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EU Biofuel Policy Requires Reliable Framework Conditions — UFOP and FOP Appeal to Council, Parliament and Commission
March 19, 2018 – 11:11 am | No Comment

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP))  The trialogue procedure for redrafting the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) began in late February 2018. Against this backdrop, the German Union zur Förderung von …

Defence Ministry Upholds ‘Palm Oil First Call’ in Proposed Jet Buy Deals with France
March 13, 2018 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Sangeetha Amarthalingam (The Edge Markets)  The proposed palm biodiesel ban by the European Union (EU) parliament has bearings on negotiations on Malaysia’s plan to buy multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA) from Europe.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin …

Report on 8th ISCC Global Sustainability Conference; Presentations Published
March 12, 2018 – 9:04 pm | No Comment

(International Sustainability and Carbon Certification)  Tuesday 20 February 2018, Brussels, Belgium high profile speakers discussed on the latest updates on a broad range of topics:

The future of bioenergy discussed by the European Commission and Member States

Praj in Advanced Stage of Discussion to Set up Two 2nd Gen Ethanol Plants in EU
March 9, 2018 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Jayashree Bhosale (Economic Times)  Pune-based PrajBSE -3.22 % Industries is in advanced stage of discussion to set up second generation ethanol plants in two counties of the European Union.
Pramod Chaudhari, Executive Chairman of Praj commented …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Status of Advanced Biofuels
March 8, 2018 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There are over 2,000 biomass to fuel facilities representing 1,461 companies in 90 countries. According to subject matter expert and long-time Digesterati Lorenz Bauer, “first-generation biofuels will continue to dominate the …

EU-Wide Taxes on Jet Fuel and Plane Tickets Could Help Plug Budget Gap and Address Transport Climate Impact, Says T&E
March 7, 2018 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  Taxing jet kerosene and applying a value added tax to plane tickets within Europe could raise €26.5 billion ($32bn) a year that could be used to plug an EU budget gap, reduce labour taxes …

Aemetis Completes Operation of Cellulosic Ethanol Integrated Demonstration Unit, Produced Record Yields
March 6, 2018 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Kelly Shaver (Aemetis)  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today that the company successfully built and operated an integrated demonstration unit for more than 120 days of continuous operations with 94% uptime, meeting the requirements for a …

Heard from the Floor at ABLC — Thursday March 1, 2018
March 5, 2018 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … On March 1, ABLC 2018 kicked off at the Mayflower Hotel in the heart of D.C. with five Avengers – a superhero bunch who all had a common thread …

ABLC 2018 Preview: Deployment Dawns, Products Proliferate, and Techs Land Major Venture Deals as the Bioeconomy Advances into a Big 2018
February 28, 2018 – 11:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, ABLC 2018 opens amidst a flutter of government rollbacks of deployment support but the hope of regulatory relief, breakthroughs in financial structuring, a decisive shift in early-stage projects to …

Position Paper: The European Commission’s Action Plan on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure
February 27, 2018 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(European Automobile Manufacturers Association)  The European Commission presented its Clean Mobility Package on 8 November 2017. Besides a number of legislative and non-legislative initiatives, the Commission also launched an Action Plan on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure as …

Bio-CCS and Bio-CCUS in Climate Change Mitigation–Market and Regulatory Issues Related to Bio-CCUS
February 27, 2018 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

(International Energy Agency Bioenergy Task 41)  The fourth IEA Bioenergy Task 41 workshop on Bio-CC(U)S was organized in Brussels 16 January 2018. The topic of the workshop was Market and regulatory issues related to Bio-CCUS. The workshop was …

The H2020-Funded Project greenGain Was Successfully Completed
February 27, 2018 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

(International Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e. V)  The project greenGain was funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union for research, technological development and demonstration under Grant Agreement No 646443. Eight institutions from …

Renewable Gas Use Will Help Reduce Europe’s GHG to Net-Aero by 2050
February 26, 2018 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

(Gas for Climate/NGV Journal)  Renewable gas used in existing gas infrastructure could play an important role in reducing Europe’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to net-zero by mid-century, according to a study published by the Gas for …

18.5 Million People Employed in Bioeconomy, Primarily in Biomass Production
February 26, 2018 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, DC, a study conducted by nova-Institute on behalf of the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) showed for the first time which macroeconomic effects are generated by bioeconomy activities – those using …

Farmers Defend Biofuels as Part of EU’s Upcoming ‘Protein Strategy’
February 24, 2018 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (  There is a need to maintain the EU’s main source of protein feed that are the co-product of biofuels, the European farmers association Copa-Cogeca told as the Commission announced its intention to …

US Ethanol Groups Slam Potential Extension of EU Antidumping Duties
February 22, 2018 – 8:53 pm | No Comment

(ICIS)  -US ethanol trade groups on Wednesday slammed the European Commission’s review to extend antidumping duties on US fuel ethanol.
The 9.5% duties are set to expire at the end of this month, but on Tuesday the European Renewable …

Map of Over 500 European Biomethane Facilities Released
February 21, 2018 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  The European Biogas Association and Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) have collaborated on a comprehensive map of all known biomethane installations currently running in Europe.
‘European Biomethane Map 2018’ lists over 500 units on the continent, …

Biomethane Market Development Gains Momentum in Italy
February 21, 2018 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

(Xebec/NGV Journal)  Canada-based Xebec has signed an exclusive three-year agreement with SAPIO Produzione Idrogeno Ossigeno Srl, distributor of technical gases, to help develop Italy’s renewable natural gas (RNG) upgrading infrastructure from biogas facilities such as landfills, …

