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20180814 The Key to Big Profits in Clean Energy: Animal Fats
Article by the Wall Street Journal on renewable fuels, which have gained traction with companies looking to quickly reduce their emissions. It thereby takes a look at Neste: “One of the best-performing stocks in the global oil sector this year is a company that makes most of its money without touching crude”. Studies show that renewable fuels like Neste’s diesel can reduce overall greenhouse-gas emissions by 60% or more, said Robert McCormick, a senior research fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

20180814 RVO is looking for innovations for a biobased economy
RVO is looking for innovations that stimulate the switch from fossil fuels to biobased raw materials. If you are working on something related to this issue, you may be eligible for the tender Biobased Economy, Green Gas and Recycling (BBEGR). This tender is part of the Top Sector Energy and its purpose is to support innovations that are necessary for the switch to bio-based raw materials. Innovations that ensure the competitive use of chemical recycling are also eligible for the subsidy.

20180814 Lower CO2 emissions in the second quarter of 2018
The amount of CO2 emissions in the Netherlands turned out to be 3.8 percent lower in the second quarter, compared to the same quarter in 2017. According to the first calculation, the gross domestic product grew by 2.9 percent in the same period. The CO2 emissions resulting from gas consumption for heating were particularly lower in the second quarter of 2018. Because more electricity was imported and less was being produced, emissions from electricity companies were lower as well.

20180813 How realistic is Europe’s strategy to cut CO2 emissions?
According to a new study from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) that looks at barriers to the uptake of electrically chargeable cars in the European Union, Europe’s plans for decarbonising transport may need a more critical view. The EU’s current clean mobility plans rely heavily on a massive growth of electric vehicles in the auto market. The ACEA study notes that electrically chargeable vehicles (ECVs) currently make up 1.5% of total new car sales in the European Union, with huge differences between the 28 Member States. “The reality is that the market acceptance of ECVs depends on several factors that are beyond the control of automobile manufacturers,” according to the report.

20180808 New Directorate-General ‘Climate and Energy’ is going to lead the energy transition
A new Directorate-General ‘Climate and Energy’, which is yet to be set up, will be responsible for managing the Dutch energy transition at the administrative level. This new DG will be part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate and is currently being designed. The department will focus on the climate transition, electricity market and gas extraction in Groningen.

20180807 Palm oil: Too much of a good thing?
In the intervening years, palm oil production and demand have exploded. Between 1996 and 2017 global consumption more than tripled from just over 17 million to more than 60 million metric tons. Thereby, palm oil production is the leading driver of tropical deforestation, which accounts for 18 percent of all global human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. As palm oil can be an economically beneficial and sustainable product, nobody wants to ban it completely. The long-term goal is to lessen its environmental impact, says Frans Claassen, chair of the trade group European Palm Oil Alliance.

20180806 FASTCARD project results: catalysts for better biofuel production
The EU-funded FASTCARD project used two different routes to meet European commitments to the production of advanced biofuels. The first involves the ‘liquefaction’ of biomass and the second involves the gasification of biomass. Biomass is far more complex than conventional feedstock and the development of the necessary catalysts is traditionally a lengthy and complicated process. FASTCARD provides greater understanding of the process at the pilot scale for the two key routes to advanced biofuels.

20180805 Renewables leading the way for Neste’s 2018 profitability
Neste Corporation has recently released its half-year financial report, which shows that the company had an operating profit during January-June of EUR 592 million compared to last year’s EUR 536 million. Renewable Products posted a comparable operating profit of EUR 177 million (EUR 101 million). President and CEO Matti Lievonen said: “The renewable diesel market remained favorable in Europe and North America. As a conclusion, we expect 2018 to be a very strong year for Neste.”

20180802 Biomass in order to reduce CO2 emissions: how can that be sustainable?
At the moment, the Netherlands uses about 120 petajoules of biomass, which is almost two thirds of the total amount of clean energy in the Netherlands. In the current climate agreement, a tripling of the use of biomass is predicted. Can the Netherlands make this happen in a sustainable manner? The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency warns for the amount of biomass and also nature and environmental organizations are concerned.

20180731 1.5 million tons of CO2 reduction through renewable energy in transport in 2017
The annual reports of the Dutch emission authority (NEa ) show that the share of biofuels made of waste and residual flows is increasing. In 2011, the first year that the (NEa) reported on, the share of biofuels based on waste and residual flows was 25% of the total. In 2017, this share has grown up to almost 70%. The waste and residual streams mainly concern deep-frying oil and animal fats. The other biofuels are produced from crops (mainly wheat and maize).

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