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G20 Countries Must Act Quickly to Decarbonise The Transport Sector

(Agora Verkehrswende)  According to a new report, CO2 emissions from transport are still rising. If immediate action is not taken, more radical measures will be unavoidable in the future.  —   To keep global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius, the world’s leading economies must act immediately to reduce transport emissions.

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Rising Energy Consumption Slows EU Progress on Renewables and Energy Efficiency Targets

(European Enviroment Agency)  Progress on increasing the use of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency is slowing across the European Union, putting at risk the EU’s ability to achieve its energy and emissions reduction targets. Rising energy consumption, particularly in the transport sector, is to blame for the slowdown, according to

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    2nd EU-India Conference on Advanced Bio Fuels   —   March 15-16, 2019   —   New Delhi, India

2nd EU-India Conference on Advanced Bio Fuels — March 15-16, 2019 — New Delhi, India

The two day Conference on 14th-15th March will be eventually followed by a Technical visit to large scale demonstration renewable fuel plant in India on 16th March. The “2nd EU-India conference on Advanced Bio Fuels” aims to facilitate the deployment of advanced renewable fuels in the EU and India. The

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How Poverty Is Causing Deforestation Across Africa

by Obed Owusu-Adda  (Chatham House)  Gitika Bhardwaj speaks to campaigner Obed Owusu-Addai about why solving the problem of deforestation across Africa requires tackling one of its biggest causes – poverty.  —  Deforestation is directly being caused by activities such as illegal logging, agricultural development, mining and infrastructure projects – but there are

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EU Commission Begins Anti-Subsidy Process against Indonesia

(Union zur Förderung von Öl- und Proteinpflanzen (Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants – UFOP)) UFOP demands the expedited introduction of preliminary counter measures – customs duties on biodiesel imports should not be circumvented via palm oil imports Berlin, 11th December 2018. The Union zur Förderung von

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Bosch Trialing Fully Renewable Diesel Fuel

(Automotive World)  Since early November, the cars chauffeuring the management board members of Robert Bosch GmbH have been running on fully renewable diesel. Known as “C.A.R.E. diesel,” this fuel is synthesized mainly from by-products and waste materials. Its supplier Toolfuel claims that C.A.R.E. diesel reduces the CO2 emissions of these

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Mahathir Throws out B20 Biodiesel Challenge

by Amar Shah Mohsen (Sun Daily)  Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has challenged Malaysia to emulate Indonesia’s move to introduce a higher biodiesel mandate — the B20 biodiesel fuel — by 2020 and become the world’s top biodiesel-producing country. The Prime Minister noted that neighbouring Indonesia has surpassed Malaysia as the largest palm

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India Set to Double Ethanol Blending into Gasoline to 8% in 2018-19: ISMA

by Ratnajyoti Dutta (S&P Global Platts)  India is set to double its blending in the 2018-19 (October-September) season and achieve an 8% blending of ethanol with gasoline following government incentives such as making a higher price mandatory to be offered by state-owned oil companies to sugar mills, industry officials said Tuesday. India,

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Higher Ethanol Blend Can Keep Fuel Prices Low – Imee Marcos

by Christia Marie Ramos (Inquirer.net)  Increasing the ethanol blend in gasoline products can keep fuel prices in the country low, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos said on Tuesday. She made this suggestion amid the impending implementation of the second round of fuel excise tax increase early next year. … “Given that ethanol is

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IEA Chief: Ethanol ‘Very Important’ to Reduce Oil Dependence

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv)  Ethanol will have a very important role in decarbonising the transport sector globally, the executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) has told EURACTIV.com. Another energy expert has said electrification will play a major role in transport but is not applicable to all sectors, which is

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China Set to Triple Its Ethanol Production Capacity: Government Researcher

by Hallie Gu and Dominique Patton (Reuters)  China is set to more than triple its ethanol production capacity by 2020, a government researcher said on Tuesday, with demand for the commodity expected to surge as the country shifts toward cleaner fuels. The nation is currently building or seeking approval for new

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Snam Will Build Its First Biogas Plant in Sicily

(Snam/NGV Journal)  Snam, through its subsidiary Snam4Mobility, acquired, for a value of approximately 2 million euro, 100% of Enersi Sicilia Srl, a company that owns the authorization for the development of a plant to produce biomethane from urban solid waste in the province of Caltanissetta, Sicily. This renewable fuel can be

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Farm Carbon and Biofuels: Focus of Carbon Sequestration and Farming More Practical Than Global Climate Talks

by Chris Clayton (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Ohio corn farmer Fred Yoder returned late Friday from a frustrating week in Poland listening to foreign ministers and others talk about what they think farmers globally must do to address climate change. As chairman of the North America Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance, Yoder

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Ethanol Exports Exceeding Expectations

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  U.S. ethanol exports are on a roll. For the third time this year, American ethanol exports have reached record numbers, with the total hitting 1.69 billion gallons (bg) on a rolling 12-month basis, according to Growth Energy. As of October this calendar year, exports totaled 1.41 billion gallons,

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CleanBC Climate Plan Boosts British Columbia’s Signal for Renewable Fuel Use and Production

(Advanced Biofuels Canada/EIN Presswire)  Advanced Biofuels Canada lauds the Government of British Columbia for its new climate plan, with critical role for low-carbon renewable fuels  —  The Government of British Columbia released on December 5th its CleanBC climate plan, which charts a path to 19 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions reductions by

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Restriction on Import of Biodiesel and Mixtures Not Applicable on Raw Material, DGFT

(Autocar Professional)  In a big relief to biofuel manufacturers, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has clarified that biofuel manufacturers can import raw material without any restrictions. Hence the restrictions on the import of biodiesel and mixtures, is not applicable to raw material imports, for manufacturing by biofuel manufacturers who

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BioLNG EuroNet Will Drive forward Decarbonisation of Road Transport across Europe with LNG

(BioLNG EuroNet) BioLNG EuroNet today (December 6, 2018) announced a commitment to the further expansion of LNG (liquefied natural gas) as a road transport fuel across Europe with new infrastructure that should ensure the long-term success and mass scale adoption in Europe. The consortium, comprising Shell, DISA, Scania, IVECO, CNH

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Shell, World Energy, SkyNRG, KLM, SAS and Finnair Join Forces to Reduce Carbon Emissions at San Francisco Airport

(SkyNRG)  Shell, World Energy and SkyNRG have initiated the supply of sustainable aviation fuel to three major airlines at San Francisco Airport following the strategic collaboration announced in May which involved fuel suppliers, airlines, and airport agencies. Shell Aviation and SkyNRG have commenced the supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to international airlines

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Residual Biomass to Gasoline: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Bioliq Pilot Plant

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Karlsruher Institut für Technologie’s Bioliq pilot plant is producing synthetic fuels and chemicals from lignocellulosic, ash rich biomass. Bernd Zimmerlin from Karlsruher Institut für Technologie gave this illuminating presentation on the technology behind the magic, from fast pyrolysis to entrained flow gasifier at ABLC Global 2018

