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The Contribution of Advanced Renewable Transport Fuels to the Decarbonisation of Transport in 2030 and Beyond

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  In the light of climate change, there is an urgent need to decarbonize our societies. The transport sector is specifically challenging, as transport demand is still growing, and so are the sector´s GHG emissions. Electric mobility will not be able to solve this on its own, and advanced renewable

July 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Doubling Amount of Ethanol in Petrol ‘Could Reduce Our Carbon Emissions’

(The Carlow Nationalist)  Doubling the amount of ethanol in petrol would significantly reduce our carbon emissions. Every litre of petrol sold in Ireland contains 5% of the biofuel, ethanol. A new climate action report has found that doubling the amount of ethanol in petrol will reduce our carbon emissions by 150,000 tonnes. Author

July 16, 2019 Read Full Article

EU Conference Discusses Ethical Dimensions of Transition into Bio-Economy

(Xinhua)  Social sustainability and justice in bio-economy were the leading themes as 350 bio-economy experts gathered in Helsinki on Tuesday. The Bio-economy Scene 2019 conference was organized by the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the European Commission. Matti Hayry, Professor of Business Philosophy at Aalto University, suggested more transparency

July 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste to Divest Its Fuel Retail Business in Russia and Sell It to PJSC Tatneft

(Neste)  Neste Corporation has signed an agreement to sell its fuel retail business consisting of 75 fuel stations and a terminal in St. Petersburg region to PJSC Tatneft, one of the leading integrated oil and gas companies in Russia. The divestment has no impact on Neste’s Marketing & Services’ operations in

July 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Europe, US Aim to Boost Ethanol Share in Gasoline, but Obstacles Remain

by Solomon Lanitis, Chrysa Glystra and Wesley Swift (S&P Global Platts)  Ambitious emissions targets are driving governments across the globe to mandate greater use of biofuels in gasoline, and higher-ethanol blends of gasoline look set to make further inroads in the EU in the coming year. Electric vehicles and hybrids have dominated

June 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Virgin Australia Brisbane Biofuel Trial Hits 1 Million KM MIlestone

(Australianaviation.Com.Au)  Virgin Australia’s push into sustainable aviation fuel, part of a strengthening trend in the global airline industry’s push toward cleaner energy use, has clocked up one million kilometres in less than a year. The airline’s trial of low-carbon aviation fuel is being conducted in a partnership with the Queensland Government,

June 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuel Expert: In Europe, Facts Don’t Win over Theories

(EURACTIV) Europe’s demonstrated preference for ideology over science explains why Europe is both the most vocal climate proponent on the world stage and also the most wasteful and ineffective one, Eric Sievers, director of investments at Ethanol Europe, told EURACTIV.com in an interview. “That’s the danger of ideology, a situation in

June 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste’s Zero Island Project Cuts Emissions on Lidö by 78%

(Neste)  … To examine what it takes to reduce CO2 emissions as fast as possible, Neste and its partners set to turn the island of Lidö in the Swedish archipelago into a climate neutral Zero Island in just twelve months. As a result of the project, the island’s emissions were brought

June 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Finnish Researcher Looks to Blue-Green Algae for Biodiesel Production

(Yle Uutiset News)  Someday, the process could help reduce or eliminate the reliance on fossil fuels, according to the researcher.  —  One day, it may be possible to fuel vehicles with biodiesel made with blue-green algae, according to doctoral student Mikael Jämsä, who researches molecular plant biology at the University of Turku. Jämsä

June 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Towards Sustainable Bioeconomy – Lessons Learned from Case Studies

by Marta Gomez San Juan, Anne Bogdanski and Olivier Dubois  (Food and Agricultural Organization) … )T)his report offers lessons from 26 case studies of sustainable bioeconomy interventions from around the world and from a range of different sectors. The overall aim of the report is to use these case studies to expand the general understanding of

June 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Swedavia Continues to Promote the Air Transport Industry’s Transformation to Tackle Climate Change – Bio Jet Fuel to Be Used at Several Airports

(Swedavia Airports)  Beginning June 5 and for the next few days, bio jet fuel will be used to refuel aircraft at several of Swedavia’s airports, including Stockholm Arlanda Airport. These airports are some of the only ones in the world to use this fuel, which sharply reduces emissions of fossil

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste and The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Collaborate to Facilitate the Use of Sustainable Transportation Fuels

(Neste)  Neste, the leading renewable fuels producer, and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on its joint sustainable fuel initiative.   The partners will be working together to facilitate the use of sustainable transportation fuels at Port Authority facilities and

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Finland to Join Other Nordic Countries in Reducing Emissions in Aviation

by Robin Whitlock  (Renewable Energy Magazine)  Finland’s incoming government has today (June 4, 2019) introduced a government programme establishing ambitious climate targets and a goal for carbon neutral Finland in 2035.  —  … “This is a significant goal, enabling Finland to join the forerunners in reducing emissions in aviation” said Ilkka Räsänen, Director,

June 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Emergency Fleets Will Switch to Cleaner Diesel Alternatives When States and Provinces Encourage It

by by Dayne Delahoussaye (Our Great Minds)  … That’s why leaders of the U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy [4] and the National Association of State Energy Officials [5] are among those encouraging state and provincial policymakers and local emergency preparedness directors to diversify their response plans to include petroleum

June 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste and VTT Strengthen Their Partnership through Research Investments in Finland

(Neste)  Neste and VTT have today agreed on strategic cooperation which fosters the joint use and development of research infrastructures in Finland. The cooperation aims at strengthening Finnish expertise in bio and circular economy as well as developing cleaner fuel solutions. The strategic cooperation of Neste and VTT is based on

May 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Braathens Regional Airlines, Air BP, ATR and Neste Collaborate to Achieve the ‘Perfect Flight’

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Sweden, a “perfect flight” took off. What exactly is a “perfect flight”? For some of you, it might mean wingsuit flying done by daring humans but for Neste, it’s when “Every element of the flight management process has been optimised to keep carbon emissions to a

May 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Air BP and Neste Offer Sustainable Aviation Fuel at Stockholm Arlanda and Caen Airports in Support of SAJF Industry Initiative

(British Petroleum)  Air BP is offering sustainable aviation fuel at Stockholm Arlanda and Caen Carpiquet airports for both general and business aviation customers and aircraft manufacturers. -Through this offer Air BP is supporting the business aviation sector’s Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF) initiative and helping drive its adoption with operators and

May 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste, AirBP Offer Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel at French Airport

(Biofuels International)  Renewable fuels producer Neste has teamed up with AirBP to offer an option to refuel with sustainable aviation fuel at Caen airport in France. Produced by Neste, the sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) is being supplied to Caen Carpiquet airport by AirBP. The fuel is produced from non-palm renewable

