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Reporters’ Notebook: The 10 Most Overlooked Bioeconomy Stories of the Week

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) Amidst a tsunami of wall-to-wall ‘Rona coverage, a series of storylines have been lost in the shuffle that will have impacts near and wide-ranging for the bioeconomy, some of them relating directly to testing, scale-up and deployment of health remedies — some in the broader

April 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Carbon Emissions Slashed as UAE-based Company Switches to Biofuels

(Biofuels International)  A transport company has switched its entire fleet of more than 4,000 staff transport buses to biofuel in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint. ServeU, which employs more than 5,000 people to manage the facilities of 600 of the UAE’s biggest government departments, banks and hotels, has

April 2, 2020 Read Full Article

New Capital Investment in Clean Fuels Will Help Drive Canada’s Economic Recovery and Growth

(Advanced Biofuels Canada) Clean Fuel Standard is key to attracting over $12 billion in advanced biofuels projects — … To inform clean fuel sector development, Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC) conducts an annual member survey to capture project-based data on capital investments in advanced biofuels and synthetic fuel production capacity and

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Report: Boost in Consumption of US Biomass-Based Diesel Expected

(The Fuels Institute/Biodiesel Magazine) U.S. biomass-based diesel, comprised of both biodiesel and renewable diesel, has increased rapidly in a relatively short time span to become a leading source of alternative transportation fuel. According a new report released March 26 by the Fuels Institute, “Biomass-Based Diesel: A Market and Performance Analysis,” biomass-based diesel

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Bio-Based Chemicals: A 2020 Update

Ed de Jong, Heinz Stichnothe, Geoff Bell and Henning Jørgensen (EIA Bioenergy) Since the first issue of the IEA Bioenergy Task 42 report on bio-based chemicals in 2011, the importance of a circular economy has become evident. In the transition to a circular economy, chemicals and materials produced from biomass will

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

17th International Conference on Renewable Mobility in Berlin on 20/21 January 2020

(FNR/AdvanceFuel) More than 600 participants from 25 countries attended the conference and took part in the presentations and discussions regarding possible options for a more sustainable future mobility serving under the goals of the Paris Agreement and the obligations of the REDII. The conference provided the opportunity to access the most

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

New Study Evaluates Map and State of Biomethane Market in Europe

(European Biogas Association/NGV Journal) The European Biogas Association (EBA) has participated in a research on the state of play of the biomethane market in Europe. The report provides a general European overview, together with an in-depth mapping at country level of 23 European countries covered by the REGATRACE project. The study

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Lower Ethanol Demand Could Impact Planting Decisions

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) USDA’s 2020 Prospective Plantings report released Tuesday estimates planted acres for corn this year at 97.0 million acres, up 8 percent or 7.29 million acres from last year. But when farmers were surveyed a month ago, coronavirus had yet to have the impact it is now having on ethanol

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Neste Expects Global Renewable Diesel Demand to Surge over Next Decade

by Donavan Lim (S&P Global Platts)  Finnish refiner and biodiesel producer Neste expects the worldwide demand for renewable diesel to surge in the next decade, driven by increased demand for sustainable road and air transport as well as renewable chemical and polymer products. The global renewable diesel demand is estimated

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

The Crisis Dashboard – Health, Economy, Climate, Energy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Using the latest data available, The Digest published this “Crisis Dashboard” visual guide showing what’s going on with ethanol retail prices, liquid energy commodity prices, biodiesel operating margins, ethanol operating margins, retail fuel prices, RIN prices and volumes, equities, crop prices, low carbon fuel standard

April 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Neste Perceived as the Most Sustainable Brand in the Industry by Finnish Consumers

(Neste/WebWire) Neste has been ranked as the most sustainable brand within the fuel industry according to Finnish consumers. The Sustainable Brand Index™ study interviewed a total of 9,480 Finnish consumers, aged 16 to 75, on several brands.    The ranking shows how sustainable a brand is perceived to be by consumers, and

March 31, 2020 Read Full Article

Generate Revenue with Clean Fuels

by Sean Turner (Fleet Owner Magazine/ACT News) Do you currently operate clean vehicles in California? Or, are you thinking of making a transition to lower emission technologies? If so, your fleet has the potential to generate enough money to pay for the cost of these advanced technologies, and increase your bottom

March 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Now: Cost-Effective Solutions Include Diesel Engines and Advanced Biofuels

(Diesel Technology Forum) States that have enacted greenhouse gas emissions reduction programs for the transportation sector, including low-carbon fuel requirements, are realizing significant reductions in carbon dioxide emissions thanks to the use of advanced biofuels including biodiesel and renewable diesel fuel in diesel engines, vehicles and equipment.   “As state leaders

March 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels Industry Tackling Challenges

by Susan Reidy (World-Grain.com) Despite a challenging environment, the global biofuels industry is holding steady and driving ahead with new policies, innovations and legislation to promote more robust growth in the future. In the EU, 2020 marks the deadline for certain greenhouse gas reduction goals, which many nations will struggle to

March 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels Associations Advise EC Caution over Waivers

by Leonidas Kanonis, Giulia Squadrin and Daniel Mackay (Argus Media) European associations representing the biofuels supply chain have sent a letter today (March 24, 2020) to the European Commission addressing potential waivers for biofuels blending mandates in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The letter, addressed to vice president for the European

March 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Plants Could Soon Start Producing for DDGs, Not Ethanol

by Tyne Morgan (Farm Journal AgWeb)  Ethanol prices are in a free fall due to fewer people driving and a recent price war. As some ethanol plants shutter production, facilities may start producing for DDGs – not ethanol – to meet the possibility of upcoming Chinese demand. — … “The ethanol

March 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Stena Bulk Performs a Test Running an MR Tanker on 100% Biofuel

(Stena Bulk) During the coming weeks Stena Bulk will perform a test running an MR tanker on 100% biofuel. The fuel is the MR1-100 bio-fuel oil, produced from used cooking oil and supplied by GoodFuels in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. It has been bunkered onto the Stena Immortal and will be used

March 30, 2020 Read Full Article

RFA: EPA Stall Tactic on Tenth Circuit Decision Just Delays the Inevitable

(Renewable Fuels Association) As part of a package intended to “protect the nation’s gasoline supply in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced it intends to wait until “appeals have been resolved and the court’s mandate has been issued” before developing “an appropriate implementation and enforcement response to

March 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Focus Forward from Challenge to Opportunity: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to RFA’s 2020 Ethanol Industry Outlook

y Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Renewable Fuels Association released its 2020 Ethanol Industry Outlook, an annual publication that provides policymakers, regulators, consumers, the media, and renewable fuel advocates with key statistics, trends, insight, and analysis on the latest developments in the U.S. renewable fuels industry, as well as commentary

March 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Rex Idles NuGen Plant, Explores Carbon Sequestration Project

Rex American Resources Corp. released fiscal fourth quarter financial results on March 26. The company discussed a potential carbon capture and sequestration project under development at its One Earth Energy plant in Illinois and discussed the impact of COVID-19 on plant operations. During an earnings call, Stuart Rose, executive chairman

