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The Climate Can’t Wait for Electric Planes. Sustainable Fuel May Be the Answer

by Hanna Ziady (CNN Business) More than 50 airlines, oil companies and other companies, including Delta (DAL), BP (BP) and Boeing (BA), pledged on Wednesday to replace 10% of global jet fuel supply with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2030. It is one of the boldest commitments yet to tackle the environmental impact of air travel and will require

September 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Germany to End Palm Oil Use in Biofuels from 2023 – Ministry

by Michael Hogan (NASDAQ/Reuters) Germany will end the use of palm oil as a raw material to produce biofuels from 2023, the country’s environment ministry said on Wednesday. — … Germany will instead give a quota for minimum use of waste materials for biofuel production, the ministry said the cabinet had

September 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Decarbonizing Aviation: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaJet

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lanzajet says we are at an inflection point for the sustainable aviation industry. Why? How? What’s LanzJet’s role in it all? How are they driving innovation and accelerating deployment of SAF? What’s the status of their plants and projects?  READ MORE

September 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Toyota Boss Says Carbon Is the Enemy, Not the Internal Combustion Engine

by Ronan Glon (AutoBlog) He argues banning the engine is not the solution  — Toyota boss Akio Toyoda is one of the most vocal opponents of banning the internal combustion engine. He renewed his call to reconsider the measures announced by various governments around the world and warned that bans could indirectly

September 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Climate Change Could Force 216 Million People to Migrate within Their Own Countries by 2050

(World Bank)  Decisive collective action could reduce climate migration by as much as 80 percent —  The World Bank’s updated Groundswell report released today finds that climate change, an increasingly potent driver of migration, could force 216 million people across six world regions to move within their countries by 2050. Hotspots of

September 15, 2021 Read Full Article

State Aid: Commission Approves One-Year Prolongation of Tax Exemption for Giofuels in Sweden

(European Commission)  The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, the prolongation of the tax exemption measure for biofuels in Sweden. Sweden has exempted liquid biofuels from energy and CO₂ taxation since 2002. The measure has already been prolonged several times, the last time in October 2020 (SA.55695). By today’s decision,

September 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Hydrogen Ecosystem for Aviation: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Airbus ZEROe

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s all about hydrogen propulsion with the ZEROe aircraft which Airbus aims to develop by 2035 as the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft. What is power-to-liquid or PtL for aviation and how will it be used in this aircraft? How will hydrogen hubs work at

September 13, 2021 Read Full Article

S&P Global Platts to Publish Prices Showing Cost to Reduce Carbon Emissions Using Biofuels

(S&P Global Platts/PR Newswire)  New prices offer granular look at actual costs of reducing greenhouse gas emissions with biofuels —  S&P Global Platts, the leading independent provider of information and benchmark prices for the commodities and energy markets, today announced it has launched a suite of 36 new daily prices to

September 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Blue Hydrogen for Transport in the US: The Transition to Green Hydrogen & the Conduit to Keeping Pace with the EU

by Salim Rahemtulla (PowerTap Hydrogen Fueling Corp./Biofuels Digest)  As the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) indicates in its Hydrogen Program Plan it published in 2020, “Hydrogen, as a versatile energy carrier and chemical feedstock, offers advantages that unite all of our nation’s energy resources—renewables, nuclear, and fossil fuels—and enables innovations

September 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Big Changes in Renewable Diesel & SAF Feedstock Partnerships

by Will Thurmond (Emerging Markets Online/Biofuels Digest) A new study titled Renewable Diesel and Sustainable Aviation 2030, Vol 2  (September, 2021) has discovered some surprising answers and useful insights to key questions regarding feedstock availability, scale up, partnerships and from 2020 to 2030 where many states and nations have targets. For example,

September 8, 2021 Read Full Article

CPOPC Files Objection to EU Targeting Palm Oil in RED II Delegated Act Determining High ILUC-Risk Feedstock

(The Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC)/EurActiv) The decision to target palm oil was based on uncertain science and outdated knowledge which was used in counterintuitive policymaking. Despite continuous criticism from the palm oil industry, the EU appears to be indifferent when it comes to the politics of trade, affirming

September 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Feature: Brexit Brought Proof of Origin Documentation to European Ethanol Market

by Emma Thomas, Robert Beaman and Karim Elafany (S&P Global) Complexity added to fungibility of UK, EU ethanol product; Proof or origin documentation needed to determine ethanol duty requirements — The recent tightening of supply in the European ethanol market has resulted in a greater reliance on imports. This could force the

September 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Energy Traders See Big Money in Carbon-Emissions Markets

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

September 6, 2021 Read Full Article

EU Biofuel Reform Plan Risks Undermining Waste-Based Fuels: Industry

by Sean Goulding Carroll  (EURACTIV.com) The European Commission’s proposal to halt advanced biofuels from being double-counted towards road transport energy targets would diminish the use of waste-based fuels in favour of cheaper crop-based biofuels, a leading industry organisation has told EURACTIV. Under current legislation, advanced biofuels from waste sources such as

September 6, 2021 Read Full Article

EU Maritime Transport: First Environmental Impact Report Acknowledges Good Progress towards Sustainability and Confirms that More Effort Is Needed to Prepare for Rising Demand

(European Environment Agency)  Maritime transport plays and will continue to play an essential role in global and European trade and economy. In recent years, the maritime sector has taken significant measures to alleviate its environmental impacts. Ahead of a projected increase in global shipping volumes, a new report reveals for

September 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Grant Invests over €250K in R&D to Support Drive for Biofuel to Heat Irish Homes

(Laois News/Grant Engineering)  Grant Engineering, Ireland’s leading home heating appliance manufacturer, has invested over €250,000 in pioneering a major R&D breakthrough that could help reduce carbon emissions in rural and hard to heat homes throughout Ireland, including homes in Laois. The breakthrough will also help prevent Irish homeowners from incurring

August 31, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel & Sustainable Aviation Fuels 2030, Vol 2

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

August 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Blue Hydrogen for Transport in the US: The Transition to Green Hydrogen & the Conduit to Keeping Pace with the EU

by Salim Rahemtulla (PowerTap Hydrogen Fueling Corp./Biofuels Digest)  … In its Hydrogen Program Plan, the DOE demonstrates support for the International Energy Association’s Future of Hydrogen, released at the 2019 G20 Summit, in its effort to “Stimulate commercial demand for clean hydrogen.” This “includes scaling up both “blue” hydrogen from fossil

August 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Chinese Biodiesel Producers Chase High-Value Feedstocks

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

August 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Fuelling the SAF initiative

(Biofuels International)  Established in 1973, Avfuel Corporation has grown from a regional fuel supplier in the US to a global supplier of aviation fuel and services. Today, Avfuel holds a 23% market share of fuel-supplier branded fixed base operators (FBOs) in the country and touches one in every three US

