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Thursday, 21 September 2017

If biofuels received no EU policy support, the price of food stuffs such as vegetable oil would be 50% lower in Europe by 2020 than at present – and 15% lower elsewhere in the world – according to new research by the EU’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), quoted by EurActiv, and published on 5 September.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

The impact of EU biofuels on the increase in the global food prices in the recent years has been insignificant, Dr. Harald von Witzke, Professor and Chair for International Agricultural Trade and Development at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany said at a conference of EU-Biofuel Policy hosted by the Representation of Bavaria to the European Union (EU) on 5 September in Brussels.

Thursday, 05 September 2013

Taking into consideration the indirect land-use change emissions (known as ILUC) of traditional biofuels is the best available option to reduce negative environmental impacts, Chris Malins, expert from the nonprofit organization “International Council on Clean Transportation,” writes for EurActiv.

Wednesday, 04 September 2013

The “Energy for all“ objective should be one of the development goals in the post-2015 agenda, the representatives of the 15 Economic Community Of West African states (ECOWAS) at the 10th session of the ACP-EU Regional Joint Parliamentary Assembly - held in Abuja (Nigeria) on 17-19 July – concluded.

Friday, 02 August 2013

Draft legal measures to cap traditional biofuel production and accelerate the switchover to a new generation of products from other sources, such as seaweed and or certain types of waste, were approved by the European Parliament Environment Committee on Thursday, 11th of July. These measures aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions due to the growing use of farmland to produce biofuel crops.

A new study released by Friends of the Earth, and drafted by Tim Searchinger, a Princeton University research scholar and biofuels expert, shows that the existing modelling data used by the European Union to establish the effects of "indirect land use change (ILUC)" caused by growing fuel crops is faulted.

A grant of €27 million will be invested into enabling framework conditions for renewable energy and energy efficiency in Nigeria, as part of a programme “Energising Access to Sustainable Energy” (EASE), the European Commission announced on 4th of July.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

MEPs voted on April 16 against a proposal to shore up the price of carbon in the Emissions Trading System (ETS) - the EU system for trading greenhouse gas emission allowances.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Grant funding of $255 (€155) million and concessional loans of $380 (€290) million will support over 40 of projects, which aim to advance renewable energy across the Pacific. The support will come from donors and the private sector, and was announced at the Pacific Energy Summit, which was co-hosted by the EU and the The New Zealand Governmen in Auckland on March 24-26.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

A majority of EU environment ministers expressed concern over the European Commission’s proposed 5% cap on the inclusion of biofuels in member states’ renewable energy targets, despite evidence that the fuel can have a worse impact on carbon emissions than conventionally extracted oil, and that demand for fuels from grain crops like wheat or soy would drive higher food prices and encourage land-grabs in countries producing the monoculture feedstocks.