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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.


20180918 Ministry of Infrastructure and Water is going for safe and sustainable mobility
Minister Van Nieuwenhuizen and Secretary of State Van Veldhoven (Infrastructure and Water Management) will donate over seven billion euros in 2019 for the construction, management and maintenance of the infrastructure so that people and goods arrive at their destination as quickly as possible, while improving the quality of their living environment. In 2019, the Minister and State Secretary plan to devote a lot of attention to improving road safety and the circular economy.


20180918 Groningen in the picture for building a clean kerosene factory
Groningen is explicitly in the picture for the establishment of a clean kerosene factory. KLM will use this fuel to fly cleaner. The factory requires a million investment. However, it is not yet definitive. Director Maarten van Dijk of SkyNRG, who wants to build the factory, confirms the plans: “We are now in the final phase of selecting a location and suppliers. I think we can finally come out at the end of this year or the beginning of next year."


20180915 Biodiesel share increased despite declining diesel consumption
The UFOP reports that consumption of road traffic diesel and petrol in the first half year of 2018 was lower than in the 2017 reference period. However, over the last year, the use of biodiesel and bioethanol saw a significant rise. The surge in the incorporation rates of bioethanol and biodiesel could be due to the availability of less costly feedstocks for the production of these two biofuels.


20180911 F16 fighter jets are going to fly on biofuel
This summer, a trial with biofuels proved to be so successful that it is being expanded. The Air Force performed the test in July during the Frisian Eleven Cycle Tour, after Isabelle Diks (GroenLinks), had submitted a motion for this in the House of Representatives. According to State Secretary Barbara Visser, flying on sustainable fuel is a fine option. However, the availability and high price of it is "a point of attention and care".


20180911 Biofuel startup GoodShipping allows first entrepreneurs to sail on frying fat
GoodFuels supplies biofuel for ships, trains and trucks. Specifically for shipping, a new company was set up a year later, GoodShipping. Recently, a milestone was reached: the first five entrepreneurs have claimed their first 'fossil-free sea freight'. Shipping companies are not the target group, says Anniek Sluis, who has to bring in new customers at GoodShipping. "We do not go to ship owners themselves, but to the users.


20180910 MEPs vote for higher CO2 targets for cars in the face of industry resistance
Recently, European lawmakers agreed to boost carbon dioxide standards for cars and vans in a fight that has pitted the interests of the car industry against efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The European Parliament’s environment committee backed a 45 percent cut in CO2 emissions compared to 2021 levels by 2030, which is much more compared to the 30 percent reduction proposed by the European Commission, and a world away from the 20 percent sought by the auto industry.


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