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EU Ethanol Policy
An overview of European ethanol and the policies driving its adoption
Policies in the European Union
UNICA pleased with Environment Committee support for Bioethanol
“UNICA congratulates European Members of the European Parliament for confirming the need to promote biofuels which have the highest environmental credentials, ...
The European Commission now does Full U-Turn on Decarbonizing European Transport
Apparently, the current European Commission’s long term strategy is now formally not to have one. On Wednesday, this Commission formally mapped out, in the ...
Message to IPCC on Climate Change: More Attention to Detail on Brazilian Sugarcane
This week the United Nations scientific panel on climate change (IPCC) published its latest report on climate change. The report, echoing its past findings ...
Innovation: good for business, good for the environment!
Yesterday, President Dilma Rousseff visited the Sugarcane Technology Center (CTC), a world leading technology company gathering knowledge of the entire ...
The EU 2030 Strategy for Climate Change and Energy: A Missed Opportunity to Decarbonize Transport?
With the European Commission days away from releasing its policy proposal on so-called 2030 climate and energy targets, it’s worth taking stock of how this ...
Countdown starts for the biofuels’ verdict in the EU
Ahead of the adoption of the Political Agreement on the ILUC dossier in the Energy Council on 12 December 2013, a group of NGOs put out a briefing on the ...
Reviewing the RED
The moment has come for the EU to review one of the main pieces of legislation that influenced the EU biofuels and transport policies in the last few years: ...
Making the right choices now
2016 is the ‘year of implementation’. The year we will have to put together the measures needed not only to achieve the 2030 Framework targets and Energy Union ...
Beyond the “conventional v/s advanced biofuels” dilemma: sustainable biofuels should win!
A few days ago, I was listening to the speech of Vice-President Šefčovič’s at a high-level event in Brussels on biofuels. He said that “all main alternative ...
Sugarcane at the crossroad of agriculture, energy, transport and innovation
This week UNICA’s President Elizabeth Farina was supposed to attend the Apex-Brazil conference in Brussels and talk about the EU-Mercosur trade agreement. The ...
UNICA's contribution to the EU public consultation on the reform of the RED
UNICA's contribution to the EU public consultation on the sustainability of bioenergy
Talkin’ ‘bout my (second) generation
To kick the season off, I’ll be in Stockholm this week to talk about second generation biofuels, and in particular the outlook for ethanol produced in ...
What’s your first-generation biofuels literacy?
On April 22, we celebrate International Mother Earth Day. Many people want to take action on that occasion by planting a tree or informing themselves on ...
Are EU sustainability criteria for biofuels compatible with WTO rules?
That’s the question many of us are grappling with today. With the aim of meeting environmental goals, the European Commission is now due to finalize the very ...
UNICA's Comments to EC's Consultation on Indirect Land Use Change Impacts of Biofuels
Environmental Goods Agreement - how green are the EGA negotiations?
I recently attended a conference in Brussels on the negotiations of the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA). Quite disappointingly, ethanol is not part of the ...
Biofuels, the missing link
After two intense weeks of confirmation hearings in the Parliament, the Junker Commission has been confirmed by the Parliament. It was described by Mr Juncker ...
Our New Year’s Resolutions for the Reduction of Transport Emissions
Well before we started thinking about our New Year’s resolutions, the European Commission published on 16 December its work programme for 2015. We can only ...
Ethanol and Bioelectricity: Sugarcane in the Future of the Energy Matrix
Global Policies
An overview of important government policies that will play a major role in determining whether sugarcane realizes its full potential.
Relevant Facts about E10 in Germany
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The Good, the Bad & The Ugly… about ILUC
After the disappointment of not winning concessions from Member States on any of their main points, MEPs have – against the will of many – voted in favour of ...
Unica Joins Global Renewable Fuels Alliance
On July, 13th, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) welcomes UNICA and President, Elizabeth Farina as its newest member. “Brazil is truly a ...
New Ecofys study guts "land grabbing" charges against EU biofuel policy
Ecofys, a well-respected Dutch consultancy, is out with a new study that effectively eviscerates the association of biofuels with “land grabbing,” that ...
On the Road Again
I hope you’ve all had a great winter break and that you’re well rested for what promises to be an exciting year in terms of the transport and energy policy ...
UNICA Position on European Union Efforts to Amend the RED/FQD and to Account for the Indirect Effects of Biofuels
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