renewables and climate targets under both the RED II and the Effort Sharing Regulation.

20181113 88% of the palm oil processed by Dutch food companies is sustainable
The ‘Dutch Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil' and development organization ‘Solidaridad’ have presented a year report on the sustainability of palm oil, processed by Dutch food companies. 88% per cent is processed in a sustainable way, however there is still room for improvement. The report does not only include the use of sustainable palm oil in the entire food and feed industry.

20181113 Hydrogen evaporates at the climate tables
The desired transition to electric driving by the Cabinet that has to take place in 2030 will not succeed without hydrogen. Especially for long-distance transport, only a hydrogen fuel cell is capable of reaching a long enough action radius. The focus on battery-charged electric driving takes away the attention from hydrogen. However, in logistic transport, this form of electricity is much more realistic.

20181108 Garbage trucks in Zeeland are fueled by waste
In Zeeland (The Netherlands), the local collector of household waste and administrator of environmental waste, is going to use waste as fuel for transport. The garbage trucks have been made compatible to run on so-called blue diesel, which largely consists of recycled oil. This is extracted from the Zeeland environmental waste areas.

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