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US to Conduct ‘Unprecedented Review’ of Biodiesel Import Duties

(National Biodiesel Board)  Changes to the trade decisions finalized earlier this year will cause ongoing harm to U.S. biodiesel companies  —  On November 5, the U.S. Department of Commerce granted a request from the government of Argentina to initiate “changed circumstances” reviews of U.S. trade duties imposed on Argentine biodiesel companies. The

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Fueling Growth in the Biodiesel Industry

by Donnell Rehagen (National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  As we near the end of 2018, the biodiesel industry has seen some significant progress as we work towards sustainable industry growth. Today, biodiesel is creating an impact and presence in the current marketplace and is showing up as a leading player in the

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Evofuel and Fantini s.r.l Announce Breakthrough in Mechanical Harvesting for Castor Bean

(Evogene Ltd./Globe Newswire)  Mechanical harvesting is a major bottleneck in conversion of castor bean to a fully modernized commercial crop; Combination of Fantini s.r.l Harvester with Evofuel proprietary varieties has demonstrated in field trials significant improvement in yield loss  —  Evofuel Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Evogene Ltd. (NASDAQ, TASE: EVGN),

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Agri-Tech Can Turn African Savannah into Global Food Basket – African Development Bank

(African Development Bank Group)  The African Development Bank is championing a new regional and global effort to transform the African Savannah from a “Sleeping Giant” to the cradle of the continent’s green revolution. “This sleeping giant needs to wake up,” the Bank’s Vice-President for Agriculture, Human and Social Development, Jennifer Blanke,

October 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Lightfast Polyurethane; YPF Adds Biofuels; Mars, BH Improve Cacao, Chocolate; 20 New Food Waste Start-Ups; Fossil-Free Ocean Freight: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of October 24th

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 October 24th. … #2 Oil and gas giant YPF to start producing biofuels In Argentina, Miguel Gutiérrez, President of oil and gas company YPF, made a

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

YPF Will Start Producing Biofuels

(Clarin Rural (Google translation))  This was announced by Miguel Gutiérrez, president of the company, at the opening of the Week of Bioenergy.  —  YPF president Miguel Gutiérrez announced that the company will start producing biofuels. “The company’s commitment is based on the integration of fuels and participation in the bioenergy sector, not

October 19, 2018 Read Full Article

No Anti-Dumping Measure against Argentine Biodiesel – EU Commission Abandons EU Agriculture

(UFOP (Google translation))   Deeply disappointed and deceived, the European Oilseed Alliance (EOA) sees itself confronted with the completely surprising decision by the European Commission not to introduce retroactive punitive tariffs against the biodiesel quantities imported from Argentina since September 2017 , Last year, the European Commission suddenly stopped collecting anti-dumping duties on

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

EU Won’t Impose Immediate Tariffs on Cheap Argentine Biodiesel

by Sybille de La Hamaide  (Reuters)   The European Commission has decided not to impose provisional import tariffs on a flood of low-priced Argentine biodiesel until it gathers more information, although it considers the fuel to be subsidized and a potential threat to local producers. The decision, detailed in a document seen by

October 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Argentina to Pass B10 Mandate Thanks to Falling Exports

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Argentina, while exports are dropping, domestic consumption is seen rising this year to an all-time high of 1.48 billion liters, and for the first time since the policy was put in place in 2014, the blending rate will be above the mandated 10% at 10.3%. Some

September 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Liga Bioenergética: Created between 4 Provinces after the Changes in the Retentions

by Ulysses Smith (Mon Report)  Ministers of Production, Environment and Energy of Santa Fe, Tucumán, Salta and Córdoba, created the Provincial Bioenergetic League. After the suspension for 6 months of the reduction of withholdings on flour and soybean oil, they met on Friday in the Mediterranean capital to articulate a strategic

August 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Argentina Freezes Soy Export Tariffs to Keep Feedstock from Flowing into China

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Argentina, exporters have been shipping raw, unprocessed soybeans to China en masse, a move the government has put a stop to last week by freezing export taxes on beans at 26% as well as freezing taxes on meal and oil at 23%. Taxes on beans were

August 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Energy Group

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: REGI) is a leading provider of cleaner, lower carbon intensity products and services. The company is a major  international producer of biomass-based diesel, a developer of renewable chemicals and North America’s largest producer of advanced biofuel. REG utilizes an integrated procurement,

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article

USGC Explores Potential Ethanol Demand in Chile and Argentina

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Increased global bioethanol use is only a well-constructed policy decision away in markets like Argentina and Chile. The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) traveled to both countries in June to investigate their existing ethanol markets and discover how new or improved ethanol policies could boost demand while

August 6, 2018 Read Full Article

The Future of Electric Vehicles Lie in the Sourcing of Lithium and Cobalt for Batteries

by Vishnu Rajamanickam  (Freight Waves)  … But unless the manufacturing process and the raw material sourcing is regulated and stabilized, it would be hard to sell EVs to the larger middle-class populace. This is because the on-road price of an electric vehicle is much higher than its combustion engine equivalent, as the

August 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Argentina Looking at 27% Bioethanol Blend – Report

(Renewables Now) The Argentine government is looking at lifting the volume of ethanol in gasoline to 27%, Energia Estrategica reported this week. Following Mauricio Macri’s election as president, the bioethanol blend in gasoline was raised to 12% from 10%. Further increases have been expected but did not happen up to

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Agroindustry Argentine Biodiesel Emits 70% Less GHG

(Clarin Rural (Google Translation))  By a calculation of the INTA and the Argentina Chamber of Biofuels (Carbio), Argentina can certify that almost 100% of the biofuel exported to the European Union is sustainable —  …And the certification of environmental sustainability is one of the main requirements imposed for the trade of

July 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Investigation into U.S. Renewable Fuels Policies Finds “Green” Biodiesel Producers Driving Massive Deforestation

(MIghty Earth)  A new investigation, “Burned: Deception, Deforestation, and America’s Biodiesel Policy” by the organizations Mighty Earth and ActionAid USA has found that biodiesel is not the environmentally friendly, “green” fuel claimed by industry producers. On-the-ground investigators documented bulldozing, burning and the recent clearance of 30,000 acres of forest to plant

June 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Back to Business: G20 Energy Minsters Affirm Drive towards Renewables, Innovation, Cooperation

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … This year, as it happens, Argentina holds the G20 Presidency and the outgoing Germans and incoming Japanese worked with Argentine energy minister Juan Jose Aranguren to broker an ambitious re-affirmation of renewable energy goals, if expressed with cautious timelines and with deep understanding of the

June 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Scania and Line 132 Will Use Pure Biodiesel

by Emiliano Huergo (Clarin Rural)  Claudio Molina, Executive Director of the Argentine Association of Biofuels and Hydrogen (AABH), announced that the line of collectives 132 of the Federal Capital will begin to use pure biodiesel in some units before the end of the year. The announcement was made last Tuesday at a meeting

