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When Negative Is Good – Carbon Negative: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo’s Biojet Fuel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Noone wants to be negative…unless they are talking about carbon negative of course. The aviation industry has been all abuzz about lowering their carbon footprints for years, then carbon neutral, now carbon negative. According to Gevo’s Timothy Cesarek, EVP & Chief Commercial Officer, the carbon footprint

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The Kodak Moment: The World’s Airlines Consider Their Low-Carbon Options in an Era of Flight-Shaming

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Now, the airlines were just about the first customers to clamor for advanced biofuels. In 2006, Richard Altman of the recently-formed Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative showed up at one of the earliest advanced biofuels events, and when he laid out the intent of the

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There Is More Palm Oil in Your Car’s Tank than in Your Food

by Cristina Suárez and Guillermo Cid (Vox Europ) Spain, like many other European countries, has a palm oil problem and it is nothing to do with food. The EU is going to ban the use of the crop in biofuels but Spain continues to import millions of tonnes from countries

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Major Investment Firm Macquarie Acquires UK AD Company

(Bioenergy Insight)  Macquarie Capital Principal Finance (Macquarie) – the largest infrastructure investor in the world – has completed the majority acquisition of BioCow, a leading producer and innovator in the UK biogas sector. BioCow uses anaerobic digestion (AD) to create energy from agricultural waste by producing biomethane, which can be

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60% of Finnish HDV Fleet Owners see Biogas as Viable Fuel Option, Says Survey

(Bioenergy Insight) Heavy goods vehicle (HGV) fleet owners in Finland and Sweden see an environment-focused mindset as a permanent phenomenon, according to a recent survey commissioned by Gasum. The survey results revealed customers’ environmental expectations have increased in both countries, and 82% of HGV fleet owners believe this is not a

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The Brave and the Innovative: History Maker Ulla Kiiski

(Neste) You may not have heard the name Ulla Kiiski. But the Finnish scientist’s breakthroughs in inventing renewable, non-fossil diesel are poised to go down in history. “Resilience against difficult odds runs in my blood,” she tells journalist Ninni Sandelius as we kick off our series interviewing the innovative people leading

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How Can Ethanol Stay Competitive in California?

by Natasha Beilstein and Dr. Lei Zhu (EcoEngineers/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ethanol producers need to reduce their CI score — and quickly: A low carbon fuel supply scenario analysis  — As the value of the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) credit lingers around $200 per credit and the U.S. Renewable

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Global Climate Action: Calls to Act Now

(Selectra)  On 23 September 2019, World leaders and other key players came together in the Global Climate Action Summit 2019 to accelerate moves to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Find out here what calls were made for global climate action and the agreed outcomes for a better future. 

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Spain: Seville Unveils NGV Campaign to Promote Sustainable Mobility

(City of Seville) Seville will be the starting point and the national benchmark for the debate about the use of natural gas and biomethane, as it is the first headquarters of the #miciudadatodogas (my city running all on natural gas) initiative that will travel Spanish cities committed to sustainability with natural

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Agriculture’s Role is Growing in the Effort to Stem a Changing Climate

(Solutions from the Land) The global climate negotiating sessions in Madrid come to a close this week, and producer advocates remain gratified that delegates to the talks have demonstrated a growing acceptance of the agricultural sector’s role in addressing the climate crisis. As SfL steering committee member Ray Gaesser pointed

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Rainforest Energy to Produce Bio-Gasoline from Biomass Using Infinity Technology

(Biofuels International)  Rainforest Energy has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Infinity Biofuels for the licensing of patented technology to produce bio-gasoline from biomass across the Americas. The MoU is for a technology framework for North America, South America and the Caribbean Islands (the Americas), under which Rainforest Energy

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Can China Shift to Sustainable Palm Oil?

(China Dialogue/Future Fuel Strategies)  …  But the positive changes have been more than negated by growth in demand for unsustainable palm oil from other markets. No country plays a larger role than China, the chief destination for Indonesian exports and among the top consumers of palm oil. Imports of palm oil into

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Oil Castor Seeks More Land for Biodiesel Production

by Lorraine Muromo (NewsDay)  Oil Castor Zimbabwe has pledged to end the country’s fuel crisis urging farmers to invest more in castor bean farming which will aid bio-diesel production. According to the company website, Oil Castor supplies castor seeds of high grade which it converts to castor oil for bio-diesel

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Rare Algae Enzyme to Convert Cooking Oil into Ready-to-Use Biofuel

(Aarhus University/EurekAlert!)  Researchers have found an unusual, light-dependent enzyme in microalgae. A new project at the Department of Engineering, Aarhus University, will use the enzyme in a system to produce drop-in fuels from waste oils and fats. A grant of DKK 3 million (EUR 0.4 mill.) from the Novo Nordisk

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Biofuel Expert Calls on EU to Revisit RED II to Avoid ‘Impetus of Oil’

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EURACTIV.com) The EU should look at how countries across the world promote biofuels in their national policies and, following the announcement of the Green Deal, basically “revisit” the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) on road transport decarbonisation, a biofuel expert told EURACTIV.com. “Capping conventional biofuels is not in

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Request for Expression of Interest for the Canadian Bioeconomy Cooperative R&D Partnering Mission to Germany – March 2-6, 2020 DEADLINE: December 20, 2019

(Government of Canada Trade Commissioner Service)  The bioeconomy sector is a key priority in both Canada and Germany. This mission will focus on introducing Canadian companies that have strong R&D expertise and capacity in this sector to potential leading German partners for the purpose of R&D collaboration. The mission will

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First Career of Advanced Biodiesel-Powered Buses already in Lisbon

(Carris (Google translation)) The “Biodiesel Powered” project is a joint initiative between CARRIS and PRIO to promote sustainable mobility in the city of Lisbon.  The 702 Career | Marquês Pombal <> Serafina – R. Igreja is supplied with a new fuel specially produced by PRIO from waste cooking oils, which reduces the greenhouse gas emissions of traditional fossil fuels by 83%.

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Government Should Frame Roadmap for B30 Usage in Fishery Sector

by M Razi RahmanSuharto (Antara News)  The Indonesian government should formulate a roadmap for the use of 30 percent blended biodiesel (B30) in the maritime and fishery sector since it will have a wide-ranging impact on maritime aspects, an executive stated. “The vast majority of business agents engaged in the

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Britain, Brexit and the Bioeconomy: It’s Going to Be about Scoxit, Too

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … For sure, Britain has historic opportunities in the bioecononmy to take a leadership position by jettisoning the worst of the EU restrictions and adopting new measures to add value to British agriculture, increase British food and energy security, and decarbonize its economy. The EU

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The European Green Deal Sets out How to Make Europe the First Climate-Neutral Continent by 2050, Boosting the Economy, Improving People’s Health and Quality of Life, Caring for Nature, and Leaving No One Behind

(European Commission) The European Commission today presented The European Green Deal – a roadmap for making the EU’s economy sustainableby turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities across all policy areas and making the transition just and inclusive for all. President Ursula von der Leyen said: ‘The European Green Deal is our new growth strategy – for

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Hinduja Group Chairman Meets Capt Amarinder, Offers Transport & Tech Solutions to Address Stubble Burning

