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Indonesia Eying Chinese Palm Oil for Biofuels Market (Int'l.)
Indonesia Palm Oil
Date: 2019-10-30
In Jakarta, the Indonesian Office of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy reports it is anticipating a boost in palm oil exports to China, taking advantage of an opportunity opened up by the escalating trade war between Beijing and Washington.

The move also presents the country with a respite from its planned phase-out of palm oil biofuel in the European Union, its second-biggest export market, and a likely increase in duties by India, its top export customer.

To meet the expected Chinese market demand, Indonesian producers will increase yields through better technology and seeds, rather than more deforestation for palm cultivation. Currently there are 162,000 square-kilometers of palm oil plantations across Indonesia.

As previously reported, the European Commission passed a measure in March to phase out palm oil-based biofuels by 2030, over environmental degradation concerns that palm production, often on land cleared of rainforest, contributes to global carbon emissions and thus exacerbates climate change. The Rainforest Foundation Norway estimates an area larger than the Netherlands might be destroyed to make way for oil palm plantations to feed biofuel demand through 2030. This, it warns, would result in the release of 7 billion tons of CO2 emissions over the next 20 years. (Source: Indonesian Office of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Mongabay, 28 Oct., 2019) Contact: Indonesian Office of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy, www.devex.com/organizations/coordinating-ministry-for-economic-affairs-indonesia-132480

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  


EIB Set to Limit Fossil Fuels Financing (Int'l. Report)
European Investment Bank
Date: 2019-10-16
The 28-member European Union's Luxembourg-based European Investment Bank (EIB) reports it is poised to limit funding for fossil fuels and increase support for renewable, clean energy projects as part of it climate change plan. The move to support renewables is reportedly being pushed by Ursula von der Leyen, the incoming president of the European Commission, who wants the EIB to become a "climate bank" and help unlock €1 trillion ($1.1 trillion) to shift the economy toward cleaner forms of energy. Von der Leyen is also calling for the EU to deepen its current target to cut emissions by at least 40 pct by 2030 from 1990 levels.

In 2018, the EIB invested over €16 billion in climate-action projects. (Source: EIB, Bloomberg, 15 Oct., 2019)Contact: European Investment Bank, www.eib.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Clean EnergyEuropean Investment Bank ,  


French Regulators End Palm Oil Diesel Fuel Incentives (Int'l.)
Palm Oil
Date: 2019-10-14
In Paris, France's highest constitutional authority has ruled in favor of excluding palm oil from the list of biofuels that enjoy tax incentives, effective 1st January, 2020. According to the French oil giant Total, the affected palm oil is valued at between &euro:70 million and €80 million per year.

As previously reported, the European Commission ruled palm oil is not a "green" fuel and should not be promoted because it causes deforestation. The use of palm oil in diesel in the EU will be gradually reduced as of 2023 and should reach zero in 2030.

The EU is the world's second largest importer of crude palm oil. In 2018 more than half of all palm imports were used to make biodiesel transportation fuels. (Source: European Commission, Green Car Congress, Oct., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  


Targray Opens Antwerp Biodiesel Fuel Terminal (Int'l. Report)
Targay
Date: 2019-10-09
Kirkland, Quebec-headquartered international biodiesel marketer and distributor Targray is reporting the opening of its Antwerp Biodiesel Terminal, a 24/7 biofuel storage and blending center serving fuel producers, distributors, traders and retailers Europe-wide.

The opening comes as EU fuel suppliers seek to meet sustainability targets for two key European Commission (EC) directives -- the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) and the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). The FQD requires a reduction of the greenhouse gas intensity of transport fuels in the EU by a minimum of 6 pct while the RED sets a 20 pct target for renewable energy and a 10 pct target for renewable energy in transport by the end of 2020. (Source: Targray, PR, EIN, 8 Oct., 2019) Contact: Targray, Olivier Benny, (514) 695-8095, www.targray.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Targay,  Biodiesel,  


Automaker Participating in Spanish Biomethane Fuel Project (Int'l.)
European Commission,Strategic Research Institute
Date: 2019-09-25
With the goal of boosting the circular economy, energy efficiency and emissions reduction, Spanish auto maker SEAT S.A. reports it will participate in the Life Landfill Biofuel project which will obtain renewable gas from municipal landfills. The project, which was recently approved by the European Commission, is intended to produce biomethane from an indigenous, abundant biomass energy source. The 4-year project is budgeted at €4.6 million of which the European Commission will provide 55 pct.

SEAT is currently working on the Life Methamorphosis project to obtain biomethane from previously selected waste and animal slurry from a farm in Lleida, Spain. The new Life Landfill Biofuel project is a step further as the raw material originates directly from the landfill, without prior separation.

Other project participants include FCC, IVECO, The University of Granada, the CARTIF Foundation, SYSADVANCE and Gasnam. SEAT previously developed a similar project with Aqualia to convert waste water into biofuel. (Source: SEAT S.A. Website, Strategic Research Institute, 24 Sept., 2019) Contact: Universitat de LLeida, Departament de Produccie Vegetal, www.pvcf.udl.cat; SEAT, www.seat.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  Biomethane,  Waste-to-Fuel ,  


EU Slams Indonesian Biodiesel with 18 pct Duties (Int'l.)
EU, EC, Indonesian Biodiesel
Date: 2019-08-14
Meeting in Brussels, the European Commission (EC), which coordinates European Union (EU) trade policy, is reporting the imposition of conditional countervailing duties of 8 to 18 pct on imports of subsidised biodiesel from Indonesia, The duties will run until Dec, 2019, at which time they will be reviewed and possibly definitively imposed, according to an EC statement.

The EU applied its duties in response to European Biodiesel Board complaints that Indonesian biodiesel producers benefit from grants, tax benefits and access to raw materials at lower than markets prices. The EU annual biodiesel market is reportedly valued at €9 billion with Indonesia accounting for roughly €400 million. (Source: EU, EC, euronews, Reuters, 13 Aug., 2019)Contact: European Commission, www.ec.europa.eu/commission/index_en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Indonesia Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Duties,  EU,  European Commission,  


Helsinki Sustainability Programme Addresses Climate Change Concerns (Int'l.)
City of Helsinki
Date: 2019-08-14
In Finland, according to a 2018 City of Helsinki survey, two thirds of the city's 1,292 million residents identified the climate crisis as their major concern when thinking about the future of the city. In response, Helsinki has launched Think Sustainably, the world's first online service that makes sustainable choices of retails, services, hotels and others as easy as using an app.