June 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Chart of the Week (23) — Argentina Accounts for Almost Two Thirds of EU Biodiesel Imports − Indonesia Is the Largest Palm Oil Exporter to the EU

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP))  Biodiesel imports from Argentina have increased considerably over the past several months. In contrast, imports of soybean oil as feedstock from Argentina have been virtually non-existent. The reverse trend can be seen in regard to imports from Indonesia. Since EU import duties were

June 12, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Top 10 Biodiesel Trends 2018: What’s up with the World’s Favorite Advanced Biofuel?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We’ve organized the state of biodiesel into 10 areas of vital interest ranging from the development of markets to the entry of ancillary products and new feedstocks. #1 Tax & Trade Free trade vs fair trade: Dumping and tax credit issues continue to mezmerize the

June 7, 2018 Read Full Article

CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Argentina Raises Biodiesel Export Tax to 15 Percent

by Caroline Stauffer and Maximilian Heath  (Reuters) Argentina’s government is raising an export tax on biodiesel to 15 percent from 8 percent, effective July 1, according to a decree published in the official Gazette on Monday. Argentina is one of the world’s top providers of biodiesel fuel, exporting 1.65 million tonnes

May 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Dumping Controversy Pushes German Producer to Cut Production

(Biofuels International)  German renewable fuel producer Natural Energy West is to reduce its biodiesel output by 50%. According to Reuters, the company is making the cuts in response to surging biodiesel imports from Indonesia and Argentina to the EU. Reuters reports that the company will cut output ‘immediately and for an indefinite period’. Natural

April 12, 2018 Read Full Article

U.S. Locks in Anti-Dumping Duties on Biodiesel from Argentina, Indonesia

by Susan Heavey and Doina Chiacu (Reuters)  The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Tuesday the dumping of biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia harms American producers, a move that locks in place duties on the imports. The commission’s final phase determination followed a Commerce Department move in February to add

April 3, 2018 Read Full Article

UPDATE 1-ADM to Suspend Biodiesel Output at German Plant

by Michael Hogan (Reuters)  U.S. agribusiness group Archer Daniels Midland Co will suspend production at a major biodiesel plant in Germany because of increasing cheap imports of the renewable fuel into the European Union, it said on Friday. The standstill is expected to last at least for the duration of the second

March 30, 2018 Read Full Article

EU Scraps Duty on Most Argentina, Indonesia Biodiesel: Document

Philip Blenkinsop (Reuters)  The European Union has removed duties on biodiesel imports for 13 Argentine and Indonesian producers following the end of legal proceedings at the European Court of Justice (ECJ), an EU document shows. The bloc set anti-dumping duties on imports of the renewable fuel from the two countries in

March 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Geothermal Could Profit from U.S. Executive Order to Support Lithium Mining

by Alexander Richter (Think GeoEnergy)  An executive order by U.S. President Donald Trump to support mining activities for critical minerals, could present a boost to lithium mining activities in the U.S. and indirectly help some geothermal projects. As reported recently, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing the relevant federal agencies

March 15, 2018 Read Full Article

ABLC 2018 Preview: Deployment Dawns, Products Proliferate, and Techs Land Major Venture Deals as the Bioeconomy Advances into a Big 2018

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, ABLC 2018 opens amidst a flutter of government rollbacks of deployment support but the hope of regulatory relief, breakthroughs in financial structuring, a decisive shift in early-stage projects to nutrition & health, and an increasing number of deployments in advanced biofuels and a surge

February 28, 2018 Read Full Article

NBB Coalition Secures Affirmative Final Decision on Dumping of Biodiesel Imports

(National Biodiesel Board)  Commerce Department Finds That Argentina and Indonesia Sell Biodiesel Imports Below Fair Value in US  —  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Fair Trade Coalition won a final antidumping determination from the Commerce Department. The department found that biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia are sold into the United States

February 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Hot Spots Around the World: Who’s Adding What, Where in Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  South America —  In Brazil, ICM has completed startup and commissioning of the FS Bioenergia dry-mill corn ethanol plant.  … The driver for corn ethanol in Brazil? In part, the country’s new RenovaBio policy, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 43%, driven by the commitment

February 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Brazil’s Expected Rise in Ethanol Demand to Be Met by Corn-Based Fuel

by Marcelo Teixeira  (Reuters)  An expected increase in ethanol demand in Brazil, boosted by the country’s economic recovery and a new programme to raise biofuel use, will initially be met by fuel produced from corn, an industry official told Reuters on Thursday. Ricardo Tomczyk, who heads Brazil’s newly created National Union

February 8, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Indonesia to File Case against U.S. Anti-Subsidy Duty on Biodiesel

by Bernadette Christina Munthe, Maximiliano Rizzi and Fransiska Nangoy (Reuters)    Indonesia plans to file a case against the U.S. Department of Commerce at the U.S. Court of International Trade over anti-subsidy duties imposed on Indonesian biodiesel shipments, a Trade Ministry official said on Friday. The Indonesian government is also planning

February 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Yay or Nay – Will EU Really Say No More Palm-Based Biodiesel?

by Helena Taveres Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Environmental groups have long been against palm oil plantations on these crucial climate fighting forests. But consumers are using more palm oil products, from cosmetics to biofuels to food ingredients, and the demand for palm oil continues to increase, thus pushing along the expansion

February 5, 2018 Read Full Article

EU Launches New Trade Inquiry into Argentine Biodiesel

by Philip Blenkinsop and Sybille de la Hamaide (Reuters)  The European Commission has begun a new investigation into whether Argentine biodiesel exporters benefit from unfair subsidies, following a complaint in December by the European Biodiesel Board (EBB). The EU’s official journal said on Wednesday that the Commission had found the complaint contained

February 1, 2018 Read Full Article

EU Set to Launch Subsidy Inquiry into Argentinean Biodiesel

(Reuters/NASDAQ)  The European Commission will next week launch an investigation into whether Argentine producers exporting biodiesel to the bloc are benefiting from unfair subsidies, people familiar with the case said. The Commission, which oversees trade policy across the 28-nation bloc, is expected to launch the investigation on Jan. 30 or 31

January 30, 2018 Read Full Article

WTO Rules EU Must Change Duties on Indonesia Biodiesel

by Philip Blenkinsop and Bernadette Christina Munthe (Reuters)  The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled in favor of several challenges by Indonesia to anti-dumping duties imposed on its biodiesel exports to the European Union, saying the measures needed to be changed. The ruling is the latest in a series of legal challenges to

