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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: USBI Biochar 2018 — August 20-23, 2018 — Wilmington, DE DEADLINE: March 1, 2018
December 29, 2017 – 3:09 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  USBI Biochar 2018 — August 20-23, 2018 — Wilmington, DE    DEADLINE:  March 1, 2018

USBI Biochar 2018 is the largest event in North America dedicated to advancing the sustainable production and use of biochar through scientific and engineering research, policy development, field practice, and technology transfer. This year’s theme: …

USBI Biochar 2018 — August 20-23, 2018 — Wilmington, DE
December 29, 2017 – 3:02 pm | No Comment
USBI Biochar 2018   —   August 20-23, 2018   —   Wilmington, DE

USBI Biochar 2018 is the largest event in North America dedicated to advancing the sustainable production and use of biochar through scientific and engineering research, policy development, field practice, and technology transfer. This year’s theme: …

Australia New Zealand Biochar Conference 2018 (ANZBC18) — August 14-16, 2018 — Bilinga, Queensland, Australia
December 29, 2017 – 2:55 pm | No Comment
Australia New Zealand Biochar Conference 2018  (ANZBC18)   —   August 14-16, 2018   —   Bilinga, Queensland, Australia

Australia New Zealand Biochar Conference (ANZBC18) will be held on Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 & Thursday 16 August, 2018 at Southern Cross University Gold Coast Campus, Bilinga, Qld, Australia.
The aims and objectives of ANZBC18 are …

First International Conference on Negative CO2 Emissions — May 22-24, 2018 — Gothenburg, Sweden
December 29, 2017 – 2:39 pm | No Comment
First International Conference on Negative CO2 Emissions   —   May 22-24, 2018   —   Gothenburg, Sweden

The objective of the Paris Agreement is to limit global warming to well below 2ºC, and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5ºC. The IPCC Fifth Assessment Report quantified the global “carbon …

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 3rd Go Green Summit — March 23-24, 2018 — Manila, Philippines DEADLINE: February 24, 2018
December 29, 2017 – 2:32 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  3rd Go Green Summit — March 23-24, 2018 — Manila, Philippines   DEADLINE:  February 24, 2018

BioLEAGUES Worldwide takes immense pleasure to extend our warm welcome to invite all the participants around the Globe to attend 3 rd Gogreen Summit which is going to be held at St Giles Classic Hotel, Manila, Philippines on …

3rd Go Green Summit — March 23-24, 2018 — Manila, Philippines
December 29, 2017 – 2:27 pm | No Comment
3rd Go Green Summit   —   March 23-24, 2018   —   Manila, Philippines

BioLEAGUES Worldwide takes immense pleasure to extend our warm welcome to invite all the participants around the Globe to attend 3 rd Gogreen Summit which is going to be held at St Giles Classic Hotel, Manila, Philippines on …

The FBA Organizes a Series of Finnish Biochar Workshops, Posts Selected Presentations
December 29, 2017 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

(Suomenbiohiili.info)  … The 2nd Finnish Biochar Workshop was successfully held in Tampere on 4 December 2017, we had participants representing the whole Finnish biochar sector: companies, researchers and local municipalities. The event was organized by Finnish …

Ethanol Reduces Particulate Matter Emissions
December 29, 2017 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  We know ethanol emits fewer carbon emissions like particulate matter (PM) than gasoline. In fact, when it comes to particulate matter, a MIT study concluded PM emissions from gasoline (E0) is three …

Newly Appointed Minnesota Senator Strong Supporter of Ethanol
December 29, 2017 – 1:47 pm | No Comment

(NAFB News Service/Hoosier Ag Today)  The appointed U.S. Senator, taking the place of Democrat Al Franken of Minnesota, will “fiercely defend ethanol.” Democrat Tina Smith will add another big voice of support for corn ethanol in …

How Refiners Can Lower the High Price of Renewable Fuel Credits: Invest
December 29, 2017 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by James C. Greenwood (Biotechnology Innovation Organization/The Hill)  … The refiners want to lower the price of renewable identification numbers, or RINs, which are the credits they must accumulate to prove compliance with the program — …

ePURE against EU’s Roll Back of Ethanol Use
December 29, 2017 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Tim Albrecht (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The European renewable ethanol association, ePURE, issued a statement decrying the recent agreement by EU energy ministers to roll back plans to use renewable energy in transportation, calling it a step …

A New Catalyst to Produce the Biodiesel of the Future
December 29, 2017 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

(FGUSAL/DICYT)  Researchers at the University of Salamanca test a catalyst to produce biodiesel more efficiently and economically in accordance with the requirements imposed by the regulations for the coming years —  … However, the problem is that …

U.S. Biofuel Trade Fight Benefits Canola Futures
December 29, 2017 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Phil Franz-Warkentin (Manitoba Co-Operator)  … ICE Futures Canada canola contracts climbed to their highest levels in more than two months during the week ended Oct. 27, as declines in the Canadian dollar and gains in …

IndianOil to Start Production of Biomass-Based Ethanol
December 29, 2017 – 11:47 am | No Comment

(Economic Times)  Indian Oil Corporation (IndianOil) would initiate production of second generation ethanol by utilising crop residues and other biomass as feedstock at village Baoli in Panipat district of Haryana.
The capacity of proposed plant would be …

Industrially-Relevant Strains: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biological Upgrading of Sugars
December 29, 2017 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The US Department of Energy has a goal of developing industrially-relevant strains to meet titer, rate, and yield targets for fuel precursors for the 2022 BC Platform cost target goals of …

In for a Penny, In for a Pound: The Advanced Bioeconomy and All the Pivots
December 29, 2017 – 11:32 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Algae.Tec has (once again) shifted its business focus, and what was once a developer of algae bioreactors to make cost-competitive fuels is now in the business of “heirloom cannabis varietals”.
So, …