March 27, 2020 Read Full Article

From the 3 E’s to the 3 C’s

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Touting ethanol as a source of clean octane, it’s ability to reduce carbon, and allowing consumer choice in the marketplace. — For decades, ethanol advocates have used the “Three E’s” to describe the renewable fuel’s main advantages: energy security, economic development and

March 27, 2020 Read Full Article

The Coronavirus and Ethanol Demand Destruction

by Scott Irwin and Todd Hubbs (FarmDocDaily)  … One implication of the virus-related restrictions is that people are driving much less than before, which means that gasoline and ethanol use are declining. The impact on the price of ethanol has been swift and severe, as shown in Figure 1. The

March 27, 2020 Read Full Article

V4+ Countries Warn of Ulterior Motives for Seeking Biofuel Blending Cuts in Eastern Europe

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Hungary, although the European Union committed to phase out subsidies for fossil fuels by 2020, one spectacular last subsidy is now in the works in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Biofuel producers from the V4+ countries say in some CEE Member States, governments are

March 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Gas Demand Could Drop More than Half

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  U.S. gasoline demand could fall by more than 50 percent during the Covid-19 response period, according to IHS Markit analysis, since fewer drivers will hit the road during social distancing. “The magnitude of gasoline demand decline will be much greater than the impact of

March 27, 2020 Read Full Article

LowCVP News: New Guide Highlights Low Carbon and Sustainable Fuel Opportunities for Decarbonisation of Commercial Fleets

(Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership) A new guide from the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) for fleet operators shows how renewable fuels can immediately cut greenhouse gas emissions in road transport, particularly from commercial vehicles for which few low emission solutions are currently available.  While the focus has been mainly on vehicle

March 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Where’s Biodiesel At? Fuel Specs, Legislative Impacts, Fleet Support and more: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to the National Biodiesel Board’s Biodiesel Industry – Part 3

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Check out Part 3 of the National Biodiesel Board’s slide guide that delves into ASTM fuel specifications for biodiesel and fuel quality, biodiesel standards like BQ-9000, legislative updates impacting biodiesel demand and state policies, latest on OEM and fleet support for biodiesel.  READ MORE Where’s

March 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Gasum Will Supply Blend with Biogas to Maritime Client for the First Time

(Gasum/NGV Journal) Gasum has entered into an agreement with Sweden’s largest fuel company Preem to supply their tankers with a new fuel blend consisting of LNG and 10% of bio-LNG. This is the first agreement that involves Gasum delivering a blend containing renewable fuel to a maritime customer on a regular

March 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Major Food Distributor Chooses Bio-CNG for Its California-Based Trucks

(Clean Energy Fuels/KeHE Distributors/NGV Journal) KeHE Distributors, a leading natural & organic, fresh and specialty distributor has partnered with Clean Energy Fuels Corp. to add low-carbon emission trucks fueled with renewable natural gas to their California fleet in 2020. By swapping five diesel trucks with natural gas trucks, through Clean Energy’s Zero

March 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Brazilian Drivers May Continue to Favor Hydrous Ethanol Consumption Despite Oil Price Collapse: Data

by Nicolle Monteiro de Castro (S&P Global Platts)  … Despite the price collapse by international oil prices and the latest gasoline ex-refinery price adjustments, hydrous ethanol – E100 – is still technically offering an economic advantage for drivers in southeastern Brazil, government data show. … Hydrous ethanol is not losing

March 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Biodiesel’s Green Footprint for Fleets: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to the National Biodiesel Board’s Biodiesel Industry – Part 2

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Check out Part 2 of the National Biodiesel Board’s slide guide that focuses on biodiesel’s on-road heavy-duty emission benefits, why they consider biodiesel as “liquid solar energy”, how 3 billion gallons of biodiesel used in the U.S. would reduce carbon emissions by more than 25

March 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Looking beyond the Headlines during COVID-19 Pandemic

by Gerard J. Ostheimer and Douglas L. Faulkner (below50/Leatherstocking LLC/Biofuels Digest)  … The 1 – 2 punch of the COVID-19 economic hit and the Saudi – Russian fight over oil markets have combined to collapse the price of oil. Low oil prices obviously do not bode well for the uptake

March 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Biomethane Demand Increases by 800%, Thanks to Major UK Companies

(Bioenergy Insight)  Demand for renewable biomethane compressed natural gas (Bio-CNG) has increased by 800%, thanks to major companies adopting alternative fuels, according to CNG Fuels. The news follows the announcement that CNG Fuels is building to new refuelling stations to deliver the low-carbon, low-cost alternative for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs),

March 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Where’s Biodiesel At? The Diesel Market, Feedstock Options and more: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to the National Biodiesel Board’s Biodiesel Industry – Part 1

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  While things are topsy turvy around the world right now, Part 1 to this visual National Biodiesel Board slide guide takes us on an industry overview, the diesel vehicle market forecast, the U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel market (and yes, they are different!), a look

March 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuels Coalition Welcomes Administration’s Decision Not to Seek Re-Hearing of Tenth Circuit SRE Ruling

(Renewable Fuels Association) Ethanol and farm groups today welcomed the Trump administration’s decision not to seek a re-hearing of a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit that struck down certain small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard. On Jan. 24, a panel of

March 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Flex Fuel Spreads Its Reach, as Casey’s Becomes 5,000th Station to Offer E85

(Renewable Fuels Association) The number of fuel stations now offering Flex Fuel E85 has reached an important milestone, as a Casey’s store in Ankeny, Iowa, became the 5,000th station nationwide to sell E85. While offering significantly lower emissions than traditional fuel, the E85 flex fuel blend also offers a price advantage

March 24, 2020 Read Full Article

The Hand Sanitizer Market: A Salvation for Beleaguered Ethanol Producers, or Not?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) created exemptions allowing certain alcohol fuel permit holders to sell ethanol (alcohol) for use in the production of hand sanitizers. Consequently. Aemetis, Inc. said its 65 million

March 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Grassley Asks White House for Biofuel Support as SPR Fill Helps Oil Industry

by Meghan Gordon (S&P Global) US Senator Chuck Grassley, Republican-Iowa, urged the Trump administration Thursday to help the US biofuel industry weather plunging fuel prices and demand, just as the White House was seen as supporting domestic oil producers by filling up the government’s emergency crude stockpile.  “Fuel consumption has

March 20, 2020 Read Full Article

PODCAST: Europe Industrial Ethanol Demand, Prices Spike as Coronavirus Disrupts Market

by Will Beacham (Independent Commodity Intelligence Services) Spot prices for Europe industrial ethanol are spiking and the market is facing disruption as demand soars for disinfectant and cleaning products linked to coronavirus. Biofuel producers, gin distilleries and perfume manufacturers are switching to ethanol production to help meet the spike in demand.