January 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Against the Odds

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Continued investment and expansion took place in the U.S. biodiesel sector throughout 2017, despite rising political uncertainty and a lapsed tax credit. Here is an overview of some of the activity, plus a special sidebar story from Joe Jobe. As 2017 dawned with another expired biodiesel

January 24, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Bolivia Announces Intent to Establish E10 Mandate at USGC Seminar

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Bolivian government announced its intention to establish an ethanol blend mandate during a December seminar conducted by the U.S. Grains Council. Bolivian Vice President Garcia Linera made the announcement during closing remarks at the event, reporting the government’s decision to implement an ethanol blend mandate

January 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Legal GHG Reduction Requirement for Biofuels Rises to 50 Percent

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants, UFOP) (google translation))  The Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) recalls that from 1 January 2018, the increased greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target for biofuels came into force in 2015 in

January 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Turning Soybeans into Diesel Fuel Is Costing Us Billions

by Dan Charles (the salt/NPR)  … The story, however, is more complicated than it seems. For one thing, that boom in Argentine biodiesel exports is over, at least for now. Last summer, the United States accused Argentina of subsidizing its biodiesel producers and “dumping” cheap biodiesel on the world market. In

January 18, 2018 Read Full Article

France Requires 60pc GHG from Ex-EU Biodiesel Imports

(Argus Media)  French biodiesel imports from outside the EU must have a minimum 60pc greenhouse gas (GHG) savings value from 1 January — a measure that could have considerable impact on trade flows from Argentina. The law, thought to be an attempt to protect French biodiesel production from swelling Argentinian soy

January 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels Mandates Around the World 2018

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in 65 countries. The bulk of mandates continue to come from the EU-27, where the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) once specified a

January 2, 2018 Read Full Article

U.S. Biofuel Trade Fight Benefits Canola Futures

by Phil Franz-Warkentin (Manitoba Co-Operator)  … ICE Futures Canada canola contracts climbed to their highest levels in more than two months during the week ended Oct. 27, as declines in the Canadian dollar and gains in U.S. soyoil provided double the support. … As for soyoil, the gains there were tied

December 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Top Trends in 7 Key Latin America Hotspots

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In a striking pledge made in the latter part of 2016. 20 Latin American countries promised to promote biofuel production and use, with the support of development finance institutions. That was then, this is now. What’s happening towards the development of domestic biofuels and chemicals in Latin

December 28, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Debates on Ethanol as Fuel in Bolivia

(Prensa Latina)  The use of ethanol as a fuel to replace the import of gasoline centers the debate of the International Ethanol Forum ”Bolivia Seeding Energy” that today takes place in the department of Santa Cruz. The Minister of Hydrocarbons Luis Alberto Sanchez inaugurated on Tuesday (December 12, 2017) the event with

December 15, 2017 Read Full Article

International Trade Commission Votes 4-0 In Support of the Biodiesel Industry

(National Biodiesel Board)  NBB Fair Trade Coalition Filed Cases on Harm from Biodiesel Imports from Argentina and Indonesia  —  Today the International Trade Commission (ITC) voted 4-0 in favor of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Fair Trade Coalition’s position that the industry has suffered because of unfairly subsidized imports of biodiesel from

December 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Embattled Utah Biofuel Company with Polygamous Ties Should Pay Millions for Breach of Contract, Jury Says

by Paighten Harkins (Salt Lake Tribune)  A Box Elder County biofuel company fined for exploiting federal tax credits by importing fuels they claimed they produced may pay millions to one such importer after the company abandoned a $90 million deal in 2014. On Wednesday, a federal court jury in New

December 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Major Countries Agree To Develop Sustainable Biofuels Targets And Scale Up Low Carbon Bioeconomy

Countries representing half of the global population and 37% of the global economy today (November 16, 2017) agreed to scale up the low carbon bioeconomy and develop collective targets prescribing the contribution of sustainable bioenergy to final energy demand and as a percentage of transport fuel use. The decision is set

November 30, 2017 Read Full Article

Dutch Researchers Create Maps of GHG Emissions from Biofuel Production

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands, a team of scientists charted greenhouse gas emissions resulting from biofuel production, presenting them as global maps. Dedicated crops grown on grasslands, savannahs and abandoned agricultural lands could provide around 30 exajoules per year (i.e. a third of current global energy consumption for transport) with

November 27, 2017 Read Full Article

OPEC Will Extend The Cut

by Zainab Calcuttawala (OilPrice.com)  There will be an OPEC deal extension—no matter the public tussling between opposing forces in the industry cartel—if the world’s largest oil producers are really determined to end the supply glut. A failure to agree on the market remediation would cause oil prices to plummet immediately, forfeiting

November 27, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

European Industry Counterattacks against Argentine Biodiesel

by Aline Robert (EurActiv)  A group representing European biodiesel producers filed a complaint about illegal state aid with the European Commission on 3 November.   It’s the latest episode in a commercial war between European biodiesel and its South American competitor. In September, the EU removed tariff barriers on biofuel from Argentina,

November 10, 2017 Read Full Article

In Final Decision, Commerce Department Confirms Unfair Subsidies by Argentina, Indonesia of Biodiesel Imports

(National Biodiesel Board)  Next Steps Include Today’s Hearing in the ITC, ITC Vote on Subsidies December 5 — Today the Commerce Department issued a final determination in a case brought by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Fair Trade Coalition regarding subsidized biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. Earlier this year, the Commerce

November 9, 2017 Read Full Article

USDA ERS Publishes Report on Ethanol, DDGS Export Opportunities

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In October, the USDA Economic Research Service published a report on global ethanol mandates that outlines the opportunities for exports of U.S. ethanol and distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS).  According to the report, more than two dozen countries currently have ethanol mandates in place,

November 8, 2017 Read Full Article

U.S. Biodiesel Import Limit Opens Door to Canola – The Western Producer

by Sean Pratt (Western Producer)  A biodiesel trade war in the United States should result in new demand for Canadian canola oil, says an economist. The U.S. commerce department issued a preliminary ruling last week paving the way for antidumping duties on imports of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia. … He

November 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Biodiesel and the Ever-Changing Political Landscape

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Industry stakeholders and legal experts discuss the recent RFS court ruling, the ongoing U.S. trade cases against Argentina and Indonesia, and the biodiesel tax credit in context of U.S. EPA’s Notice of Data Availability.  —  … According to the NODA, issued just weeks after the comment period

October 30, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Governments, International Agencies Affirm the Need to Massively Increase Bioenergy and Byproducts to Fight Climate Change

(BioFuture Platform)  According to projections of international energy agencies, the use of bioenergy as a share of the world’s energy usage needs to more than double by 2030 if the world is to avoid temperature rises above 2º C. “We simply have no choice. We have to massively scale up bioenergy,