Farmers Urge Congress to Extend Lapsed Tax Credits for Biodiesel, Renewable Energy
December 28, 2017 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

(Farm Bureau News)  A recently introduced bill would continue several expired tax provisions important to farmers and ranchers.  Offered by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the Tax Extenders Act of 2017 (S. 2256) would …

China’s November Ethanol Imports Show October’s Jump May Have Been a Blip
December 28, 2017 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In China, the little ethanol it is importing is coming almost entirely from Pakistan as shown in November when 6,449 cubic meters of the 6,466 cu m total imports that month …

E85 Could Get a Boost in France after Converter Kit Approval
December 28, 2017 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In France, the E85 market is expected to get a boost following the approval of an E85 conversion kit by the national government on December 15. Previously adaptation kits were …

UAQ Is Enlisted to Supply Biodiesel to the General Public in 2018
December 28, 2017 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

(ADN Informativo)  The Autonomous University of Querétaro (UAQ) could be supplying biodiesel to the general public as of 2018, informed rector Gilberto Herrera Ruiz.
The biodiesel will be supplied through the Orsan petrol station, located at Av. …

Nutrition, Energy from Methane: The Digest’s 2017 Muti-Slide Guide to Calysta
December 28, 2017 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In December, we reported that Cargill and Calysta will co-create the world’s largest gas fermentation facility in Memphis, Tennessee to produce Calysta’s FeedKind protein, a family of sustainable, traceable nutritional ingredients for …

Top Trends in 7 Key Latin America Hotspots
December 28, 2017 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In a striking pledge made in the latter part of 2016. 20 Latin American countries promised to promote biofuel production and use, with the support of development finance institutions.
That was then, …

Avoiding GMOs Isn’t Just Anti-Science. It’s Immoral.
December 28, 2017 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Mitch Daniels (The Washington Post)  Of the several claims of “anti-science” that clutter our national debates these days, none can be more flagrantly clear than the campaign against modern agricultural technology, most specifically the use …

Chinese Scientists Using Algae to Fight Pollution
December 28, 2017 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  China Daily Editor Zhang Shiyu writes that Wang Qiang, the lead scientist behind a project at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Hydrobiology, said a new strain of microalgae they are …

Inside Insight
December 27, 2017 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) To kick off the new year, we rounded up a few experts to discuss five main industry topics: exports, policy, production, finance and technology. Find out what they said.  —  As …

Schneiderman Backs Carbon Tax
December 27, 2017 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

 New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman became the first New York statewide elected official to back a carbon tax this week, POLITICO New York’s Danielle Muoio reports. “That includes passing legislation to dramatically reduce greenhouse …

RenovaBio, Brazil’s National Biofuels Policy, Is Sanctioned by President Michel Temer
December 27, 2017 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

(BioFuture Platform) Having endorsed, along with 18 other leading countries, the Biofuture Platform Declaration which sets aspirational targets and policy suggestions to scale up the low carbon bioeconomy, Brazil now takes a major step towards effective …

Canola Council Welcomes Continued Access to EU Biodiesel Market
December 27, 2017 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

(Real Agriculture)  The European Commission published its decision to allow Canadian canola to have continued access to the EU biodiesel market this week.
“This decision means continued access to an important market for Canadian canola,” says Jim …

DOE Announces Plan to Modernize Department
December 27, 2017 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  … Under the new plan, the current office of Under Secretary for Science and Energy (established in 2013 during Secretary Moniz’s tenure) will be separated into two Under Secretary positions so that …

Air France Initiative Promotes Development of Aviation Biofuel
December 27, 2017 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

(Air France/Biomass Magazine)  At the World Efficiency Fair in mid-December, Air France presented an Engagement for Green Growth (ECV) with the French Ministry for Ecological and Inclusive Transition, French Ministry of Transport and the French Ministry …

Iowa Biofuels Plants Help Fuel Monarch Butterflies
December 27, 2017 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) has launched the Monarch Fueling Station Project to help ethanol and biodiesel producers across the state establish monarch butterfly habitats on green spaces surrounding their plants.
“Because of their …

Editorial: Keep Biofuel Benefits Flowing
December 27, 2017 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(Wisconsin State Journal)  … A study conducted for the U.S. Agriculture Department found corn ethanol’s life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions, by 2022, will be 43 percent lower than gasoline baseline emissions if ethanol plants continue as usual. If ethanol …

Oversupply of Biodiesel Worries Producers
December 27, 2017 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

(Bangkok Post)  … The commonly used biodiesel B100 reportedly has 13 factories producing 6.6 to 7 million litres a day, but national demand is around 3.3 to 3.5 million litres per day, said Sanin Triyanont, president …

EU Energy Council Agreement Sends Mixed Messages on Renewables
December 27, 2017 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

(The EU Biodiesel Chain)  On Dec. 18, the EU Energy Ministers agreed on the Council General Approach for the post-2020 EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II). The EU Biodiesel Chain welcomes the council decision to increase …

The Tax Bill’s Gift to Big Coal
December 27, 2017 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Emily Atkin (The New Republic)  The legislation is a boon to fossil fuel companies not only because of what it includes, but what it doesn’t. — By now, it’s no secret that the sweeping tax …

At Last, the Age of the Electric Car Really Arrives
December 27, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Jack Stewart (Wired)  For all the hype, electric cars still make up a tiny percentage of global vehicle sales. Like, less than one percent tiny. But there’s a growing movement around the world to put a …

Iowa Supermarket Adds E15 Fuel Location
December 27, 2017 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Tim Albrecht (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Hy-Vee Inc., a chain of supermarkets throughout the Midwest, now offers E15 at five locations across its eight-state region. The Hy-Vee store located at 3120 Agency Street in Burlington, Iowa, is …

Biofuel Targets Reached a Few Years before Time
December 27, 2017 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

(Norway Today)  The government wanted last year, for 20 percent of all fuel sold in 2020 to be biofuel. New numbers show that the target has already been reached.

