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Report Release Presentation of “Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects”
May 22, 2016 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine)  Distinction Between Genetic Engineering and Conventional Plant Breeding Becoming Less Clear, Says New Report on GE Crops  —  An extensive study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has found that new technologies in genetic engineering and conventional breeding are blurring the once clear distinctions between these two crop-improvement approaches. In addition, while recognizing the inherent difficulty of detecting subtle or long-term effects on health or the environment, the study committee found no substantiated evidence of a difference in risks to human health between current commercially available genetically engineered (GE) crops and conventionally bred crops, nor did it find conclusive cause-and-effect evidence of environmental problems from the GE crops. However, evolved resistance to current GE characteristics in crops is a major agricultural problem.

A tiered process for regulating new crop varieties should focus on a plant’s characteristics rather than the process by which it was developed, the committee recommends in its report. New plant varieties that have intended or unintended novel characteristics that may present potential hazards should undergo safety testing — regardless of whether they were developed using genetic engineering or conventional breeding techniques. New “-omics” technologies, which dramatically increase the ability to detect even small changes in plant characteristics, will be critical to detecting unintended changes in new crop varieties.

The committee used evidence accumulated over the past two decades to assess purported negative effects and purported benefits of current commercial GE crops. Since the 1980s, biologists have used genetic engineering to produce particular characteristics in plants such as longer shelf life for fruit, higher vitamin content, and resistance to diseases. However, the only genetically engineered characteristics that have been put into widespread commercial use are those that allow a crop to withstand the application of a herbicide or to be toxic to insect pests.

The fact that only two characteristics have been widely used is one of the reasons the committee avoided sweeping, generalized statements about the benefits and risks of GE crops. Claims about the effects of existing GE crops often assume that those effects would apply to the genetic engineering process generally, but different characteristics are likely to have different effects. A genetically engineered characteristic that alters the nutritional content of a crop, for example, is unlikely to have the same environmental or economic effects as a characteristic for herbicide resistance.

The committee examined almost 900 research and other publications on the development, use, and effects of genetically engineered characteristics in maize (corn), soybean, and cotton, which account for almost all commercial GE crops to date. “We dug deeply into the literature to take a fresh look at the data on GE and conventionally bred crops,” said committee chair Fred Gould, University Distinguished Professor of Entomology and co-director of the Genetic Engineering and Society Center at North Carolina State University. In addition, the committee heard from 80 diverse speakers at three public meetings and 15 public webinars, and read more than 700 comments from members of the public to broaden its understanding of issues surrounding GE crops.

In releasing its report, the committee established a website that enables users to look up the places in the report that address comments received by the committee from the public, and also find the reasoning behind the report’s main findings and recommendations. “The committee focused on listening carefully and responding thoughtfully to members of the public who have concerns about GE crops and foods, as well as those who feel that there are great benefits to be had from GE crops,” said Gould.

Effects on human health. The committee carefully searched all available research studies for persuasive evidence of adverse health effects directly attributable to consumption of foods derived from GE crops but found none. Studies with animals and research on the chemical composition of GE foods currently on the market reveal no differences that would implicate a higher risk to human health and safety than from eating their non-GE counterparts. Though long-term epidemiological studies have not directly addressed GE food consumption, available epidemiological data do not show associations between any disease or chronic conditions and the consumption of GE foods.

There is some evidence that GE insect-resistant crops have had benefits to human health by reducing insecticide poisonings. In addition, several GE crops are in development that are designed to benefit human health, such as rice with increased beta-carotene content to help prevent blindness and death caused by vitamin A deficiencies in some developing nations.

Effects on the environment. The use of insect-resistant or herbicide-resistant crops did not reduce the overall diversity of plant and insect life on farms, and sometimes insect-resistant crops resulted in increased insect diversity, the report says. While gene flow – the transfer of genes from a GE crop to a wild relative species – has occurred, no examples have demonstrated an adverse environmental effect from this transfer. Overall, the committee found no conclusive evidence of cause-and-effect relationships between GE crops and environmental problems. However, the complex nature of assessing long-term environmental changes often made it difficult to reach definitive conclusions. 

Effects on agriculture. The available evidence indicates that GE soybean, cotton, and maize have generally had favorable economic outcomes for producers who have adopted these crops, but outcomes have varied depending on pest abundance, farming practices, and agricultural infrastructure. Although GE crops have provided economic benefits to many small-scale farmers in the early years of adoption, enduring and widespread gains will depend on such farmers receiving institutional support, such as access to credit, affordable inputs such as fertilizer, extension services, and access to profitable local and global markets for the crops.

Evidence shows that in locations where insect-resistant crops were planted but resistance-management strategies were not followed, damaging levels of resistance evolved in some target insects. If GE crops are to be used sustainably, regulations and incentives are needed so that more integrated and sustainable pest-management approaches become economically feasible. The committee also found that in many locations some weeds had evolved resistance to glyphosate, the herbicide to which most GE crops were engineered to be resistant. Resistance evolution in weeds could be delayed by the use of integrated weed-management approaches, says the report, which also recommends further research to determine better approaches for weed resistance management.

Insect-resistant GE crops have decreased crop loss due to plant pests. However, the committee examined data on overall rates of increase in yields of soybean, cotton, and maize in the U.S. for the decades preceding introduction of GE crops and after their introduction, and there was no evidence that GE crops had changed the rate of increase in yields. It is feasible that emerging genetic-engineering technologies will speed the rate of increase in yield, but this is not certain, so the committee recommended funding of diverse approaches for increasing and stabilizing crop yield. 

Regulation Should Focus on Novel Characteristics and Hazards

All technologies for improving plant genetics – whether GE or conventional — can change foods in ways that could raise safety issues, the committee’s report notes. It is the product and not the process that should be regulated, the new report says, a point that has also been made in previous Academies reports.

In determining whether a new plant variety should be subject to safety testing, regulators should focus on the extent to which the novel characteristics of the plant variety (both intended and unintended) are likely to pose a risk to human health or the environment, the extent of uncertainty about the severity of potential harm, and the potential for human exposure – regardless of whether the plant was developed using genetic-engineering or conventional-breeding processes. ” –omics” technologies will be critical in enabling these regulatory approaches.

The United States’ current policy on new plant varieties is in theory a “product” based policy, but USDA and EPA determine which plants to regulate at least partially based on the process by which they are developed. But a process-based approach is becoming less and less technically defensible as the old approaches to genetic engineering become less novel and as emerging processes — such as genome editing and synthetic biology — fail to fit current regulatory categories of genetic engineering, the report says.

The distinction between conventional breeding and genetic engineering is becoming less obvious, says the report, which also reviews emerging technologies. For example, genome editing technologies such as CRISPR/Cas9 can now be used to make a genetic change by substituting a single nucleotide in a specific gene; the same change can be made by a method that uses radiation or chemicals to induce mutations and then uses genomic screening to identify plants with the desired mutation – an approach that is considered to be conventional breeding by most national regulatory systems. Some emerging genetic engineering technologies have the potential to create novel plant varieties that are hard to distinguish genetically from plants produced through conventional breeding or processes that occur in nature. A plant variety that is conventionally bred to be resistant to a herbicide and one that is genetically engineered to be resistant to the same herbicide can be expected to have similar associated benefits and risks.

