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European Parliament sets stage for a battle over biofuels

28/11/2017

Industry Committee vote falls short of what is needed to fix the Commission’s RED II proposal

BRUSSELS, 28 November 2017 – The report adopted today by the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and…


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Joint statement from EU Biofuels Value Chain on EP Transport Committee vote

09/11/2017

Transport Committee rejection of RED II opinion shows Parliament strongly divided on crop-based biofuels

Brussels, 9 November 2017 – The European Parliament Transport Committee’s decision to reject …


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European Parliament sends mixed message on crop-based biofuels

24/10/2017

Move to ban crop-based biofuels threatens EU climate-change mission and kills incentives to invest in advanced renewables

BRUSSELS, 24 October 2017 – The European Parliament environment committee’s v…


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Environment Committee’s vote on RED II wrongly penalises conventional biofuels

24/10/2017

Joint statement from the EU Biofuels Value Chain calls for EU to recognise importance of conventional biofuels to energy, transport and agriculture

Brussels, 24 October 2017 – The European Parliament…


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EU risks making a sour deal with Mercosur

03/10/2017

Opening EU markets to Brazilian ethanol would hit Europe’s farmers and work against its climate and energy policy

BRUSSELS – The impending trade deal between the EU and Mercosur for an annual quota …


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New data: Europe’s ethanol industry produces low-carbon fuel and high-protein feed

14/09/2017

Statistics from European renewable ethanol association members in 2016 show high GHG-reduction compared to petrol, important production of animal feed

BRUSSELS – European renewable ethanol associatio…


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European Commission study highlights benefits of higher ethanol fuel blends

29/08/2017

Newly released report finds that increasing ethanol in petrol helps improve air quality and reduces oil dependency

BRUSSELS, 29 August 2017 – A new report published by the European Commission highlig…


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MEPs support keeping sustainable European biofuels in the EU energy mix

29/06/2017

Brussels, 29 June 2017 – The European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee voted Thursday on its opinion on the European Strategy for Low Emission Mobility – and sh…


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Renewable European ethanol delivered higher greenhouse gas savings than ever before in 2016

07/06/2017

According to latest producer data, ethanol production and use scored better than 66% average savings over fossil petrol – yet another increase in ethanol’s EU decarbonisation performance.

Brussels, 7 J…


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More ambition needed to decarbonise EU transport, energy experts say

26/01/2017

Commission should not ignore contribution of GHG-saving conventional biofuels

Brussels – Europe needs a realistic mix of renewable energy solutions – including low-emission options such as sustainably …


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Poll: Europeans want EU policy to promote crop-based biofuels

23/01/2017

Europeans overwhelmingly support the use of conventional biofuels made from crops and believe EU policy should encourage it, according to an EU-wide opinion survey released today. More than 69 percent…


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Experts tell MEPs: Proposal to phase out conventional biofuels threatens EU climate ambitions

10/01/2017

The European Commission's proposed phase-out of conventional biofuels by 2030 threatens to remove one of the EU's best options for reducing greenhouse gases and decarbonising transport, energy experts…


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ePURE appoints new Secretary General

19/12/2016

The European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) has named Emmanuel Desplechin as its new Secretary General effective immediately, replacing Robert Wright.


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Commission’s proposal to phase out conventional biofuels ignores science and jeopardises biofuel investments

30/11/2016

The European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) regrets the European Commission’s intentions to phase out, or significantly reduce, the use of conventional biofuels in Europe, contained in the prop…


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Commission’s biofuel plans will cost Europe’s cereal and beet farmers at least €2 billion per year

10/11/2016

On the occasion of the World Ethanol & Biofuels conference taking place in Brussels, the European Association of Sugar Manufacturers (CEFS), the European Confederation of Maize Production (CEPM), …


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Europe’s 2030 renewables policy needs a strong approach on biofuels

04/10/2016

The European Commission should apply its own latest available science on biofuels if the EU renewable energy policy is to be a success, says the European renewable ethanol association (ePURE).


