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Understanding Biofuel Standards

By Angela Fivga and Zsuzsa A. Mayer (Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc./Biofuels Digest)  The analysis and standardization of biofuels are in constant development, therefore in many studies they follow a historic view or borrow unsuitable methods from fossil fuel analysis. An overview of the current standards helps to achieve better results.

October 3, 2016 Read Full Article

Greenpeace Blocks IOI’s Palm Oil Refinery at Port of Rotterdam

by Ilari Kauppila (Biofuels International) Activists from Greenpeace blocked entry to a palm oil refinery at the Port of Rotterdam for seven hours on Tuesday due to claims of the plant being linked to Indonesian environmental concerns. A report by the environmental group links IOI, the owner of the Croklaan palm oil

September 29, 2016 Read Full Article

ASSOBARI First Sugarcane Farmer Organization in Brazil to Earn RSB Certification

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  ASSOBARI (Associação dos Fornecedores de Cana da Região de Bariri) is the first organization of sugar cane producers in Brazil to earn the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification. The RSB certification is for the production of sugarcane by 62 farmers and approximately 1,860 hectares of

September 22, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Sustainable Biodiesel Conducts National Auditor Search

(The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance/Yahoo! Finance)  The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance (SBA) announces its search for professional auditors in the United States who can perform sustainable biodiesel certification audits and is requesting CVs from qualified auditors. Recognizing the need for objective environmental and sustainability standards within the US Biodiesel Industry, the SBA

August 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Certifying Biofuels: Weaknesses in Recognition and Supervision of the System

(European Court of Auditors)  Weaknesses in the system of certifying sustainable biofuels could undermine the basis of the EU’s 2020 targets for renewable energy in transport, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. Under the Renewable Energy Directive, EU Member States can only use biofuels certified

July 21, 2016 Read Full Article

ASABE Announces Standard for Sustainable Agriculture Production

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers has completed a standard that establishes a framework for charting progress toward sustainable agriculture production. According to ASABE, the standard is intended for application with all typical farming operations found around the world. Known as ANSI/ASABE S629,

July 1, 2016 Read Full Article

TSCA Reform: EPA Publishes First Year Implementation Plan

(Bergeson & Campbell)  On June 29, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted an Implementation Plan that outlines EPA’s plans for early activities and actions under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, legislation that significantly amends many of the provisions of the Toxic Substances Control

June 30, 2016 Read Full Article

US Biofuels Supporters Push Back against MOVES Model

by Josh Pedrick (Platts) … “We should have included T70 as a metric in the model, it entirely changes the perception of the model,” said Shon Van Hulzen, director of quality control at US ethanol producer POET, in a presentation Wednesday. T70 is the temperature at which 70% of the fuel

June 27, 2016 Read Full Article

NRDC Releases 2016 Aviation Biofuel Scorecard

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The National Resources Defense Council has released its 2016 Aviation Biofuel Scorecard, which rates airlines on the sourcing and use of biofuels. The scorecard is now in its third year. According to the NDRC, 29 airlines were surveyed for the 2016 report. Reponses were received

June 27, 2016 Read Full Article

Grain Body Confident Australian Growers Will Comply with New Restrictions on EU Biofuel Production

by  Clint Jasper (ABC Rural)  A leading agricultural economist is confident Australian canola growers will meet the European Union’s (EU) strict new environmental rules for importing feed stocks for biofuel production. Anywhere between 40 to 90 per cent of canola is sold to the EU in a given year, where

June 15, 2016 Read Full Article

ASTM Incorporates E15 Language into Ongoing Standard Revision

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  ASTM International announced progress has been made in the ongoing project to update its standards. New language in the standards incorporates E15 and updates driveability information. Additional revisions to the standard are in the pipeline. Prior to the revision incorporating E15 into the

June 3, 2016 Read Full Article

Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Offers Advisory Services

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  RSB is now offering a range of advisory services to support businesses, investors, development agencies, NGOs, and governments in applying the RSB standard to their operations, projects and policy development. Through technical and strategic advice, hands-on implementation, staff training and research, we offer the following services:

May 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Call for Public Comments – RSB Standard for End-of-Life Products, By-Products and Residues

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  RSB invites the public to contribute to the revision of the RSB Standard for end-of-life products, by-products and residues which defines how operators may use these feedstocks for biofuel or biomaterial production. This RSB Standard covers specific terminology relevant for this context, defines applicable sustainability criteria and sets out

May 4, 2016 Read Full Article

CARB Issues Update on LCFS Pathway Certification

(California Air Resources Board/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  California Air Resources Board staff has completed review of all ethanol pathway applications submitted on or before Jan. 31, 2016 through the alternative fuels portal (AFP). These submissions included both new applications and requests to have “legacy” pathways, adopted under the prior LCFS rule,

May 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Fifth Bio-based Jet Fuel Approved by FAA

by Curt Epstein (AIN Online)  The FAA recently approved a new, alternative bio-based jet fuel that meets ASTM International standards. Known as Alcohol to Jet Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (ATJ-SPK), the new aviation fuel is created from isobutanol, an alcohol that is derived from feed stocks such as sugar, corn or

April 27, 2016 Read Full Article

UPM Biofuels Gains ISCC PLUS Certification for Bio-Based Applications

(UPM Biofuels)  UPM Biofuels has extended sustainability certification to cover all of its output streams from the Lappeenranta Biorefinery in Finland under the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification Scheme ISCC PLUS. UPM Biofuels produces renewable diesel and naphtha at the Lappeenranta Biorefinery in Finland. Wood-based renewable diesel UPM BioVerno for

April 18, 2016 Read Full Article

BIODEX-SA First in Tunisia to Earn RSB Certification

(PRLog/Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  BIODEX-SA, a company based in Tunisia, earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification for the production of biodiesel. BIODEX-SA is the first company to collect waste oils and transform them into biodiesel in Africa, as well as the first in Tunisia to earn RSB certification.

March 14, 2016 Read Full Article

MSC and ASC Collaborate to Set Global Standard for Seaweed

(Marine Stewardship Council) The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) are working together to create a joint global standard for certifying seaweed operations. The collaboration offers the unique opportunity to build on the expertise of the two leading seafood certification and labelling programs. The Seaweed Standard will

March 3, 2016 Read Full Article

Howell Says 2016 May Be Busiest Year Yet for Biodiesel at ASTM

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  An abundance of ASTM and ISO biodiesel activities may make 2016 the busiest year yet at the standards organizations, said National Biodiesel Board senior technical advisor Steve Howell. At the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Tampa, Florida, Howell spoke about his involvement with biodiesel

February 10, 2016 Read Full Article

Blog: More Details on the High Octane Story

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  I really enjoyed learning about research into midlevel ethanol blends from Timothy Theiss and Brian West, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. “E25, E40 for the masses” went live on our website last week … First, there’s the issue of what to call the fuel.