Regulating authorities should be proactive in communicating information to the public about how emerging genetic-engineering technologies or their products might be regulated and how new regulatory methods may be used. They should also proactively seek input from the public on these issues. Not all issues can be answered by science alone, the report says.  Policy regarding GE crops has scientific, legal, and social dimensions.

For example, on the basis of its review of the evidence on health effects, the committee does not believe that mandatory labeling of foods with GE content is justified to protect public health, but it noted that the issue involves social and economic choices that go beyond technical assessments of health or environmental safety; ultimately, it involves value choices that technical assessments alone cannot answer.

The study was sponsored by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the New Venture Fund, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with additional support from the National Academy of Sciences. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are private, nonprofit institutions that provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions related to science, technology, and medicine. They operate under an 1863 congressional charter to the National Academy of Sciences, signed by President Lincoln.  For more information, visit http://national-academies.org.  A roster follows.

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This consensus report examines a range of questions and opinions about the economic, agronomic, health, safety, or other effects of genetically engineered (GE) crops and food. Claims and research that extol both the benefits and risks of GE crops have created a confusing landscape for the public and for policy makers. This report is intended to provide an independent, objective examination of what has been learned since the introduction of GE crops, based on current evidence.   READ MORE  WATCH VIDEO



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European Bioethanol Offers 15% CO2 Reductions in Transport – Blocking It Is a Form of Climate Crime
May 23, 2016 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by James Cogan (Biofuels Digest/Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd.)  … The European Commission in Brussels is right now putting the finishing touches to a Communication on Transport Decarbonisation, due out this summer.  …  There is a risk the Communication may support fossil friendly caps on sustainable European made bioethanol.

Bioethanol made by Europe’s bioeconomy, when blended to a fifth the volume of normal petrol, reduces greenhouse gas emissions by at least 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 20% during the 13 years to 2030.   Farms, filling stations, biorefineries and cars are ready and able to do it. With the right policy will, it can be delivered.

And the other 25% emissions reductions in petrol?

10% or maybe 15% will be got if we incentivise a third or more of new car purchases to be hybrid electric or electric – up from about 1% now – so that by 2030 around 20% of cars on the road would be all or partially electric (remember, it takes 20 years for 1% of new car sales of a certain car type to become 1% of the total fleet on the road). This assumes that most of the electricity they’ll use will come from wind and sun, etc. Our electricity companies are already stretched in the effort to convert existing power demand to renewables, so adding a big chunk of cars and trucks to their to-do list for 2030 is a big ask.

The last 15% will come from a combination of less traffic, smarter traffic (things like group Uber), gas powered cars and a transition from dirty diesel to cleaner, smaller, more efficient petrol engines. This last point is a real opportunity because ethanol blend petrol is high in octane, so leaner.

Clearly in the dozen years to 2030 the hardest 15% to achieve of the three approaches above will be the electric vehicles, so the first and third options will be making up the shortfalls. Then by 2040-2050 the electrics should be largely taking over. Unfortunately we can’t put our carbon reductions efforts on hold until electric vehicles with green electricity are fully viable because the climate won’t wait.

This protein-bioethanol mix is an wonderful example of bioeconomy symbiosis. We won’t need so much South American soya if we make more ethanol, nor the forest clearance and awful labour conditions brought about by soya demand. For every patch of land used to make food protein and ethanol in Europe an equivalent patch of forest somewhere in a developing country is not needed for soya meal, while coachloads of fossil carbon stay in the ground where they’ve been for millions of years and where they belong forever.

The roughly 20% of European ethanol not made from wheat and corn comes from sugar beet which is a soil enhancing rotation crop, i.e. grown in between the growing cycles of other crops on the same land, and from residues of field and forest agriculture, known as advanced cellulosic ethanol. The emergence of advanced bioethanol is the equivalent of having discovered vast new reserves of clean oil in our own home state. It’s all good.

A bridge solution

Bear in mind too, that as petrol consumption drops due to electric vehicle take-up and smarter traffic, so too drops the demand for ethanol. Relatively soon the higher ethanol volumes in the petrol blend will be offset by dropping demand for petrol overall and in the longer term – as electric vehicles take over – ethanol fuel will go the way of fossil fuel, becoming virtually extinct (and by which time those biorefineries will be churning out high value biomaterials for non-energy uses).

Those of us dedicated to fighting for the climate and the environment – and that includes the EC, WWF, T&E and Birdlife Europe – should direct our fire squarely at the real villains. Stop palm oil, all of it, until deforestation is put under control. Two thousand five hundred football pitches of forest land are cleared every single day to make room for palm oil and the insatiable demand for it in processed food, cosmetics, soaps, chemicals and, for 5% of it, unacceptable palm oil diesel. Fight fossil oil. Break the link between oil companies and car companies and fight the dirty diesel that ruins the air of Europe’s cities, killing hundreds of thousands of us in the process.

To those who say renewable energy should stand on its own two feet in price competition with fossil energy the answer is no, it should not, so long as the fossil people are not made to collect and safely dispose of that coachload of fossil CO2 that gets dumped into the sky by each of us every week. The ‘level playing field’ with fossil energy is irresponsible nonsense. It’s a dangerous form of climate change denial.

State aids for bioethanol should be allowed, as it is for fossil energy in many states. Governments should prioritise bioethanol in their public procurement for captive vehicle fleets. Car and fuel makers should specify high octane fuel which will foster ethanol use and more fuel efficient engines. Infrastructure for high blend fuels should be incentivised.

Failing to give adquate policy support to European bioethanol will only strengthen fossil oil, amounting to a form of crime against the climate.

[1] http://ec.europa.eu/smart-regulation/roadmaps/docs/2016_move_046_decarbonization_of_transport_en.pdf

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Report Release Presentation of “Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects”
May 22, 2016 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine)  Distinction Between Genetic Engineering and Conventional Plant Breeding Becoming Less Clear, Says New Report on GE Crops  —  An extensive study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, …

EPA Is Trying to Get Out of Its Own Way on the RFS
May 23, 2016 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  …  The practical and legal constraints on the RFS are mostly of EPA’s own making. As EPA admitted in the final 2014-2016 rule, it set the volume obligations …

Smoke & Fumes
May 22, 2016 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

(Center for International Environmental Law)  This is a story about how the world’s most powerful industry used science, communications, and consumer psychology to shape the public debate over climate change. And it begins earlier—decades earlier—than …

NAS Reaffirms Safety and Benefits of GMOs
May 20, 2016 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Kelly Marshall (Precision Ag Wired)  The National Academy of Sciences has released (yet another) reportreaffirming the safety and benefits of GMO crops.  Not surprisingly this report has lead to a flurry of reactions across multiple …

ICBB 2016: International Conference on Biofuels and Bioenergy — December 29-30, 2016 — Paris, France
May 20, 2016 – 5:31 pm | No Comment
ICBB 2016:  International Conference on Biofuels and Bioenergy   —   December 29-30, 2016   —   Paris, France

The ICBB 2016: 18th International Conference on Biofuels and Bioenergy aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Biofuels …

RES-T-BIOPLANT: Towards Advanced Biofuels – Options for Integrating 1st and 2nd Generation Biofuel Production
May 20, 2016 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(IEA Implementing Agreement for Renewable Energy Technology Deployment)  The integration of advanced (2nd generation / 2G) biofuel plants with conventional (1st generation / 1G) biofuel plants can lead to significant synergies and cost savings, especially …

