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SCS Expands Biofuel Certification Services into Southeast Asia

( SCS Global Services/PR NewsWire)   SCS Global Services has announced the expansion of its biofuel certification services in Southeast Asia. The veteran third-party environmental certification body will now conduct audits under the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) program, which will allow biofuel producers in Southeast Asia to meet the requirements for export into the

March 28, 2013 Read Full Article

EU Biofuel Policies: DBFZ Explains, Comments on EC Proposals

(UFOP/Biodiesel Magazine) The German Research Center for Biomass (DBFZ) was commissioned by the German oilseed promotional council (UFOP) to explain the proposals by the European Commission regarding the amendment of the Renewable Energies Directive and the Fuel Quality Directive in a technical paper, with commentary on the most important key

March 20, 2013 Read Full Article

International Regulation of Microorganisms for Biofuel or Chemical Production: North and South America and Africa

by David Glass (DGlassAssociates.com)  … The use of genetically modified microorganisms (GMOs) in manufacturing will likely face a fairly straightforward regulatory process in most countries, because such “contained” uses will generally pose far fewer hypothetical concerns about environmental or public health impacts. In contrast, the use of genetically modified plants

March 19, 2013 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Industry Poised to Help Fill Advanced Biofuel Requirement

by Anne Steckel (Biodiesel Magazine/National Biodiesel Board)  The National Biodiesel Board recently welcomed the proposed rule from the U.S. EPA establishing the 2013 advanced biofuels requirements under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) at 2.75 billion RINs. The U.S. biodiesel industry is poised and ready to help meet these requirements, and

March 14, 2013 Read Full Article

Latest NREL Quality Survey Shows 97 Percent on Spec

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Teresa Alleman, a senior chemist at National Renewable Energy Laboratory, shared the latest biodiesel fuel quality survey results at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Las Vegas Feb. 4-7. NREL obtained B100 samples from 53 producers and 14 terminals from August 2011 through February 2012.

March 14, 2013 Read Full Article

Aviation Industry Takes Positive Step in Ensuring Biofuels Deliver on Promise of Sustainability

by Debbie Hammel (National Resources Defense Council) The aviation industry has made reducing carbon emissions and moving away from fossil fuels key strategic priorities. A number of airlines are now entering the biofuel marketplace, working to source, develop, and invest in biofuel supplies. This is a significant step in the right

March 13, 2013 Read Full Article

Des Moines Company Keeps Tabs on Biofuel Production, Sales

by Dan Piller (Des Moines Register)  EcoEngineers tapped by EPA to help audit RFS compliance. In a small office in the East Village of Des Moines, a handful of engineers and statisticians are hard at work keeping score on how much biofuel is being produced and which oil companies and

March 12, 2013 Read Full Article

Amyris Embraces Bonsucro Sustainability Standard for Sugarcane

(Sustainable Plant)  Renewable chemicals company Amyris, Inc. has joined the Bonsucro sugarcane sustainability standard. Amyris is the first advanced biofuels and chemicals company of its kind to join Bonsucro, paving the way for certification of Amyris’s renewable products. Bonsucro is a global multi-stakeholder, non-profit initiative focused on improving the social,

March 12, 2013 Read Full Article

SkyNRG First Jet Fuel Supply Chain to Earn RSB Certification

(RSB Services Foundation)  The RSB Services Foundation, which is responsible for the distribution and implementation of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) global sustainability standard for biofuel production, is pleased to announce that SkyNRG is the first biofuel operator worldwide to earn the RSB certification for their supply chain of

March 8, 2013 Read Full Article

The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels Recognizes Forests Certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

(PR Web)  RSB now recognizes FSC which certifies responsibly managed forests. The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) is pleased to announce its decision to recognize the standard of the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) which certifies responsibly managed forests. As RSB and FSC standards are aligned on most sustainability aspects, FSC

March 6, 2013 Read Full Article

Stoel Rives Publishes White Paper on RIN Program Change Proposal

(Stoel Rives/Biodiesel Magazine)  Stoel Rives LLP, a national energy and biofuels law firm, has published a white paper that provides a comprehensive overview of proposed regulatory changes to the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program, specifically the renewable identification number (RIN) market. The U.S. EPA initiated these proposed changes following its revelation

March 6, 2013 Read Full Article

Arundo Donax Safe from Noxious Weed Designation in North Carolina

(SFN Today)  At the North Carolina Board of Agriculture’s meeting on Tuesday, whether or not to classify Arundo donax as a noxious weed in the state was at the top of the agenda. Vernon Cox, Division Director of the Plant Industry Division details the decision: “The ultimate decision is that

March 6, 2013 Read Full Article

Aviation Biofuels: Are you Getting on Board? Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuels: An Update on Efforts

by Nate Brown (Federal Aviation Administration)  Nate Brown, Alternative Fuels Project Manager of the Federal Aviation Administration, presented an update on FAA’s efforts at the Biomass 2012 conference. FAA’s approach is advancing the use of alternative jet fuels.  FAA collaborates via the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative. CAAFI is an

March 6, 2013 Read Full Article

Addax Bioenergy Earns First African Certification by Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB)

(RSB Services)  The RSB Services Foundation, the implementing entity of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) which has developed a global sustainability standard and certification system for biofuel production, is pleased to announce that Addax Bioenergy Sierra Leone (SL) Limited has earned the RSB sustainability certification, the first for any

February 28, 2013 Read Full Article

Piedmont Biofuels Certified Under Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels Program

(AZO Cleantech)  Piedmont Biofuels of Pittsboro, North Carolina has been certified under the internationally recognized Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) Program following a third-party assessment conducted by SCS Global Services (SCS). Piedmont Biofuels collects used cooking oil from restaurants in the Research Triangle Park area and uses it to produce

February 28, 2013 Read Full Article

Small Farmers Risk Exclusion from Biofuels Certification Schemes

(UN Food and Agriculture Organization)  The way certification schemes for biofuels are structured makes it difficult for smallholder producers and many developing countries to participate in export markets, according to a new report from FAO. The report, Biofuels and the Sustainability Challenge, finds that current certification schemes, which are voluntary and

February 27, 2013 Read Full Article

EPA Issues Final Rule for Additional Qualifying Renewable Fuel Pathways under the RFS Program

(Environmental Protection Agency)   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to identify additional fuel pathways that the Agency has determined meet the lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction requirements for biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and cellulosic biofuel under the National Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. This final

February 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Dynamic Fuels Earns Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) Certification

(RSB Services Foundation)  The RSB Services Foundation, the implementing entity of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) which has developed a global sustainability standard and certification system for biofuel production, is pleased to announce that Dynamic Fuels, LLC (Dynamic Fuels) has earned the RSB sustainability certification. The RSB certification encompasses

February 25, 2013 Read Full Article

The USDA’s BioPreferred Program – in Suspended Animation — What Next?

by Jim Lane (BioBased Digest)  … It is a program that encourages companies to voluntarily register the amount of biobased content in their products — and, for those that pass a minimum content threshold, the BioPreferred program and its team promotes the products for adoption by US government agencies —

