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Agriculture and Bioeconomy: EIB Approves €700 Million of Financing under the Investment Plan for Europe Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

(European Investment Bank) Financing is guaranteed by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and will help make the sector more resilient in light of Covid-19; New financing targets investments by private cooperatives and companies in the agriculture and bioeconomy sector; The EIB programme loan will amount to €700 million and

April 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Bio-Based Chemicals: A 2020 Update

Ed de Jong, Heinz Stichnothe, Geoff Bell and Henning Jørgensen (EIA Bioenergy) Since the first issue of the IEA Bioenergy Task 42 report on bio-based chemicals in 2011, the importance of a circular economy has become evident. In the transition to a circular economy, chemicals and materials produced from biomass will

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

17th International Conference on Renewable Mobility in Berlin on 20/21 January 2020

(FNR/AdvanceFuel) More than 600 participants from 25 countries attended the conference and took part in the presentations and discussions regarding possible options for a more sustainable future mobility serving under the goals of the Paris Agreement and the obligations of the REDII. The conference provided the opportunity to access the most

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Retrofits for Europe’s Industry – Handbook Published

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe) The BIOFIT consortium has now published a handbook on “Technical options for retrofitting industries with bioenergy”. The handbook includes arguments for retrofitting, describes the retrofitting process and its impact on public perception, summarizes the European biomass potential and logistics of biomass, provides an overview on biomass conversion pathways, and

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

New Study Evaluates Map and State of Biomethane Market in Europe

(European Biogas Association/NGV Journal) The European Biogas Association (EBA) has participated in a research on the state of play of the biomethane market in Europe. The report provides a general European overview, together with an in-depth mapping at country level of 23 European countries covered by the REGATRACE project. The study

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Airline Chiefs Slam European Countries over Green Taxes and Overdue Reform of Inefficient Airspace

(GreenAir Online) Chief executives from Europe’s biggest airlines called for urgent reform and modernisation of European airspace that they said could eliminate around 25 million tonnes of CO2 a year and save €17.4 billion ($19.4bn) in fuel and related socio-economic costs. IAG’s Willie Walsh said it was “scandalous” that after many

March 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels Industry Tackling Challenges

by Susan Reidy (World-Grain.com) Despite a challenging environment, the global biofuels industry is holding steady and driving ahead with new policies, innovations and legislation to promote more robust growth in the future. In the EU, 2020 marks the deadline for certain greenhouse gas reduction goals, which many nations will struggle to

March 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels Associations Advise EC Caution over Waivers

by Leonidas Kanonis, Giulia Squadrin and Daniel Mackay (Argus Media) European associations representing the biofuels supply chain have sent a letter today (March 24, 2020) to the European Commission addressing potential waivers for biofuels blending mandates in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The letter, addressed to vice president for the European

March 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Senate Passes Emergency Package without Green Provisions

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  SENATE PASSES RELIEF PACKAGE: The Senate last night unanimously passed a mammoth $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package, POLITICO’s Melanie Zanona, Sarah Ferris and Heather Caygle report. The measure, which is the biggest economic rescue package in U.S. history, passed by a 96-0 vote. The bill now

March 26, 2020 Read Full Article

PODCAST: Europe Industrial Ethanol Demand, Prices Spike as Coronavirus Disrupts Market

by Will Beacham (Independent Commodity Intelligence Services) Spot prices for Europe industrial ethanol are spiking and the market is facing disruption as demand soars for disinfectant and cleaning products linked to coronavirus. Biofuel producers, gin distilleries and perfume manufacturers are switching to ethanol production to help meet the spike in demand.

March 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Why Raising the Alcohol Content of Europe’s Fuels Could Reduce Carbon Emissions

(Horizon Magazine) By 2030, a fifth of the fuel that motorists put into the petrol tanks of their cars could be alcohol, according to research concluding that new petrol and ethanol blends can reduce carbon emissions from Europe’s transport sector with little additional cost to consumers. … Most petrol now

March 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Blockchain, Ag Futures, CPC Potential for Ethanol Industry: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Ethanol Commodity Plus Carbon

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Commodity Plus Carbon, or CPC can maximize monetization opportunities from the sequestration potential in the agricultural sector. CPC offers synergies between regulated ETS traded carbon credits, voluntary and futures commodity markets and offers a new trading vehicle with the potential to incentivize good agricultural practices

March 17, 2020 Read Full Article

The Global Annual Market Value of Biogas is Expected to Reach $20.9 Billion by 2028

(Navigant)  Biogas and renewable natural gas offer solutions vital to further sustainability and decarbonization  — A new report from Navigant Research projects global biogas production and revenue regionally and by feedstock, providing market forecasts through 2028. Since the early 2000s, the global biogas market has made tremendous strides in development, with successful applications in

March 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Can the European Union’s Kerosene Demand Be Met by the Amount of Biomass Produced in the EU?

(nova-Institute) Regarding climate change and tackling its mitigation there is no question that the aviation industry has to reduce its greenhouse gas impact and has to shift to alternative fuels. If the European Union wants to achieve its ambitious climate goals, it needs to uncouple it growing kerosene demand from

March 12, 2020 Read Full Article

EU to Set up ‘Clean Hydrogen Alliance’ to Speed up Tech Development

by Colm Gorey (SiliconRepublic) Among a number of new initiatives, the EU has set up a ‘clean hydrogen alliance’ to accelerate the adoption of the energy technology. The European Commission (EC) has launched a new strategy to aid the efforts of Europe’s industry to rapidly decarbonise as the continent works towards being carbon neutral

March 11, 2020 Read Full Article

EU Climate Law Falls Short of Expectations — UFOP: Climate Protection by Consensus and Motivating instead of Using the “Crowbar”

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP)) The climate law presented today by the EU Commission does not meet the expectations of a previously announced, more ambitious climate protection policy. In order to achieve the net zero emissions target 2050, the conditions for achieving the climate protection target