– “Preliminary figures from the Directorate of Taxes …

Province to Pay for New Biodiesel Truck for Cowichan
December 27, 2017 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

by Robert Barron (Cowichan Valley Citizen)  Cowichan Energy Alternatives Society to receive the funding  —  The Cowichan Energy Alternatives Society in Duncan is receiving $23,500 from the province to buy a biodiesel fuelling truck that can be …

Minnesota Continues as Leader in Alternative Fuel in 2017
December 27, 2017 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

(American Lung Association)  Minnesota again led the region in the growth and use of cleaner alternatives to traditional petroleum fuels in 2017, according to the American Lung Association in Minnesota. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative …

Boosting Ethanol’s Value via CO2 Use: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to White Dog Labs
December 27, 2017 – 12:15 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) US-based White Dog Labs have developed a new process that eliminates the production of CO2, a potent greenhouse gas, during fermentation and instead shifts the carbon to added ethanol production, boosting …

Bioeconomy Curves and Slides, Snakes and Ladders
December 27, 2017 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Over the years we’ve all seen a lot of curveballs in the advanced bioeconomy. You see companies like Valero, which lobby the United States Congress with unbridled intensity to get rid …

Biofuel Projects Named as Semi-Finalists in Ontario Competition
December 26, 2017 – 8:10 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Ontario Centres of Excellence have announced 20 semi-finalists for Ontario’s Solutions 2030 Challenge, which calls on innovators to propose solutions to help the province’s industry reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) …

CARB Working to Address Biodiesel NOx Emissions: Court Filing
December 26, 2017 – 8:03 pm | No Comment

by Josh Pedrick (Platts)  Ongoing legal challenges to the way California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard deals with nitrogen oxide emissions from biodiesel could continue to hamper the state’s efforts to meet carbon reduction goals. 
Earlier this week, the …

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology Ink MoA for Research on Bio-Fuel
December 26, 2017 – 7:58 pm | No Comment

(New Indian Express)  After initiating the move to set up a second generation ethanol plant in Bargarh district with an investment of `750 crore, the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) has partnered with Odisha University …

Eni to Collect Used Vegetable Oil from Employees for Biofuel
December 26, 2017 – 7:42 pm | No Comment

(Rigzone) Eni has signed an agreement with Utilitalia and CONOE to boost the collection of used vegetable oil produced in the homes of its employees.
The oil will be processed through Eni’s bio-refinery in Venice for subsequent …

Felda Protests EU’s Ban on Palm Oil
December 26, 2017 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

by  Zunaira Saieed (The Star)  FELDA, which harbours the largest population of oil palm smallholders in Malaysia, fully condemns the discriminatory act by the European Union (EU) to ban palm oil from entering its market.
This year, …

US Grains Council : USGC Explores Potential For Ethanol Use in Indonesia, Thailand
December 26, 2017 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council/4 Traders)  Representatives from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently traveled to Indonesia and Thailand to visit with ministry and industry officials there and gain a better understanding of the opportunities for and challenges …

Affordable, Renewable Hydrocarbons Made from Ethanol: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Vertimass
December 26, 2017 – 7:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Vertimass technology was originated at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where scientists discovered novel catalysts that convert a wide range of alcohols into various hydrocarbon blend stocks which can be used in …

Top 10 Asia Bioeconomy Trends
December 26, 2017 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  With apologies to every other region around the world. we continue to see Asia as the epicenter of the biobased revolution over the next 20 years. The reasons are three and …

Canadian Ground-Breaking Waste Management System Will Produce Biogas to Power Surrey’s Refuse Fleet
December 26, 2017 – 6:52 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal)  Waste-to-product company Renewi plc has started accepting the first waste at its new Organics Biofuels Processing Facility in Surrey – the first closed-loop and fully-integrated organics waste management system in Canada. The facility is …

Bacteria Breakthrough Marks New Era in Cellular Design and Biofuel Production
December 26, 2017 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

(University of Bristol)  Scientists at the universities of Kent and Bristol have built a miniature scaffold inside bacteria that can bolster cellular productivity, providing the foundation for a new era of cellular protein engineering and biofuel …

Cruz Proposal Could Harm Corn Ethanol, Analysis Finds
December 26, 2017 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN/KTIC)  Capping the price of biofuel credits at 10 cents would essentially eliminate the Renewable Fuel Standard mandate for biodiesel and possibly hurt corn-based ethanol, according to an analysis by farmdoc at the …

Biofuels Could Reduce Contrail Formation, Research Finds
December 26, 2017 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by Sean Broderick (AIN Online) Biofuels offer more than an alternative to hydrocarbons; they also reduce jet-engine particle emissions by as much as 70 percent, research by a NASA-led group suggests.
Working with the German Aerospace Center …

U.S. Renewable Fuel Credits Pressured by Biodiesel Tax Credit Optimism
December 26, 2017 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hirtzer  (Reuters)  U.S. renewable fuel credits remained under pressure on Thursday as expectations mounted that lawmakers may soon renew a $1-per-gallon rebate for biodiesel blenders that could curb worries over tight supplies in the thinly-traded …

Biofuel and Bioproducts from Algae
December 26, 2017 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

by Tamara Scully  (Country Folks)  The next big thing in alternative energy may be pretty small. Algae, which are aquatic, single-celled organisms, produce oxygen while consuming carbon dioxide. Nitrogen, phosphorous and other nutrients which can degrade …

Time to Reform Renewable Fuel Policies for the Public Interest
December 26, 2017 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Aaron Smith and Vernon Smith (The Hill)    … But while cellulosic biofuel can be produced from inedible plant sources such as switchgrass and corn stover, currently no commercially viable technology exists to produce it.