February 21, 2013 Read Full Article

US EPA’s Byron Bunker Deciphers Biodiesel RIN QAP Proposed Rule

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  After U.S. EPA’s much-anticipated renewable identification number (RIN) quality assurance program (QAP) proposed rule was released last week, biodiesel producers and industry stakeholders at the 2013 National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Las Vegas eagerly awaited deciphering from the agency’s Byron Bunker, director of the

February 13, 2013 Read Full Article

Latest Biodiesel Quality Results Show a Record 97 Percent on Spec

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Teresa Alleman, a senior chemist with the fuels performance group at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., shared the latest biodiesel fuel quality survey results with attendees at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. NREL obtained B100 samples from 53

February 10, 2013 Read Full Article

Chevron VP: Forget Cellulosic Biofuel, Build Better Cars

by David R. Baker (San Francisco Chronicle)  The oil industry is mounting a concerted push to roll back biofuel mandates, both in Washington and Sacramento. At the federal level, oil lobbyists have joined with environmentalists and ranchers — a Coalition of the Unlikely — to block new rules increasing the amount of ethanol that

February 8, 2013 Read Full Article

2013 a Pivotal Year for the Renewable Fuel Standard

by Paul Winter (Biotechnology Industry Organization)  Less than a decade ago, the nation’s energy experts projected imports of oil to continue to grow throughout the first third of the century. Both Congress and the President recognized that this was a threat to our economic competitiveness and growth. So, the United

February 2, 2013 Read Full Article

EPA Proposes Rules for Voluntary RIN Integrity Program

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   On Jan. 31 the U.S. EPA published a proposed rule that creates a structured process for buyers of renewable identification numbers (RINs) to verify their validity. Under the proposal, the EPA said that RINs would be verified through a new voluntary quality assurance

February 2, 2013 Read Full Article

RIN Management Strategies: Prepping for New EPA RIN Quality Rules

by Jeff Hove (RINAlliance/Biodiesel Magazine)  …Managing RIN transactions and completing EPA reports has become slightly easier under RFS2 and EMTS rules. RIN marketing, however, has become increasingly difficult in a market that has been rocked with fraud and belligerent acts of noncompliance. Petroleum marketers that were once incentivized to blend

January 25, 2013 Read Full Article

Take-off meeting: Register of Biofuels Origination (RBO Consortium)

(EnAlgae)  Sustainable biofuels are at the heart of present and future EU renewable transport policies. Among them, extra incentivised biofuels – e.g. “double-counting” biofuels (whose contribution to EU targets shall be considered to be twice that made by other biofuels) – are representing a progressively larger share of Member States’

January 23, 2013 Read Full Article

RIN Management and RIN Marketing Strategies: Prepping for New EPA RIN Quality Rules

by Jeff Hove  (RINAlliance/EcoEngineers)  RINAlliance was established in 2007 to assist petroleum marketers and renewable fuel blenders with EPA blending compliance requirements. Today, RINAlliance serves 130 blenders with EPA reporting and RIN marketing. They currently manage more than 2 million RINs per day while aggregating and marketing RINs that have been

January 18, 2013 Read Full Article

U.S. Biodiesel Producers Gain from Tax Reinstatement

, RIN Integrity Programs

by Janet McGurty (Biofuels Digest)  …Larger producers of biodiesel like Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland get a higher price for their RINs than the producers with smaller balance sheets. For producers outside of the largest, integrated tier, RINs can fetch anywhere from 5 to 30 percent less than full market

January 11, 2013 Read Full Article

A Look at DuPont Biofuel’s Work on Cellulosic Ethanol and Butanol

by Robert Rapier (Consumer Energy Report) …DuPont is currently engaged in two major projects to commercialize advanced biofuels. The first is a 30 million gallon per year corn stover-fed facility in Nevada, Iowa. DuPont  has been working on this technology for about 10 years. They focused on corn stover because it is

January 11, 2013 Read Full Article

Aviation Biofuels: Are you Getting on Board?: Sustainable Aviation Biofuels Unified, Focused Transport Leaders Ready for Takeoff!

by Aino Siirala (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Richard L. Altman, Executive director of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI),  gave a presentation to DOE Biomass 2012. CAAFI is a coalition of airlines, aircraft and engine manufacturers, energy producers, researchers, international participants and U.S. government agencies. (More information www.caafi.org). Altman explained

January 2, 2013 Read Full Article

Program Launched to Authenticate Feedstock as 'Renewable Biomass'

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  …While the biodiesel industry is working with EPA, obligated parties under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) and third-party verifiers to ensure valid generation of renewable identification numbers (RINs)—credits generated with biofuel that can be bought, sold and traded to help track RFS compliance—Ramon M. Benavides,

December 19, 2012 Read Full Article

EU Farmers and Biofuel Industry Mobilise against the EC Biofuel U-Turn

(AgiTrade) In a letter to the European Commission in early October 2012, Copa-Cogeca, the EU farmers’ and agricultural cooperatives’ organisation, affirmed its opposition to EC proposals to limit to 5% ‘the use of crop-based biofuels’ in meeting transportation energy needs and to introduce indirect land use change (ILUC) criteria within EU

December 17, 2012 Read Full Article

Most U.K. Crops Meet Environmental Biofuel Standards, AHDB Says

by Whitney McFerron   (Bloomberg)  Most rapeseed, sugar beet and wheat crops in the U.K. meet environmental standards for use in biofuels, the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board said. Ninety-seven percent of the country’s rapeseed, all of its sugar beets and 84 percent of its wheat may be able to

December 14, 2012 Read Full Article

How to Keep Biofuels Sustainable

by RP Siegel (TriplePundit) While the bio-based economy should be more sustainable than the alternative – any good idea can be implemented poorly. I asked Jesper Hedal Kløverpris, Sustainability Manager for Novozymes, how we can ensure that biofuels are being produced in a sustainable manner. Jesper Hedal Kløverpris:  There have been a

December 5, 2012 Read Full Article

EPA Grants Biofuel Pathway for Grain Sorghum

(FarmFutures) Qualifies some ethanol plants to produce domestic advanced biofuel The Environmental Protection Agency Monday announced it has approved grain sorghum as an eligible feedstock under the Renewable Fuels Standard. “This is a significant step forward for the sorghum industry,” said Bill Kubecka, Sorghum Checkoff chairman and a producer from Palacios,

December 5, 2012 Read Full Article

EU Commission Backs Controversial Sustainable Palm Oil Scheme

by Barbara Lewis  (Reuters)  The European Commission has approved a scheme that would certify as sustainable transport fuel made from palm oil, condemned by environmental groups as one of the most damaging sources of biodiesel. The Commission made public on Tuesday a decision taken last week to endorse the Roundtable

November 29, 2012 Read Full Article

Global Clean Energy Holdings Earns Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) Certification

(RSB Services Foundation/Global Clean Energy Holdings)  The RSB Services Foundation, the implementing entity of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) which has developed a global sustainability standard and certification system for biofuel production, is pleased to announce that Global Clean Energy Holdings (GCEH) is the first biofuels feedstock producer to

November 26, 2012 Read Full Article

NIST Posts Presentations for 4th International Conference on Biofuels Standards

The National Institute of Standards and Technology announced that it has posted presentations from the 4th International Conference on Biofuels Standards:  Current Issues, Future Trends on its web site.  The purpose of the meeting was to provide a forum for discussion of documentary and measurement standards and technologies for biofuels,

November 26, 2012 Read Full Article

Standards: Assurance of Quality or a Path toward Exclusion?

