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The EU climate and energy package welcomed by EuropaBio

I’ve just received a press release from EuropaBio, which explains why the organisation likes the recently approved EU Climate and Energy Package…. Here it is. European Parliament’s approval of the Climate and Energy Package provides the European biotech industry with a predictable business environment to develop advanced biofuels   Brussels 17 December 2008   The […]

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Biofuels subsidies at root of carbon dioxide problem

Subsidies for biofuels in the UK could be much better spent in environmental terms by helping the developing world cut back on the generation of carbon dioxide from deforestation and using unsustainable fuels such as peat, according to the Policy exchange in a report The Root of the Matter. The report calls for better valuation […]

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Abengoa irritates European Federation for Transport and Environment

Abengoa irritates European Federation for Transport and Environment. The is the response from the EFTE, good points about fuel efficiency.I particularly like this statement from EFTE Running Europe’s fleet of heavy, gas-guzzling cars on biofuels ratherthan petrol is no cure. If Europe truly wants to end its addiction tooil, it should start by making cars […]

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European Ethanol Association

There is a new trade group designed to promote industrial ethanol in the European Union… called the Industrial Ethanol Association. It has an interesting view of fair trade in ethanol…

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European Union’s biofuels subsidies measured

The Size and scope of the European Union’s biofuels subsidies is outlined in a new report from the Global Subsidies Initiative, which recently looked at biofuel subsidies in OECD members. Taking some of the key findnings Transfers per tonne of CO2-equivalent removed are estimated to be between 575 and 800 euros for ethanol made from […]

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Biofuels are bad for the planet (again)

Trans National Insitute (which calls itself a world wide fellowship of committed scholar-activists (they’d hardly be uncommited)) has published Paving the way for agrofuels: an unsustainable path It starts by stating: In the face of the climate change threat and the increasing scarcity of fossil fuels, agrofuels are being heavily promoted as a means to […]

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Franz Fischler talks about biofuel

Franz Fischler, a former European Commissioner in charge of agriculture talks about biofuels, profitability and energy balances over on Domestic fuel. Worth checking out. One of his later sentences is telling… he says: To meet the EU’s target of 10% renewable fuel target by 2020 but we are also aware that this is only achievable […]

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EU responds to OECD over biofuels

The European Commission has come out fighting in its assertion that biofuels are a good thing, in response to an earlier comment from the OECD which said that subsidies for biofuels are distorting markets and fueling food price inflation. The EU’s response was reported by Philippa Jones in ICIS News. (Disclosure: I work for ICIS: […]

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Fuel efficiency to be main focus at Frankfurt Motor Show

Fuel efficiency to be main focus at Frankfurt Motor Show, according to Product reviews net. This has to be a good thing. There is little point in people switching to biofuels (which are very resource intensive — it takes as much corn to fill a gas tank with ethanol as it would to feed a […]

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EU opens distillation tender

EU opens distillation tender to convert unwanted wine into industrial ethanol, according to the Turkish Daily News. The distillation will help take excessive wine off the market and support prices in Europe. As I said in July, this is not a satisfactory state of affairs, why can’t the market operate and to help people pay […]

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