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Accelerating New Zealand’s Investment into Biofuels

(New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries) … “The Wood Fibre Futures project earlier this year identified viable wood-based alternatives to high carbon emitting products such as transport fuel, concrete, steel, and coal. “Having identified the options, we are now looking to accelerate to stage 2 of the project, which will

December 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Brazil Nears Key Downstream Sector Approvals in Drive for Cleaner Fuels

by Gareth Chetwynd (Upstream Online)  Mines & Energy Ministry expected to sign off next week on raft of new regulations to free up sector  — Brazil’s Mines & Energy Ministry is expected to approve a batch of new regulations next week intended to facilitate the opening of the country’s downstream sector and

December 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Is the Future Diesel-Free? 7 Hard Questions about Diesel, Biofuels and ICEs

by Samuel Morgan (Neste) The whole transport industry agrees on the need to decarbonize traffic fast. However, there’s confusion on what that means for diesel, renewable diesel and the internal combustion engine. Are their days numbered?  Questions answered:  How long will diesel fleets be allowed?  Are the days of the internal

December 2, 2020 Read Full Article

The Government of Quebec Announces Its support for an Advanced Biofuel Project Carried out Jointly by BioÉnergie La Tuque, Neste, and the Council of the Atikamekw Nation

(Neste) An investment of CAD 5.9 million as part of Transition Énergétique Québec  — The Quebec Government has today announced it awards funding totaling CAD 5.943 million (approx. EUR 3.85 million, USD 4.55 million) to a non-profit organization Bioénergie La Tuque (BELT) under a program called Technoclimat from Transition Énergétique Québec

December 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Decarbonizing Shipping and Transportation: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to BioLNG

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There are concrete benefits of using BioLNG to decarbonize hard to abate transport sectors like heavy-duty transport and shipping, according to the latest European Biogas Association, Gas Infrastructure Europe, the Natural & Bio Gas Vehicle Association, and SEA-LNG joint paper. The EU production of BioLNG

December 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Diesel Set to Grow outside California

by Jessica Dell (Argus Media)  New state-level low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) programs and Canada’s proposed Clean Fuel Standard will grow the market for renewable diesel and create demand centers out of California, biofuel producers said during Argus Biofuels Live virtual conference yesterday.  READ MORE

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Could We Ever Pull Enough Carbon out of the Atmosphere to Stop Climate Change?

by Donavyn Coffey (Live Science) … Sabine Fuss has been looking for these answers for the last two years. An economist in Berlin, Fuss leads a research group at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change and was part of the original Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

December 2, 2020 Read Full Article

$7 Million Allocated to Iowa Renewable Fuels Retailers

by Natalina Sents  (Successful Farming)  Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig rolled out the Renewable Fuels Retail Recovery program that includes $7 million in CARES Act funding for renewable fuel retailers in the state today. Relief funds are intended to help gas stations, truck stops, co-ops, and other renewable fuel

December 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Incentives Spur Investors to Pick Up Pace on Low-Carbon Projects

by Dean Scott (Bloomberg Law) Growing interest in combining federal, state credits in low-carbon projects; Congress’ inaction on 45Q credit extension a worrying sign for new efforts  — A mix of federal and state environmental incentives are drawing investors towards low-carbon, climate-friendly projects, an encouraging sign for President-elect Joe Biden’s call

December 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Opinion: Reinventing Fuel-Based Power for a More Secure and Resilient Grid

by Toby Gill (Intelligent Power Generation/Green Car Congress) With battery storage able to provide a unique role in balancing a renewable electricity grid, Toby Gill, CEO of Intelligent Power Generation, asks could innovations in green hydrogen and biofuel technologies contribute to a more optimized and economical energy mix? The growth of

December 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Biden Taps Adviser Who Ties Gasoline Price to Emissions

by Scott Waldman (E&E News)  President-elect Joe Biden’s financial policy will be shaped — at least in part — by an economic adviser who believes fossil fuels are “severely underpriced” because they don’t consider the harm caused by climate change. READ MORE

