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One Commercial, Two Commercial, Three Commercial, Four: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Cellulosic Ethanol Technology
May 24, 2018 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to cellulosic ethanol, is flexible to be used to convert different feedstocks on a regional basis, for …

INSIGHT: Standoff between Oil and UK Government Main Obstacle to E10
May 23, 2018 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Clare Pennington and Samantha Wright (ICIS News)  The UK government and the country’s transport fuel suppliers have been entrenched in a disagreement over whether biofuel E10 will be mandated by the government or introduced by suppliers at …

SEKAB Receives Major EU Funding to Demonstrate the Production of Isobutene-Derived Gasoline and Jetfuel from Wood
May 22, 2018 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

(SEKAB)  European financing package amounting to €13.9 million, of which €4.2 million for SEKAB E-Technology AB. Industry consortium led by Global Bioenergies and bringing together SEKAB E-Technology, Graanul Invest, Neste Engineering Solutions, Repsol, PEAB, SkyNRG, Ajinomoto …

EIB Launches Financing Initiative for Bioeconomy, Agriculture
May 18, 2018 – 6:06 pm | No Comment

(European Investment Bank/Biomass Magazine)  The European Investment Bank, the EU bank, announced the launch of a new financing initiative April 16 that aims to unlock close to EUR 1 billion of investment in the agriculture and …

Looking Back on Platts 7th Annual Geneva Biofuels Conference
May 17, 2018 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Struggles and triumphs of the biofuels industry were brought into sharp focus at the Platts 7th Annual Biofuels Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
With speakers from across the biofuels sector, the event at the Grand Hotel Kempinski …

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Aviation Fuels
May 17, 2018 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) SAF development in Europe.  An update on EU policy and initiatives by SkyNRG’s Oskar Meijerink at ABLC in Washington, DC on March 1, 2018.  READ MORE

This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land: European Biofuels and the Debate over the ‘Agreeable Corridor’
May 16, 2018 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) As Europe’s revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) plans are set into motion, disagreements about how biofuels are treated in the newly proposed legislation have sparked concerns that Paris’ target …

Biofuels in the Renewable Energy Directive: The Last Call
May 15, 2018 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Géraldine Kutas (The Parliament Magazine/Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA))  Ahead of this week’s RED II negotiations, Géraldine Kutas explains where policymakers are getting it wrong on biofuels – and how they can fix their mistakes before …

Drop-in Fuels and Biomaterials: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Bioenergies
May 15, 2018 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Global Bioenergies is a pioneer in the development of one-step fermentation processes for the direct and cost-efficient transformation of renewable resources into light olefin hydrocarbons, the key building blocks of the …

Global Bioenergies and an Industrial Consortium Including Sekab, Neste Engineering Solutions, Repsol and SkyNRG Receive Major EU Funding to Demonstrate the Production of Isobutene-Derived Gasoline and Jetfuel from Wood
May 14, 2018 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

(Global Bioenergies)  European grant amounting to €13.9 million, of which €5.7 million for Global Bioenergies Industry consortium led by Global Bioenergies and bringing together Sekab, Graanul Invest, Neste Engineering Solutions, Repsol, Peab Asfalt, SkyNRG, Ajinomoto Eurolysine, IPSB, …

EU Low Carbon Fuels Conference Week, Part 2: Driving Capability with Flexibility
May 11, 2018 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

By Steve Bi* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Part one of this article addressed the first two consensuses emerging from international biofuels research and business initiatives discussed in Brussels April 10-12, 2018: first, that bioenergy must be …

NGOs Tell Commission to Listen to Science and Differentiate Biofuels
May 9, 2018 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Claire Stam (EurActiv)  A coalition of Czech and Slovak NGOs has called on the European Commission to draw a line in the Renewable Energy Directive revision (RED II) between more sustainable ethanol and the high greenhouse gas emitting …

Research and Innovation Perspective of the Mid-and Long-Term Potential for Advanced Biofuels in Europe
May 9, 2018 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

(EU Publications)  Research and Innovation (R&I) plays a central role in developing advanced biofuels technologies to help achieve the EU’s climate and energy targets. This study examines the R&I potential for feedstock production, advanced biofuels production, …

Bioenergy (Biofuels/Biomass) Low-Carbon Biofuels, Bioproducts Crucial to Two Degree Scenario
May 7, 2018 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  In April, the European Commission, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), below50, the Biofuture Platform, and the ART Fuels Forum formally expressed the sense that low-carbon fuels will be …

Drills and Pipelines May Pollute Our Climate but Words Will Break or Make Us
May 3, 2018 – 10:53 am | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Carbon is the backbone of the fossil-based economy and feedstock to a bio-based economy. However, how exactly this carbon is handled continues to divide people regarding what the development …

