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How the Global Heatwave Is Harming Agriculture Today and Creating Problems for the Bio-Economy Tomorrow.
August 10, 2018 – 5:14 pm | No Comment

by Tom Joslin (Bio-Based World News)  … Few of you will have escaped the heatwave that seems to have enveloped most of the northern hemisphere. Soaring temperatures exceeding 46°C have been recorded in Alvega, Portugal, while seventeen …

European Drought Increases Ethanol Feedstock Costs but Also Boosts Dried Distillers Grains Prices
August 10, 2018 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

by Chrysa Glystra (S&P Global Platts)  The hot and dry weather that has swept across Northwest Europe over the summer months has seen grains prices skyrocket but has also increased demand for animal feed, including dried distillers …

Oil’s Relentless Price Climb Brings Advanced Biofuels Back in Vogue
August 9, 2018 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For several years now we have seen a significant number of players pivoting from biofuels towards smaller but higher-value markets in chemicals, nutrition,  nutraceuticals, pharma, materials, flavorings, fragrances, cosmetics and more. We’ve …

Working Paper: “Gaps and Research Demand for Sustainability Certification and Standardization in a Sustainable Bio-Based Economy in the EU”
August 9, 2018 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants) The English-language working paper analyzes the current state of sustainability certification and standardization in the bio-based economy with the help of a comprehensive secondary analysis supplemented by …

Catalysts for Better Biofuel Production
August 8, 2018 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

(CORDIS/Phys.Org)  … The EU-funded FASTCARD project used two different routes to meet European commitments to the production of advanced biofuels. The first involved the ‘liquefaction’ of biomass and is the closest to competing economically with fossil fuels, while …

When Markets Misbehave, Send the Marines! (World Governments Get a Case of Bioeconomy Interventionitis)
August 6, 2018 – 8:25 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The European Court of Justice has ruled that organisms altered via genome editing are GMOs and subject to GMO regulation in Europe, including warning labels for foods. 
And in the US, President …

Plastics Proliferation Transitioning to Bioplastics Boost
August 6, 2018 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  IHS Markit published a plastics report saying that the market value for biodegradable polymers exceeds $1 billion and will rise sharply by 2023 thanks to increased plastic regulations and bans in Western Europe. …

Renewable Carbon is Key to a Sustainable and Future-Oriented Chemical Industry
August 6, 2018 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

(nova-Institute)  The equivalent to decarbonisation in the energy sector is a transition to carbon from renewable sources in the chemical and plastics industries. The nova-Institute published a position paper on the future of chemistry. 
The chemical …

Biofuel Mandates in the EU by Member State in 2018
August 1, 2018 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Sabine Lieberz (US Department of Agriculture)  This report provides an overview on the biofuel use mandates in the various EU-28 member states. It supplements the EU-28 Biofuel Annual Report.
The 2009 EU Energy and Climate Change …

Map of over 500 European Biomethane Facilities
August 1, 2018 – 6:09 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe) The European Biogas Association (EBA) 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 …

Repsol Is Developing Technology to Produce Renewable Hydrogen
August 1, 2018 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

(Enagás/Repsol/NGV Journal)  Repsol and Enagás have signed an agreement to continue developing technology that allows for the production of renewable hydrogen. This technology, which was originally developed by Repsol, will drive progress toward a medium-term objective …

Carbon Capture, Solar Fuels, Fossil Bubble
August 1, 2018 – 9:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Spain, BIOCON-CO2, a new €7 million EU Horizon 2020-funded research project, has recently kicked-off with intentions of supporting EU leadership in carbon dioxide (CO2) re-use technologies. BIOCON-CO2 aims to re-use excess CO2 …

PCA, Stakeholders Push for Enforcement of 5% Bio-Diesel Blend
July 31, 2018 – 7:26 pm | No Comment

(GMA News Online)  To arrest the detrimental affects of plunging price of copra, the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and industry stakeholders are urging the government for the immediate implementation of the Biofuels Act of 2006 or …

Croatia Approves 0.1% Advanced Biofuels Mandate
July 20, 2018 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Croatia, not to be left behind as the European Union moves towards advanced biofuel consumption, the government has approved a 0.1% blending mandate for second generation fuels but it could be …

ADVANCEFUEL at EU Sustainable Energy Week
July 18, 2018 – 7:17 pm | No Comment

(ADVANCEFUEL)  The ADVANCEFUEL project was represented at the EU Sustainable Energy Week, with a stall in its Networking Village on 6 June in Brussels. The stall was hsoted by Ayla Uslu (ECN) and Ric Hoefnagels (Utrecht University), …