December 1, 2020 Read Full Article

RFA Review: Automakers Approve E15 in Nearly All 2021 Vehicles, but FFV Offerings Continue to Slide

(Renewable Fuels Association) An annual analysis of vehicle owner’s manuals and warranty statements by the Renewable Fuels Association reveals that while nearly all new 2021 automobiles are explicitly approved by the manufacturer to use E15 gasoline, far fewer models are being offered as flex fuel vehicles (FFVs) capable of operating on fuel blends

December 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Green Hydrogen: A Guide to Policy Making

(International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)) Hydrogen produced with renewable energy sources – or “green” hydrogen – has emerged as a key element to achieve net-zero emissions from heavy industry and transport. Along with net-zero commitments by growing numbers of governments, green hydrogen has started gaining momentum based on low-cost renewable electricity,

December 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Ford Says Automakers Should Consider Backing California Emissions Deal

by David Shepardson (Reuters)  Ford Motor Co is urging major automakers to consider backing a framework deal with California on vehicle emissions in a bid to reach industry consensus before President-elect Joe Biden takes office, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Monday.  Major automakers are set to discuss

December 1, 2020 Read Full Article

EPA Misses Statutory Deadline to Set 2021 RFS RVOs

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) The U.S. EPA has missed its Nov. 30 statutory deadline to set the 2021 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, as well as the 2021 RVO for biomass-based diesel. While the delay was not unexpected, representatives of the biofuels industry are expressing frustration

December 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Green Fuel Selling Ethanol in ‘Real Money’

(Bulawayo)  Zimbabwe’s biggest ethanol producer Green Fuel is now selling the commodity in hard cash and accepts only transfers to its nostro foreign currency account accompanied by letters from the clients’ banks confirming the existence of funds, it has emerged. This comes after the government increased the mandatory ethanol blending

December 1, 2020 Read Full Article

They Invest US $ 5 Million to Transform Sewage Waste into Biodiesel

(La Nacion (Google Translation)) The company Explora, which has its plant in Puerto General San Martín, Santa Fe, invested more than US $ 5 million in a new technology to transform sewage waste into biodiesel. In this way, it has already produced 12,000 tons of deacidified residual oil, which were exported

December 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Farm Bureau Calls on Congress to Extend Key Tax Provisions

(American Farm Bureau Federation)  The American Farm Bureau Federation and more than 60 other organizations are urging Congress to extend tax provisions that promote biofuel production, as well as craft breweries, wineries and distilleries. Among more than 30 temporary tax provisions, commonly known as “tax extenders,” set to expire at

December 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Sustainable Aviation Fuel for Santa’s Sleigh, Lufthansa Cargo Delivers Packages, Cargo, Now with Biofuel

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) … Lufthansa Cargo and DB Schenker start first CO2-neutral freight flight — First, today’s news that over the weekend, a cargo flight took off for the first time in commercial aviation, whose fuel requirements will be completely covered by Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Lufthansa Cargo’s Boeing 777F

December 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Use of Biofuels Needs to Increase: Gadkari | Special Edition of the Book “Ek Hota Carver” published

(Praj)  “The use of biofuels needs to be increased to reduce the strain caused by fossil fuel on our country’s economy, and the growing pollution menace arising from it,” said Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and the Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. He

December 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Joint Policy Proposal to Accelerate the Deployment of Sustainable Aviation Fuels in Europe – A Clean Skies for Tomorrow Publication

(World Economic Forum)   What is the World Economic Forum doing to help aviation meet net zero goals?  Through the Forum’s Clean Skies for Tomorrow coalition, stakeholders across the European aviation value-chain have aligned on key policy proposals to inform the EU’s RefuelEU initiative and the UK Government. Taken together, this industry-backed

November 30, 2020 Read Full Article

2030 Climate Targets for Mobility in the Netherlands Require a Cap for the Use of Fossil Fuel

by Eric van den Heuvel, Loes Knotter via Tammy Klein (Future Fuel Strategies)  The Netherlands Platform Sustainable Biofuels argues for a decreasing cap on the use of fossil fuels in the Netherland mobility sector. — Starting from today’s level of 494 PJ total energy use in transport (of which 463

