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COCERAL, FEDIOL, FEFAC reaction to Council General Approach on the Deforestation Regulation  29/06/2022

Following the adoption of the General Approach of the Council on the EC proposal on deforestation-free products at the 28/6 Environment Council meeting, COCERAL, FEDIOL, and FEFAC welcome certain elements like the Council’s move to avoid duplication of due diligence but are concerned that no significant changes have been put forward on traceability, cooperation with third countries, and chain of custody. 

Press Statement available here

FEDIOL Press Statement on the Council General Approach on REDIII  29/06/2022

FEDIOL welcomes the Council’s decision to maintain the Commission’s approach on crop-based biofuels, which are an available and cost-effective means to decarbonise transport in the EU and reduce fossil fuel imports. Read more

FEDIOL Press release Encouraging to use LCAs to improve environmental performance is better than waiting for the perfect tool  20/06/2022

FEDIOL held its annual event on Friday 17 June on the theme, Transitioning to sustainable food systems: The role of environmental life cycle assessment after the release, earlier in the week, of the study on environmental footprint (PEF) profiles of vegetable oil and protein meal products. Read the post-event press release

FEDIOL releases PEFCR report of vegetable oil and proteinmeal industry products  15/06/2022

Today, FEDIOL releases a study on Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) profiles of vegetable oil and protein meal products. The life cycle stages covered include the industrial processing of commodities, such as oilseeds and crude vegetable oils, but also the up-stream stages of cultivation and transport and the downstream stages of transport of the processed products to the customer.

Executive Summary - PEF study - PEFCRs Vegetable Oils Products are now accessible.

How can the EU Contribute to Global Deforestation Reduction?  30/05/2022

EU action on tackling deforestation is urgently needed, as rising demand for commodities is exacerbating pressure on land worldwide. To have an impact on deforestation rates, the EU cannot act alone nor focus exclusively on cleaning its own supply chains.

Real our full opinion editorial published on EurActiv on 30 May 2022

ESPOAG and EU palm oil value chain Statement on the EU proposal for a deforestation-free regulation  18/05/2022

Joint statement of palm oil sector organisations on the EU Proposal for a Regulation on Deforestation-free products. Read the full paper

EU Biofuels Chain open letter to EC on the crucial role of sustainable biofuels in the REPowerEU strategy  16/05/2022

Ensuring the positive contribution of sustainable biofuels to RePowerEU´s ambitions for Europe´s energy independence. Read the full letter here

FEDIOL Press Statement on the EU supply of palm oil following Indonesian export ban  04/05/2022

The temporary export ban decided by the Indonesian government is affecting several palm oil products, including crude palm oil, which FEDIOL member companies source and process to refined palm oil for the European market. More info here

FEDIOL Press Statement on improved availability of sunflower oil following market adaptation and arrival of Ukrainian products over land transport   04/05/2022

While the market situation for sunflower oil was rather tense at the beginning of the war, the situation has over the last weeks improved.

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EU Biofuels Chain Statement on the European Commission Communication on food security  30/03/2022

The EU Biofuels Value Chain urge the Commission to not encourage Member States to reduce their blending biofuels mandates.

Read more here

FEDIOL Press Statement: EU market adjusting to lack of sunflower oil following Russia's invasion of Ukraine   24/03/2022

A month after the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, FEDIOL member companies continue monitoring market developments and assess the short and longer-term consequences of the sudden loss of Ukrainian oil crops. Read more

FEDIOL Press Statement: EU sunflower oil supply outlook critical as a result of Russia's invasion of Ukraine   04/03/2022

The war situation in Ukraine will, according to FEDIOL members, have important consequences on European supplies of sunflower seed oil.