The …

Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Grain Sorghum Oil Pathways
December 26, 2017 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)  This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking provides notice and an opportunity to comment on the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with biofuels that are produced from grain sorghum oil extracted at …

Biogas Fuel Exploration Launched in Qatar
December 26, 2017 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Qatar, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment launched a project to produce biogas from wastes with Qatar University’s College of Engineering with the goal of using that biogas as …

Renewable Fuels Groups Celebrate 10 Years of RFS
December 26, 2017 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

by Hagstrom Report (The Fence Post) Renewable fuels groups this week issued statements celebrating the 10th anniversary of the signing of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which established the Renewable Fuel Standard and called …

#AltFuelRocks: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to below50 and Alt Fuels Deployment
December 26, 2017 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Below50 is an initiative that brings businesses together with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) to promote the …

Top 17 for 2017
December 26, 2017 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  2017 was a roller coaster year. There was a paradigm shift in biofuels, technology advancements, innovations abounded, politics chaotic. Some companies shut down and disappeared like the Hobo vanishing in …

Nature Demonstrates How Bacteria Degrade Lignin and Provides Better Understanding to Make Biofuels
December 22, 2017 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory)  The production of biofuels from plant biomass is a highly promising source of energy, but researchers are trying to find microbes that readily degrade recalcitrant lignin found in plant biomass. Recent comprehensive …

Ex-Industry Lobbyists Win Top Jobs in Agencies They Once Fought
December 22, 2017 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer A Dlouhy and Jesse Hamilton (Bloomberg)  … In his first year as president, Trump studded his cabinet with people who previously fought to undermine what some see as the traditional missions of the agencies …

Grassley Staffer Worked on Fuel Standard after Taking Industry Job
December 22, 2017 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Theodoric Meyer (Politico Influence)  A longtime staffer for Sen. Chuck Grassley continued to work in the Iowa Republican’s office on one of the National Biodiesel Board’s top lobbying priorities — which is also a longtime …

A Boeing/Embraer Merger Could Mean Deeper Aviation Biofuel Research Collaboration
December 22, 2017 – 3:32 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington state, collaboration on aviation biofuel research may deepen between Boeing and Embraer should a merger between the two companies go forward, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. The …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to EnerSysNet Canada
December 22, 2017 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  An early stage renewable energy company focused on commercializing patent-pending technologies to convert low-value forestry residuals to high value liquid hydrocarbons that are compatible with the existing petroleum infrastructure.
EnerSysNet Canada CEO …

Defining Decarbonisation Pathway for Shipping – Zero Emission Vessels 2030 Study Released
December 22, 2017 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

(Lloyd’s Register)  LR and University Maritime Advisory Services (UMAS) have today (December 11, 2o17) released ‘Zero Emission Vessels 2030’, a new study that aims to demonstrate the viability of zero emission vessels (ZEVs) – identifying what …

Perspectives on Biofuels in Sub-Saharan Africa
December 22, 2017 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Susan van Dyk, Emile van Zyl, Brett Pletschke (International Energy Agency Bioenergy Task 39)  This short contribution provides some perspectives on opportunities for biofuel production on the African continent. Africa has a large land base, with …

The Sun Also Ryzes: Ryze Renewable Secures Financing, Heads for Commercial-Scale Advanced Biofuels in Nevada
December 22, 2017 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today, we’d like to share news that a new biorefinery for diesel and jet fuel has finalized $112.6 million loan, backed by a USDA loan guarantee.
This is Ryze Renewables, which will construct …

GAO to Look at Social Cost of Carbon
December 22, 2017 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Arianna Skibell (E&E News) An independent government watchdog has agreed to examine how the Trump administration uses the social cost of carbon, the metric used to calculate the impact of greenhouse gas emissions. READ MORE
WATCHDOG …

The Biofuels Industry Reacts to White House RFS Meetings
December 22, 2017 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  President Trump has hosted two meetings in recent weeks with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and others focused on the Renewable Fuel Standard and renewable identification numbers (RINs). Those representing the …

Trump Signs Executive Order to Expand Critical Minerals Production, Says It Will End America’s ‘Vulnerability’
December 21, 2017 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Juliet Eilperin (Washington Post) President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday instructing his deputies to devise “a strategy to reduce the Nation’s reliance on critical minerals” that are largely imported and used to produce everything from smartphones to weaponry.

Interior …

4 Ways Chicago Can Lead the Climate Change Fight
December 21, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Howard A. Learner (Crain’s Chicago Business/Environmental Law & Policy Center)  … The recent North American Climate Summit here brought together 50-plus mayors to sign the Chicago Climate Charter, committing to take initiatives to help meet …

Keep Things Moving in South Norfolk This Christmas and Recycle Your Cooking Fats
December 21, 2017 – 9:32 am | No Comment

(DISS Express) South Norfolk Council is asking residents to recycle their cooking fats this Christmas – in a bid to reduce the number of blocked drains. The council is helping people do this with a …

Aviation Biofuel – An Engagement for Green Growth
December 20, 2017 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

(WebWire)  At the World Efficiency Fair, Air France today presented an Engagement for Green Growth (ECV) with the French Ministry for Ecological and Inclusive Transition, French Ministry of Transport and the French Ministry of Economy and Finance along …

Steel Tycoon Looks to Skies for Future of U.K.’s Last Mills
December 20, 2017 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by Rachel Morison (Bloomberg) … Sanjeev Gupta plans to cut production costs at his Liberty Steel Inc. by doubling its collection of wind, hydroelectric and biofuel assets.  READ MORE

Judge Rules State Can’t Enforce Inslee Order to Cut Greenhouse-Gas Emissions
December 20, 2017 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

by Jim Brunner (News Tribune)  Dealing a setback to Gov. Jay Inslee’s climate agenda, a judge has invalidated major portions of a state rule requiring greenhouse-gas cuts by refineries, fuel distributors and dozens of other major …

