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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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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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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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Verkoop nieuwe personenauto’s en de klimaatopdracht

Nederlandse wagenpark blijft groeien Sinds 2000 zijn er 32% meer auto’s op de weg gekomen. Gemiddeld genomen zijn deze 17% zwaarder geworden. De gewichtstoename komt deels door EU-eisen ten aanzien van veiligheid en deels door meer zware auto’s op de weg. Gekeken vanuit ambities van een circulaire economie met beperken grondstofgebruik betekent deze …

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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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RED-2 of European Commission should limit fossil, not renewable fuels

Stagnation of share of renewables in transport in post-2020 period Since early 2000s biofuels in transport have been supported by policy. For two reasons. One is the contribution they make to carbon reduction and the other for their capacity to reducing the fossil oil dependency of the transport sector. Biofuels are …

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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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