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Call to Action for a Truly Sustainable Renewable Future
August 8, 2013 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

-Include high octane/high ethanol Regular Grade fuel in EPA Tier 3 regulations.
-Use a dedicated, self-reducing non-renewable carbon user fee to fund renewable energy R&D.
-Start an Apollo-type program to bring New Ideas to sustainable biofuel and …

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US Biofuels Producer REG Opens Centre in Amsterdam
May 30, 2017 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  US advanced biofuels producer Renewable Energy Group (REG) has hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of the company’s operations centre in Amsterdam.
The team in Amsterdam will support the company’s international operations …

Is the Labour Party Manifesto an Opportunity for Biofuels and Bioenergy?
May 18, 2017 – 11:26 am | No Comment

by Daryl Worthington (Bioenergy Insight/Biofuels International)  The UK Labour Party has published its manifesto for the forthcoming General Election, placing significant emphasis on renewable and sustainable energy sources.
Three principles guide the party’s energy policy: security …

Air Canada Takes off with Biofuels Tests
April 24, 2017 – 11:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Air Canada just revealed its participation in the Civil Aviation Alternate Fuel Contrail and Emissions Research project, a research project led by the National Research Council of Canada …

A Global BioFuture: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Developing Biobased Projects around the World
April 19, 2017 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We’ve been covering market access, and technology development, but what about accessing markets in emerging economies and around the world where feedstock is abundant, policymakers are motivated, but other risks and …

The Biobased Economy after Trump: The States May Lead the Way
November 28, 2016 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Biofuels Digest)  … Trump and Congressional Republicans are expected to focus on comprehensive tax reform, infrastructure development, and repealing Obamacare. Some of those initiatives may touch the biobased economy but only …

Canada to Adopt National Low Carbon Fuel Standard
November 28, 2016 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Canada, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna announced that Canada will adopt a national clean fuels standard, as an important step for climate action and the growth of …

Lost Generation: ICCT’s Financing Scheme to Jump Start Advanced Biofuels at Scale
November 25, 2016 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One thing that is clear in hindsight from the flow of energy project investment between 2010 and 2014 is that investors believed in three predictions that didn’t come true:

All of …

GRFA Calls for Strong Global Commitment to Biofuels at COP22
November 17, 2016 – 8:18 pm | No Comment

(Global Renewable Fuels Alliance/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Nov. 16, Bliss Baker, the president of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance, called on negotiators participating in high-level events now underway at COP22 to seize the opportunities presented …

UPM Partners with NGOs and Green Think-Tanks to Drive Sustainable Low Carbon Fuels
October 18, 2016 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

(Globe Newswire/UPM)  ENGOs, think-tanks and the advanced biofuel industry have been collaborating on defining policy boundaries for European fuels policy that recognises the need to safeguard sustainability while stimulating investments into a truly sustainable advanced …

Investors Warn Car Industry over Climate Change
October 18, 2016 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Terry Macalister (The Guardian)  Car manufacturers told they must address climate change by switching to low-emission models − or face a sell-off of their shares, reports Climate News Network  —  Major investors have warned …

Commission Admits Policing Biofuels According to Public Opinion
October 14, 2016 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv)  The European Commission’s proposal for a gradual phase-out of conventional biofuels was based on public opinion, an EU official admitted.  —  Last July, the EU executive published a European Strategy for Low-Emission …

European Farmers Stress Biodiesel Role in Agriculture and Transport Decarbonisation Post-2020
October 14, 2016 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The European Oilseed Alliance (EOA), the European Biodiesel Board (EBB), and the Vegetable Oil and Protein Meal Industry stress the importance of sustainable energy sources in the low-carbon economy post-2020.
The organisation held on …

World Needs Transport Biofuels
September 29, 2016 – 9:16 pm | No Comment

by Bliss Baker (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Global Renewable Fuels Alliance)  … The transport sector is one of the largest contributors of greenhouse gases (GHGs), estimated to be approximately 25 to 30 percent of global emissions, but has …

California’s E85 Sales Top 14M Gallons in 2015
September 23, 2016 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

(Convenience Store News)  Research shows consumers are loyal to low-carbon fuels.  —  California led the nation with 14.77 million gallons of E85 sold in 2015, according to a consumer research study published by fuels retailer …

Gates Backs Renmatix; Total Inks 1 Million Ton/Year Cellulosic Sugar License
September 15, 2016 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Pennsylvania, Bill Gates is leading the latest investment round into the pioneering cellulosic sugars producer Renmatix as energy giant Total joins in with second investment and a 1 million …

Ethanol: Our Once and Future Fuel
September 9, 2016 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Dean Drake (Defour Group LLC/The Hill)  The recent opinion piece by Doug Durante of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition highlighting the need for high octane fuels was spot on. I agree we should not …

