Biorefineries are an engine for sustainable rural development in the EU


Biorefineries are one of the few industries with the potential to attract substantial capital investment and create industry led employment in rural environments, a new research report published presented at a conference hosted by EurActiv in Brussels today highlights. During 2016, the Hungarian Academy of Science conducted a landmark research project, the first of its kind, on the socio/economic impact of a fully operating biorefinery on a rural community in an EU member state. It shows that biorefineries can be a key instrument in reviving disadvantaged rural communities across the EU. Entitled ‘Sustainable Rural Renaissance: The Case of a Biorefinery’*, the research was conducted at the Pannonia Ethanol biorefinery at Dunafoldvar in Hungary. Keynote speaker at the conference was the Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness of the European Commission, Jyrki Katainen.

The Socio Economic Impact of a Biorefinery on Rural Renaissance


Pannonia Ethanol operates a biorefinery in Dunaföldvár, Tolna County, Hungary with feed grade corn as the biomass used in processing. Animal feed, bioethanol and corn oil are produced from this feedstock. Farms in the region supply over one million tons of corn to the plant each year. From this, the refinery produces 325,000 tons of animal feed, 450 million litres of bioethanol and 10,000 tons of corn oil. Local processing of the corn for export adds considerable monetary and nutritional value to the raw material.

Commission policy on ethanol to result in loss of energy security, tens of thousands of jobs and increased costs to consumers


Destructive policy towards the ethanol industry in Brussels will continue to drive away billions of Euros in investments and cost rural communities tens of thousands of jobs. “The negative impact of these policies on Hungarian GDP alone we estimate at €1billion,” Mark Turley, CEO of Ethanol Europe, said in Budapest today in response to the European Commission’s new Low-Emission Mobility Strategy.

Biofuels Digest: The EU Commission has lost the Plot on Biofuels


The EU Commission issued its strategy to reduce transport emissions in the post 2020 period, the strategy will ‘axe’ any support for conventional biofuels. This should come as no surprise: for years a section of the Commission bureaucracy has been waging a relentless campaign against ‘conventional’ biofuels. In that campaign they have breached every tenet of good public administration, demonstrated a cavalier disregard for fact or science, effectively ignored the text of the laws they have been instructed to implement and demonstrated a willingness to distort or to withhold material information from stakeholders that would be regarded as politically intolerable in any of the 28 EU countries.

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Biofuels Digest: Europe’s ethanol CEOs at the crossroads


Used properly in climate and energy policy (20% blends and up), bioethanol will remain the biggest contributor to petrol sector climate mitigation in the EU until hybrid electric vehicles reach 25% of the fleet on the roads – likely to be sometime around 2040. Ethanol will continue to account for more than a quarter of greenhouse gas savings until hybrid electrics reach 60% of the fleet, hopefully by 2050 (though difficult to estimate).

Read James Cogan's article on Biofuels Digest>>

Agro Inno Show 2016 - Innovation in Agriculture


In the second Agro Inno Show, similar to last year we would like to review the following with our top partners: the newest global trends, technological innovations and all those innovative solutions, which are available in the domestic agricultural production in the 21st century. We will also demonstrate those pathways, which are currently viewed as the future in agriculture.

Our goal is to provide a proper future vision for our partners via knowledge, tradition and high technology. Those who are interested in the most advanced tools in precision agriculture can try in practice, or visit Europe’s largest renewable ethanol producer’s plant in Dunaföldvár.

For more information please visit the event website

EurActiv: Time for a balanced debate on biofuels


EU policy on biofuels has been dominated by a debate that often disregards facts, eschews calm or rational analysis and that falls short when it comes to science. As we head into the debate on decarbonisation of road transport would it be too much to hope that old myths not be trotted and that rather more attention be paid to reality?

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Appointments at Pannonia Ethanol


Ethanol is pleased to confirm that Zsolt Lengyel has been appointed Commercial
Director of the company with responsibility for external relations. In addition, the Budapest firm of OPL (Orbán
& Perlaki Attorneys) has been appointed as public policy consultants to the
company. Both these appointments
reinforce Pannonia Ethanol’s commitment to investing in the Hungarian economy
and to building positive relations with the communities in which it operates.