May 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Gasum to Strengthen Availability of Renewable Biogas through Acquisition of Mäkikylä Biogas Plant in Kouvola, Finland

(Bioenergy Insight) As the largest biogas producer in the Nordics, Gasum aims to strengthen the availability of biogas ther. Under the transaction completed on 17 May, Gasum has acquired the Mäkikylä biogas plant from water company Kouvolan Vesi Oy. The transaction will allow investments to significantly grow production capacity at the

May 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Doing the Heavy Lifting in Transport Climate Action

by James Cogan (Ethanol Europe/Climate Change News)  New E5, E10 and B7 labels recently appeared on petrol and diesel nozzles across Europe with hardly a mention. Behind them is the intriguing story of one of the world’s major efforts to stave off climate change. E stands for ethanol, B stands for biodiesel and

May 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Feedstock Flexibility

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Beyond Enerkem, a few companies around the world are looking to feedstocks outside of corn to produce cellulosic ethanol.  —  A few well-known ethanol producers are developing cellulosic pathways that use feedstocks other than elements of corn. … Waste Gas  LanzaTech, a U.S.-based carbon capture and

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel Wins Award for Reduction of Black Carbon Emissions

(Neste)  Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel has won an award for its role in reducing black carbon emissions in a competition jointly organized by the Climate Leadership Coalition, the Bioenergy Association of Finland, the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, the Finnish Environment Institute, and the Central Association of Chimney Sweeps. The purpose of the competition

May 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste Wants to Start Selling Pure Biodiesel in Estonia This Summer

(ERR)  Neste wants to start selling its My Renewable biodiesel on the Estonian market this summer, which is allegedly produced from 100 percent renewable sources, but in order to do so, requirements drawn up by Estonia’s Ministry of the Environment first need to be approved at the EU level. It

May 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Neste started developing renewable fuels in 1980 and is now the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel with annual production of about 880 million gallons. They plan total capacity will increase to 1.3 billion gallons by 2022. Matt Leuck,Technical Manager, North America at Neste gave this illuminating

May 8, 2019 Read Full Article

VTT and RISE Strengthening Collaboration in Bio- and Circular Economy

(Research Institutes of Sweden)  The objective of the new agreement between VTT and RISE is to establish a framework for collaboration in the field of bio- and circular economy test and demo infrastructures. The purpose is to create a comprehensive infrastructure portfolio for the benefit of their customers, and to plan

May 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuel Market Is Nearing a Tipping Point

by Kerry Reals (Aviation Week & Space Technology)  After years of talking about the potential of biofuels and conducting sporadic demonstration flights powered partially by alternatives to kerosene, experts in the field of sustainable aviation detect that the industry could be moving toward a tipping point where more meaningful volumes are

April 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Finnish Bioethanol Project Worth Millions – Swedish SEKAB Provides Technology

(SEKAB) In 2021, the biorefinery Nordfuel is planned to open in Northern Finland. The facility will produce bioethanol and biofuel from soft wood residues, an investment worth EURO 150 million. Swedish clean-tech company SEKAB E-Technology will provide the technology. “To successfully tackle climate change, Europe will need all available bioethanol.

April 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Circular Economies, from California to Sweden: Neste’s Wheeling, Rolling, Moving, Flowing

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, waste feedstock from the city of Oakland is now being converted to Neste MY Renewable Diesel and fuels the city’s fleet. The city, Neste, fuel distributor Western States Oil and local collectors for used cooking oil joined forces to gather waste cooking oils from

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste Partners with Air BP to Deliver Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(Biofuels International) Renewable fuel producer Neste has announced an agreement with aviation fuel supplier Air BP to deliver sustainable aviation fuel to Swedish customers. This latest agreement will build on their existing partnership, which was established last year to develop solutions to deliver sustainable aviation fuel to airports and airlines, according

April 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Eastern Europe Backs Locally Produced Biofuels to Save Climate and Farmers

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EURACTIV.com)  Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic have signed a joint declaration saying that Europe will be able to de-carbonise transport through the use of locally produced clean biofuels, which will also boost rural areas and farmers. “We believe that the targets under Renewable Energy Directive (RED II)

April 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Don’t Miss Our Biofuel Opportunity

by Dr. David Daggett and the Rev. Jeannine Daggett, Shelton (The Olympian)  We have a good opportunity for a job-producing, environment-saving biofuel processing plant in Western Washington. I started the biofuel program at Boeing and our Alaska Airline team flew a 737 on biofuel that was made from waste wood chips. As

April 9, 2019 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Jonas Abrahamsson

“Effective, long-term policy instruments are needed to reduce the negative climate impact of aviation. Introducing a reduction quota scheme as an alternative to the national aviation tax is thus a step in the right direction since it both reduces emissions and contributes to Swedish, large-scale production of biofuel,” said Swedavia

March 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Proposal for Sweden to Follow Norway’s Lead and Mandate Use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels from 2021

(GreenAir Online)  A report commissioned by the Swedish government to investigate how GHG emissions can be reduced from aviation has proposed a mandate requiring fuel companies from 2021 to provide airlines refuelling at the country’s airports with a proportion of sustainable aviation fuel. An initial requirement would be for 1% of

March 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Consumption of Renewable Diesel Could Quadruple by 2030: NESTE

(CNBC/Squawk Box Asia)  Peter Vanacker of Neste says there is a “huge amount” of potential growth for renewable diesel because of interest in using it in the aviation industry.  WATCH VIDEO

March 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Stora Enso Invests in Next-generation Renewable, Recyclable and Biodegradable Formed Fiber Solutions

(Stora Enso/PR Newswire/FinanzNachrichten)  Stora Enso is investing EUR 5 million to build a new production line and related infrastructure to manufacture formed fiber products at Hylte Mill in Sweden. The formed fiber technology enables manufacturing of products that are designed for circularity, meaning that they are renewable, recyclable and biodegradable and do not contain

March 19, 2019 Read Full Article

5 Minutes With… Bram Gräber and Rebecca Groen from SHV Energy.

by Liz Gyekye (BioMarket Insights)  “In use, bio LPG is identical to conventional LPG and therefore has the benefit of being able to be blended and used by all existing appliances.” 123 years. That is how long family-owned multinational organisation SHV Energy has been established for. The Netherlands-headquartered company has recently

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste Cuts the Ribbon on First Commercial Fuelling Site in California

(Canadian Biomass Magazine) Renewable diesel fuel is soon to be much more accessible to fleet drivers looking to fuel up in northern and central California, thanks to four cardlock locations that will be offering Neste MY Renewable Diesel, made by the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel fuel. Cardlock locations are

March 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Light My Fire and Prickly Pear Bioplastics, Biobased Paraxylene, Black Phosphorus Biocomposite, Tide and Terracycle’s eco-box and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of March 14th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of March 14th. In today’s Digest, Light My Fire and prickly pear bioplastics, biobased paraxylene, black phosphorus biocomposite, Tide and Terracycle’s eco-box. … #3 BP joins biobased

March 14, 2019 Read Full Article

SEKAB’s Ylwa Alwarsdotter on International Bioeconomy List for the Third Time

(SEKAB) “I feel very privileged to be celebrated in this context. We need more strong women working to develop the bioeconomy in order to break the fossil fuel dependency,” says Ylwa Alwarsdotter, Strategic Market Development Officer at SEKAB Biofuels & Chemicals. Il Bioeconomista is an international web magazine covering the bioeconomy.

