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Challenges and risks of low ILUC-risk certification for the biofuel sector

With Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/807 the European Commission defined several options to certify low ILUC-risk feedstock for EU biofuels. Now that the criteria have been worked out and tested, it becomes clear that the approaches are highly complex, while the additional yields will likely be small. If low ILUC-risk certification …

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Strategic support on understanding of the renewable energy and fuel regulatory and market landscape

For: A downstream oil and gas company [January 2023 – December 2023] Our client sought our assistance in navigating the complexities of the transition of the transport fuel sector towards higher shares of renewable energy. Specifically, they required insights how the national implementation of the EU Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) …

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Europe needs more advanced biofuels to rapidly reduce transport emissions

“I believe renewable fuels can contribute much more to decarbonisation than the policymakers want at the moment.” … says Carlo Hamelinck, partner at studio Gear Up, recently interviewed for an article of the ‘Future Beyond Fossil’ Stories, an UPM Biofore initiative. UPM is planning a new biorefinery, in Rotterdam the …

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Higher ambitions, but potentially more fossil

The unintended impacts of the inclusion of hydrogen to contribute to the SAF-mandates in the ReFuelEU Aviation preliminary agreement of May 2023 On May 2, 2023, the European Council, Commission and Parliament reached a preliminary agreement on making the aviation sector in Europe more sustainable. This agreement, called ReFuelEU Aviation, …

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Master Lectures on Renewable Fuels

For: HAN Automotive [May 2023] [May 2022] [Jan – Mar 2020] At the Automotive department of the HAN University of Applied Science Master students are educated in engine and fuel development and optimisation to secure proper, clean and efficient operation. In 2020, 2022 and 2023 Eric van den Heuvel provided …

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Understanding Fit-for-55

For: Various Netherlands companies active in transport fuels market [July 2021 – date] Summer 2021, the European Commission published the Green Deal Fit for 55 package: a legislative package full of proposals for new Directives and Regulations that collectively should lead to 55% lower greenhouse gas emissions in europe, compared …

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EU-India Stakeholder Group on Advanced biofuels

Under the auspices of the EU-India Clean Energy and Climate Partnership, a project funded by the European Union [February 2023 – December 2024] Eric van den Heuvel will participate as an individual expert in the Stakeholder Group on Advanced Biofuels (SGAB). The stakeholder group has been established on 8 February …

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Workshop over kosteneffectieve invulling RED3-doelen

Voor: RVO / Platform Hernieuwbare Brandstoffen [november – december 2022] Het Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat is in voorbereiding voor de imnplementatie van RED3. Bij de opzet van het systeem wordt overwogen om sectorspecifieke verplichtingen in te stellen voor wegverkeer, zeevaart en lichtvaart en daarboven op ook een ‘sector-vrije’ verplichting. …

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Quick-scan analysis on the ‘Renewable energy in transport’ multiplier for biofuels in shipping

For: RVO – Netherlands Enterprise Agency [October 2022] RVO, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, asked studio Gear Up for a concise analysis on the height of the multiplier that currently is used for bunkering advanced biofuels to the maritime sector. The specific question concerned whether a change to the factor for …

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Accelerating Energy Independence and Emission Reduction: the role of advanced biofuels in transport

a hybrid EurActiv event on 6 September 2022, Brussels/online Carlo Hamelinck of studio Gear Up will be one of the panelists at an Euroactive event that discusses the role of low-carbon liquid fuels and especially advanced biofuels in the energy transition in Europe. The panelists will reflect on the proposal …

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