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Sep 23, 2021
UK government offers €256 million grants for firms to cut fossil fuel reliance
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Sep 21, 2021
The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) have said that volatile global gas prices have demonstrated the urgent need to diversify and decarbonise the UK’s domestic energy system. Industry group Oil & Gas UK said wholesale prices for gas are up 250% since January - with a 70% rise since August. Exposure to global market prices is of particular... [Read More]

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Sep 17, 2021
POET has release of its inaugural sustainability report, which outlines the company’s focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives. POET established several ESG goals, including the achievement of net-zero carbon at its bioprocessing facilities by 2050. In addition, POET has pledged to ensure that its renewable, plant-based bioethanol reduces greenhouse... [Read More]

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Sep 17, 2021
The European Commission has approved the prolongation of the tax exemption measure for biofuels in Sweden. Sweden has exempted liquid biofuels from energy and CO₂ taxation since 2002. The measure has already been extended several times, the last time being in October 2020. The Commission has now approved an additional one-year extension of the tax exemption from 1... [Read More]

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Sep 2, 2021
DNV's new Maritime Forecast to 2050 features an updated carbon risk management framework including a new ‘decarbonisation stairway’ model to help shipowners map a path to sustainability. The launch of the world’s leading classification society’s latest Maritime Forecast to 2050 is part of the Energy Transition Outlook (ETO) suite of reports. Conceived to help... [Read More]

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Aug 27, 2021
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recommended retroactively lowering biofuel blending mandates for 2020, Reuters reported. According to Reuters, two sources familiar with the matter shared the details after the agency sent a proposal on the mandates to the White House for review. The move could provide immediate relief to oil refiners that have to... [Read More]

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Aug 24, 2021
Sixteen US Senators have written to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan, urging the EPA to mitigate the harm imposed on consumers and refiners by the Renewable Fuel Standard’s (RFS) ‘unachievable mandates’. In the letter, the Senators requested that the EPA waive or significantly reduce the volume of requirements for 2020,... [Read More]

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Aug 9, 2021
Renewable fuels in the UK fuel supply achieved an aggregated greenhouse gas (GHG) saving of 83% compared to fossil fuels, according the latest UK Government figures. Accounting for emissions from indirect land-use change (ILUC) reduced this GHG saving to 78%. This quarterly release covered the supply of renewable fuel in 2020, based on data available on 18 June 2021,... [Read More]

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Aug 4, 2021
The oilseed harvest in the EU-27 is likely to see yet another rise this year following a bumper crop of soybean and sunflower seeds. The rapeseed harvest has also seen an increase in the past 12 months. The EU Commission currently estimates output for 2021 at 30.6 million tonnes. This will translate to a rise of just under 11% over the previous year. However, production... [Read More]

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Jul 30, 2021
The biofuels industry has supported the European Commission’s proposal to end the statistical inflation of waste-based biofuels in the EU’s road transport energy mix - a practice they say masks the use of fossil fuels. The revised 2.2% target for advanced biofuels, such as used cooking oil, is lower than the 3.5% proposed in the 2018 renewable energy directive. The... [Read More]

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Jul 30, 2021
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned that the reliance on taxation as the solution for cutting aviation emissions in the EU’s ‘Fit for 55’ proposal is counter-productive to the goal of sustainable aviation. EU policy needs to support practical emission reduction measures such as incentives for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and modernisation... [Read More]

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Jun 14, 2021
The importance of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to decarbonisation of the aviation sector has been raised during a meeting of the Prince of Wales’ Sustainable Markets Initiative (SMI). As part of the UK-hosted G7 Summit, world leaders were challenged to collectively commit to mandates for the use of SAF. During discussions on the need for coordinated action to tackle... [Read More]

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Jun 7, 2021
India has brought forward its target of blending petroleum with 20% ethanol by five years in its efforts to accelerate towards renewables and make its overall energy basket cleaner, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said. Modi, who was speaking on the occasion of the World Environment Day, said the country would now aim to achieve the target of 20% blending by 2025, instead... [Read More]

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May 28, 2021
French group Total, one of the world’s biggest energy companies, is preparing to change its name to TotalEnergies to signal its diversification towards cleaner energy sources. The group, founded in 1924 as the Compagnie francaise des petroles, proposed the new name at a shareholders’ general assembly. “The group is expressing its intention to transform itself... [Read More]

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May 27, 2021
Five EU countries have demanded the European Commission establish a framework for stricter supervision of the use of biofuels in the bloc in the wake of a number of cases of fraud relating the sale of used cooking oil (UCO) of unsustainable origin as transport fuel. EURACTIV reported that the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany and Luxembourg issued a joint statement... [Read More]


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