Services, hotels and others filtered through the online programme are benchmarked against criteria developed by the City of Helsinki in collaboration with the independent think tank Demos Helsinki, local interest groups and sustainability experts. The service also includes a route planner feature that identifies emission-free transportation options in the city. The route planner provides CO2 emissions in grams per person per trip.

Currently gathering feedback from users, the Think Sustainably service is publicly available with plans to roll the programme out further and review its impact in 2020.

The process of developing the Think Sustainably service included researching the most significant factors of ecological sustainability related to different service categories. These dealt mostly with greenhouse emissions caused by energy production, the impacts of mobility and food, waste management, factors related to circular economy, protecting biodiversity, accessibility, and employment and preventing discrimination.

The European Commission (EC) tagged Helsinki the most innovative region in the EU. It is also the first European city and, the second globally -- after New York -- to voluntarily report the implementation of its Sustainable Development Goals to the UN. (Source: City of Helsinki, PR, CISION, Yahoo Finance, Aug., 2019)Contact: Helsinki Think Sustainably , www.myhelsinki.fi/en/think-sustainably; Helsinki Marketing, Laura Aalto, CEO, +358 40 507 9660 , laura.aalto@hel.fi, www.hel.fi; Carbon Neutral Helsinki Initiative, Kaisa-Reeta Koskinen, Director, https://carbonneutralcities.org/cities/helsinki

More Low-Carbon Energy News City of Helsinki,  Climate Change,  


EIB Loans to Fund 21 Spanish Wind Farms (Int'l., Funding)
European Investment Bank
Date: 2019-08-09
The European Investment Bank (EIB) reports it will provide €385 million in loan funding for Alfanar Group's construction of 21 wind farms totaling 547 MW in Andalusia, Asturias, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla Leon, Galicia and Navarra in Spain.

The EIB, the world's first and largest issuer of green bonds, is the long-term lending institution of the European Union owned by its 28 Member States. The EIB aims to dedicate at least 25 pct of its investments to climate change mitigation and adaptation, supporting low-carbon growth with climate resilience. In 2018, and for the ninth consecutive year, the EIB exceeded its climate finance target, providing €16.2 billion to promote climate action. (Source: European Commission, PR, 8 Aug., 2019) Contact: European Commission, www.eceuropa.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank ,  Wind,  


EC Supports Six French Offshore Wind Farms (Int'l. Report)
European Union,European Commission
Date: 2019-07-29
In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) reports the European Union's 28 member countries support six large offshore wind farms in French territorial waters and that the proposed projects are inline with, and thus qualify for, EU State financial aid. According to the EC release, the offshore wind projects will help France reduce CO2 emissions, in line with EU energy and climate goals, without unduly distorting competition in the single market.

The six sites -- Courselles-sur-Mer, Fecamp, Saint-Nazaire, Iles d'Yeu / Noirmoutier, Dieppe / Le Treport and Saint-Brieuc -- are located in French territorial waters off the North-Western coast of France. Each of the wind farms will incorporate 62 to 83 turbines with an installed capacity of 450 to 498 MW per farm and will receive support in the form of feed-in tariffs over a period of 20 years.

Construction of the first of the six wind farms is slated to begin construction this year for completion and commissioning in 2022. Once finalised, the wind farms will increase France's renewables generation capacity by about three gigawatts.

The European Commission (EC) is the executive branch of the European Union, responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the EU treaties and managing the day-to-day business of the 28 member countries of EU trading bloc. (Source: EC, Modern Diplomacy, 27 July, 2019) Contact: European Commission, www.ec.europa.eu/commission/index_en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  


Arctic Wildfires Release Unprecedented CO2 Emissions (Int'l.)
Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, World Meteorological Organization
Date: 2019-07-22
According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) wildfires in the Arctic in June emitted as much CO2 as all of Sweden emits in a year. Speaking at a regular UN briefing in Geneva on July 12, WMO spokesperson Clare Nullis said "In June alone, these wildfires emitted 50 megatonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. This is the equivalent of Sweden's annual total CO2 emissions. This is more than was released by Arctic fires in the same month between 2010 and 2018 combined."

The Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS), which has been tracking the fires, says the latitude and intensity of the fires, as well as the length of time they have been burning, have been particularly "unusual." According to CAMS "It is unusual to see fires of this scale at such high latitudes in June. But temperatures in the Arctic have been increasing at a much faster rate than the global average, and warmer conditions encourage fires to grow and persist once they have been ignited."

Since the beginning of June, CAMS has tracked more than 100 intense and long-lived wildfires in the Arctic Circle with the most severe in Alaska and Siberia, where some have been large enough to cover almost 100,000 football fields.

Copernicus, the EU's Earth Observation Programme, offers information services based on satellite Earth Observation and in situ (non-space) data. The Programme is coordinated and managed by the European Commission (EC) and implemented in partnership with the EU Member States, the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), EU Agencies and Mercator Ocean. (Source: Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service Contact: Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, Mark Parrington, Snr. Scientist and Wildfires Expert, www.atmosphere.copernicus.eu; World Meteorological Organization, Petteri Taalas, Secretary General, +41 (0) 22 73 0811, www.wmo.int

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service,  World Meteorological Organization,  


IEA Bioenergy Releases Latest Biorefinery Report (Int'l)
IEA Bioenergy
Date: 2019-07-22
In Ireland, International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy is reporting release of its Technical, Economic and Environmental Assessment of Biorefinery Concepts -- Developing a Practical Approach for Characterisation Report providing an overview on biorefinery assessments methods and results.

According to the report, there are currently two main challenges related to assessing the environmental and economic components of biorefining processes -- data availability and stakeholder participation. To address these issues, IEA Bioenergy's Task 42, Biorefining in a Circular Economy, examined assessments currently underway to determine the capability of biorefineries in creating a sustainable future. Such assessments aim to highlight the potential of biorefineries to enhance the use of biomass in generating both products and energy.