March 20, 2020 Read Full Article

ENGIE to Supply Biomethane from AD to Heathrow Airport

(Biofuels Internationa)  ENGIE has teamed up with Heathrow Airport in the UK to replace natural gas with 100% green biomethane. Under the agreement, ENGIE will supply Heathrow Airport with biomethane from anaerobic digestion (AD) to all meter points across all terminals until March 2022. The agreement builds on an existing

March 20, 2020 Read Full Article

The Competitive Edge: Vertimass LLC

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Vertimass seeks to commercialize novel catalytic technology for low cost conversion of ethanol into hydrocarbon fuels to overcome obstacles that limit ethanol use in gasoline for light duty vehicles and open up new ethanol markets for aircraft and heavy-duty vehicles as well as for chemicals. Vertimass

March 20, 2020 Read Full Article

ICCT: Potential Biomass-Based Diesel Production in the United States by 2032

by Tammy Klein (Future Fuel Strategies) One of the biggest issues I’ve been working on in my consulting practice over the last year is related to the scale up of renewable diesel (RD also known as hydrogenated vegetable oil or HVO). Who is investing? Where are the facilities going to be

March 19, 2020 Read Full Article

U.S. Company Will Produce Enough Biogas to Drive 5,100 Heavy Trucks from San Francisco to NYC Annually

(Brightmark/NGV Journal) Brightmark has partnered with three Western Michigan farms on the latest in a series of biogas projects the company launched over the past two years. The Michigan farmers have signed agreements with Brightmark indicating their intent to provide the company with dairy manure from their herds that will serve

March 19, 2020 Read Full Article

IRFA Announces Partnership with Iowa State University BioBus

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association) Many of the often-touted benefits of biodiesel – from cleaner air and reduced carbon emissions to high-paying jobs in rural communities – benefit the next generation beyond all others. In recognition of the important role students and young professionals will play in the future of the biodiesel

March 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Where Are We? March 2020 Digest Data Dashboard, The Bioeconomy, By the Numbers

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The past few weeks have been a roller coaster ride and here are the numbers to visualize what is going on.  In today’s Digest, a graphic look at Dow Jones Industrials, biodiesel operating margins, ethanol operating margins, liquid energy commodity prices, retail fuel prices, ethanol retail prices,

March 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Are Biofuels Part of the Carbon Emissions Solution?

by Neil Briscoe (Irish Times)  … “Ireland has one million petrol vehicles,” James Cogan, Ethanol Europe’s industry and policy adviser told The Irish Times. “E10 allows that fleet to cut emissions by an amount equivalent to taking 50,000 cars off the road. Or the amount that would be achieved by replacing 100,000 of

March 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Vegetable Oil Fuel a ‘Faultless Solution’ to Construction’s Woeful Emissions

by Joshua Stein (New Civil Engineer) Construction’s carbon footprint could be significantly reduced by use of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) as fuel, according to civil engineering and environmental firm Land & Water. The company trialled the HVO supplied by company Crown Oil to run its machinery at a site in Rainham,

March 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Prices Hit All-Time Low, Unconfirmed Reports of Plant Shutdowns

by Jerry Perkins (Successful Farming)  … The downturn in demand for ethanol, which is blended at a 10% rate in almost every gallon of gasoline consumed in the U.S., is coming at a time when ethanol plants were already economically challenged by the Small Refinery Exemptions granted by the Trump

March 18, 2020 Read Full Article

RFA Calls on Trump Administration to Help Struggling Biofuels Industry

by Ken Anderson (Brownfield Ag News) … With many ethanol plants on the verge of shutting down, we implore the Trump Administration to take action that equitably supports all liquid fuel industries—including ethanol producers—during this time of unprecedented  market uncertainty and unrest,” RFA CEO Geoff Cooper said in a new release.

March 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Newly Branded Vehicles Highlight of Biodiesel Day

(National Biodiesel Board)  2020 marketing program kicks off “Biodiesel: Better. Cleaner. Now!” — The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) today launched its 2020 vehicle branding program designed to showcase biodiesel’s sustainability and emissions reduction benefits. The program kicks-off on National Biodiesel Day, the anniversary of Rudolf Diesel’s birthday, with the theme

March 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Why Raising the Alcohol Content of Europe’s Fuels Could Reduce Carbon Emissions

(Horizon Magazine) By 2030, a fifth of the fuel that motorists put into the petrol tanks of their cars could be alcohol, according to research concluding that new petrol and ethanol blends can reduce carbon emissions from Europe’s transport sector with little additional cost to consumers. … Most petrol now

March 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Oil’s Plunge Is an Existential Threat to a Far Cleaner Biofuel

by Fabiana Batista and Tatiana Freitas (Bloomberg/Yahoo! Finance)  … The spectacular plunge in the crude market is sparking unprecedented reverberations across commodities and economies, with Brazil’s corn-ethanol producers standing out as a concentration of the pain.It goes to show how the unraveling in the oil market is threatening production of

March 17, 2020 Read Full Article

COVID-19 Lowers Corn Demand, Ethanol Price

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine) A report from University of Illinois Extension shows weak demand for corn for ethanol use, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Production will fall dramatically, it predicts. “Estimates of a 15 to 20 percent reduction in gasoline use seem to be the expectation for

March 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Blockchain, Ag Futures, CPC Potential for Ethanol Industry: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Ethanol Commodity Plus Carbon

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Commodity Plus Carbon, or CPC can maximize monetization opportunities from the sequestration potential in the agricultural sector. CPC offers synergies between regulated ETS traded carbon credits, voluntary and futures commodity markets and offers a new trading vehicle with the potential to incentivize good agricultural practices

March 17, 2020 Read Full Article

2020 Ethanol Producer Awards Nominate Today DEADLINE: March 27, 2020

Ethanol Producer Magazine, in conjunction with the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo, proudly invites nominations for the 2020 Ethanol Producer Awards. In addition to the FEW’s longstanding industry accolades — The Award of Excellence and The High-Octane Award — we’re expanding our showcase of industry honors by recognizing ethanol

March 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Preem Selects HydroFlex™ for Renewable Fuels Plant with Potential to Save 2.5 Million Tons CO2

(Haldor-Topsoe) o Preem has chosen Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex™ renewable fuel technology to produce clean renewable diesel and jet fuel at their Gothenburg refinery in Sweden. —  o The 16,000 barrels-per-day unit will have a yearly production capacity of approximately one million cubic meters of fuels which corresponds to about 25%

March 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Can the European Union’s Kerosene Demand Be Met by the Amount of Biomass Produced in the EU?