Biofuels Digest: European bioethanol offers 15% CO2 reductions in transport – blocking it is a form of climate crime


It is important that the Communication on Transport Decarbonisation give ample account of the opportunity of European bioethanol for 2030 climate action. Europe’s farmers and Europe’s bioeconomy are already producing it and are ready to produce some more. They can be counted upon to deliver 15% carbon emissions reductions. Failing to give adquate policy support to European bioethanol will only strengthen fossil oil, amounting to a form of crime against the climate.

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Il Bioeconomista: Bioeconomy in Transport Decarbonisation - an offer they can’t refuse


Bioethanol made by Europe’s bioeconomy, when blended to a quarter the volume of normal petrol, reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 15% in the petrol sector. That’s a giant step towards the 40% target. It’s already being done in parts of Europe at ethanol blend rates between 1% and 85%, averaging out overall at about 4%. We need to get that average up to 25% during the 13 years to 2030. Cars, filling stations, farms and ethanol makers are ready and able to do it.

Read James Cogan's article on Il Bioeconomista>>

Biofuels Digest: Time for full carbon accounting


The sustainability aspects of transport fuels are in the spotlight this year in Brussels as a number of key files make their way through the process, namely the Energy Union package, the new Renewable Energy Directive, a communication on transport decarbonisation, and the bioenergy sustainability policy. Correct carbon accounting, or how to account for the total climate impact of various forms of transport energy is a hot topic.

Read Zoltán Szabó's article on Biofuels Digest>>

The Financial Times FDI: Pannonia finds a perfect fit in Hungary


When scouting for a base for its corn-to-ethanol plant, Pannonia Ethanol found Hungary’s skilled workforce and supportive government a winning combination. But public understanding of the industry remains a hurdle for businesses.

Read the full article on the Financial Times FDI>>

EurActiv: Europe’s sustainable biomass potential is substantial


Sufficient sustainable biomass can be produced within European borders to drive major bioeconomy development and all that is needed is recognition of this latent potential and enabling public policies.

Read Zoltán Szabó's article on EurActiv>>

EurActiv: EU Commission is blinded by fake science


European policymakers have ended up with an energy tax system that favours the dirtiest fuels, a tailpipe emissions system that is a wreck, little or nothing on traffic efficiencies and a neutered biofuel industry. And we now learn that much of the data on which policy makers depended is fake.

Read Dick Roche’s article on EurActiv>>

Il Bioeconomista: Ten billion euros of investment in advanced biofuels


Transport emissions can only be reduced in the 2030 timeframe by traffic efficiencies, biofuels and lower tailpipe emissions. To date the EU has not taken bold measures to pursue such avenues and any gains have been offset many times over by traffic growth.

Read James Cogan's article on Il Bioeconomista>>

Agro Inno Show: Modern Agriculture can be the Springboard for Domestic Farmers


Hungary’s first agricultural innovation event was held in Dunaföldvár, on the premise of Europe’s largest bioethanol plant. This event was home to all the important players in the sector and the participants were able to learn about the innovations of the future’s agriculture, which have been already available in domestic production. Pannonia Ethanol envisioned and performed this event with KITE Zrt and Dow AgroSciences as its main supporters.

Refinery Expansion Brings Substantial Added Value to Rural Economy


Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd (EERL), a European bioethanol group based in Ireland and with investments in Hungary and Macedonia, announces that its subsidiary, Pannonia Ethanol, signed a EUR33 million loan package with an investment fund managed by Montreal's Cordiant Capital and with the Hungarian Export Import Bank to enable an expansion of its Dunaföldvár, Hungary biorefinery.

Renewable Ethanol in Europe: the First State of the Industry Report


The European Renewable Ethanol Association,
ePURE , has released its first annual State of the Industry Report. This report
shows that the European renewable ethanol has been a success story for Europe
but it can contribute much more under the right policy conditions.

The full report is available here