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European ethanol’s greenhouse gas savings increase 8.5% in 2015, now at 64% direct savings – new industry statistics

22/09/2016

European ethanol’s direct greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) savings compared to fossil fuel have increased from 59% in 2014 to 64% in 2015, an increase of 8.5% against the 2014 figure, according to new i…


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CETA threatens to trigger US ethanol exports to EU through the back door - ePURE

22/09/2016

The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA), which is to be discussed by the EU’s Trade Ministers during the informal Council meeting in Bratislava on 23 September, is a major threat t…


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EU should strengthen existing sustainability rules for biofuels and promote only the most sustainable

22/07/2016

A European Court of Auditors report published yesterday has found that there are a number of gaps in the European Commission's existing biofuels sustainability certification framework. The European re…


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Europe’s green transport strategy cannot afford to ignore ethanol’s high GHG savings

20/07/2016

The European Commission has published its Communication on a European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility that explores policy options to decarbonise transport beyond 2020. The European renewable ethan…


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Higher ethanol use can lead to 14% GHG reduction in European transport by 2030 - new study

13/07/2016

A new study by renowned global consultancy Ricardo Energy & Environment has found that the higher use of ethanol in Europe would contribute to a 14.1% GHG emission reduction in European transport,…


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European Parliament calls for improved policies for high GHG saving biofuels post-2020

23/06/2016

The European Parliament has adopted an own-initiative report on the European Commission’s 2015 Renewable Energy Progress report. The European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) welcomes the Parliam…


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ePURE launches its Policy Roadmap for decarbonising transport to 2030

16/06/2016

Ahead of the European Commission’s publication of a Communication to decarbonise transport post-2020, the European renewable ethanol association (ePURE), has launched its policy roadmap and recommenda…


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Legitimacy of anti-dumping duties on US ethanol not put into question by EU Court ruling

09/06/2016

Today, the EU General Court delivered its ruling on a complaint by US ethanol producers against EU anti-dumping duties on ethanol imports originating from the US. The complainants had requested that t…


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Bioeconomy 2.0 will help lead the EU’s renewable revolution - with the right support

12/04/2016

On the occasion of ‘BioEconomyUtrecht2016’, the fourth Bioeconomy Stakeholders’ Conference, the European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA) calls on the EU to lead a worldwide transition towards a renewable, …


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EUBA warns against a tiered approach to the carbon leakage list

05/04/2016

A number of the sectors which are fundamental to the implementation of the EU Bioeconomy strategy, represented by the European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA), are identified as being subject to the risk o…


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GLOBIOM study confirms European ethanol’s strong environmental credentials and low LUC impacts

11/03/2016

The European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) welcomes the publication yesterday of the European Commission’s long awaited GLOBIOM study on the land use change (LUC) impacts of biofuels demand ex…


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European Commission urged to take advantage of once-in-a-decade opportunity to reduce damaging transport emissions

11/02/2016

The European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) has today called on the European Commission to rise to the challenge of decarbonising the transport sector, which is soon to be Europe’s largest sing…


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Decarbonising transport must take centre stage in Europe’s efforts to meet historic COP21 ambitions

14/12/2015

On 12 December, 195 Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change agreed to curb greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and strengthen global action to fight climate change. The Paris Agreement inc…


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Report: Biofuels Make Significant Contribution to GHG Emissions Savings

07/12/2015

At the World Climate Summit, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) in cooperation with (S&T)2 Consultants Inc., an internationally renowned energy and environmental consulting firm, released …


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Biofuels and biotech industries unite in call for at least 15% sustainable biofuels in the global transport fuel mix by 2030

04/12/2015

The global biofuels and industrial biotechnology sectors have united to call on world leaders attending the COP21 in Paris to support a global commitment to replace at least 15% of the world’s total o…


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Low carbon fuel companies unite to present opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in transport ahead of COP21

24/11/2015

Today, eleven leading low carbon fuel companies present a comprehensive guide that identifies a variety of available and accessible low carbon fuel solutions. The guide was developed to help countries…


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Europe’s Energy Union must have stronger focus on decarbonising transport

18/11/2015

Following the adoption of the Energy Union Strategy in February 2015, the European Commission has today published a Communication on the ‘State of the Energy Union 2015’. While ePURE firmly supports t…


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EU farmers and maize processors join forces as the 11th round of TTIP negotiations starts

19/10/2015

As the 11th Round of EU-US TTIP negotiations starts in Miami, starting today, EU farmers represented by COPA-COGECA, EU maize growers represented by CEPM, and EU ethanol and starch producers, represen…


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Europe’s concerns over diesel emissions must be addressed by strengthening its petrol-ethanol market

25/09/2015

Recent concerns over particulate emissions from diesel engines in Europe must be addressed to ensure that Europe’s air quality does not decline any further, says the European renewable ethanol associa…


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EU Council formally approves new biofuel rules

13/07/2015


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European renewable ethanol industry releases annual State of the Industry Report

16/06/2015

On the occasion of its annual general assembly, the European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) has today released its annual 2015 State of the Industry Report.