To Meet Emission Reductions Objectives in Transport, Sustainable Renewable Fuels Are an Important Part of the Solution
May 2, 2018 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

(Methanol Institute/EIN Presswire)   The Methanol Institute (MI), the trade association representing the global methanol industry this week released a paper providing input for the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) trilogue procedure currently underway between the European …

Ireland Increases Crop-Based Biofuel Transport Share, Provides ‘Business Certainty’
April 30, 2018 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv) Ireland’s environment ministry has decided to increase the crop-based biofuel share in transport to 10% from the existing 8% and draw a 2030 plan aiming to provide long-term business certainty in the …

Air Canada, Red Rock and SkyNRG Move forward on biofuel Initiatives While Air New Zealand Takes Longer View
April 27, 2018 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  … Canada’s Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI) is a three-year project between 14 stakeholder organisations, including Air Canada, which are working to enable a biojet supply chain in the country, with testing the feasibility of …

UK Prioritizing Waste-Based Biofuels, but RTFO Revisions Possible: Official
April 27, 2018 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Chrysa Glystra (Platts)  The UK wants to push the country’s transition to waste-based biofuels, but some revisions are possible depending on how the market responds to the new increased Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation, Rachel Solomon Williams, …

As Petroleum Prices, Demand Soars, US, EU Dither on Biofuels
April 26, 2018 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … US gasoline prices are at a three-year high, says CNBC.
This time, the response has been to dither on biofuels and to point to reasonably dismal sales of EVs as evidence that …

A New Lithium War Is About To Begin
April 25, 2018 – 8:04 pm | No Comment

by James Stafford (OilPrice.com)  It’s the modern gold rush. Around the world, the most sought-after mineral isn’t a precious metal, nor is it oil and gas…it’s lithium. Lithium, or “white petroleum” as some call it, has become a crucial …

Is the EU Killing the Magic Plant? The Emerging International Consensus on Low Carbon Fuels Takes Center Stage in (Spite of) Brussels
April 25, 2018 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Steve Bi* (Advanced Biofuels USA) At one of a series of bioenergy conferences in Brussels, April 10-12, 2018, some combination of hearty guffaws, inward chuckles and solemn nods greeted the predictable but well-delivered punchline …

EPA Announces Biomass from Managed Forests Will Be Considered Carbon Neutral
April 24, 2018 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Georgia, in a meeting with members of the forestry community, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency announced the Agency issued a statement of policy making clear, that future regulatory actions on …

Europe’s Renewables ‘Multipliers’ Only Subtract
April 23, 2018 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

by Emmanuel Desplechin (ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … They rely on “multipliers” that artificially inflate the contribution of certain renewables, while doing nothing to help the climate. Double counting electrified rail transport or certain waste-based fuels are good …

BBI JU Announces a further € 115 Million of Funding to Boost the Development of EU’s Bio-Based Industries Sector DEADLINE: September 6, 2018
April 20, 2018 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

(BBI-Europe)  The BBI JU is the largest and most ambitious initiative ever launched in the EU to develop competitive and sustainable bio-based industries. The ambition that drove its creation was to bring about the systemic change …

Messages from Brussels: More Biofuels for Transport Are Badly Needed and Can Be Produced Sustainably
April 18, 2018 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

(BioFuture Platform)  Several international initiatives and organizations met in Brussels to discuss the need and the ways to scale up low carbon fuels in transport. The international conference, titled “The role of low carbon fuels in …

EIB’s Agriculture and Bioeconomy Programme Loan under Juncker Plan Will Support Close to EUR 1bn of Private Investment across Europe
April 18, 2018 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

(European Investment Bank)  New financing initiative targets investments by private cooperatives and companies in the agriculture and bioeconomy sector; The EIB financing will amount to EUR 400m and is expected to back close to EUR 1bn of …

Why We Need Ecological Biofuels
April 17, 2018 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Paloma López Bermejo (The Parliament Magazine)  We must establish concrete criteria for determining how sustainable growing, manufacturing, transporting and marketing biofuels is, says Paloma López Bermejo.  —  …  Simply distinguishing between biomass, biofuels or bioliquids …

RED II Perpetuates Advanced Biofuel Trade Distortions and Incentivises Fraud
April 17, 2018 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Europe Renewables/EurActiv) The Energy Directive (RED 2) transport decarbonisation ambitions ostensibly promote major capital investment in truly advanced biofuels breakthrough technologies. However, the Directive will not generate meaningful advanced biofuels investment. Instead, it incentivises …

Biodiesel Dumping Controversy Pushes German Producer to Cut Production
April 12, 2018 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  German renewable fuel producer Natural Energy West is to reduce its biodiesel output by 50%. According to Reuters, the company is making the cuts in response to surging biodiesel imports from Indonesia and Argentina to the …

