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Greenbelt Resources Greenlighted for Indonesian “Ecolabel” Status for Technology that Helps Address $940 Billion Food Loss Problem
July 20, 2017 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

(Greenbelt Resources Corporation/PR Newswire)  The Indonesian government’s Technical Committee on Verification of Environmentally Friendly Technology has officially recommended that Greenbelt Resources Corporation (OTC: GRCO) be awarded “Eco Friendly Technology” registration for its proprietary waste-to-energy systems process “ECOsystem” …

Sustainable Certification for the Ethanol Process
June 27, 2017 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by Luke Geiver (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Access to additional markets and plant efficiencies give bottom-line significance and meaning to the often-generalized term—sustainability.  —  … Gary DeLong, an Urbandale, Iowa-based, sustainability consultant and auditor who has traveled the …

Ecofys Study on Crude Tall Oil Markets and Availability: Sufficient Supply for Advanced Biofuels, Biomaterials and Energy Usage
June 21, 2017 – 12:12 am | No Comment

(UPM)  UPM Biofuels commissioned a study from leading international energy and climate consultancy Ecofys – A Navigant Company, entitled “Crude tall oil low ILUC risk assessment: comparing global supply and demand”. The study looked into …

Austrian Market Is Fully Supplied with Biodiesel of Domestic Manufacture
June 20, 2017 – 10:58 pm | No Comment

(Ukrainian Biofuel Portal)  Such facts were published by ARGE, that unites six Austrian biodiesel manufacturers.
As the facts indicate, it was produced 269 000 tones of biodiesel in 2014. In comparison with the last year the …

Stimulating Sustainability Certification in North America
June 14, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  The Dutch are motivated buyers of North American wood pellets, but the lack of sustainability certification of small forest owners in the U.S. and Canada has created an intense need …

UPM Biofuels Gains the World’s First RSB Certification for Wood-Based Liquid Biofuels
May 30, 2017 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

(UPM Biofuels)  UPM Biofuels has again received a new acknowledgement of the sustainability of its value chain by receiving an RSB (The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials) certificate for both UPM BioVerno renewable diesel and naphtha, …

Biodiesel Helps UConn Gain Green Rating at All 8 Dining Halls
May 3, 2017 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Stephanie Reitz (UConn Communications/Biodiesel Magazine)  UConn has become one of a select few public universities in the U.S. to achieve green certification for every dining hall on campus, based on practices used at each …

ACE Urges Ethanol Advocates to Participate in EPA Regulatory Reform Comment Period
May 1, 2017 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol)  The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) submitted a public comment focused on its ethanol priorities soon after EPA formally began seeking input on existing regulations to be reviewed by its newly …

Indonesia Labels EU Palm Oil Resolution ‘Discriminative’ and ‘Protectionist’
April 13, 2017 – 10:07 am | No Comment

by Daryl Worthington (Biofuels International)   Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has denounced the European Parliament Resolution on Palm Oil and Deforestation of Rainforests, describing it as ‘discriminative’.
In addition, the ministry claims the EU decision was …

EU Clamps Down on Imports of Unsustainable Palm Oil for Biofuels
April 10, 2017 – 9:16 pm | No Comment

(European Parliament/Biomass Magazine)  To counter the impact of unsustainable palm oil production such as deforestation and habitat degradation, particularly in Southeast Asia, the EU should introduce a single certification scheme for palm oil entering the …

I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In: Anellotech, Edeniq, Novvi
December 23, 2016 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … For Anellotech, a new technology to extend catalyst life by reducing catalyst poisons that cause catalyst and product cost to soar. For Novvi, a signature investment from Chevron. From Edeniq, …

EPA Approves Flint Hills Resources for Cellulosic Ethanol from Edeniq’s Pathway Technology
December 20, 2016 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

(Edeniq/Business Wire)   Edeniq, Inc., a leading cellulosic and biorefining technology company, today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved Flint Hills Resources’ registration of its 120 MGPY Shell Rock, Iowa ethanol plant …

New, Improved Principles and Criteria from RSB, the World’s Most Trusted Biomaterial Coalition
November 8, 2016 – 9:44 am | No Comment

(Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials)  The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) celebrated the announcement at its  Annual Assembly of Delegates meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam that its global members have voted to approve and publish revised Principles …

Can Biofuels Take Flight? Alternative Fuels for Jetliners Face Political and Economic Headwinds
November 7, 2016 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by John Stang (Geek Wire)  Two major steps in Washington’s infant jet biofuel industry are expected to take place in the next couple months.
In November, a study group is expected to provide the Port of …

Socicana Smallholders Group Earns RSB Certification in Brazil
November 2, 2016 – 9:12 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  Socicana – Associação dos Fornecedores de Cana de Guariba, a sugar cane producers association based in Guariba, São Paulo, Brazil has earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification. The RSB certification was …

