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De-risking and Commercializing Sustainable Aviation Fuel: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to BETO’s SAF Strategy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  With the recent announcement of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge, the U.S. Department of Energy’s BETO shared this slide guide on their sustainable aviation fuel strategy, featuring BETO Director, Dr. Valerie Sarisky-Reed, and Zia Haq, BETO Senior Analyst. From types of SAF feedstocks to

October 21, 2021 Read Full Article

North Dakota Regulators Approve First Carbon Storage Project in ‘Landmark Day’

by Amy R. Sisk (Bismarck Tribune) North Dakota regulators granted several approvals Tuesday for what’s expected to become the first carbon dioxide storage project in the state at an ethanol plant near Richardton. The project at Red Trail Energy aims to capture the facility’s carbon emissions for underground storage. The

October 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Op-ed on Ethanol Badly Missed the Mark

by Cassidy Walter (Iowa Renewable Fuels Association/Iowa City Press-Citizen)  … Apparently (Jane) Yoder-Short doesn’t know that the growth of ethanol over the last 30 years was driven by ethanol replacing lead and other nasty octane enhancers in our gasoline. And while someone using tobacco is hurting their health, using ethanol

October 20, 2021 Read Full Article

A Biodiesel Boom (and Conundrum)

by Dan Charles and Marie Godoy (NPR)  There’s a biodiesel boom happening! It’s fueled by incentives and policies intended to cut greenhouse emissions, and is motivating some oil companies like World Energy in Paramount, California to convert their refineries to process soybean oil instead of crude. NPR’s food and agriculture

October 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuel Investment Should Occur in California Despite Some Opposition, Regulator Says

by Laura Sanicola (Reuters) California’s biofuel projects are important for the state to achieve its decarbonization goals despite “tremendous pushback” in some instances, a top state environmental regulator said on Tuesday. California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard program incentivizes energy companies to seek out new feedstocks that would lower the carbon intensity

October 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Judgment of the Contentious-Administrative Court The “Unfavorable” Environmental Report for Setting up a Biodiesel Plant in the Port Is Not Open to Challenge

(ceutaactualidad.com (Google translation))  It substantiates that the Environmental Impact Statement, which was unfavorable, is instrumental in nature and is not a definitive administrative act or a qualified procedure that can be challenged on its own. The Contentious-Administrative Court No. 2 of Ceuta has ruled to reject the appeal filed against

October 20, 2021 Read Full Article

Companies Start Engineering for Canadian Facility to Produce Fuel from Air

by Ariana Fine (NGT News) Huron Clean Energy, The Upper Nicola Band, Oxy Low Carbon Ventures and Carbon Engineering (CE) have begun preliminary engineering and design on a large-scale commercial facility in British Columbia that will produce transportation fuel out of atmospheric carbon dioxide. The proposed facility is being designed to utilize CE’s Direct Air Capture

October 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Canada’s Largest Ethanol Producer Takes Steps to Expand Production at Biorefinery

(Biofuels International)  Greenfield Global, the largest producer of ethanol in Canada, has taken steps to expand production at its Varennes biorefinery following the introduction of draft regulations on the minimum renewable fuel volumes in the province of Quebec. Welcoming the Government of Quebec’s draft regulations on the minimum volume of

October 19, 2021 Read Full Article

RFA Comments Seek to Foster Export Competitiveness

(Renewable Fuels Association) The Renewable Fuels Association late Friday submitted comments to the International Trade Administration responding to questions posed about the U.S. Clean Technologies Export Competitiveness Strategy. These comments were issued in addition to joint comments submitted earlier by RFA, the U.S. Grains Council and others. “U.S. ethanol can play a critical role towards

October 19, 2021 Read Full Article

Neste and Hesburger to Launch a Significant Circularity Collaboration – Used Cooking Oil Collected from More than 300 Restaurants to Produce Renewable Diesel

(Neste)  Neste and Hesburger, a Finnish restaurant chain, will engage in a significant circular economy collaboration. Used cooking oil from more than 300 Hesburger restaurants in Finland and in the Baltics will be recycled to produce renewable diesel. As a result of the collaboration, Hesburger will begin using Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ in

October 19, 2021 Read Full Article

EVs and Hydrogen May Dominate, but Trucking’s Green Movement Isn’t Void of Diesel and Gas

by S.L. Fuller (Utility Dive) Curbing emissions doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Renewable diesel and natural gas can produce a “double-green effect” that cut downs carbon and costs. … Cummins invests heavily in optimizing diesel and biodiesel products, (Hugh) Donnell said. It’s also exploring FCEVs, BEVs, gasoline and

October 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Groups Tell CARB Ethanol Can Help Reach Carbon-Neutrality

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) In joint comments submitted last week to the California Air Resources Board, a group of ag and biofuel organizations and companies highlighted the role renewable fuels like ethanol can and should play in helping the state achieve its goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2045 or sooner. CARB

October 18, 2021 Read Full Article

WA Farmers Enjoy Canola Fields of Gold

by Gregor Heard and Shannon Beattie (Farm Weekly) … Australian Oilseeds Federation (AOF) executive officer Nick Goddard said the current prices smashed previous highs out of the water. … The good news extends beyond the farmgate, with Mr Goddard saying crushers, even with the high input cost of canola, were

October 18, 2021 Read Full Article

The Evolving Intersection Between Carbon Markets, Shipping and Marine Fuels

(OPIS) At the start of 2020, the shipping world made one of the most dramatic changes it had seen in years as it converted to using lower sulfur marine fuel promulgated by the International Maritime Organization. The new rules were aimed at helping reduce emissions from ships that move the

October 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Big Oil CEOs Have a Personal Reason to Put More Focus on Less Fossil Fuels

by Bob Woods (CNBC)  CEO compensation is being linked to environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics across a wide range of companies, from Apple to Caterpillar, which just announced a new ESG plan for pay last week; The oil and gas sector, at the center of climate change and market

October 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Maine Is in Danger of Losing Some of Its Best Agricultural Land to Solar Farms

by Julia Bayly (Bangor Daily News)  Approximately 67,000 fixed-tilt, bifacial panels will comprise a solar farm under construction at the Eastern Piscataquis Industrial Park in Milo. There is growing concern that development of solar farms will come at the expense of crop producing farmland. — There is a finite number of

October 18, 2021 Read Full Article

ANA Launches SAF Flight Initiative to Promote Sustainability and Reduced CO2 Emissions

(All Nipon Airways) • Use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel is key to reducing emissions associated with air transportation • In September, ANA conducted the first SAF-powered cargo flight with leading logistics companies in Japan All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and 5-Star airline for nine consecutive years, is proud to

October 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Crops, Genetics, Feedstocks, Supply Chains: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to State of the Sector

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Whether you are using novel crops, residues, developing supply-chains, or developing new feedstocks for the bioeconomy, this is an exclusive Digest slide guide you won’t want to miss! Straight from our recent State of the Sector presentation at ABLC CONNECT.  READ MORE

October 18, 2021 Read Full Article

Air Fares to Soar Thanks to Brussels Biofuel Rules, Warns Willie Walsh

by Oliver Gill (The Telegraph)  Ex-BA boss says airlines forced by EU to increase their use of sustainable fuel will pass on cost to passengers  — Holidaymakers will face higher ticket prices as a result of EU plans to force airlines to use more biofuel, the industry’s top lobbyist has warned.

