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Insight – How Biofuels and Rising Incomes Impact Grain and Oilseed Demand

(Austrade/Mirage) Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and poor seasonal conditions in North America in 2022 have created spikes in world prices for grain and oilseed (See Figure 1). However, 2 long-term factors are likely to increase global demand for grains and oilseeds over the next decade. These are: demand for animal feed,

September 30, 2022 Read Full Article

China’s Biodiesel Production to Expand by 32% in 2022

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine) China’s biodiesel production in 2022 is expected to increase by 32 percent when compared to 2021 due primarily to a surge in export demand, according to a report filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network. Domestic ethanol blend rates, however, remain limited 

September 29, 2022 Read Full Article

New Catalyst Offers a More Affordable Way to Produce Hydrogen from Seawater

by Jeannie Kever (University of Houston)   Researchers Discover a Single Catalyst Capable of Splitting Both Freshwater and Seawater at Low Voltage — Hydrogen has drawn attention in recent years as a potential source of clean energy because it burns without producing climate-damaging emissions. However, traditional hydrogen production methods have a substantial

September 28, 2022 Read Full Article

Shipping Industry Prepares for a Future Powered by Sustainable Fuels

by Isabelle Gerretsen (China Dialogue/Transport Energy Strategies) Experts say the shipping industry will have to decarbonise rapidly to keep global average temperature increases below the critical threshold of 1.5C, and find alternative green fuels to the polluting diesel that currently powers most vessels. To keep 1.5C alive, global emissions will need to

September 22, 2022 Read Full Article

Trend Spotting: Hydrogen Combustion Engines

by Tammy Klein (Transport Energy Strategies) There is another hydrogen-related transport trend that some engine manufacturers, car companies and other original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are exploring: hydrogen internal combustion engines (H2-ICEs). Tightening vehicle emission and fuel economy standards in North America, Europe, China and Japan are in part driving the interest

September 22, 2022 Read Full Article

Top 5: All EVs, All the Time in the EU??

by Tammy Klein (Transport Energy Strategies) … • Plug-in Hybrids with E85: An IFPEN study has showed that they’re just as climate-friendly as EVs – but will the EU Commission, Parliament and Council listen as they enter the trilogue negotiations on new CO2 standards? The EU Parliament Approves RED III:

September 22, 2022 Read Full Article

India Plans to Build Alliance of Biofuel Producers

by Rituraj Baruah (Live Mint) The alliance would initially focus on knowledge sharing and transfer of technology on production of biofuel from feedstock and 2G and 3G biofuels, rather than trade —   In a bid to counter OPEC, India is looking at creating an alliance of biofuel producing countries, with biofuel

September 20, 2022 Read Full Article

The Place of Biodiesel as China Eyes Carbon Neutrality

by Kong Lingyu (China Dialogue/Eco Business) China has developed a biodiesel export industry fed by used cooking oil, but a domestic market remains elusive. … Biodiesel stocks have also done well on China’s own markets. The main reasons for this are the global trend towards low-carbon development and the Russo–Ukrainian war

September 16, 2022 Read Full Article

Biden Executive Order to Fund U.S. Biomanufacturing Industry

by Trevor Hunnicutt (Reuters)   President Joe Biden will sign orders on Monday to push more government dollars to the U.S. biotechnology industry, aimed at reducing dependence on China for materials to generate clean energy, weave new fabrics and inoculate populations against the COVID-19 pandemic. The executive order allows the federal government

September 12, 2022 Read Full Article

Direct Conversion of Carbon Dioxide into Bulk Chemicals and Liquid Fuels

(Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy Sciences) High-efficiency utilization of CO2 facilitates the reduction of CO2 concentration in the global atmosphere and hence the alleviation of the greenhouse effect. The chemical utilization of CO2, which refers to converting CO2 into value-added chemicals and liquid fuels, has a distinct and direct CO2 emission reduction effect,

September 9, 2022 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Sustainable Aviation Fuel around the World 2022

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Many countries are now active with Sustainable Aviation Fuel — but how much where, and when, and what? The bulk of activity continues to come from the US — however, the EU has been gaining momentum, and Asia of late has been highly active. Several technologies

August 31, 2022 Read Full Article

We Need More than Just Electric Vehicles: To Decarbonize Road Transport We Need to Complement EVs with Bikes, Rail, City Planning, and Alternative Energy

by Heather L. MacLean, Alexandre Milovanoffi, Daniel Posen (IEEE Spectrum) China has more EVs than any other country—but it also gets most of its electricity from coal. — … EVs come with important weaknesses, and so people shouldn’t count on them alone to do the job, even for the transportation

August 23, 2022 Read Full Article

A.P. Moller – Maersk Engages in Green Bio-Methanol Partnership with Debo

(A.P. Moller-Maersk) Following the announcement of six strategic green methanol partnerships across the globe earlier this year, A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) adds a seventh methanol partnership with Chinese bioenergy enterprise Debo on the quest to boost global production capacity. The parties have signed a Letter of Intent covering Debo’s

August 23, 2022 Read Full Article

Speed-the-Leaf: RIPE’s Photosynthesis Breakthru Offers a 20% Increase in Crop Yield

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)… Some years ago, the RIPE team went down the rabbit hole of transforming photosynthesis,”harnessing the sun to help the feed the world,” on the noble theory that if plants are more efficient, we’ll have more food, fiber, fuel, and what have you. I’ve stood on

August 23, 2022 Read Full Article

Scientists Propose the Optimal Way to Produce Biofuels

(South Ural State University/TechXplore) Scientists from Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Egypt have proposed the most effective mathematical model of the biodiesel production process at the moment. The simulation of the biodiesel production process from soybean oil and methanol was performed using machine learning. The study was published

August 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Biofuels to Power the Aviation Sector towards Cleaner Skies!

by Shishir Joshipura (Times of India) … Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) derived from bio-based resources is a low carbon aviation fuel that has been successfully tested on the pilot scale. Bio-based sugary, starchy, and lignocellulosic feedstocks undergo biochemical and biothermal processing in advanced bio-refinery to produce sustainable aviation fuel. Being low

August 17, 2022 Read Full Article

Sinopec Capital and Johnson Matthey Explore Strategic Collaboration across Decarbonisation and Hydrogen Technologies

(Johns Matthey)  On 2nd August 2022, A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Sinopec Capital and Johnson Matthey China signals the start of active dialogues to explore joint possibilities across green and blue hydrogen, fuel cells, decarbonisation technologies and circular economy business in China. Mr ZHOU Meiyun, Deputy Chairman and General

August 9, 2022 Read Full Article

Always the Bridesmaid Never the Bride – The Problem with On-Purpose Bio-Propane

Steven Slome, Joshua C. Velson and Tom Fox  (NextantECA)  Like many chemicals and fuels, propane is at a crossroads.  As is happening for other fuels and chemicals currently, the propane industry is exploring options for increasing the sustainability of their product.  There are several technically feasible options for producing on-purpose bio-propane at

August 5, 2022 Read Full Article

PM: Malaysia to Be Positioned as Biomass Hub

by Nuradzimmah Daim (New Straits Times)  Malaysia will step up efforts to use materials derived from commodity by-product to reduce waste and generate more revenue. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said biomass sources had been identified to produce value-added products. “Malaysia can emerge as a biomass hub, which is appropriate