Air BP Achieves Carbon Neutral Status across 250 Airport Operations
November 2, 2016 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

(British Petroleum)  Air BP has become the first aviation fuel supplier to achieve carbon neutrality for its into-plane fuelling services across an international network of over 250 Air BP operated facilities. The achievement follows a …

NRDC Recommends Airlines Source Only RSB Certified Biofuels
September 22, 2016 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)’s 2016 Aviation Scorecard report recommends that airlines should make public commitments to source only RSB certified aviation biofuels, and communicate this to fuel and feedstock …

ASSOBARI First Sugarcane Farmer Organization in Brazil to Earn RSB Certification
September 22, 2016 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  ASSOBARI (Associação dos Fornecedores de Cana da Região de Bariri) is the first organization of sugar cane producers in Brazil to earn the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification. The RSB …

CEC to Commercialise Biodiesel Plant
September 22, 2016 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Kelly Njombo (Zambia Daily Mail)  THE Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) is to commercialise its biodiesel plant after approval from Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS). ZABS has issued CEC with a product and process certification which demands …

Sustainable Biodiesel Conducts National Auditor Search
August 22, 2016 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance/Yahoo! Finance)  The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance (SBA) announces its search for professional auditors in the United States who can perform sustainable biodiesel certification audits and is requesting CVs from qualified auditors.
Recognizing the …

Certifying Biofuels: Weaknesses in Recognition and Supervision of the System
July 21, 2016 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

(European Court of Auditors)  Weaknesses in the system of certifying sustainable biofuels could undermine the basis of the EU’s 2020 targets for renewable energy in transport, according to a new report from the European Court …

NRDC Releases 2016 Aviation Biofuel Scorecard
June 27, 2016 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The National Resources Defense Council has released its 2016 Aviation Biofuel Scorecard, which rates airlines on the sourcing and use of biofuels. The scorecard is now in its third year.
According …

More than Two Thirds of Palm Oil used in Germany Is Sustainably Certified, Trade Group Finds
June 16, 2016 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  More than two thirds of the palm oil used in Germany is sustainably certified, according to German biofuels industry group VDB (Verband der Deutschen Biokraftstoffindustrie.
Around 1.5 million tonnes of palm oil has been …

Grain Body Confident Australian Growers Will Comply with New Restrictions on EU Biofuel Production
June 15, 2016 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by  Clint Jasper (ABC Rural)  A leading agricultural economist is confident Australian canola growers will meet the European Union’s (EU) strict new environmental rules for importing feed stocks for biofuel production.
Anywhere between 40 to 90 …

Connecting the Dots
June 13, 2016 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

by David VanderGriend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ICM Inc./Urban Air Initiative)  …  We’ve learned that we can reduce harmful emissions by replacing toxic compounds in gasoline with clean burning ethanol, which improves air quality and protects public …

ASTM Incorporates E15 Language into Ongoing Standard Revision
June 3, 2016 – 2:33 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  ASTM International announced progress has been made in the ongoing project to update its standards. New language in the standards incorporates E15 and updates driveability information. Additional revisions …

Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Offers Advisory Services
May 9, 2016 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  RSB is now offering a range of advisory services to support businesses, investors, development agencies, NGOs, and governments in applying the RSB standard to their operations, projects and policy development. Through …

Pacific Biodiesel Certified by Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance
April 26, 2016 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

(Energy Global Hydrocarbon Engineering)  The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance has announced that it has certified Pacific Biodiesel, Hawaii’s award winning and internationally recognised producer of renewable fuels and the only commercial biofuel producer in the state, …

UPM Biofuels Gains ISCC PLUS Certification for Bio-Based Applications
April 18, 2016 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

(UPM Biofuels)  UPM Biofuels has extended sustainability certification to cover all of its output streams from the Lappeenranta Biorefinery in Finland under the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification Scheme ISCC PLUS. UPM Biofuels produces renewable …

BIODEX-SA First in Tunisia to Earn RSB Certification
March 14, 2016 – 6:44 pm | No Comment

(PRLog/Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  BIODEX-SA, a company based in Tunisia, earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification for the production of biodiesel. BIODEX-SA is the first company to collect waste oils and transform them …

MSC and ASC Collaborate to Set Global Standard for Seaweed
March 3, 2016 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

(Marine Stewardship Council) The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) are working together to create a joint global standard for certifying seaweed operations. The collaboration offers the unique opportunity to build on …

FTC Rule Amends Labeling Requirements for Certain Ethanol Blends
January 25, 2016 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Federal Trade Commission has published a rule in the Federal Register finalizing amendments to its rule for automotive fuel ratings, certification and posting. The new rule adopts rating, …