(nova-Institute) Regarding climate change and tackling its mitigation there is no question that the aviation industry has to reduce its greenhouse gas impact and has to shift to alternative fuels. If the European Union wants to achieve its ambitious climate goals, it needs to uncouple it growing kerosene demand from

March 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Trailblazing Energy Company Links up with National Group in Support of Its Biofuels Agenda

(Biofuels International)  A leading Australian firm has become a member of a national energy organisation. Viva Energy Australia has linked up with peak national body BioEnergy Australia with CEO Scott Wyatt saying the decision supports the company’s existing investment in biofuels distribution. He said: “We have ethanol and bio-diesel blending

March 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Neste to Acquire Mahoney Environmental to Strengthen Its Growth Strategy and Position in Renewable Raw Material Sourcing

(Neste) Neste, the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel produced from waste and residue raw materials, has agreed to acquire 100% of Mahoney Environmental (Mahoney), a collector and recycler of used cooking oil in the United States, and its affiliated entities. The transaction is subject to the

March 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Why Airlines Should Sell Sustainable Jet Fuels: An Open Letter to the Airline Industry

by Merlin Woodman (Biofuels Digest) Dear airlines, please sell us sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). It’s the only feasible way to green up aviation at the moment.* I’ve cleaned up most of my CO2-emitting activities, but now flying remains as the largest remaining slice of the pie. I have a family that

March 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Promotion of Ethanol to Have Positive Impacts on Energy Security

(The International News) The Embassy of Brazil in Islamabad organised a seminar ‘Sustainable Mobility: Ethanol Talks – Pakistan’, to promote ethanol as a modern and sustainable option for mobility, capable of generating immediate positive impacts on energy security, health, reduction of local air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions, says a press

March 11, 2020 Read Full Article

E10 ‘Cleaner Petrol’ Could Cut Transport CO2 by 750,000 Tonnes per Year

(Transport Xtra) Drivers across the UK could soon be filling up their cars with a greener, lower emission fuel, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced. The government is consulting on plans for E10, a lower carbon fuel made with up to 10% ethanol, to become the standard grade of petrol at UK

March 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Farm Groups Focus on Trade, Biofuels at Commodity Classic

by Michelle Rook (AgWeek)  Leaders of the nation’s top commodity organizations were focused on trade, biofuels and the upcoming crop season at this year’s Commodity Classic in San Antonio.   — …U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told farmers at Commodity Classic that the agency is not working on a third round of

March 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Powertrain Choices for Future Work Trucks Include New Generation of Diesel to Meet Growing Service, Sustainability Needs

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Approximately six million diesel-powered work trucks today are on the job working for small businesses and governments alike. These trucks that deliver the everyday services Americans demand, are doing so with fewer emissions and a greater eye on sustainability, which is why diesel technology will continue to

March 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Oil’s Epic Crash Reminds Farmers They’re Also Energy Traders

by Isis Almeida, Michael Hirtzer, and Jen Skerritt (Bloomberg) Oil’s nosedive is sending farmers a stark reminder: they also need to be energy traders.  —  Growers have become more vulnerable to energy swings over the past decades as nations from the U.S. to Brazil mandated the use of biofuels. About a

March 10, 2020 Read Full Article

EIA Projects U.S. Biofuel Production to Slowly Increase through 2050

(U.S. Energy Information Administration) The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook 2020 (AEO2020) projects that U.S. biofuel production will slowly grow through 2050, primarily driven by economic and policy factors. In the Reference case, which reflects current laws and regulations, biofuels production in 2050 is 18% higher than 2019 levels. However,

March 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Austin-Bergstrom Airport Cuts CO2 Footprint with Bio-CNG Shuttles

(Clean Energy/NGV Journal)  Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) has signed an agreement with Clean Energy Fuels Corp. This partnership calls for Clean Energy to provide AUS with its Redeem™ brand of biomethane. The AUS shuttle bus fleet has historically utilized alternative fuels: half of the fleet utilizes CNG, and the other

March 9, 2020 Read Full Article

How Will Oil Be Affected by the Energy Transition?

by Meghan Gordon (S&P Global Platts) While a future beyond oil remains hard to picture, investors and consumers around the world are demanding more focus on sustainability. Oil companies are responding by writing off long-cycle investments and moving into alternatives. Governments are continuing to tighten regulations on a range of transport fuels,

March 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Sustainability in Focus When Shifting to HVO Fuel at Volvo CE Customer Center

(Volvo)  The Volvo CE Customer Center in Eskilstuna, Sweden, is paving the way for a sustainable future by running its demonstration machines on a renewable fuel, HVO. —  HVO biodiesel is now the fuel of choice for all machines at the Volvo CE Customer Center in Eskilstuna, Sweden. HVO is a form of

March 9, 2020 Read Full Article

USDA Rural Development, BioPreferred Program and More: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to USDA’s Bioproducts to Market Efforts

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  USDA made a big announcement recently on targeting 30% biofuels by 2050, but did you know there are many ways they have been adding value to agricultural products to help the rural economy? Did you know the USDA continues to collect royalties from McDonald’s sale

March 9, 2020 Read Full Article

New Biomethane Station for Heavy Vehicles Opens in Southern Sweden

(Gasum/NGV Journal) Located in Kalmar, this is Gasum’s 10th natural gas station in Sweden and provides heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) with LNG and bio-LNG. The new facility is also an important part of Gasum’s plan to build a network of 50 stations for HDVs by the early 2020s in the Nordics. It is

March 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Oil Slammed by Price War and Virus in Worst Loss Since 1991

by Dan Murtaugh, Alex Longley, and Jacqueline Davalos (Bloomberg)  Saudi Arabia and Russia both plan to increase production; IEA sees unprecedented combination of supply-and-demand shock  — Oil plunged as both Russia and Saudi Arabia stood poised to flood the market with cheap crude in an all-out price war just as the

March 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Sekab and Vertoro to Build Large-Scale Demonstration Plant to Produce a New Platform for Sustainable Fuels, Chemicals, and Materials

(Sekab) A new demo plant in Örnsköldsvik will be the first in the world to produce a 2G platform for sustainable fuels, chemicals and materials, coined GOLDILOCKS®, from pulp and paper industry residues. The plant will be built by the Swedish chemical and clean tech company Sekab together with the Dutch

March 9, 2020 Read Full Article

Seeing New Markets Clearly in 2020

by Ron Lamberty (American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Straight-ahead, black and white vision tells us updated Reid vapor pressure (RVP) rules mean more E15 sales in 2020. No question. However, to move significant new ethanol volume in E15, we need additional perspectives to have a fuller picture. We

March 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Driving Demand in 2020 and Beyond

by Emily Skor (Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) … Driving new demand is at the heart of our work, and we envision a future where markets are open, E15 (not E10) is the floor for domestic growth, consumer confidence in ethanol soars to new heights, and policymakers globally lean in on

March 7, 2020 Read Full Article

B30 Mixed-Fuel to Absorb 9.6-Million KL of Biodiesel in 2020

(Antara News)  Implementation of the B30 biodiesel fuel program, a diesel fuel blended with 30-percent palm-based biofuel, is expected to absorb 9.6 million kiloliters (KL) of domestic biodiesel in 2020, Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita stated. “The B30 program is expected to absorb 9.6 million kiloliters of domestic biodiesel in