March 14, 2019 Read Full Article

The AllThings.Bio Educational Resources Database Is Now Online!

(AllThings.Bio)  Are you a teacher and looking for educational materials about the bioeconomy? Or are you looking for an online course to learn more about bio-based products? The new AllThings.Bio database on educational resources might help you. The database contains entries on relevant online educational resources such as lesson modules, MOOCs or relevant university programs. The

March 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewables Take the Lead: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Neste produces a drop-in renewable diesel fuel that is refined from a mix of more than 10 different wastes and residues and various vegetable oils. Peter Vanacker, President and CEO from Neste offers this illuminating overview of Neste’s group financials, 2018 review and growth, segment reviews, their

March 8, 2019 Read Full Article

SAS, Finnair and China Airlines Launch Passenger Carbon Offsetting Initiatives

(GreenAir Online)  Three airlines – SAS, Finnair and China Airlines – have each introduced carbon offsetting initiatives for their customers. Starting this month, SAS Group will offset the carbon emissions of all tickets booked through its EuroBonus loyalty programme, which has 5.6 million members. The airline estimates that around 40% of

February 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Gasum and Valio Team up for Finland’s ‘First’ Biogas-Fueled Milk Truck

(Bioenergy Insight) Finnish biogas supplier Gasum announced that it, alongside Finnish dairy producer Valio, has launched ‘Finland’s first’ biogas-fuelled milk truck collection truck. According to the release, the vehicle is part of Valio’s objective to make the milk production chain entirely carbon-neutral. Gasum claims that from this month onwards, a total

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Finnish Foodservice Wholesaler Rolls out Iveco Truck Powered by Biogas

(Gasum/NGV Journal)  Foodservice wholesaler Heinon Tukku, a 120-year-old Finnish family firm operating nationwide, has added a biomethane truck to its delivery fleet. Heinon Tukku’s customers include many hotels, restaurants, cafés and professional kitchens across Finland. One Heino Tukku delivery vehicle clocks up around 50,000 kilometers a year delivering daily consumer goods

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Finland Sets World-Leading 30% Biofuel Obligation for 2030

(UPM)  The Finnish Parliament has yesterday 6 February 2019 approved a law that sets a gradually increasing 30% biofuels target for 2030. Furthermore, the law sets a world-leading advanced biofuels target of 10% in 2030. UPM welcomes the Finnish government’s ambition to take transport decarbonisation seriously: “UPM is a leading producer

February 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Calvera Delivers Mobile Gas Pipeline to Transport Biomethane in Finland

(Calvera/Gasnam/NGV Journal)  The Industrial Group Calvera has recently supplied a customer in Finland with several units of their containers for the transport of biomethane, a mobile gas pipeline solution. The innovative equipment is designed under the flexible Hooklift system that includes easy loading and unloading with a Multilift hydraulic arm coupled

February 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste MY

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Neste produces a drop-in renewable diesel fuel that is refined from a mix of more than 10 different wastes and residues and various vegetable oils. Matt Leuck, Technical Manager, North America at Neste MY Renewable Diesel gave this illuminating overview of how renewable diesel is different

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

The Stora Enso Story – A Magical Tale of Trees and Forests

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … In today’s Digest, we talk about Stora Enso’s story – the renewable materials company that develops and produces wood and biomass based solutions for a range of industries and applications globally – what they have done recently that shouts innovation from the tree tops,

January 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Finnair Introduces CO2 Offsetting and Biofuel Service for Customers

(Finnair)  Finnair today (January 15, 2019) introduced a service, where its customers can offset the CO2 emissions of their flights by supporting a CO2 emission reduction project or reduce emissions by buying biofuel. Push for change service is available on Finnair web pages at www.finnair.com/pushforchange and customers can also use Finnair Plus frequent flyer points to pay

January 21, 2019 Read Full Article

VTT Develops New Wood Gasification Method to Produce Biofuel, Chemicals

( VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland/Canadian Biomass)  VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd has developed a new technique based on gasification, which offers a sustainable way to turn forest industry byproducts, such as bark, sawdust and forestry waste, into transport fuels and chemicals. The new technique reduces carbon dioxide

January 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Neste Is Not Using Palm Oil as a Raw Material for Renewable Aviation Fuel

(Neste)  Biofuel Watch published a report “Neste: The Finnish company preparing to put palm oil in aircraft fuel tanks” on 9 January 2019. The report suggests that Neste is looking to palm oil as a key raw material for the expansion of its aviation fuel production, and that the firm cannot

January 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Finnish Pilot Develops a New Solution for Sustainable Forestry

(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd)  New unique mobile application puts forest Big Data to more efficient use  —  The whole of Europe is feverishly looking for new ways to use farm, forest and fishery resources more responsibly and sustainably and to promote the production of the best possible raw

January 11, 2019 Read Full Article

A Geospatial View of Biodiesel Activity

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Biodiesel Magazine provides a visual of prominent project development activities over the past year. READ MORE

January 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Aviation Solutions: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to Neste

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Neste has a strong history of developing, commercializing, and marketing new fuels, including diesel, renewable chemicals, renewable jet fuel, and more. Neville Fernandes from Neste, gave this illuminating overview of their plans for the production and expansion of renewable jet fuel as well as plans for

January 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels Mandates around the World 2019

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Digest today (January 1, 2019) 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 to come from the EU-27, where the Renewable Energy Directive (RED)

January 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Finnish Pilot Develops a New Solution for Sustainable Forestry

(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd/EurekAlert)  Finnish pilot develops a new solution for sustainable forestry New unique mobile application puts forest Big Data to more efficient use The whole of Europe is feverishly looking for new ways to use farm, forest and fishery resources more responsibly and sustainably and to

December 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Retrofits for Europe’s Industry