Off-Road Engines, Aftertreatment Systems Perform Well on B100
February 21, 2018 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(AGQM/Biodiesel Magazine)  The University of Rostock demonstrates in current research results that off-road engines conforming to exhaust emission category EU Stage IV are suitable for operation with pure biodiesel.
The German government’s climate protection plan 2050 intends …

Biofuels and Electric Vehicles Key to EU Decarbonisation, Report Claims
February 21, 2018 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) says the EU could double the renewable share in its energy mix, cost effectively, from 17% in 2015 to 34% in 2030.
In order to reach long …

EU Commission Reopens US Ethanol Antidumping Case; Extends Duty for 15 Months
February 20, 2018 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Chrysa Glystra (Platts)  The European Commission announced Tuesday it will initiate an expiry review of the antidumping duty against US fuel ethanol imports, with the duty staying in the place for another 15 months while …

Hot Spots Around the World: Who’s Adding What, Where in Biofuels
February 20, 2018 – 10:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  South America —  In Brazil, ICM has completed startup and commissioning of the FS Bioenergia dry-mill corn ethanol plant. 

The driver for corn ethanol in Brazil? In part, the country’s new RenovaBio policy, …

De-Coding the West’s Addiction to Fossil Fuels: Fostering a Sustainable Transportation Fuel Market in the US & EU
February 15, 2018 – 3:37 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “If we do not break the lock-in effect of our dominant fuel sources, we may in fact facilitate mother nature in breaking the lock-out of her dominant species,” wrote …

Greening Gas: Conference of the European Biogas Association Presents Emerging Technologies for European Energy Transition in a Circular Economy
February 8, 2018 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

By Dan Quadros* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Antwerp, Belgium, is known for diamonds and fine chocolates. But what shined there a couple of weeks ago was the Conference of the European Biogas Association (EBA).
In my last …

Advanced, to Go: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to 2G Biofuels Implementation Timetable
February 7, 2018 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

The biggest news out of Novozymes this month is its new yeast platform for starch-based ethanol, while also introducing the first product, Innova Drive. A completely new yeast strain, the product can reduce fermentation time by …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Future of the Internal Combustion Engine
February 6, 2018 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  When it comes to the future of the combustion engine, what are the future developments from a scientific viewpoint?
That’s the ambitious topic that Gennadi Zikoridse of the University of Applied Sciences Dresden took …

ICAO Opens Consultation with States on Proposed Rules for CORSIA Implementation
February 5, 2018 – 6:56 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  ICAO’s proposed rules for States and aeroplane operators on the administration; monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of CO2 emissions; carbon offsetting requirements; and emissions units under the CORSIA scheme have been circulated to the …

Realistically Assess and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Rapeseed Cultivation
February 5, 2018 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) (Google translation))  Global standard values ​​overestimate nitrous oxide emissions in rapeseed cultivation  —  A network of eight partners under the coordination of the Thünen Institute (TI) for …

Yay or Nay – Will EU Really Say No More Palm-Based Biodiesel?
February 5, 2018 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Helena Taveres Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Environmental groups have long been against palm oil plantations on these crucial climate fighting forests. But consumers are using more palm oil products, from cosmetics to biofuels to food …

European Union to Prioritize Sustainable Aviation Fuel
February 2, 2018 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

(Air Transport Action Group)  The aviation industry today welcomed a move by the European Parliament to ensure that sustainable aviation fuel is a key component of the future of air transport. The European Parliament this …

EU Launches New Trade Inquiry into Argentine Biodiesel
February 1, 2018 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Philip Blenkinsop and Sybille de la Hamaide (Reuters)  The European Commission has begun a new investigation into whether Argentine biodiesel exporters benefit from unfair subsidies, following a complaint in December by the European Biodiesel Board (EBB).
The …

Biomass Biggest Contributor to EU Renewables in 2016, but Ominous Signs for the Industry’s Future
January 30, 2018 – 6:39 pm | No Comment

by Daryl Worthington (Bioenergy Insight)   Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, has figures on Renewable Energy use in 2016. The newly published data reveal that the share of renewables reached 17% in 2016, with …

EU Set to Launch Subsidy Inquiry into Argentinean Biodiesel
January 30, 2018 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

(Reuters/NASDAQ)  The European Commission will next week launch an investigation into whether Argentine producers exporting biodiesel to the bloc are benefiting from unfair subsidies, people familiar with the case said.
The Commission, which oversees trade policy across …

MIT Professor Says Biomass-Based Power Worse than Coal for the Environment
January 30, 2018 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts, a new report from MIT Sloan professor John Sterman supports the growing argument that burning wood pellets for power is worse for the climate than burning coal, because of the short-term effects …

Europe’s Polarized Transport Future: A Shift in Biofuel Quality
January 29, 2018 – 9:02 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On January 22, 2018, the 15th International Conference on Renewable Mobility titled “Fuels of the Future” was opened up by a discussion with Members of the European Parliament, as …

WTO Rules EU Must Change Duties on Indonesia Biodiesel
January 26, 2018 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Philip Blenkinsop and Bernadette Christina Munthe (Reuters)  The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled in favor of several challenges by Indonesia to anti-dumping duties imposed on its biodiesel exports to the European Union, saying the measures needed …

REINPLUS FIWADO Bunker and GoodFuels Marine Enter into Partnership for Sustainable Inland Shipping
January 26, 2018 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

(GoodFuels)  Advanced Biofuels more widely available for European inland shipping  —  From today, VARO Energy subsidiary REINPLUS FIWADO Bunker and GoodFuels Marine will work together to make European inland shipping more sustainable. As a result, the sustainable …

Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand Ready to Retaliate on EU Palm Oil Ban
January 25, 2018 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

By Ooi Tee Ching  (New Straits Times)  Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand will retaliate if the EU’s ongoing discrimination and attack on the palm oil industry becomes legislative, said Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Mah …

Public Consultation on EU Funds in the area of Investment, Research & Innovation, SMEs and Single Market DEADLINE: 8 March 2018
January 25, 2018 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

In 2018, the Commission will make comprehensive proposals for the next generation of financial programmes for the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, which is the EU’s long–term budget.  The Commission’s proposals will be designed to make …

The Rise, Rise, Rise of Bio-Methanol for Fuels and Chemical Markets
January 25, 2018 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … The clearest intersecting theme is bio-methanol. Let’s see why.
For one, Södra has much more going on than Silva, and we reported on a major development in December when we related …

Despite EU Palm Oil Ban, Biofuel Problems Will Continue
January 24, 2018 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

(Deutsche Welle) Members of the European Parliament have rejected an attempt to phase out support for crop-based biofuels. So what’s next in the food versus fuel debate? — … The legislative shift, set to take effect in …

Calculating the CO2 Emissions of Biofuels Is Not Enough
January 24, 2018 – 3:21 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily/Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL))  A new EU regulation aims to shrink the environmental footprint of biofuels starting in 2021. But a scientist thinks we should go one step further and take into account …

Biomass Industry Responds to ‘Morbid Mathematics’ of FERN Study
January 22, 2018 – 7:32 pm | No Comment

by Daryl Worthington(Bioenergy Insight)  Two major associations for the biomass industry have responded to a study claiming the burning of biomass prematurely kills tens of thousands of people each year.
The study was commissioned by FERN, an NGO created …

Legal GHG Reduction Requirement for Biofuels Rises to 50 Percent
January 22, 2018 – 11:21 am | No Comment

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants, UFOP) (google translation))  The Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) recalls that from 1 January 2018, …

Updated UFOP Report on Global Market Supply Published
January 22, 2018 – 11:15 am | No Comment

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants, UFOP))  Strong global harvest yields mean that supply on international markets is more than sufficient. The figures indicate that there …

The European Parliament Just Avoided a Biofuels Fail. Now Here’s How to Move forward on Decarbonising Transport
January 17, 2018 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(ePure)  2030 EU target for renewables in transport leaves an opening for sustainable crop-based biofuels to help reach Paris goals  —  The European Parliament’s vote to phase out palm oil and allow some crop-based biofuels is a …

Socialists, EPP and ALDE Propose to Cap Biofuels Shares at 2017 Level, End Palm Oil
January 14, 2018 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (  Lawmakers from three political families of the European Parliament reached on 10 January a compromise to cap the level of crop-based biofuels at the level that each member state reached in 2017 and …

Commission Tells Malaysia Proposed Biofuel Policy Respects WTO Rules
January 12, 2018 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv)  The European Commission’s proposal for the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive is in compliance with the EU’s commitments under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, Commission sources told, replying to …

Insights from IEA Task 36
January 12, 2018 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

By Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On December 5th, 2017 the Institute of Technical Chemistry (ITC) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) hosted a workshop for members of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Task …

Alabama Producers Growing Carinata for Biofuel
January 12, 2018 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Katie Nichols (Alabama Extension Daily)  Alabama growers are sowing the seeds of a new biofuel oil crop this winter. Brassica carinata, informally known as carinata, is similar to canola (Brassica napus L.)—a crop many producers introduced to rotations several …

Alkol Biotech Agrees to Supply 500,000 Tonnes of Biomass to Europe’s ‘Largest’ Biorefinery
January 12, 2018 – 11:39 am | No Comment

(Biofuel International)  Alkol Biotech and Bio Refinery Development have signed a letter of intent (LOI) for the sourcing of up to 500 thousand tonnes of non-woody lignocellulosic biomass for what would be Europe’s ‘largest’ biorefinery.
UK based …

France Requires 60pc GHG from Ex-EU Biodiesel Imports
January 8, 2018 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  French biodiesel imports from outside the EU must have a minimum 60pc greenhouse gas (GHG) savings value from 1 January — a measure that could have considerable impact on trade flows from Argentina.
The law, …

EBRD Provides Loan for Biogas Plant at Ukraine’s MHP
January 5, 2018 – 8:29 pm | No Comment

by Anton Usov (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development/Biomass Magazine)  The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development provided a senior loan of €25 million to PJSC “Myronivsky Hliboproduct” (MHP), a London Stock Exchange listed Ukrainian producer …

A Single European Biomethane Market, a Step Closer to Reality
January 5, 2018 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

(NGV Journal)  The European Renewable Gas Registry (ERGaR) members announced that the application of the ERGaR RED scheme has been submitted to the European Commission to be recognized as a voluntary scheme under the Renewable Energy …

Neste Launches Website Pushing for Sustainable Aviation
January 4, 2018 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The project aims to raise awareness of alternate fuels for the industry.  According to World Bank statistics, 3.6 billion people travelled by air in 2016. In a survey conducted by Neste, 53% of European passengers are concerned …

Biofuture Platform: Insights from COP23
January 4, 2018 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In order to meet the global temperature reduction target which was agreed upon at the Paris Climate Accord, delegates from the Biofuture Platform met in Bonn, Germany for the …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World 2018
January 2, 2018 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in 65 countries.
The bulk of mandates continue …

ePURE against EU’s Roll Back of Ethanol Use
December 29, 2017 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Tim Albrecht (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The European renewable ethanol association, ePURE, issued a statement decrying the recent agreement by EU energy ministers to roll back plans to use renewable energy in transportation, calling it a step …