February 9, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

GoodFuels Marine Receives Highest Standard Certification for Its Sustainable Marine Biofuels

(GoodFuels Marine)  The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials’ (RSB) 12-point certification is considered having the strictest sustainability criteria, guaranteeing the sustainability of biofuels  —  GoodFuels Marine, the first marine biofuel company focused on the global commercial fleet, has received the highest standard of certification from the Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB),

January 25, 2016 Read Full Article

New White Paper Identifies Opportunities for Increased Ethanol Demand: Growing Beyond the RFS Keys on Regulatory Relief

(Ethanol Across America)  Despite the effectiveness of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in providing an entry ramp to the fuel market, the potential for corn ethanol to contribute to meeting a range of public policy objectives has only scratched the surface, according to a new White Paper released here today.

January 18, 2016 Read Full Article

California Sugarcane Ethanol Pathway Certified by CARB

(California Ethanol & Power LLC/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  California Ethanol & Power LLC (CE+P) recently announced the certification of the carbon intensity (CI) pathway for its anticipated sugarcane and sweet sorghum ethanol by the California’s Air Resources Board. CE+P’s sugarcane ethanol will have a CI of 54.47, and sweet sorghum ethanol

January 11, 2016 Read Full Article

California LCFS Presents Opportunities for Ethanol Producers

By John Sens (EcoEngineers/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  CARB readopts standards, and sets time lines and treatment for legacy pathways.  —  In the first three quarters of 2015, California Low Carbon Fuel Standard credits increased in price by 212 percent. October saw another big jump with average prices for the month touching

December 21, 2015 Read Full Article

Hydrogen from Biomethane; Gasoline & Diesel from Tree Residue; Cellulosic Ethanol among New Proposed California LCFS Fuel Pathways

(Green Car Congress)  California Air Resources Board (ARB) staff posted 32 new Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) fuel pathway applications for comments at the LCFS website. Among the multiple applications for different processing pathways of corn or sorghum ethanol are four pathways from LytEn for hydrogen produced from biomethane; four

December 18, 2015 Read Full Article

Alcohol to Renewable Jet Fuel: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to Gevo’s ATJ

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Alcohol-to-jet. Several are working on it – Byogy, for example, and Vertimass, Virent and LanzaTech. But Gevo has been working through the rigorous ASTM process for six years, which includes extensive engine testing and data analysis by all of the major original equipment manufacturers to

December 17, 2015 Read Full Article

Legally Defining Sustainability: Edible Palm Oil Must Follow in Biofuel Footsteps

by Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn (News Locker)  Voluntary measures and government targets are great – but it is legislation that will push European palm oil users to true sustainability. The food sector could learn a lesson or two from biofuel here.  READ MORE

December 2, 2015 Read Full Article

It’s In the Plan: EPA Offers Clues on Woody Biomass Utilization

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Over the past several months, biomass stakeholders have expressed frustration at the administration’s failure to label the use of biomass feedstocks as carbon neutral.  The pellet industry and biomass advocates argue, that so long as forest stocks are stable or increasing, the administration should allow

November 27, 2015 Read Full Article

Neste and Boeing to Lead the Industry on Commercialization of Renewable Aviation Fuels

(Neste)  Neste, the leading producer of renewable diesel and Boeing, the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer will work together to promote and accelerate the commercialization of renewable aviation fuel. The companies will work toward American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) fuel standard approval allowing the commercial use of high freezing

November 11, 2015 Read Full Article

Biomass Supplies, Sri Lanka – First Smallholder Project in Southeast Asia to Earn RSB Certification

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  Biomass Supplies (Pvt) Ltd, a company based in Sri Lanka, earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification for biomass produced from branches pruned from live fences of Gliricidia trees. The certification covers Biomass Supplies’ work with 30,000 small farmers who have planted 60 million new

October 26, 2015 Read Full Article

A Message For EPA: Get Real on Emissions and Clean Fuels!

by Doug Durante (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  In the aftermath of revelations of how Volkswagen had their thumb on the scale as they cheated not just the EPA, but all of us who breathe the air, it raises serious and significant questions as to how we go about the

October 23, 2015 Read Full Article

EPA: Jatropha-Based Biofuels Could Qualify as Biomass-Based Diesel or Advanced Biodiesel under RFS

(Green Car Congress)  Based on its analysis of the production and transport components of the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of biofuel made from jatropha oil, the US EPA anticipates that biofuels produced from jatropha oil could qualify as biomass-based diesel or advanced biofuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard program if

October 21, 2015 Read Full Article

Nidera Earns RSB Certification For Biodiesel from Used Cooking Oil

(Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials)  Nidera has earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification for the production and trading of biofuels from used cooking oil. Nidera operates worldwide as a commodity service and solutions provider for the global agricultural markets and has an active presence in more than 18 countries.

September 22, 2015 Read Full Article

NEPCon Earns First Sustainable Biomass Partnership Approval

by Tim Portz (Biomass Magazine)  The Sustainable Biomass Partnership announced today that they have approved NEPCon’s application to become an SBP certification body, the SBP’s first full approval. NEPCon, a Danish non-profit, conducts certification audits for numerous forestry certification schemes including the Forest Stewardship Council, SAN/Rainforest Alliance and the PEFC

September 15, 2015 Read Full Article

Five Organizations Awarded Hawaii “Clean Fleets” Certification

(Blue Planet Foundation)  Blue Planet Foundation and Honolulu Clean Cities recognize awardees at Hawaii Transportation Association meeting in Kona — Blue Planet Foundation and Honolulu Clean Cities are pleased to announce that five organizations will receive certification awards for the inaugural year of the Hawaii Clean Fleets certification program. Pacific Biodiesel Logistics and Extended Horizons, Inc.,

September 8, 2015 Read Full Article

Co-Processing of HEFA feedstocks with Petroleum Hydrocarbons for Jet Production

(Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI))  On June 19th, Alisdair Clark of BP and Joseph Sorena of Chevron presented “Co-processing of HEFA Feedstocks with Petroleum Hydrocarbons for Jet Production” for the SOAP-Jet webinar series focused on co-processing biofuels within existing biorefinery systems and the applicability to aviation fuels. Enrico Lodrigueza

August 5, 2015 Read Full Article

EESI Asks EPA to Focus on Steps to Increase Volumes of Advanced and Cellulosic Fuels

(Energy and Environmental Study Institute)  … In comments to EPA, EESI points out that when Congress was debating the Renewable Fuel Standard, the meaning of “adequate domestic supply” was defined as qualifying fuel – not infrastructure constraints. For the first time, EPA’s proposed fuel volumes give credence to the E10 “blend

August 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Court Dismisses E30 Test Fuel Case, But Decision Could Help Open Door for Mid-Level Blends

by  Laura Small (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On July 14, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a petition from the Energy Future Coalition and other biofuel interests to review an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation requiring test fuels to be “commercially available.” When automakers certify their vehicles for

July 17, 2015 Read Full Article

Taurus Energy Poised to Bring 2nd Generation Yeast to U.S. Market

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A company based in Lund, Sweden, recently received a welcome notification from the U.S. EPA, indicating the company’s 90-day Microbial Commercial Activity Notice review has been completed without objections. This puts Taurus Energy AB in the position to commence commercial production and sales of