August 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Scrapping of ‘Multipliers’ Wins Backing from Biofuels Industry

(Biofuels International)  The biofuels industry has supported the European Commission’s proposal to end the statistical inflation of waste-based biofuels in the EU’s road transport energy mix – a practice they say masks the use of fossil fuels. The revised 2.2% target for advanced biofuels, such as used cooking oil, is

August 12, 2021 Read Full Article

IVECO Partners Gruber Logistics for Energy Transition with Biomethane-Powered Vehicles

(CNH Industrial/NewsDirect) IVECO, a brand of CNH Industrial, and Gruber Logistics have undertaken a sustainability partnership with IVECO S-WAY biomethane-powered trucks. The vehicles’ first refuelling took place during the inauguration of the liquid biomethane installation at the Autoporto Sadobre service area. The collaboration between Gruber Logistics, APS Fuel and HAM has

August 12, 2021 Read Full Article

2021 Has Been the Year for SAF

by Daniela Castim (Bio Market Insights)  … Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) made from renewable feedstock and raw material residue such as animal fat and used cooking oil,  is currently the most important short-term solution that will reduce the industry’s carbon footprint. Saf Taking Over The World In 2021 Asia  The Singapore

August 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Exclusive: U.S. Weighs 2050 Target in Bid to Wean Airlines off Fossil Fuels

by Allison Lampert and Stephanie Kelly (Reuters/US News and World Report)  U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration is quietly discussing a target date of 2050 for weaning aircraft off fossil fuels as part of the White House’s broader push to fight climate change, sources familiar with the matter said. The Biden

August 11, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

August 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Giving up on Climate Change? EU Says No Way – Invests $140M in Decarbonizing Projects

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … The good news is for the first time since the creation of the Innovation Fund, the EU’s latest investment of €118 million (about $140 million) into 32 small innovative projects located in 14 EU Member States, Iceland and Norway that can make a difference, bringing

August 9, 2021 Read Full Article

European Union Extends Tariffs on U.S. Biodiesel for 5 Years

(Wisconsin Ag Connection/US Ag Net)  The European Union will retain its tariffs on U.S. biodiesel for an additional five years after concluding that removing them would likely lead to a surge of imports at artificially low prices. According to Reuters, the tariffs, dating back to 2009, will be extended until

August 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Paris Public Transit Operator Orders Clean Energy Buses for Île-de-France

(Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens/NGV Journal) The RATP Group (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens) announced a second large-scale order from the Bus2025 program, which aims to renew Île-de-France Mobilités’ (organization authority that coordinates transit companies operating in the Paris-area public transport network and rest of Île-de-France region) bus fleet towards biomethane

August 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Video Episode 2.2: Clean Fuel: Jet Fuel

(Climate Now) Aviation is responsible for 2.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, though this figure is expected to grow as developing parts of the world become wealthier and increase demand for air travel. Experts have looked to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to decrease emissions as it can be used with

August 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Dutch Maritime Bio-LNG Project Receives EU Funding

(Bioenergy Insight) FirstBio2Shipping, working with Attero BV and Bio-LNG Hub Wilp, has received funding from the European Commission to develop bio-LNG as a marine fuel. The project aims to decarbonise the maritime sector by demonstrating the first industrial plant producing renewable, low-carbon bio-liquefied natural gas ‘in a standardised and scalable

August 3, 2021 Read Full Article

The Sky’s the Limit for South Africa’s Sugar Industry if It Finds the Aviation Biofuels Sweet Spot

by Andrew Russell (Daily Maverick) …  All these moves show that the transition to sustainable aviation fuels is accelerating quickly. As the sector takes off, the only question is whether South Africa will ride the trend on the way up. The South African sugar industry, like the global aviation sector, was

August 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Border Carbon Adjustments without Full (or Any) Carbon Pricing

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

August 2, 2021 Read Full Article

EU Extends Tariffs on U.S. Biodiesel for Five Years

by Philip Blenkinsop  (Reuters)  The European Union will retain its tariffs on U.S. biodiesel for a further five years after concluding that removing them would likely lead to a surge of imports at artificially low prices. The tariffs, dating back to 2009, will be extended until 2026, the EU official journal said

August 2, 2021 Read Full Article

EU Invests €122m to Help Bring Low Carbon Technologies to Market

by Priyanka Shrestha (Energy Live News) Technologies including hydrogen, energy storage and renewable energy will be supported, with the aim of deploying them in energy intensive industries  — The European Union is investing more than €122 million (£104m) in innovative projects aimed at helping decarbonise the economy. A total of €118 million (£100m)

July 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Fit for 55: The EU’s Plan for a Green Transition

(European Council)  As part of the European Green Deal, with the European Climate Law, the EU has set itself a binding target of achieving climate neutrality by 2050. This requires current greenhouse gas emission levels to drop substantially in the next decades. As an intermediate step towards climate neutrality, the EU has

July 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Aviation Leaders Say Biofuels Still Too Expensive

by Cécile Michaut (Institut Polytechnique de Paris/Biofuels Digest) Aviation is counting on the use of biofuels and petrol-free synthetic fuels to reduce carbon emissions. Technically it is possible, but some say it’s still too expensive. Hear from Samuel Saysset, Lead techno advisor at ENGIE Research; Jean-Philippe Héraud, Process engineer at IFP

July 28, 2021 Read Full Article

China Criticizes EU Carbon Tariff

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

July 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Direct Air Capture CO2 for Aviation E-fuels Production Faces Many Obstacles, Finds E4Tech Study

by Susan van Dyk (GreenAir Online)  Although using CO2 from direct air capture (DAC) is important for e-fuels production in a net zero energy system, it is currently too expensive and could place a very high cost and technology risk burden on the e-fuels sector, concludes an E4Tech study commissioned

July 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Commission’s ‘Fit for 55’ Climate Package Proposes Removing European Aviation’s Fuel Tax Exemption

by Christopher Surgenor (GreenAir Online)  … Because of existing agreements with countries like the United States, … a zero rate would be applied to aviation advanced biofuels and e-fuels for a limited period to allow production scale up. Airline industry body IATA said a reliance on taxation to cut Europe’s

July 26, 2021 Read Full Article

EU SAF Blending Mandate Proposals Ambitious but Feasible, Says SkyNRG Analysis Report

by Christopher Surgenor  (GreenAir Online)  An analysis by major sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) supplier SkyNRG of the European Commission’s ReFuelEU Aviation initiative, part of the ‘Fit for 55’ package of legislative proposals unveiled last week, shows around 300 SAF plants with an average production capacity of around 100,000 tonnes per