SET-Plan Steering Group Approved Implementation Plan of SET-Plan Action 8: Bioenergy and Renewable Fuels for Sustainable Transport
July 18, 2018 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

(European Technology and Innovation Platform-Bioenergy)  On 13 June 2018 the SET-Plan Steering Group approved the Implementation Plan of SET-Plan Action 8: Bioenergy and Renewable Fuels for Sustainable Transport.
The plan was prepared by a working group, co …

One Day at the World’s Leading Biomass Technology Conference, EUBCE 2018
July 17, 2018 – 7:56 pm | No Comment

by Steve Bi* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Renaissance-era facades capped with green copper patina and orange clay shingles harmonize seamlessly with imaginative, hallmark-of-Scandinavia, hyper-modern structures in downtown Copenhagen.
The city provided the perfect backdrop for this year’s European …

Air Pollution: Agriculture and Transport Emissions Continue to Pose Problems in Meeting Agreed Limits
July 17, 2018 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

(European Environment Agency)  Emissions from agriculture and transport continue to pose problems for European Union Member States in meeting EU and United Nations air pollution limits, according to updated data published by the European Environment Agency …

Advanced Biofuels Are Key to Decarbonising Transportation
July 17, 2018 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

by  Markus Rarbach (Clariant/EurActiv)  The recent agreements on the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) are setting the tone for creating a stable and predictable business environment that will trigger the development of and investment in advanced …

Agroindustry Argentine Biodiesel Emits 70% Less GHG
July 17, 2018 – 11:31 am | No Comment

(Clarin Rural (Google Translation))  By a calculation of the INTA and the Argentina Chamber of Biofuels (Carbio), Argentina can certify that almost 100% of the biofuel exported to the European Union is sustainable —  …And the …

MaREI Secure €4.4 Million to Support Ireland’s Indigenous Biomass and Bioenergy Industry
July 12, 2018 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Science Foundation Ireland)  … The Spoke research teams will collaborate in developing technologies capable of converting a wide variety of residues and by-products to homogenous energy carriers and optimising performance of internal combustion engines using advanced …

Teresa Kok’s Palm Oil Challenges
July 11, 2018 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

by Tan Xue Ying  (The Edge)  With numerous challenges dominating Malaysia’s palm oil industry, all eyes are on Teresa Kok as she officially begins as the minister of primary industries.

Other markets that the Malaysian palm oil industry …

Potential of Biodiesel in the Commercial Vehicles Sector Revealed
July 10, 2018 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A recent survey among vehicle manufacturers shows that the widespread use of biodiesel in the commercial vehicle sector is ‘technically possible’, according to the Association Quality Management Biodiesel (AGQM).
AGQM, along with the Union for …

RED Alert — Canadian Biofuel Lobbying Intensifies
July 10, 2018 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

(Politico Brussels Influence)  Canadian company Agrisoma Biosiences Inc. is pushing to get “Carinata,” its second generation biofuel, subsidized by the EU and placed on the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED) list. The proposal passed the first …

Big Oil, Utilities Are Lining up for an Electric Vehicle War
July 5, 2018 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

by Kelly Gilblom and Anna Hirtenstein  (Bloomberg)  BP and Shell have bought electric-car charging companies; Power utilities are boosting sales to homes, chargers on roads  —  A red-hot electric vehicle market has triggered a face-off between Big Oil and …

EU Biofuels Effort Kicks off in Örnsköldsvik
June 28, 2018 – 11:30 am | No Comment

(SEKAB/MyNewsDesk)  Representatives from eleven European companies and universities gathered yesterday in the Swedish town of Örnsköldsvik, to kick-start the EU-funded project Rewofuel. The long-term aim is to lay the groundwork for many new biorefineries across Europe, …

European Ethanol Sets New High Level for Greenhouse Gas Savings
June 27, 2018 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

(ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  European renewable ethanol delivered an average of more than 70 percent greenhouse-gas savings compared to fossil fuels in 2017, according to new certified data from European ethanol producers.
The number represents the latest of …

Sustainable Aviation Fuels Incentive under New EU Renewable Energy Directive Not Enough, Says IATA
June 25, 2018 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  The EU Council, European Parliament and European Commission have agreed a new post-2020 regulatory framework that includes an EU-wide binding renewable energy target for 2030 of 32% with a 14% for transport energy. The …

The Role of Advanced Biofuels in the Energy Transition
June 22, 2018 – 11:23 am | No Comment

(ADVANCEFUEL) Interview with Kristin Sternberg and Birger Kerckow, Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR) 

How has the bioenergy sector – particularly in transport – developed over the past decade?