(Directorate of Information and Public Relations, Punjab, India)  The Hinduja Group on Wednesday offered to help Punjab in addressing the stubble burning problem by lifting all the paddy straw from the fields for use in ethanol plants. The offer came during a meeting between Chairman of Hinduja Group, Prakash Hinduja, with

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Scania Delivers 450 Buses to Abidjan – Studies Local Biofuel Production

(Scania) Scania has signed an agreement with the Ivorian Ministry of Transport and SOTRA, the Abidjan Transport Company, to deliver 450 buses. The bus delivery forms part of a major initiative to upgrade SOTRA’s fleet and improve public transport in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. “With this agreement, Scania further strengthens its position

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EU Weighs Tariffs to Enforce Climate Rules

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) European countries are threatening to impose tariffs on goods from countries like the United States that have failed to match their climate change policies.   …    A PAGE OUT OF THE TRUMP PROTECTIONIST PLAYBOOK: European countries worried their plans to cut greenhouse gases will

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Advanced Biofuels Canada Comments on BC Fuel Price Inquiry, LCFS Impact

(Advanced Biofuels Canada)  Factsheet addresses key findings and corrects commentary  —  Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC) has released a factsheet to summarize the outcomes of the BC Utility Commission inquiry into high fuel prices in BC, and to address inaccurate commentary about fuel regulatory costs in the province. The Panel of three commissioners released

December 11, 2019 Read Full Article

New Report on the Role of Biofuels for Shipping’s Decarbonisation Launched at UN Climate Change Conference

(World Wildlife Fund) The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) today launches the report The Role of Sustainable Biofuels in the Decarbonisation of Shipping: The findings of an inquiry into the sustainability and availability of biofuels for shipping at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) currently underway in Madrid. Outlining the findings of an

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As Petrol Prices Rise, More Egyptians Convert to Duel-Fuel Vehicles

(CNBC/Reuters) … The government also has a plan for minibuses, a common form of cheap transport across Egypt. Under the scheme, 142,000 minibuses would be converted and another 88,000 old diesel minibuses replaced with biofuel equivalents over the next three years, while more than 350 fueling stations would be built. 

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Opportunity for Aviation in Europe’s Green Deal

(International Air Transport Association) The International Air Transport Association (IATA) asked the European Union to support aviation’s energy transition to sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) as part of the bloc’s Green Deal, being launched tomorrow. “Aviation has high hopes for the European Commission’s Green Deal. We want to be part of Europe’s

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Global Biogas Industry Leaders Call on Governments around the World to Unlock the Full Potential of Biogas in Addressing the Climate Emergency

(World Biogas Association) -If all barriers were removed, the biogas industry could abate up to 4bn tonnes of CO2 equivalent annually, representing at least 12% of today’s global emissions, by 2030.   -Today only 2% of the feedstock available globally to produce biogas is captured and recycled.  -At the COP25 meeting,

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Neste to Supply KLM Additional Sustainable Aviation Fuel for fFights out of Schiphol

(Neste) KLM has purchased sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for flights out of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The sustainable fuel is produced by Neste from used cooking oil and will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80 % compared to fossil kerosene. This purchase is the next step in the use of sustainable

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Thermochemical Technology to Turn Trash to Treasure: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Enerkem’s Waste to Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Taking non-reyclable waste to sustainable chemicals and biofuels is Enerkem’s world. Current products from ‘trash’ include syngas, methanol and ethanol with alternative pathways currently under development. Andrea Redford, Chief Business Development Officer from Enerkem gave this illuminating presentation at the ABLC NEXT in San Francisco

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Airlines Get Ready for Jet Biofuel Take-Off in Norway

by Lefteris Karagiannopoulos  (Reuters)  Airlines are confident of having sufficient supplies of biofuel-infused jet fuel to comply with a Norway requirement which takes effect next year, although they warn of additional costs.  From January, jet fuel suppliers in Norway must blend 0.5% of biofuel in all their aviation fuel, a policy

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Cooperation among Govts on Biodiesel Mandates Can Sustain CPO Price Rise, Says Expert

(Malay Mail/Bernama) Crude palm oil (CPO) prices would be able to sustain its current upward momentum if governments, particularly those from the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC), could coordinate allocation increases under the biodiesel mandates, says palm oil expert Dr James Fry. Fry, who is also the chairman of

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Indonesia Eyes Biodiesel with 40% Bio-Content during 2021-2022

by Wilda Asmarini, Bernadette Christina Munthe and Fransiska Nangoy (Reuters) Indonesia, the world’s largest palm oil producer, plans to implement a biodiesel program with 40% bio-content (B40) between 2021 and 2022, a government official said on Tuesday. From January, Southeast Asia’s largest economy is set to bring in biodiesel with 30%

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Growth Energy Hails Announcement of USMCA Deal

(Growth Energy) Today, Growth Energy, the nation’s largest ethanol association, hailed the announcement of a long-awaited deal on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on trade. The USMCA modernizes the previous trade pact, strengthens the trade relationship between these North American nations, and provides critical market access for U.S. agriculture. Following the announcement,

December 10, 2019 Read Full Article
    World Future Fuel Summit   —   February 15-17, 2020   —   New Delhi, India

World Future Fuel Summit — February 15-17, 2020 — New Delhi, India

The annual World Future Fuel Summit in Delhi, India is the leading global industry event and exhibition for future fuel, clean energy, environment and sustainability. Bringing together global business leaders, future leader (students), government, specialist exhibitors from globally, it showcases state-to-art technologies in clean future energy for globally. As a

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    3rd CO2 Reuse Summit   —   May 27-28, 2020   —   Brussels, Belgium

3rd CO2 Reuse Summit — May 27-28, 2020 — Brussels, Belgium

The world is constantly looking for pathways to sustainable future. One of the biggest issues are increasing CO2 emissions, which are causing the global warming. Scientists from around the globe developed several technologies enabling us to turn carbon dioxide into usefull products like fuels, building materials, chemicals or polymers. However

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EFAI Says Reduced Retail Price of E85 Will End Next Year

by  Yuthana Praiwan (Bangkok Post) The Energy Fund Administration Institute (EFAI) says the reduced retail price for gasohol E85 will end some time in 2020, as this fuel has not been embraced by motorists over the past decade. The EFAI is also considering terminating subsidies for gasohol and biodiesel within three

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BPCL to Commission Second Generation Ethanol Plant in Odisha by Dec 2020

(Denton Daily) State-run oil company Ltd (BPCL) plans to commission its second generation (2G) bio-refinery at Odisha’s district by December 2020. The project will see an investment of Rs 10 billion and the foundation stone for the refinery will be laid on October 10 by Odisha governor Ganeshi Lal and Union minister

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MSC Becomes First Major Shipping Line to Use 30% Biofuel Blends

(Mediterranean Shipping Company)  MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) is pleased to announce that the company has started to use biofuel in its vessels calling in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Following successful trials with biofuel blends earlier this year, MSC has decided to continue bunkering responsibly sourced biofuel blends on a routine basis.