GoodFuels Marine Receives Highest Standard Certification for Its Sustainable Marine Biofuels
January 25, 2016 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

(GoodFuels Marine)  The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials’ (RSB) 12-point certification is considered having the strictest sustainability criteria, guaranteeing the sustainability of biofuels  —  GoodFuels Marine, the first marine biofuel company focused on the global commercial …

Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) Begins Production of Cellulosic Ethanol at Stockton Facility
December 16, 2015 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

(Street Insider)  Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEIX) announced it is now producing cellulosic ethanol at its Stockton, CA facility using Edeniq, Inc.’s Pathway Technology.
Neil Koehler, the company’s president and CEO, stated, “We are now commercially …

Legally Defining Sustainability: Edible Palm Oil Must Follow in Biofuel Footsteps
December 2, 2015 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn (News Locker)  Voluntary measures and government targets are great – but it is legislation that will push European palm oil users to true sustainability. The food sector could learn a lesson or two …

LowCVP to Focus on Cutting Emissions from Trucks
October 27, 2015 – 10:31 am | No Comment

(Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership)  To coincide with its participation in the new Freight in the City event (27 October, Alexandra Palace) the LowCVP is calling on fleet operators, local authorities and others to join forces in …

Biomass Supplies, Sri Lanka – First Smallholder Project in Southeast Asia to Earn RSB Certification
October 26, 2015 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  Biomass Supplies (Pvt) Ltd, a company based in Sri Lanka, earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification for biomass produced from branches pruned from live fences of Gliricidia trees. The …

Woody Biomass Converted to Gasoline by Five-Company Team
October 22, 2015 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

by Elliot Levine (US Department of Energy)  A five-company team led by Haldor Topsoe, and funded in part by the Energy Department, produced 10,000 gallons of gasoline from woody biomass, which included trees and wood …

EPA: Jatropha-Based Biofuels Could Qualify as Biomass-Based Diesel or Advanced Biodiesel under RFS
October 21, 2015 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  Based on its analysis of the production and transport components of the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of biofuel made from jatropha oil, the US EPA anticipates that biofuels produced from jatropha oil …

Nidera Earns RSB Certification For Biodiesel from Used Cooking Oil
September 22, 2015 – 8:59 am | No Comment

(Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials)  Nidera has earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification for the production and trading of biofuels from used cooking oil. Nidera operates worldwide as a commodity service and solutions provider …

Project Solaris in South Africa Earns RSB Certification
September 2, 2015 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  – Project Solaris in South Africa, has earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification for the production of the energy rich tobacco crop “Solaris” in the Limpopo region of South …

Gevo’s Losses Narrow, Revenue up 15% as Courts Issue Favorable Ruling in Betamax vs Gevo Patent Cases
August 5, 2015 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The increase in revenue during 2015 is primarily a result of the production and sale of approximately $8.0 million of ethanol, isobutanol and distiller’s grains at the Luverne plant. Hydrocarbon …

UN Sustainable Energy for All Announces Global Bioenergy Initiative
May 20, 2015 – 11:01 am | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  UN FAO, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Carbon War Room, KLM, Novozymes and the UN Foundation partner to scale up the development and deployment of sustainable bioenergy solutions …

New RSB Standard Proposed to Certify Low-Risk ILUC Biomass
May 4, 2015 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  It may soon be possible to certify that biomass is not only sustainably sourced, but also considered low-risk for indirect land use change (ILUC). The Roundtable on Sustainable …

EPA Approves Efficient Producer Pathways for 5 Ethanol Plants
April 6, 2015 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In March, the U.S. EPA approved five new corn ethanol pathways under the agency’s Efficient Producer petition process (EP3), including Heron Lake BioEnergy LLC, Heron Lake, Minnesota; United Wisconsin Grain Producers LLC, …

Life Cycle Analysis Study: Biodiesel from Animal Fat Produces 85% Fewer Greenhouse Gas Emissions
January 20, 2015 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

(European Fat Processors and Renderers Association)    Biodiesel made from animal fat reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 85% compared to fossil fuels. This exceptional figure has been confirmed by the findings of a recent study by the …

EU Biofuels Policy – Inventory Backup after 2020: UFOP Chairman Vogel Calls a “iLUC Free” Base Amount of 7%
January 12, 2015 – 4:50 pm | No Comment

(German Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants/google translation) “The course for a true inventory of hedging existing biofuels industry after 2020 must be made ​​now.” The European biofuel industry must be able to …

UPM and WWF Finland Co-operate to Promote the Sustainability of Wood-Based Liquid Biofuels
December 8, 2014 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

(WPM)  UPM and WWF Finland have engaged in a dialogue on the status of wood-based liquid biofuels in Finland and present a list of joint measures to be carried out to promote sustainability.
Renewable sources of …