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ePURE welcomes the European Parliament’s rejection of the Commission Delegated Act to repeal the EU ethanol balance and import license

20/05/2015

With a clear majority the European Parliament adopted today a Motion for a Resolution objecting the Commission Delegated Act which repealed the annual EU ethanol balance and the need to issue import l…


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UK Supreme Court ruling on air quality – reaction from the European renewable ethanol industry

04/05/2015

Following last week’s UK Supreme Court ruling that the UK Government must revise its national air quality plans to tackle nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions, a greenhouse gas mainly attributed to diesel…


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ILUC deal paves the way for a long-term decarbonisation policy for EU transport

28/04/2015

The European Parliament voted today to endorse a compromise with Council on ILUC. The European renewable ethanol industry association (ePURE) believes that while the deal lacks ambition, it is a much …


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ILUC deal far from perfect but may help restore some much needed policy certainty to the biofuels market

14/04/2015

The European Parliament’s ENVI Committee has today voted to endorse the Council’s proposed compromise on ILUC. ePURE, the association representing the European renewable ethanol industry, believes tha…


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ePURE looks towards Council for a practical compromise after ILUC vote

24/02/2015


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Newly-formed Bioeconomy Alliance calls for EU action

04/02/2015

Creating a world-leading bioeconomy in the European Union requires bold political moves. On the occasion of its launch at the European Parliament on 4 February, the European Bioeconomy Alliance (EBA) …


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UN FAO chief: debate about biofuels needs to focus on their benefits to food security

19/01/2015

Speaking at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture last Friday, Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization José Graziano da Silva recognised the need for biofuels to a…


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New ILUC mitigation study is a potential game changer in debate about biofuels

13/01/2015

Biofuels produced with low or no risk of Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) can contribute substantially to achieving the EU’s 2020 climate & energy targets in transport, according to a new study pub…


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ePURE calls for stronger and longer-term rules for decarbonising transport fuels

17/12/2014

Today the European Parliament voted in support of a motion for resolution to reject the European Commission’s proposal to implement Article 7a of the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) but the vote did not …


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European ethanol industry supports Council agreement on ILUC; seek closure of the dossier

08/12/2014

Ahead of tomorrow’s meeting of the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council, the European ethanol sector, represented by the European renewable ethanol association (ePURE), calls on Energy Min…


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ePURE calls for long-term decarbonisation policy for EU transport

22/10/2014

In advance of a crucial European Council meeting where EU Heads of State will discuss the future EU climate and energy framework up to 2030, the European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) calls on…


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ePURE calls for long term policy support for the biobased economy

14/10/2014

On the occasion of a high-level Policy Conference in Brussels, ePURE calls for European policy makers to introduce a long-term policy framework to support the broadening of Europe’s network of biorefi…


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EU-wide introduction of E10 is the most cost effective way to decarbonise the European transport sector

10/10/2014


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European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) appoints new Secretary General

22/09/2014

The European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) has appointed Robert Wright as its new Secretary General. Mr. Wright will take up the position with immediate effect. Mr. Wright brings a wealth of e…


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United States leads the path in the commercialization of cellulosic ethanol

04/09/2014

Yesterday, King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands opened in the U.S.A. a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant constructed by Dutch DSM and U.S.A.-based ethanol producer POET. Better known as Pr…


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Renewable ethanol in Europe: first ever State of the Industry Report published

17/06/2014

The European Renewable Ethanol Industry Association (ePURE) has published its first ever State of the Industry Report. The report gives a comprehensive overview of the situation of renewable ethanol p…


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ePURE welcomes the application of anti-dumping duties on US ethanol entering the EU through Norway

04/06/2014

Following an opinion of the European Commission that will put an effective end to the circumvention of EU anti-dumping duties on US fuel ethanol through Norway, the European Renewable Ethanol Associat…


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Sustainable biofuels done right offer innumerable benefits to society says UN IPCC report

13/04/2014

The European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE) welcomes the findings of a UN IPCC report “Bioenergy and climate change mitigation: an assessment” which is released today as part of the IPCC 5th As…


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European Council should be ambitious in using renewable energy in transport

24/03/2014

The European renewable ethanol industry association (ePURE) regrets the lack of ambition shown by EU leaders in tackling Europe’s ever-increasing emissions in the transport sector during the meeting o…


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2030 package must include transport rules if Europe is to meet its own climate targets

03/03/2014

At tomorrow’s Energy Council meeting EU Energy Ministers must call for the introduction of a separate binding framework for debarbonisation and renewable energy use in transport as part of the 2030 cl…


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ePURE raises red flag about surging ethanol imports from Peru

04/02/2014

The European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE) has warned the European Commission of surging ethanol imports from Peru since the entering into force of the free trade agreement in August 2013. It …


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ePURE requests the European Commission to act against the circumvention of anti-dumping duties on fuel ethanol