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9 Hot New CO2 Applications

by Sam A. Rushing (Advanced Cryogenics/Biofuels Digest)  … Food and beverage applications often account for 70% of all tonnage consumed in the merchant sector. There are also demands of a captive and sequestration nature, which in my view, are generally categorized outside of the merchant markets, such as large EOR (enhanced

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    Biofuels – Law, Market and Trends   —   February 18, 2020   —   Warsaw, Poland

Biofuels – Law, Market and Trends — February 18, 2020 — Warsaw, Poland

The main purpose of the event is to exchange experiences of Polish and foreign experts related to the biofuels industry. Speakers will discuss the most important issues such as: the RED II directive, changes in the certification of biofuels and biocomponents resulting from RED II directive, implementation of the National

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Australia, U.S., to Cooperate on Critical Minerals, Rare Earths

(U.S. News and World Report/Reuters) Australia and the United States will support projects to develop critical minerals and rare earths, an Australian government minister said on Wednesday (November 20, 2019), signaling deeper cooperation in a market dominated by Chinese supplies. Australian Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan and

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Gaesser, Shea Share Growth of Climate Smart Ag During Panel at COP 25

(Solutions from the Land)  … SfL Steering Committee member Ray Gaesser, an Iowa corn and soybean producer, and SfL President Ernie Shea appeared on the panel, which focused on climate change and the agriculture sector. They spoke of the role farmers are playing in addressing climate change, sharing with those

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EU Hits Indonesian Biodiesel with Import Duties over Subsidies

by Philip Blenkinsop (Reuters) The European Union confirmed tariffs on Indonesian biodiesel imports on Monday to counter what it sees as unfair subsidies, the latest blow to producers after the bloc ruled that palm oil should be phased out of renewable transport fuels. In the conclusion to a case that has

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Consolidated Production of Coniferol and Other High-Value Aromatic Alcohols Directly from Lignocellulosic Biomass

by Robson Tramontina, James L. Galman, Fabio Parmeggiani, Sasha R. Derrington, Timothy D. H. Bugg, Nicholas J. Turner, Fabio M. Squin and Neil Dixon (Green Chemistry)  Sustainable production of fine chemicals and biofuels from renewable biomass offers a potential alternative to the continued use of finite geological oil reserves. However,

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Cielo Gets Revised EPEA Permit for Aldersyde Waste to Renewable Fuels Refinery

by Helena Taveres Kennedy (Biofuels Digest/Cielo Waste Solutions) In Canada, Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. received notice from Alberta Environment and Parks that the requested changes to their permit were approved. The approved changes relate to Cielo’s proprietary design process including the installation of electric heat on the exterior of the reactor,

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Trash to Cash – New Anellotech Technology Tackles Plastics Pollution by Recycling Plastic Waste Into Chemicals

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In New York, breaking news arrived that Anellotech is significantly expanding its program with Plas-TCat, a new process technology aiming to convert a wide range of plastic waste directly into chemicals – which can then be used to make new, virgin plastics. 95% of plastic

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IMO 2020: What Fleets Need to Know and How to Prepare

by Bill Zobel (Trillium/ACT News)  Will the looming IMO 2020 sulfur regulation impact domestic diesel prices? How on-road fleets can turn to domestically produced fuels to avoid price volatility.  — There’s much debate about how the upcoming International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulation on sulfur emissions, going into effect on January 1st,

December 6, 2019 Read Full Article
    European Biomass Conferences and Exhibition (EUBCE)   —  April 27-30, 2020   —   Marseille, France

European Biomass Conferences and Exhibition (EUBCE) — April 27-30, 2020 — Marseille, France

EUBCE 2020 will fully integrate Bioeconomy into its conference programme  —  The European Biomass Conferences and Exhibition has grown from a small research community biomass conference more than 30 years ago to a well-established international conference, tackling challenges ranging from biomass growth and biomass conversion to bioenergy, biofuels and bioproducts, sustainability

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    International Conference on Biofuels & Renewable Energy: Shaping the Future of Biofuels to Next Decade   —   March 19-20, 2020   —   Berlin, Germany

International Conference on Biofuels & Renewable Energy: Shaping the Future of Biofuels to Next Decade — March 19-20, 2020 — Berlin, Germany

Biofuels Congress 2020 takes advantage of this opportunity to share your insight with the experts and global participants from renewable energy, energy efficiency, power, bioenergy, biofuels, fuel cells, waste management sectors. With its strong emphasis on innovative approaches, the conference offers a chance for scientists working in different areas of

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    Fuels of the Future   —   January 20-21, 2020   —   Berlin, Germany

Fuels of the Future — January 20-21, 2020 — Berlin, Germany

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    8th ICIS Asian Oleochemicals Conference   —   January 15-16, 2020   —   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

8th ICIS Asian Oleochemicals Conference — January 15-16, 2020 — Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

How can the oleochemicals industry contribute to the global movement towards a sustainable future? What are the challenges that market players need to be aware of? Are there opportunities that will drive a remarkable growth in the Asian market? The Asian market continues to establish itself as “the next big

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Shell to Provide Financial Support for Norwegian Biorefinery Project

(Bioenergy International)  Biozin Holding AS has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Shell for financial support of their ongoing work to build a full-scale biocrude production facility in Åmli, Norway. The funding will support ongoing activities as part of the pre-engineering phase of the project. … Biozin

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Everfuel, Shell to Collaborate on a Large-Scale Hydrogen Plant in Denmark

(Bioenergy International) In Denmark, hydrogen infrastructure developer Everfuel Denmark A/S and A/S Dansk Shell – the Shell Refinery in Fredericia, and partners have entered into strategic cooperation on the future supply of the transport sector with green energy in the form of a hydrogen plant. The ambition is to be

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Sustainable Fuels for Logistics: Deutsche Post DHL Group Sees Mass Market Potential for Synthetic Fuels in Five to Ten Years

(Deutsche Post DHL Group)  Over the next 10 to 20 years, sustainable fuels will play a critical role in efforts to reduce the impact of transport on the climate. This white paper offers an overview of the current discussion surrounding sustainable fuels and identifies the types of fuels and technologies

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Biofuels Production and Consumption in Denmark: Status, Advances and Challenges

by Sune Tjalfe Thomsen and Henning Jørgensen (IEA Bioenergy Task 39 Newsletter)  1. Status of transportation biofuel industry in Denmark In Denmark, a considerable part of the total energy demand is derived from renewable sources. In 2017, 26% of Denmark’s primary energy production of 658 PJ was from renewable energies (54%

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    CALL FOR ABSTRACTS   II Biofuture Summit  and BBEST 2020 – Brazilian Bioenergy Science And Technology Conference —    March 30- April 1, 2020   —   São Paulo, Brazil    DEADLINE:  December 15, 2019

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS II Biofuture Summit and BBEST 2020 – Brazilian Bioenergy Science And Technology Conference — March 30- April 1, 2020 — São Paulo, Brazil DEADLINE: December 15, 2019

The event will combine two different conferences in one: the second Biofuture Platform policy conference (Biofuture Summit II), and the fourth edition of the Brazilian Bioenergy Science and Technology Conference (BBEST 2020). The conference will be held from March 30th to April 1st, 2020, in the city of São Paulo,