Sweden Takes the Lead in Biofuel-Use in Europe
May 20, 2016 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Tomas Ekbom (Task 39 May 2016 Newsletter)  The production and use of biofuels in Sweden have increased substantially since the mid-2000s. According to preliminary statistics from SPBI, the share of renewable energy in the road …

Algae Key to More Beef, Less CO2
May 20, 2016 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Algae has the potential to make a large impact as an ingredient in animal feed, according to Xingen Lei, professor of molecular nutrition at Cornell University. Lei, who has been studying algae’s …

Gov. Ricketts Highlights Benefits of Biofuels During Renewable Fuels Month
May 20, 2016 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

(Office of Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts)  Today, Governor Pete Ricketts highlighted Renewable Fuels Month in Nebraska and the importance of biofuels to the state by kicking off a unique ethanol promotion at Sapp Brothers in …

Workshop In Japan Aims To Dispel Myths On U.S. Ethanol GHGs
May 20, 2016 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council)  The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and its industry partners sought to dispel myths about U.S. ethanol and open the door for the renewable fuel in the Japanese market this week at a …

Big Oil Could Have Cut CO2 Emissions In 1970s — But Did Nothing
May 20, 2016 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by Chris D’Angelo (The Huffington Post)  New documents show the industry chose to prioritize costs over the planet.  In 1963, Esso (now Exxon Mobil) patented a design for a “novel and highly efficient electrode“ for …

Scania Trucks Use Ethanol Made with Clariant’s Sunliquid Process
May 20, 2016 – 11:52 am | No Comment

(Clariant/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, and Scania, one of the world’s top heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers, are celebrating the results and the opportunities generated by the partnership established last year, which …

What Kevin Cramer Is Telling Trump about Making American Energy Great Again
May 20, 2016 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Mark Drajem (Bloomberg)  Say what you will about the EPA, but it doesn’t take the easy way out.  EPA issued its proposal for the 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard yesterday, surprisingly early given that it has been …

Ernst: EPA’s Latest RFS Levels Don’t Follow 2007 Law
May 20, 2016 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa)  Senator Joni Ernst says EPA administrators may be called before congress to explain the agency’s recent decision on renewable fuel standards.
“There is clear direction from congress,” Ernst says, “and …

California Zero Emissions Demonstration Project Includes Diesel Plug-In Hybrid Trucks
May 20, 2016 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum/PR Newswire)  Immediate Air Quality & Climate Benefits Are Available From Existing & Proven Technologies  —  New diesel technology will be part of a $23.6 million zero-emission transportation test program in California for …

GMO Yeast: A Journey Through Discovery, Handling & Practice
May 20, 2016 – 11:02 am | No Comment
GMO Yeast: A Journey Through Discovery, Handling & Practice

It’s an exciting time in yeast innovation for the fuel ethanol market. Gene editing technology has allowed for the development of pathway engineering to create yeast strains that produce ever-increasing ethanol yield while also delivering …

Renewable Jet Fuel, Competitive Cost, at Scale: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to AltAir
May 20, 2016 – 10:55 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In March, United Airlines made history by becoming the first U.S. airline to begin use of commercial-scale volumes of sustainable aviation biofuel for regularly scheduled flights with the departure of United Flight …

Good News, Kemosabe: Reverdia and Wageningen UR Launch Development of New Bio-PBS Compounds
May 20, 2016 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands, Reverdia and Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research have launched a joint development programme on bio-based PBS (polybutylene succinate) compounds for injection moulding. The new bio-PBS compounds …

Core-JetFuel Final International Conference: Sustainable Alternative Aviation Fuels – The Way Forward — June 16-17, 2016 — Brussels, Belgium
May 19, 2016 – 6:09 pm | No Comment
Core-JetFuel Final International Conference:  Sustainable Alternative Aviation Fuels – The Way Forward   —    June 16-17, 2016   —   Brussels, Belgium

The Core-JetFuel Final International Conference titled Sustainable Alternative Aviation Fuels – The Way Forward will take place on the occasion of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) on 16-17 June 2016 in Brussels, and follows …

WestJet Teams with Clean Energy Centre to Develop a Sustainable Aviation Fuel Supply Chain in Western Canada
May 19, 2016 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  Canadian carrier WestJet is to team with the new Clean Energy Technology Centre (CETC) in the town of Drayton Valley in central Alberta to accelerate the development and deployment of sustainable aviation biofuels …

Hogg Touts Biofuels
May 19, 2016 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Joe Sutter  (The Messenger)  Education spending, environmental concerns are a focus for senate candidate  —  State Sen. Rob Hogg touted his support for renewables and biofuels while at the Iowa Central Community College fuel …

How Different Is Diesel from Biodiesel, Really?
May 19, 2016 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Laurie Winkless (Materials Today)  Australian researchers have found that particulate emissions from a diesel exhaust are heavily influenced by the fuel’s composition
According to the European Commission, biofuels now represent around 5 per cent of …

Transport Ministers Urged to Support Global Offsetting Mechanism for Aviation
May 19, 2016 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(AviationBenefits.org)  Fifty ministers of transport from countries around the world are gathering in Leipzig for the International Transport Forum Summit, the theme of which is ‘green and inclusive transport’. At the ministerial opening session today, …

Profile: Florida Power & Light Achieves Key Emissions Reductions with Biodiesel
May 19, 2016 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  “Powered by Biodiesel” decals adorn Florida Power & Light Co.’s diesel vehicles as they traverse Florida and beyond. The signage highlights the key role this advanced biofuel is playing in the …

WEBINAR: Emerging Manure to Energy Technologies – Are Cost Effective Small Scale Digesters Possible? — June 1, 2016
May 19, 2016 – 4:47 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Emerging Manure to Energy Technologies – Are Cost Effective Small Scale Digesters Possible?  —   June 1, 2016

Participate to understand the potential viability of small-scale manure digesters and available resources through the REAP program and how to leverage with other federal programs.

Participate to understand current research, available technologies, future possibilities, and the …

Start-up to Scale-up: An Interview with Global Bioenergies CEO Marc Delcourt
May 19, 2016 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

(ACS Green Chemistry Institute)  Global Bioenergies is one of the few companies in the world and the only one in Europe to develop a process to convert renewable resources into hydrocarbons through fermentation. The company …

Guest View: For the Farmers, the Biofuel Bubble Has Already Burst
May 19, 2016 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Isaac Orr (Quad City Times/The Heartland Institute)  …  Many of the agriculture-related policy discussions taking place in the nation’s capital focus on how corn farmers will be hurt by the biofuel mandate because RFS …

Jamaica Still Not Producing Ethanol 8 Years On
May 19, 2016 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

(Jamaica Observer)  ‘We are yet to see that,’ says economist as he outlines vision for sugar sector  —  Jamaica is still not producing ethanol for the E10 mix of petrol which the Government introduced into …

My Voice: The Positive Reach of Ethanol Impacts Many
May 19, 2016 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by Keith Alverson  (Argus Leader)  As a sixth-generation corn farmer in South Dakota, and one who is deeply involved in sustainability programs in U.S. agriculture, I have learned first-hand how biofuels such as ethanol are good …