July 26, 2021 Read Full Article

Deciphering Biofuels Policies across Europe

(Biofuels International)  Even as Europe considers a major revamp of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) governing EU biofuels policy until 2030, member states have been working to meet a fast approaching deadline to implement the legislation in its current form, known as RED II. The existing legislation gives EU Member

July 22, 2021 Read Full Article

France Pushes Back on EU Proposal for New Carbon Market

by Samy Adghirni, Ania Nussbaum, and Ewa Krukowska (Bloomberg)  Several EU nations worried about idea at ministerial meeting; New carbon market is key part of plan to meet climate targets  — France is pushing back against the European Union’s proposal to launch a new carbon market for heating and road transport,

July 22, 2021 Read Full Article

EU Green Jet Fuel Proposal Shuns Crop-Based Biofuels, Focuses on Next Generation

by Sean Goulding Carroll (EURACTIV.com) Proposed EU legislation aimed at cutting flight emissions by ramping up the use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs) has excluded the use of first-generation biofuels, arguing they bring “limited environmental benefits”. The proposal, tabled on Wednesday (14 July) as part of the EU’s wide-ranging “Fit for

July 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Fit for 55 Package: Further Legislative Fine-Tuning on Draft Proposals Required to Avoid Climate and Economic Damage

(EWABA) The EWABA association, representing the EU waste-based and advanced biodiesel industry, welcomes the Commission’s intention to make Europe the first climate neutral continent, in words of Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. We regret however that the Commission’s approach fails to offer a bolder promotion of renewable and low

July 19, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

July 16, 2021 Read Full Article

SAF to Be Free of EU Aviation Fuel Taxes, Leaked Report Finds

(Biofuels International)  The European Commission has drafted plans to set an EU-wide minimum tax rate for polluting aviation fuels as it seeks to meet more ambitious targets to fight climate change. The European Commission is drafting an overhaul of EU energy taxation, as part of a package of measures it

July 15, 2021 Read Full Article

EU Proposes Effective Ban for New Fossil-Fuel Cars from 2035

by Nick Carey and Christoph Steitz (Reuters/Business Day) -Commission proposes 55% cut in CO2 emissions from cars by 2030; -Proposals include 100% cut in CO2 emissions from cars by 2035; – Commission expects 16.3 million charging stations by 2050; – Plug-in hybrids will count as low-emission vehicles until 2030  — The

July 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Fit for 55 Needs a Biofuels Boost

(ePURE)  The Commission’s proposal leaves room for biofuels such as renewable ethanol to help achieve Green Deal, but should better maximise their potential for decarbonising transport  — The European Commission’s new Fit for 55 package sets important new goals for emissions reduction and creates a solid foundation for reaching them by giving a

July 15, 2021 Read Full Article

ReFuelEU Aviation: EU Commission Is Initiating What Is Already Legally or Factually Anchored in Some Member States

(Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany) The EU Commission submitted the ReFuelEU Aviation regulation draft intending to boost the ramp-up of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) for European aviation. The key instrument is a gradually increasing quota on SAF. With that, the EU Commission follows the examples of several member states

July 14, 2021 Read Full Article

European Net Zero Alliance: Fit for 55 Must Champion Sector Integration

(ePURE) ePURE joins other members of ENZA, the European Net Zero Alliance, in calling for the EU’s Fit for 55 package to make the most of cross-sectoral solutions for achieving 2030 and 2050 energy and climate objectives. “The Fit for 55 package is key to bridging the ambition gap towards 2030 and

July 14, 2021 Read Full Article

Narrow Focus on Electrifying Vehicles Will Harm Climate Efforts, Says Fuels Industry

by Sean Goulding Carroll (EURACTIV.com)  Favouring electrification while ignoring low-carbon liquid fuels will hinder the bloc’s efforts to decarbonise road transport, a prominent industry body has said ahead of the release of the EU’s climate law package. The Renewable & Low-Carbon Liquid Fuels platform, a lobby group comprised of key players

July 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Fit for 55: A Joint Call for Action from the Renewable & Low-Carbon Liquid Fuels Platform

(ePURE) ePURE joined other members of the Renewable & Low-Carbon Liquid Fuels Platform in issuing the following joint call for action on the European Commission’s soon-to-be-published Fit for 55 package: The European Commission’s Fit for 55 Package promises a bold new era in the fight against climate change, with proposed regulations to enable a 55%

July 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels Feedstock List Should Be Enlarged to Meet EU Target: Industry

by Sean Goulding Carroll (EURACTIV.com) The list of EU-approved sustainable fuel sources should be expanded to meet the higher targets for second-generation biofuels under the updated renewable energy directive, according to the advanced biofuels industry. … The leaked draft also includes an increase in the renewables target for transport, from 14%

July 8, 2021 Read Full Article

CPOPC Urges the EU to Rethink Its Palm Oil Policy

(Biofuels International)  The Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) has again urged the European Union to revise its approach on vegetable oils in biofuels. This comes under the framework of RED II in light of the upcoming revision of the directive on 14 July. Additionally there is the Commission’s

July 8, 2021 Read Full Article

EU Green Jet Fuel Mandate Will Carve out Market for Big Players, Industry Warns

(Biofuels International)  An EU mandate for the use of animal fats and used cooking oils in sustainable aviation fuel is set to enrich large biofuel players such as Total and Neste Oil, at the expense of most of the industry, the European Waste-to-Advanced Biofuels Association (EWABA) has warned. EWABA, which

July 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Set Ambitious EU Targets for Synthetic Jet Fuel While Preserving a Level Playing Field for Airlines, Say T&E, Lufthansa, Global Alliance Powerfuels and Industry

(Transport & Environment) The European Commission should set ambitious targets for e-kerosene, a green synthetic fuel, when it proposes the world’s first sustainable jet fuel law this month, Transport & Environment (T&E), Lufthansa, the Global Alliance Powerfuels, pilots’ representatives, and other aviation industry and energy players have said. The group,

July 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Indonesia’s B30 Program to Drive Global Biodiesel Production in 2021-2030: Report

by Aditya Kondalamahanty  (S&P Global)  Indonesia’s use of palm oil to make biodiesel to rise by 23% by 2030; Biodiesel use projected to increase by 7% over coming decade; Palm oil production expected to weaken on sustainability, land constraints Indonesia will be the main driver for increasing use of vegetable oil as feedstock

July 8, 2021 Read Full Article

NGVA Europe: Joint Open Letter on the Future of Vehicle CO2 Standards

(NGVA Europe/NGV Journal) Together with a coalition of EU associations from the energy and transport sectors, NGVA Europe has sent an open letter to the European Commission on the importance of achieving climate-neutrality in road transport through the contribution of renewable sustainable fuels. Achieving Climate-Neutrality in Road Transport through the Contribution of Renewable