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Commercializing Conventional and Advanced Transport Biofuels from Biomass and Other Renewable Feedstocks; Focus on Sweden

by Mahmood Ebadian, Jim McMillan and Jack Saddler  (IEA Bioenergy Task 39 Newsletter)  …  Task 39’s main focus remains on drop-in biofuels for heavy duty transport, i.e., transport sectors where substantial electrification isn’t foreseen in the near-to-mid-term. It is recognized that beyond on-going technical innovation, effective policies will have to

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McDonald’s Gets Raw Materials via Scania Biomethane Truck Fleet

(Gasum/NGV Journal) From now on, raw materials transport to McDonald’s restaurants in Finland will be fueled by environmentally friendly renewable natural gas. HAVI Logistics, the distribution services provider for McDonald’s, has replaced half of its delivery fleet by biomethane vehicles. Gasum is also supporting this initiative, as part of its strategy

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RFA Stresses Ethanol Benefits at COP25

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) The Renewable Fuels Association told world leaders meeting this week in Madrid that low-carbon ethanol is an economical and proven solution for fighting global climate change. RFA Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Kelly Davis is attending the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP25) with a small delegation of U.S. farm

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Global Alliance of Agriculture and Biofuels Partners Highlights Role of Ethanol as Immediate and Cost-Effective Climate Action Measure for Transport

(Solutions from the Land/Ethanol Europe) In the light of alarming oil industry forecasts[1] of continued growth in the world’s fleet of gasoline and diesel road vehicles to 2040 and beyond (to upwards of two billion vehicles from 1.2 billion today), ethanol sector advocates pressed government leaders at COP 25 today to further

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Changing Process of Bio-diesel Production Would Help Reduce Emission of Dangerous Nanoparticles: TERI

(TERI)  Airborne nanoparticles from diesel vehicles are even more harmful to human health than PM2.5 and PM10. TERI has suggested modifications to India’s bio-diesel policy to reduce nanoparticle emissions  —  Changing the process of producing bio-diesel could help reduce tailpipe emissions of nanoparticles, contributing to improving air quality, according to a

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Japan Trade Agreement Expands Market Access For U.S. Coarse Grains, Co-Products

(U.S. Grains Council) As the ink dries on the final signatures needed for the new U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is celebrating improved access to the Japanese market and more than 50 years of partnership with one of the largest and most loyal customers of U.S. coarse grains

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NORDEN Enters New Biofuel Collaboration with Kvasir Technologies

(PortNews) NORDEN has entered into a partnership with Danish based Kvasir Technologies, a spinout from the Technical University of Denmark with a patented technology to produce fuel from plant material, the company said in its release. “At NORDEN, we want to drive the shipping industry towards a cleaner future. If we

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Ahok: Pertamina Must Produce 100 Percent Biofuel

byAhmad Rafiq (Temp.co)  … The former governor of Jakarta (Basuki Tjahaja Purnama or known as Ahok) was officially named a chief commissioner of Pertamina by State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Erick Thohir on November 25. … The board of commissioners, he mentioned, would continuously push for the development of biofuel production.

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Soil Carbon Science for Policy and Practice

by Mark A. Bradford, Chelsea J. Carey, Lesley Atwood, Deborah Bossio, Eli P. Fenichel, Sasha Gennet, Joseph Fargione, Jonathan R. B. Fisher, Emma Fuller, Daniel A. Kane, Johannes Lehmann, Emily E. Oldfield, Elsa M. Ordway, Joseph Rudek, Jonathan Sanderman & Stephen A. Wood (Nature Sustainability) Soil-based initiatives to mitigate climate

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Talks in Madrid Give Agriculture Another Opportunity to Advance Climate Solutions

(Solutions from the Land)  … Representatives from the North America Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance (NACSAA), a farmer-led platform for North American agricultural partners facilitated by Solutions from the Land, have been attending and contributing to the global discussions for the last two years. With this seat at the table, NACSAA delegates are promoting

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MAGIC Research Work Now Available Online

Insights about the most promising industrial crops grown on marginal land.  MAGIC aims to promote the sustainable development of resource-efficient and economically profitable industrial crops grown on marginal lands, considering that industrial crops can provide valuable resources for high added value products and bioenergy. To achieve that, an up-to-date database of

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Nominations Open for Bio-based Material of the Year DEADLINE: February 29, 2020

(nova-Institute) We are looking for an innovative bio-based material in a new application that has been launched on the market in the current year or is about to be launched on the market First stage: From now until end of 29 February 2020 Producers and inventors of innovative products and

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    CALL FOR ABSTRACTS, POSTERS, INNOVATIONS: 13th Bio-based Materials Conference — May 12-13 2020 — Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany    DEADLINES:  January 31, 2020;  April 30, 2020; February 29, 2020

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS, POSTERS, INNOVATIONS: 13th Bio-based Materials Conference — May 12-13 2020 — Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany DEADLINES: January 31, 2020; April 30, 2020; February 29, 2020

Success stories and upcoming technological breakthroughs in the bioeconomy.  Despite the challenging environment, innovative companies find markets for their new bio-based building blocks, chemicals and polymers. We will introduce you to the success stories and upcoming technological breakthroughs our planet needs for a sustainable future. Bio-based polymers can be found in

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    13th Bio-based Materials Conference   —  May 12-13 2020   —   Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany

13th Bio-based Materials Conference — May 12-13 2020 — Maternushaus, Cologne, Germany

Success stories and upcoming technological breakthroughs in the bioeconomy.  Despite the challenging environment, innovative companies find markets for their new bio-based building blocks, chemicals and polymers. We will introduce you to the success stories and upcoming technological breakthroughs our planet needs for a sustainable future. Bio-based polymers can be found in

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Air France Plans Flights to San Francisco Using SAF

(Biofuels International)  Air France is planning flights to San Francisco fuelled by sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The airline signed a memorandum of understanding with Shell, signalling their intent to fuel flights using a blend of conventional and sustainable aviation fuel from 1 June 2020. According to a statement by Air

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An Electron Highway Headed for Methanol

by Jim Shelton (Yale News)  … The discovery, published online Nov. 27 in the journal Nature, finds a novel solution for two chemical tasks: producing methanol — a volatile, liquid fuel that is prized by industry — and removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Hailiang Wang, an assistant professor of chemistry

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Research Announcement: Moody’s: Higher Demand for Ethanol and RenovaBio Will Benefit Brazilian Sugarcane Producers

(Moody’s Investor Service) -Increasing demand for ethanol will help producers to sustain margins; -Implementation of RenovaBio in 2020 will increase Brazil´s ethanol price competitiveness  —  Rising ethanol consumption and the implementation in 2020 of RenovaBio, a federal program to curb carbon emissions by 10% in 2028, in line with the UN

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World-Scale Manure-to-Fuel Facility Has Successful Start-up

(Iogen)  Threemile Canyon Farms’ Oregon facility is steadily producing renewable natural gas  —  Iogen Corporation would like to congratulate Threemile Canyon Farms and Equilibrium for the successful opening and operation of Oregon’s only dairy manure renewable natural gas production facility – one of the largest in the US. The facility,

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Eni: Signs MoU with Tunisian SNDP to Assess and Extend Experimental Castor Cultivation to Be Used to Produce Sustainable Biofuels

(Eni)  This will be the world’s first example of semi-industrial non-food being cultivated in a pre-desert area to generate of sustainable Biofuels  — Eni and the SNDP (Societè National de Distribution des Petroles AGIL SpA), signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Tunisian Ministry of Industry, in the presence of the

December 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Fuel from MSW and Biomass: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Velocys’ Aviation Fuel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) For 17 years, Velocys has been working on XTL projects and their FT technology has operated on syngas derived from natural gas, landfill gas, coal and biomass. Philipp Stratmann, VP Biofuels at Velocys shared the latest from Velocys at the recent IATA Sustainable Aviation Fuel Symposium.