October 16, 2021 Read Full Article

Making Fuel From Straw Is About to Become a Thing in Europe

by Rachel Graham (Bloomberg) Turning bales of straw into ethanol is about to become a highly profitable venture in Europe, according to a firm that just opened a production site in the continent. Clariant, a Swiss chemicals maker, just opened a facility in Romania to make so-called advanced biofuels, which use agricultural

October 15, 2021 Read Full Article

Sustainable Aviation Fuels Grand Challenge: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to SAF Update

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) Acting Director Dr. Valerie Sarisky-Reed shared this illuminating slide guide on the work supported and funded by BETO, what is next for sustainable aviation fuel under the multi-agency Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge collaboration and more.  READ

October 15, 2021 Read Full Article

India Moves a Step forward in Achieving E20 Fuel Dream

by Sweta Goswami (Hindustan Times) The ministry made it mandatory for all automobile manufacturers to put “clearly visible stickers” on every vehicle informing about its compatibility to the level of ethanol blend — The ministry of road transport and highways (MoRTH) has notified test standards for vehicles compliant with ethanol-blended fuel

October 14, 2021 Read Full Article

RFA Reminds President: Low-Carbon Fuel Solutions Can Solve Pump Price Concerns

(Renewable Fuels Association) In response to media reports that the White House has been meeting with oil industry officials to discuss solutions to recent higher gas prices, the Renewable Fuels Association has reminded President Biden that efforts to encourage more use of high-carbon fossil fuels, including imported oil, to stem higher gasoline

October 14, 2021 Read Full Article

California’s Dirty Little Secret: Oil Wells in the Backyard

by Alexandria Herr (Capital & Main) Even Texas and Wyoming do a better job protecting communities from oil and gas drilling.  — As a child, Ashley Hernandez remembers pretending that the oil pumpjacks that loomed over her neighborhood were dinosaurs. Other children in her community called them giraffes, or horses. The strange

October 14, 2021 Read Full Article

‘Lots of Money’ to Be Made in Shipping’s Future Fuels

(Bloomberg/Supply Chain Brain) The race to wean shipping off oil and switch to cleaner fuels should prove lucrative for investors and is drawing interest from fund managers, according to Boston Consulting Group. Hitting climate targets means shipping has to start using clean marine fuels such as ammonia, methanol and biofuel, the U.S.-based

October 14, 2021 Read Full Article

How Feasible Are Biofuels in Marine Applications?: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Marine Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Do biofuels have potential for the maritime sector? Should BETO implement a biofuels program for large ocean-going vessels to meet the International Maritime Organization’s carbon reduction goals (a 40% reduction relative to 2008 levels by 2030, and between 50% and 100% reduction by 2050)? Find

October 14, 2021 Read Full Article

New Research Checks the Math of Large-Scale Tree Planting

(Nori) In our first science-focused episode of Carbon Removal Newsroom, hosts Radhika Moolgavkar of Nori and Holly Jean Buck of the University at Buffalo are joined by our new science co-host, Dr. Jane Zelikova, executive director of the Soil Carbon Solutions Center and joint faculty in crop and soil science at Colorado State University. First this week, we’re looking

October 13, 2021 Read Full Article

New Reports Take Deep Dive Into State Food Waste Policies

by Nora Goldstein and Kat McCarthy (BioCycle Magazine)  NRDC commissioned a survey of food waste hierarchy-related policies in 12 states across 3 regions. The publicly available reports are an invaluable resource. — The NRDC’s (Natural Resources Defense Council) Food Matters initiative partners with cities to “achieve meaningful reductions” in food waste

October 13, 2021 Read Full Article

New Study Shows Europeans Still Buy Mostly Petrol Cars

(ePURE) A new study by automotive research firm JATO has made headlines by revealing that sales of electric vehicles are growing dramatically in Europe and even outpaced sales of diesel-driven cars for the first time in August. But that’s not the whole story. In fact, most media coverage ignored the fact that the

October 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Big Oil CEOs Will Testify before Congress This Month

by Maxine Joselow (Washington Post) The CEOs of six major fossil fuel companies and trade associations will testify at a blockbuster hearing this month about their role in spreading climate disinformation, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) confirmed to The Climate 202. “In the history of Congress, the fossil fuel executives have never come

October 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Roll-Out of Flex-Fuel Vehicles to Increase Ethanol Demand by Five Times: Nitin Gadkari

(India Infrahub)  Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said that the E-20 fuel program will ensure using bio-ethanol in 20 per cent blend with Petrol by 2025 in India. The Minister said with the rollout of flex-fuel vehicles on 100 per cent bio-ethanol, the demand for ethanol will

October 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Plug-in Cars are the Future. The Grid Isn’t Ready.

by Will Englund (Washington Post) … Seventy-four times last year, the wind across Upstate New York dropped so low that for stretches of eight hours or more barely any electricity was produced. Nearly half the year, the main transmission line feeding the metropolitan area was at full capacity, so that

October 13, 2021 Read Full Article

Prince Charles Reveals Car Runs on Cheese and Wine Biofuel

by Thomas Bywater (New Zealand Herald) … Called E85, the fuel is a potent cocktail of distilled bioethanol from waste wine and fermented dairy solids. The vintage Aston Martin DB6 which has been in the prince’s possession for 51 years was modified to run on the mixture – roughly 85-per cent

October 12, 2021 Read Full Article

All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines Publish Joint Report on SAF

(All Nippon Airways/Biobased Diesel Daily)  All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines have published a joint report on the promotion and viability of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), which are expected to become central to the airlines’ shared goal of achieving carbon neutrality in air transportation by 2050. In the report, the companies

October 12, 2021 Read Full Article

IATA Approves Resolution for Global Air-Transport Industry to Achieve Net-Zero by 2050

(International Air Transport Association/Biobased Diesel Daily) The International Air Transport Association 77th Annual General Meeting approved a resolution for the global air transport industry to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. This commitment will align with the Paris Agreement goal for global warming not to exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius. “The world’s

October 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Do You Get What You Pay for? Monetizing Forests via Carbon Credits

(Climate Now) It is increasingly common these days to see forward thinking companies trying to go “carbon neutral” by offsetting their greenhouse gas emissions. And often, they are offsetting those emissions by purchasing credits from a forest carbon offset program. But buyers beware: our look into how forest carbon offsets are

October 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuel Industry Pushes for ‘All-the-Above’ Approach

by Gene Lucht (Iowa Farmer Today)  Things are looking up, but they are also very much up in the air when it comes to ethanol this year. While ethanol production facilities have benefited from an improved national economy as the U.S. emerges from the economic doldrums of the COVID-19 pandemic, industry experts

October 12, 2021 Read Full Article

US Secretary of Energy Granholm and US Senator Ossoff Visit LanzaTech Innovation Hub in Georgia and Site of the World’s First LanzaJet Sustainable Fuels Plantl