July 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Babcock & Wilcox Assists Amager Resource Center’s Application to E.U. to Fund Innovative Carbon Capture Project in Denmark

(Babcock & Wilcox)  Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) (NYSE: BW) Environmental announced today that it will support Amager Resource Center’s (ARC) application for more than €120 million ($140 million USD) in European Union funding to build an advanced carbon dioxide (CO2) capture facility at ARC’s Amager-Bakke (Copenhill) waste-to-energy facility in Copenhagen,

July 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Maersk Carbon Tax Proposal May Provide Advantage

by Stefka Wechsler  (Argus Media)  Danish shipping company Maersk’s proposal for a $450/t tax on carbon could give it a competitive advantage over others in the industry given its size and financial stability. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) requires that vessels cut their CO2 emissions by 40pc by 2030 and by 70pc

July 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Biodiesel: The Green Fuel Bridging the EU’s Climate Ambitions

(Politico Studio)  Decarbonizing the EU transport sector comes with huge challenges — European biodiesel producers have a key role to play — With the European Green Deal in the spotlight, the electrification of road transport is taking center stage, promising a mobility makeover in the long run. While this is important,

July 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Achieving Climate-Neutrality in Road Transport through the Contribution of Renewable Sustainable Fuels – An Urgent Comment on the Revision of the Vehicle CO2 Standards

(European Waste-based and Advanced Biofuels Association) Urgency to recognise the contribution of renewable sustainable fuels in the vehicle CO2 standards With the Fit-for-55 package setting the regulatory levers for the EU to achieve its climate ambition, it is becoming increasingly urgent to recognise the contribution of renewable sustainable fuels in

July 2, 2021 Read Full Article

EU Countries Approve Landmark Climate Change Law

by Kate Abnett (Reuters/U.S. News and World Report)  European Union countries on Monday gave the final seal of approval to a law to make the bloc’s greenhouse gas emissions targets legally binding, as EU policymakers prepare a huge new package of policies to fight climate change. Negotiators from Parliament and

June 30, 2021 Read Full Article

EU Carbon Market Will Be Extended to Buildings and Transport, von der Leyen Confirms

(EurActiv/Reuters) Europe will apply its emissions trading scheme to buildings and transport, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told a summit of world leaders on Thursday (22 April), setting the stage for the EU’s planned overhaul of its carbon market. The EU’s carbon market is the backbone of its plan

June 28, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

June 28, 2021 Read Full Article

E-Fuels Development for Aviation Gets a Boost with Germany’s New PtL Roadmap

by Susan van Dyk (GreenAir Online)  Germany’s federal and state governments, with backing from industry, have agreed a roadmap that commits to the development of e-fuels – also described as power-to-liquids (PtL) – for the aviation sector. E-fuels can potentially deliver net zero emissions and are considered a critical technology for

June 28, 2021 Read Full Article

US SAF Producers Target Net Zero in Drive to Reduce the Carbon Intensity of Their Fuels

by Susan van Dyk (GreenAir Online) The recent virtual symposium hosted in the US by CAAFI, the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative, illustrated the increasing momentum in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) commercial development, with companies at different stages of development outlining ambitious plans for multiple facilities over the coming years. Many facilities

June 28, 2021 Read Full Article

UK Aviation Industry Sets New Interim Targets en Route to a Net Zero by 2050 Goal

(GreenAir Online)  The UK’s aviation industry has set new interim decarbonisation targets on its way to a goal of net zero emissions by 2050. The sector’s Sustainable Aviation group, with members from airlines, airports, manufacturers and air navigation service providers, has announced a minimum overall 15% reduction in net emissions by 2030

June 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Oil Producers to Make Record Profits This Year, Report Says

by Kevin Crowley (Bloomberg News)  The world’s publicly traded independent oil producers will make record profits this year, surpassing the levels reached when crude hit an all-time high near US$150 a barrel more than a decade ago, according to Rystad Energy. Combined free cash flow from the sector is expected to

June 24, 2021 Read Full Article

LEAKED: EU’s Supposedly ‘Green’ Shipping Law Will Lock in Fossil Fuels

(Transport & Environment)  An EU law intended to drive the uptake of clean fuels by ships will actually lock in the use of fossil fuels for decades, according to a leaked proposal, making the European Green Deal goal of decarbonisation by 2050 impossible. Transport & Environment (T&E), which obtained the documents,

June 24, 2021 Read Full Article

New World First for Port of Antwerp: Methanol-Powered Tugboat — European Commission Gives Green Light to Methatug

(Port of Antwerp (Google Translation)) Port of Antwerp will convert a tugboat to a methanol propulsion, a world first. This methatug is part of the European Fastwater project, which aims to demonstrate the feasibility of methanol as a sustainable fuel for shipping. The European Commission has given its approval this week.

June 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Expand Your Business by Producing SAF: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Aviation Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sustainable aviation fuels are big globally due to incentives like the CORSIA program or regional SAF mandates. If you missed The Digest’s webinar where two of the most experienced people in SAF options from Haldor Topsoe explored technology, feedstocks, policy, offtake markets, timelines, models – everything

June 24, 2021 Read Full Article

EU Ethanol Sets New Record for Greenhouse-Gas Reduction, Increasing Its Importance to Europe’s Green Deal Goals

(ePURE) Renewable ethanol from ePURE members reduced GHG emissions by more than 75% compared to fossil fuels in 2020, according to the latest audited producer data —  Production and use of renewable ethanol from ePURE members reduced greenhouse-gas emissions by an average of more than 75% compared to fossil fuels in

June 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Investing in Palm Biofuels Gets a RED Card from Brussels

(Palm Oil Monitor) Last week the Commission released its ‘Climate Taxonomy’ document. Basically, this is a new set of regulations that determine whether an investment by an EU bank or institution can be considered ‘climate friendly’. This regulation has been in train for some time, and is likely to have major ramifications going

June 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Repsol, Bilbobus, and Alsa Launch First Pilot Project Using HVO Net Zero Emissions Fuel

(Repsol) -A total of 12 buses from the Bilbobus fleet will use net zero emissions fuel over the next four months, thus making them comparable to electric vehicles. -Bilbobus’ participation in this project is part of its commitment to sustainable mobility and the search for alternatives to traditional fuels. -Repsol,

June 21, 2021 Read Full Article

Success of Pongamia Oil as an Advanced HVO Feedstock

(Biofuels International)  Global demand for advanced feedstocks from sustainable sources is already outstripping the supply, with hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) demand expected to increase substantially over the next decade. There is a clear gap between current and HVO production capacity under construction and the availability of advanced waste-based feedstocks. As

