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Difficult Times for Germany’s Transport Ministry – Biofuels Could Alleviate Worries

by Elmar Baumann (Association of the German Biofuel Industry/EurActiv) … The German Climate Protection Act specifies in detail how emissions in the sectors transport, buildings, agriculture and waste management must decrease by 2030. In transport alone, the federal government is faced with the task of reducing annual greenhouse gas emissions

September 28, 2020 Read Full Article

European Commission Launches Investigation to Extend “B99” Measures against US Biodiesel Imports

(European Biodiesel Board)  On September 14th 2020, the European Commission formally launched an investigation review aiming at extending anti-dumping and countervailing measures applicable to imports of biodiesel originating in the United States of America (USA), the so called “B99” measures. The EBB welcomes this review, which was triggered by an

September 25, 2020 Read Full Article

5 Opportunities to Create Sustainable Growth: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainability Leaps for Europe

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) VTT just released this short report on 5 unique opportunities Europe has to accelerate sustainability and what they call “exponential hope.” From biotech in food production to optimizing material usage for sustainable resource consumption, dive into VTT’s views on how to create entire paradigm shifts that lead

September 25, 2020 Read Full Article

VistaJet Announces New Market-Leading Sustainable Biofuel Partnership, Updates on Success of Its Current Sustainability Pledge and Calls for Further Action From Private Aviation Industry

(VistaJet/EIN News) • Introducing new partnership with SkyNRG, pioneer and global leader in sustainable aviation fuel  • Success of its current sustainability plan, which has seen 80% of Members join plan to reduce carbon footprint   • Technology-led optimization, reducing fuel consumption by an average of 8% per flight since January 2020

September 23, 2020 Read Full Article

AD and Biogas Industry Awards 2020 Shortlist Revealed

(Bioenergy Insight) … The awards, run by the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA) and the World Biogas Association (WBA), recognise achievements in biogas innovation, clever use of outputs, international knowledge exchange and collaboration, financing and more. Originally launched by ADBA in 2010 for the UK market, the awards became

September 22, 2020 Read Full Article

European Renewable Ethanol Industry Launches New Resource for Consumer Information on E10 Fuel

(ePURE)  E10info.eu answers common questions about production, use and availability of ethanol petrol blend that helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions  —  E10info.eu, a new online resource for consumer information about the widely available E10 fuel blend, launched today (September 17, 2020) as part of a broader effort to highlight the importance

September 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Business Trends: The Impact of a Carbon Tax on the European Chemical Industry

Saxton, D., FaÍsca, N.,  (Nexant Energy and Chemicals Advisory/Hydrocarbon Processing) Over the past several years, greenhouses gas (GHG) emissions have become a pressing global issue. Europe is leading global efforts to become climate-neutral by 2050 but may do so at the expense of its chemical industry. Private and public stakeholders are

September 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Greener Flights from Greener Fields – Using Aviation Biofuel

(European Commission)  Jet fuel from renewable sources holds the key to significantly reducing the environmental impact of aviation. EU-funded researchers have set out to boost Europe’s production capacity, and are also developing a process that would leverage the growing of feedstock to rehabilitate land at risk of desertification. To fully

September 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Argus Launches Renewable Transport Fuel Prices for Europe

(Argus Media/PR Newswire) Global energy and commodity price reporting agency Argus has launched new price assessments for renewable diesel in Europe. As countries seek to transition away from fossil fuels, hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) is becoming increasingly popular as a renewable alternative to traditional petroleum diesel. It can be blended into the existing

September 9, 2020 Read Full Article

In COVID-19 World, Biobased Industries Key to Rebuilding a Strong, Sustainable Economy

by Matt Lipscomb (DMC Bio/Biofuels Digest)  …   One of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the realization of the fragility of current global supply chains. As consumers and companies begin to value supply chain stability and robustness in addition to competitive prices, there is an opportunity for biobased industries

September 8, 2020 Read Full Article

From Americas to EU, Asia, Africa, Who’s Got What?: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuel Mandates Around the World 2020

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today, biobased mandates around the world. Where are the markets you can count on, how much can you count on? 65 countries in all, We’ll be focusing especially on new information out of Argentina, Brazil, Britain after Brexit, Canada, the European Union, China, India, Indonesia,

September 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Lignocellulosic Platform Goes Beyond Biofuels: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Chemicals, catalysis, additives – At ABLC Digital this July, Clariant shared how they are working on advancing biofuels globally and details on their sunliquid technology to decarbonize transportation. A fully integrated and carbon negative process, sunliquid is a platform for sustainable biobased products too like cosmetics,

September 6, 2020 Read Full Article

ePURE: EU Ethanol Production Helps Achieve Green Deal Goals

(ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine) European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) members produced 5.6 billion liters (1.48 billion gallons) of ethanol and 5.33 million metric tons of co-products in 2019, according to new audited data released on Sept. 1 by the industry group. The new figures confirm the importance of European renewable ethanol biorefineries to achieving

September 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Shell & Air Liquide Facilitate Access of Trucks to Biomethane Refueling

(Air Liquide/NGV Journal) Air Liquide and Shell have signed an agreement giving heavy-duty trucks with the Shell card access to Air Liquide’s network of multi-energy stations in France. This means they will be able to refuel in particular with biomethane. Thanks to this agreement, trucks with the Shell card crossing France

September 1, 2020 Read Full Article

EC Launches Public Consultation on Potential Revision of REDII DEADLINE: September 21, 2020

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The European Commission in August launched a public consultation on the potential revision of the 2018 Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) to better align the policy with the European Union’s new Green Deal and its goal of making the EU climate neutral by 2050. The REDII is

September 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Are All Renewable Aviation Fuels Equally Sustainable?