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Cars and Coal Help Drive ‘Strong’ CO2 Rise in 2018

by Matt McGrath (BBC) A booming global market for cars has helped drive CO2 emissions to an all-time high in 2018, say researchers. The main factor in the near 3% rise has been coal use in China, driven by government efforts to boost a flagging economy. But emissions from cars, truck

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The Hypocrisy Award II, EU Edition: 

(American Energy Society) 2nd place: More than nine countries and a dozen cities in Europe have announced they are going to ban internal combustion engines or diesel powered vehicles (including Paris, Madrid, Athens, Norway, France the United Kingdom); however, none have passed a law prohibiting anything.  1st place: Despite Energiewende policies that require

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“We’ve been intervening at every point to say (a) the UN’s Special Report says bioenergy is as important as electromobility for the next four decades and (b) no policy discussion can be meaningful unless it looks at the cost of the different measures, and regular ethanol is the cheapest climate

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What’s the Buzz? Heard on the Floor at the COP24, on Renewable Fuels and More (Biofuture Platform)

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … “Pretty intense I’d say. Good.” notes Climate Ethanol Alliances’s James Cogan. “We’ve been in a dozen transport energy events so far.” The Message Most discussions here about climate progress in transport get to the hand-wringing stage of recognizing the urgency and scale of progress needed,

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Q&A: RED II Offers Flexibility to EU Member States

(Argus Media)  Angel Alvarez Alberdi is secretary general of the European Waste-to-Advanced Biofuels Association (EWABA). He spoke to Argus about the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED) beyond 2020, the role of waste-based biofuels in Europe’s future renewable energy mix and legislation on indirect land use change (Iluc). Below is an edited transcript of

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A Visit to Advanced Biofuels USA from a Chinese Government and Industry Delegation

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Advanced Biofuels USA was pleased to host a meeting with a dozen government representatives and business leaders from Jiangsu Province, China to discuss implementation of biofuels policies and promotion of biofuels in the US and China. In the US for a brief educational tour,

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Biofuels Remain Main Driver of Green Transport by 2023

(Renewables Now)  Biofuels will continue to play a much more significant role than electricity in boosting the share of renewables in transport in the next few years, but that share will not increase significantly. Аccording to a new energy market analysis by the International Energy Agency (IEA), renewables in transport demand

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New Energy Presses on with Cellulosic Ethanol

by Mikkel Pates (AgWeek) New Energy Blue LLC is about five months away from finishing engineering and permitting on a $150 million plant project that would turn wheat and corn field residue into ethanol for high-end renewable markets. If everything goes perfectly, a plant could open in 2021, says Thomas

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    9th Annual Geneva Sugar Conference   —   April 2-3, 2019   —   Geneva, Switzerland

9th Annual Geneva Sugar Conference — April 2-3, 2019 — Geneva, Switzerland

Where the sugar industry connects, shares insight and trades Now in its 9th year, Platts Geneva Sugar Conference (formerly the Platts Kingsman Geneva Sugar Conference) returns to provide unique and unrivalled insights from the supply chain into the sugar market today. Now a year on from the end of the

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Biofuels and Electromobility Are Key in Portugal’s Transport Decarbonisation

by Sarantis Michalopoulos  (EurActiv)  EURACTIV.com interviewed José Mendes, Portuguese First Secretary of State for Mobility – Environment and Energy Transition, on the sidelines of COP24 climate talks in Katowice, Poland —   … Last week, the Portuguese government presented a plan which aims to make the Mediterranean country carbon-neutral by 2050. The plan

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Paris Riots over Fuel Taxes Dim Hopes for Climate Fight

by Seth Borenstein and Angela Charlton (Associated Press)  The “yellow vests” in France are worrying greens around the world. The worst riots in Paris in decades were sparked by higher fuel taxes, and French President Emmanuel Macron responded by scrapping them Wednesday. But taxes on fossil fuels are just what international climate

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Norway to Heavily Restrict Palm Oils Linked to Deforestation

by Josh Gabbatiss  (Independent) ‘The Norwegian parliament’s decision sets an important example to other countries and demonstrates the need for a serious reform of the world’s palm oil industry,’ activist says  —  Norway is to become the first country to stop its biofuel industry buying palm oil that is linked to catastrophic deforestation.

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Maersk Sets Net Zero CO2 Emission Target by 2050

(Maersk)  Aimed at accelerating the transition to carbon neutral shipping, Maersk announces today its goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. To achieve this goal, carbon neutral vessels must be commercially viable by 2030, and an acceleration in new innovations and adaption of new technology is required. Climate is one of

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Better Policy for Better Fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to SEforAll and below50

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sustainable Energy For All and below50aim to promote bioenergy, especially in developing countries, and grow the demand for sustainable alternative fuels, so that bioenergy can reach its full potential. Gerard J. Ostheimer,Global Lead for Bioenergy at SEforAll and Co-Founder of below50 gave this illuminating overview of

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COP24 Brings New Bioeconomy Strategy from UK, $200B from World Bank and More

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Amid rumors of President Trump’s coal and fossil-fuel side event at COP24 (the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) in Poland this week and a Swedish 15 year old climate activist who tells it like it is, all hope for

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Colombia: Swedish Ambassador Said Cartagena’s Buses Can Run on Biogas

(Transcaribe/NGV Journal)  The CNG buses of the Integrated System of Massive Transport of Cartagena (SITM or Transcaribe) can operate with biogas. This was revealed by the delegation of representatives of the government of Sweden, led by the Ambassador of that country in Colombia Tommy Stromberg, who visited the facilities of Transcaribe,

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Penny for Your Corn? Stingy Trade-War Aid Irks U.S. Farmers

by P.J. Huffstutter and Mark Weinraub (Reuters)  … Federal economists have calculated that the nation’s losses in corn – its largest crop by harvest and export volume – amount to just a penny per bushel, a pittance farmers call absurd. That’s in stark contrast to the substantial $1.65 per bushel the

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New Refinery Floated for Western North Dakota

by John Hageman (The Dickinson Press) A new refinery has been proposed for oil-rich western North Dakota, prompting questions from a local township chairman. AIC Energy Corp. filed an application earlier this month with Williams County planning and zoning officials. It described the so-called “Bakken Oil Refinery” as a 28,000

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Delays in Biofuel Framework Hinder Industry

by Paige Müller (Creamer’s Engineering News)  Despite the local sugar industry championing a bioethanol fuel subsidy as a potential method to relieve the burden on sugar through demand diversification, Ethanol Producers Association of Southern Africa secretary Alf Stevens suggests that this may not have the timely impact that the local

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Delhi Air Quality May Suffer as State Yet to Allow More Ethanol Storage

by Sanjeev Choudhary (Economic Times)  Delhi will run out of environment-friendly ethanol supplies for blending with petrol in the next few days as the capital’s local government is not allowing oil firms to store adequate quantities, raising the risk of vehicular emissions in an already-polluted capital.  Delhi has experienced severe air pollution

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Xebec Will Deliver Multiple Biogas Upgrading Units to France

