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

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 producing

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

Governments, International Agencies Affirm the Need to Massively Increase Bioenergy and Byproducts to Fight Climate Change

(BioFuture Platform)  According to projections of international energy agencies, the use of bioenergy as a share of the world’s energy usage needs to more than double by 2030 if the world is to avoid temperature rises above 2º C. “We simply have no choice. We have to massively scale up bioenergy,

October 30, 2017 Read Full Article

California Cars Are Running on Restaurant Grease

by Robert Tuttle (Bloomberg Technology)  Renewable diesel use surges amid low-carbon fuel program; Second-biggest source of low-carbon fuel credits after ethanol   —  California’s battle against climate change is being fought more fiercely in fast food restaurants than in Tesla Inc.’s car factory in Fremont.  Seven years after the Golden State began offering credits to

October 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Wide Range of Issues Covered at Argus Biofuels Conference

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  New ethanol market developments, legislation and trading were just some of the themes analysed at this year’s Argus Biofuels conference. The conference, which is taking place in London at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower over three days, focused on the topic of ethanol on 17 October, 2017. Mark

October 18, 2017 Read Full Article

IKEA Signs Circular Economy Deal

(Innovators Magazine)   Finland is a global leader of the burgeoning circular economy.  …  Now IKEA Finland is getting in on the action. It has signed a deal with natural gas company, Gasum, to use food waste from its Finnish stores to produce biogas. Gasum gas stations will be built at Finnish

October 18, 2017 Read Full Article

St1 Progresses with Renewable Diesel Production Plans at Its Refinery in Gothenburg

(St1)  Energy company St1 continues its series of investments targeting to begin the production of renewable diesel in 2020 at its refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden. The company has now signed an Engineering design package and license agreement with Haldor Topsoe for a renewable diesel production unit, which would be integrated with

October 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Argus Media Interviews about UPM Biofuels, NixAl Commodities and Abengoa Bioenergy

(Argus Media)  … Argus interviews speakers Sari Mannonen, Vice-President, UPM Biofuels and Alberto Carmona Bosch, Chief Executive Officer, NixAl Commodities and former Exec. VP for Trading at Abengoa Bioenergy. In these Q&As, Sari discusses UPM Biofuels’ post-2020 strategy, Finland’s role in supply and the influence of the car manufacturing industry.

October 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Neste’s Taking Action on Climate Change Examines Changes in Energy and Transport Markets

(Neste Corporation)  Neste has published a business environment outlook called Taking Action on Climate Change. It discusses key changes taking place in the energy, transport and chemicals markets. As global commitment to tackle climate change requires major efforts to reduce emissions, the use of fossil raw materials will inevitably need to decline in all

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IKEA Supports Development of Biomethane Stations in Finland

(NGV Journal)  Gasum has signed a comprehensive circular economy cooperation agreement with IKEA Finland. The cooperation will involve using food waste from IKEA restaurants in Finland to produce biogas, with Gasum filling stations also to be constructed in conjunction with IKEA stores. The first station will be opened at the IKEA

October 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Horse Manure Is Used to Generate 100% of the Electricity for This Year’s Helsinki International Horse Show

(Fortum Corporation) The electricity used at this year’s Helsinki International Horse Show will be produced entirely with horse manure at Fortum’s Järvenpää power plant. The electricity consumption of the event taking place at the Helsinki Ice Hall will be about 140 MWh, and the origin of the electricity will be verified by the Guarantee

October 9, 2017 Read Full Article

UPM Biofuels Named One of Six Finalists in 2017 Platts Global Energy Awards

(AZO Cleantech)  UPM Biofuels is one of six finalists for the Industry Leadership category in Bioenergy at the 2017 Platts Global Energy Awards – often described as the Oscars of the energy industry. UPM Biofuels is nominated for its wood-based low emission advanced UPM BioVerno biofuels, and its one-of-a-kind commercial scale

