Eric van den Heuvel

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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2030 CO2 emission targets in transport demand 30% reduction of fossil fuels use

To achieve the 2030 CO2 emission reduction targets that are in line with the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR), fossil energy use in transport will have to be capped to a level of maximum 9 thousand PJ, nearly 30% lower than the 2017 amount of 12,7 thousand PJ. The current targets …

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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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Research into a blending obligation for sustainable aviation fuels

For: Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management [Aug – Dec 2019] February 2019 The Netherlands aviation stakeholders and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management adopted the Draft Agreement Sustainable Aviation. It covers international aviation, inland aviation and ground-bound activities. The Agreement expressed the ambition that in 2030 at …

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Management of the Netherlands Platform Sustainable Biofuels

For: The Netherlands Platform Sustainable Biofuels [Oct 2016 – now] Executing the daily management of the independent knowledge and innovation Platform (i) to support the decarbonization of the transport sector and (ii) to enable the builds up of a biobased economy in The Netherlands. Studio Gear Up is in charge …

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Expert support on Advanced Biofuels

For: DG Energy of European Commission [Jan – Dec 2019] In this support contract to DG Energy of the European Commission, studio Gear Up provided support services during the 2nd EU-India Conference on Advanced Biofuels, held in New Delhi, March 2019. In another project under this contract studio Gear Up …

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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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EV-target achieved one year earlier, but 2020 is a year to watch

11% of 2019-registered passenger cars in The Netherlands have a plug Early December 2019, at the time of this blog, data by RVO on new car registrations up to November indicate that The Netherlands have achieved one of the targets agreed in the Green Deal Electric Transport 2016-2020. For 2020 …

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