July 27, 2022 Read Full Article

Virtuous Cycles: Breakthroughs in the Use of Bacteria Are Helping Us to Build a New Green Economy.

by Peter Forbes (New Humanist) … Humans are finally learning from the original carbon cycle, which has governed Earth for 4 billion years. This natural cycle is regulated largely by bacteria and other microbes. Today, using what we know about the chemical wizardry of bacteria, scientists are developing processes to create

July 26, 2022 Read Full Article

Solar-Powered Chemistry Uses Carbon Dioxide and Water to Make Feedstock for Fuels, Chemicals

(Michigan News)  Producing synthesis gas, a precursor of a variety of fuels and chemicals, no longer requires natural gas, coal or biomass — Solar-powered synthesis gas could recycle carbon dioxide into fuels and useful chemicals, an international team of researchers has shown. Study abstract: “If we can generate syngas from

July 22, 2022 Read Full Article

Phytonix: Converting CO2 Emissions into Sustainable Solar Chemicals & Fuels

by LeeAnne Yu (SCI Innovation) Winner of the 5th China (Shenzhen) Innovation & Entrepreneurship International Competition  —  Bruce Dannenberg founded his company Phytonix in 2009 after having worked in the renewable energy industry for many years. Familiar with a variety of bio-based technologies, he saw a lot of energy production

July 21, 2022 Read Full Article

China’s Sinopec Produces First Biojet Fuel at East China Refinery

by Chen Aizhu (Reuters) China’s Sinopec Corp produced its first aviation fuel from used cooking oil at an industrial-scale facility in east China, the state refining giant said on Tuesday. The biojet facility, built in Sinopec Zhenhai Refining & Chemical Co and able to process 100,000 tonnes of used cooking oil

June 29, 2022 Read Full Article

Hydrogen at Risk of Being the Great Missed Opportunity of the Energy Transition: Hydrogen Forecast to 2050

(DNV) Hydrogen has a crucial role in decarbonizing the world’s energy system, but uptake will be too slow. Governments need to make urgent, significant policy interventions, according to a new report by DNV. In Hydrogen Forecast to 2050, DNV predicts the amount of hydrogen in the energy mix will be only 0.5%

June 15, 2022 Read Full Article

MME and ProQR/GIZ Launch Study “Governance and Public Policies to Incentivize the Production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel”

(Brazil Ministry of Mines and Energy (Google Translation)) The study is an analytical framework on public policy that will introduce sustainable aviation fuel into the Brazilian energy matrix. — The Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) and the ProQR Project (Alternative Fuels Without Climate Impacts) of GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für

June 3, 2022 Read Full Article

SINOPEC Zhenhai Becomes First RSB-Certified SAF Production Unit in Asia

(RSB)  SINOPEC Zhenhai Refining & Chemical Company (SINOPEC Zhenhai)’s 100,000 ton/year HEFA SAF plant has successfully obtained certification from the RSB, becoming the first RSB-certified SAF production unit in Asia. The certification demonstrates that SINOPEC Zhenhai’s supply chain and production management has met the top sustainability standard, and sets a solid

June 1, 2022 Read Full Article

Promoting Favorable Ethanol Action through REEEAC

by Kelly Davis (Renewable Fuels Association) On May 24, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (REEEAC) held its last Charter 6 meeting. REEEAC advises the Secretary of Commerce regarding the development and administration of programs and policies that expand the competitiveness of U.S. exports of renewable energy

May 31, 2022 Read Full Article

Chinese Interest in US Ag Assets Could Pose Security Risks, Federal Report Says

by Noah Wicks (Agri-Pulse)  China’s push to achieve self-sufficiency, which has incentivized the nation to purchase, and even steal, agricultural assets in other countries, could present risks to the economic and national security of the United States, warns a report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. The report says China

May 30, 2022 Read Full Article

Hybrid Electro-biosystem Upcycles Carbon Dioxide into Energy-rich Long-chain Compounds

(Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology)  Artificial upcycling of carbon dioxide (CO2) into value-added products in a sustainable manner represents an opportunity to tackle environmental issues and realize a circular economy. However, compared with facilely available C1/C2 products, efficient and sustainable synthesis of energy-rich long-chain compounds from CO2 still remains a huge challenge.

May 27, 2022 Read Full Article

Current State of North American Ethanol Sector

(Biofuels International)  … In the Administration’s adjoining Summer Fuels Outlook, the forecast for the average price of petroleum and diesel is that the next few months will see prices reaching their highest inflation-adjusted levels since the summer of 2014. This is the background against which Biofuels International spoke to both the US

May 11, 2022 Read Full Article

Singapore Set to Have Largest SAF Output Capacity

(Biofuels International) Singapore is expected to have the world’s largest sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production capacity when Finnish producer Neste’s facility in Tuas is early next year. Neste is now the top SAF producer globally in terms of output and capacity. The Finland-based firm produces renewable fuels, mainly from waste and residues

May 10, 2022 Read Full Article

Can ‘Green Corridors’ Tackle Shipping’s Giant Carbon Footprint?

by Isabelle Gerretsen (China Dialogue) At last year’s COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, 22 countries, including the UK, US, Germany and Japan, signed up to the Clydebank Declaration, announcing their intention to establish various zero-emissions shipping routes known as “green corridors”. By 2025, the aim is to have set up at least

May 3, 2022 Read Full Article

The Environmental Price of Clean Energy Is Still Too High: Report

by Erin Marquis (Jalopnik)  Calculating the cost of clean energy is a dirty job, but Ars Technica is here to do it — … This excellent deep dive published by Ars Technica Monday into what it really costs to go green is a stirring reminder that, while they produce less in terms of emissions,

May 2, 2022 Read Full Article

Angel Yeast to Ramp up Efforts in Sustainable Development Echoing Earth Day 2022

(Angel) Angel Yeast, a listed global yeast and yeast extract manufacturer, announced its plan to make more concrete moves to drive sustainable development on April 22, Earth Day 2022. It is the company’s endeavor and commitment to “Invest in Our Planet,” which is the theme of this year’s Earth Day.

April 25, 2022 Read Full Article

Airlines Seek Clearance for Liftoff on Sustainable Aviation Fuels

by Terry Slavin (Reuters) EU and Britain to force airlines to replace part of kerosene use with non-fossil fuels; Measures in the Biden Administration’s Infrastructure bill to help bridge high cost of SAF; Companies with net-zero commitments sign up to buy SAF, push for high environmental standards —  In the run-up

April 19, 2022 Read Full Article

Porsche Strengthens Commitment to Industrial Production of eFuels

(Porsche)  Porsche is investing USD 75 million in HIF Global LLC. In return, the sports car manufacturer is acquiring a long-term stake in HIF Global LLC, a holding company of internationally active project developers of eFuel production facilities. Among other projects, the Santiago de Chile-based company is building the Haru

April 14, 2022 Read Full Article

Pacific International Lines Trials Marine Biofuel

(Pacific International Lines/Biobased Diesel Daily) As part of ongoing efforts to achieve its decarbonization objectives, Pacific International Lines shared that it is conducting a trial use of marine biofuel on its container vessel Kota Megah when it called at the port of Singapore April 10.     The Kota Megah preparing