October 4, 2017 Read Full Article

Top 10 Wood Waste Projects – Not Letting Waste Go to Waste

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Regardless of which side of the fence you are on, the chopping continues and there are literally tons of wood waste left behind that doesn’t get used up, but we can all agree we should do something with that waste. Today, we look at

October 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Stuttgart Airport Turns to Renewable Fuels

(Biofuels International)  Stuttgart Airport has started using Finnish company Neste’s renewable diesel in a bid to reduce its CO2emissions. The move to Neste’s MY Renewable Diesel comes as part of the climate program of Baden-Württemberg’s state airport in Germany. All the ground fleet vehicles at the airport in Germany which

September 26, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Singing a Song in Singapore: GoodFuels Marine, BHP, and MPA Collaborate on Biofuels during Closed-Door Roundtable

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Singapore, a closed-door biofuel roundtable organized by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, BHP and GoodFuels Marine, brought some excitement to the maritime biofuels world – almost as much excitement as when we first saw Monty Python’s the Knights of the Roundtable song

September 25, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Modular Fuel Technology to Boost Bio-Share of Oil Refineries

(VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland/Biomass Magazine)  EU-funded project COMSYN aims to develop a production concept for competitive biobased fuels by means of a compact gasification and synthesis process. The target reduction of the biofuel production cost is up to 35 percent compared to alternative routes, which translates to less

September 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Modular Drop-In Fuel Technology to Boost Bio-Share of Oil Refineries

(Phys.Org/ VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)  EU project COMSYN aims to develop a production concept for competitive bio-based fuels by means of a compact gasification and synthesis process. The target reduction for biofuel production is up to 35 percent compared to alternative methods, which translates to less than 0.80

September 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Integrated Bioenergy Hybrids: Flexible Renewable Energy Solutions

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On September 14, IEA Bioenergy presented a free international webinar entitled, “Integrated Bioenergy Hybrids – Flexible Renewable Energy Solutions” presented by Elina Hakkarainen. Designed to optimize the potential of a variety of different energy sources, an integrated bioenergy hybrid is an energy conversion process that

September 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Scientists Test a Microalgal Technology for Wastewater Treatment

(Phys.Org/ Lomonosov Moscow State University)  Members of the Faculty of Biology of the Lomonosov Moscow State University have proved that under Nordic conditions, wastewater could be treated with the help of microalgae, while algal biomass is suitable for processing into biofuel. The scientists have presented their optimized technique for removing organic

August 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Interview: Finnish Love with Biofuels May Lead to Wrong Choices in Transport: Expert

(XinhuaNet)  Finnish love with biofuels as a key approach to reduce emissions has made the Nordic country one of the least active Western European countries to prepare for the arrival of electric car era, an expert said on Wednesday. Pekka Leviakangas, senior researcher at the Technology Research Centre, VTT told

August 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Bioenergy and Biofuels Help Helsinki Airport Go Carbon Neutral

(Biofuels International)  Helsinki airport has been awarded the international Airport Carbon Accreditation certificate (ACA) to verify its carbon neutrality. … A range of renewable energy sources are being used to keep the airport’s carbon emissions low, including biodiesel and bioenergy. Pellet fuels, alongside geothermal energy, are being used as heat

August 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Finnish Biofuels Plants Left with €200 Million Funding Hole

(Biofuels International)  Finnish firm Suomen Bioetanoli is looking for substantial new funding for two new biofuels plants, following the withdrawal of a major investor on the project. According to yle.fi, a €200 million deal with Chinese investor fell through because the Chinese financier was unable to together the funding for the

July 20, 2017 Read Full Article

St1 to Add Renewable Diesel Production, Continues Ethanol Work

(St1/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  St1 announced it is investing in a new hydrogen manufacturing unit, which will be built in St1 refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden. This is the first step in the series of planned investments, which will enable St1 Refinery to start the production of renewable diesel in 2020. The

July 19, 2017 Read Full Article

Neste Biodiesel Reduces Particulate Emissions by ‘up to 60%’