(Xebec/NGV Journal)  Xebec Adsorption Inc. announced strong order activity for France with a C$5.9 million order for multiple biogas upgrading Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) units to be delivered in 2019. Xebec’s French partner has won contracts for biogas upgrading systems where Xebec will supply core technology while its partner will provide

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Researchers Advance Biomass Transformation Process

(Chinese Academy of Sciences/Phys.Org)  … Thus, it is important to develop a highly efficient water-resistant catalyst to directly and selectively convert crude aqueous oxygenate mixtures to value-added chemicals; water-immiscible ones (easy separation after reaction) are especially of great importance. However, the efficiency and selectivity of the transformation process for biomass-derived intermediates remains

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CM Expressed Determination to Cut Oil-Bill through Generating Biodiesel from Used Cooking Oil

(Information Department, Gujarat/CMO Gujarat)  Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Vijaybhai Rupani today expressed determination to reduce country’s crude-oil bill by generating cheaper bio-diesel from used cooking oil. He was speaking at an inaugural function of the ‘Swasth Bharat Mela’ (Healthy India Fair) organized in Ahmedabad this evening. In this reference, Mr. Rupani

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Renmatix, Gevo Ink Deal to Develop Cellulosic Hydrocarbons for Jet Fuel, Gasoline Markets

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We have word bubbling up simultaneously from Pennsylvania and Colorado that Gevo and Renmatix inked a joint development agreement to evaluate the commercial feasibility of creating renewable jet fuel by integrating Renmatix’s Plantrose Process with Gevo’s GIFT technology and alcohol to jet process. The key word

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‘A Kind of Dark Realism’: Why the Climate Change Problem Is Starting to Look too Big to Solve

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  … William Nordhaus, the Yale University professor who just won the Nobel Prize for his work on the economics of climate change, recently described his outlook like this: “I never use the word ‘pessimism’; I always use the word ‘realism,’ but I’d say it’s a kind of

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Omani Woman Scientist Wins UNESCO Fellowship for Research in Biofuels

(Muscat Daily)  An Omani woman scientist is among those honoured at the fifth edition of the L’Oréal-Unesco ‘For Women in Science Middle East Fellowship’.  Dr Lamya al Haj from the Sultan Qaboos University was recognised at a ceremony held on Monday along with four other extraordinary women from the GCC

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Increasing the Role of Advanced Biofuels in the US

by Leticia Phillips (UNICA/Ethanol Producer Magazine) …But EPA could still strengthen the RFS in ways that would encourage advanced biofuels to play a greater role greening the U.S. transportation sector. Here are our top two suggestions. • Expect more from advanced biofuels We think the volume requirements should be even higher.

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Closed Doors, Open Windows: Tariffs in China and Brazil …

by Lisa Gibons (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Tariffs in China and Brazil have deeply affected U.S. ethanol exports, but other markets remain, new ones are opening and opportunities still abound for the world’s lowest-cost octane. Despite a 20 percent tariff rate quota implemented in 2017, Brazil has continued to purchase significant amounts

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ACE Hopes to Help Grow Mexico’s Ethanol Market

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Fresh off a trip to Mexico to tout the benefits of ethanol to retailers, the American Coalition for Ethanol’s Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty said interest in ethanol among the country’s retailers is piqued. Lamberty was in Mexico City presenting at a workshop hosted by

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British Columbia Details Plan to Shift Homes, Cars to Clean Energy

by Julie Gordon (Reuters)  The Western Canadian province of British Columbia on Wednesday outlined the first measures it will take to cut carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2030, including shifting homes and vehicles to clean or renewable energy. … Some 75 percent of British Columbia’s planned emission cuts would be

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Back Food Min to Seek further 74-bln-rupee Loan for 168 Ethanol Projects

By Ashna Mishra (Cogencis)  After facilitating a soft loan of 61.39 bln rupees, the food ministry will soon seek Cabinet approval to facilitate additional loans worth around 74 bln to sugar mills to enhance their ethanol production capacity, sources said. The loans would cost the government around 16 bln rupees as interest

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Argentina Takes Peru to WTO in Biodiesel Row

by Tom Miles (Reuters)  Argentina has launched a dispute at the World Trade Organization to contest Peru’s anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on Argentina’s exports of biodiesel, a WTO filing published on Wednesday showed. Argentina’s complaint suggests the two countries have failed to settle a row that blew up in October 2016

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Celtic Renewables Signs Deal to Use Pioneering Biofuel to Clean up India’s Brewing Industry

by Kenny Kemp (insider.co.uk)  The partnership between Martin Tangney’s company and Indian renewables firm Dross Energy will help clean up sacred river Ganges  —  Celtic Renewables and Dross Energy signed a Memorandum Of Understanding at the Indian Water Summit, a event focused around tackling the pollution issues in the Ganges river A

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What Will it Take?: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Policies for the Biofuture Take-off

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Promote short term deployment of mature options, stimulate the development and deployment of new technologies, deliver the necessary feedstock sustainably, backed by a supportive sustainability governance system, and develop capacity and catalyse investment via a coordinated international collaboration effort. That’s the message from the International Energy Agency on

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BP Sees Brazil’s New Biofuels Policy Boosting Investment

by Marcelo Teixeira  (Reuters)  Brazil’s latest policy to boost biofuels use has improved the outlook for ethanol production and should attract new investment in plants, BP Plc’s chief executive for biofuels, Mario Lindenhayn, said on Wednesday. Brazil is advancing with additional regulation for the policy, called RenovaBio and expected to be enacted

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UPM and LSB Speak out over Finalised REDll Policy

(Biofuels International) The revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDll) policy, first outlined by The European Commission at the end of 2016, has now been officially adopted by the Council of the European Union. Among other things, it has finalised and set a minimum blending mandate for advanced biofuels starting in 2022. Leaders of Sustainable

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Shell, World Energy, SkyNRG, KLM, SAS and Finnair Join Forces to Reduce Carbon Emissions at San Francisco Airport

(SkyNRG) Shell, World Energy and SkyNRG have initiated the supply of sustainable aviation fuel to three major airlines at San Francisco Airport following the strategic collaboration announced in May which involved fuel suppliers, airlines, and airport agencies. Shell Aviation and SkyNRG have commenced the supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to

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U.K. Company Lands Timber Permits for Northern Peninsula, Plans for Biofuel Plant

(CBC News)  Timberlands Newfoundland has access to 500,000 cubic metres of timber  —  Active Energy CEO Richard Spinks is heading up an operation to bring forestry jobs to the northern peninsula. It’s been a long time in the works, but the Great Northern Peninsula now has a new major player on the

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‘CSIR Searching for Commercial Partner to Run Flights on Biofuel’

by Santosh Patnaik (The Hindu)  Move will help India reduce oil import bill to almost zero, says CSIR D-G — The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the largest research and scientific body in the country, is scouting for a commercial partner to run commercial and defence aircraft on biofuel,