IEA Bioenergy was established in 1978 by the International Energy Agency (IEA) with the aim of improving cooperation and information exchange between countries that have national programmes in bioenergy research, development and deployment. The International Energy Agency acts as energy policy advisor to 28 EU Member Countries plus the European Commission, in their effort to ensure reliable, affordable, and clean energy. Current work focuses on climate change policies, market reform, energy technology collaboration and outreach to the rest of the world, especially major producers and consumers of energy like China, India, Russia and the OPEC countries.

Access report details HERE. (Source: IEA Bioenergy, 20 July, 2019) Contact: IEA Bioenergy, www.ieabioenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News IEA Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  ,  


MERCOSUR, EC Deal Opens South American Biofuels Market (Int'l)
European Commission,MERCOSUR
Date: 2019-07-15
The European Union's European Commission (EC) is reporting a trade deal with the South American Mercosur trading bloc that will open the European market to more imports of ethanol and crops that are used to make high-emitting biofuel.

Under the deal crops and ethanol produced in MERCOSUR member countries -- Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay -- could be used to meet the EU's green transport fuel targets. The agreement also allows for a lower tariff rate on ethanol imports to be phased in over five years: a quota of 200,000 tonnes with an in-quota rate of one-third of the current high duty of up to €19/hectolitre will be opened for fuel and other uses beyond the chemical industry, according to a EC briefing. The agreement also reduces or eliminates duties that MERCOSUR currently imposes on exports of soybean products to the EU, the Commission said. This could make soy a more attractive feedstock for biodiesel producers in Europe.

Argentine soy diesel, imports of refined biodiesel tripled from 2017 to 2018, with palm oil and soy accounting for around 86 pct of all biodiesel imports. (Source: EU EC, Transport & Environment, 11 July, 2019) Contact: MERCOSUR, www.mercosur.int/en/about-mercosur/mercosur-countries

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  Soy Biodiesel,  Palm Oil,  


EC Warns EU Nations Missing 2030 Energy Efficiency Targets (Int'l)
European Commission
Date: 2019-06-19
In Brussels, the European Commission is warning the 28-member European Union trading bloc will miss its binding target to improve its energy efficiency by 32.5 pct by 2030. The EU 2030 energy efficiency target is based on energy savings compared with a business as usual projection, and translated to a target cap of 1.273 billion mtoe for primary energy use and 956 million mtoe for final energy use.

According to the EC report, most EU countries proposed modest or low contributions to the overall EU target and must now raise their commitments which are due to be submitted to the EC before the year end. (Source: EC, S&P, 19 June, 2019) Contact: European Commission, https://ec.europa.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  Energy Efficiency,  EU ,  


EU Dumps 9.5 pct Duty on US Ethanol Imports (Int'l Report)
uropean Commission
Date: 2019-05-17
In Brussels, the Europen Union Commission reports it has ended a 9.5 pct anti-dumping duty on U.S. imports. The European Union Commission reports it has canceled a 2013, 9.5 pct ethanol anti-dumping duty against imports from the United States. In ending the duty, the Commission concluded that "removing the duty would not increase the likelihood of dumping of U.S. ethanol on the EU market" and noted "it found no evidence that U.S. ethanol exports have increased because of lack of growing domestic demand and not because of growing demand in other countries."

The 9.5 pct duty was originally imposed as a result of a complaint filed by the EU's largest ethanol producer group, European Renewable Ethanol Assoc. (ePure). (Source: EUROPA - EU Newsroom, DTN Progressive Farmer, 16 May, 2019)Contact: European Renewable Ethanol Assoc. (ePURE), Emmanuel Desplechin, Sec. Gen., +32 2 657 6679, info@epure.org, www.epure.org; European Commission, https://ec.europa.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  European Commission,  Ethanol,  ePure,  


European CCUS Projects Network Scores Funding (Int'l Funding)
European CCUS Project
Date: 2019-04-26
The European CCUS Project Network is reporting recxeipt of funding from the European Commission to support and inspire major carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) projects with the potential to deliver significant carbon emission reduction in Europe's industrial regions.

The network will provide member projects with opportunities for sharing knowledge and best practices alongside guidance on how to increase public awareness and acceptance of CCUS technologies.

Projects being considered as network members will have a focus on carbon capture and storage and/or CO2 utilization, and will need to demonstrate substantial overall CO2 emissions reduction in lifecycle analysis as well as a commitment to building a European CCUS industry through knowledge sharing. (Source: European CCUS Project Network, GasWorld, 25 April, 2019) Contact: European CCUS Project Network, John Scowcroft|, Manager,: +32 (0) 2 550 3960 John.Scowcroft@globalccsinstitute.com, https://ccsnetwork.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCUS,  European CCUS Project,  


EU Reports Renewable Energy Roll-out Slowdown (Int'l Report)
EU,Renewable Energy
Date: 2019-04-10
The European Commission (EC) is reporting that the 28 member trading block is still "on track" towards achieving its goal of 20 pct of 2020 energy coming from renewables, primarily because of its pre-2014 progress.

The EC also noted "the pace of increase of the renewable energy share has slowed down" and increases in absolute energy consumption has lowered the renewable share in 2017 in seven EU states. In France, Ireland, Poland and elsewhere, "additional efforts" were needed. (Source: EC, EU Observer, 9 April, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU,  Rnewable Energy,  


EU Parliamentarians Back New Vehicle CO2 Emissions Limits (Int'l)
EU
Date: 2019-03-29
Meeting in Brussels, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and Eurepean Union (EU) ministers are reporting agreement on a 37 pct higher target to reduce EU fleet-wide emissions for new cars by 2030, compared to the European Commission's (EC) proposed 30 pct target. The legislation also sets a 31 pct CO2 reduction target for new vans by 2030.

The new legislation demands that the full life-cycle of emissions from cars should be assessed at EU level. The Commission will also have to consider a common methodology for the assessment and consistent data reporting, by no later than 2023. If appropriate, legislation should follow.