(Biofuels International)  According to a new study, Neste MY Renewable Diesel usage reduces particulate emissions in working machines by up to 60%. The study, led by Tampere University of Technology, indicates that the usage of pure Neste MY Renewable Diesel in working machines such as street sweepers efficiently reduces particulate

July 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Pori in Finland Gets First Gas Filling Station

(NGV Global News/Gasum and City of Pori)  The first gas filling station in Pori, on the west coast of Finland, was inaugurated this week at Maamiehenkatu in the district of Tiilimäki. The station provides compressed natural gas (CNG) and biogas for cars, delivery vehicles, waste management vehicles and buses. Gasum

June 30, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

UPM Tests Carinata Sequential Cropping Concept as Part of Biofuels Future Development

(UPM)  UPM Biofuels is developing a new feedstock concept by growing Brassica Carinata as a sequential crop in South America. The Carinata crop produces non-edible oil suitable for biofuels’ feedstock and protein for animal feed. The sequential cropping concept enables contract farmers to take agricultural land into use outside the

June 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Ecofys Study on Crude Tall Oil Markets and Availability: Sufficient Supply for Advanced Biofuels, Biomaterials and Energy Usage

(UPM)  UPM Biofuels commissioned a study from leading international energy and climate consultancy Ecofys – A Navigant Company, entitled “Crude tall oil low ILUC risk assessment: comparing global supply and demand”. The study looked into crude tall oil (CTO) availability, current usage, whether the feedstock creates an additional demand for

June 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Neste Celebrates 10-Year Renewable Diesel Milestone

by Lauren Tyler (NGT News)  In its latest announcement, Neste is touting a 10-year renewable diesel milestone, having reduced greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions from traffic by more than 33 million tons since it first began producing renewable diesel at the Neste Porvoo refinery in Finland. According to the company, that figure

June 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Helsinki Airport Goes Solar

by Carl Johannes Muth (PV Magazine)  … The European airport companies have committed to reach 100 carbon-neutral airports in Europe by 2030. Finavia, which is a key party to this commitment, aims at reducing its carbon footprint on all of the company’s 21 airports to zero by 2020. To do so,

June 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Fuels from Thin Air: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Soletair Technology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Soletair process, developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Lappeenranta University of Technology, is using carbon dioxide and solar power to produce renewable fuels and chemicals and has reached an end-to-end small demonstration scale. The new power-to-liquid plant was initially launched at the

June 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Fuels from Thin Air: Drop-In Liquid Fuels from Sky CO2, Water and Solar Power

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the latest news, the Soletair process, developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Lappeenranta University of Technology, is using carbon dioxide and solar power to produce renewable fuels and chemicals and has reached an end-to-end small demonstration scale. … The new power-to-liquid

June 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Neste Deepens Its Knowhow on the Circular Economy – Waste Plastics Now in Focus

(Neste)  Neste deepens its knowhow on the circular economy – waste plastics now in focus —  Neste, the world’s leading biofuel producer in the circular economy, is putting a large amount of resources into research on waste and residue raw materials. In addition to biofuels, also bioplastics can be produced

June 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Urban Transport Cleans Up Its Act – HSL and Stara Shift to Renewable Fuels Only

(Globe Newswire/HSL/The Technical Research Centre of Finland VTT Ltd/UPM Biofuels)  Buses in the Helsinki region and most of machinery and trucks used by the City of Helsinki are switching to waste and residue-based biofuels. Helsinki Region Transport HSL, the City of Helsinki and the producers of renewable fuels involved in

June 7, 2017 Read Full Article

UPM Biofuels Gains the World’s First RSB Certification for Wood-Based Liquid Biofuels

(UPM Biofuels)  UPM Biofuels has again received a new acknowledgement of the sustainability of its value chain by receiving an RSB (The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials) certificate for both UPM BioVerno renewable diesel and naphtha, as well as production sidestreams turpentine and pitch. RSB verifies the sustainability and reliability of

