Renewable fuels

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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Mobility Monitor 2023

For: NOVE – Netherlands Business Association for Independent Fuel Suppliers [February 2022 – March 2024] For Dutch-based NOVE, the Netherlands Business Association for Independent Fuel Suppliers, studio Gear Up developed an annually recurring Mobility Monitor that provides insights on vehicle fleet volumes development and indicates how the liquid and gaseous …

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How to overcome incoherency in EU policy policy on the energy-agriculture nexus?

Agriculture and the provision of renewable energy are inherently intertwined. However, the policy fields of agriculture and renewable energy in the EU, are not yet meeting. EU agricultural policy is predominantly focused on securing the production of food and feed products while largely neglecting its role in providing feedstock for …

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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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Introducing the Dutch policy landscape surrounding renewable fuels: Opportunities for HBE-trading

For: Multinational fuel company [July – September 2023] We assisted a multinational fuel company, who wants to supply biofuels to the Dutch transport sector. To evaluate opportunities in the North West European market, they especially wanted to better understand the Dutch regulations governing renewable fuels, in particular the so-called HBE …

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What you’ve missed: the Amsterdam ETS 2 workshop

During the ETS 2 workshop on the 29th of September in Amsterdam we introduced the upcoming legislative trading system known as ETS 2, and uncovered its scope, workings, and implications. Together with the participants we delved into the relevant concepts that are tied to this system and answered their most pressing …

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What is needed for drop-in advance biofuels industry built-up in EU

Subcontracted by: Exergia Energy and Environment Consultants S.A.For: CINEA – European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency [June – September 2023] studio Gear Up (Eric van den Heuvel) provided senior expert review to one of the draft chapters of the “Study on Development of Outlook for the Necessary Means to …

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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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Compliance risk for obligated parties due to lack of (planned) eSAF production volumes 

ReFuelEU Aviation has set first mandates for the blending of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF, and eSAF when produced from renewable electricity). Some production plants are already in operation and many more have been announced. From 2030 onwards production volumes, in particular for eSAF, need to ramp up following the set …

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