April 12, 2022 Read Full Article

The Race to Upcycle CO2 into Fuels, Concrete and More

by Mark Peplow (Nature) Companies are scrambling to turn the greenhouse gas into useful products — but will that slow climate change? — Tongyezhen is a town with coal in its bones. … But later this year, a chemical plant here is set to become the world’s largest facility for

April 6, 2022 Read Full Article

Soap, Proteins and Highly Complex Molecules from CO2 – These Are the Winners of the “Best CO2 Utilisation 2022” Innovation Award

(nova Institute) Large scale investments in CO2-based ethanol, methanol and aviation fuel are just around the corner – supporting climate protection and independence from fossil fuels. Participants of the “Conference on CO2-based Fuels & Chemicals 2022” elected the three innovation award winners. The award was organised by nova-Institute and CO2 Value Europe,

March 31, 2022 Read Full Article

Biden to Invoke Defense Production Act for Electric Vehicle Battery Materials

by Zack Budryk (The Hill) President Biden is set to invoke the Defense Production Act (DPA) as early as this week to step up production of minerals used to manufacture electric vehicle batteries, a source familiar the plans confirmed to The Hill.  Biden is set to issue a presidential determination to stoke domestic production of

March 31, 2022 Read Full Article

Another Milestone on the Way to Climate Neutrality: Covestro Pioneers the Supply of Renewable¹ TDI

(Covestro)  For more sustainable mattresses, upholstered furniture, shoes and automotive seats; Significant reduction of CO2 emissions from cradle-to-gate2; Rapidly implementable solution with consistently high quality —  Covestro is again expanding its range of more circular raw materials and now offers customers in various regions renewable toluene diisocyanate (TDI) which provides a

March 28, 2022 Read Full Article

Call to Remove Food Crops from European Biofuels

by Aisling O’Brien (Agriland) Removing wheat from the production of biofuels in Europe would offset over 20% of the collapsed Ukrainian supplies, according to a campaign group. A study by Transport and Environment (T&E) has shown that 10,000 tonnes of wheat – the equivalent of 15 million loaves of bread – is turned

March 25, 2022 Read Full Article

50 Hottest Projects in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2022

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) On Day 2 of ABLC in Washington, DC, The Digest announced the 50 Hottest Projects in the Advanced Bioeconomy 2022. This year, the focus was on advanced bioeconomy manufacturing sites, completed or in development, at pilot, demonstration or commercial scale for intermediates or finished products, rather

March 18, 2022 Read Full Article

Maersk Enters Agreements to Boost Green Methanol Output

by Giulia Squadrin (Argus Media) Shipping line Maersk is forming partnerships with six companies to boost global capacity of green methanol and source at least 730,000 t/yr of the fuel by the end of 2025. The six partners include Hong Kong-based CIMC ENRIC, Chinese Green Technology Bank (GTB), renewable energy company

March 17, 2022 Read Full Article

Low Cost Green Hydrogen: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to Omni Conversion Technologies

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Producing low-cost hydrogenwith negative CO2 footprint from minimally prepared waste or biomass is what Omni Conversion Technologies is all about. Take a look at this illuminating slide guide on how waste is the new frontier in clean energy, how their gasification and plasma refining system

March 17, 2022 Read Full Article

Commodity Group Leaders Push for Expanded Use of Biofuels

by Daniel Grant (Farm Week Now)  While the U.S. scrambles to fill the void in the oil market created by the ban of Russian imports, commodity group leaders believe the solution is closer to home than Venezuela or Saudi Arabia. “If ever there was a time that underscores the need to

March 15, 2022 Read Full Article

A.P. Moller – Maersk Engages in Strategic Partnerships across the Globe to Scale Green Methanol Production by 2025

(Maersk) To boost the global production capacity of green methanol, A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) enters strategic partnerships with six leading companies with the intent of sourcing at least 730,000 tonnes/year by end of 2025 (see breakdown table below). The six companies are CIMC ENRIC, European Energy, Green Technology Bank,

March 13, 2022 Read Full Article

To the (Climate) Rescue: From First Blip in Chromatogram to Deployment at Industrial Pilot Scale

 by Fungmin Eric Liew (Lanza Tech/Nature Bioengineering Community)  Industrial waste gas can serve as feedstock to manufacture fuels and chemicals through gas fermentation. Our work describes a collaborative and multidisciplinary team effort to engineer gas-utilizing microbe to produce acetone and isopropanol at industrial pilot scale in a carbon-negative fashion. Back

March 8, 2022 Read Full Article

Now on Broadway: LanzaTech’s $2.2B SPAC Merger Takes the Advanced Bioeconomy’s Biggest Hit to an Even Bigger Stage

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Illinois, news arrived that LanzaTech will go public in a merger with the NASDAQ-traded blank check firm AMCI Acquisition Corp II. The deal is reported to value the company at $2.2 billion. The transaction is expected to raise gross proceeds of approximately $275 million, comprised

March 8, 2022 Read Full Article

340 Mgy SAF Plant Being Built in China

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) Oriental Energy Company Ltd. is building a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) manufacturing facility with an annual production capacity of approximately 340 million gallons in Maoming, China, in southwestern Guangdong province. The project will be built in two phases and involves two production units that

March 2, 2022 Read Full Article

EU Biofuel Plan Increases Risk of Fraudulent Imports from Asia: Study

by Sean Goulding Carroll (EURACTIV) EU proposals aimed at cutting transport emissions risk boosting the amount of fraudulent used cooking oil (UCO) imported into the EU, according to a new study by the International Council for Clean Transportation (ICCT), a US-based non-profit organisation. The study, published on Tuesday (22 February), compares UCO collection

February 28, 2022 Read Full Article

Impact of Ethanol-Blended Fuel in Vehicles: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to NREL’s Ethanol Study

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) National Renewable Energy Laboratory’sstudy looks at the impact of ethanol-blended fuel at various blending levels (10%, 15%, and 20% vol.) on “in-operation” vehicles built to differing emissions and manufacturing standards around the world – focusing on vehicles used in Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, South

February 24, 2022 Read Full Article

Carbon Tax Huddle

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The Climate Leadership Council, a GOP-backed group supporting a carbon tax, is launching a new research center to explore how the U.S. could impose a border carbon adjustment or other policy to punish imports of high-polluting goods. Greg Bertelsen, CEO of the Council, told

February 15, 2022 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel & Sustainable Aviation Fuels 2030, Vol 2

by Will Thurmond (Emerging Markets) Renewable Diesel & Sustainable Aviation Fuels 2030, Vol 2. (249 pages, September 2021) provides a detailed analysis and outlook for low-carbon feedstock availability, and a feasibility assessment for technology commercialization pathways in sustainable aviation fuels and low-carbon renewable diesel production. INTRODUCTION AND TABLE OF CONTENTS

February 10, 2022 Read Full Article

Bunge Expects Continuing Boom in Global Biofuels Demand – Bloomberg

by Carl Surran (Seeking Alpha) Bunge (BG -0.8%) said a surge in biofuel demand that helped lift the company to record profits in 2021 and stronger than expected Q4 earnings and revenues should accelerate in coming years. The expanded use of biofuels such as renewable diesel means the U.S. will flip from a net

February 10, 2022 Read Full Article

And the Winners Are…: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to SHV Energy’s Innovation Challenge

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) 5 million tons of CO2 reduction by 2025 and 100% of their energy products to be from renewable sources in 2040 are part of SHV Energy’s ambitions. How does renewable propane and bioLPG fit in? What was the Sustainable Fuels Open Innovation Challenge, how does