March 6, 2020 Read Full Article

UECC to Trial Marine Biofuels

(Marine Link) Short sea ro-ro operator UECC and marine biofuel company GoodFuels have launched a joint trial of GoodFuels Bio-Fuel Oil (MR1-100 or BFO) on UECC’s ro-ro vessel M/V Autosky, the companies announced Thursday. The three month trial will test 3,000 metric tons of sustainable biofuel on the 140m, 2,080 vehicle carrier –

March 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Seaweed-Lined To-Go Containers, Pepsi’s Molded Pulp 6-Pack Rings, Hydrogen-Powered Arctic Station, “Infinite” Toothbrush, and More: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the Week of March 5th

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Sit back and just imagine, hanging out at the new International Arctic Station that runs on solar, wind, and hydrogen power, sipping on a Pepsi 6-pack that came in molded pulp rings, eating lunch from a seaweed lined food container, wearing your cool Skechers kicks made

March 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Finnair, Neste Partner to Reduce CO2 Footprint of Flying with Sustainable Aviation Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Finland, Finnair and Neste inked a new agreement which will gradually and considerably increase Finnair’s use of sustainable aviation fuel in its operations. The new partnership will be a key contributing factor in Finnair’s long-term target of carbon neutrality. Sustainable aviation fuels are a key part

March 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Rural Climate Action in the U.S. and China

(Wilson Center) In China and the United States–the top two emitters of greenhouse gasses–most climate policies and civil society campaigns have focused on reducing fossil fuels.. At this China Environment Forum (CEF) meeting, speakers will instead shine a light on the need for rural climate action that helps farming communities become

March 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Could Biofuels Answer Zimbabwe’s Fuel Headache?

by Shingirai Huni (The Herald) Zimbabwe is facing fuel shortages, with long queues now the order of the day at fuel stations. Many motorists now leave their cars at home and use public transport to save money on fuel as prices keep rising. Yet, adopting bio-fuels can help ease the fuel shortages Zimbabwe

March 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Sharing Ethanol’s Message in India

(U.S. Grains Council/Farm Progress)  U.S. Grains Council attends India’s Auto Expo, works with India to dispel myths about ethanol use.  — Amid India’s Auto Expo, the U.S. Grains Council and U.S. industry partners invited attendees to learn about the economic, environmental and health benefits of increased ethanol use. The show is

March 5, 2020 Read Full Article

REG: Industry Experts Confirm Continued Importance of Biodiesel

by Steve Klein (Fleet Equipment/Renewable Energy Group ) I recently attended the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo in Tampa and came away with a lot of information and ideas about where the transportation industry is heading. One major point the speakers reiterated was that, despite all the talk of electrification,

March 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Could Government Biofuel Drive Bring £350m Hull Plant Back to Life?

by David Laister (Business Live)  Saltend facility was mothballed after 11 years of “inaction” over petrol pump policy — … Vivergo, an employer of 150 at Saltend Chemicals Park, closed in September 2018, with only a skeleton maintenance team remaining.  The sprawling plant, owned by AB Sugar, had operated for

March 5, 2020 Read Full Article

UPDATE 2-U.S. EPA Mulls Ways to Stabilize Biofuel Costs for Refiners, with Waiver Program at Risk

by Stephanie Kelly (Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday it is mulling new measures to help oil refiners cope with the cost of complying with the nation’s biofuel policy, as the agency faces a sweeping legal challenge to a waiver program worth a fortune to the industry.

March 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Indiana Plant to Convert Methane into 8 Million Gallons of Renewable Natural Gas Each Year

by Emily Holbrook (Environment and Energy Leader) This week marks the completion of the Indy High BTU plant at the Indianapolis South Side Landfill. The plant, which will be fully operational March 20, will convert landfill methane gas into approximately 8 million gallons of pipeline-quality renewable natural gas (RNG) each year, and in the process,

March 5, 2020 Read Full Article

New Diesel Engine Powered by Ethanol ClearFlame Engines Can Cut Diesel Emissions Burning Straight Ethanol

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) When ClearFlame Engines CEO B.J. Johnson told ethanol industry representatives about the potential ethanol market for the company’s all-ethanol diesel engine, those at the recent National Ethanol Conference in Houston could have kissed him. While concerns continue about the future of the Renewable Fuel Standard

March 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Bangchak Now Selling B10 at More than 400 Stations in Thailand

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine) Thai petroleum refining company and fuel retailer Bangchak has started selling B10 at its more than 400 service stations across Thailand.  Calling the fuel “Hi Diesel S B 10,” Bangchak is promoting its higher cetane number, performance, engine-cleaning characteristics, and ability to reduce smog and PM2.5 particulates

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

German Biodiesel Exports of 2.3 Million Tons in 2019 Break Record

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP))   German foreign trade in biodiesel was very brisk last year. The total volume of 3.7 million metric tons (1.1 billion gallons) exceeded the previous year’s level by nearly 20 percent. German foreign trade in biodiesel reached new record levels in 2019, both in

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Tasmanian Government to Invest $50m in Hydrogen Power Plan

by Carla Howarth (ABC News)  … Tasmania’s Renewable Hydrogen Action Plan includes $20 million for a Tasmanian Renewable Hydrogen Fund, another $20 million in concessional loans and $10 million dollars for support services. In a statement, Premier Peter Gutwein said the Government’s goal was to have a renewable hydrogen generation

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels Market Analysis 2020 Growth Challenges, Opportunities and Forthcoming Developments

(TradingCharts.com/The Expresswire) Global Biofuels Market 2020 to benefit players create powerful growth strategies and combine their position in the industry. Information on important never-ending strategies adopted by key companies, along with their impact on market growth and competition has been provided in this report. With growth trends, numerous stakeholders like investors,

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Shell Is Looking Forward: The Fossil-Fuel Companies Expect to Profit from Climate Change. I Went to a Private Planning Meeting and Took Notes.

by Malcolm Harris (Vox Media Intelligencer/New York Magazine)  … I asked Fries (Steven Fries, Shell’s chief economist) if Shell is serious about transition, then couldn’t it voluntarily speed it up by leaving some of its wells fallow, constraining oil output and thereby driving the price relative to renewables higher, faster?