March 9, 2020 Read Full Article

UFOP Questions Straw’s Feedstock Potential for “Advanced” Biofuels

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)   In Germany, UFOP reports that straw is a scarce commodity and not waste, making it a sought-after resource, but that the use of grain straw for biofuels production should take a back seat. UFOP questioned the current political preference in Germany given to biofuels from

March 9, 2020 Read Full Article

EU Commission Unveils Climate Law Amid Criticism

by Samuel Petrequin (Associated Press) Amid fierce criticism from environmental activists, the European Commission unveiled plans Wednesday for its first ever climate law, which will act as the basis of the European Union’s aim to make the 27-country bloc climate neutral by 2050. Under its Green Deal agenda, the EU’s executive

March 5, 2020 Read Full Article

E10 Petrol: UK to Standardise Higher Ethanol Blend

(Press Association/The Guardian)  Government says ‘cleaner’ fuel will help cut carbon dioxide emissions before electric cars become the norm  — The government is set to introduce E10 fuel containing 10% ethanol as a new form of “cleaner” petrol aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions. Grant Shapps, the transport secretary said the

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Minding the Cost Gap: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to IEA Bioenergy’s Cost Reduction for Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today’s top story, “Mind the Gap,” refers to a rather bleak and disturbing assessment offered by IEA Bioenergy on the prospects for cost-competitive advanced biofuels. The report looked at 89 different organizations and their technologies, and IEA Bioenergy’s Adam Brown told the Forum, “there is

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

MIND THE GAP: Letter from Europe

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) If you have not followed the Alternative and Renewable Fuels Forum, bookmark this, and today I’ll give you some of the flavor of this group with 110 members — project owners and developers, policy experts, technologists, automotive manufacturers, oil companies, airlines. I think of them as

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Economics Of Advanced Biofuels

(BioCycle Magazine)  IEA Bioenergy’s new report, “Advanced Biofuels – Potential for Cost Reduction,”  acknowledges the gap between the cost of the advanced biofuels and current fuel prices, and explains how this gap can be reduced in the medium term through process improvements in designing, building and operating plants, financing costs

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

New Book: Sustainable Aviation – Greening the Flight Path

(GreenAir Online) This book highlights the latest research in the field of sustainable aviation, covering future developments in carbon emissions reduction, carbon trading and the impact of emerging technologies on aviation, as well as social, legal and regulatory changes as they pertain to the aviation sector. The book is a reference

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

ICAO Council Gathers to Consider Important Decisions on Carbon Offset Eligibility under CORSIA

(GreenAir Online) During its 219th Session starting next week (March 2), ICAO’s governing Council is expected to make important decisions on the global carbon offsetting scheme for international aviation, CORSIA, which starts in 10 months’ time. Most notable is consideration by Council members of recommendations of the Technical Advisory Body (TAB) on emissions units,

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Europe’s Largest Green Hydrogen Project Starts in Groningen

(Gasunie) A consortium of Gasunie, Groningen Seaports and Shell Nederland has launched ambitious NortH2 green hydrogen project  —  NortH2 vision: Energy from source to customer – from renewable power to green hydrogen distribution – where different partners can collaborate on achieving the scale to realise this ambition. New wind farms in

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Finnair Stops Emissions Credit Scheme and Biofuel Flights after Police Complaint: The National Police Board Advised the Airline that Programmes to Offset Carbon Emissions or Buy Biofuel Are in Breach of the Law.

(News Now Finland) Finnair is stopping its ‘Push for Change’ emissions credit scheme and biofuel flights after a complaint by police. Authorities consider it an illegal fundraising activity because the scheme offers passengers the chance to purchase biofuel or to support a project in Mozambique supplying fuel-efficient stoves in rural communities. “The

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Indonesia Prepares for Battle in Switzerland… Malaysia Lobbies in the UK … The 3-monochloropropane diol (3-MCPD) Debate ….

(Palm Oil Monitor)  This week Indonesia and the EU are meeting in Geneva for a WTO consultation over the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED). The meeting is the culmination of a months-long public battle of words over the introduction of the measure. Over the past few months Indonesian lawmakers and

February 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Netherlands All for Sustainable Palm Oil, Against EU Biofuel Ban

by Translator: Ricky Mohammad Nugraha (Tempo.co)  The Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Stef Blok said the Netherlands is not backing the European Union biofuel ban that targets Indonesia-produced crude palm oil (CPO). However, Blok asserts that this issue must not be dragged out any further and Indonesia must pursue a sustainable way of producing CPO.  The foreign affairs

February 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Carolina Opportunity Funds Chooses BioEconomy Solutions

(Carolina Opportunity Funds/PR Newswire)  Inaugural Investment for IMPACT Carolina QOZ Fund  — Carolina Opportunity Funds is pleased to announce that BioEconomy Solutions, a technology leader in sustainable agricultural crops for biofuels, animal feed, and food products such as Tiger Nut flour, as the first investment from the company’s IMPACT Carolina Fund,

February 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Ukraine May Lose the Rapeseed and Corn Markets of the EU — UGA

(APK-INFORM) Ukraine may be banned to supply corn and rapeseed to European Union countries, due to exceeding of the permissible emissions of greenhouse gases in terms of the reporting crops growing, declared the acting Executive Director of Ukrainian Grain Association (UGA), Serhiy Ivaschenko. He reminded that the European demand for rapeseed

February 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Drive on Bioethanol from Rotterdam

(Port of Rotterdam)  Europe’s largest biorefinery is located in the heart of the Port of Rotterdam. Alco Energy Rotterdam converts corn into bioethanol fuel in a production process that generates zero waste. The CO₂ released during the process is transported to greenhouses in Westland and the remaining corn pulp is

February 20, 2020 Read Full Article

From Wind Power to Cow Manure: Oil Traders Seek New Profit Recipe

by Julia Payne (Reuters) The world’s largest oil traders are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into climate-friendly projects – including wind farms, cow manure plants and blue hydrogen – as they seek to match the profits they make from trading oil.  The energy industry as a whole faces an

February 19, 2020 Read Full Article

IEA Bioenergy to Launch a New Report on the Potential for Advanced Biofuels Cost Reduction

