Renewable energy

Dutch Minister wants an obligation for sustainable aviation fuels

Within three years from now, airplanes in Europe should be obliged to partially use sustainable aviation fuels, wrote Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, in a letter (3 March 2020) to Parliament. Together with a group of EU Member States she wants to accelerate the transition …

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18% renewable energy in EU28 by 2018 – 82% to go

18% renewable energy in total energy use in EU28 by 2018, show data of Eurostat. So more than 80% still fossil. We have to gear up.   Renewable use in heating an cooling provides largest contribution (> 100 Mtoe) in energy demand. Heating and cooling is half of all energy needs …

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Quick scan on sustainable biomass supply-chains

For: Solidaridad [Sep – Dec 2019] Solidaridad is an development NGO that works towards sustainable production of various agro-based commodities. In particular, the organization aims at strengthening the social conditions and structures of smallholders at the beginning of supply chains. This project was about exploring in a quick scan the …

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Support to development of strategic positioning in a low-carbon context

For: FinCo Fuel Group BV [Mar – Dec 2019] studio Gear Up provided regulatory and technological insights on the policy and market developments of renewable Fuels to FinCo Fuel Group as input for an evaluation on a possible strategic positioning of the company in a changing contextual environment.

Expert advisor to the Alternative and Renewable Transport Fuels Forum

For: European Commission [Jan 2019 – now] The Alternative and Renewable Transport Fuels Forum (ART Fuels Forum) is a forum initiated by DG Energy and DG MOVE of the European Commission in which European production industry, transport end user industry and other stakeholders explore policy and market issues impacting the …

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European Green Deal: don’t overlook liquids!

[Blog for Friends of Europe] To bring down greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – in the context of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement to keep the world’s temperature rise well below 2°C and preferably below 1.5°C – the share of renewable energy in the power and the transport sector needs to …

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EU is challenged to curb its rising energy consumption

Eurostat published early 2019 a press release that in 2017 energy consumption in the EU, again, has increased 1% compared to the year before. For three years in a row now energy consumption in EU28 is increasing. This makes it more difficult to achieve the energy efficiency improvement target. In …

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Nederland zeker nog geen koploper op klimaatgebied

Fractievoorzitters Buma en Dijkhoff kunnen rustig gaan slapen door Eric van den Heuvel, Loes Knotter Tijdens de algemene beschouwingen maakten fractievoorzitters Buma (CDA) en Dijkhoff (VVD) zich zorgen dat Nederland met haar plannen voor sterke CO2-reductie in 2030 te ver voor de troepen uit loopt. Ze hoeven zich geen zorgen …

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Full Focus on electric vehicles is not enough to bring down carbon emissions in the Netherlands

Although December 2016 showed another record-high for electric vehicles in the Netherlands, also other low-carbon options are urgently needed to further reduce transport emissions. 31,6%, in December 2016, was the highest share for full electric (FEV) and plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) passengers vehicles in the monthly new car registrations in …

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In today’s European energy landscape – only renewables show growth

The strong dominance of fossil resources (share-wise) in energy consumption can make it easy to overlook the disruptive changes that are taking place in today’s energy landscape: for more than a decade now, total energy consumption has been going down in the European Union – at the cost of fossil fuels. …

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