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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.


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.


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