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe) BIOFIT (www.biofit-h2020.eu) is an EU project that aims to facilitate the introduction of bioenergy retrofitting in Europe’s industry. The BIOFIT project will – during its 3-year duration – facilitate the introduction of bioenergy retrofitting in five specific industries, namely first-generation biofuels, pulp and paper, fossil refineries, fossil firing power

December 19, 2018 Read Full Article

$$$ from Neste, Fulcrum, Others Making Renewable Diesel a Dream Come True

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) …  By The Digest’s estimates, there’s been close to two billion dollars in investments in renewable diesel lately. And the capacity just keeps growing. Between World Energy, Zymergen, Phillips 66 and REG, Diamond Green Diesel, Fulcrum, Red Rock, Raj Renewables, Dynamic Fuels,and more, it’s really happening….More money

December 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Year of the Tree, CORSIA Fuels, Mabus’ Remarks, a Breakthrough on Woody Biomass?: Heard on the Floor at the CAAFI General Meeting

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  When the world’s leaders for sustainable aviation fuels have a general meeting the week before the COP24 global climate sessions (this year in Poland), you can bet that the focus will be breaking the “You Can Have Two out of Three Conundrum” of aviation fuels. Which

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Neste Strengthens Its Global Leading Position in Renewable Products with a Major Investment in Singapore

(Neste) Neste Corporation has made the final investment decision on additional renewable products production capacity in Singapore. The decision is based on a growing global market demand for low-carbon solutions in transport and cities, aviation, polymers and chemicals. The investment worth approximately EUR 1.4 billion will extend Neste’s renewable product overall

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Shell, World Energy, SkyNRG, KLM, SAS and Finnair Join Forces to Reduce Carbon Emissions at San Francisco Airport

(SkyNRG)  Shell, World Energy and SkyNRG have initiated the supply of sustainable aviation fuel to three major airlines at San Francisco Airport following the strategic collaboration announced in May which involved fuel suppliers, airlines, and airport agencies. Shell Aviation and SkyNRG have commenced the supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to international airlines

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Shell, World Energy, SkyNRG, KLM, SAS and Finnair Join Forces to Reduce Carbon Emissions at San Francisco Airport

(SkyNRG) Shell, World Energy and SkyNRG have initiated the supply of sustainable aviation fuel to three major airlines at San Francisco Airport following the strategic collaboration announced in May which involved fuel suppliers, airlines, and airport agencies. Shell Aviation and SkyNRG have commenced the supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Finland: Grocery Store Uses Its Own Biowaste to Power Delivery Truck

(Gasum/NGV Journal)  The grocery store chain Lidl and the energy company Gasum are partnering to promote the circular economy. As part of their collaboration, Lidl will deliver its stores’ biowaste to biogas plants where they are used to produce environmentally friendly biogas. “Grocery stores can also implement the circular economy by

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Heading towards Zero Emission Airports – Lapland Airports in Finland Switch to Neste MY Renewable Diesel

(Neste)  The Finnish airport operator Finavia has decided to adopt Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ in its vehicles at Rovaniemi, Kuusamo, Ivalo and Kittilä airports. Neste MY Renewable Diesel is produced from waste and residues. The switch to renewable fuel is part of Finavia’s goal to make its airports carbon dioxide neutral by

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

New Regenerative R33 BlueDiesel Fuel Helps Reduce CO₂ Emissions of Fleets

(Volkswagen)  CO2 emissions* can be sustainably reduced thanks to R33 BlueDiesel fuel; Old cooking fat is partly converted into fuel; CO2 savings of at least 20 percent compared to conventional diesel fuel; Introduction at major customers such as Bosch Test phase successfully completed: Volkswagen has been testing the newly developed R33 BlueDiesel fuel at

December 4, 2018 Read Full Article

European Bioeconomy University: UEF and UNIBO Join Four Universities to Form International Alliance with Focus on Bioeconomy

(Science/Business)  Europe’s leading universities in the field of the bioeconomy are looking to further intensify their existing cooperation to develop common problem-solving approaches for society’s most urgent challenges. JOINT PRESS RELEASE from the Universities of Hohenheim, Bologna, and Eastern Finland, AgroParisTech, BOKU Vienna, and Wageningen University and Research Think Tank for

November 27, 2018 Read Full Article

MAN Will Design and Build LNG Regasification Terminal in Finland

(MAN/NGV Journal)  Under its brand MAN Cryo, MAN Energy Solutions has won the contract to design and deliver an LNG regasification terminal for Forchem in Rauma. Forchem, an innovative company producing chemical and animal feed products, has chosen to convert the boiler for generating steam for the refinery process to natural

November 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Clariant, Neste Partner to Develop Biobased Industrial Solutions

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Neste Corp. and specialty chemicals company Clariant have signed an agreement to partner in developing and making new sustainable material solutions accessible to a variety of industries. The companies will start replacing fossil-based ethylene and propylene used in Clariant’s hot-melt adhesives with monomers derived from Neste’s

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

The Biofuture We Need: A Brief Video Introduction

(Biofuture Platform)  This short documentary film, prepared in partnership with BluOrange, presents an introduction to the main goals of the Biofuture Platform and the overall context behind them  —  We are very pleased to announce the release of “The Biofuture We Need”, a short video documentary produced in partnership with BluOrange. The video

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Israeli Chemist, Finnish Engineer Awarded $1 Million Alternative Fuel Prize

by Shoshanna Solomon (Times of Israel)  Doron Aurbach, a professor of chemistry at Bar Ilan University, and Dr. Lars Peter Lindfors, a senior VP of technology at Finland’s Neste Oyj, honored in Tel Aviv  – An Israeli chemistry researcher and a Finnish chemical engineer are the winners of this year’s Eric and

November 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Nordic CEOs Join Forces for a Sustainable Future

(Scandinavian Airlines System)  A group of Nordic-based CEOs announced a joint initiative to speed up the realisation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Representatives from the group presented their shared ambitions to Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg during the 70th Nordic Council session in Oslo. The group consists of

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Finnish Dairy Manufacturer Rolls out First Biomethane Delivery Truck

(Gasum/NGV Journal)  The Finnish dairy manufacturer Valio’s first biogas-fueled delivery vehicle was taken into service in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area in September. Valio also takes part in the biofuel production by supplying waste generated in food production to Gasum’s biogas plants. The biogas pilot was inspired by Valio’s circular economy with

October 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Sweden: Plant Produces Synthetic Natural Gas from Waste Wood

(Karlsruhe Institute of Technology/NGV Journal)  Researchers of the German Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) succeeded in producing renewable methane from a biomass-based synthesis gas mixture in their pilot plant for honeycomb methanation. The quality of this synthetic natural gas (SNG) is comparable to that of fossil natural gas and can be

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Waste Gasification: 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to 2-Stage Incineration and “True” Gasification