June 22, 2015 Read Full Article

Alaska Airlines, Gevo to Demonstrate Renewable Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel in Upcoming Flight

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Alaska Airlines ups the ante in the search for sustainable, affordable jet fuels.  In Colorado, Gevo and Alaska Airlines announced a strategic alliance to purchase Gevo’s renewable jet fuel and fly the first-ever commercial flight on alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ). The demonstration flight is expected to occur

May 8, 2015 Read Full Article

New RSB Standard Proposed to Certify Low-Risk ILUC Biomass

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  It may soon be possible to certify that biomass is not only sustainably sourced, but also considered low-risk for indirect land use change (ILUC). The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials released its draft standard titled “Low iLUC Risk Biomass Criteria and Compliance Indicators.” The

May 4, 2015 Read Full Article

Thought Leadership: The Toxic Substances Control Act and the Bioeconomy: Part 1, The Impact of Nomenclature on the Commercialization of Biobased Chemicals; Part 2, Reportable Substances across the Manufacturing Process; Part 3, Call to Action

by Richard E. Engler, Ph.D. (Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. and The Acta Group)  When I meet people from bioeconomy companies, I ask them about their products’ status under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The most common answers I receive are: “TSCA doesn’t apply because our product is not toxic,” “TSCA

April 27, 2015 Read Full Article

TSCA Nomenclature May Be Barrier for Advanced Biofuels

(The Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group/The Oil Price Information Network)  (The Oil Price Information Network (OPIS) spoke with BRAG’s Richard E. Engler, Ph.D., Senior Policy Advisor with B&C, regarding the application of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to oils made from algae feedstocks and other non-traditional bio-materials. The

April 16, 2015 Read Full Article

EPA Approves Efficient Producer Pathways for 5 Ethanol Plants

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In March, the U.S. EPA approved five new corn ethanol pathways under the agency’s Efficient Producer petition process (EP3), including Heron Lake BioEnergy LLC, Heron Lake, Minnesota; United Wisconsin Grain Producers LLC, Friesland, Wisconsin; Guardian Lima LLC, Lima, Ohio; Mid-Missouri Energy LLC, Malta Bend, Missouri, and Green

April 6, 2015 Read Full Article

Look, up in the Sky! The Best of the Aviation Biofuels Slides from ABLC 2015

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Great Scott! New molecules, new feedstocks, new technologies, and reaching scale — the best of the best.  At ABLC 2015, the focus on innovation included a complete program on aviaiton — and numerous producers elsewhere on the program are producing aviation biofuels as a party

March 30, 2015 Read Full Article

ASTM Releases Specifications for B20 Use in Heating Oil

(National Biodiesel Board)  Landmark move expected to accelerate America’s transformation to 21st Century Bioheat® fuel.  The door has opened for building-and-homeowners who want to use higher blends of cleaner burning biodiesel in their heating oil. ASTM International, an organization which sets industry consensus standards for fuels, today released new performance

March 26, 2015 Read Full Article

EPA Names 10 More Efficient Corn Ethanol Producers

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Ten more corn ethanol plants were approved through the U.S. EPA’s efficient producer petition process (EP3) at the end of January, bringing the total to 19. The first round of nine approvals were announced in December. The 10 corn ethanol plants include Badger State Ethanol

February 12, 2015 Read Full Article

NRDC Airline Scorecard: First-Ever Ranking of Airline Biofuel Use

(National Resources Defense Council)  Certification critical to ensuring aviation biofuels deliver on promise of long-term sustainability Air travel emits more than 650 million metric tons of carbon pollution annually –  equivalent to the pollution from 136 million cars– making the increased use of sustainable biofuels a critical  to reducing the

February 6, 2015 Read Full Article

EPA Approves Algenol Fuels for Renewable Fuel Standard

(Algenol)  Algenol announced today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved fuels made from Algenol’s process as an advanced biofuel, meeting the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction requirements under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). Fuels produced from Algenol are now eligible for a Renewable Identification Number (RIN) under the D-5 classification. The EPA’s

January 14, 2015 Read Full Article

EU Biofuels Policy – Inventory Backup after 2020: UFOP Chairman Vogel Calls a “iLUC Free” Base Amount of 7%

(German Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants/google translation) “The course for a true inventory of hedging existing biofuels industry after 2020 must be made ​​now.” The European biofuel industry must be able to evolve from 7% based on a “iLUC free” base amount “. This appeal is the

January 12, 2015 Read Full Article

State Panel OKs Rules for Alternative Motor Vehicle Fuels

by Steve Law (Portland Tribune)  The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission voted Wednesday to approve operating rules for the state’s Clean Fuels Program, which mandates an overall 10 percent reduction in carbon emissions from gasoline and diesel fuel over the next decade. The program is expected to provide an impetus to

January 8, 2015 Read Full Article

Q-RINs Emerge in the Renewable Fuels Market

(Genscape/Biodiesel Magazine)    After the U.S. EPA’s final Quality Assurance Plan rule established a new, unified QAP program over the summer, Q-RINs have been successfully transferred in the RIN market. “[In December] we received confirmation from a RIN buyer that it received Genscape verified Q-RINs in EMTS,” said Susan Olson, vice president

December 29, 2014 Read Full Article

ASTM Approves Spec for Heating Oil with 6 to 20 Percent Biodiesel

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  ASTM International, an organization which sets industry consensus standards for fuels and lubricants, has voted to approve performance specifications for blends of 6 to 20 percent biodiesel with traditional heating oil. The move is a significant leap forward in the industry effort to boost the percentage

December 15, 2014 Read Full Article

4 Minutes with…Tim Lust, CEO, National Sorghum Producers

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … NSP is focused on several items at the moment: successful advanced biofuel RFS2 pathways for grain sorghum oil to biodiesel and sweet sorghum to ethanol, a cellulosic RFS2 pathway for biomass sorghum, and improved and more accurate Low Carbon Fuel Standard pathways for grain

November 19, 2014 Read Full Article

RSB Partners With Elements Traceability Software to Help Keep Track of Biofuel Feedstock Sustainability Data

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), a globally recognised sustainability certification standard for biomaterials, and Elements Software Ltd, a leading web based traceability software provider, are working together to help RSB members track their biofuel feedstocks. Biofuel producers are faced with the growing challenge of managing

November 19, 2014 Read Full Article

Two Organizations Call Out the EPA on Corn Ethanol Emissions Modeling, 'Seriously Flawed'

by Aaron Turpen (Torque News)  The UAI and the EFC have called the EPA MOVES2014 corn ethanol emissions model “seriously flawed” and are calling for peer review of the emissions estimates in the annual report. The Urban Air Initiative (UAI) and the Energy Future Coalition (EFC) are questioning the Environmental