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

OPINION: HBIIP Funds Can Ease Transition to Higher Ethanol Blends

by Cassie Mullen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …  USDA announced it will offer $100 million in biofuel infrastructure grants under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP). Transportation fueling and biodiesel distribution facilities will be able to apply for funds to help install, retrofit, and/or upgrade fuel storage, dispensers,

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Gov. Jay Inslee’s Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Faces Tough Road ahead in Washington State

by Hal Bernton (Seattle Times) Gov. Jay Inslee’s campaign to clamp down on greenhouse gas emissions from the state’s transportation fuels, a high-profile goal throughout his two terms in office, faces a difficult road as the Washington state Legislature heads into the final two weeks of its session. Legislation passed by

March 4, 2020 Read Full Article

New Ultra-Low Emission Fleet Fueled by Biogas in Southern California

(Southern California Gas/NGV Journal) Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), officials from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and Western Milling, one of the largest and most diverse manufacturers and suppliers of nutrient solutions for plants, animals, and people in the U.S., unveiled the first of a planned 30 ultra-low

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Spanish City Will Speed up Transition to Biogas in Municipal Fleet

(Chiclana City Council/NGV Journal)  The mayor of Chiclana José María Román, the president of Ferrosite (company specialized in the conversion of vehicles to gas) Jesús Salmón, and the manager of Belizón y Rodríguez (public transport company) Nicolás Rodríguez visited the facilities that host the All-Gas project. During this visit, both the

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Most Efficient Source of Fuel May Be Tiniest Organism

by Shelley Schlender (VOA)  … The tiny single-celled, plantlike organisms known as algae are more efficient than other organisms at converting sunlight and carbon dioxide into the raw materials needed for foods, products and fuels. And not just a few specialized fuels. At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado,

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

New Book: Sustainable Aviation – Greening the Flight Path

(GreenAir Online) This book highlights the latest research in the field of sustainable aviation, covering future developments in carbon emissions reduction, carbon trading and the impact of emerging technologies on aviation, as well as social, legal and regulatory changes as they pertain to the aviation sector. The book is a reference

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

ICAO Council Gathers to Consider Important Decisions on Carbon Offset Eligibility under CORSIA

(GreenAir Online) During its 219th Session starting next week (March 2), ICAO’s governing Council is expected to make important decisions on the global carbon offsetting scheme for international aviation, CORSIA, which starts in 10 months’ time. Most notable is consideration by Council members of recommendations of the Technical Advisory Body (TAB) on emissions units,

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Added $2.3 Billion to Minnesota’s Economy in 2019

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Despite challenging conditions in 2019, Minnesota’s ethanol industry contributed $2.31 billion to the state’s gross domestic product (GDP) last year, according to a new study by ABF Economics. In 2019, the industry produced 1.31 billion gallons of ethanol, 3.6 million tons of dried distiller’s grains with solubles (DDGS)

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

ANP Approves Auction and Starts to Require a Mixture of 12% Biodiesel in Diesel

by Marta Nogueira  (Reuters (Google Translation)) The National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) ratified the results of the 71st Biodiesel Auction this Friday, in a step that formalizes the requirement to mix 12% of biodiesel in commercial diesel that begins to arrive at the posts starting on Sunday, said

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Hydrogen’s Technical, Demand and Economic Potential: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to NREL’s Hydrogen Potential – H2@Scale

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Did you know that the demand potential of the hydrogen market by 2050 is >9X? National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently presented the latest on the technical potential, demand, and economic potential of H2@Scale within the United States. Check out 5 national scenarios for hydrogen’s economic

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech, Honored with the William C. Holmberg Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) We are very honored at The Digest each year to select the William C. Holmberg Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Bioeconomy, and to make the award presentation at ABLC. Especially this year when our honoree is Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech. If you’ve heard

March 3, 2020 Read Full Article

New Ethanol Bill Touted as Good for Farmers and the Environment

by Andrew Deziel (Lonsdale News Review) A bipartisan group of legislators have introduced a bill that would make Minnesota the first state in the nation to embrace E15, or gasoline with 15% ethanol, as the standard. The bill was introduced Monday in the House by Rep. Jeanne Poppe, DFL-Austin, and in the Senate

March 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Liverpool Launches UK’s Biggest Biogas-Powered Refuse Vehicle Fleet

(Bioenergy Insight) Liverpool has launched the UK’s biggest eco-friendly fleet of refuse vehicles powered by biomethane a compressed natural gas (CNG). The 20-strong fleet will help to cut Liverpool City Council’s carbon footprint, as they produce 80% fewer carbon emissions and 90% less nitrogen oxide than the previous diesel vehicles.

March 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Indonesia Prepares for Battle in Switzerland… Malaysia Lobbies in the UK … The 3-monochloropropane diol (3-MCPD) Debate ….

(Palm Oil Monitor)  This week Indonesia and the EU are meeting in Geneva for a WTO consultation over the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED). The meeting is the culmination of a months-long public battle of words over the introduction of the measure. Over the past few months Indonesian lawmakers and

February 28, 2020 Read Full Article

Ohio Legislation on the Move

by Ellen Essman (Ohio Law Blog/Ohio’s Country Journal)  …  House Bill 400 “To authorize a nonrefundable income tax credit for the retail sale of high-ethanol blend motor fuel.” … The bill would give owners and operators of gas stations a tax rebate of five cents per gallon for sales of

February 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Neste and IKEA Finland to Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Home Deliveries ‒ IKEA Is Aiming towards Emission-Free Deliveries by 2025

(Neste/Cision) Neste and IKEA Finland are offering lower emission home deliveries for Finnish consumers. Since the fall of 2019, IKEA has gradually started using Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ in its home deliveries in the Helsinki capital region and around Raisio, a town in south-western Finland. Neste MY Renewable Diesel is already used

February 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Volvo Opts for Renewable Fuel HVO at Swedish Customer Centre

(Biofuels International)  Volvo CE’s customer centre in Eskilstuna, Sweden is paving the way for a sustainable future by running its demonstration machines on hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO). The biodiesel fuel is now used in all machines at the customer centre, with the move forming part of the company’s commitment to

February 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Aerospace Company Boom Supersonic to Use Sustainable Aviation Fuels in Test Programme

(Biofuels International)  The company building the world’s fastest supersonic airliner, Boom Supersonic, has announced that is XB-1 test programme will be carbon neutral through the use of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and carbon offsetting. Boom is the first commercial airplane manufacturer to commit to a carbon neutral test programme. The

February 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Södra Makes First Delivery of Biomethanol in Sweden for Biodiesel Production

(Biofuels International)  Swedish forest-owner association Södra has made a pilot delivery of biomethanol from the world’s first commercial plant for the sustainable fuel. Customer Emmelev plans to use the biomethanol in its biodiesel production process. The commercial biomethanol plant, which is based at Södra’s pulp mill in Mönsterås, Sweden, uses

February 27, 2020 Read Full Article

First Dredger with Ultra-Low Emissions Has Arrived in Belgium

(Jan De Nul Group)  … For its maritime fleet, Jan De Nul Group goes for 100% renewable fuel, a certified sustainable substitute for fossil fuel made from waste flows. Since the end of 2019, the first Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger is sailing in Zeebrugge on 100% biofuel. Jan De Nul Group

February 27, 2020 Read Full Article

USDA’s 30 Year Vision: No Need to Wander Like Moses

by Douglas Duarante (Clean Fuels Development Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  … U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) …  presented a 10 year plan for E15 and a 30 year plan for E30 that is neither bold nor visionary and clearly suggests they need to get their vision checked. Thirty years?  Really?  Thirty Years? I guess

February 26, 2020 Read Full Article

Fuel Retailers Meet, Say Ethanol Gas Saves Money and Betters the Environment

(KLKN TV) Fuel retailers met … to discuss ethanol and how using it helps save the planet and some change in your pocket. “We’re excited the people are here and want to learn about how they can help us and help the state and help the environment,” said Scott McPheeters,