June 19, 2021 Read Full Article

WTO Accepts Malaysia’s Request to Examine EU Palm Oil Rules

by Mei Mei Chu and Emma Farge (Reuters) -The World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreed to a request from Kuala Lumpur to establish a panel examining a European Union law that restricts the use of palm oil-based biofuels, Malaysia’s government and a Geneva-based trade source said on Monday. Under the EU’s renewable energy

June 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Backs into UCO

by Tom Bryan (Biodiesel Magazine) The low-quality, low-carbon byproduct of restaurant fryer grease, once largely reserved for modestly-sized biodiesel production, is now a darling input of the industry’s new mega plants. Used cooking oil is in high demand as renewable diesel booms. Four years ago, if John Tapp was asked

June 17, 2021 Read Full Article

SA Missing out on Biofuels Boom in Europe, says EU Trade Representative

(Business Day) SA is sitting on a potential gold mine as the need for bioethanol, an alternative to petrol, grows across Europe, driven by the push to curb climate change, says an EU trade representative in the country. The global bioethanol market was valued at just more than $53bn (R719.21bn) in

June 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Is the Electric Vehicle the Latest Manifestation of High-Modernism?

by Philippe Marchand (Transportation Energy Strategies) Cars contribute 25% of transport GHG emissions in the EU, car pools do not change overnight, 15-20 years are necessary for a full turnover. Action is necessary now if road transport is serious about net zero zarbon in 2050. … Driving a car is

June 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Big Oil (Probably) Isn’t Going Away Anytime Soon. But It’s Definitely Changing

by Camila Domonoske (NPR) … European companies – such as French multinational Total and British-based BP – are staking big bets on a pivot from oil to renewable power. Meanwhile, American giants are staking smaller sums of money on more nascent technologies, such as carbon capture, without plans to shift

June 9, 2021 Read Full Article

The Pathways, Projects, Players: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Diesel and SAF

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) There’s nothing hotter right now than renewable diesel and SAF – what are the pathways, projects, who are the players, what are the business models, are there alternative feedstocks? Check out this slide guide from last week’s DigestConnect where Will Thurmond, author of Renewable Diesel

June 9, 2021 Read Full Article

More than 200 Entities Ask the EC to Use Crediting System for Renewable Fuels in Vehicle CO2 Regulations

(NGVA Europe/NGV Journal) Together with 223 associations, companies and scientists, NGVA Europe have signed a joint letter to the European Commission: ‘Call to include a voluntary crediting system for sustainable renewable fuels into the vehicle CO2 regulations.’ “The 223 signing associations, companies and scientists of this letter fully support the EU’s

June 9, 2021 Read Full Article

Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) from Liquefaction

by John Holladay and Zia Haq (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and U.S. DOE, Bioenergy Technologies Office) In November 2020, PNNL facilitated an international workshop on HTL for SAF production. Present an overview of findings • Quick overview of HTL • Details from the workshop – research opportunities • Examples of

June 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Airlines Already Have Their ‘RenovaBio’ to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

by Delcy MAC Cruz (Energia Que Fala Com Você (Google Translation)) … The action serves to reduce and offset greenhouse gas emissions. It’s CORSIA, which came into effect this year. We interviewed two experts to break down this program focused on international flights —  International flights already have a market

June 8, 2021 Read Full Article

GIDARA ENERGY Announces a New Facility Converting Non-Recyclable Waste into Advanced Biofuels

(GIDARA Energy) GIDARA Energy is pleased to announce its first advanced biofuels facility in Amsterdam; Advanced Methanol Amsterdam (“AMA”). The plant will convert non-recyclable waste into advanced methanol. This product will be used for fuel blending, and therefore meet governmental objectives to achieve CO2 emission reductions as defined in the

June 8, 2021 Read Full Article

First Rescue Helicopter Flies on Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(Safran) A rescue helicopter has flown on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for the first time, achieving a new milestone in international aviation. Operated by the German non-profit organization ADAC Luftrettung, the Airbus H145 rescue helicopter has its Arriel 2E engines ceremonially refuelled with biofuel, a type of SAF, at the

June 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Baleària’s Fast Ferry Completes First Trip Operating on 100% Bio-LNG

(Baleària/NGV Journal) Baleària and Axpo Iberia have reached a new milestone in the decarbonization of maritime transport by completing the first pilot trip on a fast ferry with 100% renewable fuel in Europe. The 133-mile journey between the ports of Barcelona and Ciutadella (Menorca) was made by Baleària’s Eleanor Roosevelt, the

June 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Experts Predict Problems Coming for Electric Cars

by Jeena Cadigan (WBOY) With more companies coming out with electric cars, experts are predicting costly upgrades to towns and cities in West Virginia.    With more electric cars on the road, more charging stations are needed. Along with those stations, companies will have to build more power sources and lines to get and disperse that energy. 

June 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Study Finds FuelEU Maritime May Promote Biofuels, Raising Substantial Enforcement Concerns

(European Community Shipowners’ Associations) A recent study on the upcoming FuelEU Maritime proposal finds that a promotion of biofuels may raise serious enforcement concerns, as a mandatory fuel standard is aimed to apply to fuels purchased also outside the EU. This could jeopardise the achievement of emissions reductions. The introduction of

June 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Crossing the Pond: The European Commission Is Partnering with Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Catalyst DEADLINE June 30, 2021

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The European Commission is partnering with Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Catalyst to finance climate technology development as the continent aims to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. The partnership plans to tap into $1 billion from 2022-2026 in new investments for projects centered in green hydrogen,

June 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Alfa Laval Wins €15.22 Million HVO and SAF Order

(Biofuels International) Alfa Laval has won an order to supply a feedstock pre-treatment processing line to a petroleum refiner to support the production of renewable diesel (HVO) and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in Europe. The order comprises Alfa Laval high-speed separators and various compact heat exchangers along with other equipment,

June 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Flemish Expertise Centres Join Forces with Industry to Push Green Hydrogen Production forward

(Electric Energy Online/DEME) Flemish research centres imec and VITO (both partners in EnergyVille), together with industrial pioneers Bekaert, Colruyt Group, DEME and John Cockerill announced today (May 28) that they are joining forces to invest in the production of green hydrogen. Under the flag of Hyve, the consortium aims at

June 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands Want EU to Get Serious on Biofuel Sustainability

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Belgium, Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands issued a statement saying it is crucial to ensure that the renewable energy, such as biofuels and renewable fuels of non-biological origin, that is used in transport is without a doubt sustainable. However, recent biodiesel fraud cases have

June 1, 2021 Read Full Article

European Union and Certain Member States — Certain Measures Concerning Palm Oil and Oil Palm Crop-Based Biofuels