Transport is the only sector in the EU that did not record any significant decline in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions since 1990. Figures from the European Environment Agency show that of all means of transport in the EU, road transport generates the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions -pct of the EU's total GHG emissions. (Source: European Parliament News, 27 Mar., 2019) Contact: EP News, +32 2 28 40922, envi-press@europarl.europa.eu, www.europarl.europa.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU Parliament,  Vehicle Emissions,  Transportation Emissions,  


€31Mn Irish Sea Floating Wind Turbine Trial Announced (Int'l)
European Marine Energy Centre
Date: 2019-03-22
In Scotland, the Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) reports it will lead the €31 million AFLOWT (Accelerating market uptake of Floating Offshore Wind Technology) project to test a full-scale floating wind turbine installed at the Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site (AMETS) facility off the west coast of Ireland. AMETS is operated by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

The floating turbine to be tested was developed by Italian energy firm Saipem and is expected to begin operating by 2022.

The four-year project is being funded by the European Commission's Interreg North West Europe programme to boost innovation in North-West Europe. (Source: European Marine Energy Centre, The Engineer, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: European Marine Energy Centre, +44 185685 2020, www.emec.org.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Marine Energy Centre ,  Wind,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


European Commission Bans Palm Oil Biofuel Subsidies (Int'l Report)
EU, Palm Oil
Date: 2019-03-15
This week in Brussels, the European Commission (EC) concluded that the cultivation of palm oil, primarily in Indonesia and Malaysia, results in excessive deforestation and accordingly should not be eligible for subsidies or count toward EU renewable transport targets for national governments. Such a ban on counting toward the target -- a 32 pct share of renewable energy by 2030 -- will likely occasion the phase-out the use of of palm oil-based fuel's in Europe.

The EC concluded that 45 percent of the expansion of palm oil production since 2008 led to destruction of forests, wetlands or peatlands and resultant greenhouse gas releases.

The EC has added a number of exemptions which mean some palm oil could still be promoted as a green fuel, under certain conditions including allowing additional palm oil production coming from yield increases or produced on unused land to still qualify as green.

Although once seen as the main tool by which the EU could decarbonize road transport, and given generous subsidies under the 28-member trading bloc's Renewable Energy Directive over a decade ago, many environmentalists are reportedly pushing the EU to ban crop-based biofuels and move instead to incentivizing second-generation, cellulosic biofuels. (Source: EU, European Biodiesel Board, Successful Farning, Forbes, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: European Biodiesel Board, www.ebb-eu.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  Palm Oil,  Biodiesel,  European Biodiesel Board,  


EU Calls for China to Peak Emissions before 2030 (Int'l)
EU
Date: 2019-03-13
The European Commission on 12 March urged China to peak its CO2 emissions before 2030. “China is at the same time the world’s largest emitter and investor in renewable energy. We call on China to peak its emissions before 2030 in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement and inspire action globally,” EU Energy and Climate Action Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete wrote in a tweet.

the European Commission and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini reviewed EU-China relations and the related opportunities and challenges and set out 10 concrete actions on 12 March for the EU’s leaders to discuss and endorse at the European Council of 21 March, including Action 2 which especially calls on EU calls on China to peak its emissions before 2030 and meets its 2015 Paris Agreement goals.

The next EU-China Summit is scheduled for early April. “China is a Strategic Partner of the European Union. We pursue strong bilateral and multilateral cooperation on files where we share interests, from trade to connectivity, from the JCPOA to climate change,” Mogherini said. . (Source: New Europe, 13 Mar., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Emissions news,  China Emissions news,  Climate Change news,  


E.U. Supports French Floating Wind Demo Projects (Int'l Report)

Date: 2019-02-27
The European Commission (EC) reports it will provide investment and operating aid to four French floating wind demonstration projects: the Groix Belle Ile project will be located in the Atlantic Ocean, while the other three projects (Golf du Lion, Eolmed and Provence Grand Large) will be located in the Mediterranean Sea. Each will consist of three or four turbines and have a total installed capacity of 24MW.

The demonstration wind farms will receive both .

Earlier this year, the U.S. DOE announced up to $28 million in funding for a new floating offshore wind turbines via the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program, Aerodynamic Turbines, Lighter and Afloat, with Nautical Technologies and Integrated Servo-control (ATLANTIS).

Navigant Research anticipates that over 69GW of new offshore wind capacity will be installed between 2018 and 2027, exceeding 100GW of operating capacity by 2030. (Source: EC, MarEx, 25 Feb., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Floating Wind,  


Palm Oil Still in EU Transportation Fuel Mix (Int'l Report)
ePure
Date: 2019-02-13
Reporting from Brussels, the European Commission (EC) reports it has gone most of the way toward banning the use of unsustainable palm oil in EU transport, but it hasn't quite closed the deal. Instead of acting on the RED II agreement and removing "high-ILUC-risk" biofuels from the 28-member trading bloc's transport mix, it has left a door open, according to a release.

"Making an exception for feedstock produced by smallholders isn't just allowing high-ILUC-risk biofuels such as palm oil into Europe through the back door, it's allowing it through the front door," said Emmanuel Desplechin, Secretary General of ePURE, the European renewable ethanol association. "The hard-won compromise reached on RED II couldn't have been clearer in its message that Europe should phase out biofuels associated with the significant deforestation and peatland drainage that has defined most palm oil expansion."

"Low-ILUC-risk biofuels certified as such could escape from the phase-out, but these were clearly defined as either produced through improved agricultural practices or from unused land. By inventing a third, alternative criterion for smallholders, the EC is making a mockery of the agreed RED II compromise," the ePure Secretary General added.

European renewable ethanol is made from European feedstock and delivers high greenhouse-gas reduction and is not associated with deforestation. Its use cuts GHG emissions by more than 70 pct on average compared to fossil petrol. (Source: ePure, EC, Feb., 2019) Contact: European Renewable Ethanol Assoc. (ePURE), Emmanuel Desplechin, Sec. Gen., +32 2 657 6679, info@epure.org, www.epure.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil,  Biodiesel ,  ePure,  Biofuel,  


EU Biodiesel Market Open to US Soybeans (Ind. Report)
American Soybean Association
Date: 2019-01-30
The European Commission (EC) is reporting that U.S. soybean production now meets EU sustainability standards as outlined in its Renewable Energy Directive (RED). Accordingly, biodiesel produced from documented soybeans can now be used in the EU.