Why Ethanol in Gasoline Remains a Good Idea
May 19, 2016 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by John M. Urbanchuk  (The Intelligencer)  I am writing in response to Andrew Mikula’s May 13 letter (“With oil now plentiful, why the need for ethanol in gasoline?“). Several points come to mind.
Ethanol has several characteristics …

Chempolis Gets Green Light for JV Biorefinery Project
May 19, 2016 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A joint venture (JV) project between Chempolis Ltd and Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL), which should cost around €110 million, moves on after getting approval from NRL’s board.
The project has preceded several preparation stages …

AkzoNobel Teams up with Royal Cosun to Develop Sustainable Cellulose Products from Sugar Beet Processing
May 19, 2016 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Dutch chemicals giant AkzoNobel and agro-industrial cooperative Royal Cosun have formed a new partnership to develop novel products from cellulose side streams resulting from sugar beet processing.
The partnership will combine Royal Cosun’s specialist …

Suzuki Says Discrepancies Mar Japanese Emissions Testing
May 19, 2016 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(Law 360)   Suzuki Motor Corp. on Wednesday said an internal investigation prompted by regulatory scrutiny over emissions and fuel efficiency standards has shown “discrepancies” in the testing methods used for 16 car models sold …

2016 BIO Career Fair — June 7-9, 2016 — San Francisco, CA
May 19, 2016 – 1:46 pm | No Comment
2016 BIO Career Fair   —   June 7-9, 2016  —  San Francisco, CA

You are invited to attend the premier bioscience recruiting event of the year, the 2016 BIO Career Fair. FREE to all job seekers! Co-located with the 2016 BIO International Convention, the BIO Career Fair will …

Biodiesel Blends Benefit Soybean Farmers at Aberdeen Station
May 19, 2016 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(Tri-State Neighbor)  A gas station in Aberdeen added a biodiesel blender pump as part of a program sponsored by the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council.  …  “Brown County is one of the top …

National Biodiesel Board Says Production Is Already Ahead of EPA Targets
May 19, 2016 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Nicole Heslip  (Brownfield Ag News)  The National Biodiesel Board says the industry has already met the biodiesel targets set by EPA for 2018.
Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel tells Brownfield they’re happy to …

In North Dakota’s Oil Patch, a Humbling Comedown
May 19, 2016 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Ernest Scheyder (Reuters)  The fracking party is over, and a quiet desperation has descended on the state’s once-booming communities and the thousands of people who were drawn to them.  —  …  But the price …

Chance Finding Could Transform Plant Production: U of Guelph Study
May 19, 2016 – 11:53 am | No Comment

(NewsWise/University of Guelph)  An almost entirely accidental discovery by University of Guelph researchers could transform food and biofuel production and increase carbon capture on farmland.
By tweaking a plant’s genetic profile, the researchers doubled the plant’s …

CEC Awards Biodico $1.2M Grant for Zero Net Energy Farms Project
May 19, 2016 – 11:42 am | No Comment

(Biodico Inc./Biodiesel Magazine)  California biodiesel producer Biodico Inc. announced May 18 the California Energy Commission awarded the company a $1.2 million grant for its Zero Net Energy Farms project, which would enable farms to generate …

USDA Announces $21 Million Available for Bioeconomy Research and Development
May 19, 2016 – 11:38 am | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture/EurekAlert!) The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today (May 18, 2016) announced the availability of $21 million to support the development of regional systems in sustainable bioenergy and biobased products, as well as …

Renewable Specialty Chemicals: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Green Biologics
May 19, 2016 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Green Biologics is focused on the production of renewable n-butanol and other C4 chemicals from various renewable feedstocks, including sugar (cane, molasses, beets), starch (corn) and cellulosic biomass (corn residues, …

Ethanol Sets Sights on Asia-Pacific Region
May 18, 2016 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Tom C. Doran (AgriNews)  The U.S. Grains Council has long served as an international promoter of corn and other grain exports and has expanded its efforts to include ethanol and dried distillers grains with …

Women Head 3 Ethanol Plants in the Midwest
May 18, 2016 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

by Janna Farley (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Passion, leadership and vision are more important than gender in the work of three top managers.  —  In fact, there are only a handful of women in top management …

Hope Springs Eternal for Ethanol in the Far East
May 18, 2016 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

By Ed Hubbard (Renewable Fuels Association)  …  At APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum), I found a delegation of countries that weren’t just committed to biofuels, but eager about the future and promise they held for …

EPPO to Increase B10 Biodiesel Use
May 18, 2016 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

(National News Bureau of Thailand)  The Energy Policy and Planning Office (EPPO) has instructed units under the Ministry of Energy to urgently study an increase of B10 biodiesel consumption according to the 2015-2036 Alternative Energy …

It’s Time for an Octane Boost
May 18, 2016 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Tracey King (Detroit News)  While our automobiles have experienced remarkable changes over the past several decades, the fuels we put in them have not. Specifically, the octane rating of regular gasoline today is the …

Looking at the Sudden Growth of Cellulosic Ethanol
May 18, 2016 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Ben Nuelle  (Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network)  In April, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a little over 1 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol was produced in the first quarter of 2016. Production is well ahead …

Proposed Renewable Fuel Standards for 2017, and the Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2018
May 18, 2016 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Protection Agency)  EPA proposed increases in renewable fuel volume requirements across all types of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.  These increases would boost production and provide for ambitious yet achievable growth. The …

Levulinic Acid as a New Platform for Green Chemistry: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to GF Biochemicals
May 18, 2016 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In February, GFBiochemicals announced at ABLC 2016 that it has acquired the assets and intellectual property of Segetis, a US-based, venture-backed levulinic acid derivatives producer Segetis has more than 50 patents …

KiOR: The Inside True Story of a Company Gone Wrong– Parts 1 and 2
May 18, 2016 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels DIgest)  … Old KiOR was exciting, dramatic, and fast, and the headlines it produced between 2008 and 2011 were candy for a renewables-hungry world.
A Breakthrough in Catalytic Pyrolysis to make cost-competitive, drop-in …

Mass. Top Court Says State GHG Rules Not Good Enough
May 18, 2016 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Keith Goldberg (Law 360)  Massachusetts’ top court on Tuesday reversed a lower court’s decision backing the state’s approach to greenhouse gas regulations, saying the state’s climate change law requires officials to craft rules that establish …

VW, Porsche Seek To Escape Feds’ Emissions Suit
May 18, 2016 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Dani Meyer (Law 360)  Volkswagen and Porsche separately urged a California federal court Monday to toss the government’s allegations that the automakers cheated emissions standards, with Volkswagen arguing that the suit doesn’t show it …

Solving the Biomass Puzzle
May 18, 2016 – 11:12 am | No Comment

(Ames Laboratory)  Biomass holds great promise as a petroleum replacement, but unlocking its true potential remains a puzzle. A group of researchers at Iowa State University and the U.S Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory hope …

USDA: Inviting Organisations for AFRI Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts Challenge
May 17, 2016 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

by Deepika (FundsForNGOs.org)  The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), an agency of United States Department of Agriculture is seeking applications from organisations for Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts (SBEBP) …