France to Ban All Oil, Gas Production by 2040
December 20, 2017 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

(CBS News/Associated Press)    France’s parliament has approved a law banning all exploration and production of oil and natural gas by 2040 within the country and its overseas territories. Under that law that passed a final …

Governor Cuomo Unveils 9th Proposal of 2018 State of the State: Calling on the NYS Common Fund to Cease All New Investments in Entities with Significant Fossil Fuel-Related Activities and Develop a De-Carbonization Plan for Divesting from Fossil Fuel
December 20, 2017 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

(Office of the Governor of New York State)  New York’s Common Fund, the Third Largest in the Nation, Manages Over $200 Billion in Retirement Assets for More than One Million New Yorkers; Will Partner with Comptroller Tom …

DHL and the GoodShipping Program Reduce Ocean Freight’s Carbon Footprint
December 20, 2017 – 10:36 am | No Comment

(Goodshipping.org)  DHL Global Forwarding to be the first ocean forwarder offering advanced biofuel services; – New hassle-free service reduces carbon emissions to zero; – Additionally, the solution enables a significant reduction of local air pollutants
DHL Global Forwarding, the …

New Feedstocks, New Targets, New Processes: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
December 20, 2017 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory is the only federal laboratory dedicated to the research, development, commercialization, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. NREL — home to the …

Notes from Scaleville: The Global Bioenergies, Gevo and Siluria Stories
December 20, 2017 – 10:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This week we’ve received news from three companies that have struck out in search of new markets for their fundamental processes, and new applications for biotechnology in some ancient and ossified …

World’s Biggest 100 Polluting Companies Put on Notice by Investors to Tackle Climate Change
December 20, 2017 – 9:13 am | No Comment

by Nicole Hasham (Sydney Morning Herald)  Shareholders have turned up the heat on the world’s 100 biggest polluting companies including Australian firms BHP Billiton, Wesfarmers and Rio Tinto, in the first coordinated global effort by investors to …

How Biofuels Will Change the Trucking Industry
December 18, 2017 – 9:39 am | No Comment

by Jason Hall (The Motley Fool)  As countries around the world shift toward cleaner energy sources, the transport industry is ripe for some green disruption.  —  … In this week’s episode of Industry Focus: Energy, Sarah Priestley and Jason …

$76.8 Million Advanced Biofuel Demonstration Plant Coming to Norway
December 18, 2017 – 9:27 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A (CDN) $76.8 million (€50.7 million) industrial scale advanced biofuel demonstration plant will be constructed at a former pulp mill in Tofte, Norway. The new facility is apparently a step towards the creation of …

Biofuels Market for Red Tractor Assured Crops Secured for Five Years
December 18, 2017 – 8:59 am | No Comment

by Marianne Curtis (Farmers Guardian)  The biofuels market for Red Tractor assured crops has been secured with the news that the European Commission will continue to recognise the scheme under the Renewable Energy Directive, says Red Tractor.
Since …

ACE Sends Letter Urging Extension of Cellulosic Biofuel, Biodiesel Tax Credits
December 16, 2017 – 1:56 pm | No Comment

(American Coalition for Ethanol/KTIC)  The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings sent a letter today (December 15, 2017) to Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means Kevin Brady and Chairman of the Committee …

Can Fuel Efficiency Standards Be Met Cost-Effectively? The Potential for High-Octane, Low-Carbon Fuels
December 15, 2017 – 7:35 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  To cut petroleum usage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, fuel efficiency standards are set to rise significantly by 2025 under the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and greenhouse gas (GHG) standards—jointly …

Can Lawmakers Find a Middle Way on Fuel Efficiency? House Lawmakers Debate Harmonizing EPA, NHTSA Standards
December 15, 2017 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Enviromental and Energy Study Institute)  On December 12, the House Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing, “Update on the Corporate Average Fuel Economy Program (CAFE) and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Motor …

Biofuels International Conference and Expo — October 10-11, 2018 — Berlin, Germany
December 15, 2017 – 3:23 pm | No Comment
Biofuels International Conference and Expo   —   October 10-11, 2018   —   Berlin, Germany

Now in its 11th year, the acclaimed Biofuels International Conference and Expo will be taking place in Germany for the first time. With regulations and markets constantly evolving, it’s becoming increasingly important to stay informed on …

International Biomass Congress & Expo — October 10-11, 2018 — Berlin, Germany
December 15, 2017 – 3:20 pm | No Comment
International Biomass Congress & Expo   —   October 10-11, 2018   —   Berlin, Germany

The International Biomass Congress & Expo aims to bring together leading producers, suppliers, regulators and other engaged organisations over a two day period. High-level speakers, experts in their field, will address a range of topical …

International Biogas Conference & Expo — October 10-11, 2018 — Berlin, Germany
December 15, 2017 – 3:16 pm | No Comment
International Biogas Conference & Expo   —   October 10-11, 2018   —   Berlin, Germany

Brought to you by Bioenergy Insight, the leading biogas industry publication, this two day conference will bring together leading producers, stakeholders and companies within the biogas sector.
Expert international speakers will address a range of biogas …

Letter: Fuel Choice: A Right of All Auto Owners
December 15, 2017 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by Orrie Swazye (Argus Leader)  This is America: Contrary to EPA statements, all auto owners have the self-evident, unalienable constitutional right to save typically several dollars/tank by choosing splash blended 94 octane thus premium half E85/ …

ARPA-E launches $100M Open Solicitation for Transformative Energy Projects –DE-FOA-0001858: OPEN 2018 — Deadline: 2/12/2018
December 15, 2017 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  This FOA marks the fourth OPEN solicitation in the history of ARPA-E. The previous OPEN solicitations were conducted at the inception of the agency in 2009 and again in 2012 and …