The U.S. soy industry has its own sustainability guideline, the Soybean Sustainability Assurance Protocol that the EU now acknowledges meets its rigorous RED requirements through July 1, 2021 or longer.

The U.S. is the EU's largest soybean for biodiesel supplier. (Source: American Soybean Association, 29 Jan., 2019) Contact: American Soybean Association,(314) 576-1770, www.soygrowers.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Soybean,  Biodiesel,  American Soybean Association,  


RWE's E.ON-Innogy Acquisition Awaiting EC Approval (Int'l, M&A)
RWE AG, Innogy
Date: 2019-01-24
German energy group RWE AG reports it has filed its planned acquisition of the renewable energy business of both E.ON SE and Innogy SE with the European Commission (EC) for approval.

In March 2018, RWE agreed to sell its majority interest in Innogy to E.ON, while keeping Innogy's renewables business and merging it with E.ON's green assets. If approved, RWE will own a 8.6-GW renewable energy portfolio in a new company with three operating divisions. With the transaction, RWE will hold a 16.7 pct equity stake in E.ON.

The transactions are expected to close in the second half of 2019.(Source: RWE AG, Renewables, 23 Jan., 2019) Contact: RWE AG, www.rwe.com; Innogy Renewables UK, +44 1793 877777, www.innogy.com/web/cms/en/3708678/innogy-renewables-uk; E.ON, Michael Lewis, CEO Climate and Renewables, +49 2 11 45 79 4170, www.eon.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News E.ON,  RWE AG,  Innogy,  Renewable Energy,  


EC Supports €320Mn Portuguese Biomass Energy Installations (Int'l)
European Commission
Date: 2019-01-09
The European Commission (EC) reports it has approved a Portuguese 15-year scheme to support biomass energy installations located close to forest areas regarded as "critical", due to the risk of fires.

The aid will be provided in the form of a feed-in premium (a top-up payment over the market price) to the selected installations for every unit of electricity produced, as well as an environmental tariff premium (PDIF) linked to the use of biomass.

The new installations will produce both electric power and combined heat and power (HP). The measure aims to incentivize forest owners to clean the forests at risk by using the forest residues to produce biomass energy and thus reduce the risk of future forest fires. in Portugal. (Source: EC, eureporter, 9 Jan., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Forest Biomass news,  Woody Biomass news,  


UK Suspended from EU ETS Pending BREXIT Resolution (Int'l Report)
EU ETS
Date: 2018-12-21
In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) reports that as of January 1, 2019, it has temporarily suspended EU ETS emissions trading system processes related to Britain's convoluted and contentious BREXIT is concluded. Accordingly, the UK Britain will be unable to auction carbon permits, allocate them for free to operators, or exchange international credits for as long as the suspension remains in place, the EC added in a statement.

From January, any carbon permits issued by Britain will have to be identified by a country code ("marked") but transfers of permits already in circulation in and out of accounts held by UK operators will not be affected by the suspension. If BREXIT is ratified the suspension will be lifted, the EC added. (Source: European Commission, Reuters, 20 Dec., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  Carbon Credits,  BREXIT,  EU ETS,  


EU NoPs Agree on Auto Emission Reduction Targets (Int'l. Report)
EU
Date: 2018-12-19
This week in Brussels, EU parliamentarians (MoPs) reportedly agreed on a 37.5 pct reduction in automobile and van CO2 emissions by 2030. Previously, the European Commission proposed a 30 pct reduction rate for both vehicle types, while Parliament called for 40 pct cuts.

The agreed upon target will be calculated based on 2021 emission levels, with an intermediary step of 15 pct CO2 cut for both cars and vans to be reached by 2025. The new targets are subject to EU member state approvals. (Source: EurActiv, 17 Dec., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU,  Vehicle Emissions,  


EC Strategy for a Climate Neutral Europe by 2050 (Report Attched)
European Union, European Commission
Date: 2018-11-30
The 2015 Paris Climate Agreement under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) sets the goal to contain the rise in average global temperatures to well below 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees C.

To prepare for this transformation, the European Parliament and the European Council invited the European Commission (EC) to submit a long-term strategy on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions for the European Union, in accordance with COP15.

The EC strategy confirms Europe's commitment to lead in global climate action through a socially-fair transition and provides a first indication of the direction of travel to frame what the EU could consider as its long-term contribution to achieving the Paris Agreement temperature objectives.

Presenting this vision will allow for a thorough debate involving European decision-makers, stakeholders and citizens at large to consider how the EU can make a fair contribution to meeting the long-term temperature goals of the Paris Agreement and how this transformation can be achieved.

Download the EU Climate Change Fact Sheet HERE. (Source: EU, Nov., 2018) Contact: EU, www.europa.eu

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EC Prepares for Brexit, Updates Energy Efficiency Legislation (Int'l)
European Commission
Date: 2018-11-21
Kallanish Energy is reporting the European Commission (EC )is proposing a "technical" amendment to the EU energy efficiency legislation as part of its preparation for UK's still uncertain withdrawal from the 28-member trade group.

According to the EC, the energy consumption figures outlined in the revised Energy Efficiency Directive and the Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union are based on 28 member statistics, and need to be revised downward to reflect the UK's exit. In terms of GDP, the UK -- $2,770,000 million US -- is the second strongest EU member after Germany at $3,930,000 million US. (Source: EC, Europe Gov. News, 16 Nov., 2018)

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BASF Touting EU-REDcert-Methanol (New Prod & Tech, Int'l)
BASF,TUV SUD
Date: 2018-11-14
German chemicals juggernaut BASF is reporting the introduction of EU-REDcert-Methanol for the production of methanol on the basis of renewable raw materials according to the biomass balance approach.

For EU-REDcert-Methanol, the company replaces fossil raw materials with second-generation renewable raw materials, waste as well as residual materials. As a result, BASF reduces GHG emissions by at least 50 pct compared with conventionally produced methanol. In terms of its chemical and physical characteristics, biomass balanced methanol is identical to methanol produced from fossil resources.