May 30, 2017 Read Full Article

Let’s Not Rush with Diesel

by Seppo Mikkonen (Neste)  According to recent estimates, there will be a stop to diesel-fueled traffic. The resistance to diesel increased before Easter, when Elżbieta Bieńkowska, EU Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, predicted that diesel vehicles will “disappear from roads much faster than expected.” Can it be that we need

May 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Are Advanced Biofuels Ready for Takeoff?

by John Fialka (E&E News/Climatewire)  … As a major U.S. exporter that has dealings with over 150 countries, Boeing had worked with airlines in the development of more fuel-efficient aircraft and better flying practices. Now it helped form and lead the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG). It currently represents 27 airlines

May 23, 2017 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel A-Go-Go: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Neste is a refining and marketing company, with a production focus on premium-quality, lower-emission traffic fuels. The company produces a comprehensive range of major petroleum products and is the world’s leading supplier of renewable diesel. The company has net sales of greater than EUR 17.5

May 11, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Improving Policies in Support of Shared Pilot Facilities to Increase Their Impact on the Key Enabling Technology Industrial Biotech and the European Bio-Economy

(Smart Pilots/Interreg Europe)  SmartPilots’ objective is to improve regional policies in support of Shared Pilot Facilities (SPF) to increase their impact on the Key Enabling technology (KET) Industrial Biotech and the bio-economy. The bio-economy adresses societal challenges such as climate change, sustainable economic growth and energy independence. The bio-economy enables the

May 3, 2017 Read Full Article

The Doughnut Trick: Renewable Fuel from May Day Doughnut Waste Fat

(Neste/Globe Newswire)  In the spirit of circular economics, Neste and Fazer Bakery are joining forces with their Doughnut Trick campaign. The oil that was used to fry Fazer Bakery’s May Day doughnuts will be recycled by refining it to produce Neste MY renewable diesel. The value of the fuel will

April 25, 2017 Read Full Article

The Imports Cometh

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel hit extreme heights in 2016, fulfilling a third of the consumption market, driving the domestic biodiesel industry to more actively seek counteracting measures to protect its own investments.   —  The U.S. imported nearly three times more biodiesel and renewable

April 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Developing Bio-Manufacturing in Gippsland

by Philip Hopkins (Gippsland Times)  Australian Paper, working with the CSIRO, a European technology leader and Federation University, is forging ahead with plans to create a bio-manufacturing hub in the Latrobe Valley that could generate several thousand jobs. The venture, which could stimulate hundreds of millions of dollars of investment,

March 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Neste MY Renewable Diesel Helped Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by a Staggering 6.7 Million Tons in 2016

(Neste/Globe Newswire)  Neste is the world’s leading company producing renewable diesel from waste and residues. Its low-carbon Neste MY Renewable Diesel refined from renewable raw materials helped its users replace conventional diesel and reduce carbon emissions by a staggering 6.7 million tons in 2016. The amount equals the permanent removal

March 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuels May Be the Future of the Aviation Industry

by Jon LeSage (OilPrice.com)  Alternative and renewable aviation fuels such as biofuel blends won’t be replacing traditional jet fuels any time soon, but the aviation industry continues to take them very seriously. On average, the aviation sector consumes 10 percent of the total energy required in the transportation sector each

March 3, 2017 Read Full Article

India’s Numaligarh Refinery Signs Biorefinery Contract with Chempolis

(Biofuels International)  India state-controlled oil and gas company Bharat Petroleum’s Assam based facility Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) has signed a term sheet with Chempolis, a Finland -based bio refining technology for setting up a biorefinery unit. … NRL is implementing India’s first biorefinery in Assam at an estimated cost of INR 950 crore which would produce bio­ethanol with co­production of

February 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Finland’s Neste Mulls U.S. Biofuels Investment Amid Trump Uncertainty

by Jussi Rosendahl (Reuters)  Finnish oil refiner Neste is considering investing in U.S. production of biofuels in a move seen as a response to possible policy changes by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration. Neste, which derived 48 percent of its profits from biofuels in 2016, has benefited from the “Blender’s Tax

February 7, 2017 Read Full Article

UPM Biofuels Celebrates the Centenary of Finland by Joining the Made by Finland Campaign