February 4, 2022 Read Full Article

Carbon Neutrality: HSBC Invests US$100 Million in Bill Gates-led Green Tech Programme to Support Decarbonisation of Heavy Polluting Sectors

by Daniel Ren (South China Morning Post) Bank will become an anchor partner in Breakthrough Energy Catalyst, an initiative within the Breakthrough Energy network founded by Gates; In December, HSBC unveiled a timeline for ending the financing of coal projects … The initiative focuses on four critical technologies – direct

January 31, 2022 Read Full Article

Researchers Develop Pb1Cu Catalyst for CO2-to-formate Conversion

by TU Bingxin  (University of Science and Technology of China) A research team led by Prof. ZENG Jie from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), and their collaborators, realized highly selective CO2-to-formate conversion via Pb1Cu catalyst. The study was published in Nature Nanotechnology. Converting CO2 into valuable chemicals and fuels with renewable electricity offers a sustainable way toward realizing carbon neutral goals. The

January 29, 2022 Read Full Article

New Catalytic Approach Directly Converts Raw Biomass into Natural Gas with Low Carbon Footprint

by SI Xiaoqin  (Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics Chinese Academy of Sciences) Natural gas can be used as fuel for generating electricity, heating and powering transportation. It is also the raw material to manufacture hydrogen and ammonia. Currently, biogenic and thermogenic processes are the two widely accepted methods for natural

January 28, 2022 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Announces 2022 Policy Priorities

(Growth Energy) Today, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor outlined the top federal priorities of the U.S. biofuel industry, highlighting critical steps policymakers must take to achieve the nation’s energy and climate goals. “If we want to decarbonize the transportation sector, we must use all the tools in the toolbox –

January 21, 2022 Read Full Article

Harmful Algae Blooms: An Untapped Resource

(Bio Market Insights)  … They source excess algal sludge from natural habitats all over the world, processing it into algae-based resin pellets trademarked under the brand name BLOOM. Manufacturers can blend BLOOM pellets with conventional petrochemical-based materials. Ryan Hunt encountered the plastic potential of algae as a graduate student at

January 20, 2022 Read Full Article

Biofuels Market Dynamics 2022 and Beyond: The Digest’s 2022 Multi-Slide Guide to IHS Markit’s Outlook

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last week,we were surrounded by a Ministry of All the Talents, as you might say, experts from the holy of holies, IHS Markit, yes, Dan Yergin’s fabled firm. Want to find out what was covered with Christoph Berg, Stephan Li and Kevin Lindemer? From biofuels

January 20, 2022 Read Full Article

Traders Bet That Oil at $100 Is a Question of When, Not If

by Andrew Janes and Serene Cheong (Bloomberg/Yahoo!)  … Global benchmark Brent crude has jumped 25% to around $88 a barrel since the end of November. Some in the market now think it’s now a question of when — not if — oil hits triple digits, somewhere it hasn’t been since 2014.

January 19, 2022 Read Full Article

ProBioQAV: Premissas para um Futuro de SAF no Brasil

by Laís Forti Thomaz and Amanda Gondim (Estadao)  A aviação civil tem uma responsabilidade muito grande no que diz respeito às mudanças climáticas. O setor, como se sabe, responde por 3% das emissões globais de transportes. Ainda que já existam algumas possibilidades e pesquisas para uso de propulsão a hidrogênio e

January 11, 2022 Read Full Article

Uncovering the Deforestation and Climate Risks of Chinese and EU Soy and Beef Imports from South America

by André Vasconcelos (Global Canopy and Trase/Wilson Center) To examine the role of the international community in shaping Latin America’s environmental agenda, the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program and its Brazil Institute, the Environmental Change and Security Program, China Environment Forum, and Global Europe Program launched a collaborative research project in 2020, Latin

January 6, 2022 Read Full Article

Cummins, Sinopec, Oberon Fuels and More – The Latest Green Hydrogen Initiatives from Power-to-Hydrogen, Methane, DME

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  …  What about the different routes to get that lovely green hydrogen? From splitting water via excess green power (power-to-hydrogen), to stripping hydrogen out of renewable methane or out of DME, here’s a look at some of the latest hydrogen initiatives. In today’s Digest, from

January 5, 2022 Read Full Article

The Electric-Vehicle Push Empowers China

by Robert Bryce (Wall Street Journal)  Instead of using its own energy reserves, the U.S. is betting on its rival’s rare earths. — The Biden administration wants to spend billions on electric-vehicle subsidies and charging stations because, as Vice President Kamala Harris put it in a Dec. 13 speech, “climate change

January 4, 2022 Read Full Article

Commodities 2022: Asian Industrial Ethanol Import Prices May Rise

by Donavan Lim (S&P Global Platts) Far East buyers to pay more for ethanol in 2022; Higher ethanol blending mandate in Philippines in 2022  —  Asian industrial and beverage grade ethanol import prices may rise in 2022 as key exporter Brazil sees higher domestic prices and strong sugar valuations. … Philippines gasoline

January 4, 2022 Read Full Article

Complete Global Guide: The Digest’s Biofuels Mandates Around the World 2022

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  65 countries have targets or mandates–how much, where, when and what?  READ MORE Commodities 2022: European biofuel mandates to structurally shift ethanol demand higher in the year (S&P Global Platts) European Biofuel Mandates to Structurally Shift Ethanol Demand Higher in The Year (Biofuels Central) Malaysia

January 4, 2022 Read Full Article

Viewpoint: HVO Capacity Growth to Test Feedstock Supply

by Lauren Moffitt (Argus Media) Decarbonisation pledges have increased during a landmark year for global climate diplomacy with the UN’s Cop 26 climate conference, with investment in biofuels positioned centre stage of many transition plans. Asia-Pacific in 2022 will see an intensifying scramble to buttress feedstock supply chains ahead of several

December 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Federal Watchdog: Trump’s USDA Overpaid Corn Farmers by $3B

by David Pitt (Associated Press)  The Trump administration overpaid corn farmers by about $3 billion in federal aid in 2019 and farmers in the South were paid more for the same crops than those elsewhere in the country, a federal watchdog agency has found. The Government Accountability Office said in

December 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Do We Want All of These Electric Car Mines? If EVs Are Supposed to Be a Social Good, How Do We Deal with Them Needing Mines Nobody Wants?

by Raphael Orlove (Jalopnik) … 1st Gear: Here’s Another Fun ‘Wait Do We Actually Want These Lithium Mines’ Article — Every day I feel like there’s a new article about lithium mining coming home. Just the other day, Bloomberg was wringing its hands about protests in Serbia and new presidential opposition to

December 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Zara, LanzaTech’s Steel Factory Waste Emissions Fashion, Largest Cultured Steak Printed to Date, Adidas, Allbirds on Low-Carbon Cootwear and More: The Digest’s Top 8 Innovations for the Week of December 16th

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Zara clothing made from steel factory waste emissions thanks to LanzaTech, adidas and Allbirds scaling up their low-carbon footwear, Canadian brand launches apple leather handbags, new fruit-based glitter for your holiday festivities, and the largest cultured steak “printed” to date. In today’s Digest, those fascinating