(LanzaTech) Visit highlights the potential of rural America to create domestic supplies of sustainable fuels and chemicals. — LanzaTech and LanzaJet welcomed Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm and Senator Jon Ossoff to the Freedom Pines Biorefinery in Soperton, Georgia. The site is a center of research, development and scale-up

October 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Oil Fund Tapped to Keep Biodiesel B10 Affordable

(Bangkok Post) The Energy Ministry will use the State Oil Fund to keep the retail price of biodiesel B10 from going above 30 baht per litre. Ministry spokesman Sompop Pattanariyankool said the ministry has launched fuel price control measures to cope with the rising price of biodiesel B10 to help relieve

October 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Transforming Collected Organic Waste into Insect Feed and Organic Fertilizer in Kenya: Impact Investing in Sanergy (Private Sector Investment Finance)

(Japan International Cooperation Agency)  On Oct. 8, JICA made an investment of $2.5 million in Sanergy, Inc., a US company which promotes an innovative circular-economy approach in the developing world, including Nairobi, Kenya. Sanergy collects human waste from sanitary toilets located in slum areas and other organic waste around the

October 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Euronav Successfully Completes Biofuel Test on Suezmax

(Euronav) As one of the first in the oil tanker industry Euronav tested a B30 biofuel on a Suezmax, the Statia (2006- 150,205 dwt). The trial with the biofuel blend from energy supplier BP was successful. Lower carbon fuels will play an important role on the journey towards shipping decarbonization.

October 12, 2021 Read Full Article

Covid-19 Pandemic Boosts Interest in Sustainable Aviation Fuel

by Alkesh Sharma (The National News Business) Experts say health crisis accelerated investment in the SAF industry and in efforts to achieve global climate commitments — Meeting the net zero carbon emissions target by 2050 is a “massive challenge” for the aviation industry but it offers a huge opportunity for the

October 12, 2021 Read Full Article

One Cool Thing: Be the Change You Want to See

(Our Daily Planet) This week, thousands of climate change protesters will arrive in Washington DC to urge the Biden Administration and Congress to step up efforts to reach net-zero emissions. Organized by the Build Back Fossil Free coalition, made up of over 100 justice organizations nationwide, the protests will happen every day starting on Oct. 11th and

October 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Need to Boost Biofuel Production to Reduce Dependence on Import of Crude Oil and Fuel Gases: Nitin Gadkari

(Economic Times) Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday stressed the need to enhance the production of biofuel in the country by using the stubble of certain crops to reduce the dependence on the import of crude oil and fuel gases and said he had converted his tractor into a CNG

October 11, 2021 Read Full Article

Chevron Is Playing Americans for Fools with ‘Green’ Ad Blitz

by Geoff Dembicki (Rolling Stone) The company is an industry leader in advertisements that tout its commitment to sustainability, but its climate record is abysmal, even relative to its Big Oil peers  — One of the world’s top polluters of atmosphere-altering greenhouse gases has aired nearly 30,000 TV advertisements over the

October 11, 2021 Read Full Article

WUR Produces Kerosene from Bio-Based Side Streams

(Wageningen University & Research) Wageningen University & Research and its partners have developed a new type of aviation fuel that is produced using bio-based waste streams from the agriculture industry. One of the targets of the Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II) is to increase the use of advanced biofuels in

October 11, 2021 Read Full Article

In Secret Tapes, Palm Oil Execs Disclose Corruption, Brutality

by Desmond Butler (Washington Post)  … Global Witness’s two-year investigation is a rare behind-the-scenes look at the corruption, labor abuses and destructive environmental practices in an industry that is clearing carbon-rich rainforests and emitting greenhouse gases at a rate that has become a growing concern for climate scientists. The world’s

October 10, 2021 Read Full Article

Air New Zealand, Govt. Join Forces to Scope out SAF Industry

(Air New Zealand/Biobased Diesel Daily) Air New Zealand’s journey to net-zero reached another significant milestone in late September with the airline and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment joining forces to bring sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) one step closer to becoming a reality in New Zealand. Air New Zealand and

October 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Pacific Biodiesel’s Kelly King Invited to COP26, Appointed to EPA Advisory Committee

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily)  Kelly King, cofounder of Pacific Biodiesel and councilmember for the Maui county government in Hawaii, is one of just two U.S. delegates from the international nongovernmental organization ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability invited to participate in the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) this

October 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Sights on a Positive Carbon Handprint on Zero Emissions Day

(Climate Leadership Coalition) The climate business network Climate Leadership Coalition (CLC) has launched the world’s first Carbon Handprint Award to mark Zero Emissions Day. September 21 will again mark Zero Emissions Day. CLC brought the concept to Finland in 2017, since when citizens have been encouraged to pay attention to their own consumption

October 8, 2021 Read Full Article

100 Charities Urge the EU to End Use of Biofuel as ‘Renewable’ Energy

by Susan Dabbous (Euronews) A network of over 100 NGOs is calling on the European Union to end the use of biofuel as renewable energy. The Forest Defenders Alliance (FDA), an initiative to amplify the voices of NGOs in Europe and in countries with forests that are threatened by EU policies,

October 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Opinion: Iowans Want and Need Rep. Cindy Axne to Help Pass Infrastructure, Reconciliation Measures

by Paula Martinez (Iowa Labor News)  These bills represent a once-in-a-lifetime investment in our recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and the ongoing crises of our failing roads and bridges, climate change, and low wages.  READ MORE Rep. Axne on Delayed Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Vote: “All-At-Once or Nothing is No Way

October 8, 2021 Read Full Article

CARB Details ‘Carbon Neutrality’ Paths With Varying Aggression, Fuel Use Public Comment DEADLINE October 22, 2021

by Curt Barry (Inside EPA/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition)  California air board staff are detailing four potential scenarios to reach carbon neutrality by 2035 or 2045, including a path that would ban or phase out the use of biofuels generated from dairy or landfill methane capture technologies, which is drawing strong objections from

October 8, 2021 Read Full Article

USDA Requests Public Input on New Climate-Smart Agriculture Initiative DEADLINE November 1, 2021

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that it is seeking public comments on a new initiative designed to create revenue streams for agricultural producers through market opportunities for commodities produced using climate-smart practices. “Through extreme weather, drought and fire, our agriculture producers are on

October 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Governor Walz Announces Pathway to Reduce Impact of Transportation on Climate

(Office of Governor of Minnesota) Governor Tim Walz directed state agencies to explore ways to reduce climate change impacts from transportation fuels. Led by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Minnesota Department of Transportation, the process will engage a broad cross-section of stakeholders statewide to identify shared goals and opportunities that

October 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Govt Assures Ethanol Blending Plan Will Not Affect India’s Food Security

 (MSN/BusinessToday.IN)  The Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas said on Thursday that India’s ambitious Ethanol blending plan will not affect the country’s food security as meeting food grain demand is the top focus of the government. Noting that certain reports linked the Ethanol plan with food security fears in the

October 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Sasol Announces Lead Role in Feasibility Study for the Boegoebaai Green Hydrogen Project

(Electric Energy Online) The Boegoebaai “green hydrogen” development has been designated a Strategic Integrated Project (SIP) in the South African National Development Plan and is located in the Namakwa Special Economic Zone (SEZ). The project’s location and classification as a SIP are key enablers to exploring Boegoebaai’s potential as a

October 8, 2021 Read Full Article

Can Chemical Recycling Reduce Plastic Pollution?

