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20181108 Electricity and biofuels needed in tandem to meet climate goals, UN report says
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently published their report that concluded that the pace of transition in the transport sector deemed necessary for a 1.5C-consistent pathway must include more biofuels and electricity in transport’s energy mix. The UN’s climate science body highlighted some benchmark indicators for sectoral changes in the supplementary materials attached to the major report. In relation to the transport sector, the IPCC indicated for 2020, 2030 and 2050 respectively a biofuels share of 2%, 5.1%, and 26.3% as good policy targets in order to follow the appropriate path in curbing emissions.

20181101 Malaysian biodiesel now cheaper than fossil-based diesel
According to the primary industries minister of Malaysia, it is currently cheaper to use biofuels compared to fossil-based diesel, thanks to low palm oil prices. If oil remains at around $76 per barrel while palm oil stays around $525 per ton, it is estimated that both industries and the government could save millions on an annual basis.

20181018 Increase in EU greenhouse gas emissions hampers progress towards 2030 targets
The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) has published their annual ‘trends and projections’ assessments, which shows a 0.6% emissions increase in 2017 from 2016. Overall, greenhouse gas emissions across the European Union rose slightly in 2017, mostly because of the transport sector. This limited increase means that the EU is still expected to achieve its 2020 emissions reduction target, albeit by a narrower margin. However, national measures will need to be urgently stepped up to achieve the EU’s new reduction targets for 2030.

20181018 NEA hosted the EU REFUREC meeting
From 9 to 11 October, the Dutch Emissions Authority has hosted a meeting of REFUREC (Renewable fuels regulators club). Since 2010, a REFUREC meeting has been held every six months in one of the EU member states. This autumn the Netherlands was host country for the second time. Participants in REFUREC are representatives of European implementing organizations that are concerned with the targets for renewable energy and CO2 emission reduction in transport.

20181009 Urgenda wins climate lawsuit during appeal
On 24 June 2015, the District Court ruled that the State had violated its ‘duty of care’ towards the Dutch citizens and ordered the State to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% in 2020. The State appealed, but without success. On October 9th 2018, the court ruled – again – that the State is obliged to reduce Dutch emissions as quickly as possible. Their argument being that a reduction of less than 25% in 2020 is in conflict with the European Convention on Human Rights.

20181008 IEA highlights ethanol’s ‘untapped potential’ as a clean mobility solution
The International Energy Agency had produced a new Renewables 2018 market forecast report. According to the report, there should be a bigger scale-up of conventional and advanced biofuels. Also, biofuels and EVs are considered complementary solutions to decarbonise transport. According to Emmanuel Desplechin, Secretary General of ePURE: “The IEA is right to point out that bioenergy is often overlooked in the global debate on renewables”.

20181004 The appointment of Mark Bressers
Marc Bressers has been appointed as acting director of the Dutch Emissions Authority (NEa) on 1 October 2018. He states: “I'm really looking forward to this new challenge. Few things are better than working with a professional and involved team on one of the most important social tasks of the moment.”

20181002 HBE report October 2018: a total of 5.15 million HBEs is available
The 'HBE report October 2018' contains the available renewable fuel units (HBEs) for transport related energy. The total amount of available HBEs per 1 October 2018 consists of saved HBEs from 2017 (4.75 million HBE-C) and HBEs created in 2018 from bookings (0.18 million HBE-G and 0.22 million HBE-O).

20180928 EU says cheap Argentine biodiesel ‘subsidised’ but won’t impost tariffs for now
The European Commission has decided not to impose provisional import tariffs on a flood of low-priced Argentine biodiesel until it gathers more information, although it considers the fuel to be subsidised and a potential threat to local producers. “The Commission’s preliminary conclusions are that the Argentinian imports of the product concerned into the Union are subsidised and that there appears to be a threat of material injury to the Union industry,” the Commission said in the document.

20180920 2028: Game over for the internal combustion engine
A study by the German Aerospace Center DLR (commissioned by Greenpeace) concludes that if Europe wants to fulfill its commitment to the Paris climate agreement, this means that no diesel, petrol or conventional hybrid car can be sold after 2028. According to the report, mainly the car industry and the government must take their responsibility to make this change possible.

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