(IEA Bioenergy) Bioenergy already plays an important role in the global energy economy, and its expanded use is a critical element in future low carbon scenarios, where it can especially play an important role in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the transport sector. Decarbonising transport will require a range of

February 17, 2020 Read Full Article

The World Is Running Short of Sugar and Top Buyer Wants More

by Yoga Rusmana and Eko Listiyorini  (Bloomberg)  Just as the world’s top sugar traders forecast a global shortage of the commodity, No. 1 raw-sugar importer Indonesia says it wants a record amount of the sweet stuff. … Global sugar prices have surged about 12 per cent this year for the

February 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Third Tender for Storage Aid Concludes, EU Calls for Patience

(Olive Oil Times)  With 171,000 tons of olive oil removed from the market with no significant effect on olive oil prices, the European Commission said it expects results in due course.  —  In response to a claim from the Spanish government, the European Union applied a crisis management mechanism to help rebalance

February 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Sustainable Biofuels from Cultivated Biomass Need to Be a Part of the European “Green Deal”

Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP))  European agriculture urgently needs reliable sales alternatives to stabilise its agricultural revenue. This is one of the central concerns of farmers in the European Union currently taking to the streets. The “Green Deal” announced by the European Commission could and should create the

February 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Clariant Expands Production Capability & Launches New Products for EMEA Edible Oils & Biofuels Market

(Clariant) Investment in additional production capacity at Yuncos, Spain plant; New product line extends portfolio of highly activated bleaching earths; Production & service closer to customers in Spain of products for 3-MCPD reduction in edible oils Clariant continues to boost the supply of high-quality activated bleaching earths to the edible oil

February 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Nordics Bet on Advanced Biofuels to Suit Carbon Neutrality Ambitions

by Gerardo Fortuna (EURACTIV.com) Scandinavian governments have raised the bar in their commitment to becoming carbon neutral and several companies have responded by developing new technologies to harness forest resources, widely recognised as the Nordic green gold, in a bid to reduce transport emissions. Renowned worldwide for their cold weather and

February 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Teresa Kok to Engage Europe on Direction of Malaysian Oil Palm Industry

(The Edge Markets/Bernama) Malaysia will engage four European countries next week on the direction of the Malaysian oil palm industry, to address the widespread anti-palm oil campaign in the continent. Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok said she would expound on the four policies of the national oil palm industry to government representatives

February 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Indonesia’s Thirst for Biodiesel May Undercut Global Palm Oil Supply

by Nur Yasmin and Ridho Syukra (Jakarta Post) The Indonesian Palm Oil Association, or Gapki, said on Monday that Indonesia is likely to use up 8.3 million tons of palm oil to meet domestic demand for biodiesel this year, raising concerns there won’t be enough palm oil left to export. The government began mandatory use of B30 – diesel

February 5, 2020 Read Full Article

WinGD Advances Clean Fuel Research with Flexible Injector Concept

(WinGD) WinGD (Winterthur Gas & Diesel) has bolstered its investment in fuel research with the development of a flexible injection system. In a whitepaper released today, ‘Flexible Injector to Advance Alternative Fuels Research’, the engine designers describe how the concept will play a crucial role in its investigations into low-carbon

January 31, 2020 Read Full Article

Abengoa and Alcogroup to Contest EU Antitrust Charges at Hearing: Source

by Foo Yun Chee (Reuters) Spanish ethanol producer Abengoa and Belgian rival Alcogroup will make their final stand against EU antitrust charges over alleged rigging of ethanol benchmarks at a hearing on Tuesday, a source close to the matter said on Monday. The case started with raids by the European Commission

January 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Soaring Demand Seen Driving French Ethanol Sales to New Record This Year

by Sybille de La Hamaide (Reuters) Ethanol sales in France should continue to rise sharply this year after reaching a new record in 2019, mostly boosted by tax breaks and a wider availability in petrol stations, French ethanol producer group SNPAA said on Tuesday. A decline in diesel demand and the

January 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Trade Associations Launch Liquid Biofuel Supply Chain Strategy and Taskforce to Tackle Carbon Emissions

by Nunzia Florio  (Tank Storage Association) Trade Associations OFTEC, the Tank Storage Association (TSA) and the UK and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association (UKIFDA) have kicked off 2020 with the launch of a future vision for liquid fuels ‘Supply Chain Strategy for Liquid Fuels’, which details the steps to be taken toward a transition to

January 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Europe’s Plans for a Carbon Tax Could Derail Trade Deal with the US

by Silvia Amaro (CNBC) -The European Union is assessing whether to implement a carbon border tax, which would hit importers from countries that do not respect climate goals. -U.S. officials have already raised concerns about such plans, arguing they could hurt American businesses. -The EU and the U.S have been

January 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Green Van Man! Ford Approves the Use of Eco-Friendly Biodiesel Made from Recycled COOKING OIL in Its Transits Claiming It Will ‘Help Everybody Enjoy Improved Air Quality’

by Joe Pinkstone (Daily Mail)  Hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) produces a high-quality ‘biodiesel’; Ford Transit’s fitted with the 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine can now run on this fuel; The fuel produces up to 90 per cent less greenhouse gases than regular diesel  —  … Hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) produces a high-quality fuel

January 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Biodiesel from Food Waste and Used Cooking Oil

by Akhtar Ali (The Express Tribune)  …  There are six possible raw material routes for making biodiesel. These are vegetable sources – palm oil, rapeseed, sunflower, cottonseed, canola, jojoba, jatropha and others; waste vegetable oil or used cooking oil as it is called; animal fats like tallow, lard, yellow grease and

January 27, 2020 Read Full Article

New Fuel Storage Facility Proposed

by Ed Taylor (Jersey Post) A NEW fuel farm capable of storing ethanol could be built at La Collette, if planning permission is granted.  —  ATF Global Ventures has applied to create a storage facility on Route du Veule, complete with two 750,000-litre tanks and a two-storey office building. According

January 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Living Robots, Fungus Homes, Biobased Aquaculture Ropes, Biopolymer Food Films, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of January 23rd