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) IEA Bioenergy Task 33 is a working group of international experts with the aim to promote the commercialization of efficient, economical and environmentally preferable thermal biomass gasification processes. Here, Lars Waldheim of Waldheim Consulting gave this illuminating overview of wastes as a gasifier fuel, Waste fuel characteristics

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Valmet to Supply BioTrac System to Cellulosic Plant in Romania

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Valmet has announced it will supply its BioTrac biomass pretreatment system to Clariant for use in its 500,000-ton-per-year (16.74 MMgy) sunliquid cellulosic ethanol plant in Podari, Romania. The facility is expected to begin operations in 2020. The delivery includes a BioTract biomass pretreatment system with

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Neste and Air BP Enter into Innovative Industry Collaboration to Support Sustainable Aviation Fuel Supply Chain Development

(BP) Neste, the world’s leading renewable products producer, and Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and services supplier, have entered into an agreement to explore opportunities to increase the supply and availability of sustainable aviation fuel for airline customers. Through this innovative collaboration, Neste’s knowledge and manufacturing solutions for

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Stora Enso’s Lignin Wins ‘Best Product Innovation’ at the ICIS Innovation Awards

(Cision/Stora Enso)  LineoTM by Stora Enso, launched earlier this year, has won ‘Best Product Innovation’ at the ICIS Innovation Awards 2018. ICIS, Independent Chemical Information Service, is the world’s largest petrochemical market information provider. Stora Enso was shortlisted in its award category alongside other industry leaders. The judges recognised the impressive

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Fat Profits: Asian Traders Cash in as Europe Thirsts for Waste Oils

(The Star)  Once surreptitiously dumped down drains in the dead of night, Asia’s used cooking oil is fast becoming one of the most sought-after commodities in Europe – as a feedstock for biodiesel. Aggressive green energy targets in the European Union that were bolstered further this year are pushing fuel makers

October 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Biomass Feedstocks for Energy Markets: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the BELT Biorefinery Concept

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy Task 43’s goal is to contribute to sound bioenergy development driven by well-informed decisions in the forestry, agriculture and energy sectors as well as in investment institutions and government agencies. The group addresses critical issues for deployment of sustainable biomass and bioenergy supply chains, including social,

October 10, 2018 Read Full Article

UPM’s Good News Bear Brings Completed EIA on Kotka Biorefinery and More

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … UPM received some exciting news last week from consultancy company Pöyry about their Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for UPM’s possible Kotka Biorefinery in Finland. Not only has the EIA been completed and submitted to the “authorities” for their final conclusions, it offers rave reviews of the

October 8, 2018 Read Full Article

EU’s Biofuel Transport Consumption on the Increase

(Biofuels International)  Biofuel consumption for transport in the European Union increased by 9.2% between 2016 and 2017, according to new data in EurObserv’ER’s 2018 Biofuels Barometer. Between 2014 and 2016 biofuel usage remained relatively stable in the EU, something EurObserver’ER puts down to ‘a period of uncertainty’ surrounding the future of

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Can the Bioeconomy Help Combat Plastic Waste?

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Recent reports have underscored the enormity of the global plastic waste issue.  There are 9.2 billion tons of plastic waste in the environment and an additional 500 tons of plastics are produced annually.  Of this, 40 percent is considered single-use plastic, and only

September 28, 2018 Read Full Article

United Nations Recognises UPM as One of 34 Global Compact LEAD Companies Demonstrating World-Class Commitment to Corporate Sustainability

(UPM)  UPM has been recognised as a Global Compact LEAD company for its strong engagement to the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. The recognition was addressed to only 34 global companies at the Global Compact Leaders Summit in New York on 24 September 2018. “LEAD companies

September 28, 2018 Read Full Article

India Rising to the Top of the Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To measure the impact that advanced biofuels are having in India, consider that the World Biofuels Day program featured, on stage, Prime Minister Modi, the minister for agriculture, the minister for road transport & highways, shipping and river development; the minister of consumer affairs and food;

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Neste Signs Biojet Agreement with Alaska Airlines as Plans are Dropped for Geneva Airport Project

(GreenAir Online)  … The Geneva pilot project was cancelled after an application to the Swiss authorities for project facilitation funding was unsuccessful, following the completion of a lengthy consultation period. The partnership with Geneva Airport was to result in “thousands of tonnes” of Neste’s fuel being supplied to airlines using the airport,

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Continued Testing, Cleaner Fuel Proposed for Diesel Engines

by Roger Gilroy (Transport Topics)  Diesel fuel still has a large role to play in achieving greater emissions reductions in heavy-duty trucks, experts said during a recent conference in San Francisco. Separately, they urged more in-use testing of engines to verify the gains, and increased use of renewable diesel, which is

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Alaska Airlines Partner with Neste as Part of Its Efforts to Fly Greener and Expand Use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels

(Alaska Airlines/Travel PR News)  As part of Alaska Airlines’ ongoing efforts to fly greener and expand use of sustainable aviation fuels, Neste and Alaska have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). In addition to Alaska’s efforts to increase fuel-efficiency and adopt innovative flight technology, the agreement will allow Neste and Alaska to more closely work together to

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Strategic Transformation: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to UPM, the Biofore Company

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  UPM is going through a transformation to ensure sustainable value creation in the long term. The aim is to improve profitability, generate growth and increase the value of the company’s business portfolio. UPM has been transforming its business model, business portfolio and business performance. UPM consists

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Biogas Projects Popping up Everywhere – Are They the Magical Solution We’ve Been Looking for?

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Like a beautiful unicorn flying in the sky, biogas production is taking off in Denmark, accounting for almost 19% of the gas used in Denmark this July – an impressive 50% increase from last year! The Danish state company Energinet, which owns and runs the

September 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Pöyry Awarded Owner’s Engineering Services Assignment by Biozin Holding AS for the Pre-engineering Phase of Biozin® Production Plant in Jordoya, Åmli, Norway

(Pöyry) Biozin Holding AS has awarded Pöyry with the Owner’s Engineering Services assignment for the pre-engineering phase for the planned biozin® production plant in Norway. The new plant will convert biomass to liquid biocrude that will be sold and further processed into transportation fuels in oil refineries. The work is

September 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Aalto University, VTT Sign Bioeconomy Agreement

(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland/Biomass Magazine) On Aug. 23, Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland signed a collaboration agreement on the CERES flagship program and took a concrete step towards a joint innovation ecosystem in the field of bioeconomy. The aim is to develop materials from renewable