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DA to Lobby for Increase of Biofuel Content in Diesel for Gov’t Use

by Reicelene Joy N. Ignacio (Business World)  Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said he will lobby for the increase of coconut oil content in fuel to 5% from 2% for fuel used by the government, bringing the biofuel standard to B5 from B2. Speaking to reporters, Mr. Piñol said, “We will be

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Government to Raise Target for Ethanol Blending of Petrol

(Economic Times)  The government intends to further increase the target level for the Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) programme that aims to bring down India’s imports of petroleum products, as also provide cleaner fuel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday.  State-run oil marketing companies (OMCs) currently implement the EBP programme with

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Ethanol Bio-Fuel: Kebbi Begins Cultivation of Cassava

(PM News)  The Kebbi State Government has started the cultivation 47,000 hectares of cassava as raw material for the production of ethanol bio-fuel production in the state. The Kebbi State government and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) had on Nov. 23, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for enthnol bio-fuel production

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Commercializing 2nd-Gen Biofuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Axens

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Following the acquisition of Heurtey Petrochem and the integration of 50% of Eurecat, Axens Group now provides a complete range of solutions including: technologies, equipment, furnaces, modular units, catalysts, adsorbents and services for the conversion of oil and biomass to cleaner fuels as well as production

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Comment: Why BECCS Will Be Critical to Deliver an Affordable Energy System Transition in the UK

by Geraint Evans (Energy Technologies Institute (ETI)/Bioenergy Insight) … ‘Focus on locking away CO2’ says the CCC about the future of biomass in its report published earlier this month. Bioenergy’s value is unique and greatest when combined with CCS to deliver negative emissions (net removal of CO2 from the atmosphere) alongside the

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Finland: Grocery Store Uses Its Own Biowaste to Power Delivery Truck

(Gasum/NGV Journal)  The grocery store chain Lidl and the energy company Gasum are partnering to promote the circular economy. As part of their collaboration, Lidl will deliver its stores’ biowaste to biogas plants where they are used to produce environmentally friendly biogas. “Grocery stores can also implement the circular economy by

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Italy Explores Natural Gas & Biogas Adoption for Armed Forces Vehicles

(Snam/NGV Journal)  The Italian Ministry of Defense seeks to promote clean energy and sustainable mobility and has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Snam to explore the possible use of natural gas and biomethane for Armed Forces vehicles with the aim to lower the environmental impact of medium and long distance

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Biodiesel By-Product Helps Fuel Come Clean

(King Abdullah University of Science and Technology/Phys.org)  … This work on glycerol carbonate also supports Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 initiative, which aims to diversify the Kingdom’s economy from its current reliance on the oil industry. (Binod) Giri explains that this research stems from the idea that some of the hydrocarbons

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Petrol Companies Have Two Months to Switch to B10 Biodiesel

(Sun Daily) Petroleum companies have two months to switch from the current B7 (a blend of 7% palm methyl ester and 70% petroleum diesel to B10 biodiesel before its mandatory implementation on Feb 1, 2019. Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok said B10 biodiesel (a blend of 10% palm methyl ester and

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To Fulfill Biofuels’ Promise, Scientists Boost Plant Oils with Gene Editing

by Cici Zhang (Chemical and Engineering News)  Increasing the fatty acids in crops’ seeds, leaves, and stems could make biofuels more economically viable  —  … Plant scientist Heike Sederoff of North Carolina State University, however, is very familiar with the oils that camelina offers. The highly concentrated fatty acids produced by

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    Argus South America Motor Fuels Conference   —   April 4-5, 2019   —   Sao Paulo, Brazil

Argus South America Motor Fuels Conference — April 4-5, 2019 — Sao Paulo, Brazil

Network and get crucial insight at the only motor fuels conference in South America. Join gasoline, diesel, biodiesel and ethanol markets professionals in São Paulo this April. Now in its third year, the Argus South America Motor Fuels Conference will address the most important issues that impact your business and offer

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    Industrial Biotechnology – for Non-Biotechnologists    —   April 10-12, 2019   —   Copenhagen, Denmark

Industrial Biotechnology – for Non-Biotechnologists — April 10-12, 2019 — Copenhagen, Denmark

Through presentations, exercises and plenary discussions participants will acquire solid knowledge of fundamental biochemistry and molecular biology and obtain an understanding of essential methods used in the biotech industry. The course enables participants to better understand and communicate with their R&D colleague’s and partners, by providing participants with the necessary background needed to understand the development

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Lockheed Martin Invests in FORGE Hydrocarbons’ Lipid to Hydrocarbons Technology

(Lockheed Martin)  Forge Hydrocarbons Corporation (FORGE) today announced that it has received a $4 million USD investment from Lockheed Martin (LMT) under the Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) Policy. This investment enables Forge, a Canadian, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (SME) company to further development of its Lipid-to-Hydrocarbon (LTH) technology and to construct

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Evonik to Expand Sodium Methylate Capacity at Mobile, Alabama Facility

(Evonik)  Evonik Corporation will undertake a significant capacity expansion of its sodium methylate facility located in Mobile, Ala. Upon completion, the Mobile plant will be capable of producing up to 90,000 metric tons per year. The decision to expand capacity follows Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent announcement of renewable volume obligations

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Coffee Sunglasses, Cotton Biofuel Cells, Evolving Yeasts, Biobased Boat Stickers, Microalgae Chemicals, Potato Plastic, Bioplastic Shoes: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of December 5th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of December 5th. … #7 Cotton-based hybrid biofuel cell could power pacemakers In Georgia, a glucose-powered biofuel cell that uses electrodes made from cotton fiber could

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How the Airline Industry Is Cleaning up Its Climate Act

by Adele Peters (Fast Company)  At a steel mill outside Beijing, reactors attached to the building capture emissions from the factory. Those waste gases can then be turned into fuel. LanzaTech, a biotech startup that designed a way to turn those emissions into ethanol, recently blended that ethanol into jet fuel that powered

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Biofuel from Castor Oil: How Thabang Mabapa Is Helping Farmers

by Lesetja Malope (City Press)  … Thabang Mabapa is a self-confessed curious social entrepreneur who might just have a viable alternative to the country’s current fuel price crisis. He makes biofuel from castor oil extracted from castor trees and its growing demand is proving to be a disruptor in the commercial farming

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Heading towards Zero Emission Airports – Lapland Airports in Finland Switch to Neste MY Renewable Diesel

(Neste)  The Finnish airport operator Finavia has decided to adopt Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ in its vehicles at Rovaniemi, Kuusamo, Ivalo and Kittilä airports. Neste MY Renewable Diesel is produced from waste and residues. The switch to renewable fuel is part of Finavia’s goal to make its airports carbon dioxide neutral by

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Four Market and Policy Opportunities to Increase Agricultural Resilience

by Suzy Friedman, Colleen Willard and Stephanie Mercier (Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the Farm Journal Foundation (FJF) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA))  In July 2018, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the Farm Journal Foundation (FJF) and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) convened, “Market and Policy Innovations for Resilient Agriculture,” a multi-stakeholder dialogue about opportunities to