December 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Clean Marine Fuel in 2020: An Opportunity for Biofuel?

by Michael Newman (Parhelion Underwriting Inc./Biofuels Digest) 2018 saw the shipping industry take its first steps towards addressing the challenge of climate change when, at its 72nd session in April, IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) adopted an initial strategy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shipping by at least

December 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Maine Eyed for Project that Converts Electricity to Storable Gas

by Tux Turkel (Press Herald)  Wind and other renewables produce excess power that could be used in the state’s natural gas pipeline system.  — … The transmission lines connecting Maine’s far-flung renewable generators to the regional electric grid sometimes are too weak to carry all their power. When that happens, grid

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Scotland’s Carbon Reduction Ambitions Move forward with Groundbreaking New Charter Signed by Government and Industry

by Joanna Sampson (Gas World) A new alliance of industry, academics and government will today officially launch a programme to deliver industrial decarbonisation in Scotland through the deployment of the UK’s first carbon capture, usage and storage technology. The industry led coalition, known as NECCUS, will be instrumental in driving forward

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article

True Zero Emission Tech: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Nel Hydrogen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Nel ASA is a Norwegian company based in Oslo. Nel is a global company providing solutions for the production, storage and distribution of hydrogen from renewable energy sources. Nel is listed in the OBX Index of the Oslo Stock Exchange. The largest shareholder is Clearstream Banking

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article

LIFE Methamorphosis Project Allows to Obtain Biofuel from Organic Waste

(LIFE Methamorphosis) LIFE Methamorphosis has launched two prototypes, UMBRELLA and METHAGRO, which operate under this principle. UMBRELLA is installed in the Ecoparc de Montcada i Reixac (Ecoparc 2), one of the waste treatment plants owned by the AMB, managed by FCC Medio Ambiente. This facility receives 100,000 tons of organic waste (selectively

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Informal Ethanol Market Thrives in Mexico

by Sergio Meana (Argus Media) Drivers in Mexico are using high concentrations of ethanol in their tanks as a direct, cheaper substitute of gasoline despite blends over 10pc being illegal, conventional fuel retailers said. Retailers in often informal street-side outlets advertise ethanol on e-commerce platforms such as Facebook Marketplace. They claim it

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INSIGHT: Rise of HVO to Be the Downfall of Traditional Biodiesel in Europe

by Samantha Wright (Independent Commodity Intelligence Service)  As hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) use grows in Europe, with more expansions anticipated in the next few years, questions are arising as to its impact on the traditional biodiesel market and the wider oleochemicals industry. It is likely that the rise of HVO use

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article

A European Fund to Support the Circular Bioeconomy

(European Investment Bank)  The European Commission and the European Investment Bank announce the selection of an Investment Advisor for the upcoming European Circular Bioeconomy Fund — The fund aims to provide financing for innovative circular bioeconomy companies and projects in the EU and in countries associated with the Horizon 2020

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article

UP Sugar Mills Not Interested in Converting Old Sugar to Ethanol

by Jayashree Bhosale (Economic Times) The food ministry’s latest notification allowing India’s sugar producers to convert surplus stocks into ethanol to be blended with petrol comes as an additional support measure for the industry.  However, mills in Uttar Pradesh, the top sugar-producing state, are not keen on converting old stocks

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Evonik to Expand Sodium Methylate Capacity in Rosario, Argentina

(Evonik) -Output of sodium methylate production plant in Rosario will be increased by 50 percent in two stages; -Expansion is response to increasing market demand for biodiesel; -Investment strengthens market leadership position for alkoxides; -Evonik plans to increase its capacity for sodium methylate at its Rosario/Santa Fe facility from 60,000

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Hydrogen thru Existing Infrastructure: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to the Conversion to Hydrogen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Technical Association of the European Natural Gas Industry looked recently at the use of hydrogen using existing natural gas infrastructure and existing gas appliances.  READ MORE  

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article

How Policy Can Boost the Market Roll-Out of Renewable Fuels

(ADVANCEFUEL) Policy and governments set ambitious climate and energy targets for the transport sector both on EU level, such as the revised Renewable Energy Directive, and international level, such as the 2015 Paris Agreement. Renewable fuels are among the most viable options to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the transport

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Azelio, Biodico Partner for Solar, Wind Power at Biofuel Units

(Azelio/Biodiesel Magazine) Swedish public firm Azelio has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the U.S. firm Biodico Inc. for a project in Atascadero, California. The MOU frameworks a collaboration over a capacity of about 120 MWe of Azelio’s energy storage technology in the U.S. market until 2024. This capacity is distributed

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Infographic Shows Origins of Germany’s Biodiesel, HVO Feedstocks

(UFOP/Biodiesel Magazine) The public rarely questions where raw materials for fossil fuels come from when filling their fuel tanks.  It’s a far different story when it comes to biofuels: With the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive, the requirements for sustainability criteria, greenhouse gas reduction and documentation obligations have been further tightened.

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VTT Solves Challenges of Making Emission-Free Mobile Hydrogen

(Hydrogen Digest) From Finland we have news that VTT has combined devices that produce hydrogen from water and electricity from hydrogen into a single movable system that produces hydrogen with an efficiency as high as 80–90%. The problem Weak efficiency has hindered the production of emission-free hydrogen and thus also the

December 3, 2019 Read Full Article

USGC: Roadshow Finds Iberian Market Potential for DDGS, Sorghum

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine) With six members along to share their expertise, the U.S. Grains Council conducted a robust, week-long roadshow through Spain and Portugal in October to promote U.S. sorghum and containerized dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) to key importers and trading companies involved in the Spanish and

December 3, 2019 Read Full Article

ePURE: EU Demand for Low-Carbon Fuels Can Be Met Sustainably

(ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … A study by sustainable energy consultancy E4tech looked at scenarios involving countries adopting petrol blends with up to 20 percent renewable ethanol. It found that under two potential 2030 scenarios of increased demand for renewable ethanol—one with a mix of E10 and E20 and another maximum-demand scenario with

December 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Work Begins on Adelaide Green Hydrogen Plant

by Andrew Spece  (The Lead)  Construction has begun on a pioneering hydrogen production facility in Adelaide, which will play a major role in South Australia’s bid to become a global leader in certified green hydrogen. The AU$11.4 million HyP SA facility is being built at the Tonsley Innovation District and is expected

December 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Report: Thailand Could Benefit from Ethanol Imports

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) A recently released report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service says that while Thailand has relied on domestic ethanol production, the country could benefit from importing ethanol and other biofuels. While the country allows imports of ethanol for industrial use, the country

December 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Could Be a ‘Bridge’ toward Transport Electrification, US Farmers Say