August 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Recycling Plastics & Circular Economy

by  Kapil Shyam Lokare (Biofuels Digest/E2IG Solutions) … The constantly increasing demand for plastics have caused substantial plastic wastes accumulation in landfills, oceans and rivers that have aggravated environmental pollution problems. The rising plastics demand has contributed significantly to the depletion of petroleum as part of non-renewable fossil fuel since plastics are

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Neste Keeps Faith with Renewable Jet Fuel Business Despite Setback

by Jussi Rosendahl (Reuters/EuroNews)  Biofuel producer and oil refiner Neste <NESTE.HE> sees good opportunities for its renewable jet fuel despite a cancelled pilot project in Switzerland, a company executive said. The Finnish company is hoping to get a boost for its biofuels business in the coming years from proposed reductions of CO2

August 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Finnair Study Finds Travelling Public Would Pay Extra to Reduce Environmental Impact of Flights

(GreenAir Online)  According to a consumer research study by Finnair, almost all Finns – 94% – want to reduce the emissions from their air travel and three-quarters are willing to pay extra as part of the ticket price, but want the charge to be used directly for environmental purposes. Respondents supported

August 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Red Funnel Trials New Biofuel and Expands Fleet

by Rebecca Moore  (Passenger Ship Technology)  Red Funnel has been spinning several plates this year – from beginning construction of a £10M (US$14M) ferry to launching its latest catamaran, Red Jet 7, and trialling a new biofuel.  …  In terms of alternative fuel, the company recently trialled a biofuel consisting of hydrotreated

August 16, 2018 Read Full Article

The Key to Big Profits in Clean Energy: Animal Fats

by Sarah Kent (Wall Street Journal)  In the global push for cleaner energy, one Finnish oil company fuels its growth by making diesel from animal fat  —  One of the best-performing stocks in the global oil sector this year is a company that makes most of its money without touching crude. Finnish

August 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Pöyry Awarded EPC Contract for Biogas Plant Expansion in Finland

(Pöyry/Biomass Magazine)  Gasum Ltd has awarded Pöyry with the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services assignment for Topinoja biogas plant expansion project in Turku, Finland. The work will be carried out between May 2018 and June 2019.  The energy company Gasum is a Nordic gas sector expert. Together with its

August 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Cannabis, Canola, Solids, Hog Fuel, Wheat: What’s New with Food and Feedstocks?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We eat it, we wear it, we burn it, we glue it, we live in it and more. Feedstock that is — crops and residues of the municipal, industrial, agricultural and forest type. We’ve been reporting all the innovations in making new stuff from this old

August 8, 2018 Read Full Article

New Approach Derives Hydrogen from Algae

by Elizabeth Montalbano (Design News)  Researchers at the University of Turku in Finland have discovered a novel way to develop biofuel from green algae.  —  …One of the most promising alternatives has been molecular hydrogen, which provides carbon-free power in one of the cleanest ways possible. Now, researchers at the University of Turku

August 8, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of August 2nd: Waste Plastics for Fuels and Sneakers, Eggs without the Chicken, 3D Printing, Algae-Based Ketchup Packaging, Green Funerals, Biodegradable Grills

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) The pace of invention and change is just too strong, we’ve realized, to highlight annual or even quarterly or monthly rankings and summaries of significant product and service advances. For now, we’re going to be tracking these on a weekly basis to keep pace with the

August 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Finns Prefer Biofuels and Carbon Captures as Measures, Want to Directly Impact CO2 Emissions of Flying

by Theodore Koumelis (Travel Daily News)  76% of the respondents were ready to pay more for a flight ticket, or alternatively, pay an additional charge, if the money is used for reducing environmental impacts.  —  According to a study, almost all Finns (94 %) want to reduce the emissions of air travel, and

July 22, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of July 18th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In today’s Digest, wool without the sheep, fuels from water and C)2, bacteria-powered solar cells, spectral imagery in the sky, artificial intelligence in the crop field, sugar-based straws and more, ready for you now at The Digest online.  #1 Sheep-free wool nabs PETA prize  … #2

July 17, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

UPM Joins Together for Sustainability (TfS) Initiative to Enhance Sustainability in Its Supply Chains

(UPM)  UPM has joined Together for Sustainability (TfS), a chemical industry initiative that promotes and improves sustainability practises within its supply chains. By joining the initiative the member companies share a wide coverage of supplier data, such as audit reports and sustainability assessments performed by independent experts. “UPM’s traditional businesses are

July 12, 2018 Read Full Article

California Trucking Company Cherokee Freight Lines Makes the Switch to Neste MY Renewable Diesel

(Neste/PR Newswire)  Cherokee Freight Lines, a Northern California trucking company, has switched its entire fleet of more than 200 trucks to run on Neste MY Renewable Diesel™. Cherokee Freight Lines is a diversified carrier of food grade commodities, specializing in kosher-certified hauling and serving some of the largest companies in the nation. They

July 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Valmet and Turun Seudun Energiatuotanto: Joint Development of an Industrial Internet-Based Fuel Chain Management Solution for Biopower Plants

(Valmet)  Valmet, together with its customer Turun Seudun Energiatuotanto Oy (TSE), is developing a comprehensive Industrial Internet-based set of production information systems and district heating network optimization solutions. This is being implemented for the first time as an integral part of TSE’s new multi-fuel power plant in Naantali, Finland. One of

July 5, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to UPM, the Biofore Company

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) UPM is going through a transformation to ensure sustainable value creation in the long term. The aim is to improve profitability, generate growth and increase the value of the company’s business portfolio. UPM has been transforming its business model, business portfolio and business performance. UPM consists

June 22, 2018 Read Full Article

St1 Announces Biofuel Projects in Sweden, Columbia

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On May 25, Nordic energy group St1 announced plans for two separate biofuels projects. One aims to produce biofuels from tall oil in Sweden while the other will explore a combined carbon farming and sustainable biofuels concept in Columbia. With regard to the project in Sweden,

June 7, 2018 Read Full Article

EU Pushes Back against Weakening of Aviation Emissions Deal

by Julia Fioretti (Reuters)  European countries are pushing back against any weakening of the rules underpinning a landmark global agreement to cap airline emissions at 2020 levels, especially those related to the types of aviation biofuels that can be used. France, Norway, Finland, Belgium, Austria and the Netherlands have written to the

June 7, 2018 Read Full Article

The Carbon Rescuers: 20 Top Waste Projects and Breakthroughs that Capture Used Carbon from the Waste Pile for New Uses

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 that’s not just good for the project owners in question, it’s good for every stakeholder

June 5, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

“Revolutionary” Biofuel Developed under Wraps at Finnish, Swedish Universities

(Yle)  In order to avoid unwanted attention from industrial spies, the biofuel – which could replace gasoline and diesel – was developed in secret.  —  A professor at Turku’s Åbo Akademi and Sweden’s Umeå University says he has managed to develop a fuel based entirely on biomass with the same properties as