December 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Column: Grain Traders Eye U.S. Crops, China and Biofuels to Headline 2022 -Braun

by Karen Braun (Reuters) Grain and oilseed markets in 2021 proved just as exciting as in 2020 with prices hitting multiyear highs on shrinking stockpiles. Whether those prices sustain or relax in 2022 will be partially guided by some of the industry mainstays. Unforeseeable events pop up every year, but market

December 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Yesterday Is Always Tomorrow for the Global Bioeconomy

by Douglas L. Faulkner (Leatherstocking LLC/“Cleantech Conservative”/Biofuels Digest)  … It never ceases to amaze me that the media and politicians frequently belittle biofuels and biobased products as old-fashioned, hopelessly low-tech, of no import, and, yes, even damaging to the environment and the engines of prosperity.  To those enamored of an all-electric

December 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Green Hydrogen Could Compete with Traditional Hydrogen by 2030, Natural Gas by 2050: Report

by Emma Penrod (Utility Dive)  • Green hydrogen remains too expensive to compete against conventional sources of hydrogen and other fuels, but the number of hydrogen projects underway has grown seven-fold in the past year as investors bank on the likelihood that hydrogen costs will fall, according to a report

December 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Malaysia, Chinese Firm Sign Deal on 2nd-Generation Biodiesel, Biojet Fuel

by Mei Mei Chu (Channel News Asia)  Malaysia and China’s state-owned Shanxi Construction Investment Group on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the production of second-generation biodiesel and biojet fuel. Shanxi Construction plans to invest in a hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) plant, also known as second-generation biofuel,

December 14, 2021 Read Full Article

LanzaTech and Zara Collaborate to Create a Capsule Collection Made from Recycled Carbon Emissions

(LanzaTech) Today, LanzaTech has announced a collaboration with Inditex that led to the design of a capsule collection for the retail group’s largest brand Zara that incorporates fabric made with carbon emissions, avoiding their emission into the atmosphere (CarbonSmart™). “We are hugely excited about this collaboration with Inditex and Zara which

December 13, 2021 Read Full Article

The Race to Secure Clean Energy Materials

by Ben Gelman (Axios) Minerals used in power generation technologies  … One persistent theme in analyses of the transition to cleaner energy is the scramble to obtain supplies needed for renewables projects, electric vehicle batteries and other low-carbon tech. The big picture: “A typical electric car requires six times the mineral inputs of

December 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Severstal Increases the Share of Renewables in Its Energy Portfolio

(Severstal) Severstal, one of the world’s largest vertically integrated steel and mining companies, has taken a strategic decision to increase the share of renewable energy in its energy portfolio, in part by increasing heat generation from biofuels at the operating boiler houses of Karelsky Okatysh, the leading iron ore mining and

December 2, 2021 Read Full Article

The Renewable Era

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy)  RENEWABLES ON THE UP: The world is getting more renewables, but it won’t be enough to hit net-zero global emissions by 2050, according to the International Energy Agency’s 2021 renewables report released today. … IEA is also projecting strong biofuels growth this year, outpacing

December 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Research Pushes Auto Industry Closer to Clean Cars Powered by Direct Ethanol Fuel Cells

by Steve Lundeberg (Oregon State University/TechXplore)  Alternative-energy research at Oregon State University is charting a path toward the mass adoption of clean cars powered by direct-ethanol fuel cells. Zhenxing Feng of the OSU College of Engineering helped lead the development of a catalyst that solves three key problems long associated with

November 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Giant Pipeline in U.S. Midwest Tests Future of Carbon Capture

by Leah Douglas (Reuters) … The project, dubbed the Midwest Carbon Express, had ambitions to become the world’s largest carbon dioxide pipeline, moving climate-warming greenhouse gases from Midwest biofuels plants to North Dakota for permanent storage underground. … The 65-year-old is among dozens of landowners along the route who are

November 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Euronav Successfully Concludes Four Month Trial of B50 Biofuel Blend on Suezmax

(Euronav)  After a successful completion of a B30 biofuel blend test on the Suezmax Statia (2006 – 150,205 dwt), Euronav has now successfully concluded a B50 biofuel blend trial on its Suezmax Marlin Sardinia (2019 – 156,607 dwt). The biofuel, by marine fuels supplier TFG Marine (the bunkering arm of

November 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Trends of Bioenergy in the Member Countries of IEA Bioenergy

(IEA Bioenergy/Electric Energy Online) IEA Bioenergy has just released its updated Country Reports, showing the trends of bioenergy in the IEA Bioenergy member countries up to 2019, looking at the role of bioenergy in total energy supply (TES), in electricity use, total fuel/heat consumption, and in transport energy consumption. The individual

November 23, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. again Presses OPEC+ as It Weighs Reserve Release

by Timothy Gardner and Alexandra Alper (Reuters) … The White House on Friday pressed the OPEC producer group again to maintain adequate global supply, days after U.S. discussions with some of the world’s biggest economies over potentially releasing oil from strategic reserves to quell high energy prices. The Biden administration has asked

November 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Liquid Fuels from Carbon Dioxide: Electrocatalyst Converts CO2 into Multicarbon Products

(Phys.org) A new electrocatalyst called a-CuTi@Cu converts carbon dioxide (CO2 ) into liquid fuels. As reported by a team of Chinese researchers in the journal Angewandte Chemie, active copper centered on an amorphous copper/titanium alloy produces ethanol, acetone, and n-butanol with high efficiency. Most of our global energy demands are still being met by

November 17, 2021 Read Full Article

New Study Demonstrates Ethanol Blend Compatibility of Vehicles Around the World

(U.S. Grains Council/GrainNet)  A new study conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is out now that shows all vehicles in the study countries are highly likely to be compatible with E10. Motorcycles and scooters similarly analyzed in India and Indonesia have full compatibility with E10, and many are also compatible with E15. The

November 12, 2021 Read Full Article

LanzaTech: Radically Rethinking Industrial Business Models

by Erik Kobayashi-Solomon (Forbes) A visit this summer to New Zealand-American synthetic biology company, LanzaTech, opened my eyes to what the term “paradigm shift” means. LanzaTech is an industrial chemicals company that leverages innovations in biology, artificial intelligence, and precision engineering to create the molecules that make everything from yoga

November 12, 2021 Read Full Article

6 Automakers and 30 Countries Say They’ll Phase Out Gasoline Car Sales

by Brad Plumer and Hiroko Tabuchi (Wall Street Journal) Ford, G.M. and Mercedes agreed to work toward selling only zero-emissions vehicles by 2040. But Toyota, Volkswagen and Nissan-Renault did not join the pledge. At least six major automakers — including Ford, Mercedes-Benz, General Motors and Volvo — and 30 national governments

November 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Premiere: Covestro at the China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai — Pioneering Work for the Circular Economy and a Climate-Neutral Future

(Covestro) Broad portfolio of technologies, products and solutions —  Covestro is experiencing a premiere this year: the company will be represented for the first time at the China International Import Expo (CIIE), an important national import fair for China in Shanghai. Under the motto “Pioneering a Circular Economy for a Climate-Neutral

November 8, 2021 Read Full Article

On Announces CleanCloud™ – Turning Carbon Emissions into Running Shoes in Cooperation with LanzaTech and Borealis

(On, Inc./CISION) Swiss sports brand On leads supply chain coalition to reshape carbon waste into running shoes  — Main Facts: – On announces CleanCloud™ – a sustainability initiative using carbon emissions to create foam for running shoes. – On is moving away from petroleum-based resources and is reshaping carbon waste into EVA foam.