Microbes Help Turn Greek Yogurt Waste into Fuel
December 15, 2017 – 11:45 am | No Comment

(Phys.Org/Cell Press)  Consumers across the world enjoy Greek yogurt for its taste, texture, and protein-packed punch. Reaching that perfect formula, however, generates large volumes of food waste in the form of liquid whey. Now researchers in …

Dar, Chinese Firm Deal to Revitalise Cassava Farming
December 15, 2017 – 11:36 am | No Comment

Pius Rugonzibwa In Mwanza  (Daily News)  The production of cassava in the country has received a major boost after the government recently signed a deal with a Chinese firm worth over 2.5trl/- aimed at commercialising its …

Sugar Mills May Offer More Ethanol for Blending
December 15, 2017 – 11:18 am | No Comment

(The Hindu Business Line) Should the oil marketing companies (OMCs) go for a second round of tender, sugar mills may be able to offer some more quantity of ethanol for fuel blending, said a sugar industry …

Debates on Ethanol as Fuel in Bolivia
December 15, 2017 – 11:04 am | No Comment

(Prensa Latina)  The use of ethanol as a fuel to replace the import of gasoline centers the debate of the International Ethanol Forum ”Bolivia Seeding Energy” that today takes place in the department of Santa Cruz.
The …

Creative Financing Mechanisms: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Structures for Bioeconomy and Power Projects
December 15, 2017 – 10:59 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bottom line, if you’re in the business of financing a renewable fuels project with a loan guarantee in the mix, you’re probably talking with some combination of New Energy Risk, Stern …

GE Aviation Testing 100% Gevo ATJ Fuel
December 14, 2017 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

(GEVO)  Testing Being Performed as Part of FAA’s CLEEN Program to Promote the Use of Bio-Based Jet Fuels  —  Gevo, Inc.(NASDAQ:GEVO), announced today (December 11, 2017) that GE Aviation had commenced jet engine combustor component testing …

Minister McKenna Releases Framework to Make Canada’s Fuels Cleaner
December 14, 2017 – 7:14 pm | No Comment

(Environment and Climate Change Canada) Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, moved Canada a step closer to using cleaner fuels, with the release of the regulatory framework outlining the proposed design of …

Commercialising Aviation Biofuels: A Study of Entrepreneurial Challenges
December 14, 2017 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

by Tracey Dodd (University of South Australia)  PhD Thesis Explores How Institutions Help and Hinder the Commercialisation of Eco-Innovations–Particularly Aviation Biofuels, with a focus on Australia, Germany and the United States
Excerpt from Chapter 7, Recommendations:  The high …

EPA Seeks Comment On ICR On RFS Program COMMENTS DUE February 6, 2018
December 14, 2017 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

(Biobased and Renewable Products Update)  On December 8, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice in the Federal Register regarding its plans to submit an information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget …

‘Greenwashed Oil’ Set to Win from Renewable Transport Targets, Biofuel Industry Claims
December 14, 2017 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

by Paola Tamma (EurActiv) Biofuel producers in the Visegrad countries plus Lithuania and Bulgaria have warned that a phase-out of biofuels will lead to a phase-in of ‘greenwashed’ fossil fuels under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED), …

Biofuel R&D for Ethanol, Green Chemical from Crop Waste
December 14, 2017 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Mike Foley (The Land)  A new fuel technology to convert harvested crops and other plant waste into biofuel and green chemical products is being developed with $11.9 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy …

UF/IFAS-Developed Sorghum Cultivars Can Produce Thousands of Gallons of Ethanol
December 14, 2017 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

(University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences/Newswise)  … Although sorghum is a source for table syrup, scientists see a future in which we convert sorghum to biofuel, rather than relying on fossil fuel. That …

General Automation Lab Technologies (GALT) Partners with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to Improve Biofuel Production
December 14, 2017 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

(General Automation Lab Technologies/PR Newswire)  New $1.5 million DOE grant will utilize GALT’s novel high throughput microbiome research platform to improve algal biofuel growth through microbiome engineering  —  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has been awarded a …

CALL FOR PAPERS: 22nd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference — June 18-20, 2018 — Portland, OR DEADLINE: February 12, 2018
December 14, 2017 – 5:19 pm | No Comment
CALL FOR PAPERS:  22nd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference   —   June 18-20, 2018   —   Portland, OR   DEADLINE: February 12, 2018

The 22nd Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference (GC&E), hosted by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®, will be held in Portland, Oregon on June 18-20, 2018.
GC&E provides an opportunity for a diverse network of over …

Assembly of Delegates and Business Forum Wrap Up: Getting Biojet to Scale
December 14, 2017 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  … On Thursday the 16th, our Aviation Business Forum looked at the challenge of getting biojet to scale – with speakers and delegates from across the aviation industry represented. Our expert panels …

TERM 2017: Mixed Progress for Europe’s Transport Sector in Meeting Environment, Climate Goals
December 14, 2017 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

(European Environment Agency)  Europe’s transport sector is making only mixed progress in meeting its environment, health and climate policy targets, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) assessment published today (December 5, 2017), which tracks the …

E-fuels Technologies in European Transport’s Future
December 14, 2017 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  According to a report by Cerulogy for T&E, e-fuels only have meaningful climate benefits if strict sustainability criteria are observed throughout the production process. Renewable e-fuels can have low greenhouse gas intensities, lower environmental …

Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Pilot Verification Capabilities RFI Responses
December 14, 2017 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Responses to Request for Information DE-FOA-0001526: Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Pilot Verification Capabilities  …   In February 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) reached out to industry, academia, national …

Q&A with Bioenergy Researchers: Making Biocrude and Biofuel from Human Waste
December 14, 2017 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Erik Hyrkas (U.S. Department of Energy)  Did you know that the Energy Department is working to create biofuel from resources like human waste? In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technology Office works with …