October 30, 2017 Read Full Article

Industry Teams Learn About U.S. Ethanol Value Chain Firsthand

(U.S. Grains Council)  Three ethanol trade teams consisting of ministry and industry delegates traversed the U.S. ethanol value chain from the field to the pump ahead of the Ethanol Summit of the Americas. The three teams included representatives from 12 countries that explored the U.S. ethanol industry in Missouri, South Dakota

October 29, 2017 Read Full Article

U.S. Sets Antidumping Duties on Argentine, Indonesian Biodiesel

by Eric Walsh (Reuters)  The U.S. Commerce Department set preliminary antidumping duties on imports of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia, after an initial finding that the products used as motor fuel were being sold at prices below market value in the United States. The antidumping duties set range from 54.36 percent to

October 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Argentina’s Biodiesel Plagued by Commercial and Environmental Challenges

by  Daniel Gutman (Inter  Press Service)  The Argentine biodiesel industry, which in the last 10 years has become one of the most powerful in the world, has an uncertain future, faced with protectionist measures in the United States and Europe and doubts in the international scenario about the environmental impact of

October 18, 2017 Read Full Article

Industry in Full Court Press on DC Priorities

by Donnell Rehagen (National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  … Our big three in D.C. remain the Renewable Fuel Standard, the trade case and the biodiesel tax incentive. All three issues require a comprehensive, multifaceted approach made up of advocacy efforts in Congress, various federal agencies and legal work. And all require significant efforts.

October 18, 2017 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2018 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2019; Availability of Supplemental Information and Request for Further Comment (Deadline October 19, 2017)

(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/Federal Register)  This document provides additional data and an opportunity to comment on that data and potential options for reductions in the 2018 biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel volumes, and/or the 2019 biomass-based diesel volume under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. In a July

October 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Refiners Make America-First Pitch to Cut Biofuels

(Argus Media)  US independent refiners seized on protectionist themes and two key biofuel industry victories this year to argue regulators must reduce federally mandated blending of renewable fuels. Refiners framed a US-first pitch to slash more than 1bn USG — almost 7pc — of total proposed biofuel mandates in comments submitted

October 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Argentina Seeks Minimum Biodiesel Price Rather than U.S. Tariffs

by Maximiliano Rizzi (Reuters/NASDAQ)  Argentina’s government is negotiating a minimum price for its biodiesel exports to the United States that it hopes could replace punitive tariffs implemented last month, a foreign ministry official told Reuters on Thursday. An agreement was being sought with the U.S. Commerce Department that would establish a

October 3, 2017 Read Full Article

EBB Will Challenge EU Reduction on Argentinian Biodiesel Duties

(Biofuels International)  The European Union is lowering import duties on Argentinian biodiesel after the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruled against initial measures taken against cheap imports from the South American country, Reuters reports. The European Biodiesel Board, an EU producer group, is now preparing to put together a new challenge against the

September 20, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

US Biodiesel Supply Looks Thin Moving into Q4 and beyond: Sources

(Platts/UkrAgroConsult)  The US could have trouble meeting its biodiesel blending mandate as imports from Argentina and Indonesia have been cut off by duties, sources have said. “Without Argentina this year or early next year there’s going to be a shortage in the market,” said one source. … US plants had

September 19, 2017 Read Full Article

New U.S. Duties on Biodiesel Will Create Void

by Sean Pratt  (The Western Producer)  If the U.S. plans to fill the gap created by slamming the door on Argentina and Indonesia, it may need Canadian canola  —  A biodiesel dispute involving the United States and other countries could end up boosting demand for Canadian canola oil, depending on

September 15, 2017 Read Full Article

EU-28 Biodiesel Imports Likely to Increase Significantly

(UFOP/Biodiesel Magazine)  EU-28 biodiesel imports from the world’s three biggest exporters, Argentina, Indonesia and Malaysia, have dropped substantially since 2013. Whereas in 2012, Argentina still exported 1.48 million metric tons (444.3 million gallons) of soybean oil-based biodiesel and Indonesia shipped 1.09 million tons (327.2 million gallons) of biodiesel produced from palm oil into the

September 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Argentine Biodiesel Industry Says U.S. Duties Will Halt Exports

by Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  Argentine biodiesel exports will be priced out of the U.S. market, its leading industry body said, after Washington decided on Tuesday to impose steep duties on imports that it said were unfairly subsidized. The countervailing duties on soy-based Argentina biodiesel could be as much as 64.17

August 23, 2017 Read Full Article

NBB Fair Trade Coalition Succeeds in Latest Stage of Biodiesel Import Cases

(National Biodiesel Board)  Department Finds That Argentina and Indonesia Unfairly Subsidize Biodiesel They Export to US   —  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Fair Trade Coalition won a preliminary countervailing duty determination from the Commerce Department regarding subsidized biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. The Commerce Department found that Argentina and

August 22, 2017 Read Full Article

It’s Hard to Keep Up With All That Lithium Demand

by Laura Millan Lombrana and Jonathan Gilbert (Bloomberg)  As established players expand, some newcomers seen struggling; New mine teething problems tightening credit for projects  —  … Producers everywhere have struggled to keep up with demand as electric cars went from almost no sales a decade ago to more than half a

August 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Biodiesel From Argentina and Indonesia: Postponement of Preliminary Determinations of Antidumping Duty Investigations

(Federal Register/International Trade Administration)  On April 12, 2017, the Department of Commerce (Department) initiated antidumping duty (AD) investigations on biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia.[1] Currently, the preliminary determinations of these investigations are due no later than August 30, 2017. Postponement of Preliminary Determination Section 733(b)(1)(A) of the Tariff Act of

August 17, 2017 Read Full Article

EBB: There Is No Reason EU Should Act Now to Lower Import Duties

(European Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  EU member states are to decide on the European Commission’s proposal to radically lower the antidumping duties on Argentinian and Indonesian biodiesel imports. The European biodiesel industry warns of the dramatic impact that this decision may have on 120,000 jobs and on the efficiency of the

August 9, 2017 Read Full Article

Application of America-First Approach to RVOs Well-Intended, But Misses the Mark

by Donnell Rehagen (National Biodiesel Board)  The first action by the Trump administration on the Renewable Fuel Standard was much anticipated. The National Biodiesel Board and the entire biofuels industry eagerly awaited the 2018 renewable volume obligations (RVO) proposal released in July. The RFS was intended to move this country

August 9, 2017 Read Full Article

EU to Cut Biodiesel Tariffs for Argentina, Indonesia, Following WTO Ruling

by Poppy Carnell (M Lex Market Insight) EU dumping tariffs on biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia will be cut by more than half, after European investigators recalculated the duty rate in line with a ruling by the World Trade Organization. The move follows the WTO’s conclusion last year that EU tariffs

July 20, 2017 Read Full Article

NBB Considers Legal Options Regarding Surging Argentinian Biodiesel Imports Since Filing of Trade Petition

(National Biodiesel Board)   New data show that dumped and subsidized biodiesel imports from Argentina continue unabated and, in fact, have further surged into the United States. In March of 2017, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Fair Trade Coalition filed petitions with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International

July 7, 2017 Read Full Article

EPA Targets Biofuel Imports and Biodiesel, HUH?