November 5, 2021 Read Full Article

G-20 Fossil-Fuel Support Hits Nearly $600 Billion in 2020

by Victoria Cuming and Maia Godemer (BloombergNEF) The Group-of-20 countries have made headlines in recent months with some new pledges to achieve “net-zero” CO2 emissions by 2050 or, in China’s case, by 2060. But back in the here-and-now many of these nations continue to provide major funding for the production and

November 4, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. Agrees to End Fossil Fuel Financing Abroad

by Sara Schonhardt (E&E News) The United States committed today with other countries to stop financing fossil fuel projects abroad by the end of next year, in a seismic shift that could stem the construction of natural gas and oil facilities in lower-income nations. The pledge, announced at the global climate

November 4, 2021 Read Full Article

CRI Signs Agreement with Jiangsu Sailboat for a 100,000 Tons per Year CO2 to Methanol Plant

(Carbon Recycling International)  …  Chinese petrochemicals corporation Jiangsu Sailboat Petrochemicals Co. ltd has signed an agreement with Icelandic technology company Carbon Recycling International – CRI hf., to design a chemical plant based on CRI’s Emissions to Liquids (ETL) technology. The plant will recycle approximately 150,000 metric tons of CO2 and 20,000

November 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Climate Pledges Don’t Stop Countries from Exporting Huge Amounts of Fossil Fuels

by Jeff Brady (NPR) … After the oil supply crisis in the 1970s, the U.S. banned crude oil exports for 40 years. A fracking-fueled boom ended production worries and the ban was lifted six years ago in a budget bill. The timing was ironic. “The ban was lifted in December 2015, actually while many

November 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Column: Surge in U.S. Ethanol Production Could Use the Exports to Match

by Karen Braun (Reuters) U.S. corn-based ethanol production over the last year or so has been more of a drag than a support on grain markets as demand and world economies continue to claw back from the coronavirus slump. Now, with global energy prices at seven-year highs and gasoline consumption

November 1, 2021 Read Full Article

DB Schenker and Lufthansa Extend SAF Freighter Flights until March

by Damian Brett (Air Cargo News) DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo are extending their sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) powered freighter flights between Frankfurt and Shanghai through the winter season, while Nokia has also joined the initiative. The regular SAF-powered flights were launched earlier this year and the partners will now extend

October 28, 2021 Read Full Article

IATA AGM Passes Resolution Committing Global Airline Industry to Net Zero Emissions by 2050 Despite Chinese Opposition

by Christopher Surgenor (GreenAir Online)  At its 77th Annual General Meeting in Boston, IATA approved a resolution committing the global airline industry to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, which it says will align with the Paris 1.5C climate goal. The industry is projecting 10 billion people will be flying in 2050,

October 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Taliban Metal: House Republicans Are Having a Forum on Afghanistan’s Critical Minerals

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy)  House Republicans are having a forum on Afghanistan’s critical minerals, casting the U.S. withdrawal from the country as handing the Taliban access to one of the world’s largest deposits of vital minerals and metals necessary for clean energy technology. Hosted by Natural Resources ranking

October 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Hong Kong and China Gas to Produce Biofuel for Jet Planes as Cathay, Global Airlines Aim to Reduce Carbon Footprint

by Danny Lee (South China Morning Post) Cathay Pacific secures some jet biofuel supply from US, but needs more to meet 2030 pledge; Airlines heed climate warnings, but sustainable aviation fuel remains costly, in short supply — Hong Kong and China Gas (Towngas) will begin producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF)

October 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Fossil Fuel Industry Gets Subsidies of $11m a Minute, IMF Finds

by Damian Carrington (The Guardiain) Trillions of dollars a year are ‘adding fuel to the fire’ of the climate crisis, experts say —  The fossil fuel industry benefits from subsidies of $11m every minute, according to analysis by the International Monetary Fund. The IMF found the production and burning of coal,

October 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Airline Industry Targets Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050

by Siddharth Vikram Philip, Mary Schlangenstein and Christopher Jasper (Bloomberg Quint)  The airline industry’s main lobby group adopted a target of eliminating carbon emissions on a net basis by 2050, a goal that will require balancing the fight against climate change with the need to spur demand in the aftermath

October 5, 2021 Read Full Article

China Backs away from Ethanol Commitment

by Sean Pratt  (Western Producer)  Corn is the top feedstock for China’s ethanol sector, followed by rice, cassava and wheat. The country’s production plants are expected to consume 4.07 million tonnes of corn in 2021. — Country has unofficially abandoned its national E10 mandate plan, which would have had a major

October 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Cathay Pacific Commits to 10% SAF of Total Fuel Consumption by 2030

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily) Cathay Pacific reaffirmed its commitment to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 by pledging to use sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for 10 percent of its total fuel consumption by 2030. “The use of SAF is key to decarbonizing our operations over the next few decades,”

September 28, 2021 Read Full Article

China Backs away from Ethanol Commitment

by Sean Pratt (The Western Producer) China’s ethanol consumption continues to fall well short of the government’s 10 percent blend mandate.  The blend rate in 2021 is forecast at 2.1 percent, according to a recent report by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service. China declared in 2017 that it was

September 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Is Hydrogen the New Oil?

by Fred Pearce (China Dialogue)  Hydrogen may have lost the race to fuel electric cars but it looks a likely contender to replace fossil fuels in trucks, ships, planes and heavy industry — …  Japan, once a passionate advocate of nuclear energy, now has serious hydrogen ambitions. The country has the

September 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Local View: Bright Future for Ethanol

by Scott McPheeters (Lincoln Journal Star) … Ethanol infrastructure is already in place (unlike electric), and it doesn’t cost the American taxpayer anything. In fact, when you choose ethanol at the pump, you’re going to save money. Multiple studies have proven that ethanol helps save lives, sustains rural economies, and

September 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuel Extracted from Hazelnut Shells Show Potential as Renewable Energy Source

by Mark Bustos (The Science Times) A form of biofuel found in hazelnut shells can be a new renewable energy source – using various thermochemical processes to extract oils from the waste material. Researchers from the Heilongjiang Academy of Agricultural Machinery Sciences describe the new extracting biofuel from this renewable resource.