BASF developed the "biomass balance method" together with TUV SUD. EU-REDcert-Methanol is certified according to the REDcert standard which proves the sustainable origin of the biomass used and the information on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. It is a standard for use as biofuel, recognized by the European Commission under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). (Source: BASF, Green Car Congress, 13 Nov., 2018)Contact: BASF Venture Capital GmbH, www.basf-vc.de; TUV SUD, www.tuv-sud.com

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Global Aviation Emissions Could Surge 700% by 2050, says ICAO (Int'l)
ICAO,European Commission
Date: 2018-11-07
According to European Commission (EC) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) data, by 2020, global international aviation emissions are projected to be around 70 pct higher than in 2005 and could grow by a further 300-700 pct by 2050.

Under the EU ETS, all airlines operating in Europe are required to monitor, report and verify their emissions, and to surrender allowances against those emissions. o date, the EU ETS is credited with reducing aviation sector's carbon footprint by more than 17 million tpy with compliance covering over 99.5 pct of aviation emissions.

The ICAO's Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) aims to stabilize CO2 emissions at 2020 levels by requiring airlines to offset the growth of their emissions after 2020. During the period 2021-2035, and based on expected participation, the scheme is estimated to offset around 80 pct of the emissions above 2020 levels. (Source: ICAO, AgriLand, 5 Nov., 2018) Contact: ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, icaonacc@icao.int, www.icao.int

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EP Votes to Cut Vehicle CO2 Emissions 40 pct (Int'l Report)
European Commission
Date: 2018-10-08
Meeting in Brussels, the European Parliament (EP) reports it has voted to cut new vehicle carbon emissions by 40 pct from 2021 levels by 2030. Even so, a substantial number of parliamentarians were proposing a much higher, 70 pct reduction by 2030.

The EP will now need to work with ministers from all European member states, as well as the European Commission, to see its target passed into legislation. According to Deutsche Welle, the parliament decided on this tough target as the transport sector was the only one in the EU which continues to increase its greenhouse gas emissions, according to the publication Deutsche Welle.

In 2017, the European Commission (EC) proposed cutting new vehicle emissions by 30 pct by 2030. (Source: EP, Car Advice, Oct., 2018) Contact: European Parliament, Baptiste Chatain. +32 228 40992, baptiste.chatain@europarl.europa.eu, eurooparl.europa.eu

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Irish Peat Biomass Burning Subsidies Questioned (Int'l Report)
Bord na Mona
Date: 2018-08-22
In letters to the European Commissioner for Climate Action, the Irish NGO Friends of the Irish Environment and others claim that the Irish Government's recently announced decision to subsidize large-scale biomass burning at its peat-fired power stations undermines Ireland's commitments to meeting EU climate obligations. The letters call on the government to reconsider and end its approximate €120 million per year support through the Public Service Obligation (PSO) levy on electricity consumers.

FIE claims the subsidy and the burning of peat at government owned Bord na Mona's Edenderry power station and two ESB facilities in the Midlands is leading to significant increases in greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the price of biomass to home users, thus increasing the burning of more fossil fuels. The group argues that the continued co-firing of biomass comes despite the recommendations of the Climate Change Advisory Council that the Government resources should not support measures that lead to increases in emissions. The expert body concluded that the biomass subsidy for peat power plants is an "environmentally harmful" subsidy that is responsible for higher emissions levels at a "direct cost to the nation." (Source: GREEN NEWS.ie, 21 Aug., 2018)Contact: Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000, www.bordnamona.ie; Friends of the Irish Environment, www.friendsoftheirishenvironment.org

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EU Automakers Inflating Emissions Data to Distort Carbon Targets, says EC (Int'l, Ind. Report)
European Commission
Date: 2018-07-27
In a statement, the European Commission (EC) Joint Research Centre has suggested that EU-based automakers are artificially inflating CO2 emissions data under a new testing regime to distort future greenhouse gas targets. Higher emissions levels in 2020 would in turn mean less ambitious targets to reduce CO2 output by 2025 and 2030, the dates by which the EU hopes to slash vehicles' production of the gas by first 15 and then 30 pct. Needless to say, the automakers deny the accusation.

The new allegations differ from the "dieselgate" scandal that has rocked the car industry since 2015. Without naming individual companies, the EC now alleges manufacturers are cheating in two ways to undermine its CO2 output targets which were decided last September in the wake of the dieselgate scandal. The EC suggests automakers are declaring emissions of CO2 on average 4.5 pct higher than actually measured values, with reporting for some models as much as 13 pct higher than measurements. The EC also suggests officials have seen "some evidence" that manufacturers are configuring vehicles differently to maximize emissions on the new tests.

Commission officials suggest revising EU regulations to make sure measured, rather than reported, CO2 emissions are used to define future targets. (Source: EC Joint Research Centre, EUobserver, AFP, 25 July, 2018) Contact: EC Joint Research Centre, +32 2 299 11 11, https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en

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Building Up the Future Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels Sustainable Transport Forum Report -- EC Report Attached (Int'l. Report)
Advanced Biofuel
Date: 2018-07-18
The attached study seeks to support the European Commission (EC) in the elaboration of a methodology for the deployment of advanced biofuels."Currently, the contribution of advanced and other renewable fuels is very limited in the EU with a relative higher cost than fossil fuels they aim to replace.

"The Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels of the Sustainable Transport Forum consisted of 32 industry experts representing all advanced biofuels value chains as well as the transport sectors of aviation, maritime and heavy duty transport. The work of the Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels put forward a simple and transparent definition for advanced biofuels, proposed reliable targets for deployment of advanced biofuels in the EU market by 2030, updated the technology status of the various value chains and examined thoroughly the production costs of advanced biofuels.

"The Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels also considered carefully the proposals on decarbonizing transport in the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive and put forward proposals for improvements aiming to create a long term stable framework for encouraging billions of investments.

Download the Building Up the Future Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels Sustainable Transport Forum Report HERE. (Source: EU, July, 2018) Contact: EU, http://ec.europa.eu

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Mayors Call for EU Zero Emissions by 2050 (Int'l Report)
EU Carbon Emissions
Date: 2018-07-13
The mayors of Paris, London, Milan, Barcelona and other Major European cities on July 9 jointly issued the following call for the EU to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement:

"We urge the European Commission (EC) to set the 1.5 degree C and net-zero emissions goals of the Paris Agreement as objectives of this strategy to be achieved by 2050. To reach that goal, emissions in Europe must peak by 2020 and decrease until reaching carbon neutrality by mid-century."