Researchers Find Bioenergy Crops Provide Critical Ecosystem Services
December 14, 2017 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

by M. Cristina Negri (U.S. Department of Energy)  Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) in Argonne, Illinois, are examining innovative new agricultural landscapes that incorporate perennial bioenergy crops to provide environmental benefits, such as improved nutrient management and …

What is Renewable Methane?
December 14, 2017 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Cliff Gladstein (ACT News)  … Attitudes toward the utility of natural gas as the environmentally preferred fuel began to change when technologies to effectively extract natural gas from local shale formations—a process called hydraulic fracturing, or …

Advanced Clean Transportation Expo — April 30-May 2, 2018 — Long Beach, CA
December 14, 2017 – 2:20 pm | No Comment
Advanced Clean Transportation Expo   —   April 30-May 2, 2018   —   Long Beach, CA

2018 Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, North America’s leading conference and expo showcasing the real-world application of the latest transportation technologies, drive trains, and clean fuels. ACT Expo combines the best educational content in the …

BP and Copersucar Join up to Operate Major Ethanol Terminal
December 14, 2017 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  BP Biofuels and Copersucar have agreed to a new joint venture to own and operate a major ethanol storage terminal in Brazil. According to a statement from BP, the aim of the new terminal …

Gene Editing Could ‘Unleash’ Algae Biofuel’s Potential
December 14, 2017 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  An innovative gene editing technique could allow algae to produce ‘vast’ quantities of renewable fuels, new research claims.
The method, developed by scientists at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, could lead to cheap ways …

SoCalGas Model Energy Design Includes RNG Focus
December 14, 2017 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Betsy Lillian (NGT News) Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) is partnering with the University of California-Irvine’s Advanced Power & Energy Program to design an “Advanced Energy Community” in an underserved neighborhood in Huntington Beach.
The community …

The Bio-Based Industries Consortium (BIC) Has Released a New Overview of Financial Instruments Available to Support European Bioeconomy Development.
December 14, 2017 – 11:59 am | No Comment

(Bio-Based Industries Consortium)  ‘Access to EU financial instruments suitable for the implementation of large bio-based industry investments’ outlines a range of funding opportunities and explores the synergies between different instruments for co-financing bio-based projects.
Since BIC’s 2014 …

Federal Government Plan Aims to Reduce Carbon Content in Fossil Fuels
December 14, 2017 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Shawn McCarthy  (Globe and Mail)  The federal government is moving to implement regulations to require all providers of fossil-fuel energy to reduce the carbon content of their fuels as part of its effort to meet …

Brazil Senate Passes Bill to Boost Ethanol, Biodiesel Use
December 14, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Shoaib Ur Rehman (Business Recorder/Reuters)   Brazilian senators passed on Tuesday a bill proposing sharp increases in the use of biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel in the country in coming years, as a way to help …

$3.9 Million Supports Research to Turn Bacteria into Biofuel Producers
December 14, 2017 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Julia Evangelou Strait (The Source Washington University in St. Louis)  Medical, engineering schools team up to create biofuels independent of food crops  —  Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have received a $3.9 million grant …

Waste to Energy: Production of Biofuel from Waste to Commence in South-West
December 14, 2017 – 11:17 am | No Comment

(Nigerian Tribune)  … YEJIDE GBENGA-OGUNDARE reports that to stop the overdependence on petroleum products, the South-west is set to be the site of a project that is novel to Africa; processing of liquid fuel (biofuel) from …

U.S. Midwest Lawmakers Will Consider Biofuel Changes to Help Refiners
December 14, 2017 – 11:01 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw  (Reuters) U.S. lawmakers from states that produce corn for ethanol plants said on Wednesday they would consider proposals from Senator Ted Cruz of Texas to help the oil refining industry cope with the nation’s …

California Advanced Biofuels Conference — March 1, 2018 — Sacramento, CA
December 14, 2017 – 10:48 am | No Comment
California Advanced Biofuels Conference   —   March 1, 2018   —   Sacramento, CA

E V O L V E  —  Master the Changes in California’s Dynamic Advanced Biofuels Markets
The group’s annual conference enters its seventh year as the 2018 California Advanced Biofuels Conference. The theme — Evolve — reflects the inclusive …

California Biodiesel Alliance (CBA) Becomes California Advanced Biofuels Alliance (CABA)
December 14, 2017 – 10:43 am | No Comment

(California Biodiesel Alliance/California Advanced Biofuels Alliance) The board of directors of the California Biodiesel Alliance (CBA) — which has been the respected voice for biodiesel in the state since its founding in 2006 — has voted to broaden …

EPA Sets 2018 Cellulosic Waiver Credit Price at $1.96
December 13, 2017 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has published a notice on its website setting the cellulosic waiver credit (CWC) price for 2018 at $1.96. The price is slightly lower than the CWC price for 2017, …

Can the European Union Afford to Phase Out Conventional Biofuels?
December 13, 2017 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On November 7th, 2017, industrial experts, leaders and policy makers alike met for the 20th Annual World Ethanol & Biofuels Conference held in Brussels, Belgium to discuss how the …

Leaders Across the Americas Vow to “Make the Planet Great Again” by Establishing a Price on Carbon
December 13, 2017 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

by Waldo del Bosque (EcoSystem Marketplace)  The United States may have withdrawn from the Paris Climate Agreement, but national and regional leaders from across the Americas have vowed to “Make the Planet Great Again” by embracing …

In Historic Move, Hawai’i island Leaders Pledge to Transition Ground Transportation to 100 Percent Renewable by 2045
December 13, 2017 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

(North American Clean Energy)  Leaders from all four counties in Hawai’i gathered to pledge to transition all ground transportation in their counties off of fossil fuels by 2045, according to Blue Planet Foundation.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa, Kaua’i County Mayor Bernard …