Alkol Biotech Sells Large Batch of Sugarcane Bagasse for 2G Ethanol Testing
May 17, 2016 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Alkol Biotech, a UK-based biofuels research specialist, has announced that it has sold 500 kilos of EUnergyCane’s sugarcane bagasse for scientific cellulosic ethanol technology testing.
The EUnergyCane consortium is a group of companies, universities, …

From Up North to Down Under With DDGS
May 17, 2016 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

by Kassidi Andres (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Mike Bryan is introducing Australia to a DDGS-based feed product made by a company headquartered in North Dakota, where his ethanol career began.   —  … Today, living on the …

Branstad Signature Ensures Iowans Have Greater Access to Homegrown Fuel
May 17, 2016 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

(KMALand/Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed into law H.F. 2464, a multifaceted bill that secures funding for the state’s highly successful biodiesel and ethanol blender pump program, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure …

Scientists Agree, Biodiesel A Key to Global Carbon Reduction
May 17, 2016 – 3:27 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/PR NewsWire)  World’s experts advance the science of quantifying transportation emissions  —  Scientific experts agree that America’s Advanced Biofuel, biodiesel, holds significant promise in the effort to reduce carbon emissions. Last year, biodiesel …

Sugarcane Ethanol Carbon Intensity Recertified by California’s ARB
May 17, 2016 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

(California Ethanol & Power)  Today California Ethanol & Power, LLC (CE&P) announced the updated carbon intensity (CI) for its anticipated sugarcane and sweet sorghum ethanol. On May 9, 2016, California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) under …

The Big Year Continues: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Amyris
May 17, 2016 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Amyris reported Q1 2016 net loss of $15,3M on revenues of 8.8 million, compared with $7.9 million for the first quarter of 2015. The increase from Q1 2015 included product …

Baseball, the Trade Deadline, and the Industrial Bioeconomy
May 17, 2016 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Some teams are sellers. They reduce costs, go lean, and hunker down in a case of “wait’ll next year”.
In industrial biotechnology, the calendar tells us it’s May but it might …

ASU Scores Chunk of $10M DOE Funding for Bioenergy R&D
May 17, 2016 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $10 million in funding for six projects representing innovative technologies and solutions to advance bioenergy development. These projects, located in Arizona, California, North Carolina, …

Canadian Ethanol Producer Utilises By-Products to Expand to Biogas Production
May 17, 2016 – 11:14 am | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Canadian ethanol producer Calgren Renewable Fuels has invested in key co-products to sell in addition to its 58 million gpy ethanol output.
The Calgren plant, located in Pixley, California, was the state’s first when …

Bellona Europe Calls on European Commission to Promote Marine Bioenergy
May 17, 2016 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye  (Bioenergy Insight)  Bellona Europe, a non-profit green organisation, has called on the European Commission to promote marine bioenergy for heat and power and biofuels.
The group made the call in its response to …

Bio-Bean Makes Eco-Friendly Pellet Fuel From Coffee Grounds
May 17, 2016 – 11:02 am | No Comment

by Steve Hanley (Gas2.org)  … Arthur Kay is an architect by training. While designing a new coffee shop one day, he learned that England creates more than half a million tons of coffee grounds every year. …

Calif. Carbon Rule Challenge Needs More Oomph, Judge Says
May 17, 2016 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by  Kali Hays (Law 360)  Fuel and agricultural groups need to make more specific arguments if they want to reassert claims tossed from their challenge to California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, now that the rule …

Coming to Terms With Sustainability
May 16, 2016 – 7:07 pm | No Comment

by  Charlie Niebling (Biomass Magazine/Innovative Natural Resource Solutions LLC)  …   I, for one, endorse the notion that if America’s forests are stable or growing, when viewed in total, then American use of wood biomass to …

CALL FOR POSTERS: Bioenergy 2016 Interactive Session — July 12-14, 2016 — Washington, DC DEADLINE: June 3, 2016
May 16, 2016 – 6:56 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR POSTERS:  Bioenergy 2016 Interactive Session  —  July 12-14, 2016   —   Washington, DC   DEADLINE:  June 3, 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) invites students, researchers, public and private organizations, and the general public to submit abstracts for BETO to review and consider for inclusion in the poster session …

Denmark Announces Plans for New Advanced Biofuels’ Transportation Target
May 16, 2016 – 6:47 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Denmark has announced plans to set a 0.9% advanced biofuels blending mandate by 2020 for use in transportation as part of its aim to promote “green power”.
The announcement was made by the Danish …

Biofuels Put in Winning Performance at Eurovision
May 16, 2016 – 6:40 pm | No Comment

(BusinessGreen)  This year’s song contest was the greenest yet, thanks to mobile generators powered by vegetable oil  —  On Saturday night Stockholm played host to some of the most glamorous – and bizarre – performances …

WEBINAR: Explore the Expanding LCFS Marketplace — available on demand
May 16, 2016 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

Watch the webinar recording and download the slides.  Watch this educational on-demand webinar to gain insight into the supply of domestic and internationally-sourced biofuels into California and fuel-type specific infrastructure limitations that are impacting blending …

RFA Wins TRANSCAER Award for Ethanol Safety
May 16, 2016 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  For the fourth time, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), has won the TRANSCAER National Achievement Award for hosting its series of ethanol safety seminars last year for first and emergency responders. …

Oil Firms to Buy More Ethanol from Dry State of Bihar
May 16, 2016 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

(Press Trust of India/Business Standard)  Weeks after Bihar banned sale of liquor, the Centre has asked state-owned fuel retailers to buy as much ethanol as they can from distilleries in the state for mixing in …

Ontario to Spend $7-Billion on Sweeping Climate Change Plan
May 16, 2016 – 6:04 pm | No Comment

by Adrian Morrow and Greg Keenan (Globe and Mail)  The Ontario government will spend more than $7-billion over four years on a sweeping climate change plan that will affect every aspect of life – from what …

Seaweed Farm Examines Biofuel Potential
May 16, 2016 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Jules Scully (Western Telegraph)  The potential of using algae as biofuel is being examined on the Haven waterway.
Marine biologists from Swansea University have installed a new seaweed farm in Pembroke Dock to look into the …

Ethanol Blending Pressures Already Shrinking Refiner Margins
May 16, 2016 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Laura Blewitt  (Bloomberg)  Federally mandated ethanol blending is adding extra pressure to the faltering profits of U.S. refiners.
The worst crude oil downturn in a generation, which at first helped refiners’ profits, has now passed through …

Guest Commentary: New Gas Pumps Fuel NWI Energy Options
May 16, 2016 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

by Michael McIntire (Northwest Indiana Times)  … Family Express, a favorite local company, is installing new fuel pumps across eight counties with help from the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Drivers will …

World Leaders Must Get on Biofuels Page
May 16, 2016 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by Bliss Baker (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Global Renewable Fuels Alliance) …  It is estimated that the transportation sector produces 25 to 30 percent of the world’s GHG emissions, making it a key focus for policies aimed at …

Ethanol Industry Uses UAS for Variety of Applications
May 16, 2016 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine) … Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) use in the ethanol industry is taking off. From checking on corn fields, to inspecting ethanol plants, to looking over rail cars before shipment, farmers …