September 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Auburn-Led Research Team Develops Biochemical Breakthrough for Renewable Fatty Acid Ester Production

by Jeremy Henderson (Auburn University)  On-going, Auburn-led research into biofuel and biochemical production just got a lot more eyes on it. Supported by a $2 million U.S. Department of Energy award issued in 2018, as well as funding from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, insights from the

September 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Energy Traders See Big Money in Carbon-Emissions Markets

by Sarah McFarlane  (Wall Street Journal) Vitol, Glencore and other firms that dominate oil trading are beefing up their carbon-trading desks — Big energy trading houses, long focused on deep, volatile markets such as oil and natural gas, are now bulking up their carbon-trading operations as governments around the world push to

September 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Jet Fuel from Smokestacks

by Keith Button (Aerospace America)  The air transport industry lacks enough suppliers of sustainable aviation fuel to meet the anticipated demand as airlines become more aggressive about reining in their carbon footprints and more travelers take to the air. Keith Button describes one company’s unique approach to meeting the demand. The

September 3, 2021 Read Full Article

China’s Carbon Neutral Goal: Sinopec Plans to Spend US$4.6 Billion over Five Years on a Supply Chain to Promote Hydrogen

(South China Morning Post/Yahoo!)  … The company will also upgrade its refineries and petrochemical plants to use so-called “green hydrogen” in their own operations to reduce their carbon footprint, he added. The goal for the hydrogen supply chain and utilisation initiatives is to avoid the emission of 10 million tonnes of

September 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel & Sustainable Aviation Fuels 2030, Vol 2

(Emerging Markets Online)  New study! Renewable Diesel & Sustainable Aviation Fuels 2030, Vol 2. (249 pages, August 2021) focuses on low-carbon feedstock availability, technology pathways for low carbon renewable diesel, and sustainable aviation production. Renewable Diesel & Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) 2030  covers four key areas: 1) renewable diesel producer case studies

August 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Pete Ricketts: Strengthening Energy Reliability and Independence

by Pete Ricketts (Star Herald) … The People’s Republic of China produces the vast majority of the rare earth minerals needed to manufacture EVs. The President’s EV goal would not only make America reliant on our nation’s biggest global competitor, but it would also be economically devastating to ethanol- and

August 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Let’s Prioritize American Renewable Fuels over Foreign Oil and Minerals

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/The Hill)  …  But what’s not easy to see is why the White House recently chose to respond to higher pump prices by pushing OPEC+ countries to increase oil production. It was a baffling move that raised eyebrows across the political spectrum. After all, calling on countries

August 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Taliban Grabs Mineral Riches Coveted by Energy Developers

by James Marshall (E&E News)  With the its takeover of Afghanistan, the Taliban took control of a vast trove of metals and minerals vital to clean energy development. The mountainous, war-torn Middle Eastern country sits atop rare earths and other strategic metals that U.S. experts valued at more than $1 trillion and

August 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Chinese Biodiesel Producers Chase High-Value Feedstocks

by Amandeep Parmar (Argus Media) Chinese biodiesel and feedstock suppliers are diversifying to get more value for their money with ever-evolving European legislation regarding waste feedstock incentives. Brown grease is becoming increasingly fashionable among suppliers, of which 18 in China are now registered with the main International Sustainability and Carbon Certification

August 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Tech, Feedstock Winners Still to Be Declared as Biofuels Sector Develops

by Tom Brown (ICIS/Biofuels Digest)  … A factor that could stand to drive wider deployment of biofuels could be its relative maturity compared to other emissions-reduction technologies, particularly for heavy industry, with around half of the innovations that are likely to contribute to those goals currently not yet in existence or

August 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Upcycling Carbon to Fuel, Fragrances and More: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This week we are sharing some of the hottest 2021 ABLC Digital presentations and you won’t want to miss this one from LanzaTech’s Dr. Jennifer Holmgren on commercial scale operations, the first European plant, other global platform build outs, upcycling carbon emissions into ethanol for fragrances,

August 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Border Carbon Adjustments without Full (or Any) Carbon Pricing

by William Pizer and Erin Campbell (Resources for the Future/Our Energy Policy) Border carbon adjustments (BCAs) are national or possibly multicountry trade measures—typically taxes on imports (and sometimes rebates on exports)—intended to support ambitious national climate mitigation policies. They are meant to address part of the problem that ambitious mitigation policies

August 2, 2021 Read Full Article

China Criticizes EU Carbon Tariff

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy) China is denouncing the European Commission’s recent framework for a carbon border adjustment scheme, saying it would violate trade principles and potentially hinder economic development in middle-income countries. “CBAM is essentially a unilateral measure to extend the climate change issue to the trade sector. It

July 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Hydrocarbon Fuels from Industrial Off Gas: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  LanzaTech’s Dr. Laurel Harmon shared this illuminating slide guide at the BETO Peer Review on jet and diesel fuel production from industrial waste gases, commercialization of ethanol-to-jet technology by building a standalone Alcohol-to-Jet pre-commercial demonstration facility to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and diesel, the

July 27, 2021 Read Full Article

We Can Love Electric Cars, but Let’s Not Spurn Biofuels

by Dan Morgan (The Globalist)  Right now, electric cars have the momentum and the “inevitability” narrative on their side. Is the idea of pursuing two paths forward a waste of money?   … The Biden administration’s ambitious infrastructure proposal sets aside $174 billion to subsidize electric cars, but little for biofuels. As

July 16, 2021 Read Full Article

LanzaTech and lululemon Partner to Create the First Fabric Using Recycled Carbon Emissions

(LanzaTech)  Partnership includes India Glycols Limited and Far Eastern New Century  — Biotechnology company LanzaTech today announced it has partnered with lululemon athletica inc. (NASDAQ:LULU), an athletic apparel company, to create the world’s first yarn and fabric using recycled carbon emissions that would otherwise be emitted to the atmosphere as pollution.

July 13, 2021 Read Full Article

AFKLMP Welcomes Airpharm Logistics to Its SAF Programme

(Biofuels International)  Airpharm Logistics SAU is the first Spanish forwarder to join the Air France KLM Martinair Cargo (AFKLMP) Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) programme. SAF is a jet fuel made from renewable sources such as cooking oil and is a sustainable alternative to fossil fuel that reduces carbon emissions by

June 30, 2021 Read Full Article

IATA Urges EU Legislators to Adopt a Cautious Approach on SAF Blending Mandate Scope

by Mark Pilling  (GreenAir Online)  IATA has indicated it supports mandating the use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) on international flights departing EU airports, which the European Commission is expected to propose in its upcoming ReFuelEU Aviation legislation, but only with what it considers should be the “right framework” that

June 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Bosch Sees a Place for Renewable Fuels, Challenging Proposed European Union Engine Ban

by Aria Alamalhodaei (TechCrunch) Bosch executives on Thursday criticized proposed EU regulations that would ban the internal combustion engine by 2025, saying that lawmakers “shy away” from discussing the consequences of such a ban on employment. Although the company reported it is creating jobs through its new businesses, particularly its

May 18, 2021 Read Full Article

American Drivers Are Saving the Corn Ethanol Industry–for Now

by Tim McDonnell  (Quartz)  … A year later, American drivers are back at the gas pump, and ethanol plants are back online. ADM re-opened its plants in early April; POET’s plants re-opened in August 2020 but only hit full production capacity in April. Then, just as ethanol’s road ahead was beginning to look clear, another unanticipated

May 6, 2021 Read Full Article

World-First Laundry Capsule in Market Made from Industrial Carbon Emissions

(Unilever)  Unilever has partnered with LanzaTech and India Glycols to produce a surfactant made from industrial carbon emissions instead of from fossil-fuels. The innovative shift in production utilises biotechnologies and a newly configured supply chain between the three partners, who are working together for the first time. Typically derived from

April 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2021 Series Day 18: Plastic Upcycling

by Anahita Bharadwaj* (Advanced Biofuels USA) It is estimated that around 380 million tonnes of plastic is produced each year – most of it non-biodegradable and non-recyclable. With more and more plastic accumulating on land and in oceans, there is a desperate need for technologies that may utilize, consume or completely

April 18, 2021 Read Full Article

The Extraordinary ReMaking of Ordinary Things, Pt 3: J&J Green Paper Reinvents the Paper Coffee Cup with an Alternative to Plastic