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) It was a week of lots of deal-making, like edible straw startup Loliware’s raising of $5.9 million to scale production, and deal-breaking, like Itaconix and Nouryon’s break-up over biobased chelating agents for detergent applications. But it was also a week of innovating like the development of

January 23, 2020 Read Full Article

NEDGIA Promotes Certificates of Origin for Renewable Gas in Spain

(NGV Journal) NEDGIA, the gas distributor of the Naturgy group, participates as a partner, representing Spain, in the REGATRACE (Renewable Gas Trade Center in Europe) European Consortium. This initiative, in which 15 organizations from ten European countries participate and which is co-financed by the European Commission within the Horizon 2020 Research

January 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Energy Ministry Criticised for Fuel Price Rise to Meet Sustainable Energy Target

by Josephine Koumettou   (In Cyprus) The Ministry of Energy, Commerce and Industry has been criticised for taking last-minute measures to reach EU renewable energy targets, that involve an increase in the price of fuel, Phileleftheros reports. As per the relevant EU directive on sustainable biofuels set in 2009, member states are called to

January 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Palm Oil Prices to Climb 17.9% in 2020 on Tight Supplies, Biodiesel Programs: Reuters Poll

by Mei Mei Chu (Reuters)  Average palm oil prices will surge 17.9% this year, a Reuters poll of industry participants showed, as reduced output in the first half of the year and higher biodiesel consumption in top producers Indonesia and Malaysia tighten the market. … Indonesia and Malaysia together account for

January 22, 2020 Read Full Article

NGVA Europe: Biomethane to Foster Transport Decarbonization

(NGVA Europe/NGV Journal)  As the European Commission has pointed out several times, and based on multiple-sourced studies, natural gas in transport is ready to play its role as essential enabler for the 2050 net-zero emission transition. The climate change phenomena and the protection of our environment, starting with air and water

January 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Sustainable Intensification of Arable Production for Food Security and Climate Protection

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP))  The “Green Deal” starts in the field — Berlin, 16 January 2020. The Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) would like to take the publication of the fourth edition of the Report on Global Market Supply as

January 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Investing in Consumer ‘Proximity’ to Produce Biodiesel from UCO

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EURACTIV.com) A Greek company says it has found a way to collect much more effectively used cooking oil for biodiesel production: by making it easier for consumers to find nearby collection points and avoid simply pouring the used oil down their kitchen sink. In 2019, Prasino Ladi (Green

January 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Rising Carbon Prices Led to Drop in German Emissions in 2019

by Frank Jordans (Associated Press/Washington Post) Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions fell sharply last year, putting the country’s 2020 climate goal within reach again. A report released Tuesday by the think tank Agora Energiewende found that emissions fell by 6.5% in 2019 compared with the previous year — equivalent to 50 million tons

January 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Oil Giant Eni Fined €5m for Deceiving Consumers over Its ‘Green’ Diesel

(Government Europa) Italian regulators today (January 15, 2020) fined Italy’s oil giant Eni over advertisements on TV and in newspapers, digital media and petrol stations that falsely claimed Eni Diesel+ was ‘green’.  The watchdog states that the marketing campaign deceives consumers when it claims that the ‘green’ diesel has a positive

January 16, 2020 Read Full Article

European Coalition Calls for Consistency in Defining Alternative Fuels

(Biofuels International)  A broad coalition of vehicle manufacturers and alternative fuel producers has called for consistency in defining alternative fuels that will drive the energy transition towards Europe’s Green Deal. In a new declaration, the coalition has called on the European Commission to take a technology-neutral approach in its upcoming review

January 16, 2020 Read Full Article

SUN-to-LIQUID – Renewable Transportation Fuels from Solar Energy

(SUN-to-LIQUID) The SUN-to-LIQUID project develops an alternative fuel technology that promises unlimited renewable transportation fuel supply from water, CO2 and concentrated sunlight. The project, which is funded by the EU and Switzerland, can have important implications for the transportation sectors, especially for the long-haul aviation and shipping sectors, which are strongly dependent

January 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Jokowi Says EU Palm Oil Restrictions Are ‘Act of Trade War’

by Telly Nathalia (Jakarta Globe) he European Union had provoked a “trade war” by issuing discriminative restrictions on Indonesian palm oil, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo tweeted on Saturday.  “Indonesia has 13 million hectares of oil palm plantations that produce 46 million tons [of crude palm oil, or CPO] per year. The EU

January 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Top Industrial Biotechnology Trends in the U.S. – The View from Europe

by Mark Warner (Warner Advisors LLC/Biofuels Digest)  …   Housed in a region with significant historic chemical operations, including the home of where buna rubber was first commercialized, Eastern Germany is similar to parts of the industrial midwestern United States.  The area benefits from a strong infrastructure of research and scale-up facilities,

January 8, 2020 Read Full Article

Used Cooking Oil Biodiesel: Best in Class to Decarbonise Road Transport

(EWABA/EurActiv)  According to EWABA, Farm Europe’s op-ed “Fraudulent Used Cooking Oil biodiesel – bad for the climate and a blow to EU farm, oilseed and plant protein sectors” was “slanderous and irresponsibly tendentious”. —  The Used Cooking Oil biodiesel (UCO) is best in class to decarbonise road transport and therefore,

January 3, 2020 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Biofuels Mandates Around the World 2020

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) 64 countries have targets or mandates – but how much where, and when, and what?  Besides the EU, the major blending mandates that will drive global demand are those set in the US, China and Brazil – each of which has set targets – or, in

January 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Petrol and Diesel Prices to Increase from 1 January

by Maïthé Chini  (The Brussels Times)  A full tank of petrol or diesel will be up to €2.5 more expensive due to the higher share of biofuels starting from 1 January 2020.  … The increase means that filling up a tank of 65 litres will cost €2.5 more starting from

December 31, 2019 Read Full Article

OUTLOOK ’20: Europe Fatty Acids, Fatty Alcohols Demand Diverges on End-Market Performance