(Government Accountability Office) … From 1970 to 2018 (the most recent data available), plastic waste in the U.S. grew tenfold. While recycling rates remained low, advanced recycling technologies could help increase recycling rates, and in turn reduce waste and pollution, especially if a few key challenges are overcome. Today’s WatchBlog post

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Sweet Talks: Troubled Sugar Industry Pushes for Govt Subsidy to Get into the Biofuel Game

(News 24) SA’s sugar industry is in talks with the government over a potential subsidy that could see it convert more than a third of its annual output into biofuel. The discussions follow the signing of the so-called Sugar Master Plan by the government, farmers, industrial users and retailers in

October 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol Infrastructure Efforts Keep Expanding

by Robert White (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Significantly increasing the use of low-carbon renewable fuels like ethanol follows along different tracks. Legislatively, for example, there’s the bipartisan Clean Fuels Vehicle Act of 2021, which would provide incentives for automakers to build more flex-fuel vehicles that can run on higher blends like

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Pertamina Sucessfully Tests Aviation Biofuel in Short Flight

(Jakarta Globe) State-owned oil company Pertamina successfully tested a new jet fuel product with a tiny blend of biofuel in a short-distance flight from Jakarta to Bandung on Wednesday. A CN-235 propeller aircraft manufactured by Dirgantara Indonesia functioned as a testbed aircraft to fly using Pertamina’s aviation biofuel product. “We made history

October 7, 2021 Read Full Article

Greenpeace Calls for End to Carbon Offsets

by Alessandra Prentice (Reuters) Carbon offsets are allowing the world’s biggest polluters to forge ahead with business plans that are threatening global climate goals, the head of Greenpeace International said in an interview. The model allows polluting companies to offset their emissions by buying credits from projects that reduce or avoid

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Unifeeder Supplied with GoodFuels’ Biofuel to Boost Decarbonization

(Unifeeder)  Start of a new partnership will enable the largest feeder and shortsea operator in Europe to immediately decarbonize its seaborne operations  — Sustainable biofuels pioneer GoodFuels and the international feeder and shortsea company Unifeeder have together succeeded in completing their first bunkering of sustainable marine biofuel in the Port of Rotterdam, the

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Hong Kong and China Gas to Produce Biofuel for Jet Planes as Cathay, Global Airlines Aim to Reduce Carbon Footprint

by Danny Lee (South China Morning Post) Cathay Pacific secures some jet biofuel supply from US, but needs more to meet 2030 pledge; Airlines heed climate warnings, but sustainable aviation fuel remains costly, in short supply — Hong Kong and China Gas (Towngas) will begin producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF)

October 6, 2021 Read Full Article

Exxon Sees Green Gold in Algae-Based Fuels. Skeptics See Greenwashing.

by Christopher M. Matthews (Wall Street Journal)  The oil giant, under pressure to address climate change, says it is getting closer to making the biofuel viable —  Some scientists regard Exxon Mobil Corp.’s long-running quest to turn algae into a transportation fuel as little more than a PR stunt. The oil

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Microsoft’s Million-Tonne CO2-Removal Purchase — Lessons for Net Zero

by Lucas Joppa , Amy Luers , Elizabeth Willmott , S. Julio Friedmann , Steven P. Hamburg & Rafael Broze (Nature)  Strengthen markets, measures and definitions for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to fight climate change. In January this year, Microsoft made a major announcement: it had paid for

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An Ambitious Ethanol Plan Spurs Food Security Fears in India

by Bibhudatta Pradhan and Pratik Parija (Bloomberg)  Modi advances target for use of 20% ethanol-blended gasoline; Biofuel makers buying rice meant for poor at subsidized prices — India’s ambitious plan to cut the use of fossil fuels by promoting ethanol derived from rice, corn and sugar is drawing criticism from some

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Shipping Industry Group Aims for Net-Zero Emissions by 2050

(Associated Press) A major shipping industry group said Tuesday that its members will aim for “net-zero” carbon emissions by 2050, following a commitment to the same goal by the world’s airline industry a day earlier. The current target set by the International Maritime Organization, a United Nations body, is to reduce

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Letter: Pipeline Effort ‘Critical’ for Area Corn Producers

by Kelly Nieuwenhuis (NWestIowa.com)  … Carbon capture and storage projects like the one being proposed by Summit Carbon Solutions is one of the primary ways we can achieve that goal. This $4.5 billion private investment is a partnership with more than 30 ethanol plants including Siouxland Energy Cooperative where I serve

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Fossil Fuel Industry Gets Subsidies of $11m a Minute, IMF Finds

by Damian Carrington (The Guardiain) Trillions of dollars a year are ‘adding fuel to the fire’ of the climate crisis, experts say —  The fossil fuel industry benefits from subsidies of $11m every minute, according to analysis by the International Monetary Fund. The IMF found the production and burning of coal,

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‘Fit for 55’ and Its Impact on the Biofuels Industry

(Biofuels International) The name ‘Fit for 55’ may have many people scratching their heads – is it an exercise programme, or maybe a breakfast cereal? – but in EU circles it is already part of the common language – shorthand for a sweeping set of proposals to remake the legislative

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U.S. States Push to Surpass World Emissions Norms on Aviation

by David Shepardson and Allison Lampert (Reuters) U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration should exceed global standards designed to curb emissions from flights, as pressure mounts to limit the sector’s greenhouse gases, five states told the White House in a letter seen by Reuters. Major plane and engine makers joined airlines this week in

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Formula 1 Plans for 100% Sustainably Fuelled Hybrid Engine

(Formula 1) Formula 1 is aiming to field a generation of new power unit by 2025 – and the championship wants that engine to be powered by 100% sustainable ‘drop-in fuel’ designed to help Formula 1 achieve its goal of being Net Zero Carbon by 2030. 2022 will already see

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California Spill Triggers New Calls against Drilling

by Matthew Choi (Politico’s Morning Energy)  … The California oil spill is drawing scrutiny in Washington, with the White House closely monitoring the situation and Democratic lawmakers pushing to curtail offshore drilling. … OC OIL SPILL SPURS CALLS FOR ENDING OFFSHORE DRILLING: Local, state and federal forces are joining with industry

October 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Western Ethanol Producers ‘Caught in the Jaws of a Vise’ with Short Corn Supply and Weak Biofuel Demand

by Mikkel Pates (Park Rapids Enterprise)  Gerald Bachmeier, chief executive officer of Red Trail Energy, Richardton, North Dakota, and Philip Coffin, vice president of Midwest AgEnergy LLC, at Underwood, North Dakota, discuss countermoves to a drought for acquiring local corn and getting it from eastern producers. Both companies started their