29/01/2014

The European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE) has today filed a complaint with the European Commission's office of complaints with a view to stopping the circumvention of EU anti-dumping duties o…


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European Commission’s 2030 proposal fails to build on successful existing framework

22/01/2014

The European Commission today published its proposals for a 2030 climate and energy package. The Commission proposes a binding 40% target for GHG reductions and an overall EU binding target for 27% re…


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ePURE calls for binding renewable and GHG emissions reduction targets in transport

21/01/2014

This Wednesday the European Commission will present its long awaited vision for a new climate and energy policy framework towards the year 2030. The European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE) welc…


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Member States reject complex Lithuanian proposal on Indirect Land Use Change file

12/12/2013

Today European Energy Ministers rejected a political agreement on the Council position on the Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) proposal of the European Commission. The European Renewable Ethanol Associ…


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The EU Biofuels Supply Chain rejects ILUC political compromise

09/12/2013

The biofuels supply chain, composed of farmers, crushers, traders and biofuels producers, presented its views on the Lithuanian proposal to be discussed by Energy and Environment Ministers on December…


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Lithuanian proposal seems a missed opportunity to incentivise best performing biofuels

03/12/2013

After one year of heated debates on the ILUC (Indirect Land Use Change) file, the Lithuanian Presidency has put forward a proposal which no longer incentivises best performing biofuels. The distinctio…


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European Parliament vote fails to green Europe’s transport system

11/09/2013

The vote today at the European Parliament on the proposed changes to the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) has put the future of jobs and growth for the European et…


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New scientific landscape on biofuels reshapes debate in Brussels

06/09/2013

A plethora of scientific studies issued by international organisations, well-known universities and independent consultancies show the contribution that biofuels make to food security, debunking multi…


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Ecofys study debunks biofuels myths over food price

05/09/2013


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ePURE looks towards plenary session for a workable compromise after ENVI Committee vote

11/07/2013

The Environment Committee (ENVI) of the European Parliament adopted MEP Corinne Lepage’s report on the revision of the RED and FQD Directive with 43 votes in favour and 26 against. In particular the p…


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World Bank confirms that fossil fuel accounts for two thirds of food price increase 20 June 2013

20/06/2013

High oil prices are the most important driver of the increase in global food prices. That is one of the key findings of a new analysis conducted by two senior economists at the World Bank. The same re…


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Food Lobby Letter to PM Cameron on Biofuels Misleading: GRFA

11/06/2013

The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) reacted today to a biased and misleading letter criticizing biofuels sent to British Prime Minister David Cameron by a group led by two of the world’s larges…


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ePURE suspects circumvention of import duty on ethanol imports

14/05/2013

ePURE, the European Renewable Ethanol Association, asks the European Commission to investigate if EU customs legislation is properly applied in Finland. Evidence from several sources indicates that et…


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IEA Calls for Major Scale Up in Global Biofuels Production

18/04/2013

Today, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released their Tracking Clean Energy Progress report in New Delhi, which detailed the increased role that biofuels will need to play in reducing Green Hous…


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Renewable ethanol delivers gains for society, reveals new study

17/04/2013

A report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has estimated that in 2010, the French renewable ethanol industry generated EUR 815 million of added-value to the French economy.


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ePURE comments on the draft report of Corinne Lepage

17/04/2013

ePURE takes note of the draft report by Corinne Lepage today, on the Commission proposal for a directive amending the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) and the directive of the use of energy from renewable…


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Double Counting, Half Measures: advanced biofuels will not take off with existing support measures

27/03/2013

The European Renewable Ethanol Industry, ePURE, together with Novozymes, find the double counting mechanism proposed by the European Commission is ineffective to kick-start the deployment of innovativ…


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ePURE calls for a separate Target for Renewable Ethanol in Petrol

12/03/2013

The European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE) today presented its position on the Commission proposal for a directive amending the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) and the directive on the promotion …


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ePURE welcomes EU anti-dumping decision on US bioethanol imports

22/02/2013

The EU Council published today a Regulation imposing an anti-dumping duty on US bioethanol exports to the EU. As of tomorrow, a 62,9 euro per tonne duty will be applied to all imports of ethanol from …


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Europe Needs Sustainable Biofuels

20/02/2013

The European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE) participates at the Workshop on “Sustainable Biofuels: addressing Indirect Land Use Change”, held by the European Parliament Committee on the Environ…


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Commission makes decisive step forward in labelling alternative fuel

24/01/2013

The European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE) welcomes the European Commission’s proposal on a Directive for the deployment of alternative fuels infrastructure, which recognises the crucial role …