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA wants to cut imports of biofuels, but the biodiesel and advanced biofuels industries are mystified as to why it’s getting into that arena, Pro’s Eric Wolff reports . EPA cut back advanced biofuels, and it’s inviting comment on cutting back advanced biodiesel, all

July 7, 2017 Read Full Article

150+: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Energy Group

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) is the US’  biggest producer of biomass-based diesel, and leading provider of cleaner, lower carbon intensity products and services. REG utilizes an integrated procurement, distribution, and logistics network to convert natural fats, oils, greases, and sugars into lower carbon

July 7, 2017 Read Full Article

NBB Considers Legal Options Regarding Surging Argentinian Biodiesel Imports Since Filing of Trade Petition

(National Biodiesel Board)  New data show that dumped and subsidized biodiesel imports from Argentina continue unabated and, in fact, have further surged into the United States. In March of 2017, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Fair Trade Coalition filed petitions with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International

June 29, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

US Advances Biodiesel Dumping Case against Imports from Argentina, Indonesia

by Meghan Gordon (Platts) The US International Trade Commission voted Friday to allow US biodiesel producers’ petition against Argentina and Indonesia to go forward. The National Biodiesel Board filed the petition in March, seeking antidumping and countervailing duty measures against Argentina and Indonesia because of a surge in imports last year.

May 8, 2017 Read Full Article

National Biodiesel Board Applauds New Biodiesel Tax Credit Bill

(National Biodiesel Board)  Grassley-Cantwell bill would modify the biodiesel tax credit to a production credit  —  Today the National Biodiesel Board applauded the introduction of a bipartisan biodiesel tax credit bill that would convert the blender’s credit for biodiesel to a $1-per-gallon production credit for fuels produced in the United

April 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Argentina to Try to Revive Exports of Biodiesel and Lemons at the Bilateral Meeting between Macri and Trump

(telam.com) The meeting between the presidents will be an opportunity for the country to try to recover the market for agroindustrial exports that are paralyzed. Bilateral trade in 2016 reached US $ 10,472 million, with a favorable balance for the United States of US $ 2,101 million. … Argentina and the

April 26, 2017 Read Full Article

U.S. to Launch Probe into Argentina, Indonesia Biodiesel Imports

by Eric Walsh and Fransiska Nangoy (Reuters)  The United States said on Thursday it would start an investigation into imports of biodiesel from Indonesia and Argentina for possible dumping and subsidization. The U.S. International Trade Commission is scheduled to make a preliminary decision by May 8 on whether such imports hurt

April 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Grains Piled on Runways, Parking Lots, Fields Amid Global Glut

by P.J. Huffstutter and Karl Plume (Reuters)  … World stockpiles of corn and wheat are at record highs. From Iowa to China, years of bumper crops and low prices have overwhelmed storage capacity for basic foodstuffs. Global stocks of corn, wheat, rice and soybeans combined will hit a record 671.1 million

April 11, 2017 Read Full Article

The Imports Cometh

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel hit extreme heights in 2016, fulfilling a third of the consumption market, driving the domestic biodiesel industry to more actively seek counteracting measures to protect its own investments.   —  The U.S. imported nearly three times more biodiesel and renewable

April 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Plant Manager Launches Petition to Reform US Tax Credit

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A biodiesel plant manager in Mississippi is doing his part to bring attention to the growing momentum to reinstate the expired $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax credit, and to reform the incentive so that only domestic producers are eligible for it. Phillip Harden, manager of Scott Petroleum

April 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Dumping Complaint Could Kill Argentine Biodiesel Exports, Groups Says

by Maximiliano Rizzi (Reuters)  Argentina’s biodiesel exports could be devastated if the U.S. government imposed anti-dumping duties on the coutrtry based on a complaint by the U.S. National Biodiesel Board, the heads of two local industry chambers said. The board last week asked the U.S. government to impose anti-dumping duties on

April 4, 2017 Read Full Article

U.S. National Biodiesel Board Petitions against ‘Illegal’ Biodiesel Imports

by Christine Prentice and Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  The National Biodiesel Board said on Thursday it has filed a petition to the U.S. government to investigate imports from Argentina and Indonesia, saying they have violated trade laws by flooding the U.S. market with dumped, subsidized biodiesel. The National Biodiesel Board filed the

March 23, 2017 Read Full Article

INTERVIEW-Argentina Could Double Percentage of Ethanol in Fuels -Official

by Maximilian Heath (Reuters)  Argentina in the next two to three years could double the proportion of ethanol used in gasoline from the current 12 percent of the blend, a government official told Reuters. If the government goes forward with the increase, the South American agricultural country’s annual consumption of ethanol,

February 16, 2017 Read Full Article

US Biodiesel Market Hits New High, Imports Pass 1 Billion Gallons

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  U.S. consumers saw a record of almost 2.9 billion gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel in 2016, outpacing the previous record by almost 40 percent. Also for the first time ever, the monthly market topped 300 million gallons, with December’s numbers coming in at 362 million gallons.

January 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Biodiesel: The Field Could Save $ 6 Billion

by Fernando Bertello (La Nacion (Google translation))  The Ministry of Agroindustry of the Nation works in a resolution so that the agricultural producers can make own use of biodiesel by means of a system to fason with the industries. The initiative is being promoted by the Secretariat of Value Added

January 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuels Mandates Around the World 2017

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in 64 countries. The bulk of mandates continue to come from the EU-27, where the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) specified a 10

December 29, 2016 Read Full Article

US Biodiesel Producers Lose Court Challenge over Argentinian Imports

by Meghan Gordon (Platts)  A US appeals court Tuesday dismissed a challenge by American biodiesel producers to the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision allowing Argentinian biodiesel to qualify for US renewable fuel credits. The National Biodiesel Board trade group had argued that EPA was not holding Argentinian producers to the same environmental

December 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Tossed Aside in the ‘White Gold’ Rush: Indigenous People Are Left Poor as Tech World Takes Lithium from under Their Feet

Story by Todd C. Frankel and Peter Whoriskey; Photos and videos by Michael Robinson Chavez; Video editing by Jorge Ribas (The Washington Post)  In the thin air of the salt flats here, nearly 13,000 feet above sea level, the indigenous Atacamas people face a constant struggle.  …  Yet beneath their ancestral land

