20140620 - FQD - an oily tunnel. But will there be light at the end?
Under the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD), oil companies must reduce the carbon intensity of their transport fuels by 6% by 2020. But heavy lobbying from industry, Canada and the US has led to a weakened Commission proposal. Laura Buffet of Transport & Environment argues that the option for oil companies to report accurate company-specific carbon values for their different oil is crucial for an effective FQD.


20140617 - Biofuels debate continues, despite EU agreement
The debate over biofuels risks dragging on, despite EU energy ministers reaching an agreement on the controversial crop-based fuels last week.


20140613 - EU to limit production of biofuels from food crops
EU energy ministers agreed to limit production of biofuels made from food crops on Friday, in response to criticism these stoke inflation and do more environmental harm than good.


20140606 - EU proposal scraps mandatory 'dirty' label for tar sands
A mandatory EU requirement to label oil from tar sands as more polluting than other forms of crude could be scrapped altogether following years of lobbying from top producer Canada, according to a draft European Commission proposal.


20140604 - European Commission widens application of anti-dumping duty
The European Commission came to a decision June 4 to apply anti-dumping duties on all U.S. ethanol coming to the European Union through Norway, according to ePURE, the European Renewable Ethanol Association.


20140604 - U.S. Bioethanol Blended in Norway to Face EU Tariff, Group Says
The European Union will apply a tariff on U.S. bioethanol to blends from Norway because American exporters used the Nordic country to evade the levy, said a group representing EU producers.


20140604 - ePURE welcomes the application of anti--‐dumping duties on US ethanol entering the EU through Norway
Press Release by Epure


20140602 - First tar sands shipment to Europe sparks protests
Anti-tar sands demonstrations have begun outside a Spanish refinery that will receive the first major European shipment of Canada’s tar sands next week, and activists are refusing to rule out direct action to stop it.


20140528 - Bioenergy push needs land ‘three times the size of the UK’
A planned doubling in Europe’s use of crops and wood for fuel, transport and heating by 2030 will leave a 70.2 million hectares (Mha) land footprint, equivalent to the combined size of Poland and Sweden, according to a new report by the Vienna University.


20140522 - Neste Oil to launch a new, low-sulfur bunker fuel
Neste Oil will launch a low-sulfur marine bunker fuel compliant with the requirements of the EU's Sulphur Directive. The new fuel reduces sulfur, nitrogen and particle emissions in the marine transport significantly. EU's Sulphur Directive is due to come into force in 2015 and will require the sulfur content of bunker fuel to be reduced from 1% to 0.1% in the Baltic, the North Sea, and the English Channel.


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