October 28, 2014 Read Full Article

Research Shows up to 20% Biodiesel OK for Home Heating

(National Oilheat Research Alliance)  Research conducted by the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) on blending ASTM D6751 biodiesel with both standard and low sulfur heating oil confirms that blends up to 20 percent biodiesel can be used in heating oil without incident. This research includes both lab testing and field

October 14, 2014 Read Full Article

EPA Unveils Improved RFS Pathway Petition Process

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. EPA has posted a notice to its website announcing it has taken action to improve and streamline the pathway petition process under the renewable fuels standard (RFS). In March, the agency issued a program notice indicating it would take approximately six months

October 10, 2014 Read Full Article

Oberon DME Receives EPA's First Biogas-Based Fuel Approval Under the Renewable Fuel Standard

(Oberon DME/GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Oberon Fuels Inc. (“Oberon”), the first company to announce plans to commercialize biogas-based dimethyl ether (“DME”) fuel production in North America, announced today that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has approved its DME for inclusion under the Renewable Fuel Standard (“RFS”). Oberon’s biogas-based DME

September 8, 2014 Read Full Article

MBP Group Earns RSB Sustainability Certification

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  MBP Group has earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) sustainability certification for their waste material collection, trading and distribution activities. “MBP Group was built on a sustainable background, adding as much value as possible to industrial by-products. Sustainability was – and still remains – a

August 22, 2014 Read Full Article

Can ISSC PLUS Certification Be Misleading – If the Bio-Based Share Is Not Labelled Too?

by Michael Carus (nova-Institute/Bio-Based News)  On 23 April 2014 SABIC announced “that it will launch its first portfolio of certified renewable polyolefins, certified under the ISCC Plus certification scheme, which involves strict traceability and requires a chain of custody based on a mass balance system. The portfolio, which includes renewable polyethylenes

August 12, 2014 Read Full Article

Advanced Drop-In Biofuels for Commercial Aviation, Marine Shipping, and Military Applications: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts

(Navigant Research)  Viewed as a game changer in the race to commercialize advanced biofuels, aviation and marine biofuels represent a very significant opportunity for emerging producers in the advanced biofuels industry. Demand for advanced biofuels produced from sustainable, non-food feedstocks is largely driven by a need to hedge against increases

July 18, 2014 Read Full Article

Biobased Companies Take A Closer Look At Sustainability

by Melody M. Bomgardner (Chemical & Engineering News)  Thanks to the emerging bioeconomy, renewable substances made from plants can now be found in places as varied as car interiors, laundry detergent, and plastic bottles. But as the industry works feverishly to increase its scale, the marketing trope that “plant-based” is equal

July 18, 2014 Read Full Article

Optimus Technologies First to Receive EPA Approval on Advanced Biofuel Conversion Solution for Commercial Trucks

(Optimus Technologies/MarketWatch)  As an alternative to CNG, creates new opportunities for advanced biofuel providers. Optimus Technologies today (July 8, 2014) announced two significant milestones that are changing the U.S. commercial truck industry. First, it is the first to receive U.S. EPA Approval for an advanced biofuel conversion solution for existing

July 10, 2014 Read Full Article

EPA Establishes Quality Assurance for RINS

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  In addition to the final rule approving crop residue as a cellulosic feedstock, the Environmental Protection Agency yesterday established a “voluntary quality assurance program” for renewable identification numbers, or RINs. The program is designed to maintain liquidity in the market for RINs under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS)

July 3, 2014 Read Full Article

Revised ASTM Aviation Fuel Standard Paves the Way for Biojet

(ASTM International/Biomass Magazine)  Renewable Synthesized Iso-Paraffinic fuel has now been included in ASTM International standard D7566, Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons. A recently approved revision that adds SIP fuel to the ASTM D7566 annex will facilitate use of the fuels in all airlines internationally. “The introduction of

June 27, 2014 Read Full Article

Voluntary BQ-9000 Programs Pay Off for Participants, Industry

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine) When U.S. biodiesel production began to take off back in 2005, the fledgling industry quickly became familiar with fuel quality issues and concerns. The BQ-9000 quality assurance programs have since been a major contributor to the now phenomenal fuel quality we have come to expect from commercial

June 17, 2014 Read Full Article

Total and Amyris Renewable Jet Fuel Ready for Use in Commercial Aviation

(Amyris/MarketWatch)  Renewable Jet Fuel Developed by Total & Amyris Meets Newly Updated ASTM Standard for Jet A/A1.   With the newly revised ASTM standard for jet fuel, Amyris and Total (cac:TOTF.PA) today begin to prepare to market a drop-in jet fuel that contains up to 10% blends of renewable farnesane. Developed by

June 16, 2014 Read Full Article

TÜV Rheinalnd Issues the First ISCC Certificate to ASB Bio-Diesel

(TÜV Rheinland/Eco-Business.com)  On 5 June 2014, Hong Kong, TÜV Rheinland Greater China issued its first International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) certificate to one of the largest bio-diesel suppliers and producers in Asia, ASB Bio-Diesel Hong Kong Ltd. The audit was conducted and completed in mid-May. According to the European

June 12, 2014 Read Full Article

Ennovor First in UK to Earn RSB Sustainability Certification

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  – Ennovor Group has earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) sustainability certification for their used cooking oil methyl ester (UCOME) biodiesel. “As an international certification system, RSB is appropriate for any feedstock in any country thus works very well along the entire supply chain,” says David

June 9, 2014 Read Full Article

Joule Achieves ASTM Compliance for Sustainable Diesel, Jet Fuel

(Joule)  Marking another step towards commercial readiness of CO2-neutral fuels,  Joule today announced that its Sunflow®-D and Sunflow®-J products meet the standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) for diesel and jet fuel, respectively. Joule products achieve all accepted standards for fuel performance, and they may also improve quality of the finished

May 18, 2014 Read Full Article

Unilever Protects Wildlife Habitat through RSB Certification

(National Wildlife Federation) Last week, Unilever announced that any product certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) will be considered to be “sustainably sourced” according to their corporate standards. This step helps to simplify the assessment of sustainability of Unilever’s supply chain and reduces the direct costs of sustainable sourcing. Through their sustainability sourcing with

May 15, 2014 Read Full Article

ADM Embraces Sustainable Palm Oil

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Illinois, Archer Daniels Midland Company announced its intention to exclusively offer Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil certified sustainable palm oil to North American customers beginning in 2015. ADM is also working with Wilmar International Limited to provide fully traceable, sustainable palm oil that meets

May 14, 2014 Read Full Article

Amyris Receives Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) Sustainability Certification

(Amyris/GlobeNewsWire)  Amyris, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMRS) has completed the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification process and has earned one of the most respected sustainability certifications in the world. Amyris, a leading renewable products company, is one of the first commercial-scale second-generation biomaterial producers and is working with a number of partners to deliver

May 7, 2014 Read Full Article

Biofuels Digest Posts "Hot Slides" from Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  On ABLC’s opening morning, we have some of the top slides -an inside look from Inbicon, Ensyn, GranBio, Sapphire Energy, LanzaTech – hot topics such as product portfolios, refinery integration, policy cliffs, the use of biomass, and opportunities for US-Brazilian cooperation on technology, feedstock and

