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Monday, 29 May 2017

A call for project proposals for the second ACP-EU Energy Facility has been opened on the 9th October 2013. The theme of the call for proposals is energy and fragility. "Fragile states” is the term used for countries facing particularly severe development challenges: weak institutional capacity, poor governance, and political instability causing a reduced resilience to shocks such as economic crisis and natural hazards. Often these countries experience on-going violence as the residue of past severe conflict. Fragile states have acute energy needs that often require different approaches than those applied in other countries.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Several European governments fear the collapse of the bio-fuels industry because they had already invested in the feedstock-based fuels before the EU began advocating a move away from them, reports Euractiv. On Wednesday,11,September,2013 The European Parliament  voted to limit the use of fuels made from food crops to 6% of overall transport fuel demand in the European Union in 2020 because of fears that bio-fuels can push up grain prices or damage the climate.

Friday, 27 September 2013

European Parliament has called for a cap on the use of traditional biofuels and a speedy switchover to new biofuels from alternative sources such as seaweed and waste, in a vote on draft legislation on Wednesday. The measures aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that result from the increasing turnover of agricultural land to biofuel production.

Friday, 13 September 2013

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.