Feature: Ethanol Producers Say California ‘Carbon Intensity’ Scores Still Too High
May 16, 2016 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Josh Pedrick  (Platts)  Most “legacy” ethanol producers who sell their product in California are unhappy with updated “carbon intensity” scores, saying the application process was inconsistent and left scores too high to meet the …

Could Biofuels Be Part of the Future for “Delmarva: A Region of Possibilities”?
May 16, 2016 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) “Don’t come to listen, come to act.”  That’s what the invitation from the Rural Maryland Council, USDA Rural Development office and Maryland Broadband Cooperative said.  We were invited to …

APRISE 2016 and DETC @ RIMPAC — July 27-28, 2016 — Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
May 16, 2016 – 12:44 pm | No Comment
APRISE 2016 and DETC @ RIMPAC — July 27-28, 2016 — Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

In collaboration with US Navy, PACOM, University of Hawai’i, and RIMPAC VIP-Week, join Defense Innovation Leadership at the 2016 Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit & Expo and the 7th bi-annual Defense Energy Technology Challenges. Accelerating …

CALL FOR INNOVATIONS: APRISE 2016 and DETC @ RIMPAC — July 27-28, 2016 — Pearl Harbor, Hawaii DEADLINE: May 26, 2016
May 16, 2016 – 12:40 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR INNOVATIONS:  APRISE 2016 and DETC @ RIMPAC  —   July 27-28, 2016   —   Pearl Harbor, Hawaii    DEADLINE:  May 26, 2016

In collaboration with US Navy, PACOM, University of Hawai’i, and RIMPAC VIP-Week, join Defense Innovation Leadership at the 2016 Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit & Expo and the 7th bi-annual Defense Energy Technology Challenges. Accelerating …

Ethanol & Biofuels Asia — June 29-30, 2016 — Singapore
May 16, 2016 – 12:27 pm | No Comment
Ethanol & Biofuels Asia  —   June 29-30, 2016  —   Singapore

*Economy Outlook and Analysis
* Investment Potencial & Opportunites
* Global Ethanol Supply & Demand
* Beverage and Chemcial Indsutry
* Balance of Sugar and Ethanol
* Feedstock Availability & Diversity
* Policies and Regulations of Biofuels
* Fermentation and Distillation Tech …

4th Annual Military Mobile Power Summit — July 12-13, 2016 — Alexandria, VA
May 16, 2016 – 11:35 am | No Comment
4th Annual Military Mobile Power Summit  —   July 12-13, 2016  —   Alexandria, VA

The 4th Annual Military Mobile Power Summit will focus on the efforts to advance military mobile power and energy capabilities. It will discuss the methods that have been, or will be put into place in …

Platts 3rd Annual Kingsman Miami Sugar Conference — September 12-14, 2016 — Miami, FL
May 16, 2016 – 11:27 am | No Comment
Platts 3rd Annual Kingsman Miami Sugar Conference   —   September 12-14, 2016  —  Miami, FL

The Platts 3rd Annual Kingsman Miami Sugar Conference gives you the information you need about the state of the sugar industry in the Americas. Building on the outstanding success of last year’s event, this is …

7th Biobased Chemicals: Commercialization & Partnering Conference — July 7-8, 2016 — Boston, MA
May 16, 2016 – 11:24 am | No Comment
7th Biobased Chemicals: Commercialization & Partnering Conference  —   July 7-8, 2016  —   Boston, MA

GTCbio’s 7th Biobased Chemicals: Commercialization & Partnering Conference will be held on July 7-8, 2016 in Boston, MA. This two-day conference brings together top representatives who are engaged in establishing a major transformation in the global …

‘Status Quo’: Shell Spews Nearly 90,000 Gallons of Oil into Gulf of Mexico in Latest Spill
May 16, 2016 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Nika Knight  (CommonDreams.org)  ‘This spill shows why there is a new and vibrant movement in the Gulf of Mexico for no new drilling’  —  Royal Dutch Shell’s offshore drilling operations were pouring oil into …

BREAKING: High Court Turns Away Exxon’s Challenge To $236M MTBE Verdict
May 16, 2016 – 10:43 am | No Comment

by Keith Goldberg (Law 360) The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to review a $236 million trial judgment against ExxonMobil Corp. in a groundwater contamination case in New Hampshire, leaving in place a verdict the energy …

Many Paths to Money from One Mighty Microbe: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Deinove
May 16, 2016 – 10:17 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   This week we reported that Deinove and Toulouse White Biotechnology are collaborating with the MetaToul* platform (INSA-LISBP Toulouse and MetaboHUB national infrastructure) headed by Prof. Jean-Charles Portais, aims to map the …

Wassup, EU? The Top 10 Trends in Europe’s Advanced Bioeconomy
May 16, 2016 – 10:13 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the EU, the European bioeconomy is generating 18.3 million jobs and driving €2.1 trillion in annual revenue in the E28, says nova-insitut, in a report for the Bio-based Industries …

Can the U.S. Military Afford to Run on Biofuels?
May 16, 2016 – 10:04 am | No Comment

by Rich Smith (The Motley Fool)  …  The beef tallow being used today, however, costs just $2.05 per gallon, making it cheaper than the $2.76 per gallon that the Defense Logistics Agency pays for F-76. A …

The Truth About Tight Oil (2016)
May 16, 2016 – 9:51 am | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists) Tight oil is a major source of global warming emissions. Better regulations—and an industry held accountable for its actions—would help.

Methane is trapped in the same rock deposits as tight oil and …

Pennycress, a Common Weed in Missouri, Could Be the Next Big Thing in Biofuel Innovation
May 15, 2016 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Kelly Moffitt (St. Louis Public Radio)  … Toni Kutchan, Vice President for Research at Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, said that sorghum, Camelina sativa and pennycress are non-agricultural crops that researchers are harvesting for oil …

Massachusetts Supermarket Chain Opens AD Facility
May 13, 2016 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

(Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC/Biomass Magazine)  The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC celebrated the opening of its green energy facility in Freetown, Massachusetts, on April 15, just in time for Earth Day.  The …

National Biodiesel Board Commends Proposed Legislation to Extend Biodiesel Tax Incentive Through 2019
May 13, 2016 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Journal/National Biodiesel Board)  The National Biodiesel Board released the following statement from Vice President of Federal Affairs Anne Steckel after Reps. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., and Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., introduced legislation to extend the biodiesel tax …

Tracy Area High School Visits Highwater Ethanol
May 13, 2016 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twenty-five students from Tracy Area High School toured Highwater Ethanol today to get a better understanding of clean Minnesota-produced renewable energy.
During the two-hour-long tour, the students toured the various processes of ethanol …

Mine Dump Biofuel Pilot Project Achieves Early Success, Holds Much Potential
May 13, 2016 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Ilan Solomons (Mining Weekly)  Local green technology company G-Tech has recorded early success in its attempt to grow biofuel and other bioenergy feedstock to produce bioethanol and biodiesel as part of a mine dump …

The Ethanol in Your Gas Tank Should Come from a Tree in a Maine Forest
May 13, 2016 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

by  Kevin L. Raye (Bangor Daily News/Down East Strategies)  Yet our forestry sector is in serious trouble, as mill closures and job losses reverberate through Maine’s economy. The urgency of finding innovative new uses and …

