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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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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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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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Malaysia and Indonesia warn that EU is hampering palm oil trade

Indonesia and Malaysia warned on Tuesday that new European rules to ensure the sustainability of biofuels might hamper their exports of palm oil and breach rules on free trade. But they stopped short of threatening action at the World Trade

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Forced use of biofuels could hit food production, EU warned

Plans to make European motorists use more biofuels could take an area the size of Ireland out of food production by 2020 and accelerate climate change, a study has found. The report by the independent Institute for European Environmental Policy

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EU Biofuels Goals May Increase Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Lobby Groups Say

Biofuels targets in the European Union could raise emissions of greenhouse gases because forests and wetlands will be destroyed to grow the crops necessary, nine environmental groups said in a study. Energy targets for 23 of the EU’s 27 members

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EU biofuels policy could create “major environmental pressure”

EU biofuels policy does not adequately protect the environment against negative consequences, according to a study reviewing the indirect land use change (ILUC) impact of the EU’s planned increase in biofuels use up to 2020. Based on newly released national

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Germany to raise it’s bioethanol blending in gasoline

The German cabinet will vote on Wednesday on a proposal to raise the maximum level of bioethanol allowed in blended gasoline to 10 percent in January 2011 from 5 percent now, the country’s environment ministry said on Monday. The move

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