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EURACTIV.com) This article is part of our special report COP25: Is transport decarbonisation pragmatic enough?.  Until electrification of transport is fully in place, ethanol could be used as a “bridge” to make fuels cleaner, US farmers told EURACTIV.com on the sidelines of the COP25 in Madrid. “In the US,

December 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Bombardier Reinforces Commitment to Environment and Receives First Shipment of Sustainable Aviation Fuel in Montreal

(Bombardier)  Aviation  — -Avfuel Corporation supplied inaugural shipment of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to be deployed to Bombardier customers upon aircraft delivery;  -Shipment represents another step in Bombardier’s commitment to secure long-term SAF supply, a key pillar of working toward a sustainable future for business aviation;  – Bombardier has used

December 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Commerce Min Turns down US Proposal to Reduce Import Duty on Ethanol

by Preeti Bhagat and Sampad Nandy (Cogencis) he commerce ministry has turned down a request by the US to reduce the import duty on de-natured ethanol entering the country to protect the domestic sugar and potable industry, as well as farmers, two senior government officials said.  Not just farmers, even state governments

December 3, 2019 Read Full Article

BP and Bunge Complete Formation of BP Bunge Bioenergia Joint Venture in Brazil

(BP Bunge Bioenergia/WebWire) BP and Bunge today announced that they have completed the formation of BP Bunge Bioenergia, the Brazilian bioenergy joint venture that combines their Brazilian bioenergy and sugarcane ethanol businesses The continued growth of biofuels will be a key enabler to decarbonising transportation. Brazil is one of the world’s

December 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Splitting the Molecule to Power the World: Hydrogen Digest’s Guide to Renewable Hydrogen Sources, Production and Uses

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) As the International Renewable Energy Agency observed of the next decades, “transport and industry will still require combustible fuels for many purposes,” and those “needs could be met with hydrogen, which itself can be produced using renewable power.” The opportunity is threefold, IRENA predicts:  Industry for

December 3, 2019 Read Full Article

From Waste Woody Biomass to Carbon Negative Transportation Fuels via CCUS

by Philipp Stratmann (Velocys/Biofuels Digest) At this year’s ABLC Next Conference in San Francisco Velocys presented on the opportunity to produce negative emission fuels at our planned Bayou Fuels facility in Natchez, Mississippi. Whilst we were not the only company presenting on advanced biofuel products at the conference, our integration of

December 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Sludge Tanker Powered by Biomethane Completes Successful UK Trial

(Bioenergy Insight)  A sludge tanker powered by bio-CNG (compressed natural gas) from CNG Fuels has completed a successful trial with UK firm GENeco, Wessex Water’s renewable energy company. The truck runs on 100% renewable and sustainable biomethane which is derived from waste and approved under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

December 3, 2019 Read Full Article
    Discover Europe’s Market Roll-out of Advanced Renewable Fuels   —   March 25, 2020   —   Munich/Straubing, Germany

Discover Europe’s Market Roll-out of Advanced Renewable Fuels — March 25, 2020 — Munich/Straubing, Germany

Latest ADVANCEFUEL insights about the market uptake of advanced renewable fuels and visit Clariant’s sunliquid® plant   —  About this Event:  Transportation is the only sector in Europe where carbon emissions just keep on increasing. In 2016, the transportation sector globally represented 27% of the total emissions which was 3% higher,

December 3, 2019 Read Full Article

European ECO-GATE Project Starts Injection and Supply of Biomethane

(ECO-GATE/NGV Journal) The European ECO-GATE Consortium, co-financed by the European Union and led by NEDGIA, the gas distributor of the Naturgy group, has initiated test injection and distribution of the renewable gas generated at the Butarque wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) in the NEDGIA distribution network. Butarque’s renewable gas project has the

December 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Biomass Fuels and Biofuels in Germany Report Published

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) published their 8th annual report on the evaluation and progress of biomass fuels and biofuels in Germany, and also on the flow of goods to other countries. This Evaluation and Progress Report intends to inform both the

December 2, 2019 Read Full Article

After Five-Month Road Test, B30 Implementation Gets Green Light

by Norman Harsono (Jakarta Post) Biodiesel industry stakeholders have completed a five-month road test, whereby 11 vehicles were driven up to 50,000 kilometers using 30 percent blended biodiesel (B30), as the government is set to mandate the biofuel usage starting early next year. The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, as the

December 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Air Leap Is Partnering with the Fly Green Fund for a Greener Domestic Flight

(Fly Green Fund (Google Translation)) As a relatively new entrant to the Swedish market, Air Leap has quickly become very important for the places around Sweden, Norway, Åland and Finland that they operate. These locations are heavily dependent on good air connections and through the purchase of biofuel, air travel, which in

December 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Reducing Toxic Aromatics: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to High Octane Low Carbon Ethanol

Ethanol is better for your health and “What a difference a year makes.” That’s what Douglas Durante, Executive Director of Clean Fuels Development Coalition told the audience recently at the World Ethanol and Biofuels conference in Brussels. The latest on how ethanol grows in this seemingly conflicting universe, trends that

December 2, 2019 Read Full Article

CALL FOR PAPERS: Exploring Lignocellulosic Biomass: Challenges and Opportunities for Bioeconomy — June 23-26,2020 — Reims, France DEADLINE: February 14, 2020

After the successful edition of ELB2018, we are glad to welcome you in Reims for the third edition of Exploring Lignocellulosic Biomass: challenges and opportunities for bioeconomy (ELB 2020), 23-26 June 2020. ELB 2020 is chaired by the French Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE) and the University of Reims Champagne

November 29, 2019 Read Full Article
    Exploring Lignocellulosic Biomass: Challenges and Opportunities for Bioeconomy   —   June 23-26,2020   —   Reims, France

Exploring Lignocellulosic Biomass: Challenges and Opportunities for Bioeconomy — June 23-26,2020 — Reims, France

After the successful edition of ELB2018, we are glad to welcome you in Reims for the third edition of Exploring Lignocellulosic Biomass: challenges and opportunities for bioeconomy (ELB 2020), 23-26 June 2020. ELB 2020 is chaired by the French Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE) and the University of Reims Champagne

November 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Company Signs Deal with CPR for Scrap Ties

(Medicine Hat News)  The company that plans to include Medicine Hat in a network of biodiesel refineries in Alberta has signed a long-term agreement with Canadian Pacific Railway to use at least 2.5 million scrap rail ties as feedstock. Cielo Waste Solutions announced the supply agreement on Thursday morning and says

November 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Man-Made Bacteria that EATS Carbon Dioxide and turns it into eco-friendly biofuels could help tackle climate change, scientists claim

by Milly Vincent (Daily Mail)  Escherichia coli bacteria have been engineered by scientists to consume CO2; Scientists removed some genes added one for an enzyme that converts CO2; The bacteria feed off carbon dioxide instead of sugar to produce biofuels  — … Escherichia coli bacteria have been engineered by scientists at the Weizmann

November 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Brazil Sugarcane Growth Can Meet Biofuel Need and Not Drive Deforestation: Study

by Claire Asher (South Africa Today/Mongabay)  -Sugarcane crop production in Brazil may need to expand by up to 5 million hectares by 2030 to meet a rising demand for ethanol biofuels, according to computer models that compared the impact of different economic, social, and policy scenarios on increased ethanol production.   -The