Top Trends in 7 Key Latin America Hotspots
December 28, 2017 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In a striking pledge made in the latter part of 2016. 20 Latin American countries promised to promote biofuel production and use, with the support of development finance institutions.
That was then, …

Canola Council Welcomes Continued Access to EU Biodiesel Market
December 27, 2017 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

(Real Agriculture)  The European Commission published its decision to allow Canadian canola to have continued access to the EU biodiesel market this week.
“This decision means continued access to an important market for Canadian canola,” says Jim …

EU Energy Council Agreement Sends Mixed Messages on Renewables
December 27, 2017 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

(The EU Biodiesel Chain)  On Dec. 18, the EU Energy Ministers agreed on the Council General Approach for the post-2020 EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II). The EU Biodiesel Chain welcomes the council decision to increase …

Felda Protests EU’s Ban on Palm Oil
December 26, 2017 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

by  Zunaira Saieed (The Star)  FELDA, which harbours the largest population of oil palm smallholders in Malaysia, fully condemns the discriminatory act by the European Union (EU) to ban palm oil from entering its market.
This year, …

#AltFuelRocks: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to below50 and Alt Fuels Deployment
December 26, 2017 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Below50 is an initiative that brings businesses together with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) to promote the …

Biofuels Market for Red Tractor Assured Crops Secured for Five Years
December 18, 2017 – 8:59 am | No Comment

by Marianne Curtis (Farmers Guardian)  The biofuels market for Red Tractor assured crops has been secured with the news that the European Commission will continue to recognise the scheme under the Renewable Energy Directive, says Red Tractor.
Since …

TERM 2017: Mixed Progress for Europe’s Transport Sector in Meeting Environment, Climate Goals
December 14, 2017 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

(European Environment Agency)  Europe’s transport sector is making only mixed progress in meeting its environment, health and climate policy targets, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) assessment published today (December 5, 2017), which tracks the …

E-fuels Technologies in European Transport’s Future
December 14, 2017 – 3:57 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  According to a report by Cerulogy for T&E, e-fuels only have meaningful climate benefits if strict sustainability criteria are observed throughout the production process. Renewable e-fuels can have low greenhouse gas intensities, lower environmental …

The Bio-Based Industries Consortium (BIC) Has Released a New Overview of Financial Instruments Available to Support European Bioeconomy Development.
December 14, 2017 – 11:59 am | No Comment

(Bio-Based Industries Consortium)  ‘Access to EU financial instruments suitable for the implementation of large bio-based industry investments’ outlines a range of funding opportunities and explores the synergies between different instruments for co-financing bio-based projects.
Since BIC’s 2014 …

Can the European Union Afford to Phase Out Conventional Biofuels?
December 13, 2017 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On November 7th, 2017, industrial experts, leaders and policy makers alike met for the 20th Annual World Ethanol & Biofuels Conference held in Brussels, Belgium to discuss how the …

Limited Progress in Calculation of ILUC Effects from Biofuel Production, Study Finds
December 12, 2017 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Researchers have carried out systematic analysis of the latest scientific evidence on indirect land use change (ILUC) greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of biofuels and bioliquids.
Experts from the Biomass Department of CENER …

EU Needs Advanced Biofuels Boost to Reach Climate Goals, Transport Decarbonisation
December 5, 2017 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by  Marko Janhunen (EurActiv/Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels)  The International Energy Agency confirms that sustainable biofuels are needed to secure transport decarbonisation. The European Parliament’s Industry Committee, for its part, confirms the need to set a specific …

Biodiesel 2016/2017 – Report on Progress and Future Prospects
December 4, 2017 – 4:17 pm | No Comment

(UFOP)  Excerpt from the UFOP Annual Report  —  The assessment report provides information on the most important aspects of the national and European biofuel policy and the biodiesel markets. It is an excerpt from the UFOP business …

Mah: Endorsing Palm Oil Biofuel Ban a Step Backwards for Malaysia-EU Trade Ties
November 30, 2017 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

(Malay Mail Online)  The vote on Nov 28, 2017 by the Industry, Research & Energy Committee (ITRE) of the European Union’s (EU) Parliament  to endorse the ban on palm oil biofuels in Europe, under EU’s Renewable Energy Directive …

MEPs Raise Ambition on Transport with ‘Sustainable’ Biofuels
November 29, 2017 – 8:20 pm | No Comment

by Paola Tamma (EurActiv)  Contrary to the European Commission’s initial proposal, the European Parliament voted on Tuesday (28 November) to increase targets for sustainable energy and reintroduce a sub-target for transport, by using “sustainable” biofuels.