(World Trade Organization) Malaysia submitted its second request for a panel to examine certain measures imposed by the European Union and EU member states regarding palm oil and oil palm crop-based biofuels from Malaysia. Malaysia’s first request was blocked by the EU at the DSB meeting on 28 April.  Malaysia said

June 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Big Oil’s Tough Clean-Energy Transition Early Movers in Decarbonization Shift Offer a Glimpse of the Hard Times ahead for Exxon and Chevron

by Rochelle Toplensky (Wall Street Journal)  … Pressure on the petroleum industry to decarbonize is building on multiple fronts. U.S. oil giants that look at their more forward-thinking peers across the Atlantic for inspiration will find some lessons, but not easy ones. The major European oil companies have refocused their attention on extending

May 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Top 5: What It’s Really Going to Take to Reach Net Zero

by Tammy Klein (Transportation Energy Strategies)  … Reaching Net Zero: It’s going to be hard and requires action by governments this decade to get there, says both the ITF and IEA in separate studies. Renewable & Low-Carbon Liquid Fuels Platform: The Europeans have banded together to press the case for liquid

May 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Red Tractor Paperwork Crucial to Access Biofuels Market

(Farmers Weekly) Arable farmers will have to produce new “mass balance” figures – essentially stock and movement records – from 1 July, in order to achieve Red Tractor status to supply the growing biofuels market. The rule changes are being introduced to meet the requirements of the EU’s updated Renewable Energy

May 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol Boss: Electric Vehicles Are Not the Future, but Part of It

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EURACTIV.com) Looking at electric vehicles as the only option for the decarbonisation of Europe’s transport sector is wrong and we should take into account all available sustainable solutions, Valérie Corre from the European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE) told EURACTIV in an interview. “The electric vehicle is not the

May 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Neste Is Testing Renewable Gasoline in Sweden for Possible Commercialization Internationally

(Neste) Until now, there have been no commercial drop-in solutions for replacing fossil gasoline to reduce high amounts of greenhouse gas emissions from conventional petrol cars, without investing into new vehicles or modifying the old ones. Neste, the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) may be the first to have

May 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Airlines Skirting SAF Requirements in EU, Known as ‘Tankering,’ Could Be Real Issue by 2035

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Digest) The International Council on Clean Transportation published a working paper in late April on potential so-called “tankering” issues that may foreseeably arise from an EU sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) mandate under development, which would require an increasing share of SAF in jet fuel at European

May 21, 2021 Read Full Article

‘UCO a Highly Regulated Commodity,’ Says EWABA

(Biofuels International)  EWABA has responded to claims made in a T&E report that raised concerns about Europe’s imports of dubious used cooking oil (UCO). The new research questioned the environmental impact the use of UCO in the UK and European markets was having. In a statement, EWABA said UCO was

May 20, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

May 18, 2021 Read Full Article

EU’s Dismissal of Crop-Based Biofuels Will Impede Transport Decarbonisation: Industry

by Sean Goulding Carroll (EurActiv) The EU’s decision to cap the share of crop-based biofuels in the bloc’s energy mix risks hampering efforts to decarbonise the transport sector, industry has warned ahead of the revision of the renewable energy directive. Environmentalists, on the contrary, say the EU executive is not going

May 18, 2021 Read Full Article

The Renewable & Low-Carbon Liquid Fuels Platform, toward Transport Fuels’ Transformation

(Fuels Europe) The major organisations[1] operating in the liquid fuels value chain have joined forces to form the Renewable & Low-Carbon Liquid Fuel Platform. These partners are working together to contribute to the decarbonisation of the mobility sector in a sustainable and affordable way. They represent companies acting at different steps of the value chain, from

May 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Green Hydrogen: Can It Power a Carbon-Free Economy?

by Jim Robbins (Energy Today) Saudi Arabia is constructing a futuristic city in the desert on the Red Sea called Neom. The $500 billion city — complete with flying taxis and robotic domestic help — is being built from scratch and will be home to a million people. And what

May 17, 2021 Read Full Article

FOP and UFOP Call for the Role of Sustainability Certification for Biomass to Be Recognized

(Union for the Promotion of Oilseed and Protein Plants)  The French Association of Oilseed and Protein Producers (FOP) and the Union for the Promotion of Oilseed and Protein Plants (UFOP) call on the European Commission to include all European biomass raw materials without exception in the EU’s reduction target -Taxonomy Ordinance

May 17, 2021 Read Full Article

E-fuels Offer Clean Future for Shipping and Aviation, Green Groups Tell EU

(Transportation & Environment) The EU should promote the use of green synthetic fuels, or e-fuels, by ships and planes as part of its upcoming maritime and aviation fuel laws, environmental groups have told the European Commission. The FuelEU Maritime and ReFuelEU initiatives will require ships carrying EU trade and aircraft

May 14, 2021 Read Full Article
    Webinar: Sustainability in Action – Focus on Flight Departments  —   May 14, 2021   —   ONLINE

Webinar: Sustainability in Action – Focus on Flight Departments — May 14, 2021 — ONLINE

It’s time to move beyond awareness to action. How can flight departments and operators meet their sustainability metrics and what about pricing? How can they support a move to sustainable aviation fuel, and how do they receive tax and other incentive benefits? For carbon offset purchases, what is the difference

May 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Scenarios for Decarbonising Homes in Europe’s Rural Areas

(Ecuity Consulting/SHV Energy/FREE initiative (Future of Rural Energy in Europe))  A cost-effective approach to phasing out heating oil and coal in EU Member States — … Climate change is happening and action is necessary. At the Paris climate conference, governments agreed on a global action plan to put the world

May 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Trains, Planes and CO2 Emissions

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Aviation is a leading source of emissions in Europe, and absent an immediate way to reduce CO2, European governments are trying to reduce the flying. France’s parliament is pondering legislation that would ban many domestic flights that can be done by train, and European

May 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Sustainable Aviation Fuels: Opportunity for Regional Development

by Laís Forti Thomaz and Amanda Gondim (Universidade Federal de Goias/Estadão (Google Translation))  In an article in Estadão, RBQAV researchers affirm that Brazil needs to seek international partnerships to fulfill an agreement  —  …  Aircraft operators are encouraged to use CORSIA Eligible Fuels (CEF) which are certified by a Sustainability

May 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Brazil Favoring Biofuels over EVs to Cut Emissions

(Argus Media) Brazil is favoring biofuels over electric vehicles (EVs) as the government maps out its long-term decarbonization strategy for the transport sector. While other countries are pursuing aggressive EV strategies, Brazil’s government has expressed its commitment to a biofuels-based darcarbonization plan, bringing it in line with the position of the biofuels industry. “Increased electrification