Shell: Expects to Be Producing Advanced Biofuels at Scale, in US, by End of Decade
November 21, 2014 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Shell VP Matthew Tipper, at ABLCNext:  “We will likely begin manufacture in the southeast United States. We plan to be operational by late this decade.  “We believe our best bet …

RSB Partners With Elements Traceability Software to Help Keep Track of Biofuel Feedstock Sustainability Data
November 19, 2014 – 11:03 am | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), a globally recognised sustainability certification standard for biomaterials, and Elements Software Ltd, a leading web based traceability software provider, are working together to help RSB …

Biofuels Remain an Important and Growing Sector for Developing Countries, New UNCTAD Report Says
November 5, 2014 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

(United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)  The report entitled: “The State of the Biofuels Market: Regulatory, Trade and Development Perspectives” offers a comprehensive snapshot of today’s biofuels market and how it contributes to enhancing …

MBP Group Earns RSB Sustainability Certification
August 22, 2014 – 10:37 am | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  MBP Group has earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) sustainability certification for their waste material collection, trading and distribution activities.
“MBP Group was built on a sustainable background, adding as much …

Can ISSC PLUS Certification Be Misleading – If the Bio-Based Share Is Not Labelled Too?
August 12, 2014 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

by Michael Carus (nova-Institute/Bio-Based News)  On 23 April 2014 SABIC announced “that it will launch its first portfolio of certified renewable polyolefins, certified under the ISCC Plus certification scheme, which involves strict traceability and requires a …

Voluntary BQ-9000 Programs Pay Off for Participants, Industry
June 17, 2014 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine) When U.S. biodiesel production began to take off back in 2005, the fledgling industry quickly became familiar with fuel quality issues and concerns. The BQ-9000 quality assurance programs have since been a …

TÜV Rheinalnd Issues the First ISCC Certificate to ASB Bio-Diesel
June 12, 2014 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

(TÜV Rheinland/Eco-Business.com)  On 5 June 2014, Hong Kong, TÜV Rheinland Greater China issued its first International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) certificate to one of the largest bio-diesel suppliers and producers in Asia, ASB Bio-Diesel …

Addax Bioenergy Certified by Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials
May 14, 2014 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

(Sierra Express Media)  Addax Bioenergy (SL) Limited has been fully and formally certified under the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). This is said to quite an achievement and everyone involved has to be commended. RSB …

Amyris Receives Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) Sustainability Certification
May 7, 2014 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

(Amyris/GlobeNewsWire)  Amyris, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMRS) has completed the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification process and has earned one of the most respected sustainability certifications in the world.
Amyris, a leading renewable products company, is one of the first …

Biofuels Digest Posts “Hot Slides” from Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference
April 25, 2014 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  On ABLC’s opening morning, we have some of the top slides -an inside look from Inbicon, Ensyn, GranBio, Sapphire Energy, LanzaTech – hot topics such as product portfolios, refinery integration, …

WEBINAR: Biomass Market Access Standards (BMAS) May 13, 2014 2:00 pm US/Eastern
April 11, 2014 – 4:47 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Biomass Market Access Standards (BMAS)     May 13, 2014 2:00 pm US/Eastern

Bio-based energies no longer automatically qualify toward renewable energy mandates. Instead, they must prove their environmental and social credentials through verification systems that demonstrate achievement beyond fossil energy baselines. Several private standards have emerged in …

RSB Launches Simplified Certification Process For Bonsucro Certified Entities
March 18, 2014 – 11:07 am | No Comment

(Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials)  The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) is pleased to announce that Bonsucro certified operators will now be able to access RSB certification through a simplified audit process to demonstrate compliance, therefore …

The 10 Hottest Trends in Algae
March 4, 2014 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algae has been touted as the ultimate platform for fuels, chemicals, nutraceuticals, proteins — even cancer therapies.
There’s been a rate of progress that would impress any devotee of Moore’s Law …

Greenwood Resources Earns RSB, FSC Certifications
February 10, 2014 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials is pleased to announce that GreenWood Tree Farm Fund, LP (GTFF) has become the first short rotation forest plantation worldwide to earn certification under …

Boeing Seeks Approval for Green Diesel as New Aviation Biofuel
January 15, 2014 – 11:30 am | No Comment

by Stephen Trimble (FlightGlobal)  Boeing will seek approval by the end of this year to clear a green diesel blend as an alternative to Jet-A for turbine-powered aircraft.
If approved, Boeing believes this emerging source of …

Neste Oil Achieves Palm Oil Certification Target Two Years Early
December 18, 2013 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

(Neste Oil/Biodiesel Magazine)  Neste Oil has achieved its long-term target of using only certified palm oil as an input for its renewable diesel production process. The original target, set in 2009, was that 100 percent …

Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Lead Auditor Training February 19-21, 2014 High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK
December 13, 2013 – 4:22 pm | No Comment
Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Lead Auditor Training   February 19-21, 2014     High Wycombe,  Buckinghamshire, UK

RSB system recently has scored best in two comparative studies for biofuels certification schemes. These studies were conducted by IUCN and WWF. Several positive developments in the RSB, such as the intense and focused effort …

First Producer Signs up to Biomethane Certification Scheme
December 12, 2013 – 9:04 pm | No Comment

(GreenGasTrading)  Future Biogas, an established and experienced builder and operator of anaerobic digestion plants in the UK, is to become the first registered producer to join the Biomethane Certification Scheme (BMCS) run by Green Gas …

Sapphire Energy And Phillips 66 To Advance Commercialization Of Algae Crude Oil
December 10, 2013 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

(Sapphire Energy/PR NewsWire)  Agreement to Co-Process Algae Crude Oil with Conventional Crude Oil and Complete Fuel Certifications
 Sapphire Energy, Inc., one of the world leaders in algae-based Green Crude oil production, and Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX), an …

LanzaTech, Earth Energy, PGF Biofuels, Elevance Make Bioeconomy Waves with Announces
December 6, 2013 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (I)t has been an incredibly strong week for innovation, with key announcements that advance the narrative at LanzaTech, Elevance, Earth Energy renewables (e.g. “the technology that once pwoered Terrabon, …

Betting on Best Quality: A Comparison of the Quality and Level of Assurance of Sustainability Standards for Biomass, Soy and Palm Oil
December 3, 2013 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

(National Committee of the Netherlands)  This report aims to provide insight in the quality and in the level of assurance of voluntary standard systems (VSS) for biomass, including soy and palm oil in order to help …

Europe’s Biofuels Not Guaranteed Sustainable, Finds New Study
December 3, 2013 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

(World Wildlife Fund)  Brussels, Belgium: A WWF analysis has shown that the standards used to assess biofuel sources fall well short of ensuring that Europe’s push towards increased biofuel use is not contributing to environmental destruction and …

More Customers Can Benefit From Ennovor’s Premium Quality Sustainable Fuels Following $12m Cash Injection
November 7, 2013 – 11:11 am | No Comment

(Ennovor/PR NewsWire)  Customers seeking premium quality, reliable and sustainable biofuels will have greater choice. This follows a $12m investment in expanding the supply chain, production and feedstock capabilities of sustainable energy sector leader Ennovor Group.
The enhancements are …

Future Perspectives of International Bioenergy Trade
September 19, 2013 – 9:31 am | No Comment

by Matzenberger, J., Daioglou, V., Junginger, M., Keramidas, K., Kranzl, L., Tromborg, E. ( IEA Bioenergy Task 40)  According to IEA World Energy Outlook 2012, primary demand for bioenergy will strongly increase up to the year 2035, the …

Amyris Applies for RSB Sustainbility Certification
September 18, 2013 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

(Amyris)  Amyris’s Farnesene Production Unit would be First RSB-Certified Plant in Brazil
The RSB Services Foundation, the implementing entity of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), a global sustainability standard and certification system for biofuels and …

Ukrainian Grain Company Wins Certificate for EU Biofuel Supplies
September 18, 2013 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Alexander Bor  (Platts)  Ukraine’s State Food Grain Corporation, one of the country’s largest grain traders, has won a certificate allowing it to export raw materials for biofuel production in the EU, the company said …

Biodiesel Feedstock Plantation Certified Sustainable
September 13, 2013 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  One of Cargill’s palm oil plantations in Indonesia used for providing a feedstock for biodiesel is certified as a sustainable operation. The company announced the PT Harapan Sawit Lestari (HSL) plantation was awarded …

Clariant Certifies Cellulosic Ethanol Plant under European Directives
September 4, 2013 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

(Clariant)  Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, has received the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) for its sunliquid® demonstration plant in Straubing (Germany), which was opened in July 2012. The certificate confirms that …

UFOP Samples 60 Stations, Finds Biodiesel Feedstock Diversity Up
July 15, 2013 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e.V./Biodiesel Magazine)  With 53 percent raw material content, rapeseed oil remains the most important raw material source for the production of biodiesel in Germany, followed by palm oil …

Sustainable Biodiesel Certification Program Officially Launches
July 5, 2013 – 6:23 pm | No Comment

(GreenCircle Certified LLC/Biodiesel Digest)  GreenCircle and the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance are proud to announce that the Sustainable Biodiesel Certification program is officially launched. The announcement came at Willie Nelson’s 80th birthday party on June 6 …

