EU-Mercosur negotiations have had their share of ups and downs over the past 20 years. However, since the beginning of the year, the new Brazilian Government surprised many with their strong pro-trade stance and have demonstrated an unexpected ambition to close the deal. Positive signals have raised hopes that the current negotiating round that started […]
UNICA announces Dr. Evandro Gussi as its new President and CEO02/13/2019
Today we are proud to announce the nomination of the new President and CEO of UNICA, Dr. Evandro Gussi. We are enthusiastic he will direct UNICA during exciting yet challenging times for biofuels, sugar and bioelectricity, in Brazil and around the globe. A lawyer by training and a former professor, for the past four years Evandro […]
An eventful year for renewables and climate change draws to a close01/17/2019
As we wind down towards the end-of-year holiday period, it’s time to take pause for our traditional reflection on the challenges and successes of the past year, and to take stock of opportunities and objectives for the year to come. One of the major European legislative achievements of 2018 from was the final agreement on […]
On the road to Katowice (COP24)11/26/2018
As COP24 approaches it is clear that we are nowhere near to being on track to meet the commitments made at Paris. Much more needs to be done just to meet those obligations, and even if we did, this still wouldn’t be sufficient to contain the rise in average temperatures to 1.5 degrees. There is therefore […]
REDII the final act – crisis adverted11/13/2018
With today’s European Parliament (EP) approval of REDII (495 in favour, 68 against, 61 abstentions) a major milestone on the EU’s biofuels journey has been reached. It’s been a rocky road, and lawmakers have finally agreed a text in the Renewables Directive that gives biofuels a future in Europe – albeit an uncertain one. For […]
Indian sugarcane – setting the right course09/26/2018
In the week of 4 to 8 of September I was invited to the Kingsman Annual Sugar Conference in New Delhi (India) to speak about how sugarcane ethanol can contribute to decarbonizing transport and improving air quality. During that week I also had the opportunity to visit a sugarcane farm and a sugar mill in […]
Biofuels Could Play a Larger Role Greening America’s Transportation Sector08/17/2018
As the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) celebrates its thirteenth anniversary, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed new requirements for 2019. While there are certainly elements of the proposal that deserve applause, EPA could strengthen it in ways that would encourage advanced biofuels to play a greater role greening the U.S. transportation sector.
EU-Mercosur negotiations round: crunch time07/09/2018
Since December last year the closing of the EU-Mercosur trade negotiations has continually seemed tantalizingly just around the corner. It is now to the EU to send an unambiguous signal that it really cares about and believes in a fair and free trade deal that will be a tide that raises all boats – not just European ones. This is now crunch time in these lengthy negotiations: the balls is clearly in the EU’s court to get a deal over the line and it needs to step up to its responsibilities.
Biofuels in the Renewable Energy Directive – the final call05/16/2018
On 17 May representatives of the European Parliament, member states and the European Commission will meet to negotiate the provisions on biofuels in REDII. This might be the last chance to find a compromise that ensures the future of a technology that is critical to reduce carbon emissions in transport.
Free, fair and open trade – only if it suits?05/03/2018
The EU has the opportunity to close two major trade deals in 2018: with Mexico and with the Mercosur trading block. But if it fails, the EU’s credibility of promoting free and fair trade would be seriously undermined, as it would be clear that its appetite for free and fair trade goes only so far as its vested interests are not impacted.
Thoughts on Brazil’s Temporary Tariff-Rate Quota for Ethanol04/03/2018
Many observers were surprised last year when Brazil imposed a limit on duty free ethanol imports. With the tariff-rate quota (TRQ) policy in place since September, we take a closer look at this temporary solution to what UNICA hopes will be a temporary problem.
Reflections from the FFA: There is no protection in protectionism04/03/2018
As every year, the 2018 edition of the Forum for the Future of Agriculture (FFA) which was held in Brussels last week was another impressive event. There was a clear message of the need for greater cooperation and trade among the different agricultural regions of the world.
An EU-Mercosur trade deal: A balancing act02/21/2018
The EU-Mercosur deal is a worthwhile prize: the largest bilateral trade deal yet, connecting two markets of almost 800m consumers and at the same time setting a signal against the protectionist tendencies pushed by the Trump administration. Let's go for it!
Decarbonising transport: This is the time to get it right*01/09/2018
The European Parliament will soon vote on the recast of the renewables directive (RED II). One of the most effective solutions available today to decrease carbon emissions in transport is the use of sustainable biofuels. The European Parliament needs to make sure that we harness solutions that can tackle climate change in the short-term. Sustainable bioenergy, particularly sugarcane ethanol, is one of those options.