by Michael Fiedler-Panajotopoulos (Renewable Energy Group Europe/European Waste-to-Advanced Biofuels Association /EurActiv)  A recent European Commission inception impact assessment on “ReFuelEU Aviation” presents ideas about a future EU law to promote renewable aviation fuels, labelled as “Sustainable” Aviation Fuels (SAF). These offer a legitimate way to reduce GHG emissions and deserve

September 1, 2020 Read Full Article

The Use of Forest Biomass for Climate Change Mitigation: Dispelling Some Misconceptions

(IEA Bioenergy) Articles and statements in the media have raised concerns over the climate effects of bioenergy from managed forests2. As some of these statements seem to reflect misconceptions about forest bioenergy, IEA Bioenergy has prepared a brief document presenting key facts about the use of forest biomass for climate

September 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Bloom Biorenewables Secure Funding to Prove Biomass Valorization at Pilot Scale.

by Luke Upton (BioMarket Insights)  … Bloom’s ( @BloomBiorenewa1 ) patented mild lignin extraction method uses stabilizing molecules that prevent lignin (a major fraction in plants) from condensing during extraction. The company will use its latest investment to prove its technology on pilot project, which was kicked off in January 2020 in

August 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Follow the Money: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Industrial Bioeconomy Revolution

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Will Canada transform? Or stand on the sidelines?That’s the question asked by Jeff Passmore, CEO of Passmore Group who shared this illuminating “Follow the Money” slide guide that asks how tenable is fossil fuel’s future? Where could some of this repositioned investment capital go? What’s

August 24, 2020 Read Full Article

EU Commission Targets Quotas to Increase Use of SAF

(Biofuels Digest)  The European Union is considering the use quotas to force airlines to use more sustainable aviation fuel as it seeks to reduce carbon emissions. The European Commission said that flights within Europe had climbed every year from 2013-2019 and the sector was off track for the EU’s goal to

August 20, 2020 Read Full Article

#Trending: Chemical Recycling of Plastics – The Missing Link in the Puzzle to Enhance Plastics Circularity

by Sreeparna Das (BioMarket Insights) … The collection & sorting of plastics waste is quite far from being at the required level. And, the recycled grades often don’t stand a chance against their low-cost virgin counterparts because of certain technical limitations, such as: ➔ Quality concerns: ◆ Thermal & mechanical degradation

August 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Austrocel to Kick off Bioethanol Production at the End of Year

(EUWID Pulp and Paper News) Dissolving pulp producer Austrocel has a multi-year bioethanol supply agreement with Austria’s oil and gas company OMV. — Austria’s dissolving pulp producer Austrocel is making progress with the construction of the 30 million litres production facility for bioethanol at the pulp mill in Hallein. According to

August 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Neste and Air bp to Offer Increased Volume of Sustainable Aviation Fuel in Europe

(Neste) Air bp and Neste agree to offer a five-fold increase in volume of sustainable aviation fuel.  Deliveries due to start in the coming weeks.  —  Neste, the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced from waste and residue raw materials and Air bp, the international

August 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Sustainable Aviation Fuel Guide: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to SAF Coalition’s Fueling the Future

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF Coalition) released yesterday a new informational guide detailing how industry leaders can incorporate SAF into their operations and accelerate the adoption of low-carbon fuels, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The guide focuses on the practicalities of SAF

August 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Celebrating National Aviation Day … and Commenting on How Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Is Tied to Future Sustainability, and Success, of the Enterprise

by Steve Csonka (Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuel Initiative)  Today is National Aviation Day in the U.S., a recognition instituted by FDR in 1939, honoring the birthday of Orville Wright, but also creating awareness of, and celebrating the progress and vision associated with, the aviation industry. Today, that industry has become

August 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Can We Get to Space without Damaging the Earth through Huge Carbon Emissions?

by David Verbeek and Helene Fouquet (Bloomberg/Los Angeles Times)  When a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket blasts off on a plume of white smoke, hot gases shoot out of its 27 engines, creating a thrust equal to 18 Boeing 747 aircraft. Upon reaching orbit, the world’s heaviest operational rocket will have burned

August 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Offtake Agreements & Government, Airline Commitments: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to CAAFI & SAF

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At ABLC Digital in July, Chris Tindal,Assistant Director of Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), shared this illuminating slide guide focusing on the market opportunities for sustainable aviation fuels, the latest SAF offtake agreements like World Energy, Paramount, United Airlines, Finnair, SkyNRG, KLM, Fulcrum Bioenergy,

August 13, 2020 Read Full Article

CAAFI Webinar Series: The State of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF)

(Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative) The State of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) by Steve Csonka (CAAFI) Slide deck available here. Webinar recording available here.     

August 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuture Platform Launches Five Principles for Post-COVID Bioeconomy Recovery and Acceleration

(Biofuture Platform)  Principles have been designed to help economies create jobs in a sector severely hit by the crisis  — The Biofuture Platform, a twenty-country, multi-stakeholder initiative, announced today the launch of a set of voluntary principles. These are intended to offer guidance to governments and policymakers around the world on

August 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Indonesia Picks Up Allies In WTO Palm Fight

(Palm Oil Monitor)  Indonesia has picked up a number of allies in its battle with the EU over the bloc’s ban of palm oil in its renewable energy scheme. An additional 18 countries have reserved their rights to participate in the proceedings as third parties. These include palm producers Malaysia, Thailand, Guatemala,

August 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Notice of Determination 2020/005: Anti-subsidy Amounts on Biodiesel Originating in the USA and Consigned from Canada

(UK Department for International Trade) Determination to transition trade remedies measure  —  This notice is published under regulation 96(1) of the Trade Remedies (Dumping and Subsidisation) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. The Secretary of State for International Trade has determined the countervailing duties on biodiesel originating in the USA (including biodiesel consigned from Canada)

August 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Viable Alternative Already Exists to Fossil Fuels and They Need to Be Supported