December 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Argentina Biodiesel Producers Fear Losing Access to U.S. Market

by Maximilian Heath (Reuters) Argentina’s biodiesel producers fear losing access to the United States, the destination of nearly all their exports, after Donald Trump’s surprise victory in presidential elections earlier this month, representatives of the sector said. The Republican candidate, who is skeptical of climate change and has advocated scrapping or renegotiating

December 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Preliminary Approval to the Project to Reuse Cooking Oil for Biodiesel

(30 Dias de Noticias (Google translation))  It aims to boost production of biofuels and avoid contamination.  —  The bill the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Antonio Bonfatti, which establishes the reuse of vegetable oils and fats used for frying biofuel production had preliminary approval in the House. The initiative,

November 25, 2016 Read Full Article

Argentina Biodiesel Producers Fear Losing Access to U.S. Market

by Maximilian Heath (Reuters)  Argentina’s biodiesel producers fear losing access to the United States, the destination of nearly all their exports, after Donald Trump’s surprise victory in presidential elections earlier this month, representatives of the sector said. The Republican candidate, who is skeptical of climate change and has advocated scrapping or

November 23, 2016 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Board to Argue against Argentine Imports

by Mark Drajem & Ari Natter (Bloomberg)  Early last year the EPA sent a letter to the Argentine biodiesel board that set out how its members could qualify their fuel as having been produced from “qualified land,” allowing them to sell into the U.S. under the Renewable Fuel Standard. That letter,

November 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Global Biodiesel Production and Consumption Statistics

(IEA Task 39) Global biodiesel production and consumption is forecast to rise by 14% from 2016 to 2020, driven by the fulfillment of current biofuel policies in the US, Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia and the EU, according to an Agricultural Outlook issued by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the

September 30, 2016 Read Full Article

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service Publishes Regular GAIN Reports on Biofuels in Countries around the World

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service publishes regular GAIN reports on biofuels in countries around the world. Some of the recent reports included the European Union (download), Japan (download), Philippines (download), Brazil (download), Colombia (download), Canada (download), Thailand (download), Indonesia (download), Malaysia (download), Argentina (download) and Australia (download).   READ MORE

September 30, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Global Biofuels Market Will Gain Momentum Due to Increasing Energy Security Until 2020, Says Technavio

(BusinessWire/Technavio)  The global biofuels market is expected grow at a CAGR of nearly 6% during the forecast period, according to Technavio’s latest report. In this report, Technavio covers the market outlook and growth prospects of the global biofuels market for 2016-2020. The market is further categorized into two fuel type

September 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Biomass-Based Diesel Mandates and Trade Trends around the World

by Susan Olson (Genscape/Biofuels Digest)  Biomass-based diesel mandates for blending in transportation fuel have increased in many nations worldwide over the last year. In several of these countries, domestic biodiesel production is underutilized and many of these same countries are net exporters. These increases don’t necessarily create the opportunity for

September 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Cows Who Live in Glass Houses Shouldn’t Emit Stones

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This month in Finland, a team of intrepid researchers herded one thousand European cows one-by-one into a glass “metabolic chamber” to measure their methane emissions, digestion, production characteristics, energy-efficiency, metabolism, and the microbial make-up of their rumens. The Project is known as RuminOmics … The

September 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Could A Lithium Shortage De-Rail The Electric Car Boom?

by James Stafford (OilPrice.com)  … Lithium is our new fuel, but like fossil fuels, the reserves we’re currently tapping into are finite—and that’s what investors can take to the bank. … And yet, despite this skepticism, lithium demand is rising steadily and sharply, and indications that a shortage may be looming are

August 25, 2016 Read Full Article

Viewpoint: Run on the RINs Bank This Year

(Argus Media)  The bank of carryover RINs used to comply with US renewable fuel mandates faces a draw of nearly 500mn RINs this year to meet a stiff blend requirement of 10.1pc of the country’s transportation fuel. An Argus analysis found that obligated parties may need to make use of

August 15, 2016 Read Full Article

World Biodiesel Production/Consumption to Rise 14% by 2020: OECD/FAO

by Chrysa Glystra  and Sean Bartlett (Platts)  Global biodiesel production and consumption is forecast to rise by 14% from 2016 to 2020, driven by the fulfillment of current biofuel policies in the US, Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia and the EU, according to an Agricultural Outlook released late Monday by the Organization for Economic

July 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Strong Demand for Bioethanol from Emerging Markets to Beef up Enzyme Sector, Study Finds

(Biofuels International)  The global enzymes market is expected to reach $17.5bn by 2024 helped by strong demand for bioethanol in emerging economies, according to a new study by Grand View Research. Growing demand for enzymes in food and beverage products as they improve quality and eliminate deficiencies in the products is

July 7, 2016 Read Full Article

Biogeochemical Research Priorities for Sustainable Biofuel and Bioenergy Feedstock Production in the Americas.

by Gollany HT, Titus BD, Scott DA, Asbjornsen H, Resh SC, Chimner RA, Kaczmarek DJ, Leite LF, Ferreira AC, Rod KA, Hilbert J, Galdos MV, Cisz ME (Biogeochemical Research)   Rapid expansion in biomass production for biofuels and bioenergy in the Americas is increasing demand on the ecosystem resources required to

June 28, 2016 Read Full Article

Big Soy Crop No Help for U.S. Biofuel Makers Overrun by Imports

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Biodiesel plants idled as shipments from Asia, Argentina jump; Foreign supplies cheaper or cleaner than fuel from Midwest soy  —  Makers of renewable fuels derived from the vast soybean fields across the American Midwest can’t seem to catch a break. At a time when crops are cheap

June 27, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

REN21 Report Shows Global Increase in Ethanol Production

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  REN21 recently published its annual overview on the state of renewable energy, reporting 2015 was a record year for renewable energy installations. Renewable power and renewable heat both increased, along with renewables used in transportation. According to the report, titled the “Renewables 2016 Global

June 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Biodiesel and False Dichotomy: Why Fill the Tank with Energy Derived from Soy Does Not Compete with Food

(iProfessional (Goggle Translation)  In recent months, the oil price rose 30%. This rekindled the debate about the impact of this alternative fuel prices and food supply. Experts explain how this industry can help foster a cycle of “virtuous growth” in the country … While the main cause of this recovery

June 8, 2016 Read Full Article

The Battle Over Argentine Biofuel

by Bruce Dorminey (RenewableEnergyWorld.com)  Argentina biodiesel faces anti-dumping tariffs if it enters the EU market but there might be some relief in sight. After years of crying foul, Argentina finally got some good news late last month when a World Trade Organization (WTO) panel ruled that current European Union tariffs