November 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Ontario Hiking Ethanol Content in Gasoline to Help Fight Climate Change

by Jonathan Juha Trevor Terfloth (Chatham Daily News/Driving) Ontario plans to raise by half the ethanol content required in gasoline in a move to fight climate change that could also dangle benefits to Southwestern Ontario’s vast corn belt. The province says it will gradually increase the required ethanol content in

November 30, 2020 Read Full Article

The Secret Ingredient for Super Speed? Ethanol

by John Herath (AgWeb) The headlines were head-turning: an American made supercar had punched through the 300 mph barrier on a seven-mile stretch of empty road outside of Las Vegas. While the 331 mph top speed reported by the SSC Tuatara is now in question, there is no disputing the secret sauce

November 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuels Association on Gas-Generated Electricity

(Southeast AgNet Radio Network)  …Corn ethanol to electricity may be the ‘ticket,’ according to Renewable Fuels Association chief Geoff Cooper. …  “Ethanol is a great low-carbon molecule, and you can make electricity out of it just fine. And it is something our industry is looking into as a future, kind

November 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Could Ethanol Be a ‘Net-Zero’ Hero?

by Geoff Cooper (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Renewable Fuels Association)  Already contributing to decarbonization, ethanol is a phenomenal low-carbon molecule that will continue to play an instrumental role in the transition to net-zero emissions. And because it is here today, there is no need to wait until 2035 to act. Against a

November 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Colombia to Reform Fuel Pricing, Encourage Imports … Biofuel Challenges

by Patricia Garip (Argus Media)  … Speaking on the same panel, former mines and energy minister German Arce pointed out the “huge price disparity” between diesel and biodiesel, “one with guaranteed supply and the other with no guarantee.” Colombia’s biodiesel blend mandate will rise to 12pc from a current 10pc

November 30, 2020 Read Full Article

New Publication – The Role of Renewable Transport Fuels in Decarbonizing Road Transport

(IEA Bioenergy) In the light of climate change, there is an urgent need to decarbonize our societies. The road transport sector is specifically challenging, as transport demand is growing, and so are the sector´s GHG emissions. Electric mobility powered by renewable power will not be able to solve this on its

November 30, 2020 Read Full Article

An Open Letter to the Ethanol Community from Ethanol Producers

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) … (T)he overriding objective should be to increase demand, which increases ethanol volume and corn grind.  With that in mind, do we continue to fight for what is almost certain to be a reduced RFS that in addition to lower RVOs pits us against

November 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Refineries Are Fighting over Used Cooking Oil and Animal Fat

by Haley Zaremba  (OilPrice.com)  … In the absence of gasoline demand, refineries have been casting around for alternate solutions to keep their plants up and running, and it looks like they may have found the answer: biofuels. Early on in the pandemic’s trajectory, things looked just as bad for the biofuel

November 30, 2020 Read Full Article

A National Zero Carbon Transportation Plan for the US

by Dan Sperling, Lew Fulton, and Vicki Arroyo (University of California Davis) …  Summary of Policy Recommendations Rapidly increase the sales of zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) by implementing the following: National ZEV sales requirements for cars National ZEV sales and fleet purchase requirements for trucks Incentives for ZEV vehicle purchases and

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Watch: The Role of the Bioeconomy in Ending the COVID-19 Pandemic and Preventing the Next One.

by Luke Upton (BioMarket Insights)  The Global Health Security Seminars from Georgetown University, are looking at some of the biggest challenges that the scientific world is facing, and has recently focussed on this year’s dominant issue – COVID-19. This new era of epidemic risk has collided with the beginnings of a revolution

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Sempra Utilities Pitch Demonstration Program as First Step to California Hydrogen Injection Standard

by Kavya Balaraman (Utility Dive) – Sempra Energy subsidiaries Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) plan to launch California’s first hydrogen blending demonstration program as a first step toward creating a hydrogen injection standard for the state. – The first proposed project would begin with