(Biofuels International)  Biofuels represent 89% of all renewable energy sources in transport and its role in the decarbonisation of the transport sector in the EU will be pivotal in the coming years. And yet, the new Statistical Report 2020 reveals that in absolute terms, the oil in transport still accounts

August 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Products Remain Strong: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  “A solid quarter despite market turbulence due to COVID-19”,is how Neste is describing their second quarter of 2020 in this just released presentation. Check out this illuminating slide guide for the scoop on the company’s Q2 financials, how their renewable products segment helped maintain a

August 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Inside GranBio, NextChem’s New Partnership to “Blow Out” Cellulosic Ethanol Global Roll-Out

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) News arrives from Sao Paulo and Rome that GranBio and NextChem have inked a strategic alliance and will co-license GranBio’s patented technology for the production of second-generation ethanol. NextChem is a subsidiary of Italian engineering giant Maire Tecnimont dedicated to the energy transition. The news follows

August 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Algae Biomass Production for the Bioeconomy

(EU Science Hub) The latest brief prepared by the JRC for the European Commission’s Knowledge Centre for Bioeconomy (KCB) informs about algae biomass production in the EU and globally, and maps algae production units in Europe.   It reports increasing production levels and opportunities for development to meet growing demand

July 30, 2020 Read Full Article

European Commission Invites Feedback on Revisions to the EU ETS ahead of a Public Consultation

(GreenAir Online) The European Commission has opened an eight-week feedback period inviting comments on a revision of the Aviation EU ETS directive in order to implement the international CORSIA scheme consistent with the EU’s 2030 climate objectives and European Green Deal. The Commission is also proposing to reduce the amount of free allowances

July 28, 2020 Read Full Article

The EU Kick-Starts a Hydrogen Revolution with Ambitions for Hydrogen-Powered Commercial Aircraft by 2035

(GreenAir Online)  A hydrogen-powered short-range commercial passenger aircraft could be flying within Europe by 2035, finds a major new study commissioned by the EU’s public-private Clean Sky 2 and Fuel Cells & Hydrogen Joint Undertakings. The published report concludes hydrogen propulsion has the potential to significantly reduce aviation’s climate impact. However,

July 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Palm Oil Producing Countries See EU’s Farm-to-Fork Strategy as Opportunity to Work Together

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Indonesia, the Secretariat of Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) acknowledges the statement by the European Commissioner for Trade on behalf of the European Commission in response to parliamentary question E-001194/2020, which may indicate a new willingness by Europe to collaborate with palm oil producing countries to foster

July 28, 2020 Read Full Article

5 Big Scale-up Projects – From Beginning to End of Supply Chain, These Projects Show How Scale-up Happens

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … In today’s Digest, rev up the engines for these 5 projects – feedstock supply for renewable fuels and high protein feed; fats, oils, and grease separation technology; waste-to-energy facility that just entered full commercial operation; tech deployment for ethanol plant efficiency; and a

July 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Q&A: A Model for Low-Carbon Fuels in the Global Energy Transition

by Alan P. Mammoser (Biodiesel Magazine) Biofuels will likely play an important role in a hoped-for transformation to a low-carbon economy. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, they will need to play a large role in the direct application of renewables to decarbonize heavy transport including road freight, shipping and

July 24, 2020 Read Full Article

USDA GAIN Report Says Pandemic Will Slash Biofuel Use by up to 10%

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands, a new USDA GAIN report says the COVID-19 pandemic will slash European bioethanol and biodiesel use by approximately ten and six percent, respectively. EU biofuel demand is driven by the Renewable Energy Directives I and II, the former of which demand 10% renewable

July 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuel Marketing Opportunity: ADM Partners with U.S. Soybean Export Council to Earn Export Certification.

(Farm Progress) ADM and one other U.S. exporter have partnered with the U.S. Soybean Export Council to certify U.S. Soy as part of the SSAP-RED (U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol-Renewable Energy Directive) program. This voluntary program, with support from the United Soybean Board, meets the specific requirements of the European Union’s

July 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Factbox: How ‘Green’ Is the EU’s Recovery Deal?

by Kate Abnett  (Reuters/New York Times) European Union leaders clinched a deal on Tuesday for a huge stimulus package which the European Commission has said will make fighting climate change central to Europe’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Climate advocates said the final deal – a 1.074 trillion euro EU budget

July 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Meridiam Develops First US Biogas Project

(Meridiam/Biomass Magazine)  Meridiam has entered into an agreement to develop a biodigester project, located in the State of Idaho near Twin Falls, together with Sevana Bioenergy, as development partner, service provider and long-term co-investor. Meridiam and Sevana will combine their expertise in project development and long-term asset management to focus on

July 23, 2020 Read Full Article

EIB to Provide Advisory Support to Three ‘First-of-a-Kind’ Climate Action Projects

by Liz Gyekye (BioMarket Insights) The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed three agreements with leading European innovators to collaborate on the development and potential financing of new projects that address climate change. Under a partnership with the European Commission delivered through the InnovFin Advisory programme, the EIB will provide strategic financial

July 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Emerging Markets Publishes Renewable Diesel 2030 Report

by Will Thurmond (Emerging Markets)  Renewable Diesel 2030 is designed to help financiers, producers, developers, distributors, consultants and analysts with a fact-filled market guide detailing medium and long-term trends and developments in the renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuels sectors. This study focuses on market fundamentals, emerging market trends, long-term

July 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Nuseed Secures Commercial Off-Take Agreement with Leading Biodiesel Producer for Carinata

(Nuseed) Nuseed Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nufarm Limited, has executed a commercial off-take agreement with Saipol, the largest biodiesel producer in Europe, to supply Nuseed Carinata as a feedstock for certified low carbon oil for renewable fuels and high protein non-GMO meal for livestock feed. The multi-year agreement follows the

July 22, 2020 Read Full Article

EUR 11 mln TEN-T Funding for (Bio)LNG Infrastructure Will Accelerate the Shipping Sectors Energy Transition