A New Tailor-Made Approach to Biofuels
April 11, 2018 – 11:38 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org/CORDIS)  … Some microbes have natural structures called cellulosomes that contain cellulases, enzymes that break down cellulose efficiently into sugars. The EU-funded CELLULOSOMEPLUS project developed designer cellulosomes (DCs) to achieve high yields of fermentable sugars from the organic …

Vivergo Fuels £350m Saltend Biofuel Plant in Hull Restarts after Four-Month Shut Down
April 11, 2018 – 11:28 pm | No Comment

by Henry Saker-Clark (Hull Daily Mail)  Vivergo Fuels stopped production in November putting 150 jobs at risk  —  A £350m Hull-based biofuel facility has restarted production after a four month shutdown, but warns that government action is …

EU Needs to Rethink, Set Goals to Reduce Palm Oil in Biodiesel
April 6, 2018 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

by Sudheer Mopperthy (Asian Age)  The EU adopted this new fuel with rigour and pledged that by 2020, 10 per cent of all transport fuels in EU nations would be biodiesel.   …   The EU’s palm oil ban …

Talking Carbon: Europe’s Prejudice towards Carbon Capture Utilization (CCU) Technology
April 6, 2018 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  With over 260 million cars on the road in Europe, industry leaders and governmental representatives alike are putting the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) under fire for its lack …

Proteins and Renewable Energy: One and the Same Challenge
April 2, 2018 – 8:24 pm | No Comment

(Farm Europe)  Despite 30 years of efforts and no less than 5 “protein plans”, the European Union still suffers from a considerable chronic deficit in plant proteins: more than 30 million tonnes of soybean crops were imported during …

Presentations Published for EU-India Conference on Advanced Biofuels
April 2, 2018 – 8:20 pm | No Comment

(European Commission) This event, jointly organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy and India’s Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, aimed to facilitate the deployment of advanced renewable fuels in the EU and India. …

CO2 Use Is Slowly Picking up Speed
April 2, 2018 – 5:11 pm | No Comment

(Bio-based News/nova-Institut) First semi-commercial facilities, technical advances, but political support still unclear  —  6th Conference on Carbon Dioxides as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemistry and Polymers in Cologne, 15-16 March, showed state of the art technologies, current levels …

UPDATE 1-ADM to Suspend Biodiesel Output at German Plant
March 30, 2018 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hogan (Reuters)  U.S. agribusiness group Archer Daniels Midland Co will suspend production at a major biodiesel plant in Germany because of increasing cheap imports of the renewable fuel into the European Union, it said on …

Europe’s Ethanol CEOs Besieged by RED II and Illusory Truths
March 30, 2018 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by James Cogan (Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd/Biofuels Digest)  The CEOs of Europe’s big ethanol firms (Tereos, Cristal Union, Alco Group, Crop Energies) are under seige.  
They are battling imported and sometimes fake used cooking oil, not-yet-viable advanced fuels, …

Sustainability Is All the Rage but Financing of Extreme Fossil Fuels Is on the Rise
March 30, 2018 – 11:46 am | No Comment

by Eshe Nelson (Quartz Media)  … Last year, when economic losses from natural and man-made disasters exceeded $300 billion, big banks across the globe increased their financing of “extreme” fossil-fuels activities by 11% to $115 billion, according to …

JRC Released New Certified Reference Materials for Automotive Diesel Fuel Testing
March 23, 2018 – 7:19 pm | No Comment

(EU Science Hub)  The JRC released two new Certified Reference Materials (CRMs) for automotive diesel fuel containing 7 % biodiesel, so-called ‘diesel (B7)’. These CRMs will support fuel producers and fuel testing laboratories in assuring the quality …

RED II – Europe’s €25 Billion Blunder
March 21, 2018 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Dick Roche (EURACTIV)  … Investments worth billions have already been written off as a result of EU U-turns on biofuels. The half-billion Euro Vivergo plant, at one point the largest industrial project in England, is …

EU Scraps Duty on Most Argentina, Indonesia Biodiesel: Document
March 21, 2018 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

Philip Blenkinsop (Reuters)  The European Union has removed duties on biodiesel imports for 13 Argentine and Indonesian producers following the end of legal proceedings at the European Court of Justice (ECJ), an EU document shows.
The bloc …

Questions Raised over EU’s Proposed Advanced Biofuels List
March 20, 2018 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv)  Not all second-generation biofuels listed by the European Commission are sustainable, critics warn, urging policymakers to use the indirect land use change (ILUC) factor to “clean up” the list.
The Commission’s proposed revision …

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
RED …

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 (EURACTIV.com)  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 EURACTIV.com 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 (EURACTIV.com)  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 EURACTIV.com, 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 …