Alternative & renewable fuels

New report finds corporate cars ‘leading on pollution, lagging on electric’


The company car market, which is ideally positioned to move towards electric-vehicles, is lagging behind the private market for the third year in a row, a new report by green group Transport & Environment (T&E) finds.

EU rules on e-fuels threaten to create ‘CO2 tourism’

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German Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP/Renew) warned against "CO2 tourism", as EU rules for renewable fuels could lead to liquified CO2 from Europe being shipped to other parts of the world to produce e-fuels for the EU market.

Green hydrogen prioritised for decarbonisation in the sectors – such as aviation and shipping – that are hardest to electrify.

MEPs need green hydrogen on their radar from day one

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How the EU addresses the climate crisis has been high up the political agenda in the approach to this week’s elections. But there are two sectors that continue to fly under the radar in the bloc’s pursuit of decarbonisation: shipping and aviation.

Electricity 08-04-2024

Carbon pricing crucial to deliver on greening transport, Volvo boss says

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The implementation of the EU’s carbon pricing scheme for road transport is crucial to drive the business case for electric and hydrogen trucks, Martin Lundstedt, CEO of the Volvo Group, told Euractiv in an interview.


Rolling out EV charging points – learning from Germany

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As the demand for electric vehicles (EVs) surges across Europe, attention is being drawn to the readiness of multifamily buildings and the persistent challenges consumers face in installing EV charging within them to accommodate this shift. This raises questions about the significance of EU legislation, particularly the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), in addressing this issue – as well as considerations regarding its implementation across the continent.

Aviation 24-01-2024

EU targets for greener flights at risk amid lack of investment 

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In a rare show of unity, environmental organisations and oil companies have both warned that the EU’s targets for green jet fuels are in danger of being missed as investment into the production of synthetic fuels is so far not materialising.


Green NGO supports controversial CCS to ensure e-fuels reach CO2 neutrality

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Carbon capture and storage (CCS) can be deployed in limited cases to ensure e-fuels reach full climate neutrality, green group Transport & Environment has told Euractiv, responding to claims by e-fuel producers that 100% emissions reductions are not possible.

Politics 15-09-2023

E-fuels for new combustion cars must be 100% climate neutral: EU Commission draft

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E-fuels must be climate-neutral for new vehicles with combustion engines to be sold after 2035, according to a new draft regulation – which resolves an internal dispute within the EU Commission – seen by Euractiv.

Agrifood 18-05-2023

New EU renewables rules could be a step back for German biofuels sector

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The new greenhouse gas emission reduction target for transport fuels under the updated Renewable Energy Directive could reduce the amount of crop-based biofuels used in German road transport if implemented strictly, biofuel producers say.


Stellantis tests e-fuels on existing engines to decarbonise fleet

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Carmaker Stellantis is testing synthetic e-fuels, which are made with renewable energy, on 28 types of its internal combustion engines, a step it said on Thursday (20 April) could help decarbonise its existing European fleet.


With strict targets looming, European aviation races to make green fuel

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Energy giant Repsol has bought into Europe's drive for green jet fuel, but believes the €200 million plant it is building in southeast Spain faces a bumpier ride than if it was on the other side of the Atlantic.

Road transport 21-03-2023

EU drafts plan to allow e-fuel combustion engine cars – document

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The European Commission has drafted a plan allowing sales of new cars with internal combustion engines that run only on climate neutral e-fuels, in an attempt to resolve a spat with Germany over the EU's phasing out of combustion engine cars from 2035.

Agrifood 28-02-2023

Wheat surplus makes phasing out biofuels obsolete, say producers

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Amid plans by the German agricultural and environmental ministries to phase out conventional biofuels by 2030, energy crop producers argue that with the current oversupply of grain in countries neighbouring Ukraine, their justification has become obsolete.


Germany asks EU for wiggle room on combustion engine phaseout

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Germany has asked the European Union to propose rules allowing combustion-engine cars that run on CO2-neutral fuels to be sold in Europe after 2035, the date by which the EU has agreed all new cars should have zero emissions.


Industry warns EU against combustion engine ban for trucks, buses

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Vehicle manufacturers, fuel companies, and other industry bodies have warned lawmakers that banning the sale of combustion engine lorries and buses too early could imperil Europe's road freight industry.


Fuelmakers’ biofuels investments dwarf hydrogen, study finds

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Efforts to reduce fossil fuel use in transport overly concentrate on ramping up second-generation biofuels, neglecting synthetic fuels made with green electricity, according to a new study commissioned by green group Transport & Environment (T&E). 


Aviation leaders hail green fuel as carbon saviour, but wonder who will pay

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Greener fuel is the only way airlines will meet strict global carbon emission targets, executives meeting in Dublin this week agreed, but there's little consensus on who should foot the hefty bill to ramp up production.

Electric vehicles 16-11-2022

BMW says e-fuels ‘definitely worth investigating’ for zero-emission cars

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Electro fuels made from green energy sources may play a role in decarbonising road transport in years to come, complementing other clean propulsion technologies such as electric power, according to German auto manufacturer BMW.


Industry urges reluctant EU to make advanced biofuels mandatory for flying

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Lawmakers should boost much-needed green fuel production by inserting obligatory targets for biofuels derived from agricultural and forestry waste into the EU's upcoming green jet fuel law, the biofuels industry has told the European Commission.


Advanced biofuels are essential to transport’s green transformation

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Advanced biofuels made from waste products do not impact land use, making them an ideal means to decarbonise the current vehicle fleet, as well as transport modes unsuited to electrification, writes Nicholas Ball.

Biofuels 13-10-2022

‘Nightmare’: EU biofuels law threatens key ingredient for bread, beer

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The classification of molasses as a renewable, carbon-free feedstock for biofuel will severely hamper the production of yeast, a key element in preparing bread, beer, and wine, European yeast producers have warned.

Electric vehicles 06-10-2022

E-fuels will undermine Europe’s clean car race, if we let them

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To decarbonise Europe's car fleet, internal combustion engines running on synthetic fuels are not a viable alternative to electric cars, writes Julia Poliscanova of clean mobility NGO Transport & Environment.


E-fuels will only be able to power 2% of EU car fleet by 2035: analysis

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Low levels of production mean that e-fuels, a hydrogen-derived fuel source touted as a green solution for internal combustion engine vehicles, will only be able to cover around 2% of the EU’s vehicle fleet by 2035, a new study concludes.


Fuel makers blast EU focus on electric vehicles amid energy crisis

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A planned EU ban on the sale of internal combustion engine vehicles, expected to come into force in 2035, will create economic and social risks for Europe at a time of high geopolitical uncertainty, a coalition of fuel manufacturers has told European policymakers.


Parliament backs e-fuels, higher EU transport decarbonisation target

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Lawmakers voted Wednesday (14 September) to increase the EU's transport emissions reduction target from 13% to 16% by 2030, in a move spurred largely by the urgent political need to break Europe’s dependence on Russian fossil fuels.