June 3, 2016 Read Full Article

Latest Diesel Quality Trends Revealed in Biennial Survey

(Infineum International Ltd./Biodiesel Magazine)  Infineum has revealed the initial results from its latest biennial global Winter Diesel Fuel Quality Survey, offering a unique update on the current trends in the industry across the global marketplace. The Infineum survey collected samples from service stations from across eight countries in order to

April 28, 2016 Read Full Article

Argentina Ethanol Blend Hike to 26% in 2017 ‘Impossible’: Industry Group

by Charles Newbery (Platts)  Argentina’s ethanol sector needs more time and investment in order to meet potential significant increases in the country’s gasoline ethanol blend, Claudio Molina, executive director of the Argentine Biofuels and Hydrogen Association, said Thursday. The government is considering increasing the blend from the current 12% to 26%

April 26, 2016 Read Full Article

Tesla And Other Tech Giants Scramble For Lithium As Prices Double

by James Stafford (OilPrice.com)  Demand for lithium—the hottest commodity on the planet and the only commodity to show positive price movement in 2015—is poised to continue on its upward trajectory, becoming the world’s new gasoline and earning the moniker of ‘’White Petroleum’’. And the battle for market share in and

April 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Argentina to Order Steep Rise in Ethanol Use in Fuels: Industry

(Reuters Business Insider)  Argentina will steeply increase the required blend of ethanol used in gasoline from next year, as part of a policy of diversifying away from the use of fossil fuels, an executive from a bioethanol industry body told Reuters. “The plan of (Argentine President) Mauricio Macri’s government is

April 12, 2016 Read Full Article

Importing to Meet California Demand

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S. imported a record volume of biomass-based diesel in 2015.  …  This increase in imports is particularly interesting because 2015 was a year with no forward-looking $1-per-gallon blender’s tax credit, and, for 11 months of the year, no RFS targets were in play. In

April 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Argentina Ups Ethanol Blending Mandate in Gasoline to 12% from 10%

by Charles Newbery (Platts)  The Argentine government Friday said it has raised the ethanol blending mandate in gasoline to 12% from 10% with immediate effect, according to a decree published in the Official Bulletin, the government’s newspaper of record. In February, President Mauricio Macri vowed to boost the blend to help

April 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: The 2016 Visual Guide

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) 64 countries have targets or mandates – but how much where, and when, and what?  The bulk of mandates continue to come from the EU-27, where the Renewable Energy Directive specified a 10 percent renewable content by 2020 but has been scaled back to the 5-7.5

April 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Gevo Signs Licensing and Joint Development Agreements With Porta

(GEVO)  Gevo and Porta Are Targeting the Construction of at Least Four Isobutanol Plants in Argentina; First Plant to be Wholly Owned by Porta, With a Targeted Production Capacity of Up to Five Million Gallons Per Year  —  Gevo, Inc.(NASDAQ:GEVO), announced today that it has entered into a license agreement

February 26, 2016 Read Full Article

IEA and GBEP Launch Bioenergy and Water Paper

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Italy, IEA Bioenergy and the Global Bioenergy Partnership have published the “Examples of Positive Bioenergy and Water Relationships,” which includes examples that illustrate an encouraging variety both in terms of bioenergy systems and geographical distribution, and shows how solutions can be found that produce

February 24, 2016 Read Full Article

4 Advanced Biofuel Plants for Argentina as Porta, Gevo Announce Deal

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Gevo and Porta are targeting the construction of at least four isobutanol plants in Argentina; first plant to be wholly owned by Porta, with a targeted production capacity of up to five million gallons per year In Colorado, Gevo has entered into a license agreement and

February 3, 2016 Read Full Article

Our Commitment to a Sustainable Future

by Carlos Araujo (Biodiesel Magazine/Evonik Corp.)  Biodiesel is a real solution to reducing carbon emissions and mitigating the threat of climate change the world over. Many countries are adopting plans to reduce greenhouse gases, and biodiesel is an effective part of those measures. … There exist numerous possible ways to reduce

January 27, 2016 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Production Rises in 2015 as Consumers Seek Cleaner Fuels

(National Biodiesel Board)   US consumers used a record of nearly 2.1 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2015, reducing America’s carbon emissions by at least 18.2 million metric tons, according to new EPA data released as the industry kicks off its 2016 Biodiesel Conference and Expo. Biodiesel industry leaders said

January 25, 2016 Read Full Article

National Biodiesel Board Challenge to Rules on Argentinian Biodiesel Imports Continues

(American Soybean Association)  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) this week filed a legal brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit regarding their petition for review of EPA rules on Argentinian biodiesel imports under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In January of 2015 the U.S. EPA approved

January 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Top 10 Bioeconomy and Biofuels Predictions for 2016

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A mere “The Year in Rewind” as we reach the end of 2015? Not the good ship Digest!  Instead, we dust off our crystal ball and peer into tomorrowland. As the sunset of 2015 gives way to the dawn of 2016, here at the Digest

January 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2016

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Who mandates what in biofuels? 64 countries have targets or mandates — but how much where, and when, and what? In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in 64

January 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Viewpoint: US Biodiesel Imports to Grow in 2016

(Argus)  Imported biodiesel’s share of the US on-road diesel pool is set to double in 2016 as suppliers in Argentina and elsewhere boost volumes after the US government issued clearer rules for blending tax credits and volumes. The recent devaluation of the Argentine peso by 25pc will further promote biodiesel’s

December 28, 2015 Read Full Article

The Countries That Produce The Most Biofuels [Infographic]

by Niall McCarthy (Forbes) In 2010, global biofuel production reached approximately 28 billion gallons. Produced when biomass is converted directly into liquid fuel, ethanol and biodiesel are the two most common forms of biofuel in use today. Who are the main players in global biofuel production?  READ MORE

December 18, 2015 Read Full Article

The 2016 US Outlook for Ethanol and Biodiesel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … “In the old days, ethanol was a political commodity,” Informa Economics Senior VP Scott Richman told the crowd assembled at the Canadian Bioeconomy Conference in Vancouver this week, organized by the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association. “Now, it’s a commodity with a political element but not purely

December 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Hydrocarbons Launched Biodiesel Plant

(Ushuaia News, Google translation) The Ministry of Energy and Hydrocarbons began with the installation work and commissioning of the plant recovery from used vegetable oils for the production of biodiesel. The Secretary of Energy and Hydrocarbons, Alejandro Aguirre explained that “this project, begun several years ago , translates through contributions in

December 2, 2015 Read Full Article

They Opened the Country’s Largest Ethanol Dehydration Plant

(primerafuente.com.ar/Google Translation)  The plant, which is used as raw material hydrated alcohol, has a high energy efficiency and a limited steam consumption, based on a proven work in Europe, which was optimized by Brazilian engineer, Florenal Zarpelon. “This is really a tremendous effort we have done because I believe that