(Titan LNG) Titan LNG’s Ambitious (Bio)-LNG Breakthrough Project Receives EU Funding  — We are thrilled to announce that Titan LNG, one of the leading suppliers of LNG to the marine and industrial markets in Europe, has been granted €11.000.000 funding from the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility (CEF); the EU’s grant scheme

July 21, 2020 Read Full Article

We Won’t Get There without Sustainable Biofuels

by David Chiaramonti and Giacomo Talluri  (EurActiv/Polytechnic of Turin/ART Fuels)  … A review of more than 40 sectorial forecast scenarios, conducted by the Research Consortium for R&D (RE-CORD), found consensus on two main facts: sustainable biofuels will still play a fundamental role all the way through 2050, and advanced biofuels are

July 17, 2020 Read Full Article

The NEGEM Project – Assessing the Realistic Potential of Carbon Dioxide Removal and Its Contribution to Achieving Climate Neutrality

(NEGEM)  ● Reducing GHG emissions continues to be the main priority in climate change mitigation, but carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere (CDR) is increasingly seen as a necessary supplement to traditional emission cuts.  ● The NEGEM project will quantify the real-world potential for CDR and assess the feasibility of

July 17, 2020 Read Full Article

World Biggest Oil Majors Set Collective Goal to Cut Carbon Emissions

by Charles Kennedy (OilPrice.com) Some of the biggest oil companies in the world set their first joint target to cut their collective carbon emissions from upstream operations in a move that saw Saudi Aramco and ExxonMobil joining European majors in pledging reduced carbon intensity.   The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative

July 17, 2020 Read Full Article

What Is Needed for Green Liquid Fuels

by Jens Kehlet Nørskov (Technical University of Denmark) In 2019, the EU project Energy-X brought together around 150 leading catalysis and energy researchers to map out how to achieve fossil-free production of fuels and chemicals. Professor Jens Kehlet Nørskov from DTU was in charge of the project. Here, he outlines

July 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Letter From Europe: The 7 Priorities to De-Carbonize Now through Sustainable Biofuels, Rather than Waiting for Future Technologies

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The European bioenergy sector has issued a series of 7 recommendations relating to “setting the course for a future-proof biofuel sector”. Then timing relates to the German Federal Government’s six month presidency of the Council of the European Union, which began on 1 July 2020. The

July 16, 2020 Read Full Article

eEUBCE (European Biomass Conference and Exhibition) Highlights; Videos Available until September

5 July 2020 Opening Highlights  The first ever entirely virtual edition of the European Biomass Conference and Exhibition started today with the opening session streamed online.  This year’s theme of the EUBCE is the role of the bioeconomy in the post-pandemic economic recovery and this is the topic that was addressed by

July 15, 2020 Read Full Article

New Publication – Novel Regional and Landscape-Based Approaches to Govern Sustainability of Bioenergy and Biomaterials Supply Chains

(IEA Bioenergy) Novel regional and landscape governance approaches aim at addressing complex sustainability challenges by enhancing commitment and collaboration between multiple stakeholders and sectors to achieve common goals for a more sustainable production at larger geographical scales and across sectors, regardless of the purpose of produced raw materials, or the end-destination of products.

July 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Sustainable Aviation Fuel’s Affordability: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Airlines for America’s Viewpoint

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) At ABLC last week, Airlines for America’s Nancy Young shared this illuminating presentation that outlines what airlines need to deploy sustainable aviation fuel as well as progress, gaps, opportunities and action to scale up supply and commercial viability. Even with COVID-19 impacting airline travel around the

July 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Lithuanian Terminals See Huge Jump in Biofuel Transshipping Due to RED

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Lithuania, Bunkerspot reports that national terminal operator KN says biofuel throughput has been 37,000 metric tons this year so far compared to just 5,000 tons during all of 2019. KN Klaipėda Oil Terminal transships ethanol and biodiesel and is among only three ports in the

July 10, 2020 Read Full Article

EU Bets on Clean Hydrogen to Decarbonize and Boost Economy

by Samuel Petrequin  (Associated Press)  The executive branch of the European Union unveiled plans Wednesday to boost the production of clean hydrogen as part of its goal to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 amid criticism from environmental activists and Green lawmakers pushing for a total exclusion of hydrogen produced from fossil fuels.

July 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Common Position Paper: Biofuels Are Essential for Meeting the Climate Protection Goals in the Commitment Period 2021 to 2030

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP))  German Council Presidency must set the course for a sustainable biofuels industry  —  The semi-annual EU Council Presidency of the German government began on July 1, 2020. The German government has set a goal in its program that it wants to “work towards

July 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Greening Your Beer with Brewery’s CO2 Eating Algae, Blockchain Tracing, Converting Brewery Waste into Detergents and More

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)   … In today’s Digest, how a brewery in Australia is utilizing algae that eats up CO2 and spits out oxygen, all the cool things you can make with beer and liquor production waste (going beyond ethanol and biofuel), how blockchain is helping track beer

July 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Biomethane, the Key to Decarbonize Now the European Mobility

(European Biogas Association/NGV Journal) The European Biogas Association (EBA) is launching a new paper providing a comprehensive analysis on the potential of biomethane for the fast decarbonization of the transport sector and policy recommendations to ensure the further scale-up of this green fuel. The paper has considered 11 comparative studies analyzing

July 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Spotlight on Feedstocks: Sustainable and Feasible Wood-Based Materials

by Katariina Torvinen (VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland)/BioMarket Insights)  … Over-consuming of fossil reserves, resource insufficiency and climate change require the renewal of the existing materials paradigm. Advanced and high added-value wood-based materials can play an important role in this process. It is vital that forest-based resources are used

July 2, 2020 Read Full Article

So, What Exactly Is Green Hydrogen?