(UPM) UPM Biofuels joins the Made by Finland campaign – shared between the Association for Finnish Work, its members and partner organisations – that celebrates the centenary of Finland. The campaign calls for all Finns to discuss their own work and to share their stories of Finnish work. The campaign will

February 6, 2017 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

(UPM) The (Made by Finland) campaign will be launched with the Seuraavat sata vuotta (The following one hundred years) film, directed by Klaus Härön, which tells four stories on the future of Finnish work through children’s dreams. Just what can we achieve if we are persistent enough and have belief

February 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Neste Rebrands Its Renewable Diesel in North America

(Neste/Biomass Magazine)  Neste recently announced the rebranding of its renewable diesel fuel in San Diego, California, during its customer seminar and appreciation event. Neste replaces its “Neste Renewable Diesel” and earlier brand name “NEXBTL” with “Neste MY Renewable Diesel” brand name. Simultaneously, Neste also updates other names in the renewable

February 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Forestry Firm UPM Says Eyeing Next Biofuel Investment

by Jussi Rosendahl (Reuters)  Finnish pulp and paper maker UPM-Kymmene is planning its next step in wood-based renewable fuel products after a successful ramp-up at its initial biofuels plant, the head of UPM’s biofuels business said on Wednesday. UPM says the plant in Lappeenranta is the first in the world of

February 3, 2017 Read Full Article

St1 Signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a Bioethanol Pilot Project in Thailand

(St1)  Finnish technology turns cassava waste into ethanol  —  St1 signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a bioethanol pilot project in Thailand.  St1, a Finnish energy company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ubon Bio Ethanol to launch a pilot project of the production of bioethanol from cassava waste,

January 27, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article
  ACI’s 6th Annual Gasification Summit   —March 15-16, 2017  — Helsinki, Finland

ACI’s 6th Annual Gasification Summit —March 15-16, 2017 — Helsinki, Finland

The conference will comprise two days of formal presentations, interactive roundtable discussions and excellent networking opportunities. The event will be providing an ideal setting to convene with your peers to discuss both current operational & future planned gasification plants, end product markets, potential barriers & support policies as well as

January 27, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Wham Bam Thank You Ham: Neste Produces Renewable Diesel from Waste Fat

by Liz Gyekye  (Biofuels International)  Renewable diesel company Neste has produced 10,000 litres of renewable diesel from waste produced from ham fat. It took the waste fat from 40,000 Finnish households last Christmas. The households donated the waste fat from their Christmas hams to the charity campaign “Kinkkutemppu” which literally

January 26, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Neste and Bioenergy La Tuque to Start R&D Cooperation on Utilizing Forest Residues in Biofuel Production

(Neste/Globe NewsWire)  Neste and Bioenergy La Tuque have started R&D cooperation with the objective of studying the potential of using forest residues as a raw material in biofuel production in La Tuque, Canada. The cooperation supports Neste’s goals to expand the raw material selection available and increase the use of

January 18, 2017 Read Full Article

Neste Launches Neste MY Renewable Diesel Made 100% from Waste and Residues

(CleanTech Finland)  Neste has launched a renewable diesel made entirely from waste and residues. The name of the new 100% renewable fuel is Neste MY Renewable Diesel, and the product enables up to 90% lower greenhouse gas emissions throughout the life cycle of the fuel compared to conventional fossil diesel.

