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20180713 How realistic is Europe’s strategy to cut CO2 emissions?
Europe’s plans for decarbonising transport may need some tweaking, 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. The EU’s current clean mobility plans rely heavily on a massive growth of electric vehicles in the auto market.

20180711 Stakeholders of the Mobility Table of the Climate Agreement Could not agree on plans
The outline of the Climate Agreement has been presented, but it’s not yet clear how this outline will be formed into concrete agreements. Regarding the Mobility Table, much discussion during the past 5 months has taken place, based on facts and statistics. Though, no agreement has been reached on how to pay for possible solutions. Ultimately, in the area of mobility, 7.3 billion megatonnes of CO2 must be saved until 2030, which is roughly 16% of the emissions that are now available.

20180711 Climate Agreement: ‘It often was hard against hard but parties are still together
The general outline for the Climate Agreement has been presented to Eric Wiebes (minister of Economic Affairs and Climate) by Ed Nijpels. Nijpels looks back with generally good feelings on the negotiations. Especially how all parties agreed at first instance to accept the 49% reduction target, which was set out by the minister. The table of the urban environment seems to have come the furthest with their proposals. Although it is up to politics in The Hague now to form a further judgment on the proposal, Nijpels warns for selective pick-and-choose by politicians to advance their own agenda for their constituency, as this undermines the Climate Agreement as a whole.

20180711 Who’s to get the bill of the Climate Agreement?
Now that the outline of the Climate Agreement has been presented, the following and more important question arises: who is going to pay for all the proposed measures? After the summer recess when the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) has calculated the effects of all the measures, the negotiations on who will pay what exactly will pick up speed. According to Wiebes, the responsible minister for Economic Affairs and Cliamte, the starting point for the government is 'affordability and feasibility for households'. The minister did however note that companies look with great enthusiasm at the subsidy budgets of the government. And as far as Wiebes is concerned, with a little too much eagerness.

20180711 Avantium to build the world’s first biorefinery for industrial sugars
Chemical company Avantium is going to build in Delfzijl the first biorefinery in the world which processes wood chips and forest residues into sugars for the chemical industry. Apart from Avantium, the consortium consists of AkzoNobel, RWE, Staatsbosbeheer and Chemport Europe, the green regional chemicals cluster of governments, companies and knowledge institutes in the Northern Netherlands. The new plant must be operational in 2022-2023 and serves as a model to set up such factories elsewhere in the world for different types of locally available biomass waste streams. The biorefinery involves an investment of approximately € 100 million. It is expected that the bio-PEF plant will open in 2023.

20180706 Dutch National Climate Agreement: no reason for celebrations
Expectations for Tuesday’s presentation of the National Climate Agreement have dropped significantly. At the Mobility Table a wide array of measures has been proposed and discussed. However two forks in the road have been encountered with each of the proposals. Firstly, public emotion is hard to counteract, i.e. who decides on how somebody travels from A to B. Secondly, changing taxes. Motivating less emission-intensive travelling is heavily dependent on the travel option’s taxation. Road-pricing is off the table due to strong resistance by VVD (liberals) and CDA (Christian-democrats). Parties sitting at the table have placed their trust in sustainable biofuels, although the question remains in which quantity this source for less CO2 emission may remain available in the foreseeable future.

20180705 These are the five important players of the negotiations at the Climate Agreement
According to the Dutch newspaper Financieel Dagblad the Mobility Table, which is tasked with reducing CO2 emissions in the transport sector and in traffic, has made the least progress of all the five tables. This table discusses, amongst other things, the stimulation of electric driving, the use of biofuels and making freight traffic in cities more ‘smart’. This table has not yet reached the point at which they discuss actual measures. Let alone talks surrounding the costs associated with these measures. However, it is expected that the aim in 2030 to only sell new cars that no longer have emissions (electric and hydrogen cars) will make it to the final draft agreement. But measures to limit emissions in the mobility sector up to 2030 are still scarce. One of the focal points is the use of biofuels and especially their availability. A separate working group has been set up for this purpose, which will make an inventory of how much sustainable biomass is available domestically and abroad, also taking into account the demand for biomass from other sectors. It is the paper’s expectation that an overview of various measures that could be taken to meet the CO2 reduction target will be presented. However, no hard or concrete measures. And relatively certain there will be no estimate of associated costs.

20180705 Calculations Climate Agreement delayed
Sources close to the ongoing negotiations of the Climate Tables have said that the general outline of the Climate Agreement which former minister Ed Nijpels is supposed to present on Tuesday will not yet be fully passed on to the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) and the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB). One of the reasons for the delay is the interdependence of the tables. Although large parts of the results can be sent on to the planning offices, other tables such as the mobility table, have not made such progress yet and thus their plans may not be calculated as extensively as plans from Tables which have progressed more. Energy expert Ebel Kemeling fears that the negotiation process will lead to a 'gratuitous' document, without enforceable measures. According to him, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate should step in and take more control of the reins.

20180704 Dutch Climate Agreement seems far off
Negotiations to halve CO2 emissions by 2030 have produced little result so far for some sectors. Fears have risen amongst relevant stakeholders that the results of the Climate Tables’ negotiations next week Tuesday, which will be handed over to Minister Wiebes by the chairman Ed Nijpels of the climate talks, may turn out to be a disappointment. At the 'mobility' table, the introduction of road-pricing seems to have been disbanded in the final draft. According to experts, this is the way to reduce car traffic, but politically this gets too little support. What remains is seems to be more of a list of possibilities without real choices. Furthermore, sustainable fuels are being emphasised as a way to tackle emissions, but the question is whether sufficient biomass will be available in the near future. Competition in the form of coal-fired power plants also see pontential in biomass. After the presentation Tuesday, the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) will calculate the proposed CO2 savings. The Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) looks at the consequences for the burden-sharing across society. The question is whether all proposals are concrete enough to calculated properly. Subsequently, the government and parliament will come to a final conclusion in the autumn. If everything runs according to plan.

20180627 Dutch companies strive together for a bio-based economy and CO2 reduction
A consortium of Dutch companies that strives for more use of sustainable raw materials has handed over the report Business with biomass and biobased gas to chairman Ed Nijpels of the Climate Council. They hope that the conclusions of their report will trickle through this debate in the future Climate Agreement, of which the outline is supposed to become known on Tuesday 10th of July. DSM, AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, FrieslandCampina, Suikerunie, Gasunie, the Port of Rotterdam, Green Gas Netherlands, ECN and Energy Academy Europe have looked at a smarter use of biomass. The main conclusion of their report is that a stimulation framework that regulates CO2 reduction via raw materials and energy leads to business cases for the multiple valorisation of biomass flows. The companies see opportunities for, among other things, bio-refining, waste-to-chemicals, gasification and the recovery of minerals from animal manure. Additionally they see opportunity in further emphasis on the principle of cascading. The companies, particularly in the chemical, agro-food and energy sectors, have the ambition to continue this work in the coming period, but in practice they feel inhibited by obstacles.

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