February 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Big Oil Explores Adding More Cheap Ethanol to Gasoline in Iowa

by Jeffrey Bair and Michael Hirtzer (Bloomberg/Yahoo! Finance) BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc are exploring adding more ethanol in gasoline in top corn state Iowa to take advantage of how cheap the biofuel has become. The oil majors are gauging driver interest at a small number of stations in 15%

February 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Wide-Ranging Partnership to Deploy B100 Biodiesel Technology in Daily, High-Mileage Class 8 Trucks

(National Biodiesel Board)  Wide range of organizations announce a partnership for validation project of biodiesel technology to demonstrate viability in real-world, high-mileage fleet applications  —  Innovative system allows for seamless 100 percent biodiesel use in all climates; Five ADM trucks to test Vector System, produced by Optimus Technologies, in real-world,

February 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Ukraine May Lose the Rapeseed and Corn Markets of the EU — UGA

(APK-INFORM) Ukraine may be banned to supply corn and rapeseed to European Union countries, due to exceeding of the permissible emissions of greenhouse gases in terms of the reporting crops growing, declared the acting Executive Director of Ukrainian Grain Association (UGA), Serhiy Ivaschenko. He reminded that the European demand for rapeseed

February 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Drive on Bioethanol from Rotterdam

(Port of Rotterdam)  Europe’s largest biorefinery is located in the heart of the Port of Rotterdam. Alco Energy Rotterdam converts corn into bioethanol fuel in a production process that generates zero waste. The CO₂ released during the process is transported to greenhouses in Westland and the remaining corn pulp is

February 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Sustainable Aviation Fuel Production Pathway Approved by ASTM

(Biofuels International)  ASTM International has approved a new production pathway for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), created by Applied Research Associates (ARA) and Chevron Lummus Global (CLG).  The new production pathway, which is called catalytic hydrothermolysis jet (CHJ), is expected to help meet the global need for more sustainable aviation fuels.

February 20, 2020 Read Full Article

U.S. Gain Opens RNG Fueling Station at the Moreno Valley USD

by Matthew Mercure  (NGT News) U.S. Gain, a company that specializes in the development, procurement and distribution of renewable natural gas (RNG), says it has completed a new onsite natural gas fueling station for California’s Moreno Valley Unified School District. The station is supplied with RNG, providing the district with strong environmental

February 20, 2020 Read Full Article

UPS Continues to Build on Renewable Natural Gas Momentum

(UPS)  More Agreements Highlight UPS’s Leadership in Alternative Fuels; RNG is Key As a Bridging Fuel to Help Reach Sustainability Goals  — UPS (NYSE: UPS) today (February 4, 2020) announced it has  entered into multi-year renewable natural gas (RNG) agreements with Kinetrex Energy and TruStar Energy. Together, these two contracts will supply UPS

February 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Bristol Transit Operator Launches 77-Biogas-Bus Scheme and CNG Station

(NGV Journal/First Group) As part of its ongoing commitment to improving air quality and tackling the Climate Emergency, First West of England launched its 77 new biomethane bus scheme, including a major natural gas station at Lawrence Hill depot. Earlier this year, the first ten of the new buses came into

February 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Climate Change and Ethanol: Get the Facts Right

by Andrea Kent (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Greenfield Global/Renewable Industries Canada)  Myths and misinformation about ethanol and its effect on health and the environment need to be corrected to expand higher blends.  —  … (Canadian) Federal blending mandates—in place since 2007—require our gasoline to contain an average 5 percent ethanol. In addition,

February 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Presentations Available Online for Conference on The Contribution of Advanced Renewable Transport Fuels to the Decarbonisation of Transport in 2030 an beyond

(Advanced Motor Fuels Technology Collaboration Programme)  In the light of climate change, there is an urgent need to decarbonize our societies. The transport sector is specifically challenging, as transport demand is still growing, and so are the sector´s GHG emissions. Electric mobility will not be able to solve this on

February 18, 2020 Read Full Article

China Starts to Reopen Gates to US Ethanol

by Donovan Lim (S&P Global Platts)  China will offer tariff exemptions of nearly 700 types of goods from the US, including fuel ethanol, the Chinese government announced Tuesday, but traders are currently uncertain about its impact on future imports. … Ethanol sources told S&P Global Platts that they remain cautiously

February 18, 2020 Read Full Article

The Road to Higher Octane: Making the Case for a 95 RON Octane Standard Now

by David Vander Griend (Urban Air Initiative)  Octane. Mercedes called it the single most important parameter in designing engines. And guess what? Ethanol has the highest octane blending value and the lowest cost of any gasoline additive commercially available. Today’s vehicles adjust to take advantage of octane while improving mileage

February 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Versalis: Biomass Power Plant Restarted at Crescentino and Bioethanol Production Onstream within the First Half of the Year

(Eni) Versalis, Eni’s chemical company, has announced that all the plants at Crescentino (Vercelli, Piedmont) will be up and running by the first half of 2020. The plant, acquired in November 2018, is designed for industrial-scale production of bioethanol and has been upgraded with an investment of more than 15 million

February 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Greater Chicago I-55 Truck Plaza Promotes Biodiesel

(Chicago Area Clean Cities/FuelFix.com)  The Greater Chicago I-55 Truck Plaza, one of the first, family-owned and operated, independent truck plazas in the U.S., recounts its biodiesel tale.  — The Greater Chicago I-55 Truck Plaza was one of the first, family-owned and operated, independent truck plazas in the U.S. to start selling B11 biodiesel in 2006. 

February 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Commentary: New York Must Adopt Technology-Neutral Fuel Standard

by Tristan R. Brown    (Times Union)  …The state’s transportation sector, which currently is responsible for 46 percent of its total energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, must undergo rapid and comprehensive decarbonization on an unprecedented scale. If New York is to successfully reach this target, then it is imperative that we

February 14, 2020 Read Full Article

The Competitive Edge: Sustainable Technologies srl

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Sustainable Technologies is active in the niche of R&D on fermentative processes. The company has developed a rational method for the management of anaerobic digestion processes. Currently the company is also engaged in a research on the production of biographene from purified biogas. Q:

February 14, 2020 Read Full Article

Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy Receives RFA Industry Award

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com) The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) presented Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy (SIRE) with the 2020 Industry Award at the 25th annual National Ethanol Conference Wednesday. The award is presented annually to a member company that has provided a unique contribution to the industry’s success through technological, marketplace, or advocacy excellence. SIRE is

February 13, 2020 Read Full Article

The World Is Running Short of Sugar and Top Buyer Wants More

by Yoga Rusmana and Eko Listiyorini  (Bloomberg)  Just as the world’s top sugar traders forecast a global shortage of the commodity, No. 1 raw-sugar importer Indonesia says it wants a record amount of the sweet stuff. … Global sugar prices have surged about 12 per cent this year for the