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Ethanol Industry Pursues Final Legal Avenue on Year-Round E15

by Jacqui Fatka  (Farm Progress) Growth Energy files petition to take fight of whether E15 legal to U.S. Supreme Court. –Ethanol and corn producers continue to claim 15% ethanol fuel is safe for year-round use. However, courts have overturned a waiver of limits on Reid Vapor Pressure. In its last legal

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India Targets Alternate Fuels, EVs in Clean Transport Push

by Aftab Ahmed (Reuters)  India to adhere to tighter fuel efficiency norms deadline; India targeting reducing carbon emissions by 33%-35% by 2030; India to mandate for gasoline cars to have flexible fuel engines; Expects new incentives towards climate funds from rich nations  — India is framing policies to promote the use

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Auto Industry Commits to All-Electric, but Hybrids Make Powerful Interim Case; Report

by Neil Winton (Forbes)  As politicians declare their love for clean electric cars and fall over themselves to be the first to ban the sale of allegedly dirty, climate threatening new fossil-fuel powered ones, a report from Emissions Analytics suggests hybrids could have the inside track for some years because electric cars

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Airline Industry Targets Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050

by Siddharth Vikram Philip, Mary Schlangenstein and Christopher Jasper (Bloomberg Quint)  The airline industry’s main lobby group adopted a target of eliminating carbon emissions on a net basis by 2050, a goal that will require balancing the fight against climate change with the need to spur demand in the aftermath

October 5, 2021 Read Full Article

China Backs away from Ethanol Commitment

by Sean Pratt  (Western Producer)  Corn is the top feedstock for China’s ethanol sector, followed by rice, cassava and wheat. The country’s production plants are expected to consume 4.07 million tonnes of corn in 2021. — Country has unofficially abandoned its national E10 mandate plan, which would have had a major

October 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Can Auto Industry Help Delta Air Lines Clean Up Its Act?

by Sebastian Blanco  (Wards Auto) The federal government heavily promoted plant-based liquid fuels in the first decade of this century under President Bush. The way these fuels found their way into service stations and the vehicles themselves could serve as a blueprint for the aviation industry. Cleaner cars could lead

October 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Velocys Launches Bayou Fuels

(Bayou Fuels)  New branding and website is announced for the Bayou Fuels reference project in the USA  — Velocys has today launched a website for the Bayou Fuels reference project that will use Velocys FT technology to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from waste woody biomass. This fuel will have an

October 5, 2021 Read Full Article

State of Hydrogen

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) If you missed the recent HydrogenConnect session, here’s your chance to check out the exclusive Digest State of Hydrogen presentation — who’s doing what, where, how and with whom in hydrogen. In today’s Digest, from the why hydrogen question to what the colors of hydrogen mean, future

October 5, 2021 Read Full Article

Airbus Sets out Sustainability Vision and the Need for Collaboration across the Entire Aviation Eco-System

by Christopher Surgenor (GreenAir Online)  European aerospace giant Airbus brought together its executive team and sector leads, airline chiefs, policymakers and the media to its Toulouse headquarters in France for the Airbus Sustainability Summit, a two-day extravaganza aimed at not only demonstrating its own commitment to the green agenda, but

October 4, 2021 Read Full Article

United States: Dane County Invests $10M in Clean Fuel Infrastructure

(Dane County/NGV Journal)  … The renewable fuel injected into the pipeline at the Dane County Landfill comes from rotting trash and renewable natural gas brought in from manure digesters. It powers trucks and vehicles across the region, reducing diesel and carbon emissions. In fact, since Dane County launched its NGV

October 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Snam and Eni Open New Biomethane Station in Southern Italy

(Snam/NGV Journal) Snam4Mobility, the Snam company active in sustainable mobility, and Eni have opened a new biomethane filling station in Aversa, Caserta. The facility, located in Via Vito di Jasi, corner of Viale Kennedy, strengthens the offer of CNG as an alternative fuel in Campania and will also supply biomethane produced

October 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Your Letters: Carbon Removal Could, in Fact, Bring Great Benefits

by Robert C. Brown, Lisa Schulte Moore, and Tannon Daugaard (Iowa State University Bioeconomy Institute/Ames Tribune) The recent guest column by Darryl Siemer suggesting that carbon sequestration benefits “crumble on examination” is premised on an oversimplified representation of the Earth’s carbon cycle, equating carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels with that from

October 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee Notice of Open Meeting

(Federal Register/International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce) The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (REEEAC or the Committee) will hold a virtual meeting via WebEx on Thursday October 14, 2021, hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The meeting is open to the public with registration instructions provided…. October

October 4, 2021 Read Full Article

Eni and IRENA Launch a Partnership to Accelerate the Energy Transition

(International Renewable Energy Agency)   Eni and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) have today entered into a three-year partnership agreement to collaborate in the promotion of renewable energy and accelerate the energy transition, particularly in countries that export fossil fuels. The agreement has been signed by Eni’s Chief Executive Officer, Claudio Descalzi,

October 4, 2021 Read Full Article

The EU Wants a SAF Transition, but at What Cost?

(Biofuels International) On 14 July, as part of the European Green Deal, the EU announced a broad new package of policy proposals which aim to accelerate decarbonisation of the aviation sector. If fully implemented, the measures will have a significant impact on the EU’s aviation industry. However, while the initiatives

October 2, 2021 Read Full Article

The Voice of Conservatives Is Important in Renewable Energy Policy Discussions

(Solutions from the Land)  … Those who advocate for no- and low-carbon fuels and other energy solutions come from across political parties – Democrats and Republicans – and from all along the spectrum of partisan views – from liberals to conservatives. The spread of support across the aisle comes at a

October 2, 2021 Read Full Article

Kebbi Partners Contec Global Energy for Biofuel Project

by John Alechenu (Punch) The Kebbi State Government on Thursday signed a partnership agreement with Contec Global Energy Limited for investment into the Cassava Biofuel Ethanol project in the State. Governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Bagudu, announced the partnership after a meeting with the Renewable Energy Division of the Nigerian National

October 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Voluntary Offsetting in Air Travel: A Carbon Footprint Fix?

by Julia MacCary (Planet Forward/Medill News Service)  United Airlines offers a quick fix to neutralize your carbon emissions for a trip from Chicago to Los Angeles and back: $4.60 in carbon offsets. … Yet what’s more concerning is United’s offsets are “not even real” in taking carbon directly from the

October 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Panama Wants to Reduce Fuel Imports and Boost Ethanol Production

(America Economia) … Panama plans to promote a clean energy plan by reincorporating ethanol in its gasoline and ending the use of heavy fuels and coal for electricity generation by the end of 2023, said Energy Minister Jorge Rivera. The Central American nation promotes itself as carbon negative, but wants to

October 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Government to Make It Mandatory for Vehicle Manufacturers to Make Flex-Fuel Engines: Nitin Gadkari

(India TV News) Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said that the government will make it mandatory for all the vehicle manufacturers to make flex-fuel engines, after it gets permission from the Supreme Court (SC). Flex-fuel, or flexible fuel, is an alternative fuel made of a combination of gasoline and methanol

October 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Building Trust in Sustainable Biomass: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Biomass Communications

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) If you missed Oak Ridge National Lab’s Keith Kline’s introductory remarks at ABLC Digital, now’s your chance to check out his slide guide covering how to build public confidence and trust in the role of biomass in sustainable circular economies.  READ MORE  

October 1, 2021 Read Full Article

Aviation Industry Looks to ICAO for Leadership on Delivering a Global Long-Term Goal to Reduce Emissions

by Christopher Surgenor (GreenAir Online)  Counterintuitively, the global pandemic has catalysed the aviation sector’s approach in a very positive way to climate action despite going through the worst period in aviation history, said Haldane Dodd, the incoming Executive Director of the cross-industry Air Transport Action Group at its 2021 Global Sustainable

September 30, 2021 Read Full Article

In the Race to Reduce Car Emissions, Don’t Forget Longevity

(Kyushu University)  Extending car lifetime and first-owner possession length can reduce overall emissions more than accelerating replacement according to new study — As countries race to reduce emissions and mitigate climate change, the debate on green vehicles often focuses on fuel efficiency and alternative fuels, such as electricity and hydrogen.