Read our full Press Statement here

Joint Statement: Prioritising the use of high efficiency cogeneration by industrial operators to reach 2030 climate goals  02/03/2022

FEDIOL co-signed today a Joint Statement urging the European Parliament and the EU Member States to adopt measures that can secure the contribution of high-efficiency cogeneration (CHP) by industrial operators to achieve the 2030 climate goals. Full Joint Statement here

Joint Press Statement : The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the impact on grains and oilseeds markets  02/03/2022

Read our full statement

Joint press release by COCERAL, FEDIOL and FEFAC “ EU Legislation for Deforestation-free Supply Chains : EU Grain and Oilseeds Sector warns against pitfalls of current draft"   16/02/2022

COCERAL, FEDIOL, and FEFAC, representing the EU grain and oilseed trade, crushing and animal feed industry, support the EU’s ambition to halt deforestation and only allow imports of deforestation-free products in Europe. For the EU framework to also achieve sustainable transformation in the countries of origin, it requires putting in place tools and processes that are practicable for the whole food and feed supply chain, from the site of production to the market of destination. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. Tools and processes will have to be adapted to the supply chain models of the different commodities concerned --> press release

--> Our position paper

Joint statement Criteria for high efficiency cogeneration must consider industrial CHP operators  21/01/2022

In the context of the inclusion of gas-based generation in the European Commission’s Taxonomy draft Complementary Delegated Act, the signatories would like to raise concerns about the negative impact of too rigid criteria for cogeneration (CHP) on the decarbonisation and integration of the industrial operators in the energy system. Read more here

Joint statement Gas based generation in the EU Taxonomy: A step in the right direction, though adaptations are needed  20/01/2022

Joint COCERAL, FEDIOL, FEFAC press release on the EU deforestation regulation  17/11/2021

Joint press release by COCERAL, FEDIOL and FEFAC in response to the Commission’s legislative proposal for a regulation on deforestation-free products, entitled The EU grain and oilseed chain flags wrong approach as the proposal only focuses on cleaning up domestic supply chains from deforestation”

Joint Statement on the European Parliament plenary vote on the Farm to Fork Strategy  20/10/2021

27 EU organisations co-sign a joint statement following the EP plenary vote on the Farm to Fork Strategy - see here

FEDIOL open letter to Energy Commissioner on implications of natural gas price spikes on EU industry and food chain  07/10/2021

The price for natural gas has sharply increased putting energy intensive sectors under additional competitive pressure compared to their peers abroad exporting to the EU. Read our full open letter here

FEDIOL 2020 monitoring of responsible soy   06/10/2021

FEDIOL releases its first monitoring of responsible soy up to the year 2020. The exercise is based on the voluntary reporting of FEDIOL’s member companies. 
 
Please find our press release here and the factsheet here

2020 FEDIOL annual statistics published  13/09/2021

Impact assessment study for the Green Deal  13/09/2021

The Farm-to-Fork Strategy published by the EU Commission in May 2020 and the EU Biodiversity Strategy are decisive for the agricultural sector. Measures such as reducing the use of pesticides by 50% and expanding organic farming to 25% will have a major impact on production and food prices in Europe.
Prof. Dr. Dr. Christian Henning (Christian-Albrecht University of Kiel) and Dr. Peter Witzke (EuroCare, Rhenish Friedrich Wilhelm University of Bonn) carried out a study on the consequences of the Farm-to-Fork Strategy for the agricultural sector on behalf of the Grain Club and other associations in the German and European agricultural industry. 

Press release

Executive summary

FEDIOL publishes its first public report on 2020-21 highlights  16/07/2021

You will find here facts & figures, statistics, milestones and priorities of our association! See report

Certified sustainable palm oil uptake is close to peaking in Europe  15/07/2021

FEDIOL undertakes a yearly survey which covers intake volumes of crude palm oil and palm kernel oil entering the EU refi­neries of member companies participating in the survey. A substantial reduction in total palm oil refined volumes in 2020 played a major role in the limited increase in sustainable palm oil refined by FEDIOL companies, which amounted to 65% (only 2% more than 2019 volumes). The total palm kernel oil refined volumes increased instead by 11%, but resulted only in +1% of the absolute share of refined certified sustainable palm kernel oil. Read the full statement here

Joint statement from the Renewable & Low-Carbon Liquid Fuels Platform on the Fit for 55 package  14/07/2021

