20190131 Two countries are the reason the EU is hitting its ambitious renewable energy targets
The EU now gets more than 30% of its electricity from renewable sources, up from 12% in 2000. At the current rate of growth, the European bloc can increase the proportion of renewables in its electricity mix to 50% by 2030, according to a new report published by think tanks Sandbag and Agora Energiewende.


20190125 Goals stated in the Urgenda case and Energy Agreement for 2020 are not in sight
Three Dutch climate and energy targets for 2020 are not in sight. In 2020, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is expected to be 21% compared to 1990, with a possible variation between 17 and 24%. The goal of 25% reduction, from the verdict in the Urgenda trial, is therefore not achieved. Also, the share of renewable energy in 2020 is expected to reach 12.2%. This means that the EU target of 14% is not within reach ether.


20190124 Palm oil and soy oil for biofuels linked to high rates of deforestation
According to a new study reviewing the latest scientific evidence on deforestation, a significant share of palm oil and soybean expansion happens on rainforests, forests, peatland and savannahs (land with high carbon stocks). Based on the most recent available satellite assessments, the report estimates that 31% of palm oil expansion globally takes place on forests (1), while 23% of the expanded production occurred on peatland (some of which overlaps with forest conversion).


20190122 Biofuels and air quality: IEA confirms that ethanol lowers pollutants
Blending ethanol in petrol has an immediate impact on reducing emissions of harmful air pollutants from today’s cars, a new report from the International Energy Agency confirms. The finding supports the need for higher ethanol blends such as E85 as EU countries struggle to achieve their decarbonisation targets.


20190121 Extra 'climate-setback' cabinet; an additional 9 megatons of CO2 reduction is required
As a result of the Urgenda case, the Cabinet must reduce CO2 emissions by an additional 9 megatons. The chances are that in the short term, the Cabinet will have to take additional drastic measures to tackle the climate problem, according to various sources from The Hague.


2019011 Electric driving for all of us is an illusion
The government wants people to solely buy electric cars from 2030 onwards. That would be necessary for the energy transition to succeed. However, Jan Hessels Miedema, who recently obtained his PhD at the University of Groningen at the Institute for Energy and Environmental Studies (IVEM), claims this is not possible. In his dissertation, he studied the contribution of electric driving to the energy transition. He came up with a striking result: in 2050 all electric driving is an illusion.


20190108 Three types of Renewable Fuel Units are created by the booking of renewable energy
On January 1, 2019, 8.79 million Renewable Fuel Units (HBEs) have become available in the Energy Transport Register (REV). This can be read in the HBE report that was published in January. In this report, a distinction is made between HBEs saved in 2017 and HBEs created by entries in 2018.


20190107 What does the cultivation of biofuels mean for biodiversity?
Increased use of bio-energy is seen as one of the most important ways in which countries can help to meet the climate targets. However, some researchers warn that this can be just as damaging to global biodiversity as climate change itself.


20181218 Tamoil sees plenty of opportunities for blue diesel
At the Petrol station in Tamoil in Alkmaar it has recently become possible to refuel blue diesel. The remaining eight Tamoil locations where this HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) is available at the pump are in Friesland. According to Ronald Kempen, director of Tamoil Nederland, Blue Diesel is a very interesting transition fuel.


20181213 International experts keep pushing for more biofuels
The IEA has highlighted the need for more biofuels, the agency recently declared that bioenergy has a huge contribution to make in the global energy future and called for a bigger scale-up of conventional and advanced biofuels. The IEA noted that biofuels and electric vehicles are complementary solutions to decarbonise transport. These international pleas come as Europe struggles to reduce emissions from its transport sector.


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