by Jason Deign (GreenTechMedia) … According to the nomenclature used by market research firm Wood Mackenzie, most of the gas that is already widely used as an industrial chemical is either brown, if it’s made through the gasification of coal or lignite; or gray, if it is made through steam methane reformation,

July 2, 2020 Read Full Article

‘Final Blow’ to Aviation Climate Plan as EU Agrees to Weaken Rules

by Chloé Farand (Climate Home News)  EU member states will back an industry proposal to reduce airlines’ climate obligations in response to the coronavirus pandemic, at the UN aviation forum  — The climate plan for aviation is losing its last shred of credibility, after the European Union confirmed it will back

July 2, 2020 Read Full Article

UPDATE 1-Malaysia to File WTO Legal Action against EU over Restrictions on Palm Biofuel

by Mei Mei Chu (Today) Malaysia, the world’s second largest palm oil producer, will take legal action against the European Union’s restrictions on palm oil-based biofuels with the World Trade Organization (WTO), calling the policy a “discriminatory action”. Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali said on Wednesday the

July 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Greenhouse-Gas Reduction Performance of EU Ethanol Reaches New High

(ePURE) Renewable ethanol from ePURE members reduced GHG emissions by more than 72% compared to fossil fuels in 2019, according to the latest audited producer data — Production and use of renewable ethanol from ePURE members delivered an average of more than 72% greenhouse-gas savings compared to fossil fuels in 2019,

June 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Clean Fuels for All: A Potential Pathway to Climate Neutrality by 2050

(FuelsEurope) The ambition of the European Union is to be climate neutral by 2050. The European refining industry supports the same ambition. Our industry is transforming, and we have developed a comprehensive potential pathway of how we, together with our partners, can contribute to meeting the 2050 climate neutrality challenge. This work

June 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Without Advanced Renewable Fuels, EU Will Not Meet Climate Objectives

(Advance Fuel) Long-term policy support is crucial to the market rollout of RESfuels to remedy transport’s reliance on fossil fuels, leading European research institutes confirm.  —  Transport makes up one-quarter of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Europe and is the only major sector in the EU where emissions continue

June 25, 2020 Read Full Article

EU Lacks ‘Complete Overview’ about Used Cooking Oil Origins

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv) The European Commission does not have a “complete overview” of the origin of used cooking oils used for the production of biodiesel consumed in the EU, but appears set to tighten the rules, according to sources close to the matter. EURACTIV has learnt that this information is currently

June 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Going Green and Tackling the Climate Challenge Remain Top Priorities for Europe’s Regional Airlines

(GreenAir Online) … With movements such as ‘flygskam’ (flight shame) having grown exponentially in 2019 and negatively impacting aviation demand, tackling the climate challenge has become a matter of survival for the aviation sector. The regional airline industry has been responding to this public and political pressure, and working to achieve

June 24, 2020 Read Full Article

UK Government Sets out Plans for Including Aviation in Its Own Emissions Trading Scheme from next year

(GreenAir Online) The UK government has released details on how it intends to incorporate aviation into a UK Emissions Trading System (UK ETS) and link with those of the EU and Switzerland, as well as the global CORSIA offsetting scheme. Following the withdrawal of the UK from the EU and the

June 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Energy Transition in Times of Coronavirus: A Challenge and an Opportunity

by Pierroberto Folgiero (NextChem/Biofuels Digest)  … The challenge today is to plan an industrial recovery which must be rapid but durable at the same time and prepare the industry to reduce risks and economic losses deriving from pollution and climate changes, with their effects impacting on many sector industries. These risks are tangible,

June 24, 2020 Read Full Article

New Leaflet Shows Present & Future of Biomethane to Clean up Mobility

(EBA/NGVA Europe/NGV Journal) EBA (European Biogas Association) and NGVA Europe have published a new leaflet, illustrating the current uptake of biomethane in the transport sector and its potential in the coming years. NGVs present the highest rate of emissions reduction compared to other fuels. This potential is much higher when coupled with

June 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Platts Proposes to Increase Minimum GHG Savings in Ethanol T2 FOB Rotterdam Assessment to 60%

(S&P Global Platts) Following a formal public consultation and review, S&P Global Platts is proposing to amend the minimum greenhouse gas savings on fuel grade ethanol reflected in its Ethanol T2 FOB Rotterdam assessment to 60%, from a current minimum of 50%, effective January 4, 2021. This is in line with

June 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Rethink Plastic Alliance et al Launch Policy Brief on Plastic-to-Fuels ahead of EC Meeting on Revised Renewable Energy Directive

by Liz Gyekye (BioMarkets Insights) “The current crisis is creating an opportunity for real change. Yet, plastic-to-fuel is encouraging reliance on our current linear system – convincing consumers that this waste can be “recycled” when in fact it is getting burned. That’s not the idea of a cycle.” Ahead of a

June 18, 2020 Read Full Article

BBI JU Promotes Its Bio-Based Project Achievements via Launch of New Publication

by Liz Gyekye (BioMarket Insights) … BBI JU (Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking) has launched a new publication entitled ‘BBI JU: a high-impact initiative for green recovery of Europe’. The booklet highlights the environmental, socio-economic and technological impacts of the initiative supported by facts and figures. BBI JU is a €3.7

June 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Sunflower Production Slows in Romania but the EU Sees Overall Output Rise

(Biofuels International)  Romanian sunflower production in the EU-27 is expected to decline compared to the previous year, but the EU Commission projects an increase in overall output in the EU. The high oil content of sunflower seed, often over 40%, makes it an excellent choice as a biofuel crop. …

June 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Full Potential of Biogas “Far from Being Exploited”, Says Bioenergy Europe

(Bioenergy Insight)  Bioenergy Europe has launched the second chapter of its Statistical Report 2020 focusing on biogas and biomethane. The report looks at biogas consumption and production in the European Union (EU) and provides an in-depth and current analysis of the sector’s state of play. According to Bioenergy Europe, the European

