The climate deserves an ambitious RED III that embraces ethanol

With 10 years left to meet the EU’s new target of a 55% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 and the ultimate objective of becoming […]


An eventful year for renewables and climate change draws to a close

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 […]


On the road to Katowice (COP24)

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 […]


REDII the final act – crisis adverted

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 […]


Indian sugarcane – setting the right course

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 […]


Driving bioenergy in transport – consensus at the UNICA Forum

The UNICA Forum, held in São Paulo last week , showed that the bio-economy will continue to be a priority for Brazil far after the presidential elections, whoever the winner.


Biofuels in the Renewable Energy Directive – the final call

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.


Decarbonising transport: This is the time to get it right*

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 pause

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.


ITRE vote on RED II – taking on the Bonn spirit

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.