The share of energy from renewable sources in gross final …

Small Cut in EU’s Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions in 2016 but Transport Emissions Keep Increasing
June 20, 2018 – 7:42 pm | No Comment

(European Environment Agency)  Total greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union (EU) decreased by 0.4 % in 2016, according to latest official data published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA). Using less coal to produce …

EU Reaches Deal on REDII, Sets New Goals for Renewables
June 20, 2018 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On June 14, negotiators from the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council reached a deal on a revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) that sets new targets for renewables.
Information …

MPOC Elated on EU Palm Biofuel Ban
June 20, 2018 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

(Borneo Post)  The Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) is elated on the latest development in the European Union (EU) which deferred the proposed total ban on palm biofuel to 2030 from the earlier date of 2021.
Chief …

Czech Company to Produce Biofuels from Waste Cooking Oil
June 20, 2018 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by  Ruth Fraňková  (Radio Praha)  The Czech company Chemoprojekt, based in Ústí nad Labem in north Bohemia, is set to launch production of biodiesel made from waste frying oil, the daily Hospodářské noviny reported on Tuesday. …

EU Ethanol Delivers over 70% GHG Savings on Average: ePure
June 20, 2018 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

by Chrysa Glystra (Platts)  European ethanol delivered an average of more than 70% greenhouse gas savings compared with fossil fuels in 2017, according to new data from European ethanol producers, the European renewable ethanol association, ePure, said …

EU Recognises Importance of Crop-Based Ethanol to Achieving Climate Goals
June 15, 2018 – 11:56 am | No Comment

(ePURE/EurActiv)  RED II agreement by negotiators is a step in the right direction, allowing Member States to use sustainable biofuels in fighting climate change   —  Negotiators from the European Parliament, Council and Commission agreed early Thursday morning …

EU Farmers Boss: DG Agri ‘Not Properly Consulted’ in Biofuels Talks
June 12, 2018 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EURACTIV.com)  EU farmers are “quite worried” about the fact that the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG Agri) is often disregarded when it comes to policy decisions that have a …

Chart of the Week (23) — Argentina Accounts for Almost Two Thirds of EU Biodiesel Imports − Indonesia Is the Largest Palm Oil Exporter to the EU
June 12, 2018 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP))  Biodiesel imports from Argentina have increased considerably over the past several months. In contrast, imports of soybean oil as feedstock from Argentina have been virtually non-existent. The reverse …

Top 10 Biodiesel Trends 2018: What’s up with the World’s Favorite Advanced Biofuel?
June 7, 2018 – 10:21 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We’ve organized the state of biodiesel into 10 areas of vital interest ranging from the development of markets to the entry of ancillary products and new feedstocks.
#1 Tax & Trade
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Palm Oil to Be Phased out as Biodiesel Feedstock?
June 5, 2018 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Cheryl Kalisch Gordon (Rabobank/The Land)  A proposal to alter the EU’s overarching renewable energy policy has been announced, which would phase-out palm oil as a biodiesel feedstock by 2021, due to production sustainability concerns.

Malaysia and Indonesia, …

The Carbon Rescuers: 20 Top Waste Projects and Breakthroughs that Capture Used Carbon from the Waste Pile for New Uses
June 5, 2018 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In these top 20 projects, we usually say that we are using waste, but really we are converting something from a state of waste to a state of value — and …

EU Biofuel Regulation Is Not Sustainable Long-Term
May 31, 2018 – 11:24 am | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/Lund University)  The EU biofuel regulation does not guarantee a reduced climate impact – nor does it address the core issue of substantially reducing transport emissions, according to a new doctoral thesis from Lund University in …

RED II: Time’s Running out to Save European Biofuels
May 30, 2018 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

(European Oilseed Alliance/EurActiv)  As the discussions between the European Parliament and the Council continue on the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II), the European Oilseed Alliance (EOA) calls on policymakers to support European rapeseed …

Chinese Ethanol Buyers Turn to Central, South America for Arbitrage Supply
May 30, 2018 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

by Christina Siantar (Platts)  Chinese ethanol buyers are turning to Central and South America for arbitrage supply, after Beijing’s imposition of additional 15% import tax on US ethanol has priced US cargoes out of the Chinese market.
A Chinese oil …

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 …

Indonesian Oil Palm Smallholders Sue State over Subsidy to Biofuel Producers
April 27, 2018 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

(South Africa Today/Mongabay)  -A union of palm oil smallholders is challenging the allocation of a billion-dollar fund that they say fails to help them rejuvenate their low-yielding oil palms and instead unfairly subsidizes large biofuel …

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, …