(Independent Commodity Intelligence Services) …  There were shortages of tallow-derived material, particularly oleic acid, in the second half of 2019 due to limited raw tallow supply.  An increased use of raw tallow for biodiesel production in Europe has put pressure on stocks. This is likely to continue in 2020, with an increasing amount

December 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Towards a Biofuel Policy for Energy Security

by Syed Akhtar Ali  (The Express Tribune)  … Biofuels have been a preferred fuel for a variety of reasons. These include energy security as most of the petroleum-importing countries have a large agricultural base producing ethanol; price stability which is a balancing insurance against mercurial oil price variations and shocks;

December 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels – Where Are the Gallons?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From what is an advanced biofuel to why, we take a look at the gallons, the ethanol blend wall, the residue capacity, and over 30 advanced biofuels projects from around the world to watch. In today’s Digest, a Digest 2020 Multi-Slide Guide on advanced biofuels that

December 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Palm and PME Ride a Crest of Optimism into 2020

by Donavan Lim (S&P Global Platts) Indonesian PME exports to sink; CPO production stalls; B30 to support consumption  —  Analysts and traders fixated on the elevated crude palm oil stockpile at the beginning of 2019 are left cheering as CPO stocks fell across Malaysia and Indonesia while prices rallied to MR 2,684/mt (US

December 27, 2019 Read Full Article

A Review of LCA Assessments of Forest-Based Bioeconomy Products and Processes under an Ecosystem Services Perspective.

(Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science/National Center for Biotechnology Information)    The emergence of politically driven bioeconomy strategies worldwide calls for considering the ecological issues associated with bio-based products. Traditionally, life cycle analysis (LCA) approaches are key tools used to assess impacts through product life cycles, but they present limitations regarding

December 26, 2019 Read Full Article

European Liquor off the Menu in Indonesia as Trade Row Escalates

by Ed Davies and Philip Blenkinsop  (Reuters/Jakarta Post) What started as a spat with the European Union over Indonesian palm oil has escalated into a far broader trade dispute with imported European spirits and now dairy products caught in the crossfire.   Trade tensions have ratcheted up since the European Commission concluded

December 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Natural Gas Dominates Cellulosic Biofuels: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Iogen’s Cellulosic Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Iogen is one of the top 5 registered producers of cellulosic biofuel in the U.S. and say that renewable natural gas dominates the commercial cellulosic biofuel business and that the market is more than just the RFS. Manure biogas, landfill biogas, those are all going up

December 24, 2019 Read Full Article

In Europe, the Blend Is the Trend

by Emmanuel Desplechin (ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Study shows that E10 can be successful in Europe in the near-term, while E20 can be Europe’s fuel in the future.  —  Europeans continue to push their national governments and the European Union to raise the stakes in the fight against climate change. Several

December 24, 2019 Read Full Article

EU Remains Largest Biodiesel Producer

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, UFOP reports that in the EU, biodiesel production has increased for another year, accounting for more than one third of world production, and said that the single most important biodiesel producer is the European Union, which accounted for 34 per cent of global output

December 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Hydrogen Tech’s Diversified Future: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Hydrogenics

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Hydrogenics is a unit of Cummins Inc. active in designing, manufacturing, building and installing industrial and commercial Hydrogen generation, Hydrogen fuel cells and MW-scale energy storage solutions. Based in Mississauga, Canada with manufacturing facilities located in Germany, Belgium and United States, the company offers PEM and alkaline

December 23, 2019 Read Full Article

A Look into the Maximum Potential Availability and Demand for Low-Carbon Feedstocks/Fuels in Europe (2020–2050) (Literature Review)

(Concawe)  In light of the EU’s ambitious targets for achieving a lowcarbon economy by 2030, Concawe has completed a study of the long-term availability of low-carbon feedstocks and fuels, and the associated costs, based on a literature review. This article summarises the outcomes of the Concawe study. … This article

December 21, 2019 Read Full Article

First Joint Workshop — Five European H2020 Projects and the Norwegian National Centre Bio4Fuels : Potential of Hydrothermal Liquefaction (HTL) Routes for Biofuel Production

(HyFlexFuel)  The first joined Expert Workshop took place on the 19th November 2019 in Brussels. Almost 100 participants attended, making the workshop very successful. A number of industry speakers, as well as research speakers have given presentations which can be found below: European Projects 4Refinery – Silje Fosse Håkonsen​ Heat to

December 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Technology Improvements Unlikely to Compensate for Emissions from Growth in European Flights, Says Eurocontrol

(GreenAir Online)  The European aviation industry has made big strides in improving its fuel efficiency, says Eurocontrol. However, it believes decarbonising aviation is arguably the greatest challenge facing the sector, at a time of increasing scrutiny from European governments and climate action groups, with countries like Germany and the United

December 20, 2019 Read Full Article

B20 Biodiesel for Transport Sector to Be Launched in Phases Next Year: Teresa Kok

(Bernama/Sun Daily) The B20 biodiesel programme for the transport sector is expected to be launched in phases next year, that would give a fillip to the crude palm oil (CPO) price which is projected to reach RM3,000 per tonne. Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok Suh Sim (pix) said the programme

December 20, 2019 Read Full Article

New BioHub for Europe’s Forestry Capital

(EFI)  EFI, Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE) and University of Eastern Finland (UEF) are joining forces to create an International Bioeconomy Knowledge Hub (BioHub) in Joensuu. The three organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding earlier this month. “We need to significantly increase our understanding on structural changes in forest bioeconomy markets

December 20, 2019 Read Full Article

In the Hydrogen Roadmap Europe, a Path for EU Energy Transition

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From Europe we’d like to shine a light today on “Hydrogen Roadmap Europe: A sustainable pathway for the European Energy Transition“ concludes that hydrogen is an essential element in the energy transition and can account for 24% of final energy demand and 5.4m jobs by 2050. The

December 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Biorefining Start-Up Wins Significant EU Funding to Scale-Up Business