February 13, 2020 Read Full Article

World’s Largest Sugarcane Plant Mulls Using Corn to Boost Ethanol Output

by Marcelo Teixeira  (Reuters) The world’s largest plant to process sugarcane, Brazil’s Sao Martinho mill in Pradopolis, Sao Paulo state, could add corn as a second source of raw material to be able to boost its ethanol production, the company that controls the plant said on Tuesday. Several cane-based sugar

February 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Third Tender for Storage Aid Concludes, EU Calls for Patience

(Olive Oil Times)  With 171,000 tons of olive oil removed from the market with no significant effect on olive oil prices, the European Commission said it expects results in due course.  —  In response to a claim from the Spanish government, the European Union applied a crisis management mechanism to help rebalance

February 13, 2020 Read Full Article

NextChem’s Portfolio Will Include a New HVO Technology (Renewable Diesel) Focus on US Market

(NextChem) NextChem, the company of Maire Tecnimont Group focused on the Energy Transition, will cooperate with Saola Energy to license a technology for the production of Renewable Diesel, suitable for both small bolt-on facilities and large plants. A roadshow to promote the technology on the American market taking off today from

February 13, 2020 Read Full Article

New Study: Despite Policy Challenges, Ethanol Industry Significantly Benefited Economy in 2019

(Renewable Fuels Association) Policy obstacles—especially ongoing trade disputes and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s granting of RFS compliance waivers to dozens of small refineries —dampened the U.S. ethanol industry’s economic contributions in 2019, according to a new study released today at the Renewable Fuels Association’s 25th annual National Ethanol Conference. Still,

February 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Reforming Renewable Fuel Standard Major Task for NATSO

by Alan Adler (Freight Waves)  Waivers of blending rules for small refineries drive up pump price of renewable fuels. — NATSO, the trade group for highway travel center operators, is trying to preserve subsidies for biodiesel that let members profitably sell cleaner-burning fuel while planning what to do when the $1per

February 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Broin Named The American Biofuels Visionary by Growth Energy

(Ethanol Producer Magazine/Growth Energy) During the organization’s 11th Annual Executive Leadership Conference, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor honored POET Founder and CEO Jeff Broin as The American Biofuels Visionary. Tom Buis, who previously served as CEO of Growth Energy, joined Skor on stage to present the special recognition, which was awarded

February 11, 2020 Read Full Article

RFA Partners with Field to Market to Launch Industry Pilot Project to Expand Pollinator Habitat

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association, Renewable Fuels Nebraska, Nebraska Corn (comprised of the Nebraska Corn Board and the Nebraska Corn Growers Association) and Pheasants Forever, Inc. today announced the launch of a pilot project in collaboration with Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture to expand critical pollinator

February 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Rubis Launches Renewable Diesel

(Rubis)  Rubis, the Channel Islands’ most forward-thinking fuel distributor, is launching an advanced biofuel, as an immediate solution towards Jersey’s objective to reduce carbon emissions. — After Scandinavian and Baltic countries, the Channel Islands will become only the 11th jurisdiction in the world to offer the new fuel, which is

February 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Oberon Fuels, SHV Energy Partner up to Accelerate Renewable DME: Is This Tech a Carbon Removal Machine of Great Importance?

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In California, Oberon Fuels and SHV Energy are partnering to accelerate the use of renewable DME to reduce the carbon footprint of transportation fuel.  For Oberon’s path to scale, the partnership will include funding to augment a recent $2.9M grant from the California Energy Commission

February 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Sustainable Biofuels from Cultivated Biomass Need to Be a Part of the European “Green Deal”

Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP))  European agriculture urgently needs reliable sales alternatives to stabilise its agricultural revenue. This is one of the central concerns of farmers in the European Union currently taking to the streets. The “Green Deal” announced by the European Commission could and should create the

February 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Clariant Expands Production Capability & Launches New Products for EMEA Edible Oils & Biofuels Market

(Clariant) Investment in additional production capacity at Yuncos, Spain plant; New product line extends portfolio of highly activated bleaching earths; Production & service closer to customers in Spain of products for 3-MCPD reduction in edible oils Clariant continues to boost the supply of high-quality activated bleaching earths to the edible oil

February 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Italian Coffee Producer Lavazza to Join KLM’s Corporate BioFuel Program

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)In Italy, Lavazza and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines signed an agreement which will make the coffee company the first Italian partner in KLM’s Corporate BioFuel Program. The program contributes actively to making the airline industry more sustainable by stimulating the availability of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF)

February 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Denmark: Scania Offers Customers Trial Rentals of Biomethane Trucks

(Scania/NGV Journal)  Anaerobically digested waste can be processed for use as a fossil-free vehicle fuel, and shifting to biomethane operations is presently the quickest, most economical way of reducing the heavy transport industry’s carbon footprint. As many customers are still reluctant to make the switch, Scania Danmark has come up with

February 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Plasma Blue Showcases Innovation in the Biodiesel Industry

by Amie Simpson (Brownfield Ag News)  Plasma Blue, a company established by the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, is using a new technology involving electricity and liquid plasma to produce biodiesel.  Tom Slunecka is the CEO of Plasma Blue. “Plasma Blue has the exclusive license to a new kind of technology that

February 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Turning Household Waste into Liquefied Biofuel to Save Electricity

by Edgar Brandt (New Era Live)  The founder of Nghishe Biotech, Charles Haluodi, has developed a system to convert organic waste such as food, animal and plant waste, into environmentally friendly flammable gas and organic fertiliser. … He added that biogas is extremely flammable and can be used for cooking,

February 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Nordics Bet on Advanced Biofuels to Suit Carbon Neutrality Ambitions

by Gerardo Fortuna (EURACTIV.com) Scandinavian governments have raised the bar in their commitment to becoming carbon neutral and several companies have responded by developing new technologies to harness forest resources, widely recognised as the Nordic green gold, in a bid to reduce transport emissions. Renowned worldwide for their cold weather and

February 7, 2020 Read Full Article

UNICA Highlights Importance of Ethanol to Check Air Pollution

(New Kerala) The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) on Thursday announced the launch of #BringBackMyBlueSky campaign to highlight the benefits of ethanol in India.  The campaign was unveiled at the Auto Expo 2020 in Greater Noida. As part of this launch, an engaging display screen has been setup that will allow

February 7, 2020 Read Full Article

RNG Essential for GHG Reductions in Northeast, Mid-Atlantic

(Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas/Biomass Magazine) M.J. Bradley & Associates published a report evaluating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions scenarios in medium- and heavy-duty on-road vehicles, and residential and commercial heating, for a 12-state region stretching from Virginia to Maine.  Renewable biofuels, renewable natural gas (RNG) and biomass-based diesel, were shown to

February 6, 2020 Read Full Article

RFA Reports Detail Ethanol, Distillers Grains Exports in 2019

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association today released a pair of reports summarizing 2019 U.S. ethanol and distillers grains export and import data. Through a series of charts and graphics, the reports provide industry advocates, policymakers, the media, and general public with the latest information on the important role U.S.

February 6, 2020 Read Full Article
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