October 2, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Biofuels Capacity to Grow to 61 BGY in 2018

(Lux Research/MarketWired)  Ethanol and Biodiesel Continue Their Domination but Remain Relatively Flat, While Novel Fuels and Novel Feedstocks Grow at Double-Digit Rates, Says Lux Research Global biofuels capacity will grow to 61 billion gallons per year (BGY) in 2018, up from 55.1 BGY in 2014. Ethanol and biodiesel will continue

September 22, 2015 Read Full Article

Fuelling Mackay’s Job Market into the Future

by Emily Smith (Daily Mercury)  NOTHING creates jobs like the resource industry.  It’s a widely held view in the Mackay region but Carl Morton is throwing it up for debate.  The national operations manager for Wilmar’s bioethanol distillery said employment opportunities in biofuels one day may rival the resource industry,

September 4, 2015 Read Full Article

Biofuel Use in International Markets: The Importance of Trade

by Jayson Beckman (US Department of Agriculture)  Global biofuel production rose tremendously over 2001-13, led largely by rapid growth in the United States and the European Union (EU). Brazil, the second largest biofuel producer, doubled its production in that span. A favorable business and policy climate from 2001 to 2010 helped

September 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Commentary on the Recent Development of Price Indices for Oilseeds and Meals

(Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)  In July, the FAO price indices for oilseeds and meals rose by 3–4 percent compared to the previous month, gaining, respectively, 4 and 7 points. By contrast, after strengthening for two consecutive months, the index for vegetable oils decreased by 6 percent

August 11, 2015 Read Full Article

Investment in Energy Technology to Hit $400 Billion by 2030

by Roseline Okere (The Guardian (Nigeria)) The International Energy Agency (IEA) has projected that increasing investment in renewable energy technologies in the power sector will increase from $270 billion in 2015 to $400 billion in 2030. … It stated that lower oil prices proved to be a challenge for other 13

June 26, 2015 Read Full Article

Argentinian Ethanol Producers Seek 12% Blend in Gasoline

(Platts)  Argentinian ethanol producers are pressing the government to boost the blend in gasoline to 12% from 10%, an effort led by the struggling sugarcane sector, an industry source said Thursday. … With a glut of sugar in the world, it is hard for the cane sector to export surplus

May 4, 2015 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Industry Seeks to Reverse Argentina Import Decision

(National Biodiesel Board)  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is calling for the EPA to stay its recent decision to streamline Argentinian biodiesel imports to the U.S. under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) pending public review and comment. In a petition filed Monday with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, NBB cited the

April 7, 2015 Read Full Article

More Gevolution

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The results from Gevo’s 4th quarter are in, and a worth a look-see, not only for fans of isobutanol and its prospects.  Also for a look at how this member of the 2010-12 IPO group of companies is crossing the multiple Valleys of Death that have

April 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Positive Review of “Sustainable Development of Biofuels in Latin America and the Caribbean”

by Thomas N. Thompson  (Biofuels Digest/U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD), Washington)  … This superb collection of essays shows that Latin America is emerging as a major global producer of biofuels as countries across the region seek to leverage competitive advantages like vast stretches of fertile land and tropical weather. According to the

February 16, 2015 Read Full Article

EPA Ruling Regarding Biodiesel Imports Batters Oil Values

by Mark Conlon (Farm & Ranch Guide)  The Environmental Protection Agency’s recent ruling to allow U.S. imports of Argentine biodiesel under the Renewable Fuel Standards had a bearish effect on oil values. “Oil values took a beating after the ruling by EPA, said John Sandbakken, executive director of the National

February 8, 2015 Read Full Article

U.S. Industry Blasts EPA Decision on Biodiesel Imports

(National Biodiesel Board)  EPA to Fast-Track Argentinian Biodiesel by Easing Sustainability Requirements The National Biodiesel Board on Tuesday sharply criticized a decision by the EPA to allow streamlined Argentinian biodiesel imports to the U.S. under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). “This decision poses a tremendous threat to U.S. industry and

January 27, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2015

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who mandates what in biofuels? 64 countries have targets or mandates — but how much where, and when, and what?  In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in

January 5, 2015 Read Full Article

Biofuels Sector on the Edge

by Emily Parkinson (Financial Review) Australia’s struggling biofuels industry has had an annus horribilis.   First came the budget decision to scrap the excise-free status the sector believed would be in place until 2021. “It threw us completely,” Andrew White, chief executive of listed biodiesel producer Australian Renewable Fuels says

November 25, 2014 Read Full Article

4 Minutes With…Sebastian Scaparro, Business Developer and Administration Manager, ALS Bioenergy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … ALS Bioenergy is a company that develops and commercialize technologies for biofuels, agroindustrial and bioproducts. Our technology is multifeedstock, glycerin free and has a much lower cloud point then the traditional process. … We really need to have one or two companies that really makes

October 21, 2014 Read Full Article

Ahead of His Time

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The idea of wet biomass storage has yet to catch on in the cellulosic industry, despite long-term use in the pulp and paper industry. Jim Hettenhaus is a passionate advocate of wet biomass storage.  …  Hettenhaus has been talking about the advantages of wet

October 1, 2014 Read Full Article

Answers for Your Questions about the Bioeconomy, Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals and Bioproducts

by Jim Lane  (Biofuels Digest)  … With great sessions at conferences, delegates are usually keen to get a hold of the powerpoint decks. But how do you get a hold of the great Q&A that follows the presentations — or the pertinent questions that get left unanswered when sessions run out

August 14, 2014 Read Full Article

U.S. Trade Rep Tours Biodiesel Leader’s Family Farm, Discusses RFS Threats

(Iowa Biodiesel Board)  Argentine biodiesel imports could reverse domestic energy progress Hosting a U.S. Trade Representative on his family farm outside Des Moines, Grant Kimberley, executive director of the Iowa Biodiesel Board, took the opportunity to discuss trade issues relevant to biodiesel. This included the threat imported biodiesel poses to

August 13, 2014 Read Full Article

Adding Value to the Raw Glycerin from Biodiesel Plants

(Environmental-Expert.com/ABATEC SA) ABATEC SA introduces the BD4-MG system, to manufacture Methanol from raw Glycerol. It is an innovative way for adding value to the glycerol produced in the biodiesel plants. READ MORE

August 13, 2014 Read Full Article

New Council of International Biotech Associations Formed

(Biotechnology Industry Organization)  An international confederation of biotechnology trade associations announced today the ratification of bylaws creating the International Council of Biotechnology Associations (ICBA), with the expressed purpose of advocating for public policies that support the growth of the innovative biotechnology industry worldwide. Jim Greenwood, BIO’s President and Chief Executive

July 22, 2014 Read Full Article

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