Boost to renewables …

EU Targets on Renewables and Energy: Progress Slowing Down
November 29, 2017 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  The European Union (EU) and most of its Member States are on track to reach their 2020 targets on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Increases in energy consumption are slowing down progress. The share …

European Parliament Sets Stage for a Battle over Biofuels
November 29, 2017 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

(ePURE) Industry Committee vote falls short of what is needed to fix the Commission’s RED II proposal  —  The report adopted today by the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee sets the stage for a real …

Map of 224 European Biorefineries Published by BIC and nova-Institute
November 29, 2017 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

(Bio-based News)  Biorefineries are the heart of the bioeconomy. Here, different types of biomass are fully utilised and transformed into a large variety of chemicals and materials

The map distinguishes between “Sugar-/starch based biorefineries”, producing bioethanol and …

EU Seeks to Head off New Aircraft Emissions Dispute
November 28, 2017 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

by Julia Fioretti (Reuters)  UN aviation agency adopted emissions standards last year;  EU Commission wanted EU to be able to go further; EU member states want EU to stick to UN-agreed ones;  Member states, European Parliament meet on Wednesday
More than …

Commission’s Biofuels Proposal May Kill Future Investment, Industry Warns
November 28, 2017 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Samuel White (EurActiv)  The biofuels industry has hit out at the European Commission’s proposal to reduce the cap on crop-based biofuels in the EU’s transport fuel mix, saying it would undermine the EU executive’s renewable energy …

Lead, Squabble or Waffle Away: Shuffling the Deck on Global Bioenergy
November 28, 2017 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Gerard Ostheimer and Douglas L. Faulkner (Biofuels Digest)  … In the U.S., fighting between Big Ag and Big Oil over first-generation biofuels is slowing the deployment of advanced biofuels projects. This further undercuts the industry in …

Industrial Biotech Sector Calls for an Ambitious Revision of EU Bioeconomy Strategy
November 27, 2017 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Brussels, on the EU Bioeconomy Policy Day, EuropaBio called for an ambitious revision of the European Bioeconomy Strategy. Such a revision would help tackle climate change and meet the needs of …

European Bioeconomy Stakeholders Manifesto: The Digest’s Special Guide
November 27, 2017 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We, representatives from large and small companies, NGOs, biomass producers, regions, and academia from all over Europe as members of the European Bioeconomy Stakeholders Panel, have prepared this manifesto based on …

Technology Key to Ensuring Sustainable Bioenergy and Biofuel Production
November 27, 2017 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

(EU Science Hub)  Bioenergy is the most common renewable energy source in Europe – and it’s expected to continue to make up a significant part of the energy mix in the future.
However, its climate performance can …

The Digest’s 2017 Guide to the 20 Top European Biorefinery Projects
November 23, 2017 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  You won’t hear it from the NGOs orbiting Brussels who have long figured out that bashing biotechnology is good for the fund-raising cash register, but Europe has become the hottest …

New Documentary Shows How Biofuels Lobby Played Parliament
November 21, 2017 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Peter Teffer (EU Observer)  … The documentary tells the story of how the EU decided to embrace the use of biofuels, only to find out that it had not properly considered all the negative consequences.

The …

Divided on Biofuel Phase-Out, Parliament Looks for Compromise
November 15, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Paola Tamma (EurActiv)  The lawmaker in charge of steering the EU’s biofuels reform in the European Parliament is looking for compromise after MEPs last week rejected his proposal to phase out crop-based biofuels entirely by 2030 …

The Dismal Prospect of Advanced Biofuels in the EU
November 14, 2017 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Zoltán Szabó (EurActiv)  Advanced biofuels are proposed as the fuels of the future to replace oil, but the EU regulatory environment is fuzzy and uncertain to lure investors and some questionable solutions may benefit the most …

Expect EU Single Certification to Be Stricter than RSPO — Expert
November 14, 2017 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

(UkrAgroConsult/BlackSeaGrain)  The single certification scheme for palm oil proposed by the European Union (EU) may be stricter than the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification, says an industry expert.
“I have a feeling that the EU …

30 Hot Cellulosic Technologies, 30 Quick Takes
November 14, 2017 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Last week, DowDuPont said it was exiting the cellulosic biofuels business and you’d think that the company just burned down the warehouse with the original text of the Renewable Fuels Standard …

European Industry Counterattacks against Argentine Biodiesel
November 10, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Aline Robert (EurActiv)  A group representing European biodiesel producers filed a complaint about illegal state aid with the European Commission on 3 November.  
It’s the latest episode in a commercial war between European biodiesel and its …

EU Renewables Directive Sparks Mixed Feelings among Players
November 7, 2017 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(ICIS)   …  Charles-Albert Peers, CEO of ethanol producer Alcogroup and chairman of the European trade group for renewable ethanol ePURE, criticised what he called a “U-turn” in EU policy.
“RED II removes one of the best options for decarbonising …

Ethanol-Based Fuel Becomes Top-Selling Petrol in France
November 7, 2017 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by Sybille de La Hamaide  (Reuters)  Gasoline containing up to 10 percent of ethanol has become the top-selling petrol in France, its largest market in the European Union, helped by a tax break that made the crop-based …

Sabah Chooses New Palm Oil Certification to Cater to Europe’s Needs
November 7, 2017 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Jason Santos (Malaysian Insight)  SABAH’s move for a full compliance of the Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) by 2025 is to ensure the survival of the sector, state forestry director Sam Mannan said.
The move will also …

Chicago! Fulcrum BioEnergy Picks the Midwest Hub for Its Next MSW-to-Jet Fuel Project
November 7, 2017 – 11:04 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) From California we received the news that Chicagoland has been selected as the site of Fulcrum BioEnergy’s second commercial-scale waste-to-fuels biorefinery.
We reported last month that the long-awaited financing was completed for Fulcrum …

Why Palm Biodiesel Producers Should Keep Pushing R&D and Make Palm Oil Biodiesel More Environmentally Friendly
November 6, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Yamin Vong  (The Sun)  … The European Union is campaigning against palm bio-diesel and the European Parliament appears to be determined to ratify the Palm Oil and Deforestation of the Rainforests resolution that it passed on …

European Fuel Ethanol Demand May Be Supported by Industrial Sector
November 6, 2017 – 11:34 am | No Comment