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

20th Datagro Conference on Sugar and Ethanol: COVID 19 Impacts and Renovabio Set the Agenda

by Isabela Rodrigues* (Advanced Biofuels USA) In October, The 20th Datagro Conference on Sugar and Ethanol 2020 took place over a virtual platform with more than 4000 attendees. This year, Brazilian government authorities including Vice President Hamilton Mourão, Secretary of Amazon and Environmental Services at the Ministry of the Environment Joaquim

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Battered by Virus and Oil Slump, Biofuels Fall Out of Favour

by Benoît Pelegrin (Agence France-Presse/Barrons)  Hit by the coronavirus pandemic and a sharp drop in oil prices, biofuel demand has declined for the first time in two decades and may struggle to recover, according to experts. “The collapse of oil prices has had a very negative impact on biofuels,” rendering them

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Report: Japan’s Ethanol Blend Rate Expected at 1.9% in 2020

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) Japan achieved an average ethanol blend rate of 1.6 percent in 2019. The blend rate is expected to increase to 1.9 percent this year due to an estimated 8 percent decrease in gasoline demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report filed with the

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Circular Bioeconomy Report: The Business Opportunity Contributing to a Sustainable World

(World Business Council for Sustainable Development) The Circular Bioeconomy report calls for a shift towards a sustainable, low-carbon, circular bioeconomy to capture part of the USD $7.7 trillion opportunity identified in the CEO Guide to the Circular Bioeconomy published in November 2019. It describes the business case and sustainability imperative for the circular

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

An Attitude of Gratitude

by Douglas L. Faulkner (Leatherstocking/Biofuels Digest)  …  In this time of mistrust, misunderstandings, cynicism and defeatism, we all should say out loud unabashedly and without hesitation all the blessings biofuels and biobased products have wrought.  The world would certainly be a much different – – and much worse – – place

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

One Small Candle May Light a Thousand: A Thanksgiving Message from the Digest

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  I happen to carry a copy of William Bradford’s journal Of Plimouth Plantation, written during the first decades of the Pilgrim experience, with me almost anywhere I travel.  … A copy from that first edition sits on my shelf not two feet from me when I

November 27, 2020 Read Full Article

Choosing the Right Road to Lower Emissions Today

by Daniel Gage (NGV America/ACT News)  … NGVAmerica spent the last several months poring through fifteen years of public data obtained from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TXCEQ) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and California Energy Commission (CEC) to see how two different states with very different outlooks

November 25, 2020 Read Full Article

U.S. Oil Industry Group Pledges to Fight Possible Biden Fracking Limits

By Laura Sanicola (Reuters) If U.S. President-elect Joe Biden tries to restrict development of oil and gas drilling on federal lands, the American Petroleum Institute (API) will use “every tool at its disposal” including legal action, chief executive Mike Sommers said in an interview with Reuters on Monday. Biden has said

November 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Uniper Energy Dubai & Neutral Fuels Join Forces to Deliver Maritime Biofuel in Fujairah

(Uniper Energy)  Uniper Energy DMCC (UED) and Neutral Fuels have announced that they will collaborate to provide maritime biofuel in Fujairah, UAE. Both leaders in their fields, UED supplies very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO), and Neutral Fuels, winner of the ADIPEC 2020 Company of the Year Award in the

November 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Cielo Announces Pre-Sale of Renewable Diesel and Provides Business Update

(Cielo/MarketWatch) Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. (“Cielo” or the “Company”) announces it has received pre-payment in full for a 60,000 litres of renewable diesel, which is now being produced at the Company’s Aldersyde waste to renewable fuel facility (“Aldersyde Facility”). The renewable diesel will be shipped to a third party of the

November 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Trash to Treasure, Waste to RNG and Biogas: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Greenlane Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Greenlane Renewables is “changing the nature of natural gas” via renewable natural gas to help decarbonize transportation and the natural gas grid. By producing low-carbon RNG from organic waste like landfills, wastewater treatment plants, dairy and hog farms and food waste, that can go directly

