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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

Europe’s Largest Green Hydrogen Project Starts in Groningen

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

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

February 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Where Are European Biofuels Heading? Agriculture Special Report

(S&P Global Platts)  The EU’s Green Deal has been one of the main topics for the renewable industry since beginning of this year. The Green Deal envisages Europe becoming the first climate neutral continent by 2050. Under this program, announced by the European Commission (EC) in December 2019, the EU’s

February 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Netherlands All for Sustainable Palm Oil, Against EU Biofuel Ban

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

February 21, 2020 Read Full Article

Carolina Opportunity Funds Chooses BioEconomy Solutions

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

February 21, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

February 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Drive on Bioethanol from Rotterdam

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

February 20, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

February 19, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

February 17, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

February 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Third Tender for Storage Aid Concludes, EU Calls for Patience

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

February 13, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

February 10, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

February 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Nordics Bet on Advanced Biofuels to Suit Carbon Neutrality Ambitions

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

February 7, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

February 5, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

February 5, 2020 Read Full Article

WinGD Advances Clean Fuel Research with Flexible Injector Concept

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

January 31, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

January 29, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

January 28, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

January 28, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

January 28, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

January 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Biodiesel from Food Waste and Used Cooking Oil

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

January 27, 2020 Read Full Article

New Fuel Storage Facility Proposed

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

January 24, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

January 23, 2020 Read Full Article

NEDGIA Promotes Certificates of Origin for Renewable Gas in Spain

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

January 22, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

January 22, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

January 22, 2020 Read Full Article

NGVA Europe: Biomethane to Foster Transport Decarbonization

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

January 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Sustainable Intensification of Arable Production for Food Security and Climate Protection

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

January 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Investing in Consumer ‘Proximity’ to Produce Biodiesel from UCO

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

January 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Rising Carbon Prices Led to Drop in German Emissions in 2019

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

January 19, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

January 16, 2020 Read Full Article

European Coalition Calls for Consistency in Defining Alternative Fuels

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

January 16, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

January 15, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

January 14, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

January 8, 2020 Read Full Article

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

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

January 3, 2020 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Biofuels Mandates Around the World 2020

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

January 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Petrol and Diesel Prices to Increase from 1 January

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

December 31, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

December 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Towards a Biofuel Policy for Energy Security

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

December 30, 2019 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels – Where Are the Gallons?

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

December 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Palm and PME Ride a Crest of Optimism into 2020

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

December 27, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

December 26, 2019 Read Full Article

European Liquor off the Menu in Indonesia as Trade Row Escalates

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

December 26, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

December 24, 2019 Read Full Article

In Europe, the Blend Is the Trend

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

December 24, 2019 Read Full Article

EU Remains Largest Biodiesel Producer

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

December 23, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

December 23, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

December 21, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

December 20, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

December 20, 2019 Read Full Article

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

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

December 20, 2019 Read Full Article

New BioHub for Europe’s Forestry Capital

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

December 20, 2019 Read Full Article
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