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Report: 7.7 million jobs in renewables worldwide

More than 7.7 million people worldwide are now employed by the renewable energy industry, reads  a new report issued by IRENA, Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2015. This is an 18 per cent increase from last year’s figure of 6.5 million. The report also provides a first-ever global estimate of the number of […]

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European Parliament puts a limit to crop-based biofuels

European Parliament confirmed the deal that was agreed between the EU negotiators two weeks ago limiting the amount of crop-based biofuels that can count towards renewable energy targets in 2020. The vote ends seven years of political wrangling and marks a breakthrough in the EU’s approach to biofuels. Combined with the previous decision to end […]

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Renewable Energy Met 15% of EU Energy Demand in 2013

Energy from renewable sources met 15% of gross energy consumption in the EU in 2013, according to the EU’s statistical office, Eurostat. This figure compares with the 8.3% of energy consumption covered by renewables in 2004. Since then, renewables have grown in all EU countries, with 13 at least doubling their renewable share over the […]

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European Parliament Votes for Phase-out of 1st Generation Biofuels

Members of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted today to limit at 6% the use of land-based biofuels that can count toward the 10% renewable energy target in transport by 2020, reads a T&E communique. They also approved accounting of indirect emissions (known as ILUC) from biofuels under the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) with a […]

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Rubbish Creates Jobs and Energy in Central and Eastern Europe

Eastern European Member States have a significant untapped potential for converting wastes from farming, forestry, industry and households to low-carbon biofuels for transport, and for creating up to 5,000 permanent jobs in Romania, 7000 in Poland and over 1000 in the Czech Republic or Slovakia (See Figure). However, these jobs will only be created if […]

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Romanian biofuel targets pushed back so government can raise money for the state budget

Mihai Stoica reports A 7 eurocent tax per liter of fuel at the pump will take effect on the 1st of April in Romania, pushing higher intermediate targets for biofuel blends in gasoline and diesel closer to 2020. Romanian PM Victor Ponta negotiated this measure with fuel producers in December last year in an attempt […]

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Anti-dumping Duties for Argentine and Indonesian Biofuel

As of 27 November 2013 the EU imposed definitive anti-dumping duties on imports of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia. The antidumping measures consist of an additional duty of on average 24.6% for Argentina and 18.9% for Indonesia. The measures are based on a decision taken this week by the Council, following a 15-month investigation carried […]

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FAO and the Edmund Mach Foundation to collaborate on world mountain forests

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is joining forces with the Edmund Mach Foundation (FEM), a non-profit organization based in Italy specialized in agricultural, nutritional and environmental research, to elevate the position of mountain forests on the European and international agenda. The two organizations will work together to strengthen knowledge sharing […]

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GRAIN Report: Biofuels Drive 300 Large-Scale Landgrabs

  Biofuels have driven nearly 300 large-scale land grabs worldwide, a new report by GRAIN reveals today, on the eve of a meeting of EU energy ministers (22 February 2013) to debate the future of biofuels in Europe. EU targets have put Europe at the forefront of increasing global demand for environmentally and socially damaging […]

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European Commision Promotes Vague Standards for Biofuels

European Commission published a proposal to limit global land conversion for biofuel production, and raise the climate benefits of biofuels used in the EU. The use of food-based biofuels to meet the 10% renewable energy target of the Renewable Energy Directive will be limited to 5%. This is to stimulate the development of alternative, so-called […]

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Governments commit to strengthening cooperation on carbon markets

On 1 September 2017, high-level government officials from 25 national and subnational governments, including EU Member States, Mexico, the Republic […]

‘ADDRESS MOUNTAIN SPECIFICITIES BETTER IN THE FUTURE COHESION POLICY’

It is time to really implement territorial cohesion and pay special attention to mountain areas, as emphasised in the article […]

Will the Empire strike back in the next Dieselgate fight?

by Julia Poliscanova The battle over the EU’s response to the Dieselgate scandal is drawing to a close. It pits […]

Naomi Klein in Eastern Europe: Green tech leans towards decentralization away from state socialism

In the wake of the heated talks on the CETA signing, Naomi Klein, at a short online meeting with her […]

Governments demand new EU vehicle safety rules to cut road deaths

Transport ministers from eight countries have united to demand new EU-wide standards for vehicle safety. Safer vehicles, such as trucks […]

Climate change dispels plants and humans to mountain heights

Thistle is invading mountain clearings; little pines are growing amongst the high alpine rocks; flocks of cattle need to climb […]