May 29, 2018 Read Full Article

SEKAB Receives Major EU Funding to Demonstrate the Production of Isobutene-Derived Gasoline and Jetfuel from Wood

(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 Eurolysine, IPSB, TechnipFMC and Linz University. Aim at converting softwood residues into isobutene derivatives for

May 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Neste MY Renewable Diesel Rockin’ It This Month

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Neste reaches 1B gallons renewable diesel sale, runs in fire trucks, ambulances and school vehicles  —  In Texas, Neste U.S., Inc. is celebrating its 1 billionth gallon of Neste MY Renewable Diesel sold in North America which has effectively helped reduce more than seven million metric tons of

May 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Chempolis Seals Deal for Indian Biorefinery: A New Technology, Designed in Finland, Will Produce Bioethanol, Biochemicals, and Green Energy from Bamboo

(Chempolis) The biorefining technology company Chempolis, the Finnish energy company Fortum, and Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL), a state-owned Indian oil company, have formed a joint venture to construct a biorefinery in the state of Assam in Northeast India. The joint venture will own the biorefinery. Construction work will begin in the

May 4, 2018 Read Full Article

UPM Biofuels Gains the World’s First RSB Low Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) Risk Certification for Its Feedstocks

(Globe Newswire)  UPM Biofuels’ continuous efforts for a more sustainable supply chain and operations has been recognized by the world’s first RSB (Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials) low ILUC (indirect land use change) risk certification. The certificate was received for crude tall oil, the feedstock used for UPM BioVerno renewable fuels production

April 25, 2018 Read Full Article

New Method Significantly Improves the Production of Biohydrogen and Other Biochemicals

(VTT)  A joint study by the University of Turku and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has shown that the ability of photosynthesising microbial cells to produce biohydrogen from solar energy can be markedly improved by attaching the cells to a transparent nanocellulose film. The method is also expected to enhance

April 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Clean Electricity Generation: Partnership Makes Biofuel Accessible to Everyone — Biocoal Alternative Fuel for Power Production and Heating

(Clean Electricity Generation/PR Newswire)  At several locations around the world, a partnership of international companies will start construction of facilities, where biocoal will be produced on a commercial scale. This biocoal can be used as sustainable fuel in power plants and heating installations all over the world, giving a boost to

April 20, 2018 Read Full Article
    World BioEconomy Forum   —   September 11-13, 2018   —   Ruka, Finland

World BioEconomy Forum — September 11-13, 2018 — Ruka, Finland

Bringing leading edge bioeconomy face to face with one of the world’s unique areas of outstanding natural beauty and biodiverse forests. The very first World BioEconomy Forum will be held at Ruka on 11–13 September 2018. World BioEconomy Forum will bring together major think tanks, regulators and operators in this

April 5, 2018 Read Full Article

St1’s Pilot to Produce Advanced Ethanol from Cassava Waste Starts in Thailand

(St1/Global Newswire)  Nordic energy group St1 has completed the construction of Etanolix® pilot plant at Ubon Bio Ethanol Ltd’s starch and ethanol plant site in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand. In the project St1 is piloting its own   technology to produce advanced ethanol for transportation using cassava pulp as feedstock. The pilot plant

April 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Grass-Fed Cars Move From Sci-Fi to Reality in $15 Billion Market

by Debjit Chakraborty and Dhwani Pandya  (Bloomberg Markets) Indian refinery to make ethanol by crushing bamboo for biofuel; India’s PM Modi wants to boost biofuel use, cut crude imports  —  An oil refinery in a region in India that’s more famous for its tea plantations is hoping to put its abundant greenery to

April 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Neste Delivers First Batch of 100% Renewable Propane to European Market

(Neste Corporation)  Neste has started up the world’s first large-scale renewable propane production facility in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The first cargo of renewable propane has been delivered to SHV Energy, who will market and sell the product to its customers across Europe as BioLPG. Neste’s new facility has a production

April 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Stora Enso Wins Bio-Based Product of the Year for Lineo by Stora Enso

(Stora Enso/Cision)  Lineo™by Stora Enso, a renewable replacement for oil-based phenolic materials, has been awarded ‘Bio-Based Product of the Year’ at the Bio-Based World News Innovation Awards 2018. Shortlisted alongside products from Clean Plus Inc. and The Chemours Company, the judges recognised the potential of Lineo, made from versatile wood-based raw

March 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Finnish Government Supports Increased Biogas Production

(Gasum/NGV Journal)  The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment has granted Gasum €7.83 million in ‘Bioeconomy and clean solutions’ key project support for increased biogas production. Developing the biogas market and the transport use of natural gas and increasing biogas production capacity are key elements of the Gasum strategy. The company

March 16, 2018 Read Full Article

UPM Moving into Bioplastics, Continues Busy 2018

(Biofuels International)  UPM has joined forces with Norwegian packaging company Elopak and chemical producer Dow to convert its renewable naphtha into cartons. Alongside renewable diesel, the Finnish company’s UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery produces naphtha, an excellent raw material for bioplastics. The naphtha can be converted into renewable resins which can be used

March 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Valtra Switches to 100-Percent Renewable Fuel to Fill New Tractors

(Valtra)  Valtra has become the first tractor factory in the world to begin using Neste MY Renewable Diesel as the start-up fuel for all new tractors. As a result, around 700,000 litres of fossil diesel fuel will be replaced each year by 100-percent renewable fuel. Valtra is one of the

March 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Neste’s Human Rights Program Making Gradual Impacts on Labor Issues within the Palm Oil Industry

(Neste Corporation)  … In order to truly have impacts in human rights, we have started identifying potential human rights issues and put in motion a plan to manage the associated risks, particularly in our palm oil supply chain. Engagement to ensure capacity building “Collective awareness and understanding of issues that have

March 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Report on 8th ISCC Global Sustainability Conference; Presentations Published

(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 II negotiations Implementation of policies on advanced biofuels and waste/residues in Member States

March 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Neste Touts More GHG Reductions, New Rank on the Global 100 List

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Oil refiner and renewable diesel producer Neste Corp. announced that its renewable fuels reduced global climate emissions by 8.3 million metric tons last year. The reduction is equivalent to removing 3 million passenger vehicles—or nearly half of the cars in Los Angeles, for example—from the roads

March 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Bio-CCS and Bio-CCUS in Climate Change Mitigation–Market and Regulatory Issues Related to Bio-CCUS

(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 a full day event divided into four consecutive sessions: Background and introduction: The session focused on

February 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Hot Spots Around the World: Who’s Adding What, Where in Biofuels

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, aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 43%, driven by the commitment