November 25, 2020 Read Full Article

The TIPping Point: Technology, Investment, Policy, and the advanced bioeconomy, Dioxide Materials, Genomatica, ADM, InnovaFeed, Aemetis, Nova Pangaea, and the UK Are Showing the Way

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) It’s possible to summarize the advanced bioeconomy in three words, technology, investment, policy. These are the sine qua non, the foundational forces. Technology without investment and policy is a bunch of pretty things on a shelf, policy without technology or investment is bound to fail, and

November 25, 2020 Read Full Article

Clean Fuel Standard Model Demonstrates Biofuel Demand, Signals Need to Expand Production Capacity in Canada

(Advanced Biofuels Canada/EIN Presswire)  WAEES incorporates Canada’s CFS into their global model to profile impacts on supply chains, biofuels, and compliance credit markets — Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC) announced the release of detailed expert modelling of Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard (CFS). The modelling, conducted by Dr. John Kruse, Principal and Director of

November 24, 2020 Read Full Article

UK Ban on ICE Vehicles Highlights How ‘Policymakers Need to Pay Attention to What’s Working Today’

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily)  … U.K.’s government announced it is going one step further by banning the sale of new spark- and compression-ignition vehicles by 2030. A two-phased approach was announced Nov. 18. Phase 1 will see the phase-out date for the sale of new petrol and diesel cars

November 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Industry Asks EU to Include Biogas in New Sustainable Mobility Strategy

(NGV Journal/NGVA Europe) Gas Distributors for Sustainability (GD4S), the European Biogas Association (EBA) and NGVA Europe co-signed a joint letter to the Executive Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans, Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson, and Transport Commissioner Adina-Ioana Vălean, to call them to build the upcoming Sustainable and Smart Mobility

November 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Capito to Confront Climate in EPW Role

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso’s decision to relinquish the Environment and Public Works Committee gavel in favor of the Energy and Natural Resources chair has shifted new attention to Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.). She is widely assumed to be his successor at EPW, although committee

November 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Greens Look to Yellen on Climate

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) –President-elect Joe Biden is expected to officially tap Janet Yellen for Treasury secretary, a job with significant climate implications.  –And former Secretary of State John Kerry will serve as Biden’s special presidential envoy for climate. … STOCKING UP THE CABINET: President-elect Joe Biden is expected to

November 24, 2020 Read Full Article

The US Oil Industry Is Flailing Despite a $10 Billion Pandemic Lifeline

by Michael J. Coren  (Quartz)  The US oil and gas industry has received more than $10 billion from the federal government to cushion losses during the pandemic, according to a recent report analyzing federal financial data. That has offered a temporary reprieve even as the industries’ woes, which started well before the arrival

November 24, 2020 Read Full Article

New Biofuel-Trading Venue Sees Untapped Demand in Green Revival

by Kim Chipman (Bloomberg/Yahoo! Finance) The U.S. market for biofuel credits has long drawn calls for reform over lack of transparency. Trading-technology expert Julian Anstes says he has the answer. Anstes and the firm he runs, London-based OTC Direct Markets Ltd., have developed an online trading platform set to go live Dec.

November 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Farm & Biofuel Leaders Urge Courts to Hold EPA Accountable on Improper 2016 Waiver

(Renewable Fuels Association) Today, a coalition of the nation’s largest biofuels and agricultural trade groups filed a motion in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia asking the court to enforce its 2017 decision requiring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address its improper waiver of 500 million gallons of biofuel demand in the 2016 renewable volume obligation (RVO).