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  You know you have benefited from a conference when you come away from three days of presentations, panel discussions and a solid dose of audience participation with new understandings and clarifications; and with a hearty amount of new questions. The 4th International Conference on

November 15, 2012 0 comment Read Full Article

EPA Releases Draft QAP Requirements for RIN Validation

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has released its draft quality assurance plan requirements as part of its work to restructure the renewable fuel standard program to ensure renewable identification number (RIN) credits generated are valid before entering the marketplace. These developments are a direct result of isolated cases of fraud

November 12, 2012 Read Full Article

UK Gov to Source Palm Oil from Environmental-Friendly Sources by 2015

(NewEnergyWorldNetwork.com)  By the end of 2015, all palm oil used in the UK government’s food and catering services will be from environmentally-friendly sources, the country’s Environment Minister has announced. …The Renewable Energy Association (REA) commented on the palm oil statement and added that less than 0.5 per cent of biofuels

November 1, 2012 Read Full Article

Verifying Forest Sustainability

by Charles A. Levesque and Eric W. Kingsley (Innovative Natural Resource Solutions LLC/Biomass Magazine)  Increased talk about the use of woody biomass for energy in the U.S. has many people wondering how best to assure that the fuel and feedstock used by wood energy firms is harvested sustainably. The forest products

October 30, 2012 Read Full Article

Integration of Biodiesel RIN Verification in the BQ-9000 Program

by Pete Moss (Biodiesel Magazine)  BQ-9000 is the gold standard for quality control in the biodiesel industry. The accreditation program was developed by the National Biodiesel Board to ensure better quality in a rapidly growing market. A study completed in 2005-‘06 by the NBB and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found

October 26, 2012 Read Full Article

EcoEngineers RIN Program Manages 300 MMgy of Biodiesel Capacity

by Jim Baker (EcoEngineeers/Biodiesel Magazine)  Last October, EcoEngineers unveiled its RIN Quality Assurance Program to address RIN fraud that was destabilizing biodiesel RIN markets. At that time, the idea of a RIN QAP was unheard of, and many in the industry did not believe it was possible to monitor biofuel

October 26, 2012 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Demand, Profitability Sink

by Dan Piller (Des Moines Register)  So much biodiesel has been made and sold this year that the federal mandate for use of the biofuel has largely been met, resulting in a sudden loss of demand for the product and the shutdown of at least one Iowa biodiesel refinery. …The

October 25, 2012 Read Full Article

ASTM D5798 – 11 Standard Specification for Ethanol Fuel Blends for Flexible-Fuel Automotive Spark-Ignition Engines

(ASTM International)  This Ethanol Fuel Blends specification covers the requirements for automotive fuel blends of ethanol and gasoline for use in ground vehicles equipped with flexible-fuel spark-ignition engines. Fuel produced to this specification contains 51 to 83 volume % ethanol. Hydrocarbon blendstocks for meeting ethanol fuel blends performance requirements are

October 16, 2012 Read Full Article
  Opis LCFS Workshop   December 13-14, 2012    San Francisco, CA

Opis LCFS Workshop December 13-14, 2012 San Francisco, CA

California • New England • Quebec • British Columbia • Oregon • Ontario The Low Carbon Fuel Standard wave is spreading across North America. Attend this premiere workshop and hear from the leading authorities who are creating and shaping these regulations, from the experts who know how to stay in

October 3, 2012 Read Full Article

Integration of Biodiesel RIN Verification in the BQ-9000 Program

by Pete Moss (Biodiesel Magazine)  BQ-9000 is the gold standard for quality control in the biodiesel industry. The accreditation program was developed by the National Biodiesel Board to ensure better quality in a rapidly growing market. A study completed in 2005-‘06 by the NBB and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found

October 3, 2012 Read Full Article

'Miracle' Crop Could Invade Like Kudzu

By John Murawski  (News and Observer/Bradenton.com/Bradenton Herald)  It’s billed as a champion energy crop that yields three times as much ethanol per acre as corn, a fast-growing field grass that’s ideal for making clean auto fuel without displacing scarce crop land. The N.C. Biofuels Center has been pushing for more

September 30, 2012 Read Full Article

US EPA Direct Final, Proposed Rules Amend Heating Oil Definition

by Ashley Player (Biodiesel Magazine)  You may or may not have noticed that the U.S. EPA released a direct final rule and proposed rule on Sept.17 modifying the definition of heating oil in the renewable fuel standard (RFS2). … If a producer already meets the No. 1 or No. 2

September 26, 2012 Read Full Article

Analysis: Brazil Ethanol Returns to US as Biofuel Rules Pave Way

by Reese Ewing (Reuters)  Brazilian ethanol is rushing back into the United States after a three-year ebb, drawn less by the severe drought that has inflated corn costs than by biofuel regulations that could more than triple next year’s shipments. Even as corn prices shot to record highs above $8

September 21, 2012 Read Full Article

UC Riverside Developing Biofuel Formulations for California

by Sean Nealon  (UCR Today)  Research supports several California measures that aim to increase the use of renewable fuels and reduce greenhouse gases Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s College of Engineering – Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) are working with the state of California to develop diesel

August 30, 2012 Read Full Article

US Ethanol Imports under Scrutiny by the EU

The European Commission has today published its decision to proceed to the registration of ethanol imports coming from the USA by issuing a new regulation (n°771/2012)1. The decision comes in response to a request within an anti-subsidy case filed by the European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE) in November last year.

August 27, 2012 Read Full Article

Biofuels Approval Boost to Scottish Oilseeds

(The Bioenergy Site)  NFU Scotland and Scottish Quality Crops (SQC) have welcomed the announcement that the European Commission has accepted SQC into the sustainability certification scheme for biofuels. That recognition is a huge boost ahead of the Scottish oilseed rape harvest starting in the next few weeks.  The SQC quality

August 26, 2012 Read Full Article

Minn. Biodiesel Plant First to Pass RIN Integrity Network Audit

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Minnesota Soybean Processors is the first biodiesel plant to pass Genscape’s RIN Integrity Network audit. … The passing of its audit gives MnSP the first green icon on Genscape’s dashboard map of biodiesel producers, making it easy for subscribed obligated parties to spot the facility as

August 26, 2012 Read Full Article

Chevron Lummus joins ARA’s 100% Drop-In Aviation Biofuel Initiative

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In New Mexico, ARA announced today that Chevron Lummus Globalhas joined the ReadiJet Alternative Fuel Initiative to develop drop-in biofuels for jet and diesel engines, eliminating the need for blending with petroleum.   The joint development effort combines ARA’s CH PROCESS technology with Chevron Lummus Global’s ISOCONVERSION

August 14, 2012 Read Full Article

Cargill Smallholders Receive European Certification for the Supply of Sustainable Biofuels

(Equities.com)  Smallholders at Cargill’s palm oil plantation, PT Hindoli in South Sumatra, Indonesia, recently became the one of the first smallholders to receive official certification for sustainable palm oil supply for biofuels, according to the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) standards within the European Union (EU). ISCC is a

August 10, 2012 Read Full Article

Eco Ventures Awarded Local Permits for Biofuel Production; Company Anticipates Commencing Commercial Biofuel Production in Q1-13

(PRNewswire) Eco Ventures Group, Inc., an emerging producer of diversified, sustainable alternative energy, today announced that both Lake County and the City of Groveland, Florida have awarded the Company biofuel fabrication, manufacturing and sales permits. Along with the County’s permits, the City of Groveland passage of ordinance 2012-05-06 permits the Company’s fabrication of biofuel equipment, manufacturing

August 9, 2012 Read Full Article

INEOS Bio Facility Receives Registrations from U.S. EPA for Production and Sale of Next Generation Cellulosic Ethanol.

