Browse by topic: Briefing, Climate Change and Energy, Environmental policy, Fuels

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    Up in smoke: Europe’s cars driving deforestation in South East Asia

    More than half of the palm oil imported into the EU is used to make biodiesel for cars and trucks. Palm oil used for biodiesel has increased sharply over the last years while food consumption of...

     Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 06:56
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    Seven facts about palm oil biodiesel

    The EU is entering in the final round of negotiations on the REDII. One of the outstanding issues to be agreed between EU Parliament, the Council and Commission is palm oil biodiesel. In January...

     Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 19:17
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    Advanced fuels target (without crops) vs renewable transport target (with crops) in the RED

    One of the key areas of debate in the REDII proposal is whether to introduce a national transport target in addition to one for advanced fuels. This briefing shows that the effect of a national...

     Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 14:40
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    Reality check - 10 things you didn’t know about EU biofuels policy

    The negotiations of the new Renewable Energy Directive for 2020-2030 have re-launched the debate on renewable energy in transport, notably on food-based biofuels. The impacts of the EU biofuels...

     Monday, October 16, 2017 - 17:25
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    Biofuels policies do increase food prices

    Policies to promote food based biofuels do lead to increases in food prices, an extensive independent literature review has concluded. The analysis considered over one hundred economic modelling...

     Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 16:11
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    How much sustainable biomass does Europe have in 2030?

    European heads of state have agreed that in 2030, 27% of Europe’s energy should come from renewable sources. Not all renewables are sustainable though; for instance, food-based biofuels as well as...

     Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 09:00
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    #BiofuelsReform: Key tools for MEPs

    After a decade of promoting biofuels, Europe is in the midst of reforming its policy. Below you can download three different graphs (in pdf): the political positions of the three European...

     Monday, February 2, 2015 - 13:29
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    The Little Book of Biofuels

    Did you know that every car in Europe uses a blend of biofuels? This is because of EU law. And to meet this demand, global production of biofuels has skyrocketed. You may think ‘bio’ means...

     Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 10:19
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    Dirty Deals: how trade talks threaten to bring tar sands to Europe

    The Fuel Quality Directive aims to reduce the climate impact of fuels used in Europe's road transport by lowering their GHG emissions by 6% by 2020. To achieve this goal, the European Commission...

     Monday, July 28, 2014 - 11:15
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    FQD - Fuel Quality Directive or Frequently and Quietly Delayed?

    The Fuel Quality Directive (known in the Brussels bubble by the acronym FQD) is the missing link in the Barroso Commission's 2020 climate and energy package. This law aims to reduce the carbon...

     Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 09:57