November 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Emissions Scandal Fears as Tests Suggest Plug-in Hybrids Emit ‘More Pollution than Advertised’

by Madeleine Cuff (iNews) The tests found that even when the cars had a fully charged battery and were driving in optimal conditions, emissions were still 28-89% higher  — Plug-in hybrid cars might not be as green as manufacturers let on. Tests on three of the most popular plug-in models reveal emissions are far

November 24, 2020 Read Full Article

GM Reverses on Trump, Exits Suit Challenging California’s Tougher Emissions Standards

by Rebecca Beitsch (The Hill)  … General Motors will no longer be siding with the Trump administration in a legal battle to hinder California’s ability to set tougher vehicle emissions standards. In a letter to environmental groups involved in the same suit, General Motors said they have withdrawn from the litigation,

November 24, 2020 Read Full Article

New Jersey: Study Shows Biomethane Refuse Trucks Outdo EV Equivalents

(NGV America/NGV Journal)  NGVAmerica released another study at its Annual Industry Summit presenting a compelling case for why communities should continue to invest in new near-zero natural gas technology. Using New Jersey as a case study, NGVAmerica analyzed the costs and impact of transitioning that state’s entire 10,000 refuse truck fleet

November 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Should Ethanol Go Back to Business as Usual after COVID-19?

by Christina Stella (WVIK/NPR) … As Americans hunkered down for lockdowns, gasoline demand across the country plummeted. Ethanol industry leaders issued warnings that the financial repercussions of widespread lockdowns could be significant to plants across the country. They later reported half of the nation’s facilities were forced to shut down. Most ethanol

November 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels to Boost Clean Fuel Standard to Biden

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)   Some of the largest biofuels companies plan to ask Biden to impose a nationwide standard to reduce carbon emissions from transport fuels, Reuters reports, citing five sources familiar with the matter. The push reflects the industry’s “increasing concern about the future as Biden prepares measures

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Climate Protection Contribution from Biofuels Rises to 9.7 Million T CO2 Equivalent

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFPOP) (Google translation)) BLE report for 2019 confirms effective contribution to climate protection in the transport of biofuels.  — Sustainably certified biofuels reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 9.7 million t CO 2 equivalent in the 2019 reporting year (previous year 9.5 million t). The contribution to the

November 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Catalytic Conversion of Ethanol into Renewable Chemicals: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Catalyxx

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The world is awash in low-cost ethanol thanks to bioeconomy technology, but we’re not yet awash in high-value renewable chemicals — now, with new technology, we can make those high-value chemicals from ethanol. If you missed last week’s DigestConnect, Catalyxx CEO Joanquin Alarcon shared this

November 23, 2020 Read Full Article

Solutions from the Land Unveils Video Showing the Solutions Farmers Can Offer to Meet Global Challenges

(Solutions from the Land)  A 20-minute video presentation in which Solutions from the Land farmer leaders offer a vision of solutions that farming operations can deliver to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) promoted by UN member nations is now available on YouTube. This presentation, Solutions from the Land: Enabling Farmers

November 20, 2020 Read Full Article

EU Aviation Sector Calls for Policy Support and Investment to Help Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2050

(GreenAir Online) Over 20 European aviation and travel associations have called for a joint commitment between industry and policymakers to achieve net zero CO2 emissions from all flights within and departing from the EU by 2050. As signatories to  an ‘Aviation Round Table Report’, they have urged EU leaders to join

November 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Outlines 2021 Biofuel Policy Priorities

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine) Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor today outlined the biofuels industry’s top federal priorities for 2021, highlighting key measures that elected leaders must take to protect the climate, revitalize rural communities, and offer more consumers clean, affordable options to fuel their cars. “Biofuels, including plant-based ethanol, are critical

November 20, 2020 Read Full Article

How to Move Your Business Forward in a Time of Too Much Ethanol

by Jim Ramm (EcoEngineers)  Many hardships facing ethanol producers, but there is a silver lining  —  … A silver lining in this near-perfect storm is the ability to lower the life cycle carbon emissions of ethanol and take advantage of low-carbon fuel markets such as California’s LCFS.  … In order for

November 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Congress Considers A Variety Of Programs To Incentivize Carbon Capture Projects

by Jim Magill (Forbes) As industry leaders and policy makers increasingly confront the challenges of battling climate change triggered by an excess amount of carbon dioxide (CO₂) and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, they are increasingly turning to an old idea whose time seems to have come – removing emitted

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EPA: 6 More SRE Petitions Filed, 58 Now Pending