The group of ten European mayors are part of a wider coalition of 9,000 cities worldwide, that have committed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 40 pct by 2030 and to design adaptation strategies to address the possibly devastating impacts of climate change. (Source: Various Media, EURACTIV, 9 July, 2018)

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Global Algae Biofuel Market Could Hit $9.88Bn by 2024 (Ind. Report)
Zion Market Research
Date: 2018-07-13
The recently released Algae Biofuel Market Report from Zion Market Research has found that the algae biofuel market was valued at approximately $4.7 billion in 2017 and is expected to generate revenue of around $9.88 billion by the end of 2024. The report attributes algae biofuel market growth to an increasing worldwide demand foir fuel, growth in the transportation industry, fossil fuel market volatility and an emphasis on reducing fuel emissions.

The report notes that the US and Canada dominated the market in 2017 with more than 30 pct of the global algae biofuel market. The study projects the Asia Pacific region will experience major growth in the market during the forecast period due to technological advancements and materials availability.

The report referenced policies such as the European Commission's Renewable Energy Directive, which would require that at least 10 pct of transportation fuels come from renewable sources by 2020. (Source: Zion Market Research , July, 2018) Contact: Zion Market Research, +49-322 210 92714, USA/Canada (855) 465-4651, sales@zionmarketresearch.com, www.zionmarketresearch.com

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EU "Green Growth Group" Seeks Stronger Climate Action (Int'l)
European Union,European Commission
Date: 2018-07-11
The "Green Growth Group", a coalition of 14 EU member states reports it has called upon the European Commission (EC) to update the EU's pledge at United Nation's next annual climate meeting this coming December, and to ensure that the new mid-century strategy contains both a pathway to reduce emissions towards net-zero by 2050, and a pathway to limit temperature rises to 1.5 degrees C.

The net-zero emissions goal is supported by the recently agreed upon energy union governance regulation, calling for Europe to achieve carbon neutrality "as early as possible." (Source: European Commission, EURACTIV, 9 July, 2018) Contact: European Commission, Miguel Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, https://ec.europa.eu

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Myenergy Scores Italian JRC Solar Contract (Int'l Report)
Myenergy Spa
Date: 2018-07-05
Milano-headquartered Myenergy SpA reports receipt of a €420,000 ($489,700) contract from the European Commission Science and Knowledge Service to design, build, test and service 8 solar systems at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Varese, northern Italy.

According to the Myenergy website, the company has constructed about 70 MW of turnkey photovoltaic (PV) plants as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor, and designed more than 150 MW. (Source: Myenergy, Renewables Now, July, 2018) Contact: Myenergy SpA, +39 02. 3679 8760, www.myenergy.it/en

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EU Affirms Palm Oil, Palm Oil Biofuels Import Position (Int'l)
EU Renewable Energy Directive
Date: 2018-06-18
In a written statement issued in Jakarta on Saturday, EU Ambassador to Indonesia Vincent Guerend stressed that based on the outcome of a June 14 meeting between the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Union Council on the revision to the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II), the EU remains the most open market for Indonesian palm oil.

The EU June 14 meeting agreed on a revised EU Renewable Energy Directive including a gradual reduction of certain biofuels calculated to meet ambitious renewable energy use target of 32 pct by 2030. According to the ambassador, there is no specific or explicit reference to palm oil in the RED II Text and no prohibition or restriction on palm oil imports or palm oil based biofuels. The relevant provisions in RED II are only aimed at regulating the extent to which certain biofuels can be calculated by EU member states to achieve their sustainable energy targets. (Source: EU, Neutral English, Various Media, 17 June, 2018)

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IATA Calls for EC to Back Alt, Fuels Incentives (Int'l Report)
IATA
Date: 2018-06-04
Further to our 28 February, 2018 coverage, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is calling for the European Council (EC) and Commission (EU) to back incentives for production of aviation alternative-biofuels as part of an imminent renewable energy directive.

The directive includes specific incentives for EU member countries developing their use in aviation which essentially give it twice as much credit against national targets as alternative fuels in other sectors. The directive, which followed European Commission proposals, now awaits the European Council agreement.

The IATA notes that since the first biofuels flight in 2008 there have been more than 100,000 commercial flights using some blend of alternative fuel. (Source: IATA, Flight Global, 3 June, 2018)Contact: IATA, Michael Gill, Director Aviation Environment, +41 22 770 2967, www.iata.org

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EU-EC Proposes 60 pct Climate Project Funding Increase (Int'l)
EC,EU
Date: 2018-06-04
In Brussels, the European Union (EU) European Commission (EC) is proposing an almost 60 pct increase in funding for environment and climate action projects between 2021 and 2027.

To date, the EC has financed more than 4,500 projects and contributed €5.9 billion (£5 billion) climate change and environmental protection projects.

The EC aims to increase its focus on clean energy, nature and biodiversity as well as continue support for the circular economy and climate change mitigation.

For the next EU budget between 2021 and 2027, the Commission is proposing €1.95 billion of support under its LIFE program.

According to Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete, "A stronger LIFE programme will play an important role in expanding investments in climate action and clean energy across Europe. By continuing to support climate change mitigation and adaptation, LIFE will also continue to help the EU deliver on its climate goals and commitments under the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals." (Source: EC, Various Media, EnergyLive News, June, 2018) Contact: European Commission, Miguel Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, https://ec.europa.eu

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EC Proposes Sustainable Finance in Climate Change Fight (Int'l)
Global Witness,EC
Date: 2018-05-28
In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) announced last week an action plan on sustainable finance aimed at encouraging the EU financial sector to invest in a greener and cleaner low-carbon economy. The proposals are initially focused on environmental investments but social factors are expected to be included as the proposals progress.

The NGO Global Witness, known for its campaign against "blood diamonds", is calling for robust regulations to curb the excesses of financial deregulation which have driven global deforestation and other abuses that contribute to climate change.

