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20180627 Climate Act to Parliament
A final agreement has been reached on a so-called Climate Act. Seven political parties of both the coalition and opposition have agreed to reach a 49% CO2 reduction in 2030 compared to 1990. In addition, the emissions in 2050 must be reduced by at least 95%. Also in 2050 the electricity production must be 100% CO2 neutral. Every five years a new Climate Plan will be presented containing concrete measures on how to achieve these goals, with every two years an evaluation. Every fourth Thursday in October is from now on national Climate Day, a kind of Budget Day on the Climate (similar to the famous ‘Prinsjesdag’).


20180625 Air Liquide inaugurates new biomethane production unit
Air Liquide has opened up a new biomethane production unit and a multi-energy distrubtion station in Cestas, near Bordeaux, France. The plant will produce biogas from organic matter of farm origin and ensures its purification into biomethane, which is then injected into the natural gas grid as bio-NGV (Natural Gas for Vehicles). The fuel reduces fine particulates emissions by 85%, CO2 emissions by 90%, and noise pollution by up to 50%. At the end of 2018 the station will also be able to supply liquid nitrogen (N2) to trucks equipped with cryogenic coolers used for refrigerated transport. It is better known as Air Liquide BlueezeTM.


20180625 Air quality city centres enhanced by the end of this year
The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management has published a plan to enhance the air quality in Dutch cities this coming year. Her aim is to have every the level of air quality in city centres across the whole of the Netherlands in conformity with European standards before the end of 2018. To achieve this aim, she will reserve 10 million euro’s in order to tackle bottlenecks in the major municipalities in the Netherlands, according to the letter written to Parliament.


20180614 EU recognizes importance of crop-based ethanol to achieve climate goals
EU recognises importance of crop-based ethanol to achieve climate goals. According to ePure the RED II agreement by negotiators is a step in the right direction, allowing Member States to use sustainable biofuels in fighting climate change. The agreement sets a target of 14% renewables in transport by 2030. It would freeze the use of high-ILUC-risk biofuels such as palm oil at current levels and phase it out by 2030, while capping crop-based biofuels at Member States’ 2020 levels, with a maximum of 7%. The agreement also sets an ambitious and much-needed target for advanced biofuels.


20180613 Negotiations on Climate Agreement remain tense: who will be the first to give in?
Discussion at the five different ‘tables’ at which negotiations concerning a renewed Dutch Climate Agreement are being held, lack concrete measures and an overarching vision. Interest groups and the mobility industry remain at loggerheads with each other, which will thus result in a presentation in July with only certain general issues covered. They must however find a solution to reduce 7 million tonnes of CO2. This means a major delay in the time frame of responsible minister Wiebes (Economic Affairs and Climate), who has to reach a plan before the end of 2018 to ensure that CO2 emissions in 2030 will be halved.


20180613 Transitioning from conventional to advanced biofuels: What cost for consumers and taxpayers?
The European Commission’s proposal on the Renewable Energy Directive II reduces the cap on the contribution of conventional biofuels to transport fuel from a maximum of 7% in 2021 to 3.8% in 2030. It also sets an obligation to raise the share of other “low emissions fuels” such as renewable electricity and advanced biofuels in transport to 6.8%. However, crux of the discussion lies with the concerns of carbon emissions resulting from indirect land use change (ILUC). Despite the opportunities forecasted for advanced biofuels, its challenges with regard to sustainability, availability and cost remain to be covered. Thus, the Euractiv network has held a workshop on this topic: ‘Transitioning from conventional to advanced biofuels: What cost for consumers and taxpayers?’


20180613 Germans in opposition to 'unrealistic targets' renewable energy
Germany opposes an overly ambitious European target for renewable energy. The setting of a new target for the share of renewable energy in EU energy consumption, part of the European Commission's Clean Energy Package, is a hot topic. A small group of countries consisting of Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal, Sweden, Italy and Spain are in favour of raising the bar to 35% renewable in 2030. The Netherlands believe 33% is an adequate number, whereas France aims for 32%. However, Germany has argued against such figures, as minister of Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier pointed out that stimulating renewable energy in Germany now costs more than € 25 billion a year. Altmaier has not mentioned a precise percentage, but the expectation is that Germany’s target will be at 30%. A group of Eastern European member states are heavily opposed to every increase beyond the agreed 27%.


20180611 To fly by plane on biofuel for a few euro’s more
The aviation sector produces 1.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. It is expected that the sector's emissions will increase by a factor of three to six by 2050. PhD student Sierk de Jong argues in his thesis that we can limit a large part of this growth with biofuels if we produce the fuel sustainably, develop new production technologies and set up adequate stimulus measures. In the thesis, the Jong provides recommendations for both policy makers and the aviation sector.


20180611 Germany pours cold water on EU’s clean energy ambitions
The German minister of Energy and Economic Affairs, Peter Altmaier, said that ‘voters across Europe have lost faith in politics partly because of “unachievable targets” on renewable energy’. Alongside these comments, made during the Energy Council in Luxembourg (on the 11th of June), he rejected calls from a group of other EU countries to raise the share of renewable energy to 33-35% of the bloc’s energy mix by 2030.


20180611 Future Dutch Climate Plan unsure due to disagreement between the industry and environmental organisations
Dutch Environmental organisations and the industry have collided with each other on the matter of Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS). In the final phase of the negotiations on the National Climate Agreement, parties do not seem to succeed in finding consensus on a crucial component: the collection and storage of the greenhouse gas CO2. The environmental organisations are afraid that CCUS will allow the industry to not fully focus on achieving a fully renewable energy source as driver for their production, whereas the industry argues that it is the only viable way for the industry to make their energy supply more durable and sustainable in the short term.


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