EFSA Unable to Conclude Syngenta GM Corn Application
June 27, 2013 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(Pesticide and Chemical Policy)  The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says it has been unable to reach a conclusion on GM corn application by Syngenta due to “insufficient data,” Agra Europe reports
EFSA said Syngenta “failed to provide …

Biodiesel Producer Community Fuels Gets BQ-9000 Lab Certification
May 3, 2013 – 12:29 am | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  California-based Community Fuels recently earned BQ-9000 Laboratory certification, making it the first biodiesel producer in the nation to receive this third-party approval. “We are serious about quality and believe that …

Community Fuels Is the First Biodiesel Producer in the Nation to Secure BQ9000 Laboratory Certification
April 30, 2013 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

(Community Fuels)  Community Fuels earned BQ9000 Laboratory certification on March 14th making it the first biodiesel producer in the nation to receive this third party approval. “We are serious about quality and believe that biodiesel with reliable …

EU Biodiesel Terms Increasingly Complex
April 24, 2013 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Argus Media)  Biodiesel trade terms are becoming increasingly complicated as buyers and sellers haggle over sustainability clauses, payments terms and water content.
Much of the wrangling has appeared over Fame 0 biodiesel compliant with the EU …

Dynamic Fuels Earns Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) Certification
February 25, 2013 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

(RSB Services Foundation)  The RSB Services Foundation, the implementing entity of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) which has developed a global sustainability standard and certification system for biofuel production, is pleased to announce that …

Program Launched to Authenticate Feedstock as ‘Renewable Biomass’
December 19, 2012 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  …While the biodiesel industry is working with EPA, obligated parties under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) and third-party verifiers to ensure valid generation of renewable identification numbers (RINs)—credits generated with …

Most U.K. Crops Meet Environmental Biofuel Standards, AHDB Says
December 14, 2012 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by Whitney McFerron   (Bloomberg)  Most rapeseed, sugar beet and wheat crops in the U.K. meet environmental standards for use in biofuels, the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board said.
Ninety-seven percent of the country’s rapeseed, all …

How to Keep Biofuels Sustainable
December 5, 2012 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

by RP Siegel (TriplePundit) While the bio-based economy should be more sustainable than the alternative – any good idea can be implemented poorly. I asked Jesper Hedal Kløverpris, Sustainability Manager for Novozymes, how we can ensure that …

EPA Grants Biofuel Pathway for Grain Sorghum
December 5, 2012 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

(FarmFutures) Qualifies some ethanol plants to produce domestic advanced biofuel
The Environmental Protection Agency Monday announced it has approved grain sorghum as an eligible feedstock under the Renewable Fuels Standard.
“This is a significant step forward for the …

EU Commission Backs Controversial Sustainable Palm Oil Scheme
November 29, 2012 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Barbara Lewis  (Reuters)  The European Commission has approved a scheme that would certify as sustainable transport fuel made from palm oil, condemned by environmental groups as one of the most damaging sources of biodiesel.
The …

Global Clean Energy Holdings Earns Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) Certification
November 26, 2012 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

(RSB Services Foundation/Global Clean Energy Holdings)  The RSB Services Foundation, the implementing entity of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) which has developed a global sustainability standard and certification system for biofuel production, is pleased …

Standards: Assurance of Quality or a Path toward Exclusion?
November 15, 2012 – 7:29 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  You know you have benefited from a conference when you come away from three days of presentations, panel discussions and a solid dose of audience participation with new understandings …

Keep Biodiesel Stable, Flowing & Growing
November 7, 2012 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  For B100 and biodiesel blends, two main fuel additive categories dominate the sector: stabilizers and cold flow improvers. Biodiesel can be produced from many fats, oils and greases, each possessing …

Mathematical Tricks, Backdoor Policies
November 6, 2012 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

by Robert Vierhout (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ePURE)  After almost three years of study, debate, hours of meetings, many reports, public and nonpublic consultations, the European Commission has released its legislative proposal on how to address the indirect …

Agro2 Achieves Sustainability Certification for Cassava in Panama
November 5, 2012 – 7:14 pm | No Comment

(Agro2/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Agro2 S.A., located in Veraguas, Panama, is proud to be the first company in Panama to be certified by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification confirming the compliance of Agro2’s cassava production …

UK Gov to Source Palm Oil from Environmental-Friendly Sources by 2015
November 1, 2012 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

(NewEnergyWorldNetwork.com)  By the end of 2015, all palm oil used in the UK government’s food and catering services will be from environmentally-friendly sources, the country’s Environment Minister has announced.
…The Renewable Energy Association (REA) commented on …

Integration of Biodiesel RIN Verification in the BQ-9000 Program
October 3, 2012 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Pete Moss (Biodiesel Magazine)  BQ-9000 is the gold standard for quality control in the biodiesel industry. The accreditation program was developed by the National Biodiesel Board to ensure better quality in a rapidly growing …