Globalization of Ethanol Impacts US Industry
August 5, 2016 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Ryan Strickland (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Eco-Energy)  It’s a big world out there and ethanol is primed to explore it—finding new markets through competitive pricing, high octane and low-carbon advantages that no other fuel on the …

Driving Europe’s Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy
July 21, 2016 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

(European Commission)  The Commission today presented a package of measures to accelerate the shift to low-carbon emissions in all sectors of the economy in Europe. The global low-carbon transition is already underway and gaining momentum, …

High Octane, Low Carb #Biofuels Better for Fuel Economy
June 16, 2016 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (Energy.AgWired.com)  Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Tom Daschle, is leading an effort to ensure that high octane, low carbon fuels are part of EPA’s midterm evaluation of the progress of federal fuel …

Biofuels Industry Looks to Meet Strong Demand, Emission Needs
June 16, 2016 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

by Bill Tiedje (Iowa Farmer Today)   …  Most ethanol plants have been paid off and can now manage production to meet needs; however, if a plant slows output to match decreased demand, production efficiencies also …

Are Low Diesel Prices Hurting Biofuels Companies?
March 21, 2016 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by John O’Dell (Forbes/Trucks.com)  With diesel fuel prices hovering at lows not seen in a decade, the smart money might bet against businesses developing products to replace the diesel engines and technology that keep the nation’s …

Major Impacts on U.S. Carbon Emissions Since the Great Recession
March 21, 2016 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

by John Miller (The Energy Collective)  U.S. total carbon emissions increased to a historic high in 2007.  During the 2007-09 Great Recession U.S. total carbon emissions declined rapidly due to a combination effective Government energy and …

CPUC Staff to Bloom Energy: Your Fuel Cells Shouldn’t Get State Incentives
March 21, 2016 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Jeff St. John (GreenTechMedia)  Will the fuel-cell maker lose its eligibility for California’s SGIP program? The debate rages on as regulators mull a decision. — Bloom Energy, the deep-pocketed startup that’s garnered more than $400 …

Climate Risks Could Wreak Havoc on Financial Markets, EU Watchdog Warns
March 9, 2016 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

by Arthur Neslen (The Guardian)  Banking advisory group calls for risk disclosure and stress tests to protect against climate inaction should move to low carbon economy happen too late  —  The EU’s financial watchdog has …

Second-Generation Biofuel Markets: State of Play, Trade and Developing Country Perspectives
February 23, 2016 – 9:56 am | No Comment

(United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)  UNCTAD’s first report on the state of biofuel technologies in 2007 highlighted a sector with great potential, but at the time that was a long way off from …

Navy to Launch Great Green Fleet with 77 Million Gallon Buy of Cost-Competitive, Non-Food Advanced Biofuels Blends
January 8, 2016 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  They’re here. $2.05 per gallon, at-scale, domestically produced advanced renewable fuels — utilizing non-food feedstocks and based on next-generation technology.  The Navy’s 7-year quest to diversify its fuel supply without …

How California Can Boost Biofuel Production to Cut Pollution and Help the Economy
December 4, 2015 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(University of California Los Angeles)  UCLA–UC Berkeley report finds that the state hasn’t taken full advantage of agricultural resources  —  California has not taken full advantage of opportunities to increase its in-state production of biofuel, …

11 Top Low-Carbon Fuel Players, WCSBD Publish COP 21 Guide to Slashing Transport-Based Greenhouse Gas Emissions
November 24, 2015 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Switzerland, 11 leading low carbon fuel companies present a comprehensive guide that identifies a variety of available and accessible low carbon fuel solutions.

Today, only 3% of transportation fuels are low …

15 Hot and Novel Low Carbon Fuel Technologies to Watch
April 28, 2015 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  An effort is underway in the UK to classify, within the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation, “novel low carbon fuels” made by companies such as LanzaTech, Joule, Solar Jet, Velocys, Sunfire, …

Clean Fuel Availability, for the Pacific Coast
February 6, 2015 – 1:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, the International Council on Clean Transportation and E4Tech released a comprehensive study of clean fuel availability for the Pacific Coast.  The report is available here.

There are four key original findings: (1) …

Natural Gas Usage Will Have Little Effect on CO2 Emissions, UCI-Led Study Finds
September 25, 2014 – 11:03 am | No Comment

(University of California-Irvine)   Abundant supplies of natural gas will do little to reduce harmful U.S. emissions causing climate change, according to researchers at UC Irvine, Stanford University, and the nonprofit organization Near Zero. They found …

World Bank: Climate-Smart Development Benefits Lives, Jobs, GDP
August 11, 2014 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

by Sue Retka Schill (Biomass Magazine) Advanced biofuels and biomass play supporting roles in several scenarios examined in a recent report from the World Bank Group looking at climate-smart development. The report introduces a new …

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 …

Questions that Anyone Discussing the Future of Personal Transportation Should Be Able to Discuss Knowledgeably
August 19, 2011 – 9:00 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA) Background: With the understanding that if auto makers selling in the US intend to meet new 54.5 mpg CAFÉ standards, it is likely that they will build lighter weight, …