Republicans Need to Embrace Renewables — on Their Terms
May 13, 2016 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Mark R. Maddox (American Action Forum/Livingston Group/The Hill)  … There is heartburn over subsidies, including concerns about federal dollars being used to support a largely private-sector enterprise that the majority of states have mandated. As well, …

Oil Market Manipulation Is Alive and Well
May 13, 2016 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Talent (Americans for Energy Security and Innovation/The Hill)  Opponents of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) claim that the free hand of an unrestricted marketplace will guide biofuels into our fuel supply, driving economic …

EPA Honors Two Biodiesel Champions
May 13, 2016 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Harvard University & NJ’s Medford Township Public Schools Reduce Carbon Emissions with America’s Advanced Biofuel  —  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored two long-time biodiesel leaders for their outstanding commitment to …

Scania Delivers 51 Biodiesel And Vegetable Oil Hybrid Buses to Madrid
May 13, 2016 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

(The Auto Channel)  In a major commercial breakthrough, Scania will in June start delivering 51 hybridised Scania Citywide buses to Madrid. These complete buses feature cost saving and emission educing hybrid technology that meets the …

A Global Force for Good: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to the US Navy’s Military Biofuels Program
May 13, 2016 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To explain the Navy’s marine and aviation biofuels program, Chris Tindal gave the following presentation at ABLC 2016 in February. As we described it earlier this year, “They’re here. $2.05 per …

Cruz Aims to Declaw Energy Security Hawks with Appropriations Amendment
May 13, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The Def Con 2 alert from the biofuels educational and advocacy group (Advanced Biofuels USA) noted a House Subcommittee draft for defense appropriations, which had this language in Section 8132:
None …

UC Riverside Awarded $1.3M from USDA for Green Energy Research
May 13, 2016 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Nightingale (University of California Riverside)  Charles Wyman, Distinguished Professor in Chemical and Environmental Engineering and holder of the Ford Motor Company Chair in Environmental Engineering at the Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), …

DOE Funding Opps Target Energy-Intensive Ops (Oil, Gas, Biofuel, Fuel Cell, Chemical)
May 13, 2016 – 3:15 pm | No Comment

by Barbara Vergetis Lundin (SmartGridNews.com)  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is looking for proposals for a new Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute as part of the Administration’s broader National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), which …

Senator Sherrod Brown Announces Up to $2 Million in New Federal Resources for The Ohio State University to Support Research on Biofuel
May 13, 2016 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)  25 Percent of Soybean Oil Processed in U.S. is used for Biodiesel and Bioheat. Ohio Ranks Sixth in the Nation for Soybean Production.  —  Today (May 11, 2016), U.S. …

EPA Finalizes Stronger Methane Emission Rules
May 13, 2016 – 2:59 pm | No Comment

by  Devin Henry (The Hill)  The Obama administration on Thursday finalized a new rule designed to cut methane emissions from the oil and natural gas sector, pushing a stronger standard than one proposed last summer.
The …

Sustainable Transportation Summit — July 11-12, 2016 — Washington, DC
May 13, 2016 – 12:08 pm | No Comment
Sustainable Transportation Summit  —   July 11-12, 2016  —   Washington, DC

On July 11–12, 2016, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), the first ever Sustainable Transportation Summit. The Summit will bring together transportation and mobility leaders to …

Businessman Wants Second Life for Ethanol’s Leftovers
May 12, 2016 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

by Russell Hubbard (Omaha World-Herald)  …  (Scott) Hornafius, you see, wants to build a $1 billion, 1,000-mile underground pipeline across Iowa and Nebraska to Wyoming. The line would carry ethanol-plant production leftovers in the form of carbon …

The E15 Perspective from Those Marketing the Fuel
May 12, 2016 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Maura Keller (Fuel Marketer News)  … The argument among those marketers and retailers that have embraced the fuel is that E15 fuel allows them to market a cleaner-burning, higher-octane fuel that can technically be used by …

US Looks to Go Gig on Biofuels as It Diversifies Away from Foreign Oil
May 12, 2016 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Anmar Frangoul (CNBC.com)  …   The DOE added that the U.S. is currently spending around $1 billion every three days on “imported oil.”  …  The importance of biofuels is only set to increase. A 2011 …

EPA Brings Biofuel Production Changes To White House
May 12, 2016 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by Kali Hays (Law360)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday sent some proposed changes to its Renewable Fuel Standard program to the White House for review, as the agency looks to promote the production …

Tribunal’s Order to Hit Oil Firms’ Blending Plans
May 12, 2016 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Subhayan Chakraborty & Shreya Jai (Business Standard)  Order passed in response to PIL citing media reports that 33 of 35 distilleries making ethanol in UP lacked licence for storage of hazardous chemicals  —  The National …

Limpopo Receives R940m Investment for Renewable Energy from US, Chinese Companies
May 12, 2016 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

(African News Agency/Engineering News)  American and Chinese companies are set to invest R940-million in Limpopo to pursue renewable energy and ethanol profits, government and investors have announced. The United States’ Bio-Processing Innovation and the Beijing …

Commercializing in a World of $30 Oil: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Reverdia
May 12, 2016 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Reverdia is a joint venture between Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, and Roquette Frères, the global starch and starch-derivatives company. Reverdia is dedicated to be …

Stora Enso, Rennovia Ink Biobased Chemicals Development Deal
May 12, 2016 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Renewable materials company Stora Enso and specialty chemicals company Rennovia Inc. have announced a joint development and license agreement to cooperate on bio-based chemicals development.
Under the terms of …

Co-Optimized Fuel-Engine Systems to Transform Our Nation’s Vehicles
May 12, 2016 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Male (U.S. Department of Energy)  The critical need to reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil and cut greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector has prompted great interest in the advancement of …

Evidence of Benefits of Biofuels in Combating Climate Change is More than Ample
May 12, 2016 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  … While recognition of the role of agriculture in meeting climate change challenges is growing among world leaders, it is of concern that biofuels and the low-carbon benefits they provide, especially when compared …

This Scientist Just Changed How We Think about Climate Change with One GIF
May 12, 2016 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Chris Mooney (The Washington Post)  Ed Hawkins spends his days doing, you know, climate science. A professor at the University of Reading in the UK, he has published widely on the overturning circulation in the …

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry Results, Additional $72.3 Million Soil Health Investment to Support Paris Agreement
May 12, 2016 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack shared the first results of USDA’s Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry, one year after he unveiled the plan at Michigan State University. In …

CAB-Comm Final Report Documents Accomplishments from Six Years of Algal Research
May 12, 2016 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Consortium for Algal Biofuel Commercialization (CAB-Comm), led by the University of California, San Diego, has just released its final report, detailing the many accomplishments and impactful contributions achieved in its …

Argonne Rolls Out New Version of Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Analysis Tool
May 12, 2016 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by Katie Elyce Jones  (Argonne National Laboratory)  Despite the potential benefits, being one of the first businesses or individuals to embrace a new product or technology can be daunting. That’s why the U.S. Department of …

This Mystery Was Solved: Scientists Say Chemicals from Fracking Wastewater Can Taint Fresh Water Nearby
May 12, 2016 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Darryl Fears (The Washington Post)  But a study by the U.S. Geological Survey appears to have answered a critical question about the millions of gallons of chemical-laced water that are injected into the wells to …