(Platts)  Tumbling European fuel ethanol prices over October have increased the attractiveness of the product to industrial and beverage buyers, which could mean demand for fuel-grade product being supported in a time of seasonally weak demand …

Are Electrics a Bridging Technology, and Hydrogen Fuel Cells the Future?
November 4, 2017 – 9:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Recently, Lexus’ Paul Williamsen told Australia’s CarAdvice team:
“Both hybrid and EVs are merely bridging technologies on the way to the solution, which is hydrogen. The problem with EVs is a simple matter …

Planes across Europe to Start Running on Vegetable Oil and Animal Fat in Bid to Tackle Climate Change and Toxic Air
November 1, 2017 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by Ben Chapman (Independent)  With long-distance electric-powered transport still a long way off, can advances in renewable fuel made from vegetable oil and waste fill the gap to combat climate change and clean up our toxic …

One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure: Enabling Europe’s Bioeconomy
November 1, 2017 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) From October 10th -11th the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy (EFIB) celebrated 10 years in Brussels, Belgium, as it plays a crucial role in providing a …

COSMOS: The Future of Plant Oil
November 1, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On October 9th the 10th European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy kicked off in Brussels, Belgium, giving participants the opportunity to take part in a stakeholder workshop held by …

Clariant to Build Flagship Cellulosic Ethanol Plant in Romania: 8-Figure Sales Potential Envisioned
November 1, 2017 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, Clariant’s board has approved investment in a new full-scale commercial plant for the production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues using its sunliquid technology. The new plant, with an …

Europe’s Bioeconomy to Get Open Access Innovation Infrastructure Map
October 31, 2017 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  A collaborative project to map open access pilot and demonstration infrastructure for bio-based industries across Europe has been launched.
The Pilots4U project is funded by the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European …

Low Carbon Demand Regears Biodiesel Inputs
October 30, 2017 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by Niamh Boyle (Biodiesel Magazine/Prima Markets)  Prima Markets provides a comprehensive summary of the growing international demand for low carbon fuels, including U.S. policy drivers and waste feedstock consumption, along with a detailed overview of the …

EP Committee on Environment Denies Prospects for Domestic Biofuels
October 29, 2017 – 11:25 am | No Comment

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants)  The Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) expresses its disappointment in the result of the vote in the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment …

Good Day for Bioenergy, Bad Day for Crop-Based Biofuels, as European Parliament’s Environment Committee Votes on RED II Proposals
October 26, 2017 – 11:45 am | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Policymakers in the European Parliament’s environment committee (ENVI) have voted in support of a proposal for a total phase out of crop-based biofuels by 2030 and have backed the use of …

MEPs Propose Upgraded, Nationally Binding Targets for Renewables
October 25, 2017 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

(New Europe Online)  EU should aim for 35% renewables in its energy consumption in 2030  —  The Environment Committee voted on its opinion on the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive for the period 2021 – 2030.

“I …

California Cars Are Running on Restaurant Grease
October 25, 2017 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

by Robert Tuttle (Bloomberg Technology)  Renewable diesel use surges amid low-carbon fuel program; Second-biggest source of low-carbon fuel credits after ethanol   —  California’s battle against climate change is being fought more fiercely in fast food restaurants than in Tesla …

October 23, 2017 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

Gerard Ostheimer and Doug Faulkner co-authored a Biofuels Digest article with some ideas that show the benefits bioenergy could bring to Africa: “Africans should strive for sustainable fuels from native feedstocks in a modern infrastructure …

Growing the African Biofuel Sector: What’s Not to Like?
October 23, 2017 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Gerard Ostheimer and Doug Faulkner (Biofuels Digest)  …  (I)n Sub-Saharan Africa a thriving indigenous bioenergy industry can play a positive and productive role in modernizing economies and improving the quality of human life.
One challenge …

Four Swedish NGOs Write MEPs Demanding a Shift in Biofuels Policy
October 20, 2017 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Sweden, a group of four NGOs have written an open letter to members of European Parliament urging them to rethink the proposals for the second version of the Renewable …

Shift to Sustainable Food System in Europe Is Possible, but Faces Challenges
October 19, 2017 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

(European Environment Agency)  Making Europe’s production, consumption and trade in food environmentally sustainable is possible, but it will require a major shift in public attitudes, policies and knowledge and seizing current opportunities for change, according to …

Ethanol Producers Work with UN to Accelerate Shift to Low Carbon
October 19, 2017 – 10:50 am | No Comment

(Ethanol Europe Renewables, Ltd./EurActiv)  EERL partners with UN Climate Change for COP 23  —  Ahead of the UN Climate Conference in Bonn (COP 23, 6-17 November), Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd (EERL) and UN Climate Change have partnered …

Heard on the Floor at ABLC Next 2017: Fulcrum Prices Bonds, GOP Governors’ Pro-Biofuels March on DC
October 19, 2017 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the biggest news sweeping the floor at ABLC Next 2017 and perhaps the biggest industrial biotechnology update of 2017, the long-awaited financing is approaching completion for Fulcrum Bioenergy’s highly-anticipated …

Wide Range of Issues Covered at Argus Biofuels Conference
October 18, 2017 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  New ethanol market developments, legislation and trading were just some of the themes analysed at this year’s Argus Biofuels conference.
The conference, which is taking place in London at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower …

More than Half of EU Biodiesel Made from Imported Crops, Study Finds
October 18, 2017 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

by  Samuel White  (EurActiv)  Some 53% of EU biodiesel is made with imported feedstock, according to a recent analysis of European Commission data by NGO Transport and Environment, and almost half of imported palm oil is …