Biofuels Approval Boost to Scottish Oilseeds
August 26, 2012 – 7:01 pm | No Comment

(The Bioenergy Site)  NFU Scotland and Scottish Quality Crops (SQC) have welcomed the announcement that the European Commission has accepted SQC into the sustainability certification scheme for biofuels. That recognition is a huge boost ahead …

Minn. Biodiesel Plant First to Pass RIN Integrity Network Audit
August 26, 2012 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Minnesota Soybean Processors is the first biodiesel plant to pass Genscape’s RIN Integrity Network audit.
… The passing of its audit gives MnSP the first green icon on Genscape’s dashboard map of …

Cargill Smallholders Receive European Certification for the Supply of Sustainable Biofuels
August 10, 2012 – 10:07 am | No Comment

(Equities.com)  Smallholders at Cargill’s palm oil plantation, PT Hindoli in South Sumatra, Indonesia, recently became the one of the first smallholders to receive official certification for sustainable palm oil supply for biofuels, according to the …

EM Biofuels Announces Rollout of RINPlus(TM)
July 23, 2012 – 10:54 am | No Comment

(MarketWatch)  A Proprietary Renewable Identification Number (RIN) Assurance Program
EM Biofuels, LLC announced today the rollout of RINPlus(TM), a proprietary, web-enabled platform that tracks the origin of each Renewable Identification Number (RIN). RINPlus(TM)( www.RINPLUS.com ) will …

Musim Mas Expects More Demand for Certified Palm Oil
July 18, 2012 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Novan Iman Santosa  (The Jakarta Post)  Palm oil producer Musim Mas Group expects that there will be more demand for certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO), as the company is ready to provide the market …

EU Requires Sustainable Biofuels: How U.S. Ethanol Producers Can Become Certified
April 16, 2012 – 6:59 pm | No Comment

by Antje Grzesik (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ISCC System GmbH)  …The EU Renewable Energy Directive (Directive 2009/28/EC) establishes a common framework for the promotion of energy from renewable sources in the European Union. In the area of biofuels …

ADM Introduces Sustainable Grower Program for Canadian Canola
March 27, 2012 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele   (Biodiesel Magazine)   Archer Daniels Midland Co. Agri-Industries Lloydminster oilseeds processing facility recently announced the introduction of its Sustainable Grower Program in connection with the sustainability certification it has earned from …

EU to Recognize Ensus as Biofuel Certification in ‘Matter of Weeks’: Source
March 27, 2012 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  A decision in favor of recognizing Ensus, a UK biofuel sustainability certification scheme, will be taken in “a matter of weeks,” a European Commission source said Monday.
UK bioethanol producer Ensus received the support of …

Neste Oil Virtually Quadrupled Its Use of Certified Raw Materials in Producing Renewable Fuel
March 23, 2012 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

(Neste Oil)  Already 49% of the raw materials that Neste Oil used in 2011 to produce its renewable fuel was certified. This was an increase of 28 percentage points on the figure for 2010, and …

The Palms Of Controversy
March 13, 2012 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Joelle Brink (Biofuels Digest Asia) Palms are said to be a symbol of peace and prosperity, but you can’t prove it by the past few weeks of heated debate over palm biofuel. Last week, we …

News Release: Inaugural Report Shows Impressive Uptake of RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm Oil in 2011
March 5, 2012 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil)  Multi stakeholder initiative, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) reported unprecedented growth for Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) in the year 2011 as accounted for in its inaugural qualitative …

NCSI Certifies Shoalhaven Starches against Global Sustainable Biofuels Benchmark
February 13, 2012 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

(NCS International)  NCS International (“NCSI”) has certified the world’s first organisation against the Principles and Criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (“RSB”). RSB is a new international standard that can be applied across the …

Certifying Sustainability: Ethanol Bound for the EU Undergoes New Scrutiny
January 16, 2012 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …In July 2011, the European Union belatedly approved the first seven voluntary sustainability schemes for biofuels as required by the Renewable Energy Directive. The directive, commonly referred to as …

By Train, By Truck, or By Boat: How Ethanol Moves and Where It’s Going
December 8, 2011 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …In September, Ed Hubbard, legislative counsel for the Renewable Fuels Association, addressed the topic of ethanol exports during a presentation at an ethanol logistics conference held in New Orleans. …

Smallholder Farmers Risk Being Forgotten in Sustainable Biofuels Race
November 17, 2011 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Maya Thatcher (Center for International Forestry Research)  Smallholder farmers in developing countries risk being left behind in the push to produce sustainable biofuels, deterred by complex and expensive certification schemes, according to a recent …

Butanol Producers Target Biofuels Market
November 15, 2011 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Philip Brasher (Argus Leader)  … A top official with the Environmental Protection Agency, which regulates motor fuels, told lawmakers recently butanol is one of the nation’s “most promising biofuels.” However, the product faces potential government …