April 25, 2014 Read Full Article
  WEBINAR:  Biomass Market Access Standards (BMAS)     May 13, 2014 2:00 pm US/Eastern

WEBINAR: Biomass Market Access Standards (BMAS) May 13, 2014 2:00 pm US/Eastern

Bio-based energies no longer automatically qualify toward renewable energy mandates. Instead, they must prove their environmental and social credentials through verification systems that demonstrate achievement beyond fossil energy baselines. Several private standards have emerged in recent years to assist the sector in meeting certification requirements in Europe and the United

April 11, 2014 Read Full Article

BIO Responds to US EPA Halting Fuel Pathway Petitions for RFS

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  In March, U.S. EPA announced it is making changes to the fuel pathway petition process under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), in order to “enable more timely and efficient decision-making.” EPA is asking new petitioners to wait approximately six months before submitting new fuel pathway

April 2, 2014 Read Full Article

EPA Announces Plan to Improve RFS Pathway Petition Process

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has published a notice to its website announcing that it is taking action to improve the petition process for new renewable fuel pathways under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program. According to the agency, the process is expected to take approximately six

March 19, 2014 Read Full Article

RSB Launches Simplified Certification Process For Bonsucro Certified Entities

(Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials)  The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) is pleased to announce that Bonsucro certified operators will now be able to access RSB certification through a simplified audit process to demonstrate compliance, therefore saving costs and time. An RSB study released today concludes that RSB and Bonsucro sustainability

March 18, 2014 Read Full Article

BRICS and Mortar: The Fast-Growing BRIC Economies Take Aim at Aviation Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Brazil, Russia, India and China — and throw in South Africa for a complete BRICSA set.  The vaunted new economic engines for the 21st century — and, lately, home to a beehive of activity around drop-in, sustainable, aviation biofuels.  What’s up, with whom, where, when and

March 11, 2014 Read Full Article

California to Consider Updating ILUC for Biofuels

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is holding two public workshops regarding the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) this week – one to discuss general updates to the LCFS regulation, and the second to discuss updates to the indirect land use change (iLUC) values. Stakeholder feedback is being

March 11, 2014 Read Full Article

EPA Sets Cleaner Fuel and Car Standards, Slashing Air Pollution and Providing Health Benefits to Thousands

(US Environmental Protection Agency)  Based on extensive input from the public and a broad range of stakeholders, including public health groups, auto manufacturers, refiners, and states, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized emission standards for cars and gasoline that will significantly reduce harmful pollution and prevent thousands of

March 3, 2014 Read Full Article

USDA and US Navy Explain the Ins and Outs of the Farm-to-Fleet Program at Industry Day: Presentations Available

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  At the US Department of Agriculture headquarters building in Washington, DC, on January 30, representatives of the USDA and Navy provided an overview of the newly announced Farm-to-Fleet program which will provide a format for making biofuel blends part of regular, operational fuel purchase and use

February 19, 2014 0 comment Read Full Article

Improved Test Method to Help Predict Diesel Winter Performance

(Biofuels International)  The Energy Institute (EI), based in the UK, has been working to improve the test methods for predicting winter performance of diesel fuels, particularly those containing significant amounts of biodiesel. … Enhancements to the method include changes to the sample preparation step and cold soak apparatus and the

February 13, 2014 Read Full Article

ASTM D7901 Standard for DME

(Fleets and Fuels)  It’s Good News for Oberon Fuels, and for Volvo-Mack   ASTM International has issued a standard for dimethyl ether, a diesel replacement that can be made from organic material ASTM D7901 for DME, the organization says, “is for use by manufacturers of dimethyl ether, by engine developers of

February 13, 2014 Read Full Article

Greenwood Resources Earns RSB, FSC Certifications

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials is pleased to announce that GreenWood Tree Farm Fund, LP (GTFF) has become the first short rotation forest plantation worldwide to earn certification under the RSB. The RSB certification covers GTFF’s cultivation, management and harvesting of coppiced poplar trees,

February 10, 2014 Read Full Article

The Problem with Corn Oil Biodiesel

by Shashi Menon (EcoEngineers/Biodiesel Magazine)  Over the past two years, the use of nonfood-grade (NFG) corn oil for biodiesel production has grown tremendously. Corn oil biodiesel is eligible for a D4 RIN under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), and California’s low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) has assigned it a carbon intensity

February 5, 2014 Read Full Article

Sustainable Poplar Plantation Provides Biomass Feedstock for the Emerging Cellulosic Ethanol Industry

(Greenwood/PR Newswire)  GreenWood Resources Earns both Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials and Forest Stewardship Council Certifications The GreenWood Tree Farm Fund, LP (GTFF) has become the first short rotation forest plantation worldwide to earn certification under the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). The RSB certification covers GTFF’s cultivation, management and harvesting

February 4, 2014 Read Full Article

Boeing Seeks Approval for Green Diesel as New Aviation Biofuel

by Stephen Trimble (FlightGlobal)  Boeing will seek approval by the end of this year to clear a green diesel blend as an alternative to Jet-A for turbine-powered aircraft. If approved, Boeing believes this emerging source of renewable fuel can kick-start the aviation industry’s goal to find Jet-A alternatives with fewer

January 15, 2014 Read Full Article

U.S. Invalidates 33.5 Million Renewable Credits After Fraud (1)

by Mark Drajem   (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it has invalidated 33.5 million renewable-fuel credits sold by an Indiana company for biofuel it didn’t produce, the fourth time the agency has alleged fraud in the program. The filing today follows fraud charges filed against the former owners

December 20, 2013 Read Full Article

Neste Oil Achieves Palm Oil Certification Target Two Years Early

(Neste Oil/Biodiesel Magazine)  Neste Oil has achieved its long-term target of using only certified palm oil as an input for its renewable diesel production process. The original target, set in 2009, was that 100 percent of the raw palm oil used would be certified by the end of 2015, but

December 18, 2013 Read Full Article

First Producer Signs up to Biomethane Certification Scheme

(GreenGasTrading)  Future Biogas, an established and experienced builder and operator of anaerobic digestion plants in the UK, is to become the first registered producer to join the Biomethane Certification Scheme (BMCS) run by Green Gas Trading Limited (GGT). Explaining the company’s decision Philipp Lukas, Managing Director, Future Biogas, said: “We believe it is

December 12, 2013 Read Full Article

Sapphire Energy And Phillips 66 To Advance Commercialization Of Algae Crude Oil

(Sapphire Energy/PR NewsWire)  Agreement to Co-Process Algae Crude Oil with Conventional Crude Oil and Complete Fuel Certifications  Sapphire Energy, Inc., one of the world leaders in algae-based Green Crude oil production, and Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX), an integrated energy manufacturing and logistics company,  announced a strategic joint development agreement aimed at

December 10, 2013 Read Full Article

LanzaTech, Earth Energy, PGF Biofuels, Elevance Make Bioeconomy Waves with Announces