June 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Manuelita Opens New Markets for Colombian Palm Biodiesel in Europe

(Manuelita (Google Translation)) Manuelita began the export of Colombian palm oil biodiesel, which reaches the demanding European market meeting the highest quality and sustainability standards. – Manuelita palm oil biodiesel significantly reduces emissions of greenhouse gases and particulate matter compared to fossil diesel.  Cali and Villavicencio, June 10, 2020 | Manuelita

June 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Profitable Growth Through Renewable Solutions: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Everyone wants to dominate the world, right? But Neste wants to do it in a nice way by becoming the global leader in renewable and circular solutions. There are 3 ways they are working on this lately – 1) expanding global reach with new offices in

June 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Concerns in Biodiesel Industry Raised over Sustainable Aviation Fuel Regulation

(Biofuels International) Waste-based biodiesel producers and associations using lipid feedstocks such as used cooking oil (UCO) have reacted to the European Commission’s new legislative framework to promote sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) initiative. The organisations said they believed this would play a significant role in the much-needed decarbonisation of the air

June 11, 2020 Read Full Article

ACEA Position Paper Review of the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive

(European Automobile Manufacturers Association)  … 3) Include infrastructure for all alternative fuels in investment plans The Commission should continue to respect the technology neutrality principle in all policy areas. The further decarbonisation of road transport through the use of lower‐carbon liquid fuels and alternative fuels will require different fuel options

June 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Ortwin Costenoble on Future Biofuels Standards in the EU

by Tammy Klein (Future Fuel Strategies) On this episode of the Fueling the Future podcast, I spoke with Ortwin Costenoble, senior standarization consultant with the Royal Netherlands Standardization Institute (NEN) about the recent research project commissioned by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) entitled, “Engine tests with new types of biofuels and development of biofuel

June 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Norsk e-Fuel Planning Europe’s First Commercial H2-Based Renewable Aviation Fuel Facility in Norway

(Norak e-Fuel) Norsk e-Fuel is planning Europe’s first commercial plant for hydrogen-based renewable aviation fuel in Norway Leading industry consortium joins forces to make unlimited renewable fuel a reality to achieve climate-neutral transportation Norsk e-fuel is generating renewable fuels from CO2 & water using 100% renewable electricity Located in Herøya,

June 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Drives Growth in Biomass-Based Diesel Imports

(U.S. Energy Information Administration/Biodiesel Magazine) U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel, which include biodiesel and renewable diesel, grew 26 percent in 2019 to more than 27,000 barrels per day (more than 413.9 MMgy), ending two years in a row of decline. Imports of biomass-based diesel increased in 2019 because of the

June 10, 2020 Read Full Article

How Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Is Making Its Way in the Aviation Sector

(Biofuels International) Video of the Month —  As part of the BIO4A project, SkyNRG will provide its valuable expertise in the sector to make BIO4A mission a reality: enabling the large-scale pre-commercial production of ASTM-certified SAF in the European Union. In this short interview, Oskar tells us how sustainable aviation

June 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Bioliquids and Their Use in Power Generation – A Technology Review

by T.Seljak, M.Buffi, A.Valera-Medina, C.T.Chong, D.Chiaramonti, T.Katrašnik (Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews) -A systematic and holistic assessment of relevant properties of bioliquids.  -New technical advances of piston engines and micro gas turbines using bioliquids.  -A detailed analysis of required power system adaptations imposed by bioliquids.  -Future perspectives for power generation

June 3, 2020 Read Full Article

EU Commission’s Farm-to-Fork Strategy: UFOP Misses Economically Sustainable Perspective

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen) “This is not what perspective and collaboration look like.” This is how UFOP (Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen) summarises its criticism of the “Farm-to-Fork Strategy” presented today by the European Commission. Strategies focus on goals which shall be achieved collectively. With this

June 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Implementation Agendas: 2018-2019 Update Compare and Contrast Transport Biofuels Policies

by Mahmood Ebadian, James D. McMillan, Jack (John) N. Saddler and Susan van Dyk (University of British Columbia, Canada/National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA/IEA Bioenergy) Global production and use of transport biofuels Global biofuels production has continued to increase over the last decade, from over 37 million tonnes oil equivalent (Mtoe) in

May 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Aviation and Fuel Sectors Respond Favourably to Major EU Policy Initiative to Boost Sustainable Aviation Fuels

(GreenAir Online) The European Commission has received a largely enthusiastic response to its new roadmap initiative, ReFuelEU Aviation, aimed at boosting the supply and demand for sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) in the EU. The Commission acknowledges that without EU-level intervention, the demand for SAF – currently just 0.05% of total jet fuel

May 29, 2020 Read Full Article

European Commission Unveils €750bn Post-Covid Recovery Plan with Green Transition Initiatives

by Liz Gyekye (BioMarket Insights) “Investing in a more circular economy has the potential to create at least 700,000 new jobs by 2030 and help the EU to reduce its dependency on external suppliers and increase its resilience to global supply issues.” The European Commission (EC) has unveiled a €750 billion

May 28, 2020 Read Full Article

LEAKED: Europe’s Draft ‘Green Recovery’ Plan

by Frédéric Simon (EURACTIV.com) The European Commission’s promised green recovery plan will focus on building renovation, renewables and hydrogen as well as clean mobility and the circular economy, according to a leaked working document obtained by EURACTIV. The European Commission is busy putting together a plan to help the EU economy

May 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Q&A on Cellulosic Ethanol with Clariant

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) DigestConnect hosted a wildly popular webinar in late April with Clariant’s Head of Business Line, Biofuels & Derivatives at Clariant but there were so many fantastic audience questions we didn’t to, that we decided to follow up and put together The Digest’s Q&A with Clariant on

May 28, 2020 Read Full Article

BBI JU Launches 22 Projects to Support Green Recovery of Europe

(Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking)  Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking: a €3.7 billion partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium  — The Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) has signed grant agreements with the projects selected for funding under the 2019 Call for proposals. The 22 new projects will receive financial support