November 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuel to Slash Emissions at Cairngorm Mountain

(Cairngorm Mountain)  Snow making, road clearing and other diesel-fuelled machinery at Cairngorm Mountain is set to be powered by biofuel in the new year.  —  The move is expected to cut carbon emissions from the equipment by up to 90%.  Operator, Cairngorm Mountain (Scotland) Limited (CMSL), has issued a tender to biofuel

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South African Airways Welcomes the Scaling Up of Sustainable Local Fuel Supply in South Africa

(South African Airways)   South African Airways (SAA) and its wholly-owned subsidiary and low cost carrier, Mango Airlines, made history in 2016 as the first two airlines in Africa to operate commercial flights respectively, which were powered by sustainable aviation fuel produced from Sunchem’s nicotine-free tobacco plant, Solaris. That momentous occasion

November 29, 2019 Read Full Article

GARDN, SkyNRG, Waterfall Group and Vancouver Airport Authority Announce Launch of BioPortYVR

The Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN), SkyNRG, Waterfall Group and Vancouver Airport Authority today (November 26, 2019) announced the launch of BioPortYVR, an industry-led project to increase the supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). BioPortYVR supports provincial and federal government climate action commitments and is an important step towards a

November 29, 2019 Read Full Article

ACE Urges EPA to Get RFS Back on Track

(American Coalition for Ethanol)  The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) submitted comments  today to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its proposed supplemental rulemaking to the 2020 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). ACE CEO Brian Jennings detailed three areas in which the proposal falls short in ACE’s written

November 29, 2019 Read Full Article

New PHA Pathway, Stroodles Noodle Straws, Bamboo Poutine, Seaweed Bioplastic, Rice Husk Travel Mugs and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of November 28th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … It’s Thanksgiving in the U.S. today and many are gathering around the table, chatting about the latest news, like the new Air Protein – air-based food – and whether it will be served alongside…or instead of…the turkey next year. Or perhaps the dinner conversation

November 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Tule Mukaan Kinkkutemppuun Ja Kierrätä Joulukinkun Paistinrasvat Uusiutuvaksi Dieseliksi!

(Kinkkutemppu)  TOIMI NÄIN  1.  Avaa ja huuhtele tyhjä pahvitölkki. Ei lasia, muovia tai metallia! 2.  Kaada paistinrasva varovasti tölkkiin. 3. Sulje tölkki esimerkiksi teipillä.  4.Anna rasvan hyytyä viileässä ja kiikuta se lähimpään keräyspisteeseen 21.12.2019–7.1.2020. Kinkkutemppu kierrättää tänäkin jouluna joulukinkkujen paistinrasvat uusiutuvaksi dieseliksi. Ota joulukinkun, kalkkunan, kalan tai vaikkapa juuressipsien paistinrasvat

November 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Indonesia Asks Mexico to Develop Palm Oil-Based Biofuel

(Antara News)   Indonesia has invited Mexico to conduct research together to develop palm oil-based biofuel as renewable energy during the third meeting of the Indonesia-Mexico Consultative Committee on Agriculture (CCA) held in Mexico City. At the meeting, held on November 21 and 22, 2019, the Indonesian delegation led by the

November 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Spain’s Acciona Selected to Build HVO Plant in Paraguay

by Marcelo Teixeira (Reuters)  Spain’s engineering group Acciona SA was selected to build Latin America’s first plant to produce advanced biofuels HVO and SPK in a project that will use technology from U.S. firms Honeywell UOP and Crown Iron Works, Brazil’s ECB Group said on Monday. ECB plans to build the

November 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Edible Wood? Bringing Biomass into the Food Chain: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Arbiom’s Wood to Food

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) It’s all about the evolution of food production, according to Arbiom’s Ricardo Ekmay, VP Nutrition & Product Development. During his presentation at ABLC NEXT in San Francisco, Ekmay noted that their technology can bring wood into the food chain and change the way we look at

November 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Shell Aviation to Support SkyNRG’s Dutch SAF Production Facility Development and Secures Fuel Purchase Option

(GreenAir Online) Shell Aviation has expanded its interests in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) development through an agreement to support SkyNRG’s DSL-01 SAF production plant in Delfzijl, the Netherlands, that is due to be commissioned in 2022. The facility is expected to become Europe’s first to be dedicated to SAF production, a

November 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Raizen Q&A: RenovaBio, Brazilian Corn Ethanol and the Importance of Alternative Markets

by Jacques Moss (knect365) Paulo Corte-Real Neves is Ethanol & Oil Products Trading Director at Raizen, a leading Brazilian sugarcane producer jointly owned by Cosan and Royal Dutch Shell. We sat down with him at the World Ethanol & Biofuels conference to discuss the RenovaBio programme, California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard and

November 26, 2019 Read Full Article

United Nations’ Emissions Gap Report 2019

(United Nations Environment Programme) As the world strives to cut greenhouse gas emissions and limit climate change, it is crucial to track progress towards globally agreed climate goals. For a decade, UNEP’s Emissions Gap Report has compared where greenhouse gas emissions are heading against where they need to be, and highlighted

November 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Biotech Breakthrough Turns Waste Biomass into High Value Chemicals

(University of Manchester)  A move towards a more sustainable bio-based economy has been given a new boost by researchers who have been able to simplify a process to transform waste materials into high value chemicals. A collaboration between the UK and Brazil has shown that waste sugar cane and wheat

November 26, 2019 Read Full Article

LanzaTech Moves Forward on Sustainable Aviation Scale Up in the USA and Japan

(LanzaTech) Carbon recycling pioneer, LanzaTech, continues to make strides in scaling up its alcohol to jet (ATJ) platform. Commercialization of the ATJ process has been years in the making, starting with the partnership between LanzaTech and the U.S Energy Department’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. PNNL developed a unique catalytic process to

November 26, 2019 Read Full Article

The Magic behind the Molecules and Materials: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Checkerspot’s Synthetic Biology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) “The measure of how disruptive Synthetic Biology is lies in the applications, the use cases and relevance to consumers,”according to Checkerspot which uses biology and chemistry to generate novel building blocks. Their ingredients include custom oils like tri-, di- and mono-glycerides, proteins and peptides, micronutrients, and

November 26, 2019 Read Full Article

NuSeed Acquires Agrisoma Carinata Assets

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Louisiana, longtime industry executive Glenn Johnston said that NuSeed has acquired the carinata assets of Canadian agricultural pioneer Agrisoma. Johnston was speaking at the IATA Sustainable Aviation Fuels Symposium in New Orleans and confirmed that five Agrisoma staff members have joined NuSeed, with the asset acquisition.

November 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Union Seeks Exemption from Diesel Biofuel Rule

(Press and Journal) The farmers’ union has called for an urgent derogation on the inclusion of biofuel in diesel after insisting farmers and crofters are facing a crisis because of serious issues with agricultural machinery. Farmers, hauliers, fuel suppliers and distributors attended a meeting with Petroineos, the only crude oil refinery

November 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels: What Holds Them Back?