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (I)t has been an incredibly strong week for innovation, with key announcements that advance the narrative at LanzaTech, Elevance, Earth Energy renewables (e.g. “the technology that once pwoered Terrabon, and PGF Biofuels (the first licensee in Canada for Agrisoma’s new carinata feedstock) Lanza Tech

December 6, 2013 Read Full Article

Betting on Best Quality: A Comparison of the Quality and Level of Assurance of Sustainability Standards for Biomass, Soy and Palm Oil

(National Committee of the Netherlands)  This report aims to provide insight in the quality and in the level of assurance of voluntary standard systems (VSS) for biomass, including soy and palm oil in order to help stakeholders “bet on best quality”. The report combines a thorough review by consultancy Proforest of eight existing

December 3, 2013 Read Full Article

Europe’s Biofuels Not Guaranteed Sustainable, Finds New Study

(World Wildlife Fund)  Brussels, Belgium: A WWF analysis has shown that the standards used to assess biofuel sources fall well short of ensuring that Europe’s push towards increased biofuel use is not contributing to environmental destruction and social exploitation. The study, assessing the certification standards for biofuels accepted by the EU against

December 3, 2013 Read Full Article

PGF Biofuels Ltd. Is Awarded Canada’s First Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials Certification for Resonance Carinata

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  PGF Biofuels Ltd. (“PGF Biofuels”), in conjunction with Paterson Grain, and the RSB Services Foundation are pleased to announce that PGF Biofuels has received Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (“RSB”) certification for Resonance® carinata. PGF Biofuels is the first Canadian organization and only the fourth feedstock provider globally to obtain

December 3, 2013 Read Full Article

More Customers Can Benefit From Ennovor's Premium Quality Sustainable Fuels Following $12m Cash Injection

(Ennovor/PR NewsWire)  Customers seeking premium quality, reliable and sustainable biofuels will have greater choice. This follows a $12m investment in expanding the supply chain, production and feedstock capabilities of sustainable energy sector leader Ennovor Group. The enhancements are being financed by a $12 million dollar capital raise led by Black Pearl Capital. Ennovor Group

November 7, 2013 Read Full Article

Camelina Company Earns RSB Certification

(RSB Services Foundation)  The RSB Services Foundation, the implementing entity of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), a global sustainability standard and certification system for biofuels and biomaterials production, is pleased to announce that Camelina Company España (CCE), has earned RSB’s sustainability certification. Camelina Company, a leading renewable fuels and

October 17, 2013 Read Full Article

Avianca Brasil Selects Byogy To Source Clean Aviation Biofuels

(Avianca Brasil/Byogy/PR NewsWire)  Continuing its commitment to deliver economical, 100% drop-in replacement biofuels, Byogy is delighted that Avianca Brasil has selected the Byogy Renewables Alcohol to Jet (“ATJ”) fully renewable aviation biofuel process to source their environment friendly alternate low carbon aviation fuels in the future (www.byogy.com). “The road to

October 17, 2013 Read Full Article

Commissioning a First-of-a-Kind Plant Takes Time

by Tom Bryan (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …Retka Schill visited the Ineos Bio facility in person in August. She returned from Florida with new insight about how large chemical companies define and carry out plant commissioning. She informs us that the pre-startup “shakedown” that once took a new corn-ethanol plant a

October 16, 2013 Read Full Article

EPA Proposes Slashed Market for America’s Cleanest Fuel as Observers Ask “Why?”

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For industry observers, there is much that is mystifying in the EPA’s draft 2014 production targets for the US 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard.    But nothing more mystifying than the biomass-based diesel numbers. … If there’s any fuel that reduces emissions — both of the

October 16, 2013 Read Full Article

Economist Examines $2 Billion Drop in Total RIN Market

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   What’s behind the plunge in renewable identification number (RIN) prices? University of Illinois economist Scott Irwin examined the question in another of his ongoing series of FarmDocDaily posts following the dramatic shifts in RINs markets for renewable fuels. After peaking well over $1 for

October 15, 2013 Read Full Article

Brazil Ethanol Exports to U.S. at Risk if EPA Eases Blend Rule

by Cezary Podkul and Fabiola Gomes  (Reuters)  U.S. imports of Brazilian sugar cane ethanol could be cut by more than half if a draft proposal to reduce next year’s U.S. biofuel blending mandate is enacted. While the U.S. corn-based ethanol industry has issued the most fierce complaints over news this

October 14, 2013 Read Full Article

ASTM Publishes D7862 Standard for Butanol

by Sue Retka Schill (Biomass Magazine)  Butanol has a new ASTM International standard, intended for blends with gasoline at 1 to 12.5 percent volumes to be used as an automotive spark-ignition engine fuel. ASTM D7862 establishes performance requirements and test methods for butanol content, water content, acidity, inorganic chloride, solvent-washed

October 10, 2013 Read Full Article

UFOP Funds Project for B100 Approval in Deutz Agripower Engines

(UFOP/Biodiesel Magazine)  The Deutz Agripower engines of the series TCD 7.8 L6, TCD 6.1 L6 and TCD 4.1 L4 can be approved for operation with biodiesel as a pure fuel. This is the result of the project successfully completed by Deutz AG. In the course of this project, the engines

September 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Report Recommends Improvements to RFS Monitoring

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The U.S. EPA Office of Inspector General has released a report recommending ways the agency should improve monitoring activities for the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program. According to the report, the audit was conducted in response to the generation of millions of dollars of fraudulent

September 20, 2013 Read Full Article

Graphene Nanochem PLC : PlatClear Receives EPA Approval

(4-Traders.com/Graphene NanoChem plc)   Graphene NanoChem (AIM: GRPH), the performance chemicals and advanced materials company, is pleased to announce that PlatClear, the Group’s waste-based second generation biofuel and the Group’s Senawang chemicals facility (“Senawang”) have both received approval from the US Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”). This allows PlatClear to be sold

September 19, 2013 Read Full Article

New Approach to Upstream Verification of Waste Materials Released

(Biofuels International)  The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), a voluntary sustainability scheme approved by the European Union, has introduced a new report regarding upstream verification for waste materials. The RBS, which covers all types of feedstock and all biomaterial products, outlines its new approach to certifying biofuels from waste materials.