February 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Lipid-Extracted Microalgal Biomass Waste for Biogas

(WIREs Authors/Advanced Science News)  To confront global warming, climate changes and a potential energy shortage, biodiesel received increasing interest as a substitute for diesel fuels in efforts towards sustainable development. Microalgae-derived biodiesel is a promising energy source. The advantages of microalgae as a biodiesel feedstock are many, for example, efficient photosynthesis, high

February 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Neste’s Renewable Fuels Reduced Global Climate Emissions by 8.3 Million Tons in 2017

(Neste/Globe Newswire)  Replacing fossil fuels with Neste’s renewable fuels reduced global climate emissions altogether by a staggering 8.3 million metric tons or 8.3 billion kilograms in 2017. The figure equals removal of 3 million passenger cars from the roads for a full year – more than the amount of cars in

February 6, 2018 Read Full Article

UPM Looking into New, 500,000 Tonne Biodiesel Facility

(Biofuels International)  Finnish forest industry company and biofuel producer UPM has started an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for a possible biorefinery in Mussalo, Kotka, in the southeast of Finland. The proposed site is in the area of a dismantled power plant formerly run by the Pohjolan Voima energy company. … UPM

February 5, 2018 Read Full Article

UPM Biofuels and ZERO Environmental Organisation Cooperate to Promote Green Shift in Transportation and Petrochemical Industry

(Globe Newswire)  UPM Biofuels and the Zero Emission Resource Organisation have started cooperation in promoting green shift in the transport and petrochemicals sectors. The work focuses on creating a predictable long term operating environment for sustainable, advanced biofuels  to enable climate change mitigation in transport with renewable fuels. The cooperation also

January 24, 2018 Read Full Article
  Oleofuels 2018   —   June 6-7, 2018   —   Helsinki, Finland

Oleofuels 2018 — June 6-7, 2018 — Helsinki, Finland

Already on its 11th edition of highly successful series of the event, Oleofuels 2018 will bring together senior representatives from the biodiesel, renewable diesel, HVO and fossil fuels industries to discuss all the latest market advancements, developments & business opportunities. The event will cover current key challenges and issues faced by

January 19, 2018 Read Full Article

New Biofuels Feedstock: UPM Receives Certification for Cultivation of Crop in Uruguay

(Biofuels International)  UPM Biofuels has received a RSB sustainability certificate for the cultivation of the Brassica carinata crop, a new feedstock for biofuel production. It is the first time an RSB (Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials) certificate has been issued in Uruguay. “RSB certification acknowledges our strong commitment to sustainability in all

January 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Finland Looks to “Finnish” First in Biofuels

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Finland cities are taking action on their carbon neutral goals and taking them oh so seriously. The Public Works Department at the City of Espoo, the second largest city in Finland, announced their decision to use Neste MY Renewable Diesel in all of its diesel powered

January 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Neste Launches Website Pushing for Sustainable Aviation

(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 by the environmental impact of air travel and over 50% would be willing to pay

January 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuture Platform: Insights from COP23

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 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) on November 16th to discuss plans to scale up

January 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels Mandates Around the World 2018

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 to come from the EU-27, where the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) once specified a

January 2, 2018 Read Full Article

The FBA Organizes a Series of Finnish Biochar Workshops, Posts Selected Presentations

(Suomenbiohiili.info)  … The 2nd Finnish Biochar Workshop was successfully held in Tampere on 4 December 2017, we had participants representing the whole Finnish biochar sector: companies, researchers and local municipalities. The event was organized by Finnish Biochar Association and Forest Biochar research group of University of Helsinki and hosted by Carbofex Oy. Our other host,

December 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Neste’s Growth Program for Renewable Products Takes a Step Forward

(Neste Corporation)  Neste’s Board of Directors has decided that Neste’s additional production capacity for renewable diesel, renewable aviation fuel and raw materials for various biochemical uses will be located in Singapore. The decision initiates technical design of the new production line, with the aim of a final investment decision by the

December 13, 2017 Read Full Article

The Ham Trick Campaign and the EduCycle Learning Game Won Acclaim at International Communications and Marketing Awards

(Neste)  The Ham Trick campaign, a demonstration of circular economy in action, and EduCycle, a learning game that makes use ofaugmented reality, won awards in two prestigious marketing and communications competitions yesterday. The Ham Trick (Kinkkutemppu in Finnish) won gold at the 2017 European Excellence Awards (EEA) awards in Hamburg, for the best communications initiative

December 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Major Countries Agree To Develop Sustainable Biofuels Targets And Scale Up Low Carbon Bioeconomy

Countries representing half of the global population and 37% of the global economy today (November 16, 2017) agreed to scale up the low carbon bioeconomy and develop collective targets prescribing the contribution of sustainable bioenergy to final energy demand and as a percentage of transport fuel use. The decision is set

November 30, 2017 Read Full Article

Lead, Squabble or Waffle Away: Shuffling the Deck on Global Bioenergy

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 a depressing frittering away of once-bright bipartisan hopes. The resulting withering of investor interest could

November 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Maker Neste Lines Up Four Calif. Distributors

by Joseph Bebon (NGT News)  Houston-based Neste US Inc. has announced exclusive partnerships with four fuel distributors in California to provide public and private fleets access to Neste MY Renewable Diesel. The distribution partners include IPC (USA) Inc., Ramos Oil Co., Van De Pol Petroleum, and Western States Oil. According to the company, Neste

November 28, 2017 Read Full Article

NRL Pact with Biren on Bamboo

(The Telegraph)  Numaligarh Refinery Ltd on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding with Manipur to source bamboo for its upcoming bio-refinery. The MoU was signed between Bruno Ekka, the senior chief general manager (marketing and business development), NRL, and Sambhu Singh, the additional chief secretary, forest, in the presence of Manipur

November 27, 2017 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2017 Guide to the 20 Top European Biorefinery Projects

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 geography on the planet for deploying advanced bioeconomy projects. What was once a great place

November 23, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

VTT to Develop Enzymes Found in Wildfire-Prone Areas

( VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Micro-organisms found in the wildfire-prone dry tropical forests of India are an exciting prospect for biochemical production, as they are accustomed to the challenging conditions following a forest fire. The enzymes they produce are likely to also have a higher-than-normal resistance to

November 14, 2017 Read Full Article

30 Hot Cellulosic Technologies, 30 Quick Takes

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 — the coverage of the announce in few cases focused on the changes in DowDuPont’s

November 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Planes across Europe to Start Running on Vegetable Oil and Animal Fat in Bid to Tackle Climate Change and Toxic Air

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 air? Planes across Europe will soon run on renewable fuel made from vegetable oil and animal fat in

November 1, 2017 Read Full Article

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