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EU says palm oil diesel a climate catastrophe but leaves loopholes open

Pressure is mounting on EU officials to remove several loopholes in its plan to phase out subsidies for biodiesel produced from palm oil. Earlier this month the European Commission took the landmark decision to stop palm biodiesel from counting towards meeting EU renewable energy targets. But, facing trade war threats from the governments of Malaysia and Indonesia, it included an exemption for additional palm oil produced in independent small plantations (less than five hectares) or produced on ‘unused’ land.

Published on February 26, 2019 - 17:28

EU classifies palm oil diesel as unsustainable but fails to cut its subsidised use and associated deforestation

In a landmark decision, the European Commission last night acknowledged in a delegated act that oil palm cultivation causes significant deforestation, and thus biodiesel produced from palm oil cannot be counted towards meeting EU green fuel targets. However, under mounting pressure, including trade war threats, from the governments of Malaysia and Indonesia, the Commission has introduced several loopholes, including an exemption for additional palm oil produced in independent small plantations (less than five hectares) or produced on ‘unused’ land.

Published on February 9, 2019 - 14:32

High risk biofuels in the new RED II

When? 
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 08:00 to 09:00
Where? 
60 rue Wiertz
European Parliament / Member's Salon
1047 Brussels
Belgium

The EU Renewable Energy Directive has been approved by the European Parliament and the Council and officially published. But one major piece of the biofuels’ puzzle - a delegated act on high and low ILUC biofuels - is still expected to be published by the Commission on 1st February 2019.

Published on January 10, 2019 - 12:20

EU unveils climate strategy for fossil fuel-free transport

Europe’s climate strategy should include ending carbon emissions from transport by 2050, the European Commission has said. In a draft long-term plan published last month, the Commission outlined eight emissions reduction scenarios for Europe but came out in favour of reaching net emissions. It came as European governments signed off on a global agreement on the rules needed to avoid 1.5 warming in 2050 and catastrophic climate change.

Published on December 20, 2018 - 14:21

Will the real MAC please stand up?

“What a day! More tomorrow. Goodnight and goodbye #EU2050”. EU climate commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete was obviously very pleased about the announcement he made last Wednesday. Under his stewardship the Commission proposed a plan that would see the EU almost entirely cut its carbon emissions in the next 30 years. It is a bold plan which broadly sets the right direction for the EU economy and its climate, energy and transport policy for decades to come (although the plan is way too optimistic about bioenergy).

Published on December 5, 2018 - 17:23

EU Parliament orders Commission to execute the phase-out of palm oil in diesel

The European Parliament today adopted a new law to phase out highest-emitting biofuels made from palm and soybean oil. The law states that these harmful biofuels cannot grow above each country’s 2019 consumption levels and should gradually decrease from 2023 onwards until reaching 0% in 2030. Whilst the principle of phasing out palm and soy biofuels is enshrined in the new law, the Commission has until 1 February 2019 to publish a delegated act establishing the science-based criteria to carry out the commitments made by the EU Parliament and governments. 

Published on November 13, 2018 - 12:38

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