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29.10.2018

IN THE NEWS: LYONDELLBASELL ADVANCES CLEAN BURNING FUELS

LyondellBasell advances clean burning fuels European recertification as producer of sustainable biofuel ETBE ROTTERDAM/FOS-SUR-MER, October 23, 2018 – LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB), one of the world'......

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15.10.2018

NEW GLOBALFUELETHERS.COM WEBSITE LAUNCHED

EFOA together with ACFA and ACELA have jointly launched a global fuel ethers website. Learn what fuel ethers are, why they are used and how they contribute to cleaner air globally. www.globalfuelethe......

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01.10.2018

PERFORM BETTER, EMIT LESS, DRIVE LONGER – LIQUID FUELS OF THE FUTURE ARE IN EUROPE’s GRASP

Transport emissions present an ongoing challenge and addressing them is essential if Europe is to become more climate and environmentally sustainable. While many technological developments have alread......

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12.06.2018

HIGH LEVEL DISCUSSION ON CO2 STANDARDS FOR PASSENGER CARS: BETTER PERFORMING LIQUID FUELS OFFER OPPORTUNITIES TO DECREASE EMISSIONS FROM TRANSPORT

A fruitful and engaging breakfast debate on the proposed regulation to set new CO2 standards for passenger cars took place on 20 June 2018 in the European Parliament. Key stakeholders from the Europea......

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12.02.2018

Improving air quality through better, cleaner and more efficient fuels

Higher performing (high octane) fuels such as fuel ethers play a significant role in mitigating air pollution today. Using fuel ethers as blending components of petrol increases its performance and re......

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22.01.2018

EFOA LATEST PUBLICATIONS ON DROP-IN-FUELS, HARMFUL CHEMICALS AND EMISSIONS NOW AVAILABLE

EFOA has the pleasure to present you with summaries of several new studies commissioned by EFOA in 2016 and 2017, which are available in our Library: ·      Check how "Drop-In” motor fuel......

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22.01.2018

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTS’ PLENARY VOTE ON THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY DIRECTIVE BRINGS A POSITIVE OUTCOME FOR HIGHER PERFORMING FUELS

On Wednesday, 17 January 2018, the European Parliament adopted a report on the Energy Efficiency Directive, including an amendment enabling higher performing fuels to be calculated towards the annual......

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28.11.2017

INDUSTRY, RESEARCH AND ENERGY (ITRE) COMMITTEE VOTE ON THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY DIRECTIVE – A STEP TOWARDS IMPROVING FUEL EFFICIENCY

28 November 2017: Following today’s vote on the Energy Efficiency Directive in the European Parliament’s Energy Committee (ITRE), the European Fuel Oxygenates Association (EFOA) would like to welc......

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09.11.2017

CO2 STANDARDS FOR LIGHT DUTY VEHICLES: HIGH OCTANE FUELS TO PLAY MAJOR ROLE IN REACHING EU CLEAN MOBILITY TARGETS

9 NOVEMBER 2017, BRUSSELS: The European Fuel Oxygenates Association (EFOA) welcomes the proposal for revised CO2 standards for new passenger cars  and  for new light commercial vehicles published......

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23.02.2016

Experts confirm there is no robust evidence that MTBE is an endocrine disruptor

EFOA welcomes the findings of the weight of evidence analysis (WoE) to determine the potential endocrine activity of Methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) that confirms that MTBE is not an endocrine disrupto......

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30.05.2014

Le MTBE n’est pas un perturbateur endocrinien

EFOA estime que l'examen complet de la substance dans le cadre de son enregistrement sous REACH en 2014 conclura que le MTBE n'est pas un pertubateur endocrinien.......

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28.05.2014

Producers confident that MTBE is not an endocrine disruptor

EFOA believes a full review of the substance's REACH registration due in 2014 will conclude that MTBE is not an endocrine disruptor. Read the EFOA Press Release May 28, 2014......

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18.09.2013

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT BACKS SWITCHOVER TO ADVANCED BIOFUELS

The Parliament has called for a cap on the use of traditional biofuels and a speedy swithover to new biofuels from alternative sources such as seaweed and waste, in a vote on draft legislation that to......

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12.07.2013

ENVI VOTE ON ILUC NOT ADDRESSING THE FULL BENEFITS OF EACH BIOFUEL

EU Parliament's Environment Committee adopted Rapporteur Corinne Lepage's report on the Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC), which amends the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and the Fuel Quality Directiv......

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21.06.2013

“MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICES FOR EU BIOFUELS POLICY”

Key MEPs and European Commission representatives attended an EFOA lunch debate organised at the European Parliament on 19 June. The event was hosted by MEP Julie Girling, ECR Shadow Rapporteur on ILUC......

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12.06.2013

WHAT ARE BIO-ETHERS?

12 June 2013 -- Making the right choices on biofuels quality is the only way forward. Fuel ethers improve air quality, reduce CO2 emissions, provide a cleaner quality fuel. An update of the introduct......

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19.04.2013

FUEL ETHERS IN THE CONTEXT OF ILUC

This EFOA position paper on the COM ILUC (Indirect Land-Use Change)  proposal has been tabled at preliminary discussions with MEP’s calling for a more realistic model based on sound science. EFO......