The Renewable & Low-Carbon Liquid Fuels Platform considers the publication of the European Commission’s Fit For 55 package a step in the right direction; however, the proposals do cause some concerns as they fail to fully recognise the crucial contribution of renewable and low-carbon liquid fuels in the decarbonisation of transport and the value of multiple technological pathways to achieve 2030 and 2050 targets -> read the full statement

Joint call for action on Fit for 55 package from the Renewable & Low-Carbon Liquid Fuels Platform  08/07/2021

As members of the Renewable & Low Carbon Liquid Fuels Platform, we are committed to contributing to the decarbonisation of the mobility sector in a sustainable, affordable and socially inclusive way.  Read the full statement here

FEDIOL signs the EU Code of Conduct on responsible food business and marketing practices  05/07/2021

FEDIOL signs the voluntary EU Code of Conduct on responsible food business and marketing practices launched at a Commission-led High-Level event on 5 July 2021. Read our press release here.

FEDIOL’s General Assembly elects Jordi Costa as new President  17/06/2021

At its annual meeting held on 16 June, the General Assembly of FEDIOL elected Mr Jordi Costa as President of FEDIOL for the 2021-2023 mandate. Read the press release: bit.ly/FEDIOLNewPresident 

Launch of the Renewable and Low Carbon Liquid Fuels Platform: Towards Transport Fuels Transformation  17/05/2021

Major organisations operating in the liquid fuels value chain have joined forces to form the Renewable & Low-Carbon Liquid Fuels Platform. These partners are working together to contribute to the decarbonisation of the mobility sector in a sustainable and affordable way. Read more

COCERAL, FEDIOL, FEFAC Position Paper on Due Diligence  26/04/2021

Mandatory Due Diligence as a part of the Smart Mix of EU Measures to tackle Deforestation and Human Rights Issues.

Read the position paper here

EUBA Statement on Revised draft Delegated Act on climate-related objectives  14/04/2021

Despite improvement, more changes are needed to allow European Bioeconomy to be part of the solution towards climate neutrality. The activities of the members of the European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA) together represent nearly €2 trillion providing more than 22 million jobs to EU citizens. Our activities are essential to the sustainable production of renewable resources and their conversion into food, feed, fibres, materials, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and bioenergy through efficient processes and/or innovative technologies. Read the full statement here

Biofuels should be part of the solution for the EU transition to carbon neutrality   08/04/2021

EU Biofuels Chain Joint position paper on the revised Sustainable finance draft Delegated Regulation.

EUBA position on the EU Circular Economy Action Plan  03/03/2021

The European Commission's Circular Economy Action Plan sets important ambitions for reducing consumption by making products more renewable, reusable and recyclable throughout their whole lifecycle – ambitions that cannot easily be achieved without taking full advantage of Europe's bioeconomy. In this paper, the European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA), which represents a wide variety of primary producers, processors and technology providers, highlights the significance of its sectors in contributing bioeconomy solutions for this essential transition to a circular economy.

Seven steps to curbing deforestation and enhancing forest protection - Looking beyond EU-only solutions to a global issue  19/02/2021

The EU can lead the sustainable transformation of our supply chains towards no-deforestation. If we want producer countries to follow, we need to support them in improving practices instead of only offering criticism and bans.

Read the full COCERAL, FEDIOL, FEFAC op-ed here

Fighting deforestation: we need a framework conducive to changing practices on the ground  15/09/2020

The industry and trade members of COCERAL, FEDIOL and FEFAC share public concern of the incidence of fires on native vegetation, wildlife and on local communities. Fires in the Amazon region are raising particular attention because of their alleged link with land grabbing practices and with deforestation. Read our joint statement here

EU companies struggle to get their supplies in linseeds  07/09/2020

When the approach to maximum residue levels (MRLs) for pesticides becomes dogmatic and driven by alleged concerns on the level playing-field for EU farmers, the EU is putting at risk security of imports of agricultural raw materials and EU jobs whilst such approach has no health benefits and neither offers any gains for EU farmers. Europe needs the MRL for linseeds as proposed by the Commission.