(Bioenergy Insight)  Biorefining start-up Chrysalix Technologies has won significant funding from the EU to scale-up its business. The company uses waste wood and agricultural by-products as well as sustainably-grown biomass to produce biofuels, biomaterials, greener chemicals and bioplastics. Its BioFlex process separates the various naturally-occurring components of wood – lignin,

December 19, 2019 Read Full Article

EU’s Increased Demand for Higher Ethanol Blend Could Be Met, Study Shows

(ePURE)  More countries could adopt higher ethanol fuel blends to reduce transport emissions, improve air quality and boost engine performance – without exceeding the existing cap on crop-based biofuels  — Europe’s need for better-performing, low-carbon fuels to reduce emissions from existing and new cars could be met by the ethanol industry,

December 19, 2019 Read Full Article

COP25 – Ethanol Brings Welcome Contribution to Transport Climate Action

by James Cogan (Ethanol Europe/Euractiv)  Transport accounts for a quarter of climate-harming greenhouse gas emissions and, at a glance, a quarter of COP25 talks are about cutting transport emissions. They’re the hardest kind to cut, writes James Cogan. — The issue is the sheer size of the world’s still-growing fleet of

December 17, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

December 14, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

December 13, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

December 13, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

December 13, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

December 12, 2019 Read Full Article

EU Weighs Tariffs to Enforce Climate Rules

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

December 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Opportunity for Aviation in Europe’s Green Deal

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

December 11, 2019 Read Full Article

EU Hits Indonesian Biodiesel with Import Duties over Subsidies

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

December 9, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

December 6, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

December 6, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

December 6, 2019 Read Full Article

MAGIC Research Work Now Available Online

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

December 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Clean Marine Fuel in 2020: An Opportunity for Biofuel?

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

December 5, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article

A European Fund to Support the Circular Bioeconomy

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

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Infographic Shows Origins of Germany’s Biodiesel, HVO Feedstocks

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

December 4, 2019 Read Full Article

USGC: Roadshow Finds Iberian Market Potential for DDGS, Sorghum

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

December 3, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

December 3, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

December 3, 2019 Read Full Article

European ECO-GATE Project Starts Injection and Supply of Biomethane

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

December 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Biomass Fuels and Biofuels in Germany Report Published

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

December 2, 2019 Read Full Article

NuSeed Acquires Agrisoma Carinata Assets

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

November 26, 2019 Read Full Article

EU Bank Launches Ambitious New Climate Strategy and Energy Lending Policy

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

November 15, 2019 Read Full Article

ECB Group Hires UBS, Barclays as Financial Advisors for Large HVO Plant

by Marcelo Teixeira (Reuters) Brazil’s ECB Group said on Monday it has hired banks UBS and Barclays to act as financial advisors for the funding of Latin America’s first large-scale plant to produce renewable fuels HVO and SPK. ECB plans to start construction of the plant in Paraguay, near the capital

November 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Indonesia Set to Sue European Union to WTO

(Tempo.co) Minister of Trade Agus Suparmanto affirmed that Indonesia would file a lawsuit against the European Union (EU) to the World Trade Organization (WTO) this year. The suit would be lodged following the EU’s plan to ban the use of crude palm oil as biofuel fuel starting 2030. “We will schedule it, at

November 13, 2019 Read Full Article

EU Regulations Will Incentivise Higher Ethanol Consumption in 2020

by Jacques Moss (KNect365) 2020 is likely to prove a strong year for the European ethanol industry, as member states leave headroom for a cap on crop-based biofuels consumption which will limit volumes to 2020 levels over the course of the next decade. Introduced in accordance with the revised Renewable

November 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuels: Advancing European Market Uptake

by Vanessa Vivian Wabitsch (REVOLVE/BE Sustainable Magazine)  Discovering the world, working with people across the globe, commuting to work everyday or consuming exotic fruits imported to Europe – nearly every European is used to at least one of these habits producing a significant amount of carbon emissions. On the road

November 11, 2019 Read Full Article

UK’s First Net Zero Emissions Biofuel for Heavy Trucks Will Arrive in 2021

(CNG Fuels/NGV Journal) CNG Fuels announced plans to become the UK’s first supplier of carbon neutral fuel for HGVs, using manure to help fleet operators achieve Net Zero emissions. The company is also consulting on how its network of refueling stations can best accommodate low-carbon hydrogen and battery electric technologies for

November 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Increased Global Biodiesel Production to Lengthen Glycerine Markets in 2020

by Lucas Hall (ICIS)  An increase in global biodiesel production is likely to further lengthen the world’s glycerine supply glut in 2020 as higher biodiesel mandates increase the supply of crude glycerine by-product. … One factor market participants are watching is the growth of renewable diesel production around the globe. Renewable

November 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Galicia-Based Project Has Produced Enough Biogas to Travel 135,000 km

(NGV Journal/EnergyLab) With the assistance of the Minister of Economy, Business and Industry of the Xunta de Galicia, Francisco Conde López, the presentation of the results of the Renewable Gas Mixed Research Unit, developed by Naturgy and the EnergyLab Technology Center, was held at Edar (WWTP) de Bens facilities. This

November 5, 2019 Read Full Article

The Long Haul to Getting Aviation Biofuel off the Ground

by Angeli Mehta (Ethical Corporation) With the IPCC warning against growing crops for fuel, Angeli Mehta reports on how LanzaTech, SkyNRG and Velocys are trying to get the next generation of aviation biofuels to scale The first flight using a blend of kerosene and biofuel took place back in 2008. Eleven

November 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Jan De Nul Is Aiming for 100% Renewable Fuel

(Jan De Nul)  Jan De Nul Group carries out dredging work in the Benelux with 100% renewable fuel. With this, the world player is further committing itself to immediately and considerably reducing its CO₂ emissions. Trailing suction hopper dredger Alexander von Humboldt will from now on sail on renewable biofuel from

November 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Just Published: Worldwide Fuel Charter 2019 – Gasoline and Diesel Fuel and Worldwide Fuel Charter for Methane-Based Transportation Fuels.