September 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan 2021 Addresses Biogas, LCFS

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producers Magazine) The implementation of a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS) and expanded production and use of biogas are among the strategies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions discussed in the Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan 2021. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Sept. 22 released the Pennsylvania Climate

September 30, 2021 Read Full Article

JetBlue Accelerates Transition to Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) With Plans for the Largest-Ever Supply of SAF in New York Airports for a Commercial Airline

(JetBlue) — JetBlue to Outpace Industry in SAF Usage Based on Percentage of Total Fuel (a), Doubling Its Prior Commitment with SG Preston and On Pace to Achieve 10 Percent SAF Usage Years Ahead of Its Original Target — Sustainability Commitment Goes Beyond Jet Fuel with Conversion of Airport Ground Vehicles

September 30, 2021 Read Full Article

Nebraska Senator Promotes Precision Ag Loan Bill

(AgNewsWire) U.S. Senators Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have introduced bipartisan legislation to create a program within USDA to provide loan financing to farmers and ranchers interested in purchasing precision agriculture equipment. Sen. Fischer spoke on the Senate floor Monday about the Precision Agriculture Loan (PAL) Act, highlighting the importance of

September 29, 2021 Read Full Article

NBB Hits the Airways with NPR Sponsorship

(National Biodiesel Board)  Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel: Low-Carbon Fuels Delivering Today  — The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) today announced a three-week sponsorship of National Public Radio (NPR) as part of a comprehensive educational campaign aimed at decision-makers and the public. The 15-second spot will air on some of NPR’s most listened

September 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Ethanol Keeps Gaining Ground in the Race to Reduce Carbon

(Urban Air Initiative) Replacing toxic carcinogens in gasoline provides a huge boost to an already impressive carbon reduction number for ethanol, according to a new study published by Transport Energy Strategies (TES), a leading energy consultancy with expertise in emissions, fuel and oil refining. TES found that ethanol’s inclusion in

September 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Bustos, Axne, Craig, Klobuchar Lead Members across Seven States in Urging Administration to Increase Biofuels Usage

(Office of Congresswomen Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17))  Congresswomen Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), Cindy Axne (D-IA-03), Angie Craig (D-MN-02) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) led a bicameral group of Congressional members spanning seven states in a letter urging the Administration to increase biofuels usage and reject any reduction in biofuel blending requirements. After recent reports that the

September 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Bay Area Air Quality Management District Proposes Rule Changes for Refinery Conversions Public Comment DEADLINE: October 11, 2021

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In California, two of the five petroleum refineries in the Bay Area have submitted permit applications to modify the facility operation to process alternative feedstocks with the intention of producing “renewable” products. These facilities use the term “renewable” to mean they will be producing fuel and

September 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Centre Not Giving Permission to Chhattisgarh for Ethanol Production from Paddy: Bhupesh Baghel

(ANI/Sify)  Expressing resentment against the central government for not giving permission to Chhattisgarh for ethanol production from paddy, state Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Tuesday said the state has infrastructure and paddy surplus for ethanol production. Addressing the inaugural event of the two-day ‘Vanijya Utsav’ here on Tuesday, the Chief

September 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Fueling Human Rights Violations: Consequences of EU and Belgian Biofuel Policies in Northern Peru

(Oxfam) First-generation biofuels have a somewhat paradoxical status. On the one hand, they have become key ingredients in the EU’s ‘Green Deal’ priorities. On the other hand, they have fuelled all kinds of environmental, social and political disruptions, and unleashed massive transformations – particularly in the Global South – because of

September 29, 2021 Read Full Article

UP to Commence Ethanol Production from Cane from Next Season

(The Pioneer) Uttar Pradesh will commence production of ethanol directly from sugarcane from the next cane crushing season commencing from October. Ethanol used for blending with petrol will be produced at the public sector undertaking Pipraich sugar mill at Gorakhpur and Balrampur sugar mill.  The UP government had decided in October

September 29, 2021 Read Full Article

KCC Completes Successful Transatlantic Test of Biofuels

(Port News) Klaveness Combination Carriers ASA (KCC) has successfully completed testing of 30% biofuel aboard its CLEANBU MV Baru on her voyage from the Netherlands to Brazil as part of KCC’s ongoing efforts to gain technical and commercial experience with biofuels. As highlighted by the EU Commission’s FuelEU Maritime legislation proposal,

September 29, 2021 Read Full Article

Gazprom Neft, Aeroflot Join Forces to Develop SAF in Russia

(Gazprom Neft/Biobased Diesel Daily) Gazprom Neft has entered into an agreement with Aeroflot on cooperating in producing Russia’s first ever minimum-carbon-footprint sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), under a document signed by Gazprom Neft CEO Alexander Dyukov and Aeroflot CEO Mikhail Poluboyarinov at this year’s Eastern Economic Forum. This partnership between Gazprom Neft

September 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Industry Leaders, Organizations Call for Govt. Action to Fully Decarbonize Shipping by 2050

(Global Maritime Forum/Biobased Diesel Daily)Signatories of the Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization urge world leaders to align shipping with the Paris Agreement temperature goal. The private sector is already taking important steps to decarbonize global supply chains. Now governments must deliver the policies that will supercharge the transition and

September 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Guiding Principles for Sound Energy Policy: Outcomes from an OurEnergyPolicy Discussion Series

(OurEnergyPolicy) The mission of OurEnergyPolicy (OEP) is to facilitate substantive, responsible dialogue on energy policy issues and provide this dialogue as a resource for the American people, policymakers, and the media. In doing so, we inform and support the creation of sound and effective policies. OEP seeks to encourage dialogue representative

September 28, 2021 Read Full Article

ACE Urges EPA Recognize Ethanol’s Role in Reducing Vehicle GHGs and Improving Fuel Efficiency in Final Rule

(American Coalition for Ethanol/GrainNet) The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) set forth recommendations today (Sept. 27) on how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Revised 2023 and Later Model Year Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards can and should place much greater emphasis on improving the quality of liquid fuel and the role low-carbon, high-octane ethanol can play