Argentina’s Biodiesel Plagued by Commercial and Environmental Challenges
October 18, 2017 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by  Daniel Gutman (Inter  Press Service)  The Argentine biodiesel industry, which in the last 10 years has become one of the most powerful in the world, has an uncertain future, faced with protectionist measures in the …

Low Carbon Demand Regears Biodiesel Inputs
October 18, 2017 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by  Niamh Boyle  (Prima Markets/Biodiesel Magazine)   Prima Markets provides a comprehensive summary of the growing international demand for low carbon fuels, including U.S. policy drivers and waste feedstock consumption, along with a detailed overview of the …

AEBIOM 2017 Statistical Report Is Out!
October 18, 2017 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

(AEBIOM)  Rewarded by the European Association Awards as the “Best Provision of Industry Information and Intelligence”, AEBIOM Statistical Report has been enriched with new figures every year since its first release in 2007, collecting unique data …

Biofuel Palm Oil Ban ‘Has Little Impact on Reducing Deforestation’
October 18, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A general ban on palm oil in biofuels in Europe punishes the wrong producers while having little impact on reducing deforestation, according to Jaboury Ghazoul, a professor of ecosystem management at ETH Zurich. He …

Airbus Exec.: EU ‘Bonus’ for Aviation Biofuels May Be Too Little
October 17, 2017 – 9:04 pm | No Comment

by Frédéric Simon (EurActiv)  The European Commission’s proposal to incentivise the production of biofuels for aircraft with a 20% “multiplier” goes in the right direction, says Thierry Nowaczyk from Airbus. The question is whether this is …

Biofuels International 2017 Conference in Edinburgh – A Peek into EU’s Biofuel Industry and Policy Outlook
October 16, 2017 – 2:05 pm | No Comment
Biofuels International 2017 Conference in Edinburgh – A Peek into EU’s Biofuel Industry and Policy Outlook

by Aino Siirala* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The 10th Biofuels International Conference and Expo took place in Edinburgh this year. The conference was co-located with Bioenergy Insight 2017 conference which gave the participants an opportunity to …

MEPs Vote to Ban the Use of Palm Oil in Biofuels
October 13, 2017 – 7:46 pm | No Comment

by Arthur Neslen (The Guardian)  MEPs have voted overwhelmingly to ban biofuels made from vegetable oils including palm oil by 2020, to prevent the EU’s renewable transport targets from inadvertently contributing to deforestation.
A new palm oil …

EU Ministers Agree National Climate Goals ahead of U.N. Talks
October 13, 2017 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  EU environment ministers agreed national emissions-reduction targets on Friday in a push to show how the bloc is delivering on its climate goals ahead of United Nations talks next months to fight global warming.

Hours of …

All Your Biobase Are Belong to Us: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to BioBase Europe pilot plant
October 13, 2017 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant is an independent, state-of-the-art facility that operates from a laboratory level to a multi-ton scale. Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant is a service provider for process development, scale-up and custom manufacturing of biobased …

E20 for the EU?
October 12, 2017 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  A recent study by the European Commission Directorate-General for Climate Action identifies E20 as the optimal ethanol blend for the EU.

The study, which outlines an extensive economic and environmental analysis of increasing biofuel blends, …

EU Member States, Commission Have No Position in European Parliament’s Resolution
October 12, 2017 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Sangeetha Amarthalingam & Wong Ee Lin (The Edge Markets)  The European Union (EU) member states and Commission have no position in the European parliament’s resolution to discontinue the usage of vegetable oils in biodiesel by 2020, …

Argus Media Interviews about UPM Biofuels, NixAl Commodities and Abengoa Bioenergy
October 10, 2017 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  … Argus interviews speakers Sari Mannonen, Vice-President, UPM Biofuels and Alberto Carmona Bosch, Chief Executive Officer, NixAl Commodities and former Exec. VP for Trading at Abengoa Bioenergy.
In these Q&As, Sari discusses UPM Biofuels’ …

Global Demand for Biofuels Continues to Increase
October 10, 2017 – 3:26 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  The 2017 Renewables outlook from the International Energy Agency (IEA) is once again projecting continued increased demand for conventional biofuels.
The report notes that while sales of electric vehicles are increasing, “the share of EVs …

Biofuels Phase-Out Will Raise Demand for Feed Imports, Industry Warns
October 6, 2017 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Samuel White (EurActiv)  This article is part of our special report Phasing-out biofuels: What’s really at stake?.  —  Biofuels in the EU are deeply intertwined with global food and feed markets. As the EU discusses …

Parliament Debate Debunks Misconceptions on #Biodiesel Carbon Savings and Benefits
October 6, 2017 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(EU Reporter)  Ahead of key votes on the post-2020 EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) in the ITRE, ENVI and TRAN Committees of the European Parliament (EP), EU Biodiesel Chain held a debate in Strasbourg aimed …

A4F – Algae for Future VIDEO
October 6, 2017 – 10:06 am | No Comment

(A4F)  DEMA project video – A4F was in charge of the cultivation and optimization at pilot-scale of an engineered strain of Synechocystis 6803 for bioethanol production and of a 20-ha industrial unit business plan for …

MEP: ‘Sustainable’ Biofuels and E-Mobility Both Needed in Post-2020 EU Transport
October 4, 2017 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos  (Euractiv)  This article is part of our special report Phasing-out biofuels: What’s really at stake?. If the EU intends to meet its climate obligations under the Paris Agreement, then it should favour both …