(European Automobile Manufacturers Association) The Worldwide Fuel Charter and Guidelines have two purposes. First of all, they inform policymakers and other interested parties how fuel quality can significantly affect engine and vehicle operation, durability and emissions performance throughout the year. Secondly, their purpose is to promote harmonised fuel quality worldwide

November 1, 2019 Read Full Article

CBH Group Develops New Sustainable Malting Barley Market

(CBH Group) The CBH Group has launched a new trial to supply certified sustainable malting barley from Western Australia to international customers as part of a pilot program in response to the growing global trend for sustainably sourced products. Since 2010, CBH Marketing and Trading has been accredited to access the

November 1, 2019 Read Full Article

GGC Succeeds in Producing JAMA-Certified B100 Biodiesel

(The Nation Thailand)  A source from Global Green Chemical (GGC) reported on Thursday (October 24) that the company’s first methyl ester facility had been successful in manufacturing biodiesel using 100-per-cent pure palm oil or B100 with less than 0.4 per cent of monoglycerides, which is in line with the standards

October 25, 2019 Read Full Article

European Biofuels Industry Cries Foul that Green EU Financing Doesn’t Include Sustainable Technologies

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Belgium, as the EU institutions begin negotiations on a new regulation defining sustainability in green finance, a group of ten associations representing the Europe’s bioenergy, agriculture and forest groups have called for a coherent legislative framework to boost investment in sustainable technologies. “We support the final

October 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels Producers Merit Recognition for Contributions to Climate Change Mitigation

(Solutions from the Land)  Tomorrow marks the seventh annual Bioenergy Day, during which more than 40 organizations all over the United States and Canada – businesses, non-profits, universities, and state and local governments – are showcasing the many ways they benefit from bioenergy. The day facilitates interaction between bioenergy projects and

October 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Mexican Delegation Views Ethanol Industry in Grand Island Area

by Robert Pore (The Grand Island Independent)  A group of visitors from Mexico were in Grand Island Thursday to see the area’s ethanol production.  The 22 visitors represent various aspects of the ethanol industry in Mexico. They were in Grand Island to get an up-close and personal look at the Nebraska ethanol

October 18, 2019 Read Full Article

MetGen Wins Frost & Sullivan 2019 European Technology Innovation Award

(MetGen)  Based on its recent analysis of the European industrial enzymes market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Finland-based MetGen with the 2019 European Technology Innovation Award for its enzyme technologies, METNIN™ and ENZINE®. METNIN™ enables complete valorization of lignin for use in various applications, allowing the products made of lignin to be

October 18, 2019 Read Full Article

EU Parliament Unfazed by Trade Fight over Palm Biofuel Phase-Out

by Hans Nicholas Jong (Mongabay.com/Eco-Business) A European member of parliament says the bloc isn’t concerned about threats by Indonesia and Malaysia to file a trade complaint over an EU policy to phase out palm oil-based biofuels by 2030. The two Southeast Asian countries have denounced the EU policy as discriminatory.  — The

October 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Good Reasons for Biofuels: Facts about the Ongoing Decarbonisation of Road Transport

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e. V. (UFOP))  Human-caused climate change is already visible and is especially evident in agriculture, as the “drought year” of 2018 clearly demonstrated. Agriculture, however, is not only affected. It is also part of

October 14, 2019 Read Full Article

The Potential of Hydrothermal Liquefaction (HTL) Routes for Biofuels Production

(Netwerk Betreibstoffe/BEsustainable Magazine Autumn 2019) Hydrothermal Liquefaction is one of the most promising technologies for the conversion of sustainable biomass into renewable transport fuels. Five European research and innovation projects and the Norwegian National Centre Bio4Fuels are jointly organizing an expert workshop to discuss state-of-the-art, developments and applications of this technology.

October 11, 2019 Read Full Article

WEBINAR: Drop-In Biofuels: The Key Role that Co-Processing Will Play in Their Production

(IEA Bioenergy/Netzwerk Betreibstoffe) Presentation online  This webinar presents the 2019 update of the 2014 IEA Bioenergy Task 39 “drop-in” biofuels report. It reviews the status of technologies, the progress of the various technical approaches and updates the successes, challenges and obstacles that have been encountered during the commercialisation of low

October 11, 2019 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Positions & Perception of Stakeholders towards Bioenergy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It matters of course, what people think about bioenergy, not just the makers and political folk or offtakers, but the broader groups as well in what is called elsewhere ‘civil society’, amongst pressure groups, and ordinary customers at the pump or retail store. The measurement

October 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Indonesia Set to Face, Sue Europe over Renewable Energy Policies

(Antara News)  The Indonesian government will prepare to take legal action at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to challenge the European Union (EU) over its Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II) and Delegated Regulation (DR). The lawsuit plan was rolled out over concerns of the regulation directly impacting the Indonesian

October 10, 2019 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Fuel Pretreatment of Biomass Residues for Thermal Conversion

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   For some time it’s been widely thought amongst the Digestsceni that there’s a need to ‘demonstrate to market actors and policy makers how existing bioenergy chains can be made more fuel flexible, efficient and cost effective through the application of (a combination of) pretreatment technologies,”

October 10, 2019 Read Full Article

BIOPLAT-EU Project: The Second Project Meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine

(Bioenergy Association of Ukraine) SEC Biomass experts Tetiana Zheliezna, Oleksandra Tryboi and Olha Haidai took part in the second BIOPLAT-EU (Promoting Sustainable Use of Underutilized Lands for Bioenergy Production through a Web-Based Platform for Europe) project meeting that was held in Kyiv on 26 of September, 2019. The project partners presented

October 9, 2019 Read Full Article

High-Impact Bio-Based Initiative for a Circular Europe

(Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking/Politico)  The Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking delivers substantial socio-economic and environmental benefits to Europe, actively contributing to the European Green Deal  — Did you know that renewable biological resources such as waste, agricultural and forestry residues, and aquatic biomass can be used to produce greener everyday products, from

October 9, 2019 Read Full Article

UK Tweaks Tariffs Amid No-Deal Brexit Countdown

by Kate Proctor and Lisa O’Carroll (The Guardian)  Adjustments made for duties on trucks, bioethanol and clothing in effort to keep prices down  — The government has announced changes to British tariffs on lorries, bioethanol and clothing in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Revisions to the temporary tariff schedule are an