New Energy Farm’s New Planting System Speeds up Miscanthus Development
November 10, 2011 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Anna Austin (Biomass Power and Themal)  Energy crop developer New Energy Farms says it has developed a new system for establishing miscanthus that takes one-third the time of previous planting methods.
…The first is a …

House Hearing Witnesses Bash RFS, Call for Repeal of E15
November 4, 2011 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  It was déjà vu all over again on Nov. 2 as representatives of the ethanol industry were forced to watch a House of Representatives Energy and Environment Subcommittee hearing …

Mission NewEnergy Awarded World’s First Jatropha Biofuel ISCC Certification
October 26, 2011 – 8:15 am | No Comment

(Proactive Investors Australia)  Biofuels company Mission NewEnergy  has become the first commercial scale provider of Jatropha in the world to receive International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) for its Jatropha contract farming model.
…To qualify for ISCC …

New Fuel Might Mean Higher Gas Prices for Chicago
October 17, 2011 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

by Kathryn Ferrara (Medill News Service/Northwest Indiana)  Chicago area drivers may pay more for gasoline next year if the state Legislature adopts a proposed change in the sales tax.
Most Chicago area drivers are buying what’s …

Funding Secured for Brazilian Research Study into the Sustainability of Renewable Jet Fuel Sourced from Sugarcane
August 22, 2011 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)   The regional initiative launched in June by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to provide finance for renewable jet fuel projects in Latin America and the Caribbean has made its first grant. The …

Gasoline Ethanol Blends and the Classic Auto
August 11, 2011 – 11:28 am | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)   The ongoing effort to alter gasoline to minimize its impact on the environment and reduce U.S. dependence on foreign crude oil has refocused attention on fuel quality issues. The increased use of ethanol, …

EU Approval of Certification Standards for Biofuels Brings Transparency and Supports Planning by Sugar-Energy Industry
August 10, 2011 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

(UNICA)  The European Commission’s approval of certification schemes for biofuels, announced on July 19th, is an important step to add transparency to the issue and help Member States meet reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions. …

The Work at Hand for E15 Market Expansion
July 25, 2011 – 9:43 am | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Back in October, I wrote on the RFA blog, “The E-Xchange,” about the steps that would be necessary to make E15 the standard fuel available in the …

Study: Regulatory Hurdles Hinder Biofuels Market
July 22, 2011 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Phil Ciciora (University of Illinois)  Regulatory hurdles abound for the successful commercialization of emerging liquid biofuels, which hold the promise of enhancing U.S. energy security, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and serving as a driver …

Will the EU Reveal Judging Criteria for Biofuel Bodies?
July 19, 2011 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

by Jessica Shankleman Green groups slam Commission’s “back room” processes for approving sustainable biofuel certification schemes
Green groups will today learn if the European Commission is ready to lift the lid on the methods it used to decide …

SCS Offers Sugarcane Certification Program
July 15, 2011 – 11:37 am | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder  (DomesticFuel.com)  …Brazil’s sugarcane industry is also accused of not producing the crop, nor the fuel, in a sustainable manner. As a result, the EU Renewable Energy Directive was created to address concerns …

European Advanced Biofuels Flight Path Initiative
June 27, 2011 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

(European Commission)  The European Commission’s services, in close coordination with Airbus, leading European airlines (Lufthansa, Air France/KLM, & British Airways) and key European biofuel producers (Choren Industries, Neste Oil, Biomass Technology Group and UOP), have …

European Commission Sued for Lack of Transparency on Biofuels Policy
May 27, 2011 – 10:30 am | No Comment

(Client Earth)  The European Commission has been sued, accused of violating European transparency laws. Environmental law organisation ClientEarth, Friends of the Earth Europe (FOEE), FERN and Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) filed the lawsuit following the …

Opportunities for Australia as Europe Seeks More Biofuel
May 26, 2011 – 7:35 am | No Comment

(ABC Rural)   The European Union wants more of its transport fuel to be made from renewable biomass like canola oil.
…EU member states can’t supply enough canola or soy oil to meet the demand, so …

As Jet Fuel Prices Soar, a Green Option Nears the Runway
May 24, 2011 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Marianne Lavelle   (National Geographic News)  …The standards-setting body ASTM International is set to vote this summer on certification of hydrotreated renewable jet (HRJ) fuel.
Tests both in the laboratory and in the air (led …

Delay to Certification of Aviation Jet Biofuels May Damage Investor Confidence, Claims Lufthansa
March 16, 2011 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)  The approval of Bio-SPK jet fuels for use in commercial aircraft operations is not now expected until the middle of the year at earliest and could possibly be delayed until the end of 2011, …