(INEOS Bio)  Florida project is first large-scale facility to receive registrations for the production of advanced cellulosic biofuels from non-food vegetative waste materials INEOS Bio announced that its joint venture project in Florida has been granted Parts 79 and 80 registrations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the production

August 9, 2012 Read Full Article

RFS2 Compliance: Little Known Facts Can Have a Big Impact

by Ashley Player (Biodiesel Magazine/Frazier, Barnes & Associates)  …One potential gray area is the treatment of off-spec biodiesel—many facilities simply sell the material without RINs to be reprocessed by other biodiesel plants. A question that might be asked is: does an approved pathway exist for the production of biodiesel from

August 8, 2012 Read Full Article

Solazyme Receives Fuel Registration From EPA for Soladiesel®RD

(Solazyme)  Solazyme, Inc., a renewable oil and bioproducts company, announced today that it has been granted registration for SoladieselRD fuel by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  This registration enables SoladieselRD to be sold commercially either in blended and unblended (R100) forms. “To our knowledge, SoladieselRD is the first 100% microbially

August 8, 2012 Read Full Article
  4th International Conference on Biofuels Standards: Current Issues, Future Trends November 13-15, 2012 Gaithersburg, MD

4th International Conference on Biofuels Standards: Current Issues, Future Trends November 13-15, 2012 Gaithersburg, MD

Organizers: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) – USA National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology (INMETRO) – Brazil European Commission – DG ENER – EU This international conference is being organized by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Brazilian National Institute of Metrology, Quality and

July 27, 2012 Read Full Article

ASTM Committee Sanctions New Voluntary No.1-B Grade for Biodiesel

(National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  …A new voluntary No. 1-B grade for biodiesel (B100) passed the ASTM D2 Committee on Petroleum Products and Lubricants this past spring and the results were sanctioned by the ASTM Committee on Standards in a meeting held late last week. …ASTM D6751, the ASTM standard for

July 25, 2012 Read Full Article

RINtrust Program Formed as RFS2 Engineering Review Deadline Nears

by Frazier Barnes & Associates (Biodiesel Magazine)  RIN fraud and RIN verification have emerged as key factors in a biodiesel plant’s viability as evidenced by the recent lawsuits for invalid RINs. As a result of a few bad apples, all advanced fuel plants are now held to a higher standard

July 25, 2012 Read Full Article

EM Biofuels Announces Rollout of RINPlus(TM)

(MarketWatch)  A Proprietary Renewable Identification Number (RIN) Assurance Program EM Biofuels, LLC announced today the rollout of RINPlus(TM), a proprietary, web-enabled platform that tracks the origin of each Renewable Identification Number (RIN). RINPlus(TM)( www.RINPLUS.com ) will give Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) obligated parties the ability to verify the genealogy of

July 23, 2012 Read Full Article

Musim Mas Expects More Demand for Certified Palm Oil

by Novan Iman Santosa  (The Jakarta Post)  Palm oil producer Musim Mas Group expects that there will be more demand for certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO), as the company is ready to provide the market with sustainable palm oil and its derivative products. “Currently the world’s demand for certified palm

July 18, 2012 Read Full Article

Fraud Cases Leave Biodiesel Industry Reeling

by Timothy B. Wheeler (The Baltimore Sun)  Biodiesel producers told a congressional panel Wednesday that they’re struggling to stay afloat in the aftermath of fraud cases uncovered in Baltimore and Texas, and a spokesman for petroleum refiners faulted the Environmental Protection Agency for slow response to a crisis he said has

July 13, 2012 Read Full Article

Blue Sugars Claims First Cellulosic RIN, Extends Petrobras Deal

By Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Blue Sugars Corp., formerly KL Energy Corp., can lay claim to a first in the world of cellulosic ethanol technology developers. “It was surprising to us when EPA confirmed [we got] the first RIN [renewable identification number] credit for cellulosic ethanol in the U.S.,” CEO

July 5, 2012 Read Full Article

RIN Programs Merge to Stabilize Biodiesel Market

by Ron Kotrba  (Biodiesel Magazine)  An agreement has been struck between Genscape Inc. and Lee Enterprises Consulting to merge Lee Enterprises’ renewable identification number (RIN) verification program, RIN 9000, into Genscape’s trademarked RIN Integrity Network. Supported by the National Biodiesel Board and its appointed RIN taskforce, Genscape launched its program

June 14, 2012 Read Full Article

Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuels Update on ASTM Approval

by Nate Brown (Federal Aviation Administration)  Power Point presentation with graphics illustrating the steps for new aviation fuel approval, graphic descriptions of anticipated aviation fuels (and progress of various pathways along the process).  Includes alcohol to jet, direct sugar to hydrocarbons, Hydrotreated Depolymerized Cellulosic Jet (Pyrolysis) (HDCJ), Catalytic Hydrothermolysis (CH) and other

May 30, 2012 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Makers Hope New Audit Program Thaws RIN Market

(Argus Media)  Small biodiesel makers hope an outside firm brought in to authenticate fuel production will thaw a renewable identification number (RIN) market chilled by two years of fraud. Genscape’s RIN Integrity program – set to launch by the end of May – offers a subscription service to biodiesel producers

May 21, 2012 Read Full Article

Measuring the energy and greenhouse gas balances of biofuels and bio-based chemicals using LCA, NNFCC 12-023

(UK’s National Center for Biorenewable Energy, Fuels and Materials)  This report investigates the importance of allocation procedures in reporting and understanding energy and greenhouse gas balances from life cycle assessment of biofuels and bio-based chemicals. Life cycle assessment (LCA), or life cycle analysis as it is also known, is a

May 3, 2012 Read Full Article

National Farmers Union Attacks Government Biofuel Policy

(FarmingUK.com)  Latest government figures reveal that the vast majority of biofuels supplied in the UK are made from imported feedstock, with almost nine out of every 10 litres of foreign origin. The NFU have said that UK biofuel growers have been subject to poor policy making by the Department of