September 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Amyris Applies for RSB Sustainbility Certification

(Amyris)  Amyris’s Farnesene Production Unit would be First RSB-Certified Plant in Brazil The RSB Services Foundation, the implementing entity of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), a global sustainability standard and certification system for biofuels and biomaterials production, is pleased to announce that Amyris, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMRS), has applied for

September 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Ukrainian Grain Company Wins Certificate for EU Biofuel Supplies

by Alexander Bor  (Platts)  Ukraine’s State Food Grain Corporation, one of the country’s largest grain traders, has won a certificate allowing it to export raw materials for biofuel production in the EU, the company said Friday.  “After getting access to the EU markets, we get a chance to export our

September 18, 2013 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Feedstock Plantation Certified Sustainable

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  One of Cargill’s palm oil plantations in Indonesia used for providing a feedstock for biodiesel is certified as a sustainable operation. The company announced the PT Harapan Sawit Lestari (HSL) plantation was awarded the certification under the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) standards in the European Union

September 13, 2013 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuel Pays off for Some Oil Refiners

by Jennifer A. Dlouhy (Fuel Fix)  … The rising cost of RINs turned out to be good economic news for some oil companies, especially those who are producing biofuels and have blending capacity, so they could capitalize on the credits tacked to each gallon of renewable fuel they produced both to

September 9, 2013 Read Full Article

Clariant Certifies Cellulosic Ethanol Plant under European Directives

(Clariant)  Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, has received the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) for its sunliquid® demonstration plant in Straubing (Germany), which was opened in July 2012. The certificate confirms that the cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues produced with the sunliquid® technology is compliant with the

September 4, 2013 Read Full Article

Aemetis Announces EPA Approval as the First Converted Corn Ethanol Plant to Produce D5 Advanced Biofuels Using Sorghum/Biogas/CHP

(Fort Mill Times)  Aemetis California Plant Approved for Same Low-Carbon Biofuels Category as Brazilian Ethanol Aemetis, Inc. (OTCQB: AMTX), an advanced fuels and renewable chemicals company, announced today that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted Aemetis approval to produce ethanol using grain sorghum and biogas with the plant’s

September 4, 2013 Read Full Article

UFOP Samples 60 Stations, Finds Biodiesel Feedstock Diversity Up

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e.V./Biodiesel Magazine)  With 53 percent raw material content, rapeseed oil remains the most important raw material source for the production of biodiesel in Germany, followed by palm oil with 25 percent, and coconut and soy oil at 11 percent each. This is the

July 15, 2013 Read Full Article

EPA Publishes Notice of Data Availability for Barley Ethanol

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has published a notice of data availability pertaining to ethanol produced from barley under the renewable fuel standard (RFS). Public comments will be accepted for 30 days following the publication of the notice in the Federal Register. According to the EPA,

July 15, 2013 Read Full Article

RFA Comments on Proposed Tier 3 Rule

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  …Kelly Davis, RFA Director of Regulatory Affairs, says they support the timely implementation of the Tier 3 standards especially the proposal to establish E15 as the certification test fuel beginning in 2017. “We really hope that these don’t get held up,” she said. “The E15 certification

July 8, 2013 Read Full Article

COLUMN-Biodiesel Could Ease U.S. "Blend Wall": Wynn

by Gerard Wynn (Reuters)  Biodiesel could in future ease so-called ethanol “blend wall” concerns facing the U.S. transportation fuel industry, whose capacity to blend corn ethanol in gasoline is nearing its physical limit. The biodiesel industry has ample production capacity and has considerable feedstock flexibility while diesel fuel faces no

July 8, 2013 Read Full Article

Sustainable Biodiesel Certification Program Officially Launches

(GreenCircle Certified LLC/Biodiesel Digest)  GreenCircle and the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance are proud to announce that the Sustainable Biodiesel Certification program is officially launched. The announcement came at Willie Nelson’s 80th birthday party on June 6 at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square. At the event, Nelson and his wife,

July 5, 2013 Read Full Article

Commercial Aviation Biofuels: Translating Green Ambitions into Green Miles

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  How to get from available field to affordable fuel in 14 steps. The MASBI report is out, and that’s good. … Last week, the Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiative, led by United Airlines, Boeing, Honeywell’s UOP, the Chicago Department of Aviation and the Clean Energy

July 5, 2013 Read Full Article

Culture of Compliance

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Keeping an ethanol plant in compliance with environmental rules and regulations isn’t just a one-person job. Most ethanol plants employ one or possibly two individuals charged with making sure the facility stays up-to-date with all permitting and reporting requirements. Considering the sheer amount of

July 2, 2013 Read Full Article

EU Debates U-Turn on Biofuels Policy

by Richard Van Noorden (Nature)  Key vote could signal withdrawal of support from biodiesel. The European Union (EU) has spent the past 10 years nurturing a €15-billion (US$20-billion) industry that makes transport fuel from food crops such as soya beans and sugar cane in the hope of cutting greenhouse-gas emissions. Yet

July 2, 2013 Read Full Article

EFSA Unable to Conclude Syngenta GM Corn Application

(Pesticide and Chemical Policy)  The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says it has been unable to reach a conclusion on GM corn application by Syngenta due to “insufficient data,” Agra Europe reports EFSA said Syngenta “failed to provide key information to allow a full risk assessment to take place of GM corn

June 27, 2013 Read Full Article

EPA Review of RFS Pathway Petitions (Comments on Illinois Study)

by David Glass (DGlassAssociates)  A new study was published last week by two researchers at the University of Illinois Energy Biosciences Institute, James S.N. McCubbins and A. Bryan Endres, regarding the length of time the Environmental Protection Agency is taking to review petitions submitted from industry for approval of new fuel pathways under

June 6, 2013 Read Full Article

DfT: 66% of Biofuels Supplied in the UK Are Sustainable

(E2B) According to the Department of Transport, between 15 April 2012 and 14 January 2013, 965 million litres of renewable fuel were supplied, of which 66 per cent have so proven to be sustainable. 18 per cent of sustainable renewable fuel used in the UK was sourced from UK feedstocks. Excluding

May 9, 2013 Read Full Article

RSB Becomes Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials; Expanded Scope Prompts Re-Branding

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) is pleased to announce that RSB has a new name. Following a decision during a recent meeting of the RSB Assembly of Delegates, the new name of the organization is “Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials”. The name change reflects RSB’s

May 7, 2013 Read Full Article

Airlines Must Commit to Using Biofuels that Have Been Certified to Internationally Recognised Standards, Says NRDC Report

(GreenAirOnline)  Although the entry of airlines into the biofuel marketplace is a significant step in the right direction, the sustainability of this development is of critical importance, says the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The US environmental group argues that the aviation industry has a responsibility to use biofuels that

May 7, 2013 Read Full Article

New Report Analyses Current Dutch Biomass Trading

(Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation)  A recently published report provides an in-depth overview of the current state of affairs in Dutch biomass trading. “We’re satisfied to report a significant increase in certified biomass imports, especially in the energy sector.” With so much going on in the biomass

May 7, 2013 Read Full Article

Squeezing More From Ethanol

by Matthew L. Wald (The New York Times)  Faced with a crop of lemons — too much ethanol, a population of cars not tuned to burn it effectively and a driving public leery of the fuel’s properties — the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to make lemonade. The effort to

May 6, 2013 Read Full Article

Ethanol Outpaced by Gasoline on Concern Blend Wall to Cap Demand

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  …“The only thing that worries me is the gasoline demand category,” said Jason Ward, an analyst at Northstar Commodity Investments Inc. in Minneapolis. “It’s key because if you start fading on gasoline demand, you will be capped. You won’t use as much ethanol.” …If gasoline demand remains poor,