January 17, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuels Mandates Around the World 2017

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 64 countries. The bulk of mandates continue to come from the EU-27, where the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) specified a 10

December 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Nobina Wins Traffic Contracts Worth SEK 260 Million and Is Awarded Environmental Bonus of SEK 1 Million in Finland

(Nobina)  …   HSL’s decision to award Nobina an environmental bonus of SEK 1.06 million is a result of Nobina’s offer to switch from diesel to biodiesel during 2017. Nobina’s switch from diesel to biodiesel covers 680 000 liters of biodiesel, and will result in a reduction of 80 per

December 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Chinese Firm Gives Tentative Green Light to Kemi Biorefinery

(Yle)  The CEO of the company’s Finnish subsidiary, Carl Haglund, says that next year will bring a final decision – and hopefully a groundbreaking for the billion-euro facility in northern Finland.  —  Chinese bioenergy giant Kaidi has this week decided to move ahead with a planned biodiesel refinery in Kemi,

December 12, 2016 Read Full Article

Great Results from Testing UPM’s Wood-Based Diesel in Buses

(UPM)  UPM has successfully tested Finnish wood-based diesel fuel both in laboratory conditions as well as in traffic. The tests clearly demonstrated that UPM’s renewable diesel, UPM BioVerno, works just like the best diesel fuels. The laboratory tests of renewable UPM BioVerno diesel were conducted in the VTT Technical Research

December 1, 2016 Read Full Article

UPM Biofuels Wins Pulp and Paper Industry’s Bio Strategy Award 2016

(UPM)  UPM has received the PPI Bio Strategy Award 2016 for its biofuels business in Brussels, Belgium.The PPI Awards are the only global awards that are dedicated to recognizing the achievements of companies, mills and individuals in the pulp and paper sector. The judges were looking for a company that

November 28, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Powers Hamburg Airport’s Heavy-Duty Ground fleet

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  Neste Corp. announced that Hamburg airport in Germany has started using its renewable diesel to reduce the airport’s reliance on fossil fuels and significantly reduce its carbon footprint. Renewable diesel will power heavy-duty vehicles such as aircraft tugs and fire trucks in Hamburg airport’s ground fleet, which

November 25, 2016 Read Full Article

Finnish Government Lifts Biofuel Targets

by Jussi Rosendahl (Reuters)  Finland’s centre-right government said on Thursday it planned to lift the share of biofuels blended in transport fuel to 30 percent by 2030 to help meet the country’s emissions reduction targets. … Paper maker UPM-Kymmene has recently started the world’s first plant in commercial use to

November 25, 2016 Read Full Article

St1’s and SOK’s Joint Venture NEB Plans 50-Million-Litre Cellunolix® Bioethanol Plant in Pietarsaari

(Globe Newswire/ St1)  Acting on behalf of North European Bio Tech Oy (NEB), St1 has begun the analysis and signed letters of intent with Alholmens Kraft and UPM on a sawdust-based ethanol plant in the Alholma industrial area in Pietarsaari. The planned production capacity of the plant is 50 million

November 17, 2016 Read Full Article

UPM Biofuels Joins Global Companies in below50 Coalition to Scale up Sustainable Fuels for Low-Carbon World

(UPM Biofuels)  UPM Biofuels has joined the below50 coalition to promote the most sustainable fuels that can achieve significant carbon reductions – and scale up their development and use. Any company which produces, uses or invests in fuels that are at least 50% less carbon intensive than conventional fossil fuels

November 15, 2016 Read Full Article

UPM Partners with NGOs and Green Think-Tanks to Drive Sustainable Low Carbon Fuels

(Globe Newswire/UPM)  ENGOs, think-tanks and the advanced biofuel industry have been collaborating on defining policy boundaries for European fuels policy that recognises the need to safeguard sustainability while stimulating investments into a truly sustainable advanced biofuels industry. Following the Paris Agreement, it becomes increasingly urgent to tackle emission from the

October 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Putting Poor Quality Waste Fats into Good Use While Keeping an Eye on Algae Oil and Waste Plastic

(Neste)  Neste has become the world’s largest producer of renewable fuels from waste and residues as a result of long-term work. This pioneer in the field has an exceptionally extensive portfolio of raw materials compared to competitors. The portfolio is actively developed with the aim of being expanded even further. A

October 13, 2016 Read Full Article

Recharge Wrap-up: VW Beetle EV? EPA Could Allow Higher Ethanol Blends

by John Beltz Snyder (AutoBlog)  Neste will sell its 100-percent renewable diesel at certain stations in Finland.Produced from renewable ingredients (including waste products), the company’s NEXBTL fuel has a lower carbon footprint and fewer emissions than petroleum-based diesel, requires no vehicle modifications, and can be used on its own or blended

