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Renewable energy in transport in NL more than doubled in ten years time, yet share fossil still above 90%

From 2011 to 2020 the share of renewable energy in the Dutch transport sector grew from 3,4% to 9,1%. This is a big achievement but yet the inconvenient reality is that still more than 90% of energy used in transport is still from fossil source (see Figure 1). In national …

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Research on the deployment of food and feed crop based biofuels in the Netherlands

For: Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Department Sustainable Mobility (Min IenW/DuMo) [July – August 2021] During the debates in Parliament of the required changes to the Wet Milieubeheer (Law Environmental Management) to implement the Renewable Energy Directive one member of Parliament submitted a motion in which the phase …

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sGU-Rapport ‘Inzet van biobrandstoffen uit voedsel- en voedergewassen’

Een onderzoek van studio Gear Up in opdracht van het Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Waterstaat n.a.v. de aangehouden Motie (35626-21) van Kamerlid De Hoop over een afbouwpad van biobrandstoffen uit voedsel- en voedergewassen. Het rapport is hier te downloaden. In de Kamerbrief van Staatssecretaris Van Weyenberg van 8 oktober waarin …

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Achieving a climate negative Netherlands in 2030

Dutch national newspaper De Volkskrant investigates how six extreme Missions for the Netherlands can be realized before 2030. This can be considered as a comment to the European Commission’s “Fit for 55” package to achieve 55% less climate impact in 2030 (published mid July). The ‘Missions’ the newspaper explore go …

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Greenhouse gas savings from biofuels in Germany

For: VDB – Verband der Deutschen Biokraftstoffindustrie e.V. [March – April 2021] The most complex topic related to the sustainability of biofuels is Indirect Land Use Change, or ILUC. This is, simply said, the rippling effect that an increasing demand for biofuels feedstock can have in global agriculture, and which could lead to land …

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Analysis of the passenger car market in some EU MSs

A presentation in FuelsEurope’s webinar on ‘Ensuring social inclusiveness” Loes Knotter presented during FuelsEurope’s “#ReFuels Week” webinar series first results of an analysis on available budgets for purchase new (or second hand) cars of various household income groups in some EU Member States. Her presentation is found here. The video …

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Transport fuels from plastic waste

Dutch national newspaper De Volkskrant published an article (by Bard van de Weijer) about transport fuels made from non-recyclable plastic waste. A good idea or not? Read the article (in Dutch) via this link.  Eric van den Heuvel, partner at studio Gear Up, was one of the interviewees. He argued for a change in perspective …

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Mandates for sustainable aviation fuels in the EU

How can mandates for sustainable aviation fuels help the broader bioenergy scale-up challenge? This was the central question in a presentation studio Gear Up gave at an Aviation Workshop at the 2021 European Biomass Conference and Exhibition on 29 April 2021. Eric van den Heuvel was one of the two …

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Understanding the technology and policy landscape of sustainable aviation fuels

For: Innovation Quarter [November 2020 – March 2021] Innovation Quarter (IQ) is the regional economic development agency for the province of Zuid-Holland with the mission to strengthen the regional economic structure by stimulating the innovation potential of this unique delta region. IQ does this in close collaboration with all major …

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EC should design policies to end the use of fossil fuels

Blog by Kyriakos Maniatis, David Chiaramonti, Eric van den Heuvel*) Post COVID-19 recovery and 2050 climate change targets: Shift from promotion of renewables to mandated curtailment of fossil fuels in EU policies COVID-19 has brought unprecedented loss to human life and detriment to the global economy. The use of fossil …

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