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Derived from widely available plant material, JANUS coated paper can be custom-shaped and when coated, creates moisture resistance equivalent to petroleum-coated products. Unlike the old school petroleum-coated paper, J&J’s green paper technology is recyclable, compostable and made with zero petroleum additives, making it safe

April 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Carbon-Neutral Air Freight Connection Launched between Frankfurt and Shanghai

(DB Schenker/Biobased Diesel Daily) DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo launched the first regular carbon neutral cargo flight connection in history. With the take-off of a Boeing 777F, the companies kicked off weekly flights between Frankfurt am Main and Shanghai Pudong, where the fuel requirements are covered entirely by sustainable aviation fuel

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Barasso: Innovation, Not Regulation, Is the Best Way to Improve Our Country’s Mobility

(Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources) Today (March 16, 2021), U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR), delivered the following remarks at a full committee hearing on transportation technologies. … “Too often regulation raises costs, punishing people who can

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Contribution of Sustainable Biomass and Bioenergy in Industry Transitions towards a Circular Economy

(IEA Bioenergy)  Summary and conclusions from the IEA Bioenergy eWorkshop, 19-20 October 2020 —  Key messages from the workshop • Biomass is a key component to reduce the climate impact of industries, next to electrification, hydrogen & CCUS (carbon capture and utilisation/storage). It is important to increase awareness of the

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

How Green Are Electric Vehicles? In Short: Very Green. But Plug-in Cars Still Have Environmental Effects.

by Hiroko Tabuchi and Brad Plumer (New York Times) Here’s a guide to the main issues and how they might be addressed. — … But a lot depends on how much coal is being burned to charge up those plug-in vehicles. And electric grids still need to get much, much

April 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Shining, Colored LED Lighting on Microalgae for Next-Generation Biofuel

(American Institute of Physics/TechExplore)  …  In their paper, published in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, Yangzhou University researchers in China show how a combination of monochromatic red and blue LED illumination on one type of microalga can enhance its growth and increase the biosynthesis of critical components, such as lipids, for

March 31, 2021 Read Full Article

“Best CO2 Utilisation 2021″:The Three Winners of the Innovation Award Are Turning CO2 into Methanol, Cleaners, Plastic Packaging or Surfactants

(Bio-based News/nova Institute)  CO2 has become famous in a sad way. Carbon Recycling International from Iceland, LanzaTech from USA and Covestro from Germany transform it into usable raw materials. — More than 180 participants from 24 countries followed the 41 speakers online. Experts from industry and science presented their latest technologies

March 25, 2021 Read Full Article

China Eases Implementation of Ethanol Gasoline on Tight Feedstock

by Yu Yunfeng (Independent Commodity Intelligence Services)  China has been easing its nationwide implementation of vehicle-use ethanol gasoline since 2020 due to tightening supply of feedstock stale grains. Ethanol gasoline in the country is currently a combination of 90% gasoline and 10% ethanol, also known as E10. The Chinese government’s original plan

March 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Shanghai Steps up Use of Biodiesel Converted from Recycled Gutter Oil

(Peoples Daily Online)  By converting leftover cooking oil into fuel for vehicles, east China’s Shanghai has made big strides in developing the circular economy. The recycled waste fuel, called B5 biodiesel, is a biofuel blend consisting of 5 percent biodiesel, which is made from discarded oil from restaurants and sewer pipes, and

March 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Genome Scalpel Invented for Industrial Microalgae to Efficiently Turn CO2 into Biofuel

(Chinese Academy of Sciences Headquarters/EurekAlert!)  A single-celled alga undergoes genome surgery to remove non-essential parts. This can lead to a most efficient cellular factory for producing sustainable biofuels from sunlight and carbon dioxide. Researchers from the Qingdao Institute of BioEnergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

March 18, 2021 Read Full Article

The Geopolitics of Critical Minerals Supply Chains

by Jane Nakano (Center for Strategic & International Studies) As clean energy technology becomes the latest frontier for geoeconomic rivalry, the security of supply chains for rare earths and critical minerals—essential materials for clean energy—has become a global strategic issue. The fragility of global supply chains revealed by Covid-19 and

March 17, 2021 Read Full Article

GreenVoyage2050: States Accelerate Action to Decarbonize Shipping

(International Maritime Shipping)  IMO-Norway project is supporting States to implement energy efficiency measures and explore opportunities for low carbon shipping. Eleven States from across the globe are partnering in the International Maritime Organization (IMO)-Norway GreenVoyage2050 Project, which is supporting the path to decarbonization in the shipping sector, in line with the IMO

March 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Electric Cars Are Coming. How Long until They Rule the Road?

by Brad Plumer, Nadja Popovich and Blacki Migliozzi (New York Times)  These vehicles represent the 250 million cars, S.U.V.s, vans and pickup trucks on America’s roads today. The vast majority run on gasoline. Fewer than 1 percent are electric. Automakers are now shifting to electric vehicles, which could make up one-quarter of

March 15, 2021 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Exclusive Q&A with Clariant/ Enviral: Decarbonization, EU Transport, Slovakia Project, Biofuels Developments and More

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … The European Commission presented its 2030 Climate Target Plan in mid-September, raising the EU’s ambition to reduce GHG emissions to at least 55% below 1990 levels by 2030. The plan is seen as bridging to the EU’s decisive goal to become carbon neutral by 2050.

March 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Exclusive: Three Ships Carrying U.S. Ethanol Head to China – Sources

by Stephanie Kelly and Hallie Gu (Reuters)   Three ships carrying ethanol were heading to China from the U.S. Gulf Coast, three trade sources told Reuters on Monday, in a sign that exports of the fuel were sharply increasing from the United States to the country. The shipments may surpass the total

March 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Biden’s Trade Rep Pick Says She Will Fight Chinese Trade Barriers, Including Censorship

by Andrea Shalal and David Lawder (Reuters)  President Joe Biden’s U.S. trade representative nominee, Katherine Tai, said on Monday she would work to fight a range of “unfair” Chinese trade and economic practices and would seek to treat Chinese censorship as a trade barrier. … In a nod to the U.S.

March 2, 2021 Read Full Article

High-Performance Electrocatalysts to Propel Development of Direct Ethanol Fuel Cells

(Chinese Academy of Science Headquarters/EurekAlert!) Researchers from the Institute of Process Engineering (IPE) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Nanjing Normal University recently reported a strategy for boosting the electrocatalytic performance of palladium (Pd) in ethanol oxidation reaction, the key anodic reaction of direct ethanol fuel cells (DEFCs), offering a

March 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Transport Ministers Call for Accelerated EU-Wide Deployment and Mandates for Sustainable Aviation Fuels

(GreenAir Online) Eight European transport ministers have called for a harmonised, long-term strategy to decarbonising the air transport sector to include ramping up the production and supply of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) through an EU-wide blending mandate. Hosting a high-level virtual conference, the Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Cora

February 26, 2021 Read Full Article

How to Utilise CO2? The Nominees for the Innovation Award “Best CO2 Utilisation 2021” Have the Answers!

(nova-Institute) Carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) is one of the most obvious solutions to further reduce CO2 emissions, but it is yet still hardly exploited. However, these six nominated technologies turn CO2 into value: ethanol, methanol, polyols, surfactants or syngas – the audience will choose the winner at the “9th Conference on CO2-based

February 26, 2021 Read Full Article
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