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20180827 SNB runs completely on HVO
Slibverwerking Noord-Brabant (SNB) is one of the first organizations in the Netherlands, whose freight traffic is completely fuelled by HVO. According to the article, tis is the most sustainable and advanced biofuel currently available. Use of this biofuel reduces CO2 emissions by more than 89 percent, making the sludge transport is becoming more sustainable.


20180824 Biofuels push to help clear the air
China’s clean energy industry already provides more than 1 million jobs and will create even more in the coming years as the government steps up its production of biofuels, aimed primarily at the transportation sector. In addition, both climate change mitigation and pollution abatement have become important policy drivers for the government. The International Energy Agency said that although climate change and energy security are of concern to China, it is not clear which of these has been the primary motivator for the development of biofuels.


20180822 Can Europe defeat a palm oil 'monster' of its own making?
An article that highlights the challenges that biofuel policy is currently facing, from an environmental perspective. Under the EU's updated Renewable Energy Directive (finalized in June), palm oil imports should peak around 2019, then begin to drop in 2023 before being phased out entirely by 2030. These new rules aim to phase out the oil but the problem runs deeper, according to experts. However, The EU's new palm oil regulations are a big step in the right direction, say environmentalists.


20180821 Spatial planning necessary for the Climate Agreement
The official website of the Climate Agreement reports on the importance of spatial planning. The advice is given by spatial experts who were involved at each of the five tables, from the beginning of the process. The article underlines that the space required for the energy transition should be reserved for multiple functions at the same time. Also make a sensible link between the energy sources and the demand for energy. Provide an area-specific approach in both urban and rural areas.


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.


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