12 December 2017 2017 05:00 PM GMT

Global Trade In Biofuels Featured At International Renewable Mobility Conference

World-leading experts meeting in a parallel forum at the 15th International Conference on Renewable Mobility will analyse biofuel trading worldwide, examining various perspectives on requirements, the current state of play and forecasts. The forum, to be held from 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. on 23rd January 2018, the conference’ second day, will look beyond data on global trade flows to analyse feedstock availability, market development of advanced biofuels and sustainability certification, which is vital for successful market penetration.

Action is crucially needed to bring about an energy turnaround in the transport sector, a topic that has moved higher up the political agenda again since Dieselgate, and with growing calls for a rapid introduction of electromobility. In Germany, the Working Group on Energy Balances (AG Energiebilanzen) has calculated the final energy consumption of 728 TWh by the transport sector in 2016. Data from the German Environment Agency (UBA) reveals that over 90 percent of fuel deployed is derived from mineral oil.

Successfully implementing the energy turn-around in all EU Member States is enormously important with a view to attaining the ambitious 2030 climate protection goals. As a first step, in November 2017 the European Commission presented a package of measures to promote clean mobility, as well as publishing the fact sheet Driving Clean Mobility. It indicates the Commission’s forecast on how the European automotive market will develop: “More than 80 percent of new vehicles will still have an internal combustion engine in 2030.”

Along with numerous other thematic focuses at the conference, the experts in the parallel forum will address “Trade in Biofuels” as a central element in technology-neutral competition to find viable means to decarbonise the transport sector.

Programme

Dr. Marcel Adenäuer (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD) presents current 10-year forecasts for market development and feedstock availability on the basis of OECD data.

Pharoah Le Feuvre (International Energy Agency IEA) considers global prospects for biofuel production against the backdrop of shifting political contexts. He turns a spotlight on the current keen interest in what are known as advanced biofuels and their introduction into world markets.

A number of market research institutes and price reporting agencies (PRA) analyse market conditions for biofuel feedstocks, along with the feedstock and energy business worldwide. Market analysts from PRIMA Markets, founded in 2014, and from media company Argus Media, established in 1970, address the status quo for global biofuels trading:

Christine Ancker (Argus Media Ltd.), Editor-in-chief Argus biofuels unit, presents data on intercontinental trade flows and current trends in the biofuel business against the backdrop of regulatory changes and provisions.

Matthew Stone (PRIMA Markets) draws on in-house market research on benchmarks in renewable energy niche markets worldwide to address the most important factors influencing international trade in biofuels.

Concluding the forum, Peter Jürgens (REDcert GmbH) examines post-2020 sustainability certification, along with emerging changes and challenges of market access for sustainable biofuels in Europe.

Further information on the full programme is available here.

January 22nd 2018
European Parliament Gives A Resounding Vote In Favour Of Clean Energy In Europe

European lawmakers have called for a renewable energy target of 35% for 2030 – rather than the 27% which the European Commission proposed in 2016. The MEPs have now backed measures substantially raising the European Union’s clean-energy ambitions. By 2030, more than one-third of energy consumed in the EU should be from renewable sources such as wind and solar power. The measures are intended to help cut carbon dioxide emissions. The EU is the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases after China and the United States, releasing about 10% of global emissions. 

January 22nd 2018
EV, Renewables See CO2 Emissions Plateau By 2030, But Far From 2 Degree Pathway

Major shifts in the global energy landscape, particularly related to electric vehicles (EVs) and renewable energy sources, mean that MEI expects global CO₂emissions to plateau by 2030. However, increased global energy demand means emissions will remain at more than double the level required for a 2 degrees Celsius warming pathway. Ole Rolser, Associate Partner and Solution Leader at MEI, comments: “Despite the significant momentum around EVs and renewable energy sources taking an increasing share of the power market, to realise the 2 degrees pathway scenario, we’d have to see much broader, much more disruptive change than what we’re seeing now.”

January 19th 2018
Chinese Solar Surge Fuels Overall Global Growth In Clean Energy Investment

World clean energy investment totalled $333.5 billion last year, up 3% from 2016 and the second highest annual figure ever, taking cumulative investment since 2010 to $2.5 trillion. An extraordinary boom in photovoltaic installations made 2017 a record year for China’s investment in clean energy. This outpaced changes elsewhere, including jumps in investment in Australia and Mexico, and declines in Japan, the U.K. and Germany. The figures up 3% from a revised $324.6 billion in 2016, and only 7% short of the record figure of $360.3 billion, in 2015.

January 18th 2018
Masdar City To Test Latest Concepts In Autonomous Electric Vehicles

ICONIQ Motors, a China-based EV company, has reached agreement to test its autonomous driving concept at Masdar City. The ICONIQ SEVEN, one of the world’s latest EV models is a futuristic vehicle, built on an intelligent, connected vehicle platform integrated with Microsoft’s AZURE cloud technology; and is set to hit the market in 2019. “Masdar City has put smart and sustainable mobility at the centre of its strategy, as highlighted by the historic success of its flagship driverless Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) system,” said Yousef Baselaib, Executive Director of Sustainable Real Estate at Madsar. “It is the ideal location to test innovative autonomous driving concepts.”

January 10th 2018
US: Doubling Of Wind & Solar Capacity Possible By 2020 as Coal & Nuclear Drop

In the latest issue of its “Energy Infrastructure Update” (with data through November 30, 2017), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) notes that proposed net additions to generating capacity by utility-scale wind and solar could total 115,984 megawatts (MW) by December 2020 – effectively doubling their current installed capacity of 115,520 MW.  The numbers were released as FERC prepares for a January 10 meeting to consider U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal for a bailout of the coal and nuclear industries.


 

   

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