September 28, 2021 Read Full Article

STB Renews Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee Charter

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The Surface Transportation Board on Sept. 20 announced its intent to renew the charter of the Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee, which provides guidance to the STB regarding rail transportation of energy resources, including biofuels, coal and petroleum. RETAC was first established in 2007 and

September 28, 2021 Read Full Article

U.S. Environment Agency Urged by 21 States to Toughen Vehicle Emissions Rewrite

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  A group of 21 state attorneys general, the District of Columbia, and several major U.S. cities urged the Biden administration to finalize significantly stricter vehicle emissions rules than it has proposed. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in August called for reversing the Trump-era loosening of vehicle

September 28, 2021 Read Full Article

Carbon Pricing and Regulations Compared: An Economic Explainer

by Shuting Pomerleau and Ed Dolan (Niskanen Center) • Carbon pricing, either in the form of a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system, has the potential to limit pollution to an economically optimal level.  Carbon pricing allows various pollution sources with differing marginal abatement costs to achieve emissions reduction efficiently

September 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Democrats Prep Carbon Tax Option to Pay for Spending Bill

by Laura Davison, Ari Natter, and Jennifer A Dlouhy (Bloomberg) Carbon tax gains momentum as talks on spending bill heat up; Plan would use tax proceeds to send cash payments to Americans —  Senate Democrats are developing a carbon-tax proposal that could potentially be used to offset some of the costs

September 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Neste’s Transformation Journey Into Renewables: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) SAF agreements with airlines and airports, renewable polymers and chemicals sales and partnerships going up globally, production in Singapore and Rotterdam taking off, M&A action, and more is helping Neste achieve 2030 goals. Get all the latest details on Neste’s business segments, strategy moving forward,

September 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Stena Bulk’s Zero-Emission Vessels on Water by 2035, GoodFuels, Tufton’s 100% Biofuel Voyage and More Maritime Magic

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) From Sweden comes news that one of the world’s leading tanker shipping companies, Stena Bulk, signed the Global Maritime Forum’s Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization with milestones that include three carbon neutral-ready methanol powered MR tankers into Stena Bulk’s fleet, exploring low carbon fuels

September 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Brazil’s BolsonaroTthreatens to Reduce Ethanol Blend

(Argus Media) President Jair Bolsonaro blamed Brazil’s anhydrous ethanol blend for high gasoline prices, hinting that he could push to reduce the blend, in yet another potential blow to the biofuels industry. In his weekly broadcast on social media, Bolsonaro said that “the price of gasoline could fall a little if

September 27, 2021 Read Full Article

China Backs away from Ethanol Commitment

by Sean Pratt (The Western Producer) China’s ethanol consumption continues to fall well short of the government’s 10 percent blend mandate.  The blend rate in 2021 is forecast at 2.1 percent, according to a recent report by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service. China declared in 2017 that it was

September 27, 2021 Read Full Article

Is Renewable Diesel the Real Deal?

by Sherry Listgarten (Palo Alto Online)  Have you noticed the flags advertising “Renewable Diesel” at local 76 stations? I did and wondered if it was the real deal or a form of “greenwashing,” where eco-claims are not backed up by actual emissions reductions. … If you are driving a diesel car

September 25, 2021 Read Full Article

USGC Showcases Ethanol’s Role in Fuel Decarbonization Policies

(U.S. Grains Council/Ethanol Producer Magazine) A shifting fuel standard in Australia could allow a larger role for ethanol in that market. To better understand the changes, the U.S. Grains Council’s Southeast Asia office presented “Ethanol: Decarbonization of Transport Fuel in the Bioeconomy” on Aug. 25. Partnering with Bioenergy Australia and Manildra

September 25, 2021 Read Full Article

No Better Time than Now

by Anna Simet (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  …  While “accelerate” was the theme of the American Coalition for Ethanol’s 34th annual conference—market growth being vital—the myriad policy, investment and operational issues explored at the event orbited largely around the industry’s overarching low-carbon ambitions. And with the rise of electric vehicles (EVs)

September 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Matching For More: The Defour Group’s Dean Drake’s Plan Involves Match Blending Mid-Level Blends

by Melissa Anderson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Defour Group’s Dean Drake, a former GM public policy analyst, says liquid fuels have a shared future with electric vehicles if ethanol blending methods, engine technology and policy can align. His plan involves match blending mid-level blends. … Drake, however, says we should

September 25, 2021 Read Full Article

Biofuel Symposium Addresses Korea’s Carbon-Neutrality Policy

(U.S. Grains Council) To create opportunities for an ethanol renewable fuel standard (RFS) in Korea’s carbon-neutrality scenario, the U.S. Grains Council, USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service in Seoul and The Environment Daily News co-hosted the “Climate Crisis and Biofuel Symposium” on Sept. 8 in Seoul. The hybrid program was designed not only

September 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Opinion: Why I’ve fought for Biofuels through Congress’ Infrastructure Debate

by Rep. Cindy Axne (D-IA 3rd) (Agri-Pulse)  … Starting this spring, I made it my mission to help members of the Biden Administration, the Senate, and my own colleagues in the House understand the key advantages of biofuels – from the fact that it’s been proven to be more than

September 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Honeywell and Wood Introduce Groundbreaking Technologies to Support Efforts toward Carbon-Neutral Sustainable Aviation Fuel

(Honeywell/PR Newswire) – Wood’s hydrogen plant technology coupled with Honeywell UOP EcofiningTM process technology and carbon capture and storage can reduce lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions 100% when compared to petroleum-based aviation fuels – Widespread use of Honeywell and Wood technologies have potential to remove the equivalent of 34 million metric tons

September 24, 2021 Read Full Article

The Climate Can’t Wait for Electric Planes. Sustainable Fuel May Be the Answer

by Hanna Ziady (CNN Business) More than 50 airlines, oil companies and other companies, including Delta (DAL), BP (BP) and Boeing (BA), pledged on Wednesday to replace 10% of global jet fuel supply with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2030. It is one of the boldest commitments yet to tackle the environmental impact of air travel and will require

September 24, 2021 Read Full Article

Is Hydrogen the New Oil?

by Fred Pearce (China Dialogue)  Hydrogen may have lost the race to fuel electric cars but it looks a likely contender to replace fossil fuels in trucks, ships, planes and heavy industry — …  Japan, once a passionate advocate of nuclear energy, now has serious hydrogen ambitions. The country has the

September 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Why It’s a Mistake to Teach Climate Change Only in Science Class

by Valerie Strauss (Washington Post)  The Washington Post did a recent poll on the attitudes of teens on various subjects, and there was a surprising result on what they see as the biggest threats to their generation: Only 49 percent said they view climate change as a major threat at a time

September 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Germany to End Palm Oil Use in Biofuels from 2023 – Ministry

by Michael Hogan (NASDAQ/Reuters) Germany will end the use of palm oil as a raw material to produce biofuels from 2023, the country’s environment ministry said on Wednesday. — … Germany will instead give a quota for minimum use of waste materials for biofuel production, the ministry said the cabinet had

September 23, 2021 Read Full Article

NBB Welcomes Court Decision to Maintain Duties on Argentine Biodiesel

(National Biodiesel Board)  U.S. Court of International Trade upholds Commerce final determination in changed circumstances review —  The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) today welcomed the U.S. Court of International Trade’s decision to uphold the U.S. Department of Commerce’s final determination in its changed circumstances review (CCR) of duties on imports of Argentine biodiesel.