December 4, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

North America Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance (NACSAA) Chairman Fred Yoder called on COP24 leaders to focus not just on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but on all three pillars of Climate Smart Agriculture, which also include sustainably increasing agricultural productivity and incomes, and adapting and building resilience to climate change. One

December 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Yoder Calls on Global Climate Negotiators to Embrace Climate Smart Agriculture

(Solutions from the Land)  North America Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance (NACSAA) Chairman Fred Yoder told global climate negotiators here that climate change is negatively impacting agriculture across the globe and requires a systems-wide solution. Yoder tells COP24 delegates to make farmers central to strategy development Yoder’s remarks on the world

December 4, 2018 Read Full Article

EU Proposes Restoring Anti-Dumping Duties on Argentine Biodiesel – Document

(EuroNews/Reuters) The European Commission has proposed reinstating anti-dumping duties on imports of Argentine biodiesel after massive shipments of cheap biodiesel from Latin America into the European Union threatened its industry, an EU document seen by Reuters shows. The plan follows an investigation requested by EU producers which have been hit hard

December 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Nottingham’s Biogas Fuelled Buses

(Bioenergy Insight)  Key suppliers of natural gas and biomethane for refuelling station infrastructures in the UK, Roadgas stood alongside Nottingham City Transport (NCT) at the 2018 UK Bus Wards.    In 2016 NCT and Roadgas partnered to supply and maintain a refuelling station to support the transformation of the city’s 53

December 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Australia Makes Case for Alternative Liquid Fuel

(ATN Fully Loaded) Industrial and economic gains seen along with emissions reductions  —  Hard on the heels of a union critique of the nation’s fuel reserves policy, Bioenergy Australia has released a “first state-of-the-nation assessment” of the domestic bioenergy situation – and finds it lagging. With the exception of Queensland, the report,

December 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Why a Curious Crustacean Could Hold Secret to Making Renewable Energy from Wood

(University of York/EurekAlert!) Scientists studying the digestive system of a curious wood-eating crustacean have discovered it may hold the key to sustainably converting wood into biofuel. Gribble are small marine invertebrates that have evolved to perform an important ecological role eating the abundant supplies of wood washed into the sea from

December 4, 2018 Read Full Article

P17-B Ethanol Plant to Rise in Zamboanga

by Antonio P. Rimando (Manila Times)  A P17-billion ethanol gas plant will soon be constructed by a consortium in the barangay (villages) of Limaong and Tumitus in this city, former first district Rep. Lilia Macrohon-Nuno said. She said a group of investors from Metro Manila expressed interest to establish the ethanol

December 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethiopia: Biodiesel Refinery Plant to Start Production

(AllAfrica.com)  A biodiesel refinery plant that has a capacity to produce 12,000 liters of biodiesel per day will start operation soon in Adama industrial zone. The plant owned by a company named API is waiting approvals from the Ministry of Finance and Ethiopian Standards Agency to start production, company CEO, Marcos

December 4, 2018 Read Full Article

New Regenerative R33 BlueDiesel Fuel Helps Reduce CO₂ Emissions of Fleets

(Volkswagen)  CO2 emissions* can be sustainably reduced thanks to R33 BlueDiesel fuel; Old cooking fat is partly converted into fuel; CO2 savings of at least 20 percent compared to conventional diesel fuel; Introduction at major customers such as Bosch Test phase successfully completed: Volkswagen has been testing the newly developed R33 BlueDiesel fuel at

December 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Turning Grams into Tonnes: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant aims to enable the transition to a sustainable bio-based economy through development, scale-up and custom manufacturing of bio-based product and processes. Hendrik Waegeman, Head of Business Development at BBEU gave this illuminating overview of the pilot plant at ABLC Global 2018 in San Francisco. 

December 4, 2018 Read Full Article

GoodFuels Launches Zero-Emission Heavy Fuel Oil. Ultra-Low Sulphur Marine Biofuels Step Forward.

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From the Netherlands comes news of a world first:  GoodFuels Marine and the shipping company NORDEN have completed successful trials of what they bill as “the world’s first zero emission, ‘drop in’ Heavy Fuel Oil equivalent marine biofuel”, and in almost entirely reducing all carbon and sulphur

December 4, 2018 Read Full Article

SEAT and Snam Join Forces to Boost Sustainable Mobility in Europe

(SEAT/NGV Journal)  SEAT President Luca de Meo and Snam CEO Marco Alverà signed a strategic agreement in Milan to promote the use of CNG and biomethane for sustainable mobility, as well as joint research and development projects in this scope. SEAT and Snam share strategic markets such as Italy, France and

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Setting European Aviation on a Pathway to Decarbonisation by 2050

(GreenAir Online)  A new study, one of the first, examines whether a credible pathway to zero or near zero emissions exists for European aviation. The report, published by Transport & Environment (T&E), looks at flights within and departing Europe thus matching the scope of aviation’s inclusion in the EU’s 2030 target.

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article

International Network of Activists Mount Campaign to Halt Growth of the Aviation Sector

(Green Air Online) … The Stay Grounded network, which includes Friends of the Earth International, reports it carried out 27 “actions” in 11 countries to raise awareness of what it describes as “the ongoing massive wave of airport infrastructure expansion and the need for alternatives”. The countries included Austria, Belgium,

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Dutch Aviation Sector Presents Government with Action Plan to Reduce Gross Emissions by 35 Per Cent by 2030

(GreenAir Online)  The Dutch civil aviation sector has pledged to reduce its gross carbon emissions originating in the Netherlands by 35 per cent by 2030. This is in addition to airline commitments required under the EU Emissions Trading System and the global CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme. To achieve the target, the

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Aviation Industry Says It’s on Track and Committed to Start Reporting Carbon Emissions from January

(GreenAir Online)  With just a month to go before airlines and business aircraft operators with international flights must start monitoring and reporting their CO2 emissions under the CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme, the sector says it is firmly on track to meet its commitments. “We’re really encouraged by the readiness of the

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article

New Plant at Gothenburg Port Starts Offering Bio-LNG Bunkering to Ships

(Swedegas/NGV Journal)  Gothenburg-based shipping company Terntank was the very first operator to take on LNG and bio-LNG at a new bunkering facility at the Port of Gothenburg. “Being able to offer this unique opportunity represents a major breakthrough, not only in facilitating the transition to LNG, but also in gradually increasing

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article

New Biocontainment Strategy Controls Spread of Escaped GMOs — Engineers Safely Control Genetically Engineered Microalgae

(Science Daily)  Researchers successfully developed a biocontainment strategy for GMOs. Their new method prevents genetically modified microalgae from surviving outside of their test environment, enabling ways to more safely research the effects of GMOs.  Hiroshima University (HU) researchers successfully developed a biocontainment strategy for genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Their new

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article
    CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries — June 3-5, 2019 — Toulouse, France    DEADLINE:  January 15, 2019

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries — June 3-5, 2019 — Toulouse, France DEADLINE: January 15, 2019

Based on the previous RRB conferences, this conference is expected to welcome about 350 international participants from over 30 countries. Delegates from university, industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations and venture capital providers will present their views on industrial biotechnology, sustainable (green) chemistry and agricultural policy related to the use of

