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Europe’s biofuel dispute splits the industry

A divisive European debate over the green credentials of biofuels has stalled investment and threatens the future of some producers, but could also create lucrative opportunities, companies said on Tuesday. After a two-year investigation, the European Commission has decided that

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Biodiesel Production Poised for Outstanding Growth

The global biofuel industry has been witnessing sustainable growth and developments for the past few years in the backdrop of depleting fossil fuels and degradation of environmental conditions. Compared to ethanol, the global biodiesel industry is still at its infancy;

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EU bioethanol group weighs U.S. subsidy lawsuit

European bioethanol producers will decide by the end of March whether to file a legal complaint with the European Commission over U.S. subsidies, the EU’s main bioethanol lobby said. Producers such as Germany’s CropEnergies and Spain’s Abengoa are gathering data

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Call to end EU biofuel perks

Global environmental organisation Wetlands International has called for an end to incentives for biofuels in the European Union (EU). It said such incentives had resulted in direct and indirect land use change, like in Malaysia where huge areas of peat

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Biofuel operators slam European Commission for legislative vacuum

Biofuel market operators slammed the European Commission Tuesday for a legislative vacuum on the implementation of sustainability criteria for renewable fuels in Europe after a deadline to adopt a directive came and went in December. The December 5, 2010 deadline

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EU’s transport sector will comprise of 80% biofuels by 2050

80% of the EU’s transport fuel needs could be met with biofuels by the year 2050, according to an independent study published by the Öko-Institut. Commissioned on behalf of The Greens/European Free Alliance group in the European Parliament, the study

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Biofuels Can Ease the Impact of Hazardous Oil Prices

This week the International Energy Agency (IEA) issued a wakeup call to the world that high oil prices pose a threat to the stability of an already fragile recovering global economy. The IEA went on to recommend that oil-consuming countries

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Ethanol venture gets EU approval

European regulators approved on Tuesday a joint venture between oil giant Shell and Brazil’s top ethanol producer, Cosan. The European Commission said it had cleared under merger regulations a joint venture between Shell Brazil Holding B.V., belonging to Britain’s Shell

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New biofuel standard coming to German pumps in 2011

As of January 1, 2011, German drivers will have the option to fuel up their cars with new Super E10, a biofuel with higher ethanol content. The change is part of Germany’s plan to incrementally decrease its carbon emissions, with the goal of

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European report admits doubts over ‘green’ biofuels

Europe’s green fudge over biofuels is set to continue for another six months after an official report out today acknowledges growing biofuels can create carbon emissions. The European Commission’s Report on Indirect Land Use Change admits that the environmental credentials

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