Biofuels, Environment

EU Parliament Agrees to Phase Out Palm Oil by 2021

On Wednesday, Members of the European Parliament voted to increase energy from renewables by 35% by 2030 and ban palm oil in biofuels by 2021. The MEPs also want to cap the use of first generation biofuels to 2017 levels.

First generation biofuels are derived from food sources by using conventional production techniques. Biodiesel, vegetable oil, biogas, bioalcohols are some popular first-gen biofuels.

According to Claude Turmes (Greens/EFA, LU), co-rapporteur for governance, “Increased ambition on renewables, energy efficiency and a strong governance system based on a carbon budget approach will contribute to the achievement of a net-zero carbon economy by 2050 and to comply with the Paris Agreement.”

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Scotland rushing toward 100% electricity supply from renewables by 2020 — Talking-up Scotland In 2016, 54% of our gross electricity demand was met by renewables from a total capacity of 8 662MWh or 8.6GWh (see graph above). That suggests our total demand is typically no more than 17 000MWh or 1.7GWh though this is falling. It fell by 15.4% to 2014 against a target fall of 12% […]

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Coal vs solar? No contest in China — Meeka’s Mind

The world is quickly abandoning coal, the dirtiest of fossil fuels. But that’s not the end of the road for coal mines—in many countries they’re coming back to life as solar farms. Over the weekend, the world’s biggest floating solar project began operating in the eastern Chinese city of Huainan, which accounted for nearly 20%… via […]

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