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JOINT PRESS RELEASE: ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE’S VOTE ON RED II WRONGLY PENALISES BIOFUELS

 

 

Environment Committee’s vote on RED II wrongly penalises biofuels

 

Brussels, 24 October 2017 – The European Parliament Environment Committee’s vote to   phase-out  the use of  biofuels by 2030 seriously undermines the EU’s climate and sustainability objectives. It diverges sharply from the latest draft proposal from the EU Council, which safeguards the role of  biofuels in the renewable energy framework.

 

Ahead of the vote in the Environment  Committee, the Green Rapporteur MEP Eickhout highlighted that the “beneficiary” of the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive  (RED II) “should be the climate”. But  his proposal falls short of ambition in this sense, since it does not include a dedicated target for the use of renewable energy in the transport sector and calls for a  phase out of  biofuels, which are essential in agricultural sustainability and represent the most cost-effective and readily available solution to decarbonise the transport sector. Beyond that, it prevents the potential of valorisation of EU agricultaralbiomass.

 

Speaking on behalf of the eight associations representing the EU Biofuel Chain, Copa and Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen  stated: “The EU should create a policy framework which supports all sustainable forms of renewable energy and contributes to the reduction of fossil fuels’ use and protein feed imports. EU  biofuels have proven to do all that. ”.

In particular, the development of crop-based biofuels has resulted in some 35 Mt of gross avoided CO2 emissions in 2013. The deployment of renewable energies in transport led to a 116 Mtoe drop in EU demand for fossil fuels and, more importantly for the EU’s security of supply, to savings of €30 billion per year thanks to avoided imported fuel costs. Moreover, the production of  biofuels from arable crops triggers the co-production of high-value protein meal and other animal feed which replace 4 to 5 million hectares of imported feedstock. This increases the EU protein self-sufficiency and avoids environmental impacts elsewhere.

 

All these benefits, however, have been disregarded in the Environment  Committee’s vote to the advantage of the fossil fuel industry. As declared by Nathalie Lecocq, Director General of FEDIOL : “The Environment Committee has focused all its efforts in trying to get rid of  biofuels on the basis of alleged sustainability risks. In doing so, it has completely overlooked the big picture, which is the fact that 95% of EU road transport  still relyies on fossil fuels”.

 

In this regard, while welcoming the enhanced focus on new  technology biofuels  proposed in the Environment Committee’s  opinion, the EU Biofuel Chain regrets the adopted approach which opts to further develop an  industry at the expense of the existing one. It is essential for the EU to recognise the role of the  biofuels industry in the development of new technology  biofuels: enabling long-term investments in them  will require the involvement of the investors of crop-based  biofuels

 

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24 Oct 2017
CIBE-CEFS FACT SHEET: MOLASSES AS A FEEDSTOCK FOR APPLICATIONS FROM FEED TO ENERGY

 

Ahead of the vote in EP Committee for Agriculture and EP Committee of Environment on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources, CIBE and CEFS would like to react to the arguments of molasses users, notably by the chemical industry, which have been lobbying hard to convince MEPS that there is and there will be a supply issue if beet molasses is used to produce biofuels. This is absolutely not true and there is no evidence for such misinformation.

 

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27 Sep 2017
BRAZILIAN SUPPORT MEASURES FOR SUGAR-ETHANOL SECTOR: CIBE, CEFS & EFFAT RESPOND TO UNICA

 

Joint CIBE-CEFS-EFFAT response to UNICA (Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association) related to EU-Mercosur negotiations. Click here to downloard the response.

26 Jul 2017
CIBE POSITION ON SUGAR MARKET OBSERVATORY

 

CIBE welcomes the initiative by Commissioner P. Hogan to set up a Sugar Market Observatory. Ahead of the observatory’s kick-off meeting, CIBE would like to reiterate its position regarding the transparency on the EU sugar market post-2017. Click here to download the position.

 

11 Jul 2017
CIBE-CEFS-EPURE-EFFAT PRESS RELEASE: EU-MERCOSUR NEGOTIATIONS: STAND UP FOR EU SUGAR AND ETHANOL!

 

EU sugar and renewable ethanol producers, sugar beet farmers, and workers call for no concessions on sugar and ethanol in the context of the EU-Mercosur trade negotiations.

 

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03 Jul 2017
PRESS RELEASE - EUROPEAN SUGAR BEET GROWERS ARE FACING BIG CHALLENGES AND INCREASING RISKS

 

At their annual General Assembly today in Newmarket, UK, European beet growers discussed the extremely challenging context they have to cope with and the higher risks they have to face as from this marketing year. Click here to download the Press Release.

 

18 May 2017
PRESS RELEASE - TEMPORARY MEASURES: A RECKLESS GAMBLE

 

The EU sugar sector faces its biggest change in decades. On 1 October 2017 EU sugar production quotas will end. At this sensitive and uncertain time, the European Commission has proposed to vote in the Management Committee of 27 April 2017 on the introduction of ‘temporary’ measures (tenders for imports at reduced duties) to increase the supply of sugar on the EU market.

 

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24 Apr 2017
EUROPE’S BIOFUELS VALUE CHAIN SENDS MESSAGE TO EU ENERGY MINISTERS: SET HIGHER AMBITIONS FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY USE IN TRANSPORT

 

A  letter was sent on Friday 24th, February 2017 by 7 partners representing Europe’s Biofuels Value Chain (FEDIOL, EBB, ePURE, EOA, CIBE, CEPM MAIZ EUROP' and CEFS) on the key principles for the discussion on the post-2020 EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II). You can download the letter here.

 

    

24 Feb 2017
AGROCYCLE - BARRIERS AND OPPORTUNITIES TO VALORISING AGRI-FOOD WASTES, CO-PRODUCTS AND BY-PRODUCTS (AWCBS) WORKSHOP

 

On January 26, 2017, CIBE participated in a workshop entitled “Barriers and Opportunities to Valorising Agri-food wastes, co-products and by-products (AWCBs)” in Brussels, Belgium. The workshop brought together key players to identify important resources, constraints and opportunities to developing novel value chains and creating sustainable business models.

 

You can download the presentation here.

 

 

 

17 Jan 2017
EUBSSP: NEW ISSUE BRIEF ON RESOURCE EFFICIENCY - CIRCULAR ECONOMY

 

The EU beet sugar sector has a long tradition of valorising all products arising from the processing of sugar beet, while keeping the use of inputs to an optimum. The Beet Sugar sector thus already applies the principles of the circular economy and waste reduction, anticipating and leading the way towards higher resource efficiency and waste elimination.

 

Click here to download the Issue Brief.

 

       

06 Dec 2016