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‘Dutch government calls for ‘high’ emission standards on trucks and cars’
The Netherlands have called on Europe to aim high on emissions standards for trucks and cars, ahead of a much-anticipated proposal from the European Commission, which will impose CO2 targets on trucks for the first time. France, Ireland, Lithuania and Luxembourg support the Dutch’s call. In practice this would mean a CO2 reduction target for trucks of at least 24% for 2025 and 35-45% for 2030. But the latest draft of the Commission proposal seems to aims lower, going for a 15% CO2 reduction target in 2025 and an “indicative” target of 30% for 2030, compared to 2019. With trucks making up about 2% of total number of vehicles on the road, yet their emissions account for 17% of road transport emissions, the potential gains for reducing Dutch emissions are large.


‘Dutch dredger Van Oord switches to LNG as the fuel for some of its dredging fleet’
Van Oord has ordered two trailing suction hopper dredgers to supplement its dredging fleet. The international ‘water’ builder from Rotterdam announced that the two ships will be equipped with an LNG installation. Liquefied gas is used as marine fuel and supports the comnpanies’ mission to reduce emissions. Both ships will be delivered in 2021.


‘Biofuels pioneer GoodFuels closes growth investment round with Social Impact Venture’
Pioneer and market leader in sustainable, advanced biofuels for the shipping and heavy land transport sectors, GoodFuels, has secured a major investment round with Amsterdam-based investment fund Social Impact Ventures (SIV). The investment will be used to boost product development and accelerate international growth, thereby making a significant contribution to reduce CO2, improve air quality and achieve global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)


‘Higher carbon emissions in the first quarter of 2018’
: Emissions in the Netherlands were 2.5 percent higher in the first quarter than in the same quarter of 2017. In the same period the gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 2.8 per cent. The increase in CO2 emissions is mainly due to the fact that households and services have used more gas for heating. This is reported by Statistics Netherlands on the basis of the latest quarterly figures on CO2 emissions.


‘Dutch Emissions Authority (NEA) publishes EU provisional carbon leakage list’
On the 8th of May the EU published its preliminary list of sectors susceptible to "carbon leakage" for the period 2021-2030. This provisional list is the result of the first-line assessment by the European Commission of all industries (NACE 4 level). Installations in industries and sub-sectors susceptible to carbon leakage can obtain 100% of the benchmarks-based free allocation for the period 2021-2030. The other installations will receive 30% up to and including 2026, after which the free allocation will gradually be phased out. A request for a (re-)assessment in the second line from the European Commission can now be made. This application must be submitted before 8 August 2018. The final list is scheduled for the end of 2018.


‘Dutch Association for Sustainable Energy (NVDE) sends input for provincial election programs’
How the energy transition proceeds depends on choices at the local and provincial level. The province plays a major role in issues relating to spatial planning. In that light, the forthcoming elections for the ‘Provinciale Staten’ are important. The province is pre-eminently a bridge between the national objectives and local developments and initiatives within the context of the energy transition. NVDE has made five recommendations for the new municipal and eventually new provincial authorities:


‘China Premier Li says open to increasing Indonesia palm oil import quota’
After a meeting with the Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang stated that China is open to increasings its import quata of Indonesia palm oil by at least 500,000 tonnes. China currently consumes 5 million tonnes of palm oil, of which Indonesian producers export 3.73 million tonnes to China. As part of China’s One Belt One Road-initiative, Indonesia has received foreign direct investment (FDI) of China worth billions of dollars. This includes agreements on the construction of dams and high-speed rail projects.


‘Friesland switches to biofuel’
Friesland has made it possible for car drivers to fill their cars with deep-frying fat, residues from butter and margarine factories and in a later stage even on old car tires and plastics. It may cost roughly twenty cents per liter more, yet is much better for the environment and agricultural sector, as it does not influence the food chain.


‘Dutch company aims to fuel ships on old pens and garden furniture’
A new factory in Amsterdam transforms discarded plastic into fuel, which the initiator Bin2Barell wants to sell to the shipping industry. Skippers then no longer have to put heavily polluting diesel or fuel oil in their tank. The factory will only process plastic that is non-recyclable. These are packaging of food, but also discarded toys, garden furniture, pens and other consumer items. The factory is planned to be up and running by the end of this year at an estimated cost of 28 million euro’s. It will have to process 35.000 tons of non-recyclable plastics to produce an estimated 30 million litres of this sort of biofuel. CO2 emissions from plastics are less harmful than the fuel oil regularly used in the shipping industry.


‘Gasoline prices on the motorway have risen fastest’
The price of petrol rose to the highest level since April 2015 in April 2018. In April, consumers paid EUR 1.91 per liter on average for Euro95. The prices rose the fastest on the highway. In ten years time the price rose by 8.9 percent, while this increase was a lot smaller at a local unmanned pump with 6.4 percent. The difference between the price on the motorway and the unmanned pump has increased from 9 to 13 cents since 2008.


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