May 6, 2013 Read Full Article

Divisions Appear To Grow Among Biofuels Groups Over EPA Fuels Policies

(Clean Energy Report)  An initial split between some biofuels groups over EPA’s 2013 renewable fuel standard’s (RFS) production targets appears to be expanding divisions over other agency fuel policies. Advanced biofuels producers are opposing EPA’s Tier III plan to make 15 percent ethanol blends (E15) a certification fuel to use

May 3, 2013 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Supports Proposed Tier 3 Higher Octane Vehicle Fuel and Emissions Regulations, with Recommendations for Implementation

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  As part of the recently proposed Tier 3 motor vehicle fuel and emission regulations, EPA had included a very forward looking idea that could bring higher octane, higher ethanol (E-30) gasoline to the marketplace.  Advanced Biofuels USA fully supports this idea. “This should  not be an issue

May 3, 2013 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Producer Community Fuels Gets BQ-9000 Lab Certification

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  California-based Community Fuels recently earned BQ-9000 Laboratory certification, making it the first biodiesel producer in the nation to receive this third-party approval. “We are serious about quality and believe that biodiesel with reliable and predictable fuel performance is necessary for our industry to grow and

May 3, 2013 Read Full Article

Community Fuels Is the First Biodiesel Producer in the Nation to Secure BQ9000 Laboratory Certification

(Community Fuels)  Community Fuels earned BQ9000 Laboratory certification on March 14th making it the first biodiesel producer in the nation to receive this third party approval. “We are serious about quality and believe that biodiesel with reliable and predictable fuel performance is necessary for our industry to grow and prosper. Our extensive in-house

April 30, 2013 Read Full Article

CME, ICE Rivalry Enters Biofuel Arena

(Reuters/Chicago Tribune)  The battle between CME Group Inc. and the IntercontinentalExchange moves to the market for biofuel credits next month. CME will launch contracts to trade renewable identification numbers (RINs) on May 13, two weeks after the ICE debuts its RIN contracts. …Both are launching contracts for D4 (biodiesel), D5

April 26, 2013 Read Full Article

Aviation RFJ: Are You Getting on Board? Technical Pathway Development–Expanding Supply and Reducing Cost

by Aino Siirala (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Steve Csonka, as director of Enviro Strategy and Ecomagination, GE Aviation, the world-leading provider of jet engines, gave an overview of the importance of renewable jet fuel specifications leading to commercialization at the Biomass 2012 conference. Industry is working in concert to catalyze promising,

April 26, 2013 Read Full Article

Kinder Morgan Generating 700,000 RINS Per Month from Transmix Ops

(TankTerminals.com)  April 22, 2013 [OPIS] – Thanks to its transmix operations, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners is seeing only upside from the steep escalation in the value of RINs, having reaped nearly $2 million from their sale in the first quarter, the company said this week. In a conference call to

April 25, 2013 0 comment Read Full Article

CME Group Announces New Futures Contracts for Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs)

(CME Group/PR NewsWire)  CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced the launch of nine new futures contracts for Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs). These contracts will be listed with, and subject to, the rules and regulations of NYMEX. “With the recent increase in volatility in RINs

April 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Ethanol RINs Market Explodes

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Lack of transparency makes market analysis difficult. …The ethanol producer’s role in RIN generation is basic: produce the physical gallons and fill in the required information to generate the RINs in the automated EMTS system. That information becomes part of the shipping documentation as

April 24, 2013 Read Full Article

Institute for Energy Research’s Response to Politico Op-Ed Smells Like a Skunk

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  … (Robert) Murphy simply regurgitates Big Oil’s false argument that the RFS is driving up fuel costs. There’s not a shred of evidence to support that notion, but that’s never stopped these folks before. Murphy apparently takes issue with my characterization that the overwhelming majority

April 24, 2013 Read Full Article

EU Biodiesel Terms Increasingly Complex

(Argus Media)  Biodiesel trade terms are becoming increasingly complicated as buyers and sellers haggle over sustainability clauses, payments terms and water content. Much of the wrangling has appeared over Fame 0 biodiesel compliant with the EU renewable energy directive (RED), known as RED Fame 0, as certain buyers are now

April 24, 2013 Read Full Article

Differing RINs Estimates Creates Confusion, Market Spikes

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Confusion remains over how to interpret and compare various estimates of renewable identification number (RIN) availability, said Nick Paulson, assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois. In the department’s ongoing analysis in FarmDocDaily, Paulson posted, “An

April 23, 2013 Read Full Article

Kinder Morgan to Blend Biodiesel in Las Vegas, Phoenix in Early Q2

by Beth Evans (Platts)  Kinder Morgan expects to begin biodiesel blending at its terminals in Las Vegas and Phoenix “in the early part of the second quarter,” the company said Wednesday. Recently completed modifications at those terminals will allow for receipt, storage and blending of biodiesel, it said in a

April 23, 2013 Read Full Article

AFPM Welcomes EPA Move to Address Biodiesel Fraud but Greater Fix is Needed

(Wall Street Journal/The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers)  The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) and American Petroleum Institute (API) filed comments in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed biofuel Quality Assurance Program. “EPA’s proposal is a welcome attempt to address the significant fraud in the biofuel markets,

April 19, 2013 Read Full Article

Freeze It – A Proposal for Implementing RFS2 through 2015

by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good (FarmDocDaily)  …Here, we present a proposal for implementing the RFS2 through 2015 that recognizes the constraints implied by the E10 blend wall and will avert the impact of the issues identified in the previous analysis. We believe the proposal is realistic because it balances

April 11, 2013 Read Full Article

New EPA Fuel, Emission Standards A Benefit for Ethanol

(Farm Futures)  National Corn Growers Association says more stringent emissions standards create a place for ethanol’s higher octane levels to shine …The tier 3 standards increase the level of stringency with which vehicle emissions are regulated with the goal of decreasing air pollution. While these more stringent regulations on sulfur,

April 9, 2013 Read Full Article

EPA Tier 3 Rules Lower Sulfur Content, Assume E15 to Replace E10

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has proposed Tier 3 emission standards for cars and gasoline. The new goals for lower sulfur content got the attention in the first days after the release of the proposed rules, but for the ethanol industry the news is in

April 8, 2013 Read Full Article

ePURE Calls for Modeling European Biofuels Policy after the RFS

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The European Renewable Ethanol Association, ePURE, has released results of a study that determined the double counting mechanism proposed by the European Commission to spur production of advanced biofuels is ineffective. Rather, the organization is called for a dedicated sub-target for these fuels under

April 5, 2013 Read Full Article

11 Reasons Why You Should Invest in the Biodiesel Industry

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine/MarketWire)  Below is breakdown of the latest, sourced information as to why investment in biodiesel is a sound decision written by Ron Kotrba, Editor of Biodiesel Magazine. 1. Jump in on a growing market: The U.S. biodiesel industry is poised for its most profitable, successful year yet

March 29, 2013 Read Full Article

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