September 23, 2021 Read Full Article

India’s Fuel Ethanol Consumption to Rise to Meet E20 Target: Fitch

(ANI/Hindustan Times Auto) The government is targeting a motor fuel blending rate of E10 by 2022. It has also brought forward its ethanol E20 target to 2023 from earlier target of 2025.  —  Fitch Solutions said on Tuesday that India’s ethanol consumption will increase over the next few years, driven

September 23, 2021 Read Full Article

100 Groups Demand Biden Cut Airplane Climate Pollution

(Common Dreams/Center for Biological Diversity)  Coalition blasts EPA delays on replacing do-nothing Trump rule. —One hundred environmental, community and public-health groups called on the Biden administration today to set strong standards to cut airplane pollution and avoid industry-promoted biofuel greenwashing. As today’s letter notes, the Biden administration has yet to announce any efforts to

September 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Clean Skies for Tomorrow Leaders: 10% Sustainable Aviation Fuel by 2030

(World Economic Forum) 60 companies are accelerating the supply and use of sustainable aviation fuel to reach 10% of global jet aviation fuel supply by 2030; Carbon-free energy is in sight in some sectors but progress on abating carbon emissions in the aviation sector has been slower; Signatory companies represent

September 23, 2021 Read Full Article

The Growing Dilemma of Oil Refiners: Move to Biofuels or Stick with What They Know?

by Marcy de Luna (Houston Chronicle)  Sugar Land refiner CVR Energy proclaimed in May that it was shifting from crude refining to the growing demand for renewable fuels. CVR planned to …  READ MORE CVR delays renewable fuel startup at Wynnewood refinery (Reuters) CVR Energy evaluates renewable diesel project at Wynnewood

September 23, 2021 Read Full Article

EXCLUSIVE: White House Backs Plan for Renewable Energy Industry Tax Partnerships

by Jarrett Renshaw and Laura Sanicola (Reuters) …  The expansion would allow the renewable energy industry – from wind and solar to biofuels like ethanol – to form master limited partnerships, known as MLPs, that combine the funding advantages of corporations with the tax advantages of partnerships. The expansion is included

September 23, 2021 Read Full Article

Climate Week Press Release:  Advanced Biofuels USA Encourages Participation in Community Climate Change Mitigation Efforts—One Community at a Time

For Immediate Release — September 23, 2021—Frederick, MD — —  Building on her recent experience volunteering on Frederick, Maryland’s City and County Climate Emergency Mobilization Work Group’s subgroup on Energy, Buildings and Transportation, Advanced Biofuels USA’s executive director, Joanne Ivancic, wants to encourage others to enthusiastically participate in opportunities to mold their

September 23, 2021 Read Full Article

One Community at a Time: How to Gain Real GHG Benefits Quickly for Least Cost — Experiences with the Frederick County and City Climate Emergency Mobilization Work Group

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Over the past year I have had the opportunity and privilege to participate in the Frederick, Maryland, County and City Climate Emergency Mobilization Work Group subgroup on Energy, Buildings and Transportation. Our beautiful final report is available here: https://www.mobilizefrederick.org/ The aim of the CEMWG

September 23, 2021 Read Full Article

EXCLUSIVE Biden Administration Mulls Big Cuts to Biofuel Mandates in Win for Oil Industry -Document

by Stephanie Kelly and Jarrett Renshaw (Reuters) The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden is considering big cuts to the nation’s biofuel blending requirements, according to a document seen by Reuters, a move triggered by a broad decline in gasoline demand during the coronavirus pandemic. If adopted, the proposal would be

September 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Members to Biden: Uphold Your Commitments to Clean Energy

(Growth Energy) During Growth Energy’s virtual fly-in, 87 Growth Energy members sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to stand behind his promise to take clear action on climate change by supporting low-carbon biofuels and upholding the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) through strong biofuel blending targets. The signers represent Growth Energy’s diverse membership of

September 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Decarbonizing Aviation: The Digest’s 2021 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaJet

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Lanzajet says we are at an inflection point for the sustainable aviation industry. Why? How? What’s LanzJet’s role in it all? How are they driving innovation and accelerating deployment of SAF? What’s the status of their plants and projects?  READ MORE

September 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Stena Bulk Signs the Global Maritime Forum’s Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization ahead of COP26

(Stena Bulk) Erik Hånell, President and CEO, Stena Bulk, comments on Stena Bulk becoming a signatory of the Global Maritime Forum’s Call to Action for Shipping Decarbonization ahead of COP26:  “Today, Stena Bulk has joined other industry leaders in a worldwide call to action for shipping decarbonisation ahead of COP26. During

September 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Toyota Boss Says Carbon Is the Enemy, Not the Internal Combustion Engine

by Ronan Glon (AutoBlog) He argues banning the engine is not the solution  — Toyota boss Akio Toyoda is one of the most vocal opponents of banning the internal combustion engine. He renewed his call to reconsider the measures announced by various governments around the world and warned that bans could indirectly

September 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Electric Vehicle Tax Credits Take Preference over Biofuels in Democratic Spending Package

by Ben Nuelle (Agri-Pulse)  The key committee provisions in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package show that Democrats in Congress are in line with President Joe Biden’s vision to put electric vehicles — not biofuels — at the forefront of the fight against climate change.  READ MORE Inclusion of Tax Credits

September 22, 2021 Read Full Article

WW0 Investigates: Big Oil Talks Sustainability, But Is It All Smoke?

(World War Zero)  … There’s an unfolding debate in boardrooms and courtrooms alike about whether and how the fossil fuel industry could or would be part of the decarbonization of the world’s economy — and whether the biggest legacy energy companies are sincere about being part of the solution, or whether their claims are at best

September 22, 2021 Read Full Article

Sweden’s BRA to Test ATR with 100% Blend of Sustainable Fuel

by David Kaminski-Morrow  (Flight Global) Braathens Regional Airlines is to conduct a pioneering flight test at the beginning of next year, aiming to fly an ATR turboprop with a 100% blend of sustainable aviation fuel.  READ MORE Swedish BRA Testing ATR with 100% Blend of Sustainable Fuels | News (WorldAkkam)

September 21, 2021 Read Full Article

US Refiners Delve Deeper into SAF Production on Policy Support Hopes

(Hellenic Shipping News)  Some US refiners are considering adding sustainable aviation fuel to their renewable diesel production plans, spurred by higher demand from airlines seeking lower carbon footprints and the likelihood of increased policy support, some analysts said. “Jet and diesel are going to typically be priced very similarly, so to

September 21, 2021 Read Full Article

FutureMetrics Paper Addresses the Biomass Carbon Debt Fallacy

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) FutureMetrics on Sept. 9 published a new white paper revisiting the flawed assumption that there is a carbon debt after wood is harvested and explaining why some academics continue to perpetuate the carbon debt fallacy. The paper, authored by FutureMetrics Founder and President William Strauss, references

September 21, 2021 Read Full Article
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