Nutrition factsheet Rapeseed oil  16/06/2020

Rapeseed oil is produced from the seeds of several species of plants of the Brassica family. Rapeseed is a bright-yellow flowering plant, cultivated mainly for its oil-rich seed. The main growing regions are Canada, China, India and the European Union.  See full factsheet here

FEDIOL’s General Assembly elects new President  11/06/2020

At its meeting held on Thursday, 11 June 2020 in Brussels, the General Assembly of FEDIOL confirmed the unanimous election of Mr Roger Janson as President of FEDIOL for a two years’ mandate, 2020-2022. Full statement here

COCERAL, FEDIOL, FEFAC joint position on how to accelerate action against deforestation  29/05/2020

In response to the EU’s declared intention to reduce its role in global deforestation by targeting commodities and products entering its market via a set of regulatory and non-regulatory measures, COCERAL, FEDIOL and FEFAC share their views on the best way forward to achieve a sustainable transformation of their supply chains. Read full position here

Farm to Fork & Biodiversity Strategies: ambitious promises that still need to overcome contradictions  20/05/2020

Today marks the publication of two key components of the European Green Deal: the Farm-to-Fork and Biodiversity Strategies. As the EU association representing producers of vegetable oils and protein meals, FEDIOL shares the objective of supporting the transition towards a more sustainable EU food system. At a moment when the COVID crisis has highlighted major strengths, but also certain weaknesses of the agri-food sector, these strategies should help increase resilience to climate change and adaptation to future challenges and help put in place a transformative plan to tackle the biodiversity crisis by protecting and restoring nature.  Read our full press release

European Bioeconomy Alliance Welcomes the Comprehensive EU Green Deal Strategy  29/04/2020

The ambitious European Commission strategy to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the EU and achieve climate neutrality by 2050 has recently been set in motion as the European Green Deal. The European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA), representing twelve organisations in various sectors active in the bioeconomy, welcomes such a comprehensive policy tool that should ensure alignment and coherence between the different initiatives that are part of the Deal. Read the full position here

COVID19 impacts on the EU grain trade, oil crushing and farm animal feed sector  09/04/2020

During these times of crisis, COCERAL, FEDIOL, FEFAC, their member associations and individual companies are fully committed to fulfil their core mission: to continuously supply the food and feed chain by ensuring that nutritious and safe products are available at all times to the food and livestock industry. This helps provide access to affordable food to all European citizens and adequate nutrition to animal husbandry --> Joint statement

EU grains, oilseeds and feed value chain partners call on the Commission to take urgent steps to avoid disruption of food and feed supply in Europe  17/03/2020

Given the dramatic consequences of the spread of COVID-19, the priority of the whole food and feed supply chain is obviously to strictly comply with EU and national instructions to prevent further dissemination of the virus among its employees, suppliers and customers. At the same time, we are taking all the actions required to avoid disruptions in the food and feed supply chain, so as to be able to continue supplying farmers, the food industry and feed processors with the agricultural raw materials and ingredients they need. Press release

Joint COCERAL, FEDIOL, FEFAC workshop "Trade impact of pesticides residues"  12/11/2019

Grain traders, crushers and compound feed manufacturers engage in constructive dialogue aimed at mitigating impacts on trade of the ongoing regulatory transition to lower maximum residue levels (MRLs) for pesticides in commodities. Press statement here

"Variability of mineral oil results in foods between laboratories: new insights"  24/10/2019

The variability of mineral oil results observed between different laboratories is an issue faced by different food sectors. Along with other industry players, FEDIOL contributed to a new article which provides a deeper insight on the reliability/reproducibility of the analytical methods used by commercial laboratories offering testing services to determine residues of mineral oil in foods. The article also identifies possible gaps and suggests improvements that may enhance the reliability of the data. This article was published on 22 October 2019 and can be found here

FEDIOL FEFAC COCERAL welcome European Commission Communication on Deforestation  23/07/2019

EU grain and oilseed trade, crushing and feed industry sectors represented by COCERAL, FEDIOL and FEFAC welcome the European Commission Communication on Stepping up EU Action to Protect and Restore the World’s Forests, adopted on 23 July 2019. See full press release here.