(International Renewable Energy Agency) Advanced liquid biofuels are a key part of low-carbon transport development to meet emission-reduction targets and international climate commitments. Liquid biofuels, requiring minimal changes to fuel distribution infrastructure or the transport fleet, can be deployed rapidly to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This study from the International

November 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Oh So Sweet! Amyris’s Look at Farnesene Production from Sugars: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to MegaBio and Farnesene

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Amyris is working on a MegaBio goal. Mega because it’s a big goal – develop a fully integrated and scalable process to produce farnesene from cellulosic sugars at $2 per liter in the U.S. Quinn Mitrovich from Amyris gave this illuminating presentation at the DOE’s BETO 2019

November 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Bioenergy DevCo to Purchase Compost Facility, Build AD Plant

(Bioenergy DevCo/Biomass Magazine) Bioenergy DevCo (BDC), a leading global developer of anaerobic digestion facilities that create renewable energy and healthy soil products from organic material, announced Nov. 21 that it has entered a 20-year partnership with Perdue Farms for the supply of organic material from Perdue processing facilities as well as

November 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Mining Turned Indonesian Seas Red. The Drive for Greener Cars Could Herald a New Toxic Tide.

by Ian Morse (Washington Post) Now, a growing appetite for electric vehicles is creating new demand for nickel, whose chemical derivatives are increasingly used in cathodes of lithium-ion batteries. But the push for clean energy is coming at an environmental cost to forests and fisheries in one of the world’s most biodiverse

November 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste Opens an Office in Melbourne, Australia

(Neste) Neste, the world’s leading provider of renewable diesel and the 3rd most sustainable company in the world*, strengthens its footprint in renewable feedstock sourcing. The company has opened an office in Melbourne to serve Neste’s waste and residue raw material sourcing operations in Australia and New Zealand. “The opening of

November 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Dutch Seaweed-Based Fuel Powers Car to 80 kph in Danish Trial

(Dutch News)  Researchers in Denmark have achieved speeds of up to 80 kph using a car powered by Dutch biofuel made from seaweed. The seaweed fuel was produced by scientists at the TNO research centre in Petten and at Wageningen University and is part of an EU-funded project to develop

November 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Farm Credit Head: Stabilize Ethanol, Pass USMCA

(The Fence Post/The Hagstrom Report) Farmers need the Trump administration to stabilize the biofuels market and Congress to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade, Farm Credit Administration Chairman and CEO Glen Smith told the House Agriculture Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit Subcommittee today. Asked by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson,

November 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Auburn University at Montgomery Professor Ben Okeke Named Fulbright Scholar

(Auburn University) Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) Distinguished Research Professor of Industrial and Environmental Microbiology Ben Okeke has earned a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to study sustainable strategies for the production of renewable biodiesel fuels. His research study offers benefits for biofuel, agricultural and other industries. The Fulbright grant provides support

November 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Velocys Fulfils Order for Biorefinery Project in Japan

(Velocys) Velocys plc (VLS.L) is pleased to announce that it has constructed and now delivered Fischer-Tropsch (FT) reactors and catalyst to Toyo Engineering Corporation (Toyo) for use in a biomass-to-jet fuel demonstration facility in Nagoya, Japan. Toyo is currently constructing the bio-jet fuel facility as part of a consortium of Japanese

November 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Etihad and Boeing Unveil the ‘Etihad Greenliner’, to Explore ‘Blue Sky’ Opportunities to Cut CO2 Emissions

(Etihad Airways) Etihad Airways and Boeing today announced a first-of-its-kind ‘eco partnership’, in which a specially-themed Boeing 787 Dreamliner will be used to test products, procedures and initiatives designed to reduce aircraft carbon emissions.   Themed Boeing 787 to assist in researching sustainability initiatives Etihad to operate Boeing 787 ‘eco flight’

November 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Better Biofuels with Biomass: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Axens and the BioTfueL Project

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  BioTfueL, originally launched by Total, is a project to produce biofuels via thermochemical conversion and includes several partners that work together on this. Axens Solutions recently spoke at ABLC NEXT about the project, how biomass feedstock is torrefied and then converted into syngas in a

November 19, 2019 Read Full Article

The Role of Chemical Recycling in a Circular Economy and Effective Waste Management

by Zoltan Kish (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./Biofuels Digest)   … At the same time, we have a tremendous business opportunity to convert waste into usable sustainable products. According to a market study report prepared by Market Insights Reports, the smart waste management market was valued at $1.41 billion (USD) in 2018 and is expected to reach

November 19, 2019 Read Full Article
    10th Annual Geneva Sugar Conference   —   April 21-22, 2020   —   Geneva, Switzerland

10th Annual Geneva Sugar Conference — April 21-22, 2020 — Geneva, Switzerland

Learn what’s in store for the sugar sector in 2020  —  We are delighted to announce that our annual Geneva Sugar Conference is returning to the Grand Hotel Kempinski this April 21-22, 2020. Click here to add to your calendar. 10 years of value | 300+ delegates | 100+ Companies

November 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Pyrolysis Party and Who’s the Pilot Steering the Ship? BTG and GoodFuels to Invest in World’s 1st Marine Biofuel Refinery Based on Pyrolysis Oil

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … In the Netherlands, BTG and GoodFuels are preparing for major investment in a new biorefinery to support shipping’s low carbon fuels demands. Biomass technology group BTG will set up a new company that can convert crude pyrolysis oil into diesel fuel suitable for the shipping

November 18, 2019 Read Full Article

France to End Tax Breaks for Palm Oil in Biofuel

by Elizabeth Pineau (Reuters) France’s parliament on Friday voted to remove tax breaks for the use of palm oil as a biofuel, a day after a ruling in favour of maintaining the advantage led to howls of protests from environmentalists. A large majority of members present voted against a government-backed proposal

November 18, 2019 Read Full Article

U.S. Grains Council, Taiwan Delegation Visit Flint Hills Resources Fairmont Ethanol Plant

(Clay County News) On Oct. 23, the Flint Hills Resources Fairmont ethanol plant hosted representatives from the U.S. Grains Council, the Nebraska Corn Board, the Nebraska Ethanol Board, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture and a delegation of feed ingredients buyers from Taiwan. The Taiwanese buyers were in the United States as part

November 15, 2019 Read Full Article

EU Bank Launches Ambitious New Climate Strategy and Energy Lending Policy

(European Investment Bank) The EIB will end financing for fossil fuel energy projects from the end of 2021; Future financing will accelerate clean energy innovation, energy efficiency and renewables; EIB Group financing will unlock EUR 1 trillion of climate action and environmental sustainable investment in the decade to 2030; EIB

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Brazil to Boost Biodiesel Blend to 15% by 2023, Helping Soy Demand

by Marcelo Teixeira (Reuters) Brazil is poised to increase for the second time in less than a year the minimum amount of biodiesel to be blended into diesel fuel and to follow up with increases of 1 percentage point a year up to 2023, which in turn should boost demand for

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Gevo Enters into a Fuel Sales Agreement with Scandinavian Airline System for Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(Gevo)  Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO), a leading renewable fuels and chemicals manufacturer, announced today it has signed a Fuel Sales Agreement with Scandinavian Airline System (“SAS”) to produce and supply sustainable aviation fuel (“SAF”) for use and distribution in low carbon fuel regions of the United States. With the finalization

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