Unitel Wins Patent for Direct Conversion of Algae to Fatty Acids
May 11, 2016 – 7:50 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Unitel Technologies, an Illinois-based designer and builder of pilot and mini-plants, announced that it has received a patent for a new technology to make fatty acids from a feedstock “soup” of cultivated …

Researcher Wins Grants to Support Woody Biomass-to-Biofuel Work
May 11, 2016 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

(University of Arkansas/Biomass Magazine)  University of Arkansas chemical engineering associate professor Jamie Hestekin has received two grants totaling $145,250 from a local technology development firm to help the company convert woody biomass into bio-oil and …

Study Helps Map Path to Improved Cassava Production
May 11, 2016 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

by  Robert Sanders (UC Berkeley/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A new analysis of the genetic diversity of cassava will help improve strategies for breeding disease resistance and climate tolerance into the root crop, a staple and major …

RFA Questions Fairness of Big Oil Tax Subsidies
May 11, 2016 – 7:25 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … While hardworking Americans will receive an average of more than $2,800 in refunds, did you know that oil producers and refiners receive $4 billion–6 billion in federal tax incentives and …

UAI Calls Court Decision on MOVES Model a Temporary Setback
May 11, 2016 – 7:22 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The effort to stop the U.S. EPA from implementing a model that unfairly blames ethanol for increased emissions hit a “temporary setback,” according to officials from the Urban Air Initiative …

CNG More Harmful for Environment than Diesel: Gujarat Govt to High Court
May 11, 2016 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

(ZeeNews.India) … Citing an expert committee report on fuels, the state government today told the Gujarat High Court that CNG will prove more harmful to the environment than diesel “as CNG engines emit more greenhouse gases …

Create the Future Design Contest Accepting 2016 Entries DEADLINE: July 1, 2016
May 11, 2016 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

(Create the Future Design Contest)  The Create the Future Design Contest was launched in 2002 by the publishers of NASA Tech Briefs magazine to help stimulate and reward engineering innovation. The annual event has attracted …

Bioenergy Institute for Educators Adds Spark to Wisconsin Teacher’s Classroom
May 11, 2016 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Leslie Shown (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Given the shouts and cheers emanating from Lisa Andresen’s classroom, one might guess that Room 105 doubles as the school’s gym. In fact, these are the sounds of …

“EA” Biomass Pretreatment Cuts Enzyme Use, Boosts Biofuel Production
May 11, 2016 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

by Krista Eastman (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  Less input, more output. That’s the achievement of a new biomass pretreatment method that could help improve the economics of cellulosic biofuels, the second-generation biofuels made from …

DOE-Funded Bioenergy Research Centers File 500th Invention Disclosure
May 11, 2016 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

by Krista Eastman (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center) Three U.S. Department of Energy-funded research centers – the BioEnergy Science Center (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (University of Wisconsin–Madison and Michigan State …

Clean Diesel: Fueling a Decade of Change / Recognizing the 10-year anniversary of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel this Clean Air Month
May 11, 2016 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Ten years after the introduction of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel in 2006, the Diesel Technology Forum recognizes the role of the shift to cleaner diesel fuel and its importance in the major …

Scotland Commercializing the Biorefinery Concept
May 11, 2016 – 6:17 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Scotland is planning the move from an oil-based economy to a bio-based future. A key principle of the government’s desire to embrace a more circular economy in the process is the broad …

Meeting 2025 CAFE Good for Consumers, Necessary for Climate; Getting There No Easy Feat
May 11, 2016 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … To achieve CAFE for the light duty fleet – there is no one-sized fits all solution.  Considering each potential CAFE compliance pathway alone — biofuels, improvements in fuel efficiency and …

REG: Geismar RHD Plant Resumed Operations in March
May 11, 2016 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  Renewable Energy Group Inc. recently released first quarter financial results, reporting its 75 MMgy Geismar renewable diesel plant in Louisiana restarted operations in March. The plant, formerly known as Dynamic …

American Ethanol, Enogen Named Sponsors for June Iowa XFINITY Race
May 11, 2016 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

(NASCAR)  Iowa Speedway today (May 3, 2016) announced American Ethanol will serve as the entitlement sponsor and Enogen as the presenting sponsor for the NASCAR XFINITY Series race during Wide Opening Weekend on June 18-19. The …

Oil Firms Have 10 Years to Change Strategy or Face ‘Short, Brutish End’
May 11, 2016 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by Terry Macalister (The Guardian)  Business models employed by multinationals such as Shell and BP are no longer fit for purpose, warns energy expert — … Paul Stephens, a fellow at Chatham House thinktank, said in a …

Government Spent Billions Turning 45% Of American Corn Into Ethanol
May 11, 2016 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Follett (The Daily Caller)  Roughly 45 percent of American corn is now used to produce biofuels like ethanol due to enormous levels of taxpayer support, according to an infographic published Wednesday by a global …

Norton Says She’ll Keep Fighting Against Ethanol Shipments Through D.C.
May 11, 2016 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Patrick Madden (WAMU)  D.C.’s delegate to Congress says the government should ban ethanol and other flammable substances from being transported by freight rail through densely-populated areas like Washington, D.C.
When 16 cars derailed Sunday near the …

Courier Giant Ushers in ‘Future of Aviation’ with Biofuels Drive
May 11, 2016 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by George Ogleby (EurActiv)  The world’s largest express transportation company, FedEx, is pioneering the use of sustainable aviation fuels through a new partnership which will see millions of gallons of biofuel produced from waste wood …

US House Defense Appropriation Bill Would Stop the US Navy from Purchasing Bio-Jetfuels and Bio-Based Diesel for the US Fleet House Subcommittee on Defense Votes Today (5/11/16) at 5:30 pm EDT
May 11, 2016 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The Defense Department Budget put together by Republican leadership would stop the US Navy from buying biofuels for the Fleet. This would end the “Great Green Fleet” and related …

Lawmakers Seek Ethanol Cap: House Bill Would Codify Ethanol Blend Wall
May 11, 2016 – 1:41 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  The ethanol industry has hit the blend wall where total production exceeds the available E10 market, and a small group of federal lawmakers wants to keep it that …

Defense Approps Stops Military from Spending on Low-GHG Fuels
May 11, 2016 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Eric Wolff (Politico’s Morning Energy 5/12/2016)  Straightening ME out on Section 526: The defense appropriation draft defunds any implementation of Section 526 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Section 526, as …

14th Euro Fed Lipid Congress Fats, Oils and Lipids: Innovative Approaches towards a Sustainable Future — September 18-21, 2016 — Ghent, Belgium
May 11, 2016 – 1:20 pm | No Comment
14th Euro Fed Lipid Congress Fats, Oils and Lipids:  Innovative Approaches towards a Sustainable Future  —  September 18-21, 2016   —   Ghent, Belgium

The theme of the symposium is dealing with innovations in sustainable food and non-food production from oils, fats and lipids, covering the integrated supply chain. Topics involve Analytics, Authenicity, Lipidomics, Biotechnology and Enzyme Technology, Health …

Enzyme Technology in Oilseeds, Oils & Fats Processing and Transformation — September 21-22, 2016 — Ghent, Belgium
May 11, 2016 – 1:16 pm | No Comment
Enzyme Technology in Oilseeds, Oils & Fats Processing and Transformation   —   September 21-22, 2016  —  Ghent, Belgium

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