May 3, 2012 Read Full Article

Case No. 3: EPA Issues Green Diesel Violation for 60M Bad RINs

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S. EPA issued a Notice of Violation to Houston-based Green Diesel LLC April 30 for generating more than 60 million invalid biomass-based diesel (D-Code 4) renewable identification numbers (RINs) under the federal renewable fuel standard (RFS2) program. The opening of the investigation into Green

May 2, 2012 Read Full Article

EU Biofuels’ Indirect Carbon Emissions Debate To Move Forward

(Wall Street Journal/Governors Biofuels Coalition)  Top European Union policy makers will next week be faced with one of Europe’s most controversial climate policies, as they consider whether biofuels do more harm than good when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions. The 27 European commissioners will for the first time discuss

April 30, 2012 Read Full Article

EPA Levies Administrative Fines for Invalid Biodiesel RINs

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  The U.S. EPA has announced the amount of administrative settlements levied against 30 obligated parties and renewable fuel exporters due to the purchase of invalid biodiesel renewable identification numbers (RINs) used by EPA to track obligated party compliance with the renewable fuel standard (RFS2). The

April 26, 2012 Read Full Article

EcoEngineers Announces the Launch of New RIN Indices

(EcoEngineers)   EcoEngineers expands into the business of providing RIN pricing data and forms EcoEngineers Indexing Services LLC to better serve biofuel markets. EcoEngineers Indexing Services LLC is an independent, highly-focused indexing company concentrating solely on providing the biofuels sector with reliable RIN pricing data. “EcoEngineers continues to show its commitment

April 20, 2012 Read Full Article

Biofuels Lobbying Could Pay off This Harvest

(NFU Online)  The updated Red Tractor farm assurance scheme for crops and sugar beet is on the verge of being officially accepted across the EU in time for this year’s harvest, the NFU said today. The move is designed to help give crops and sugar beet producers a head start in the

April 20, 2012 Read Full Article

EU Requires Sustainable Biofuels: How U.S. Ethanol Producers Can Become Certified

by Antje Grzesik (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ISCC System GmbH)  …The EU Renewable Energy Directive (Directive 2009/28/EC) establishes a common framework for the promotion of energy from renewable sources in the European Union. In the area of biofuels and liquid biomass for electricity and heat production, the EU set sustainability requirements for renewable

April 16, 2012 Read Full Article

EPA Approves E15 Ethanol Blend Registrations

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In Washington, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the first applications for registration of ethanol for use in making gasoline that contains up to 15 percent ethanol – known as E15. …Registration is a prerequisite to introducing E15 into the marketplace. Before it can be

April 11, 2012 Read Full Article

Malaysia, Indonesia Refute EPA Report on Palm Oil-Based Biofuels

(Bernama)  Malaysia and Indonesia, the world’s largest producers of palm oil, are on a joint mission to correct and update a United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report that could impact future exports of palm oil-based biofuels. Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, who is leading the

March 29, 2012 Read Full Article

ADM Introduces Sustainable Grower Program for Canadian Canola

by Erin Voegele   (Biodiesel Magazine)   Archer Daniels Midland Co. Agri-Industries Lloydminster oilseeds processing facility recently announced the introduction of its Sustainable Grower Program in connection with the sustainability certification it has earned from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification system. According to information released by ADM, the Lloydminster,

March 27, 2012 Read Full Article

EU to Recognize Ensus as Biofuel Certification in ‘Matter of Weeks’: Source

(Platts)  A decision in favor of recognizing Ensus, a UK biofuel sustainability certification scheme, will be taken in “a matter of weeks,” a European Commission source said Monday. UK bioethanol producer Ensus received the support of EU member states’ experts on the Committee on the Sustainability of Biofuels and Other

March 27, 2012 Read Full Article

National Biodiesel Board Introduces First Phase of RIN Solution

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The first phase of the National Biodiesel Board’s measures to help restore integrity to the renewable identification number (RIN) credit market was established yesterday after NBB held a town hall meeting with its members to discuss the plan. The “audit option,” as it is referred

March 14, 2012 Read Full Article

The Palms Of Controversy

by Joelle Brink (Biofuels Digest Asia) Palms are said to be a symbol of peace and prosperity, but you can’t prove it by the past few weeks of heated debate over palm biofuel. Last week, we looked at the discrepancy between the EU and EPA findings on the emissions reduction value

March 13, 2012 Read Full Article

E15 Ethanol Blend Clears Another Hurdle

by Rick Barrett (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)   Efforts to increase the amount of ethanol in gasoline have cleared another hurdle, meaning a 15% biofuel blend could be available this spring if gasoline stations choose to sell it. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved industry-submitted studies showing that a blend

March 12, 2012 Read Full Article

ANALYSIS-Doubts about Biodiesel Threaten the EU’s Green Targets

by Charlie Dunmore and Ivana Sekularac (Reuters)  The European Union will almost certainly not meet their targets for cutting emissions of fuels in the transportation sector if policymakers act on the basis of scientific warnings about the impact of biofuels on climate. Several studies have questioned the benefits of biodiesel

March 8, 2012 Read Full Article

News Release: Inaugural Report Shows Impressive Uptake of RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm Oil in 2011

(Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil)  Multi stakeholder initiative, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) reported unprecedented growth for Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) in the year 2011 as accounted for in its inaugural qualitative review entitled “2011 RSPO CSPO Growth Interpretation Narrative” (2011 GIN). The 2011 GIN, the first

March 5, 2012 Read Full Article

Biodiesel RIN Task Force Set, First Meeting Scheduled for Feb. 28

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Earlier this month, at the National Biodiesel Conference in Orlando, Fla., National Biodiesel Board CEO Joe Jobe said he and NBB chairman Gary Haer were establishing a task force, comprised of representatives from the U.S. EPA, the biodiesel industry and oil companies, to restore confidence

February 29, 2012 Read Full Article

Thirsty for More: Ethanol’s High Octane Rating May Be the Ticket for Meeting Escalating Fuel Efficiency Standards in Engines

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The proposed Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards unveiled by the agencies, which reportedly had the support of major automakers and environmental groups, would steadily increase fuel efficiency requirements for light-duty truck and passenger cars from an average of

February 27, 2012 Read Full Article

Target For Transformation: Can Biobutanol Provide Ethanol Producers New Paths towards Diversification?

Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Diversification has been a topic of interest for some time now, but this is the year producers need to move toward incorporating alternative revenue streams into their operations. High on the list of contenders is biobutanol. It offers producers the opportunity to squeeze another product

February 27, 2012 Read Full Article

Airlines Set to Win Carbon Credits from Biofuel Flights

(EurActiv)  The European Commission has asked airlines to report on “the amount of biomass” they use so that biofuels can be accounted as “zero emission” in the greenhouse gas emissions reports they are requested to produce each year under the EU’s carbon scheme for the aviation sector. The plan, detailed

February 15, 2012 Read Full Article

NCSI Certifies Shoalhaven Starches against Global Sustainable Biofuels Benchmark

(NCS International)  NCS International (“NCSI”) has certified the world’s first organisation against the Principles and Criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (“RSB”). RSB is a new international standard that can be applied across the entire biofuel supply chain, from farmer, processor to fuel blender and aims to ensure biofuels

February 13, 2012 Read Full Article

First Certification Against RSB Global Sustainability Standard Achieved By the Manildra Group

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels)  The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) today announced the first completed commercial certification of the Manildra Group of Australia. The certification was conducted by NCS International, an RSB-accredited certification agency. The Manildra Group, through its subsidiary Shoalhaven Starches Pty Ltd, is producing bioethanol from starchy wastewater

February 11, 2012 Read Full Article

House Committee Members, Industry Slam Effort to Delay E15

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology met Feb. 7 to markup H.R. 3199, a bill introduced last fall by committee Vice Chairman Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., that would require the National Academy of Sciences to conduct further testing on the effects of E15 on

February 8, 2012 Read Full Article

Oil Refiners and Biofuels: 2012 to Feature Fight over RFS, Cooperation on RIN Fraud

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In Florida, the National Biodiesel Conference — biodiesel’s grandest show — opened with exuberance over 2011 results, and resolve to meet the industry’s two major issues in 2012, defense of the Renewable Fuel Standard, and a crack-down on phony biodiesel credits sold to obligated parties

February 7, 2012 Read Full Article

Republicans to Investigate EPA Handling of Renewable-Fuel Rules

by Mark Drajem (Bloomberg)  The House Energy and Commerce Committee said it will investigate the actions of the Environmental Protection Agency in combating fraud in the renewable-fuels program. The EPA discovered that fuel credits, which can be traded, are being fraudulently sold, the committee said in a statement. The EPA’s

February 6, 2012 Read Full Article

Lee Enterprises Consulting Launches New RIN Verification Program

by Wayne Lee (Biodiesel Magazine/Lee Enterprises Consulting)  Lee Enterprises Consulting announced a first-of-its-kind RIN verification program on Jan. 31, known as RIN 9000, to assist biodiesel blenders, producers and obligated parties in verifying the validity of RINs being sold or purchased. The program was designed by the consulting group’s principal,

February 1, 2012 Read Full Article

CAAFI Launches Path to Alternative Jet Fuel Readiness

(CAAFI)  The goal of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative® (CAAFI®) is to facilitate the development and deployment of alternative jet fuels that offer equivalent levels of safety and performance and compare favorably on cost with petroleum based jet fuel, and that offer environmental improvement and security of energy supply

January 26, 2012 Read Full Article

NBB’s Biodiesel for Diesel Technicians Training Program Earns ASE Accreditation

by National Biodiesel Board (Biodiesel Magazine)  The National Biodiesel Board’s Biodiesel for Diesel Technicians training program has taken a huge leap forward in becoming the nation’s first Automotive Service Excellence accredited program for supplying biodiesel education to diesel mechanics. The program is designed to educate diesel automotive instructors, service technicians,

January 23, 2012 Read Full Article

Certifying Sustainability: Ethanol Bound for the EU Undergoes New Scrutiny

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …In July 2011, the European Union belatedly approved the first seven voluntary sustainability schemes for biofuels as required by the Renewable Energy Directive. The directive, commonly referred to as RED, requires all 27 EU member states to increase the amount of renewable energy they

January 16, 2012 Read Full Article

Control Union’s Verkerk Says Biofuels Will Grow Europe Canola Market

by Scott Larson   (The Star Phoenix)  A new market for canola growers is opening up in Europe, says a representative for Control Union, a Netherland-based company that certifies supply chains for products entering Europe. While Canadian canola has been shut out of Europe’s food chain because of genetically modified

December 28, 2011 Read Full Article

2100 CAAFI General Meeting Presentations Available Online

Presentations delivered by the various panel members are available on the CAAFI Expo website.  READ MORE Business Team RIN Compliance and D-Code Pathway Definitions (PDF) – Luce Business Team Panel Discussion Elements of Alternative Fuels – Business Case Analysis (PDF)– John Rau Biofuels Financing Strategies (PDF) – Cindy Thyfault Certification

December 22, 2011 Read Full Article

Battery-Car Future Undercut by Europe, Improvements in ICE Technology

by Neil Winton (Detroit News)  Investment bank Morgan Stanley came up with a nasty surprise for Nissan-Renault and other cheer-leaders for battery powered cars when it cut its electric vehicle sales forecast by nearly 50 per cent for 2025. Europe’s economic crisis means crucial government subsidy to kick-start the market

December 19, 2011 Read Full Article

Reaching the E15 Summit: Getting the Waiver Was Easy, Compared to the Work Required to Fulfill Requirements for E15 Implementation

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …The industry believed it had the scientific backing to support the use of higher ethanol blends in all vehicles and said allowing higher blends into the market would create jobs, lessen dependence on foreign oil and improve the environment through reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

December 14, 2011 Read Full Article

Solving ILUC by Thinking Out of the Box

by Robert Vierhout (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ePURE)  In various circles, the current thinking on indirect land use change (ILUC) is very much driven by negative perceptions. In the EU, the concern is that biofuel policy is counterproductive to what policymakers want to achieve in the first place: avoiding increases in greenhouse

December 8, 2011 Read Full Article

By Train, By Truck, or By Boat: How Ethanol Moves and Where It’s Going

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …In September, Ed Hubbard, legislative counsel for the Renewable Fuels Association, addressed the topic of ethanol exports during a presentation at an ethanol logistics conference held in New Orleans. He noted that the amount of ethanol exported from the U.S. this year exceeded everyone’s

December 8, 2011 Read Full Article

Swedish Sustainability Certification for Biofuels

(The Bioenergy Site)  Starting February 1, 2012, a Sustainability Decision from the Swedish Energy Agency is required for biofuels in order to be eligible for tax incentives or to count for mandatory national renewable energy targets in Sweden. Sweden was one of the first member states to implement the Renewable

December 8, 2011 Read Full Article

Byogy Seeks up to $30 Million to Market Alcohol-Based Jet Fuel

by Christine Boynton  (Air Transport World)  California-based Byogy Renewables will seek as much as $30 million in funding from private equity and strategic investors by mid-2012, Bloomberg reported. The funds will be used to commercialize its alcohol-based fuel, and for testing by ASTM International.  READ MORE and MORE (Bloomberg)

December 8, 2011 Read Full Article

Cautious Optimism and Practical Progress with a Side of Gallows Humor: The Mood at the CAAFI General Meeting

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) held their general meeting conference and expo November 30-December 1 in Washington, DC.  Optimism and celebration from seeing real commercial airlines flying with real biofuels since the July publication of the revised ASTM  D7566 international standard was

December 2, 2011 Read Full Article

Butanol Producers Target Biofuels Market

by Philip Brasher (Argus Leader)  … A top official with the Environmental Protection Agency, which regulates motor fuels, told lawmakers recently butanol is one of the nation’s “most promising biofuels.” However, the product faces potential government barriers that provide an advantage to ethanol, according to companies that plan to make the

November 15, 2011 Read Full Article

Biofuels and Other Bioliquids—Facts and Perspectives

by Igor Dormuth and Elena Schmidt (Biomass Power and Thermal/TÜV SÜD Industrie Service)   New EU sustainability criteria for biofuels and other bioliquids must be complied with and verified by an independent third party at every stage of the production process. Under the sustainability strategy of the EU and the

November 11, 2011 Read Full Article

EPA May Deem More Biodiesel RINs as Invalid over Alleged Fraud: Lawyer

(Platts)  The US Environmental Protection Agency may end up deeming more biodiesel renewable identification numbers (RINs) as invalid following federal investigations into two companies that allegedly sold RINS without producing the appropriate volumes of biodiesel, a lawyer familiar with the matter said Wednesday. The companies — Maryland-based Clean Green Fuels

November 10, 2011 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Plant Will Collect Grease in Oakland, CA

(UK.IBTimes)   A biodiesel plant that’s completely energy self-sufficient has been approved for the Oakland, California area. Oakland-based Viridis Fuels won a long-term contract from the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) to build a 20 million gallon per year biodiesel processing facility near the new Oakland Bay Bridge toll plaza.

