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.
The end of a busy year – a time for pause12/20/2017
As we come to the close of a busy year, it’s worthwhile to take time to pause and reflect on everything that we’ve achieved this year. For UNICA it has indeed been an interesting and eventful year, full of activity on two key dossiers that are of critical importance to the Brazilian sugarcane industry: the proposals for the next edition of the Renewable Energy Directive (REDII), and of course, the EU-Mercosur trade negotiations.
Brazil to Launch Ambitious Biofuels Program12/04/2017
Building, in part, on the successes and lessons learned from two signature American policies, Brazil is poised to launch a government program that will support the continued development and use of low-carbon, clean biofuels. This new initiative, dubbed RenovaBio, will play a key role in meeting Brazil’s ambitious commitments made at the Paris climate summit in December 2015.
ITRE vote on RED II – taking on the Bonn spirit11/24/2017
Next Tuesday the EU Parliament’s ITRE committee will vote on the Commission’s RED II proposal. It is important to get it right before the text goes to the whole house for approval on 13 December. We can’t wait for the perfect solution. We need all available solutions NOW.
COP 23 – We are here!11/12/2017
Visit UNICA’s booth at COP23, Bonn zone
. Attend our discussion on how biofuels can fight climate change and promote sustainable development at the Brazilian Pavilion on 15 November at 14:00 CET with speakers from ApexBrasil, SE4ALL / Below 50, the World Bank, and UNICA.