May 7, 2021 Read Full Article

MEPs Ask EC to Review Approach that Limits Biomethane-Fueled Mobility

(NGV Journal/European Biogas Association) Members of European Parliament (MEPs) from different political groups have signed a petition asking the European Commission to remove barriers to the deployment of sustainable fuels and technologies in transport by reviewing the current tailpipe approach to measure CO2 emissions. This will ensure the swift decarbonisation of the transport

May 6, 2021 Read Full Article

SAF, Please Prepare for Take-off…Even with Aviation Industry Turned Upside Down Due to Pandemic

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) There were 22 weekdays in April. There were 15 announcements about sustainable aviation fuel progress, advancements, implementations, and production in just those 21 days. What does that mean? Why is SAF suddenly taking off like never before, even as the aviation industry was turned upside

May 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Europe Reaches New Milestone on Natural Gas Refueling Infrastructure

(NGVA Europe/NGV Journal)  Europe’s rapidly growing natural gas fueling station network has reached the milestone of 4.000 CNG, and 400 LNG stations. These stations are crucial as they are able to support Europe’s gmobility fleet, with also a rapidly increasing share of biomethane. Since 2020, about 300 new CNG stations have

May 3, 2021 Read Full Article

CCUS Projects in Europe

(International Association of Oil and Gas Producers)  Map and overview of existing and planned CCUS facilities in the European Union and UK.  READ MORE

May 3, 2021 Read Full Article

Neste to Enable Production of up to 500,000 Tons/a of Sustainable Aviation Fuel at Its Rotterdam Renewable Products Refinery

(Neste)   Neste, the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel produced from waste and residue raw materials, will modify its existing renewables production capacity in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, to enable production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Currently the refinery produces mainly Neste MY Renewable Diesel™. The modifications

April 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Cross-sector Stakeholders Launch European Net Zero Alliance

(Bioenergy International) An alliance of 17 European associations advocating for cross-sectoral and cross-vectoral climate neutrality solutions was launched on March 30, 2021. The European Net Zero Alliance (ENZA) brings together stakeholders in energy, industry, buildings, mobility, forestry, and agriculture, and aims to bridge the gap between energy vectors and energy-consuming

April 30, 2021 Read Full Article

EU to Launch Carbon Farming Framework by End-2021 Following Two-Year Study

by Jack Ellis (Ag Funder News) The European Commission – the executive branch of the EU administration which is responsible for proposing bloc-wide legislation – has published the findings of its two-year study into creating a “carbon farming” framework for the EU. The Commission said it is aiming to launch an EU carbon

April 30, 2021 Read Full Article

GUUD Unlocks Non-credit Trade-based Access to Green Financing for Just Biodiesel

(GUUD Pte Ltd/EIN News)  Project with Just Biodiesel marks the start of sustainable financing projects for GUUD –Singapore’s GUUD (Finance) Pte. Ltd. has inked an agreement with Just Biodiesel Pty Ltd, a global supplier of biodiesel based in Australia and a member of Bioenergy Australia. The agreement marks GUUD’s first foray into the facilitation

April 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Biodiesel, Ethanol, Sustainable Aviation & Maritime Fuels: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to IEA Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The International Energy Agency published “Renewables 2020”, an analysis and forecast through 2025 of the impact of Covid-19 on renewables in the electricity, heat and transport sectors. We pulled the transport and biofuels pieces so you can find out what the IEA says about Covid-19’s

April 27, 2021 Read Full Article

EU Climate Law Makes Climate Goals Legally Binding

by Ashira Morris (Our Daily Planet)  This week, European Union policymakers agreed to enshrine the bloc’s short- and long-term climate commitments. The European Climate Law takes the EU’s goals of reducing net emissions by 55% by 2030 and hitting climate neutrality by 2050 and makes them “legally binding and irreversible,” as German Environment Minister

April 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Sekab’s Technology Is Making Progress in the EU

(Sekab)  Sekab’s technology for utilizing residual products from the forest has been an eye-catcher for the EU Innovation Fund in their search for the most innovative low-carbon technology projects. Sekab’s plans to build a production facility has been selected as a top ranked project among 311 applicants and is now

April 22, 2021 Read Full Article

EU Taxonomy Falls Short in Recognising How Biofuels Can Help Reach Carbon-Neutrality

(ePURE) Delegated Regulation perpetuates long-debunked and counterproductive ‘food vs fuel’ myth by restricting the contribution of crop-based renewable ethanol to climate goals — The European Commission’s political agreement on a Delegated Regulation seeking to define sustainable investments in the EU sends unfortunately mixed signals about the importance of sustainable biofuels such

April 22, 2021 Read Full Article

BioDiesel Production as a Safe Disposal Route for High-Risk Fats

(BioEnergy International) RepCAT, a new process by BCI-BioEnergy Internationa, Austrian plant manufacturer and technology provider, has been approved  —  BDI’s RepCAT technology approved for safe disposal of high-risk fat material. World’s first biodiesel production process to use a recyclable catalyst. Using this technology, 3 plants are currently being built. Already for

April 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Adhesives from Waste Wood, Biofuel from Straw

(ChemEurope)  EU research project on the potential of agroforestry waste as environmentally friendly raw materials completed  — In future, waste from agriculture and forestry could serve as the basis for environmentally friendly building materials, insulation foams or fuels. Over the past four and a half years, an EU project involving the

April 20, 2021 Read Full Article

New Paper Shows High Potential of Biogas Production from Industrial Wastewater

(European Biogas Association)  The EBA is launching today a new paper providing a comprehensive analysis of the potential of biogas production from industrial wastewater to reduce methane emissions. • The paper demonstrates that it is possible to recover around 14 Mtoe (142 TWh) of biogas per year by valorising industrial

April 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Neste and Finnair Present Sustainable Aviation Fuel Based Solution to Reduce Business Travel Emissions

(Neste)  Neste and Finnair are joining forces to reduce carbon emissions related to Neste employees’ business travel by using Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Neste has recently made 300 tons of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ available at Helsinki Airport in Finland for Finnair’s use. By replacing a part of the fossil jet

April 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Exxon Mulls Closure of Norway’s Slagen Refinery as Region’s Clean Fuel Shift Continues

by Robert Perkins and Elsa Turner (S&P Global)  Cites refining overcapacity, falling demand for fuels; Slagen processes North Sea crude, major fuel exporter; European refiners looking to biofuels, hydrogen projects ExxonMobil is considering closing its 116,000 b/d Slagen refinery in Norway to convert the site into a fuel import terminal,

April 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Showcase Bioeconomy: Industrial Plants Make Unproductive Arable Land Profitable

(University of Hohenheim (Google translation))  European project with the participation of the University of Hohenheim researches how unprofitable fields with renewable raw materials can be used sustainably and with added value — Unused potential: Around 65 million hectares of agricultural land in Europe are hardly or not at all usable for

April 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Transport Energy & Renewables in the EU – What the Latest Commission Data Tells Us

by James Cogan (Ethanol Europe/Biofuels Digest) … Oil maintains an overwhelming grip on the sector with a steady 94% share. The rest is biofuels with 5.6% and renewable electricity with 0.6%. Three quarters of the extra energy demand over the period was met by oil. 98% of renewables growth was

April 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Earth Day 2021 Series Day 6: Taxing Carbon: RFS, RenovaBio and EU’s RED II

by Nathália Fernandes Pimentel* (Advanced Biofuels USA) First of all, carbon taxes are policy measures designed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and to meet further objectives in policy making. By definition, it is a tax that establishes a price on these emissions or that uses a metric based on carbon.