November 9, 2011 Read Full Article

European Union Biodiesel Production Slumps in 2011

by John C.K. Daly (http://oilprice.com)   Greening the European Union has suffered a setback. The European Biodiesel Board is reporting that the European Union biodiesel industry production forecasts are noting a 2011 decrease in output, the first since data has been gathered, down from 2010 figures of 9.57 million tons. The

November 4, 2011 Read Full Article

House Hearing Witnesses Bash RFS, Call for Repeal of E15

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  It was déjà vu all over again on Nov. 2 as representatives of the ethanol industry were forced to watch a House of Representatives Energy and Environment Subcommittee hearing on motor fuel standards from the sidelines. …The petroleum industry was well-represented, however, as were

November 4, 2011 Read Full Article

E15: Cracking the RVP Nut

by Jeremy P. Greenhouse  (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Greenhouse & Gram) New blend won’t qualify for One Pound Waiver, presenting huge hurdle When the U.S. EPA granted Clean Air Act fuel waivers allowing gasoline containing 10 to 15 percent by volume of ethanol (E15) for use in model year 2001 and newer

November 2, 2011 Read Full Article

Gauging 2012 Volumes: Will RINs Prove that the RFS Needs Modifying?

by Kris Bevill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …By Nov. 30, the U.S. EPA will issue its renewable fuel standard (RFS) volumes for the upcoming year and, once again, it will dramatically ratchet down the cellulosic biofuels category. …No matter what end of the proposed volume spectrum the final needle points to,

November 2, 2011 Read Full Article

A New Standard for Quality

by Erin Voegele (Biodiesel Magazine)  It’s been nearly two decades since ASTM International initiated spec development efforts for biodiesel. Since then, the organization has developed specifications for not only B100, but also blends of up to B20. Alterations to specifications for petroleum diesel and oilheat products were also made, allowing

October 31, 2011 Read Full Article

Mission NewEnergy Awarded World’s First Jatropha Biofuel ISCC Certification

(Proactive Investors Australia)  Biofuels company Mission NewEnergy  has become the first commercial scale provider of Jatropha in the world to receive International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) for its Jatropha contract farming model. …To qualify for ISCC certification, companies must meet strict criteria for sustainable production, as well as reduced emissions

October 26, 2011 Read Full Article

Tallow Replaces Crude Oil as Biofuels Head to War: Commodities

by Alex Morales and Louise Downing (Bloomberg News/San Francisco Chronicle)    Biofuels face their biggest test yet — whether they can power fighter jets and tanks in battle at prices the world’s best-funded military can afford. The U.S. Air Force is set to certify all of its 40-plus aircraft models

October 25, 2011 Read Full Article

Quick Win: Aviation Biofuels Offers Breakout for Clean Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Copenhagen this week, a coalition of companies and associations involved in aviation biofuels made a strong case for the sector not only as a quick win for biofuels, but as a quick win for clean energy as a whole. Pitching Martin Lidegaard, the incoming

October 13, 2011 Read Full Article
  EPA Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel to Begin Work     October 25-27, 2011    Washington, DC

EPA Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel to Begin Work October 25-27, 2011 Washington, DC

(Environmental Protection Agency)  Do bioenergy systems (biofuel, biopower, bioheat) contribute to or mitigate climate change? The prevailing assumption in federal policies, up until this point, has been that bioenergy systems are, more or less, as climate-friendly and renewable as other renewable energy sources, and, thus, bioenergy is a suitable substitute

October 7, 2011 Read Full Article

EPA Approves Canadian Renewable Biomass for RFS2

by Luke Geiver (Biodiesel Magazine)  After roughly seven months of thorough consideration and review, the U.S. EPA has approved a petition put forth by the government of Canada to allow renewable biomass grown in Canada to comply with the Renewable Fuel Standard. In a document explaining the determination on the

October 5, 2011 Read Full Article

A Call for Statutory Clarity

by Bryan Sims (Biorefining Magazine)   …Today, in an industry that’s working to produce high-performance, fungible, drop-in molecules, some on the cusp of commercialization, many involved in the biorefining sector contend that the current regulatory regime needs to be altered to allow advanced biofuels, such as biobutanol, to compete with

October 3, 2011 Read Full Article

OriginOil to Collaborate with DOE on Algae Feedstock Standard

(Algae Industry Magazine)  OriginOil, Inc. has announced it will begin to work with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory to develop standards for converting biomass, including algae, into biofuels and other products. …One of the Program’s main goals will be to develop feedstock standards and specifications for different formats of

September 22, 2011 Read Full Article

‘Salty Dogs’ Prowler Undertakes Its First Biofuel Flight

by Dave Allport (Key.Aero/military)  A US Navy EA-6B Prowler has made the type’s first flight on a biofuel blend at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. An EA-6B Prowler successfully completed its inaugural biofuel flight at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, on September 16, continuing the Navy’s surge toward energy independence.  The aircraft,

September 20, 2011 Read Full Article

Fly the (Hic!) Friendly Skies: Renewable Jet Fuel from Alcohol

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …But a handful of companies such as Cobalt, Gevo, Terrabon, LanzaTech and ZeaChem, are shaking up the emerging aviation biofuels markets by developing renewable aviation fuels from ethanol and/or biobutanol. …“An alcohol molecule, looking at it one way, is really just a hydrocarbon carrying this

September 14, 2011 Read Full Article

The Work at Hand for E15 Market Expansion

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …First, working with Growth Energy, the RFA has submitted health effects testing and worked to fulfill the fuel registration process that must be conducted for any new fuel.  That process is now nearly complete. Second, through our Ethanol Emergency Response Coalition, the

August 23, 2011 Read Full Article

Funding Secured for Brazilian Research Study into the Sustainability of Renewable Jet Fuel Sourced from Sugarcane

(GreenAir Online)   The regional initiative launched in June by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to provide finance for renewable jet fuel projects in Latin America and the Caribbean has made its first grant. The IDB, along with aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Embraer, is to fund a sustainability analysis of

August 22, 2011 Read Full Article

Questions that Anyone Discussing the Future of Personal Transportation Should Be Able to Discuss Knowledgeably