May 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Commission Re-opens Controversial Advanced Biofuel List in Transport

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EURACTIV.com) The European Commission has launched a stakeholder consultation to expand the list of the so-called advanced or second-generation biofuels of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II), EURACTIV.com has learned. RED II has been adopted but needs to be transposed into national legislation of the EU27 by July

May 25, 2020 Read Full Article

ePURE: EU Ethanol Production Is Vital to Ag, Climate Goals

(ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Experts agree that achieving the EU Green Deal will require a massive increase in bioenergy, so it is important that we rely on renewable energy sources that are sustainable, preserving Europe’s biodiversity and protecting its food security. Fortunately, the EU has already gone through a long process of

May 22, 2020 Read Full Article

New Lords of Circular Carbon: ArcelorMittal, EU Complete Financing of Steelanol Project

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Brussels, the European Investment Bank, with the support of the European Commission, has granted a EUR 75 million (nearly $82 million USD) loan to ArcelorMittal for Steelanol, the EUR 165 million ($180 million USD) industrial-scale demonstration plant based on LanzaTech’s process, capturing waste gases

May 19, 2020 Read Full Article

United Kingdom: 80% of Dispensed CNG in 2019 Was Biomethane

(Gas Vehicle Network/NGV Journal) UK’s industry trade body Gas Vehicle Network (GVN) has unveiled new statistics showing that in 2019 almost 80% of the total dispensed volume of natural gas for transport fuel was biomethane*, which represents a 22% increase compared to 2018. “Clean, low carbon, natural gas powered vehicles

May 18, 2020 Read Full Article

TU/e-led Consortium IDEALFUEL for the Development of Renewable Maritime Fuels Kicks off

(Eindhoven University of Technology)  EU-funded project aims to develop new production methods for sustainable maritime fuels.  — Many ships use heavy fuel oils that contain large amounts of sulphur and nitrogen leading to the emission of greenhouse gases and other damaging substances. The TU/e-led consortium IDEALFUEL seeks to address this issue

May 12, 2020 Read Full Article

European Bioeconomy Alliance Position on the EU Green Deal

(The European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA)/Biofuels Digest) The ambitious European Commission strategy to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the EU and achieve climate neutrality by 2050 has recently been set in motion as the European Green Deal. The European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA), representing twelve organisations in various sectors active in the

May 12, 2020 Read Full Article

USTR Report Discusses Barriers to US Exports of Ethanol, DDGS

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative recently issued its 2020 National Trade Estimate, an annual report detailing foreign trade barriers faced by U.S. exporters of goods and services and USTR’s efforts to reduce those barriers. Fuel ethanol is among products addressed in the report.

May 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Natural & Renewable Gas, Key Actor for European Sustainable Recovery

(GasNaturally/NGV Journal) … Therefore, GasNaturally, partnership of seven associations that together represent the whole European gas value chain (including NGVA Europe), urges the EU institutions and Member States to make natural, renewable and decarbonized gases as well as secure and affordable energy supply as a central pillar of the sustainable recovery plans.

May 11, 2020 Read Full Article

CORRECTED-European Ethanol Makers Fear Influx from U.S. and Brazil

by Sybille de La Hamaide (Reuters)  … Ethanol consumption slumped globally due to COVID-19 crisis;  EU makers fear cheap imports when demand resumes;  Called the European Commission for action, possibly tariffs;  U.S., Brazilian ethanol exports surged in past months  — An influx of cheap U.S. and Brazilian ethanol threatens Europe’s producers as

May 8, 2020 Read Full Article

How to Make Sure the EU Doesn’t Backtrack on Biofuels

by Emmanuel Desplechin (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ePURE)  In Europe, biofuels continue to be the predominant source of clean transportation fuels, and we will still need low-carbon fuels like ethanol beyond 2030. Policymakers need to make sure the Green Deal does not backtrack on this vision and progress. — The European Union’s Green

May 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Webtool Created by Researchers Helps Predict Climate Change in Agriculture

(Estonian Research Council/Phys.Org) A webtool giving an overview of climate change in Europe and predicting subsequent developments was created as a joint collaboration between French, Spanish, German and Estonian researchers. Climate change is one of the main challenges facing the entire world, and especially the agricultural sector, noted Associate Professor at the

May 6, 2020 Read Full Article

European Bioeconomy Alliance Position on the EU Green Deal

(The European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA)/Biofuels Digest) The ambitious European Commission strategy to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the EU and achieve climate neutrality by 2050 has recently been set in motion as the European Green Deal. The European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA), representing twelve organisations in various sectors active in the

May 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Drax Launches Biomass Carbon Calculator to Measure Supply Chain Emissions

(Biofuels International)  Drax has launched a Biomass Carbon Calculator to help the industry accurately measure emissions in the biomass supply chain. The new tool will allow the sector to identify where emissions reductions can be made and help to make a greater contribution to tackling climate change, according to Drax.

May 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuel for Ships: Diesel and Gasoline Sourced from Renewables

by Iris Kumpmann (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft/Tech Xplore)  … Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT in Oberhausen have been looking into alternative climate-friendly fuels. They are now able to produce a renewable biofuel that can be converted into gasoline, diesel and even kerosene for aircraft. This synthetic

May 5, 2020 Read Full Article

The First European Standard for Algae and Algae Products

(Algae Biomass Organization) The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has released the first European standard for algae and algae products, an important milestone for establishing common baselines for an industry that is beginning to impact more markets than ever. Known as EN 17399:2020 ‘Algae and algae products – Terms and definitions’, the

May 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Energy Transition to Be Shaped by World Response to COVID-19

by Allison Good, Taylor Kuykendall and Dan Testa  (S&P Global)  … The coronavirus pandemic may accelerate a shift from fossil fuel spending to investments in renewable energy, but the pace of that transition depends heavily on how governments direct economic recovery spending, and whether the consumer behavior changes induced by the