April 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Commentary: The Global Governance of Aviation’s Emissions – Time to Revisit the ICAO/UNFCCC Relationship

by Chris Lyle (GreenAir Online/Air Transport Economics)  In 1997, the UNFCCC’s COP3 decided, via the Kyoto Protocol, to treat international aviation indirectly through ICAO. CO2 emissions from international aviation have since doubled from 317Mt in 1997 to 641Mt in 2019, to match the total emissions of the 129 lowest emitting countries

April 1, 2021 Read Full Article

SAF Could Make up 5.5% of 2030 EU Jet Fuel Demand with Targeted Support, Estimates ICCT Feedstock Study

(GreenAir Online) Analysis by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) shows there are sufficient sources of sustainable feedstock to support the production of 3.4 million tonnes (Mt) of advanced sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) annually in the EU by 2030, around 5.5% of projected EU jet fuel demand. Waste oils is

April 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Repsol Seeking EU and Spanish Funding for More than 30 Decarbonization Projects

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In Spain, Repsol is responding to the Spanish government’s calls for expressions of interest with a portfolio of 30 projects, amounting to a total investment of €5.959 billion and “combining technology, decarbonization, and the circular economy with job creation and geographical balance.” This portfolio includes proposals for

March 30, 2021 Read Full Article

EU Demand for Palm Oil-based Biofuel May Evaporate before End-2030: Sumwin CEO

by Amir Imran Husain Safri (The Sun Daily) Palm oil-based biofuel demand from the European Union (EU) might disappear before the end-2030 implementation deadline imposed by Europe’s Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II), according to Sumwin Group’s founder and CEO, U.R. Unnithan. The directive’s indirect land-use change (ILUC) risk criteria dictate

March 29, 2021 Read Full Article

AFYREN and Südzucker Reach Long Term Deal to Supply Factory Producing Biobased Organic Acids AFYREN Secures Procurement of Sugar Beet Co-Products, Major Feedstock for Industrial-Scale Production of Its Sustainable Chemicals

(Bio-based News) AFYREN and Südzucker have reached an unprecedented long-term agreement on the supply of sugar beet co-products as feedstock for AFYREN NEOXY, the zero-waste, low-carbon biorefinery that will begin producing seven 100% biobased organic acids at industrial scale in early 2022. The partnership is in accordance with both companies’ sustainability

March 26, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

March 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Höegh Autoliners Completes Its First Carbon Neutral Voyage

(Höegh Autoliners) On 19 March, Höegh Autoliners accelerated its decarbonisation efforts successfully completing its first carbon neutral voyage from Europe to South Africa. During this voyage the New Horizon vessel Höegh Trigger ran on advanced biofuels meeting the highest sustainability standards. The successful trial voyage showed that biofuel is a viable choice for

March 25, 2021 Read Full Article

INSIGHT: Global Policy Drives Approaching Biofuels Tipping Point

by Tom Brown (Independent Commodity Intelligence Services) As governments continue to count the cost of the pandemic, both in terms of the price of keeping economies afloat and the wreck lockdowns and have made of certain industries, many lawmakers have settled on sustainability as the key to the reconstruction. With the

March 19, 2021 Read Full Article

EU Planning Staggered Increase in Use of Green Jet Fuel

by Sean Goulding Carroll (EURACTIV.com)  The EU’s upcoming ReFuelEU proposal, aimed at cutting emissions in the aviation sector, will apply a staggered blending mandate for green jet fuel, with the percentage scaling up in roughly five-year intervals, EURACTIV understands. Sources with knowledge of the upcoming proposal indicate that there will be

March 18, 2021 Read Full Article

The Geopolitics of Critical Minerals Supply Chains

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

March 17, 2021 Read Full Article

Low-Carbon Renewable Natural Gas from Waste: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Greenlane Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Decarbonizing natural gas for transportation and utility/pipelines by taking organic waste from landfills, dairy and hog farms, food waste and wastewater treatment plants and converting it to biogas and low-carbon RNG is what Greenlane Renewables is all about. From the renewable natural gas ecosystem, market

March 16, 2021 Read Full Article

NGOs and Aviation Sector Call for Long-Haul Emissions to Be Covered by EU’s Sustainable Aviation Fuels Mandate

by Eoin Bannon (Transportation and Environment) Broad coalition calls on European Commission to ensure that long-haul flights are included in the EU’s SAFs mandate; Call for obligation of the mandate to be placed on the fuel supplier, to ensure equal treatment; Support for the development of zero-emission technologies, such as

March 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Fighting Fraud with Tech – RSB, Bioledger Build up Blockchain for Biofuels Traceability

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials and Bioledger are using blockchain technology to fight fraud and see how it can support traceability of biofuel and its feedstocks and overcome the vulnerabilities identified in securing the supply of sustainable renewables. The proposed solution — a blockchain database

March 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Legislative Odyssey for the EU Biofuels Sector

(Biofuels International) Angel Alvarez Alberdi, the secretary general, EWABA, a leading biofuel industry figure discusses the opportunities and challenges for the year ahead. He said: “If there was ever a perfect regulatory storm for the biofuels sector, this is it. This year the industry at large will face different waves

March 12, 2021 Read Full Article

EU Needs Phase-out Date for New Petrol and Diesel Cars, Nine Countries Say

by Marine Strauss, Kate Abnett (Reuters)  The European Commission should set a date to ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars across the European Union to align the transport sector with climate goals, nine member countries said on Wednesday. Led by Denmark and the Netherlands, the countries have written to

March 11, 2021 Read Full Article

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

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

March 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Sales Reach Record Level in 2020: German Biodiesel Exports Reach a New High

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP)) Since the introduction of the quota system in 2007, the admixture of biofuels to diesel fuel reached a record level of around 2.8 million tonnes. The Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants eV is referring to the statistics published

March 8, 2021 Read Full Article
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