Biofuels’ Potential to Transform the Global Economy
August 9, 2011 – 9:27 am | No Comment

by John C.K. Daly (Oilprice.com)  After years of existing largely as an environmentalist’s fantasy, commercial production of biofuels for the world civil aviation industry is slowly becoming a fact, with production starting up across three …

EPA Proposes 15.2 Billion Gallon Biofuel Mandate for 2012; 50 Percent Jump in Advanced Biofuels
June 27, 2011 – 10:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …EPA proposes to mandate the blending of 15.2 billion gallons of renewable fuel into the US fuel supply, and increased the proposed mandate for advanced biofuels by 48 percent, to …

Making a Great Fuel Even Better
May 16, 2011 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  How replacing natural gas with biomass as feedstock for methanol production can improve biodiesel’s already good environmental footing
The vast majority of methanol produced today is sourced from natural gas, but …

Biomass-Powered Ethanol Plants
March 22, 2011 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Biomass Power and Thermal Magazine)   A growing number of U.S. ethanol plants are reaping the benefits of using biomass for power.
The demand for ethanol with a lower carbon footprint seems to …

Popping the Hood on California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard: A Digest Special Series
January 6, 2011 – 9:03 am | No Comment

by Brooke Coleman (NewFuelsAlliance/Biofuels Digest)   …(W)hat’s good and what needs to be fixed in the LCFS? Where should the biofuels industry be happy, be  hopeful, or be hopping mad? Brooke Coleman of the New Fuels Alliance …

Negative Carbon Gasoline’s Cool Planet Biofuels Funded
September 7, 2010 – 10:32 am | No Comment

(The Alarm Clock)  Camarillo, CA-based Cool Planet Biofuels has raised $3M as part of a $8M Series B funding round, according to a filing by the firm today. Source of the new funding was not …

Air Resources Board Is Clinging to Old Science
August 19, 2010 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by Joe Irvin (Capitol Weekly)  This week, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) convened a group of experts to discuss issues related to the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) that was approved last year. The …

The New Imperium: A Major Player in Biodiesel 1.5 Aims for Biofuels 2.0
August 3, 2010 – 9:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Back in 2008 the death watch began on Imperium Renewables.
Though its 100 Mgy multi-feedstock plant in Grays Harbor was, at the time, the largest and most modern biodiesel facility in the …

CARB Proposes LCFS Soil Sustainability Provisions
July 30, 2010 – 8:18 am | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel)  The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is far from over on discrediting biofuels as part of their mandated policy known as the Low Carbon Fuels Standard (LCFS). For the past year, …

2010‐2011 Investment Plan for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program
July 6, 2010 – 12:54 pm | No Comment

(California Energy Commission)  The investment plan for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (program) serves as the guidance document for the allocation of program funding and is prepared annually based on input …

RFA: Carbon Accounting Should Be Equitable, Based on Science
June 4, 2010 – 12:25 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) today continued to call into question accounting gimmicks and unproven theories used by environmental activists seeking to undermine the growth of biofuels as a way to displace fossil …

Biofuels and the Need for Additional Carbon
June 3, 2010 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by Timothy D Searchinger (Environmental Research Letters)  Use of biofuels does not reduce emissions from energy combustion but may offset emissions by increasing plant growth or by reducing plant residue or other non-energy emissions. To do so, …

EU Debt Crisis Boosts Chance of Energy Tax Overhaul
June 3, 2010 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  The greenest fuels would become the cheapest under plans for a pan-European energy tax which would also help governments tackle huge debts without raising taxes on workers, draft documents show.
…If approved by EU leaders, …

Climate Policies Drive California’s Economic Future
June 3, 2010 – 9:02 am | No Comment

by Mary Nichols (California Air Resources Board, Sustainable Industries) When California Gov. Schwarzenegger cut the ribbon at the opening of the world’s first bio-butanol plant earlier this year, he credited California’s climate action law Assembly …

90 US Scientists Demand Revision of Biofuels Carbon Accounting
May 25, 2010 – 7:51 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane  (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, 90 US scientists wrote to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and US Senate Majority leader Harry Reid to fix accounting standards for greenhouse gas emissions associated with bioenergy projects.
The …

EPA’s ‘Tailoring Rule’ and the Biomass Industry
May 21, 2010 – 8:21 am | No Comment

(RenewableEnergyWorld.com)  …Including biomass power plants under the EPA’s tailoring rule is a clear policy shift and may imply a change in position for future policy.  The lack of distinction between renewable biomass as an alternative fuel …

Academics Urge Radical New Approach to Climate Change
May 17, 2010 – 7:14 am | No Comment

by Richard Black (BBC News)  A major change of approach is needed if society is to restrain climate change, according to a report from a self-styled “eclectic” group of academics.
…The academics advocate concentrating first on …