October 11, 2016 Read Full Article

Come to Bioenergy Country: or, the Bioenergy Countries’ Report

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the EU, the International Energy Agency has released its Bioenergy Countries’ Report, outlining the national renewable energy targets, total primary energy supply and contribution of bioenergy.  We’ve presented the information relating to EU counties, below. The complete report can be downloaded here. This report was

October 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste, Nissan

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.  In this slide deck, we looked at Nissan and Neste and their direct investments, partnerships and alliances with companies

October 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Solvay, Stora Enso

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy.  In this slide deck, we looked at Solvay and Stora Enso and their direct investments, partnerships and alliances with companies both heralded and unknown.  READ

October 3, 2016 Read Full Article

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Unilever, UPM

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy. In this slide deck, we looked at Unilever and UPM and their direct investments, partnerships and alliances with companies both heralded and unknown.  READ MORE

September 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Finland Proposes Nordic Countries to Lift Biofuel Target

(Reuters/The Western Producer)  Finland has proposed that Nordic countries should set a joint target on biofuels and increase the minimum proportion of bio-based raw materials in all fuels, Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila told reporters on Tuesday. Finland has set itself a target for 20 percent of all transport fuel

September 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Henrik Erämetsä from Neste to Co-Chair EU Initiative for Advanced Biofuels in Aviation

(Neste)  Henrik Erämetsä, Head of Aviation Regulation at Neste has been appointed Co-Chair of the EU initiative ‘the European Advanced Biofuels Flightpath’ as a representative of the biofuels industry. Mr. Erämetsä will co-chair together with Ruben Alblas from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. “We are very happy that Neste’s leadership in

September 29, 2016 Read Full Article

St1 Signs a Letter of Intent with Viken Skog and Treklyngen for a Cellunolix® Ethanol Plant in Norway

(St1)  St1 Nordic Oy’s Norwegian subsidiary, Smart Fuel AS, has signed a letter of intent with Viken Skog SA and its subsidiary Treklyngen Holding AS to construct a Cellunolix® ethanol plant in Norway. St1’s aim is to construct a Cellunolix® ethanol plant in the industrial area of Follum in Hønefoss,

September 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Now Boarding: Commercial Planes Take Flight with Biobased Jet Fuel

by Melissae Fellet (C&EN)  Aviation industry hopes to cut emissions with renewable fuels  —  This year, renewable jet fuel took off, graduating from demonstration and test flights to some regular commercial use. In January, some flights left the airport in Oslo, Norway, running on jet biofuel produced from an oilseed

September 19, 2016 Read Full Article
  Lignofuels 2017   —   February 1-2, 2017   —   Helsinki, Finland

Lignofuels 2017 — February 1-2, 2017 — Helsinki, Finland

Following the success of the last year’s conference in Munich, Germany with Clariant’s Sunliquid plant visit, and the previous one to that in Madrid with the Abengoa’s demonstration plant site visit, we are delighted to host next Lignofuels Conference at the heart of the wood bioenergy industry – Finland. Already

September 14, 2016 Read Full Article

The High-Flown Fantasy of Aviation Biofuels

by Almuth Ernsting (Biofuelwatch/The Biomass Monitor)  …  As far as Branson and his airline, Virgin Atlantic, were concerned, the flight was indeed no more than a stunt: The “biofuel test flight” burned 95% ordinary kerosene and just 5% biofuels, made from coconut and Brazilian babassu nut oil. Virgin Atlantic has not

September 12, 2016 Read Full Article

Select Stations in Finland to Sell 100 Percent Renewable Diesel

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  Neste announced plans to begin selling 100 percent renewable diesel at select stations in Finland come January. The company says the product launch is one way it plans to participate in the centennial celebration of Finland’s independence from Russia in 1917.  READ MORE and MORE (NGT

September 9, 2016 Read Full Article

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