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article
    International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries   —   June 3-5, 2019   —   Toulouse, France

International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries — June 3-5, 2019 — Toulouse, France

Based on the previous RRB conferences, this conference is expected to welcome about 350 international participants from over 30 countries. Delegates from university, industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations and venture capital providers will present their views on industrial biotechnology, sustainable (green) chemistry and agricultural policy related to the use of

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Betting on Ethanol, Brazilian Mills Turn Sour on Sugar

by Ana Ionova and Marcelo Teixeira (Reuters) Brazilian sugar companies are increasing their capacity to produce ethanol in the face of depressed global sugar prices and government policies expected to boost demand for the biofuel. A shift to ethanol in the 2018-19 season slashed Brazil’s sugar output by 9 million tonnes to

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article

SouthCoast a Possible Site Location for Waste-to-Ethanol Company

by Jennette Barnes (The Standard-Times/Herald News)  A Canadian waste-to-ethanol company is looking for its first U.S. location, and the SouthCoast is on the list of possibilities. Montreal-based Enerkem confirmed to The Standard-Times Friday that it has been speaking with local officials and with waste hauler ABC Disposal about using material generated by ABC’s

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article

UPDATE 1-Emphasis on Urgency as Climate Talks Begin in Coal City Katowice

by Barbara Lewis and Anna Koper (Reuters)  U.N. has year-end deadline to agree ‘rule book’;  G20 members, except United States, sign declaration of support;  Brazil pulls out of hosting 2019 talks —  Delegates from nearly 200 nations on Sunday began two weeks of talks to tackle deep political divisions at the most important U.N. meeting

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Ontario Announces E15 Adoption as Soon as 2025

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The U.S. ethanol industry applauds the release of the Province of Ontario’s Environment Plan, which includes a fuel requirement for conventional gasoline to be blended with 15 percent ethanol that could go in effect as early as 2025. Following this announcement, Growth Energy, U.S. Grains Council, and Renewable Fuels

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Bamboo: A Sustainable Alternative for Bioenergy Production in Indonesia?

by Monica Evans (Forest News)  Perennial plant grows well on degraded land, allows farmers to diversify income streams — … So, say researchers from Australia’s RMIT University and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), it is crucial to start looking for other species that can provide sustainable supplies of biomass for energy production, without compromising

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Long-Term Decarbonisation Strategy: Bioenergy Recognised as a Key Contributor to Achieve a Net-Zero Carbon Economy by 2050

(Bioenergy Europe)  Today, the Commission has published its long-term strategy for emissions reduction looking at different options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% with more ambitious scenarios achieving a balance between greenhouse gas emissions and removals by 2050. Bioenergy Europe welcomes the fact that bioenergy is one of

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Belgium’s First Biomethane Produced in Bright Biomethane System

(Bright Biomethane)  Belgium’s first biomethane-to-grid is a fact. The Bright Biomethane installation at Energy Conversion Facility ‘IOK Afvalbeheer’ in Beerse, Belgium successfully produced Belgium’s first sustainable biomethane and injected into the natural gas grid of net operator Eandis.   A double first for Bright Biomethane: the first project in Belgium and the first

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Danish Firm Claims First Biofuel Commercial Sea Voyage

by Tom Burridge (BBC News)  As things stand, the vast majority of ocean-going vessels that transport goods across the globe run on what is known as “heavy fuel oil”.  It is thick, black and cheap.  Dirk Kronemeiier describes it as the “dirtiest fuel ever invented by mankind.” He believes his biofuel company, Good

December 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Fungi Convert Waste Material into Food, Fuel and Feed

(University of Borås/Alpha Galileo)  Wastes become resources in the project Ways2Taste, where researchers at the University of Borås are developing methods for growing fungi on material that would otherwise have become waste. The goal is to produce climate-smart materials–including a whole new source of protein. Two of the world’s major environmental

November 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Govt Allows Ethanol Extraction for Blending from Foodgrains, Too

(The Hindu Business Line)  With maize, jawar, bajra in blended petrol programme, farmers’ income may get a boost  —   The Centre has extended the ambit of the Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) programme to extract the fuel from surplus quantities of maize, jawar, bajra and fruit/vegetable waste. This decision was taken on

November 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Innovative Conversion Technologies: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Using Canadian Biomass

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) is a nationally focused not-for-profit organization based in Sarnia, Ontario, in the county of Lambton. BIC’s mission is to provide critical strategic investment, advice and services to business developers of clean, green and sustainable technologies. “Our expertise in commercialization builds a stronger Canada,’ the

November 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Brain Regeneration, Data Storage with Biocomputers, Plastic from Waste Gases, Bamboo Diapers, Gene-Edited Wheat, Jackets from Bison Fluff : The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of November 29th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of November 29th. … #3 Munich researchers use algae to convert waste gas to carbon fiber In Germany, researchers at the Technical University of Munich are

November 30, 2018 Read Full Article

European Bioeconomy University: UEF and UNIBO Join Four Universities to Form International Alliance with Focus on Bioeconomy

(Science/Business)  Europe’s leading universities in the field of the bioeconomy are looking to further intensify their existing cooperation to develop common problem-solving approaches for society’s most urgent challenges. JOINT PRESS RELEASE from the Universities of Hohenheim, Bologna, and Eastern Finland, AgroParisTech, BOKU Vienna, and Wageningen University and Research Think Tank for

November 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Which Way to Take Protons Findings Pave the Way for Chemical Replication of Hydrogen-Producing Enzymes.

(Ruhr-Universität Bochum)  How exactly certain algae enzymes produce hydrogen has previously been the subject of speculation. Dr. Martin Winkler, dr. Jifu Duan, Prof. dr. Eckhard Hofmann and Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Happe from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), together with colleagues from Freie Universität Berlin, succeeded for the first time in exactly reproducing the pathway of the

November 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Iganga to Turn Garbage into Fertilisers, Cooking Fuel

(The Observer)  Choked with swelling garbage piles, Iganga Municipal Council has invited Danish bio-engineering firm Transform, here. The company will help to convert the overflowing garbage into biofertilisers. Iganga is an old town, dating back to the 1890s when the protectorate district administrators set up its headquarters at a place called Bukoyo.