The EC says it aims at becoming a global leader in fighting climate change and achieving the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions agreed at the COP21 Paris Climate accord meeting in December 2015. The impact of climate change already threatens financial stability and leads to major economic losses through floods, land erosion or droughts, the EC acknowledged. To achieve the EU's 2030 climate targets, approximately €180 billion per year of additional investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy would be needed. Mobilizing private capital to fund sustainable investment is essential, the EC added. (Source: EC, Brussels Times, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Global Witness, www.globalwitness.org; European Commission, Miguel Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, https://ec.europa.eu

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EC Seeks Heavy-Truck Carbon Emissions Cuts (Int'l Report)
European Commission
Date: 2018-05-14
In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) will reportedly vote this week on a plan to cut heavy-duty trucks' carbon dioxide emissions by 15 pct by 2025 and 30 pct by 2030. The proposals will offer incentives to encourage truckmakers to manufacture zero-emission vehicles but will not include mandatory production targets. The goals can be reassessed in 2022 in light of progress and technological developments. The European Parliament and national governments will need to approve the new rules, which are in line with an EC proposal for passenger vehicles made in November.

If the heave-duty truck proposals are approved it will be the first time the EU has set binding limits for heavy-duty vehicles' carbon dioxide emissions. Europe approved CO2 limits for passenger vehicles in 2009 and light commercial vehicles in 2011, which came into force in 2015 and 2017, respectively.

Trucks comprise about 5 pct of the vehicles on EU roads but generate nearly 25 pct of emissions, making them an important target of the 28-member trading bloc's carbon reduction efforts. (Source: Financial Times, 12 May, 2018) The EU committed in the Paris climate accord to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2030. (Source: EC, Financial Post, Various Media, May, 2018)

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EC Stiffening Transportation Emission Testing Protocols (Int'l)
EC
Date: 2018-05-11
The European Commission reports that the 28 EU member states have agreed to and rubber stamped a proposed World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) to strengthen auto and van emissions testing. WLTP will replace the mandatory 2017 New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) for all new cars from September 2018.

The Commission says it has agreed to further tighten Real Driving Emissions (RDE) legislation by introducing independent control of emissions of vehicles during their lifetime. The Commission also proposes that from 2021 all new cars and vans must have "standardized and accessible fuel and energy consumption monitoring on board of the vehicle".

Following a three-month scrutiny period in the European Parliament and Council, the Commission will adopt the proposals, which would go into force January 1, 2019. (Source: EC, Auto Manufacturer Online, Others, 10 May, 2018)

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EC, EIB Guide Clarifies Energy Performance Contracts (Int'l)
EC.European Investment Bank
Date: 2018-05-09
In Brussels, Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Commission, and the European Investment Bank (EIB) are launching a new Practitioner's Guide on the Statistical Treatment of Energy Performance Contracts.

The new Guide follows the Eurostat Guidance note on the revised treatment of Energy Performance Contracts in government accounts, issued in September 2017, and explains its practical application, making use of technical assistance resources from the European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH).

The Guide explains in detail how Energy Performance Contracts work and gives a clear overview of the potential impact on government finances. This will help Member States and other stakeholders to better understand the impact that the different features of these contracts have on the classification of the investment undertaken, on or off government balance sheet.

A major priority is energy efficiency as a part of a low-carbon economy. Here, so-called Energy Performance Contracts, or EPCs for short, can help mobilise private investment and expertise in energy efficiency in public sector buildings. Energy Performance in buildings is part of the legislative package "Clean Energy for all Europeans" -- a key element for achieving a resilient Energy Union and a forward-looking climate change policy.

The Practitioner's Guide on the Statistical Treatment of Energy Performance Contracts is available HERE. (Source: EuroStat, European Commission, PR 8 May, 2018) Contact: European Commission, Sara Soumillion, sara.soumillion@ec.europa.eu; EIB, Tim Smit , t.smit@eib.org, www.eib.org

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EU Increases Climate Change Budget to $383.2Bn (Int'l Report)
European Union,European Commissiuon
Date: 2018-05-07
In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) reports that over the period of 2012 to 2027 it will spend fully 25 pct of its budget -- $383.2 billion -- on climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts.

Under the 28 member trading bloc's current budget, $246.7 billion -- 20 pct of the budget -- is presently being spent out to 2020 on combating climate change through investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy, environmental protection, and other carbon reduction schemes. (Source: European Commission, EuroStat, EU Newsroom, 6 May, 2018)Contact: European Commission, Miguel Arias Canete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, https://ec.europa.eu

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EU ETS Emissions Rise First Time in Seven Years (Int'l Report)
EU ETS,EU
Date: 2018-04-04
The European Union Newsroom is reporting GHG emissions regulated by the trading block's Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) rose for the first time in seven years in 2017 due in part to stronger industrial output, according to European Commission data. About 45 pct of the EU's greenhouse gases is regulated by the EU ETS.

The EU ETS is expected to contribute about 65 pct of the reductions necessary to meet the EU's target of cutting emissions by 20 pct from 1990 levels.

UE ETS caps the emissions of around 12,000 power plants, factories, and airlines, forcing them to surrender one carbon permit for every tonne of CO2 emitted annually by the end of April of the following year. (Source: European Union Newsroom, Devdiscourse, 3 April, 2018) Contact: EU Newsroom, https://europa.eu/newsroom/home_en

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EU ETS
Date: 2018-03-28
/visitor.php?keyword=Carbon Emissions" target=_blank>Carbon Emissions,  

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2017 EU Carbon Emissions Rise Slightly (Int'l Report)
EU
Date: 2018-03-28
According to a poll of six market analysts by S&P Global Platts, carbon emissions from power plants and factories covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) rose 0.5 pct to 1,757.3 million mt in 2017 -- the first time since 2011 after industrial production slumped in the wake of the financial crisis of 2009-10.

The increase was attributed to increased industrial output across the 28-nation EU trading bloc. The European Commission will publish preliminary data on verified emissions for 2017 on April 3. The data will be used to establish compliance levels for more than 12,000 installations participating in the EU ETS. (Source: Platts, S&P Global, Mar., 2018)

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