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA) Background: With the understanding that if auto makers selling in the US intend to meet new 54.5 mpg CAFÉ standards, it is likely that they will build lighter weight, high performance engines that require high octane fuels.  If domestic fuel producers, especially the renewable

August 19, 2011 Read Full Article

EU Approval of Certification Standards for Biofuels Brings Transparency and Supports Planning by Sugar-Energy Industry

(UNICA)  The European Commission’s approval of certification schemes for biofuels, announced on July 19th, is an important step to add transparency to the issue and help Member States meet reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions. The measure will also benefit the planning process at mills, trading companies and other agents

August 10, 2011 Read Full Article

Biofuels’ Potential to Transform the Global Economy

by John C.K. Daly (Oilprice.com)  After years of existing largely as an environmentalist’s fantasy, commercial production of biofuels for the world civil aviation industry is slowly becoming a fact, with production starting up across three continents. The leading contenders for biofuel feedstocks are jatropha and camelina, both of which have

August 9, 2011 Read Full Article

The Work at Hand for E15 Market Expansion

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Back in October, I wrote on the RFA blog, “The E-Xchange,” about the steps that would be necessary to make E15 the standard fuel available in the United States, in much the same way E10 is today. …First, working with Growth Energy,

July 25, 2011 Read Full Article

Study: Regulatory Hurdles Hinder Biofuels Market

by Phil Ciciora (University of Illinois)  Regulatory hurdles abound for the successful commercialization of emerging liquid biofuels, which hold the promise of enhancing U.S. energy security, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and serving as a driver for rural economic development, according to new U. of I. research. In the study, University

July 22, 2011 Read Full Article

First EU Sustainability Schemes for Biofuels Get the Go-Ahead

(European Commission)  Brussels, 19 July 2011 – Biofuels can represent an environmentally-friendly replacement of fossil fuels. However, we need to make sure that tropical forests and carbon rich peatlands are not turned into oil palm or sugarcane plantations. We also have to guarantee that compared to fossil fuels biofuels used

July 20, 2011 Read Full Article

Will the EU Reveal Judging Criteria for Biofuel Bodies?

by Jessica Shankleman Green groups slam Commission’s “back room” processes for approving sustainable biofuel certification schemes Green groups will today learn if the European Commission is ready to lift the lid on the methods it used to decide whether biofuels can be certified as “sustainable”. The Commission has recently approved biofuel schemes that

July 19, 2011 Read Full Article

SCS Offers Sugarcane Certification Program

by Joanna Schroeder  (DomesticFuel.com)  …Brazil’s sugarcane industry is also accused of not producing the crop, nor the fuel, in a sustainable manner. As a result, the EU Renewable Energy Directive was created to address concerns including labor and environmental issues. In response, Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) has become an accredited body

July 15, 2011 Read Full Article

A Few Questions for Honeywell’s Jim Rekoske on Biojet

by Beth Evans (The Barrel)  Two significant events this summer should help boost commercial production of bio-based jet fuel: the approval of a new fuel standard and the recent completion of a successful first trans-Atlantic flight. In July, international standards developer ASTM gave a final nod to a new jet

July 7, 2011 Read Full Article

Momentum Gathering towards Aviation Biofuels Commercialisation as US and European Policy-Makers Signal Support

(GreenAirOnline)  The momentum driving the introduction of aviation biofuels received a significant boost with a number of initiatives and events taking place at last week’s Paris Air Show. While the transatlantic biofuel flights conducted by Boeing and Honeywell attracted wide attention and media column inches (see article), it was the

July 5, 2011 Read Full Article

Thomson Airways to Become First UK Sustainable Jet Biofuels Operator as It Announces Start of Weekly Flights

(GreenAirOnline)  UK holiday airline Thomson Airways is to operate the UK’s first sustainable biofuel commercial flight at the end of this month and start regular weekly flights from September on routes from Birmingham. A 50/50 blend of used cooking oil and regular jet kerosene is being supplied by Netherlands-based SkyNRG,

July 5, 2011 Read Full Article

Paris Air Show Highlights Biofuels

by Nicholas Zifcak (The Epoch Times) Biofuels are getting a lot of attention this week at the Paris Air Show.Airlines have shown their support of the technology and its viability with Honeywell and Boeing planes using a blend of biofuel and conventional jet fuel. …On June 10, another alternative biofuel received

June 27, 2011 Read Full Article

Biofuels Are Creating a Big Buzz in Military

by Renee Schoof (McClatchy Newspapers/Seattle Times)  Maj. Aaron Jelinek of the Air Force Thunderbirds flies his F-16 upside down, rolls it, thunders past his teammates in breathtaking close charges and joins five other fighter jets in precision formation. And for the first time in the 58 years of Thunderbird air

June 27, 2011 Read Full Article

Le Bourget Biofuels: Honeywell, Boeing Complete Transatlantic Biofuels Fly-Ins, as Paris Air Show Opens

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In France, the global aviation biofuels movement is descending on the 49th Paris Air Show, which kicks off today with 340,000 attendees, 2100 exhibitors and 3,000 journalists expected to be on hand. Exhibitors and session participants from the biofuels industry include CAAFI, the Air Transport

June 20, 2011 Read Full Article

Honeywell: The Lindbergh of Aviation Biofuels

by Mark Halper (SmartPlanet)  Jet biofuels should get a boost this Friday, when Honeywell has scheduled a trans-Atlantic flight heading to Paris from Morristown, N.J., powered by Honeywell-branded Green Jet Fuel. The corporate jet, a Gulfstream 6450, will carry executives from Honeywell UOP, the company’s petrochemical division, using a 50/50 blend

June 15, 2011 Read Full Article

Holden Seeks US Rules for Flex-Fuel Test

by Ron Hammerton (GoAuto)  Canberra to talk on emissions test rules that threaten to leave E85 out in the cold GM HOLDEN will ask the Australian government to adopt the American cold-start emissions testing regime for E85 ethanol-powered vehicles instead of the more stringent European test under new Euro 5/6

June 14, 2011 Read Full Article

Runway Cleared for Aviation Biofuels Surge in 2012

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  ASTM gives preliminary OK to Bio-SPK fuel spec; path to 58B gallon aviation biofuels market comes clearer, closer In Washington, Bloomberg is reporting that ASTM has given preliminary approval to the blending of biofuels produced from algal, jatropha, municipal waste and other cellulosic feedstocks in aviation

June 10, 2011 Read Full Article

Investor Yet to Meet conditions for Licensing of Jatropha Project

By Mazera Ndurya and Daniel Nyassy (Daily Nation)  The environmental watchdog has not licensed a controversial multi-million shilling jatropha project because the investor has not complied with some of the conditions set by the government. Although the government has not out rightly rejected the project in Magarini, the investor was

June 8, 2011 Read Full Article

As Jet Fuel Prices Soar, a Green Option Nears the Runway

by Marianne Lavelle   (National Geographic News)  …The standards-setting body ASTM International is set to vote this summer on certification of hydrotreated renewable jet (HRJ) fuel. Tests both in the laboratory and in the air (led by a most prodigious jet fuel consumer, the U.S. Department of Defense) have shown

May 24, 2011 Read Full Article

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