November 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Significantly Less GM-Free Rapeseed Meal without Biodiesel Production

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen) (UFOP)) The feed market is one of the main beneficiaries of biodiesel production, because rapeseed meal is generated as a by-product of rapeseed oil production. Throughout Europe, rapeseed meal is the primary domestic GM-free source of protein for livestock feeding, concludes the Union

November 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Eni and Hera Partner for the Circular Economy: Used Vegetable Oil Becomes Biofuel for Waste Collection Vehicles

(Eni) Eni and Hera are two companies that have long been committed to promoting a circular economy model by continuously developing the technology and organisation of their businesses. Today they signed a partnership agreement with the aim of converting used vegetable oil into biofuel for Hera’s waste collection vehicles. The agreement

November 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Private Investment Boosts Booming Miscanthus Bio-Economy

(Terravesta)  Former IG Group chief executive and current Scotgold chairman Nat le Roux has bought a personal stake in renewable biomass business Terravesta. Le Roux has invested £2 million in the business, reflecting the growing importance of clean energy, and the positive prospects for the rapidly-developing Miscanthus bio-economy. The investment

November 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Tapping the Genetic Power of Algae: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Algenol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Algenol is a global, industrial biotechnology company that is commercializing its patented algae technology platform for production of ethanol and other biofuels, chemicals and biobased materials. Formed in 2006, and headquartered in Fort Myers, Florida with an R&D facility in Berlin, the company operates in multiple

November 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Algae ‘Blooms’ in Automotive Industry

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Mazda is investing in it. Honda is using it for R&D and potential byproducts. Algenol, AlgaEnergy and others grow and develop it. Euglena began producing it for biojet fuel at its new biofuel refinery plant in Japan. The U.S. government has a whole R&D department that is looking at this stuff. The list goes on. So

November 26, 2018 Read Full Article

ADBA Responds to Committee on Climate Change Reports

(Bioenergy Insight)  The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has published two new reports on land use and biomass and the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA) has responded. ADBA’s chief executive Charlotte Morton said that the association “welcomes these two important reports from the CCC.” The first report, Land use: Reducing emissions

November 25, 2018 Read Full Article

National Recycling Awards 2019 Entries Now Open DEADLINE: February 15, 2019

(MRW) This year we have 19 categories for entry including Food Waste Initiative, Recycling Facility of the Year and Recycling Excellence to name just a few. Remember the more categories you enter the better your chance of winning a National Recycling Award. The National Recycling Awards celebrates and rewards excellence for the most innovative recycling and waste

November 24, 2018 Read Full Article
    High-Level Round Table on the Decarbonisation of the Heating Sector   —   November 28, 2018   —   Brussels, Belgium

High-Level Round Table on the Decarbonisation of the Heating Sector — November 28, 2018 — Brussels, Belgium

The High-Level Round Table on the Decarbonisation of the Heating Sector gathers the leaders of the European sustainable and renewable heat industry associations, organised under the DecarbHeat initiative. The event aims to discuss how the heat sector can contribute to the decarbonisation of the EU energy sector, what policies, technologies and

November 24, 2018 Read Full Article
    Scaling up the Sustainable Bioeconomy: A New Chapter for the Biofuture Platform – UNFCCC High Level Side Event during COP24   —   December 10, 2018   —   Katowice, Poland

Scaling up the Sustainable Bioeconomy: A New Chapter for the Biofuture Platform – UNFCCC High Level Side Event during COP24 — December 10, 2018 — Katowice, Poland

According to analysis and findings by agencies and organizations such as the IPCC, IEA and IRENA, the world has to significantly increase bioenergy use in transport, heat, industry and power sectors in the next decade in order to limit the increase in global average temperature to well below 2ºC above

November 24, 2018 Read Full Article

IRENA:Why Hydrogen from Renewables May Hold the Key to a Low-Carbon Future

(Fuels Cells Works)  … Hydrogen produced by renewable energy may hold the key to successfully overcoming this challenge, and reducing end-use emissions.  Launched during IRENA’s Innovation Week, the agency’s latest technology outlook ‘Hydrogen from Renewable Power’ outlines the potentially pivotal role hydrogen may play in a deeper energy transition. And, while hydrogen is already widely

November 24, 2018 Read Full Article

MAN Will Design and Build LNG Regasification Terminal in Finland

(MAN/NGV Journal)  Under its brand MAN Cryo, MAN Energy Solutions has won the contract to design and deliver an LNG regasification terminal for Forchem in Rauma. Forchem, an innovative company producing chemical and animal feed products, has chosen to convert the boiler for generating steam for the refinery process to natural

November 24, 2018 Read Full Article

European Parliament Admits Role of Biomethane to Decarbonize Mobility

(IVECO/NGV Journal)  The European Parliament, in its plenary session, has voted its official opinion and amendments to the European Commission’s proposal for a regulation of CO2 emissions from heavy-duty vehicles. IVECO welcomes the European Parliament’s acknowledgement of natural gas, and especially its renewable part, as a viable carrier towards a wide

November 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Scientists Seawater Fuel Discovery Cuts Demands on Freshwater Use

(University of Huddersfield)  The use of seawater in the production of bioethanol significantly reduces of water footprint in the bioethanol production industry.  Bioethanol is a climate-friendly alternative to petrol and its adoption has been encouraged by many governments. In the fight against global warming, bioethanol fuel is seen as a climate-friendly

November 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Pardon Me, Turkey, Is This Stool Taken? Scientists Turn Poultry Poop into Fuel

by Lina Zeldovich (National Public Radio)  … But a team of scientists at Ben-Gurion University in Israel is preparing something different: turkey poop. They say that when cooked under the right temperature, pressure and other conditions, turkey droppings transform into a form of coal, which can fuel power plants and serve

November 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Scania Sues Nagpur Municipal Corporation for Dues, Bank Guarantee

by Anjaya Anparthi (Times of India)  Swedish bus maker Scania Commercial Vehicles India Pvt Ltd sued Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to prevent the latter from forfeiting its bank guarantee of Rs 7.50 crore. This also means Scania has no intention of resuming the green bus project, nation’s first in which ethanol-run buses were plying

November 23, 2018 Read Full Article

UP Sugar Mills to Add Ethanol Plants, Distilleries from Next Year: Yogi

by Virendra Singh Rawat (Business Standard)  Blames previous governments for shutting, selling off state sugar mills  —  Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday announced that the state sugar sector would witness the setting up of ethanol and distillery plants from next year for greater commercial viability. Owing to sugar market glut and

November 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Bombay High Court Relieves Restriction on Selling BS6 Bio Fuels in India

by Chethan Thimmappa (GaadiKey)  With this landmark order by Bombay High Court, bio fuel manufacturers will now be able to directly sell provided they meet the required quality standard without any restrictions and hence the market accessibility increases  —  Bombay High Court in a land mark ruling relieves the restriction of MSHSD

November 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel-Powered Race Boat Takes Third Place in Trans-Atlantic Challenge

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, the Imerys Energy Challenge, centered on clean innovation and energy efficiency, is a self-sufficient, CO2-free energy production and storage system tested aboard the Class40 (12.19 meters long) race yacht in some of the world’s toughest offshore events. This week the vessel came in third place

November 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Tuna without the Fish, Toyota’ Ethanol Hybrid, Biodegradable Microbeads, Sky-Cleaning Walls, Biobased FDCA, Food Waste Bioplastics: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of November 22nd

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of November 22nd. … #3 Toyota’s ethanol hybrid vehicle exceeds expectations, could hit market in 3 years In Brazil, Toyota is celebrating the success of a

November 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Bio Jet Fuels Good for the Climate, but Technologies Need Tweaking