October 9, 2019 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Technical, Economic and Environmental Assessment of Biorefineries

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) First comes the techno-economic assessment, then comes the deployment, as perhaps someone once said, or should have. For the road to bioeconomy passes through the graces of a successful evalutation of the inputs anf the outputs and the costs and values thereof. Those thoughtful assessors

October 9, 2019 Read Full Article

European Biofuel Facility Opens in Antwerp, Belgium

(Targray) Targray has announced the full opening of its Antwerp Biodiesel Terminal, a 24/7 biofuel storage and blending center serving fuel producers, distributors, traders and retailers in markets throughout Europe. Strategically located at the heart of Europe’s largest petrochemical center, Targray’s Antwerp location connects to EU customer bases via rail,

October 8, 2019 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Commercializing Conventional and Advanced Transport Biofuels from Biomass and Other Renewable Feedstocks

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Several of the better known IEA Bioenergy rock stars — there are four and possibly five in this set, from the US and Canada, so we’ll put them sort of on a par with Neil Young and Crazy Horse for representing somethng tuneful, must-know and

October 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Board Now Leads the Way towards Sustainable Flying

(Board Now)  Launch of SkyNRG’s ground-breaking program paves the way to sustainable aviation; 85 per cent reduction of emissions as a result of sustainable aviation fuel  — Today (October 3, 2019), a significant step will be taken towards sustainable flying. Dutch company SkyNRG, global leader in sustainable aviation fuel, officially launches

October 4, 2019 Read Full Article

French Study Says Biogas Is the Best Vehicle Fuel to Improve Air Quality

(EBA/NGV Journal) The decarbonization of transport is a major concern to limit the environmental and climate impact of the sector. The European Environmental Agency (EEA) has warned against the increase of CO2 emissions of new passenger cars since 2017 and recalls that the transport sector remains a significant source of air

October 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Over 200 European Airports to Deliver Net Zero CO2 Emissions by 2050

(Airports Council International)  On the occasion of the UN Global Climate Action Summit taking place in New York today, the trade association for Europe’s airports, ACI EUROPE provided an update on the industry’s response to the Climate Emergency. In June of this year, ACI EUROPE announced a landmark resolution committing

October 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Hyundai Promotes Green Mobility in Switzerland, Unveils H2 Xcient Truck

(Hyundai/NGV Journal)  … For the production of hydrogen and its delivery to the refueling stations, Hydrospider was founded at the beginning of 2019, in which H2E, Linde and Alpiq participated. The production of hydrogen at the hydroelectric power plant in Gösgen, which has been in operation for over 100 years,

September 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Convert CO2 into Raw Materials Using Nanoparticles

(Ruhr University Bochum (Google Translation)) Enzymes use cascade reactions to produce complex molecules from comparatively simple raw materials. The principle was copied by researchers. An international research team has converted carbon dioxide into raw materials using nanoparticles. The scientists at the Ruhr University Bochum and the University of New South

September 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Complete Production Chain from Biomass Residues to Fischer-Tropsch Products Successfully Validated

(VTT) Production of biofuel by gasification of biomass residues was successfully validated in the EU’s COMSYN project in September. The process performance was verified with bark in an 80 hour-long test run at VTT. The syngas conversion to Fischer-Tropsch (FT) products was conducted by IneraTec GmbH. The main focus of the

September 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Your Vegan Diet and Paper Straws Aren’t Going to Save the Planet, But These Three Policies Can

by John Cumbers (Forbes) When it comes to action on climate change, what’s good for the planet must also benefit the economy and the livelihoods of people, which are more often than not at the forefront of the minds of voters and can make or break a government. When oil and

September 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Clariant AG: Clariant and ORLEN Południe Announce License Agreement on Sunliquid® Cellulosic Ethanol Technology

(Clariant) Agreement marks second signed license deal for Clariant’s sunliquid technology; ORLEN Południe, member of ORLEN Group, intends to realize a full scale commercial plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol at its Jedlicze site in Poland with Clariant’s sunliquid technology; Cooperation is another major step toward the commercialization of

September 23, 2019 Read Full Article

EC-Approved ‘Life Landfill Biofuel’ Project Bets on Zero Impact Vehicles

(SEAT/NGT Journal) SEAT is going to participate until 2023in the Life Landfill Biofuel project, which was recently approved by the European Commission, whose goal is to obtain renewable gas from municipal landfills. The aim is to achieve more efficient management by obtaining biomethane from an indigenous, abundant energy source. SEAT will

September 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Task 40 “Deployment of Biobased Value Chains”

(IEA Bioenergy Task 40)  The core objective of the new Task 40 with the updated title “Deployment of biobased value chains” is to support deploying viable, efficient bioenergy value chains in the context of  sustainable, national and international markets,  reflecting on policy developments, and economic aspects, including financing,

September 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Analysis: EU Biofuels 2020 Policy Framework Headache for Blenders

by Chrysa Glystra (S&P Global Platts) EU RED II rules raise mandates every year; EU member states choose how to implement directive; Mandates becoming increasingly difficult to meet —  … Next year marks the beginning of a revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) running through to 2030, which will raise biofuel mandates year

September 19, 2019 Read Full Article

MSPO-Certified Palm Oil to Europe by 2020

by Zaidi Isham Ismail (New Straits Times) Malaysia is on track to export MSPO (Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil) certified palm oil to Europe by next year. Malaysia Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC) chief executive officer Chew Jit Seng said the MSPO certification scheme is important as it will allow the country’s

September 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Kaloyan Tsilev on the GMobility Platform in Europe

(Future Fuel Strategies) Recently, I talked to Kaloyan Tsilev with NGVA Europe about its GMobility Platform. Following are several excepts from our discussion, which you can listen to or download below or in ITunes.  … “It’s a bit unfair to call battery electric vehicles or other electromobility carbon neutral. So, what we were

September 19, 2019 Read Full Article
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