A Sticky Matter: Sugar Molasses Dent EU’s Ambitions on Advanced Biofuels
October 4, 2017 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

by Paola Tamma (EurActiv)  Sugar molasses, which the European Commission sees as “advanced” biofuel, present many of the same problems as conventional biofuels – including a potential increase in food prices and land competition for food production. …

Argentina Seeks Minimum Biodiesel Price Rather than U.S. Tariffs
October 3, 2017 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Maximiliano Rizzi (Reuters/NASDAQ)  Argentina’s government is negotiating a minimum price for its biodiesel exports to the United States that it hopes could replace punitive tariffs implemented last month, a foreign ministry official told Reuters on …

Clash Looms between EU Institutions on How Long to Stop the Clock on Scope of the Aviation EU ETS
October 2, 2017 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  The European Parliament voted by a clear majority today to back proposals from the European Commission to extend the derogation that restricts the scope of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) to covering …

UPDATE 1-French President Macron Says Europe Needs Significantly Higher Carbon Price
September 30, 2017 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Bate Felix (Reuters)  French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that Europe needed a significant minimum carbon price to boost investment in its energy transition, and a European carbon tax at the bloc’s borders to …

Visegrad and Balkans Hit out at Commission over Biofuels Phase-Out Proposal
September 25, 2017 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos  (Euractiv)  The Visegrad group and two Balkan countries signed a joint declaration urging the European Commission to reconsider its proposal to gradually phase out first generation biofuels after 2020 and think about the …

Sweden-Based Biofuels Producer SEKAB Joins LSB
September 25, 2017 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Biofuels group Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels (LSB) has welcomed Swedish company SEKAB as its new member.
SEKAB is a producer of bio-based chemicals and biofuels and also commercialising in-house technologies to convert …

Modular Fuel Technology to Boost Bio-Share of Oil Refineries
September 21, 2017 – 8:50 pm | No Comment

(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland/Biomass Magazine)  EU-funded project COMSYN aims to develop a production concept for competitive biobased fuels by means of a compact gasification and synthesis process. The target reduction of the biofuel …

EBB Will Challenge EU Reduction on Argentinian Biodiesel Duties
September 20, 2017 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The European Union is lowering import duties on Argentinian biodiesel after the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruled against initial measures taken against cheap imports from the South American country, Reuters reports.
The European Biodiesel Board, an …

Anti-Biofuel Ideologues Support the Oil Status Quo
September 20, 2017 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Eric Sievers (Ethanol Europe/Euractiv)  Anti-biofuel ideologues claim to be pro-climate and pro-development. But their positions, in fact, support the oil status quo, the concentration of power in the energy sector in the hands of …

New Study Relaunches Controversy about Biofuels and Food Prices
September 18, 2017 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (Euractiv)  A new study commissioned by environmental NGOs found that the production of first generation biofuels has driven up food prices in Europe, running counter to the European Commission’s own data which …

Advanced Biofuels Plant to Be Built in Slovakia
September 18, 2017 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Clariant, a developer of specialty chemicals, and Enviral, Slovakia’s largest bioethanol producer, have announced a license agreement on sunliquid cellulosic ethanol technology. The move will see one of Europe’s first advanced biofuel plants …

What the EU Risks by Opening up Its Market to Brazilian Sugar Cane Ethanol
September 15, 2017 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Emmanuel Desplechin (ePURE/Euractiv)  Free and fair trade that helps boost economic growth and create jobs is a concept most people support, at least in theory. But trade policy is about more than just open …

New U.S. Duties on Biodiesel Will Create Void
September 15, 2017 – 4:41 pm | No Comment

by Sean Pratt  (The Western Producer)  If the U.S. plans to fill the gap created by slamming the door on Argentina and Indonesia, it may need Canadian canola  —  A biodiesel dispute involving the United …

EU-28 Biodiesel Imports Likely to Increase Significantly
September 15, 2017 – 11:25 am | No Comment

(UFOP/Biodiesel Magazine)  EU-28 biodiesel imports from the world’s three biggest exporters, Argentina, Indonesia and Malaysia, have dropped substantially since 2013. Whereas in 2012, Argentina still exported 1.48 million metric tons (444.3 million gallons) of soybean oil-based biodiesel …

Crude Oil Shipping Blocked under New U.S. Venture Port Lease: Company Plans to Ship Ethanol to Canada, Europe
September 13, 2017 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Arthur Thomas (Biz Times)  Appleton-based U.S. Venture Inc. would agree to not receive, handle, store, ship or distribute crude oil through its Port Milwaukee operations as part of an amended lease agreement currently before …

Sustainable First and Second Generation Bioethanol for Europe
September 11, 2017 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

(nova-Institute) nova-Institute has published a finalised short version of its study into the sustainability of bioethanol from different feedstocks. To read the report, “A sustainability assessment of first and second generation bioethanol in the context of …

European Commission Study Highlights Benefits of Higher Ethanol Fuel Blends
August 30, 2017 – 10:46 am | No Comment

(ePURE)  Newly released report finds that increasing ethanol in petrol helps improve air quality and reduces oil dependency —  A new report published by the European Commission highlights several benefits of higher ethanol blends in …

More Ethanol Equals Improved Air Quality and Reduced Oil Dependency
August 29, 2017 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A new report from the European Commission highlights several benefits of higher ethanol blends in petrol, including reduced emissions of dangerous pollutants and improvements in car engine performance.
Carried out by the ICF for …

Scottish Growers Could Cash in on Green Biofuel Crisis
August 25, 2017 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Brian Henderson (Scotsman)  It became clear yesterday that Scottish wheat growers could have a major opportunity to supply grain to biofuel plants south of the Border – as the farm assurance scheme SQC moved …