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19.04.2013

EP RAPPORTEUR REPORT ON ILUC

EP rapporteur Corine Lepage presented her report (in French only) on Indirect Land-Use Change (ILUC) including a number of amendments on how to address ILUC impacts of convential biofuels. ILUC Rep......

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18.01.2013

“Talk2us” online chat: the future of mobility

EFOA participated in the second Cefic Xperimania on-line chat on the topic "Mobility: What will transport of the future look like” on 28 January. This chat gave secondary school students from ac......

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16.01.2013

2013 EU YEAR OF AIR

The EU has been tackling air pollution since the 1970s. Steps like controlling emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere and improving fuel quality have contributed to progress in this area.......

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14.01.2013

EVONIK TO EXPAND C4-CHAIN CAPACITY

11 January 2013 -- Evonik will develop its C4 products chain with the expansion of MTBE at Antwerp (Belgium) and Marl (Germany). Marl and Antwerp have existing MTBE capacities of 255,000 m.t/year and......

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09.07.2012

2nd edition of EFOA Code of Best Practice released

Initially released in 2008 and updated in 2009, the 2nd edition of the Code of Best Practice when transporting fuel ethers by barges is now available in English, German and Dutch.  It addresses envir......

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16.06.2012

Gasoline ether oxygenate occurrence in Europe, and a review of their fate and transport characteristics in the environment

This report presents data newly collated by Concawe on the production capacities and use of MTBE, ETBE, TAME, DIPE and TBA in 30 countries to inform continued and effective environmental management pr......

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13.01.2012

Study shows relative CO2 savings of ethanol versus TAEE

A refinery model simulation study carried out by Hart Consulting shows that blending TAEE (tertiary amyl ethyl ether) into European gasoline results in an larger CO2 reduction than directly blending......

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24.11.2011

Neste Oil making major environmental investment at Porvoo refinery

Neste Oil is building a system for recovering emissions released when loading ships at the harbor of its Porvoo refinery. The system will recover the majority of the volatile organic compounds (VOCs)......

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18.08.2011

Study shows non-immunotoxic effects for ETBE

The study which was recently published in the Journal of Immunotoxicology demonstrates that ETBE is not toxic to the immune system. Fuel ethers have been comprehensively assessed previously in EU......

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22.04.2011

Cefic publishes guide to REACH restriction regime

The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) has published an introductory guide to the REACH restriction regime that describes the principles, the substances in the scope, the actors and the proc......

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28.03.2011

Benefits of fuel ethers and their use in Asia highlighted

Speaking on behalf of ACFA at the European Fuels Conference (Paris, March 8-11), Sunanda Banerjee, EFOA Director General presented an overview of the Asian fuel market and the challenges it faces in......

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28.03.2011

EFOA at World Biofuels Markets: Fuel ethers bring additional CO2 benefits

Sunanda Banerjee chaired a session on the use of fuel ethers as a smart way to use bio-ethanol at the World Biofuels Markets in Rotterdam (22-24 March).  Studies by independent consultants have demo......

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16.02.2011

Fuel ethers can play a big role in the future of renewable transport fuels

According to a report of the stakeholder expert group on future transport fuels, of which EFOA is a member, alternative fuels have the potential to gradually replace fossil energy sources,contributi......

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23.09.2010

EFOA gives input to Commission Future Transport Fuels Expert Group

EFOA has submitted its comments to the European Commission on the draft report of the Future Transport Fuels Expert Group. EFOA criticises the approach to biofuels as being overly simplistic and call......

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16.09.2010

EFOA Code of Best Practice lauded as an example of good product stewardship

The German Federal Ministry of Transport recently replied to the joint letter from Cefic, Europia, the European Barge Union and IAWR (congratulating the ministers of transport of the governments o......

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16.09.2010

ECN compiles Member States National Action Plans

ECN, the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands, has compiled the results of the published National Action Plans which include projections for ethanol/ETBE. The National Renewable Energy Action......

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06.09.2010

European Commission adopts new standards for fuel blends

The European Commission has adopted new standards for fuel blends in line with recommendations made by the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN). This means that the RVP values for ethanol on......

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13.08.2010

Europe will undershoot biofuels target in 2010

Eurobserv’er predicts that biofuels use in the EU in 2010 should reach 15 million tonnes of oil equivalent in 2010, or 4.8% of all transport fuels. This is just below the Biofuels Directive indicat......

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23.07.2010

EFOA gives input on RVP Waiver applications

EFOA has submitted comments to the Commission (DG CLIM) urging them to reject the application by the Czech Republic for an ethanol RVP waiver. EFOA has repeatedly argued against an ethanol RVP waiv......

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23.07.2010

Cefic congratulates governments on Rhine Treaty

On behalf of the European barge, chemical and oil industries and the International Association of Waterworks of the Rhine, Cefic recently wrote to the Ministries of Transport of Belgium, France, Germ......

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30.06.2010

Neste Oil sells Sines plant in Portugal

Neste Oil announced that it is selling its Portuguese subsidiary Neste Oil Portugal S.A., which owns the ETBE plant in Sines, to the Portuguese company Repsol Polimeros LDA. The Sines plant has an......

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15.06.2010

EFOA presentation at Motor Fuels, Slovakia

EFOA presented a paper on developments in the role of bio-ethers in meeting national renewable energy targets at the Motor Fuels conference in Slovakia on June 15. The paper is available from our ......

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