VIDEO: Planning Permission for Celtic Renewables’ Whiskey Waste to Biofuel Plant
December 13, 2017 – 1:12 pm | No Comment

(Waste Management World)  Celtic Renewables has secured planning permission from Falkirk Council to build a commercial demonstrator plant, which will produce over half a million litres of biofuel each year from whiskey wastes.
Scottish biofuel start-up, Celtic Renewables …

Neste’s Growth Program for Renewable Products Takes a Step Forward
December 13, 2017 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

(Neste Corporation)  Neste’s Board of Directors has decided that Neste’s additional production capacity for renewable diesel, renewable aviation fuel and raw materials for various biochemical uses will be located in Singapore. The decision initiates technical design …

Fuels Institute Report: Strong Disconnect Between Car Buyers’ Stated Interest and Actual Behavior on Alternative Vehicle Purchases
December 13, 2017 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

(Fuels Institute)  A report released today (December 12, 2017) by the Fuels Institute finds a strong disconnect between what potential car buyers say they will do and what they actually do when it comes to …

Case Studies in Renewable Finance: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide to Funding Bioeconomy Projects in the US vs Internationally
December 13, 2017 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bottom line, if you’re in the business of financing a renewable fuels project with a loan guarantee in the mix, you’re probably talking with some combination of New Energy Risk, Stern …

The 12: The Advanced Bioeconomy’s 12 Biggest Talking, Fretting, Praying and Action Points Right Now
December 13, 2017 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … What are the top trends? Here are the 11 we see dominating the debate on the stage and on the floor.
Jet fuel deployment – how much, how soon, by whom? …

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: Asia Palm Oil Conference 2018 — August 16-17, 2018 — Krabi, Thailand DEADLINE: April 30, 2018
December 13, 2017 – 10:38 am | No Comment
CALL FOR SPEAKERS:  Asia Palm Oil Conference 2018   —   August 16-17, 2018 — Krabi, Thailand   DEADLINE:  April 30, 2018

Now into its 8th successful year, Asia Palm Oil Conference 2018 hosted by the Thai Palm Oil & Oil Palm Association has established itself as the preferred annual meeting point for Palm oil industry players in Thailand and South-East …

Put Price on Carbon, Stop Bad Bets on Fossil Fuels – UN’s Guterres
December 12, 2017 – 6:36 pm | No Comment

by Alister Doyle (Reuters)  Nearly 200 nations attending climate talks in Germany;  Guterres calls for more carbon pricing, markets;  Says climate action will help, not hinder, economic growth  —  Governments should put a price on carbon emissions to help …

California Readies $398-Million Green Truck Incentive Package
December 12, 2017 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum) There are about 950,000 commercial trucks registered in California, and the vast majority are powered by diesel engines.
State law says that in 2023 and after, only trucks meeting or exceeding 2011 diesel …

NREL Research Finds a “Sweet Spot” for Engineering Better Biofuel Enzymes
December 12, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  Added sugar takes on a whole new meaning in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) work to uncover the secrets behind one of nature’s most powerful tools—cellulose-degrading enzymes. — Researchers at NREL …

Driving Ethanol Podcast–Driving Ethanol Home for the Holidays
December 12, 2017 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

(Growth Energy) Growth Energy promotes E15 education for holiday drivers —  Last year, AAA estimated that nearly 100 million Americans took a holiday road trip and we can expect at least that many on the road …

Turning Prawns into Plastic: Schoolgirl Angelina Arora Fights Science Stereotypes
December 12, 2017 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

by Liam Mannix (Sydney Morning Herald)  Angelina Arora was sitting in her local fish and chip shop looking at all the discarded fish waste. Piles of crab shells, prawn tails and fish heads. Kilos and kilos of it, all …

Limited Progress in Calculation of ILUC Effects from Biofuel Production, Study Finds
December 12, 2017 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Researchers have carried out systematic analysis of the latest scientific evidence on indirect land use change (ILUC) greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of biofuels and bioliquids.
Experts from the Biomass Department of CENER …

DOE Makes Second Small-Business Research Funding Announcement
December 12, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Tim Albrecht (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A second round of funding has been announced for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Small Business Innovations Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs for 2018. The funding amounts to about …

Attacks on RFS Intensify
December 12, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News) Oil interests are intensifying efforts to force changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).  …  “Texas is already blending more than 9.7 percent!  Nationally, we’re blending more than 10 percent.  There’s …

India Looking at 15 Percent Methanol Blend in Petrol
December 12, 2017 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Sergius Barretto (Autocar India)  Government set to unveil policy that’ll allow blending of petrol with methanol to reduce costs and curb pollution.  —  With an eye on reducing pollution and fuel costs, Union Minister of Road and …

PA To Increase Acreage Of Industrial Hemp 100-Fold Next Year
December 12, 2017 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Sarah Boden (WESA)  The number of acres permitted to grow industrial hemp in Pennsylvania is going to increase 100-fold in 2018, from less than 50 to possibly more than 5,000.
This year was the first since …

Defining Decarbonisation Pathway for Shipping – Zero Emission Vessels 2030 study released Defining decarbonisation pathway for shipping – Zero Emission Vessels 2030 Study Released
December 12, 2017 – 1:39 pm | No Comment

(Lloyd’s Register)  LR and University Maritime Advisory Services (UMAS) have today (December 11, 2017) released ‘Zero Emission Vessels 2030’, a new study that aims to demonstrate the viability of zero emission vessels (ZEVs) – identifying what …

As Ships Risk “Unseaworthy” Rating, Warns IMO, Bioenergy Is a Key to Saving Them
December 12, 2017 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

by Ron Cascone (Nexant)  Reuters reported on November 16, 2017 an International Maritime Organization (IMO) declaration that ships not meeting stack sulfur emission limits through reductions in the sulfur content of their fuel or by installing scrubbers …