FEDIOL press release on EU Communication on deforestation  23/07/2019

Brussels, 23 July 2019 – Today the European Commission released its Communication on Stepping up EU Action to Protect and Restore the World’s Forests, giving a clear signal on the need for all relevant actors to engage in the transformation of their supply chains via active commitment and support. See full press release here.

Nutrition factsheet Coconut oil  19/06/2019

Coconut oil is produced from coprah, the dried kernel of coconuts. Imported into EU from the Philippines, Indonesia, Inda, Vietnam, as crude oil it is refined before use is food and non-food. See full factsheet here.

Nutrition factsheet Maize oil  19/06/2019

Maize oil is produced from maize germs and a by-products from starch production. Maizeoil is mainly used for food purposes in cold or warm preparations. See full factsheet here

Sustainable sourcing of agricultural products: working together to further improve our supply chain_ FEDIOL Annual Conference 2019  14/06/2019

Brussels, 14 June 2019 – The FEDIOL annual conference on “EU oilseeds processing: reconciling public and private objectives on food safety and sustainability” held today confirmed sustainability as one the key priorities for the vegetable oil and protein meal industry. See press release

RED II delegated regulation on ILUC risk gets officially published  21/05/2019

Brussels, 21 May 2019 – In the absence of objections by European Parliament and Council on the proposed text within the given two-month scrutiny period, the European Commission has published today in the Official Journal the Delegated Act on the determination of high indirect land-use change-risk feedstock and the certification of low indirect land-use change-risk biofuels. See press release

UPDATE: The ECJ ruling on mutagenesis requires a change in EU GMO legislation  10/05/2019

On 23 April, 22  EU food and feed chain organisations jointly signed a letter urging Member States and the EU Commission to ensure EU legislation allows EU operators of the food and feed chain to preserve access to competitive supply of innovative food and feed ingredients. On 09 May, the letter received support from four additional business organisations. In total, 26 organisations are reiterating their concern about the European Court of Justice ruling on case C-528/16.

 On 25 July 2018, the European Court of Justice interpreted the provisions of the EU GMO Directive 2001/18 in such a way that products resulting from innovative, targeted mutagenesis methods are regulated under the provisions of the GMO-Directive. This decision triggered strong reactions from many stakeholders and the scientific community, stressing that this would hinder dramatically the delivery of innovative and more sustainable agricultural products produced using new gene editing breeding techniques.

For EU organisations of the food and feed chain including FEDIOL, products that could have been produced by conventional methods and are indistinguishable from conventional ones should not fall under the GMO Directive 2011/18.  The legal framework should therefore be amended to reflect that. 

Time is running out to accelerate up take of certified sustainable palm oil and bridge the gap from the current 66% to targeted 100%   07/05/2019

At the end of 2018, 66% of the approximately 3.7 million tonnes of palm oil getting into European refining plants of FEDIOL companies, were certified sustainable. This shows a slight increase compared to last year’s levels. See press release and monitoring leaflet

FEDIOL welcomes EU legislation on trans fatty acids (TFA)   24/04/2019

Read our  Press Release

The ECJ ruling on mutagenesis requires a change in EU GMO legislation  24/04/2019

22 EU food and feed chain organisations sent an open letter urging Member States and the EU Commission to ensure EU legislation allows EU operators of the food and feed chain to preserve access to competitive supply of innovative food and feed ingredients.

On 25 July 2018, the European Court of Justice interpreted the provisions of the EU GMO Directive 2001/18 in such a way that products resulting from innovative, targeted mutagenesis methods are regulated under the provisions of the GMO-Directive. This decision triggered strong reactions from many stakeholders and the scientific community, stressing that this would hinder dramatically the delivery of innovative and more sustainable agricultural products produced using new gene editing breeding techniques.

For EU organisations of the food and feed chain including FEDIOL, products that could have been produced by conventional methods and are indistinguishable from conventional ones should not fall under the GMO Directive 2011/18 and this means adapting the legal framework to that extent.