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20180724 New owners for biodiesel companies
Simadan, known for the frying fat rearrangement called ‘Roti’, located in the port of Amsterdam, has been sold to two investment companies. One of them is Parcom, the other one is John Swire & Sons, a British conglomerate with 120,000 employees worldwide. John Swire & Sons will add the company to its subsidiary called Argent Energy, a biodiesel manufacturer. The Amsterdam Port Authority is happy with both buyers. The new biodiesel plant means a doubling of the amount of biodiesel produced in Amsterdam.

20180720 Renewed requirements for petrol and diesel
The new adjusted quality standards for petrol and diesel have been published at the end of 2017. The adjustments are related to mandatory consumer information, but also with improved quality. With the increasing admixture of bioethanol and biodiesel, it is important not to fall back on the old quality standards.

20180719 European market ‘open to palm oil’, EU ambassador in Malaysia says
The head of the European Union Delegation to Malaysia, ambassador Maria Castillo Fernandez stated: “The European market is open to palm oil. I want to say that very clearly. And the EU is the second largest market for palm oil from Malaysia,”. She said this on July 16, thereby attempting to appease Asian producers.

20180717 Advanced biofuels are key to decarbonising transportation
In the EU, a number of directives regulate the use of biofuels. The recent agreements on the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) are setting the tone for creating a stable and predictable business environment that will trigger the development of and investment in advanced biofuel production within the EU.

20180716 Rotterdam’s industrial area is aiming for a CO2 reduction of 10 megatonnes by 2030
The Rotterdam-Moerdijk industrial area has presented its plans that should lead to a CO2 reduction of almost 10 megatonnes annually, by 2030. In addition, the industry will outline how the energy and raw materials system can be renewed up to 2050. The transition is based on three elements: the capture and re-use of CO2, electrification and hydrogen technology.

20180716 Unambiguous information about alternative fuels for consumers
Since the number of fuels is increasing, there is a greater need to inform the consumer in a simple and clear way on which types of fuels there are. European agreements on this information for consumers are laid down in NEN-EN 16942. Agreements between the government, market parties and NEN about their application have been finalized and can now be labeled.

20180715 Shell pitches hydrogen as energy solution
Royal Dutch Shell plc is stepping up on its offer of energy solutions, by investing in hydrogen as a prospective commercially viable option for passenger vehicles as well as a storage system for electricity generation. In an interview, Shell Vice President for Global Business Environment Jeremy B. Bentham, who is also the head of Shell Scenarios, noted that with hydrogen, this is seen thriving in the immediate future as a mobility solution for passenger vehicles, including heavy duty transport; and at the same time, it will be underpinning industries’ need for storage, primarily in the electricity sector.

20180713 These five taboos remained untouched during the climate table talks
After months of negotiating, the Climate Agreement of the Netherlands has been shaped. It’s aim: half the amount of CO2 emissions should be reduced in 2030. However, concrete plans are missing and obvious solutions remain undiscussed. Some of the relevant sectors are even missing at all. This article discusses some of the main shortcomings.

20180713 Many questions remain unanswered
Three months of negotiating on behalf of the Climate Agreement have passed, but still many questions remain unanswered. After the ‘proposal for the main points of the Climate Agreement’ had been presented, the absence of concrete decisions – such as who will pay for the measures – has been criticized. Many of the sensitive issues have been postponed to September, when the government will decide on these topics.

20180713 The enormous gamble of the Climate Agreement (Opinion)
Opiniated article by Bert van Dijk and Carel Grol, who analyse the negotiation process of the Climate Agreement. They argue that the problems are complex, difficult to outline clearly and that there is a high interdependency. Because no-one knows how the puzzle will look like, investing in an overarching solution is in fact a gamble.

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