(Norwegian University of Science and Technology/EurekAlert)  Norway’s forestry wastes could meet 20 per cent of its aviation fuel needs while protecting the environment  —  Even travelling relatively short distances in Norway’s populated south, say from Bergen to Trondheim, two major coastal cities 700 km apart, takes up to 12 hours by car

November 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Israeli Researchers Create Hydrochar from Human Waste

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Israel, researchers at the Ben-Gurion University Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research have published a study in the Journal of Cleaner Production showing the use of hydrothermal carbonization to transform human waste into hydrochar for use as biofuel. A byproduct of the process is a liquid fertilizer for

November 21, 2018 Read Full Article

New Report Shows Global Link Between Pro-Innovation Policies and Biotech Advances

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization/BusinessWire)  A study released today highlights strategies, policies and best practices that have been successful in creating an environment in which biotechnology innovation can flourish around the world. The fifth edition of the Building the Bioeconomy report shows the correlation between economies with pro-innovation policy frameworks and those achieving strong biotechnology

November 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Reforms Must Prepare the UK Countryside for Climate Change and Ensure that Our Use of Land Supports Reduced Emissions

(Committee on Climate Change)  The Paris Agreement demands tougher action to remove greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere. We must, at the same time, prepare for the inevitable climate change that is already happening. In this context, current uses of land in the UK must change. Today, the Committee on Climate

November 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Virtual NGO Making Waves with Online Petition against Palm Oil in Europe

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, virtual NGO SumOfUs has gathered nearly 75,000 signatures on a digital petition demanding the European Commission to ban palm oil as part of the regulatory process that will see it publish a report on “high ILUC risk” feedstocks by February 1, 2019. Calling out deforestation

November 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Analysis of High and Low Indirect Land-Use Change Definitions in European Union Renewable Fuel Policy

by Stephanie Searle & Jacopo Giuntoli (International Council on Clean Transportation)  The European Union (EU) will continue incentivizing the use of biofuels and other renewable fuels through its recast Renewable Energy Directive for 2021-2030 (RED II). This directive includes a provision to limit and phase out by 2030 the contribution of

November 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Rotten Fish to Help Power Hurtigruten Cruise Ships after Refit

by Ole Petter Skonnord (Reuters)  The Nordic region’s most high-profile cruise fleet operator is refitting its ships to make them less polluting, and plans to use a byproduct of rotten fish to help power their new, leaner engines. Norway’s Hurtigruten, best known for the ships that ferry tourists along the country’s fjords

November 21, 2018 Read Full Article

UK Biofuels Consumption at 4% for April 15-December 31, 2018 (Yes, You Read That Right)

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, Department for Transport released biofuel consumption data for April 15 to December 31, 2018 based on data from mid-September showing that biofuels achieved 4% of road transport fuel during the period, roughly 525 million liters of which 172 million liters met sustainability criteria. Nearly 60%

November 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Costa Rica’s State Refinery Will Start Mixing Gasoline with Ethanol as of May 2019

by Laura Alvarado  (Costa Rica Star) Costa Rica’s state refinery, RECOPE, announced they will be mixing the “super” gasoline with ethanol as of May 2019. According to Alejandro Muñoz, president of RECOPE, the plan is to include a 10% of alcohol per liter of super gas; at a later date, the

November 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Purple Bacteria Can Turn Human Waste into Clean Hydrogen Energy

(ResearchGate)  The new method reduces carbon emissions and turns wastewater treatment plants into green generators. A significant downside to wastewater treatment plants is their carbon footprint. Now, researchers have found a way to reduce carbon emissions from sewage and produce hydrogen energy at the same time. Their method uses purple bacteria and electrical

November 19, 2018 Read Full Article

‘Breakthrough’ Harvesting Solution, Growing Market, Potential beyond Biodiesel – All Good Signs for Castor Oil’s Future

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  A ‘breakthrough’ mechanical harvesting solution for castor bean plants was developed by Evogene and agricultural equipment manufacturer, Fantini s.r.l., resulting in the removal of a major bottleneck in the conversion of castor beans into a fully modernized commercial crop. With field trial yield losses decreasing significantly

November 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Global Oil Demand under Growing Threat from Electric Cars, Cleaner Fuel

by Amanda Cooper (Reuters)  Oil demand seen peaking in 2040 at 106.3 mln bpd – IEA;  Demand forecast raised by over 1 mln bpd vs last year;  But electric cars, fuel efficiency to have bigger impact — Electric vehicles and more efficient fuel technology will cut transportation demand for oil by 2040 more than

November 18, 2018 Read Full Article

DuPont Will Repay $10.5 Million in State Incentives, under Approved Settlement

by Donnelle Eller (Des Moines Register) DuPont will give Iowa a big check — $10.5 million — after closing and selling the world’s largest cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada. Iowa economic development leaders approved a settlement Friday that calls for DuPont to repay all but about $3.7 million it received in

November 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Spanish Energy Companies Increase Efforts towards Renewable Gas Development

(Enagas/NGV Journal)  Enagás’ CEO Marcelino Oreja and Ence’s CEO Ignacio de Colmenares have signed an agreement to develop projects that aim to obtain renewable gases from biomass. The goal is to use excess biomass to generate green hydrogen and synthetic natural gas. These non-electric renewable energies can be used in industrial

November 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy: Decarbonise, Decentralise and Digitalise

Alan Brent (Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Engineering and Computer Science)  … Where we haven’t reached consensus is what to do with heavy transport and aviation, which our economy (like any other) highly depends on. For KiwiRail to switch from electric to diesel locomotives just doesn’t make sense—unless, of course, they

November 16, 2018 Read Full Article
    Plant Based Summit   —   May 22-24, 2019   —   Lyons, France

Plant Based Summit — May 22-24, 2019 — Lyons, France

Plant Based Summit will launch its 5th edition in Lyon, with an even sharpened positioning on the innovation, the co-development and its operational implementation for the necessary deployment of bio-based products. It will be the opportunity for the participants to contribute to the evolution of plant-based, green and sustainable chemistry!

November 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Calvera Supplies CNG Equipment to E.ON Biofor Sweden’s Station Network

(Gasnam/Calvera/NGV Journal)  The Calvera Industrial Group signed an important collaboration agreement with the Swedish company E.ON Biofor Sweden, division of the German parent company of the same name, to supply its CNG mobile pipeline solution during the next years. This equipment will supply E.ON’s network of more than 40 biomethane stations

November 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuel Cell Can Match the Performance of Platinum

(The Engineer)  Researchers in Germany have developed an enzyme-based biofuel cell that can match the performances of fuel cells made using platinum.  —  Described in Nature Communications, the biofuel cell uses the enzyme hydrogenase as a catalyst in place of the precious metal. However, enzymes must be stored in an aqueous environment, making

November 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Producers Call on Government to Implement B30 Biodiesel Policy

(Jakarta Post)  While the implementation of the 20 percent blended biodiesel ( B20 ) mandatory policy needs fine tuning, biodiesel producers want the government to increase biodiesel content in fuel to 30 percent early next year. “If we want to save our foreign exchange further, we need to reduce diesel fuel imports

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