May 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Tapping into Technology to Improve Palm Oil Yields

(Biofuels International)  Malaysian palm oil producers have been urged to use technology to improve yield as the industry wrestles with concerns about sustainability, the chairman of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) revealed. Malaysia, the world’s second biggest palm oil producer, has set a cap of 6.5 million hectares on

May 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Copa and Cogeca Call on EU Commission to Take Action on Protein Plant and Biofuel Markets

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In Belgium, in a letter sent to the European Commission, Copa and Cogeca express their concerns about the potential consequences of the Covid-19 crisis on the vegetable oils, biodiesel, protein-rich by-products like rapeseed and sunflower meals and DDGS, and ethanol sectors. Faced with falling European production

April 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Boss: Green Deal Could Use Available Technologies ‘Without Prejudices’

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EURACTIV.com) The much-awaited re-visit of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) as part of the new Green Deal should get rid of “prejudices” and take advantage of technologies and products already placed on the market, a biodiesel stakeholder told EURACTIV.com in an interview. “We need to understand that

April 22, 2020 Read Full Article

Green Swans: The Coming Boom in Regenerative Capitalism

by John Elkington (Fast Company Press) Green Swans draws on Elkington’s first-hand experience in some of the world’s best-known boardrooms and C-suites. Using case studies, real-world examples, and profiles on emergent technologies, Elkington shows how the weirdest “Ugly Ducklings” of today’s world may turn into tomorrow’s world-saving Green Swans.  READ

April 17, 2020 Read Full Article

EU Canola Demand in Doubt over Biodiesel

by Sean Pratt (Western Producer) Europe has been a strong customer of Canadian canola, but there are concerns over slumping biodiesel demand — The European Union should continue to be a top customer for Canadian canola despite slumping biodiesel demand in that market, says a leading oilseed analyst. “On paper, the demand

April 17, 2020 Read Full Article

15 Newest Projects – Who’s Got What Underway?

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) While the world may be at a standstill,there are still many projects going on and moving forward. But where are these projects? Who’s involved? How far along are they? What are they working on? From VTT BioFlex in Finland working on fuels oils and plastics

April 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Project: Blockchain Database for Sustainable Biofuels

(Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials) The “Blockchain database for sustainable biofuels” project is jointly led by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and Bioledger and aims to demonstrate the feasibility of a blockchain-based database solution for the European sustainably-certified biofuels market, with an initial focus on the used cooking oil (UCO) biodiesel

April 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Climate-Smart Agricultural Policy Requires Reformed Incentives to Minimize Emissions

(Natural Resources Institute Finland/Phys.Org) Post-2020 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) must safeguard and stimulate the preservation of carbon-rich soils through protection of peatlands. Functional peatlands are the most space efficient long-term carbon store and sink in our planet’s biosphere. However, croplands on peat soils are currently large emission sources and they account

April 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Neste Joins the European Alliance for a Green Recovery

(Neste) Neste has joined an alliance of cross-party political decision-makers, businesses, NGOs and other stakeholders in a call for a Green Recovery after the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis in Europe. The alliance places the fight against climate change at the core of the economic strategy in contributing to the quick recovery of

April 15, 2020 Read Full Article

EU Renewable Ethanol Producers Inform Commission of Market Challenges during COVID-19

(ePURE) Dramatic shift in demand and possibility of imports could threaten European industry  — European renewable ethanol producers have asked the European Commission to consider addressing challenges that have arisen from shifting market conditions as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis. In a letter sent to several Commissioners, ePURE (the

April 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Brazil’s CJ Selecta Plans to Open First Ethanol Mill Despite Falling Demand

by Ana Mano (Reuters) Brazilian soy crusher CJ Selecta will push ahead with building its first ethanol mill by year’s end, as others in the market steer away from the biofuel amid slumping demand and low gasoline prices. CJ Selecta, the world’s largest maker of feed-grade soy protein concentrate for the

April 10, 2020 Read Full Article

International Outlook For Biogas, Biomethane

(BioCycle Magazine) A new International Energy Agency (IEA) study provides estimates of the sustainable potential for biogas and biomethane supply based on a detailed assessment of feedstock availability and production costs across all regions of the world. These estimates form the basis of an outlook for biogas and biomethane supply and

April 9, 2020 Read Full Article

The Straw Man: Looking Critically at Claims about EV Emissions

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) A completely interesting example of what is known as the Straw Man fallacy appeared in coverage of a study that appears in this month’s Nature Sustainability, on electric vehicle emissions. The lead author of the study, University of Nijmegen’s Dr Florian Knobloch told the BBC: “The idea that electric

April 8, 2020 Read Full Article

INSIGHT: Europe Glycerine Spot Prices Post Triple-Digit Rises on Fears of further Biodiesel Output Cuts

by Samantha Wright (Independent Commodity Intelligence Services) European glycerine spot prices faced triple digit increases this week as availability tightened significantly, with players concerned that upstream biodiesel production will fall further through the second quarter. Refined vegetable glycerine prices shot up €130/tonne on the low end and €230/tonne on the high

April 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Article: How COVID-19 Will Affect Global Biofuels Demand

(IHS Markit/FO Licht)  There is also early evidence that as restrictions have been lifted in China, more people there are preferring to travel by private cars or taxis rather than taking public transport—it is highly likely this will happen in Europe too. … For the EU-27, diesel demand in 2020

April 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Dropping Biofuel Mandate Would Be a Toxic Blow for the Industry

by Theodor Goumas (ART Fuels Forum/EurActiv) Last week, a large group of EU-based biofuel producers and associations raised a red flag over reports that some member states are considering or are already dropping the mandates on renewable energy in transport in view of the COVID-19 crisis. Indeed, scrapping these mandates would

April 6, 2020 Read Full Article

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
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