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.S. EPA released updated small refinery exemption (SRE) data on Nov. 19, reporting that six additional SRE petitions have been filed with the agency, including one for Renewable Fuel Standard compliance year 2019 and five for compliance year 2020. No other changes were made

November 20, 2020 Read Full Article

German Industry against Multipliers in Biofuels Law

by Sophie Barthel (Argus Media)  The planned introduction of multipliers for electricity and hydrogen in a draft law for the use of renewables in transport published by the German environment ministry (BMU) will remove first generation biofuels from the market by 2025, according to a joint statement of eight agricultural

November 20, 2020 Read Full Article

Optimising Miscanthus for a Sustainable Bioeconomy

(Terravesta) The growing global bioeconomy has an indispensable role in tackling the climate crisis, and key to delivering a low carbon economy is securing enough supply of sustainable raw materials and linking them with a near-industrial scale of various bio-based products and end-markets. Miscanthus is a perennial energy crop with a

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Chhattisgarh Seeks Centre’s Nod to Make Bio-Ethanol from Surplus Paddy

by Ritesh Mishra (Hindustan Times) Bhupesh Baghel informed Pradhan that an estimated 6 lakh tonnes of surplus paddy will be made available by the state government to ethanol plants for production. — Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel met Union petroleum, natural gas and steel minister Dharmendra Pradhan in New Delhi

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

UK 10-Point Plan Addresses SAF, Move to Zero-Emissions Vehicles

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine) The U.K. government on Nov. 18 issued its 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution, which addresses sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and an accelerated phase-out of the sale of new gasoline- and diesel-fueled vehicles. Point six of the plan focuses specifically on “jet zero and

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

UK Refiners Push Back over 2030 Ban on New Fossil Fuel Cars

by Robert Perkins  (S&P Global Platts) Refiners call for more biofuels support; Move seen displacing 60,000 b/d of oil demand; Hybrids get reprieve until 2035, EV sales booming — The UK’s refining sector has voiced its opposition to the UK plans to bring forward a ban on sales of new gasoline and diesel

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

How Can Ethanol Fit into Lofty 2050 Emissions Goals?

by Dustin Hoffmann (Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network)  … The incoming Biden Administration is committed to a plan to have us get to a net-zero carbon emission status by the year 2050. However, opponents and skeptics say that while the idea of electrical-based vehicles and equipment is noble, the fact is

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Brownley Introduces Sustainable Aviation Fuel Act

(Office of Representative Julia Brownley (D-CA 26)) Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) introduced the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Act, legislation to incentivize the production of sustainable aviation fuel and help the aviation sector reduce carbon emissions. “As a member of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis and the House Transportation and

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Farm Support Holds for Trump, but Biden May Find Inroads: End to Aid Payments in 2021 Could Cut Deeply into Incomes

by Ellyn Ferguson (Roll Call)  … Despite the mixed performance, Trump’s policies on trade, regulation and other areas maintained his popularity in rural and farm communities, winning their support in the Nov. 3 election. Joe Biden nevertheless has a chance to do as president what he didn’t manage as a

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Listen: COVID-19: Fueling the Grains Market

by Robert Beaman, Alexandre Bobylov and Karim Elafany (S&P Global Platts) The coronavirus pandemic has had opposing effects on the grains and ethanol markets, despite the strong interlinkages between them. While grains are one of the major feedstocks for ethanol production and prices are usually highly correlated, changing demand dynamics as

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

In Search of Carbon Removal Offsets

(Carbon 180)  What our (extremely arduous) journey to find carbon removal offsets tells us about the state of voluntary carbon markets today, and some ideas about how we can fix them. … Others have explored the efficacy of existing carbon markets and offset frameworks, and found convincing evidence that carbon offsets have rarely delivered the

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Transition Book: Priorities for Administrative Action on Carbon Removal in 2021+

(Carbon 180)  We partner with policymakers, scientists, and businesses around the globe to develop policy, promote research, and advance solutions that transform carbon from a pollutant to a resource and foster a prosperous, carbon-conscious economy that removes more from the atmosphere than we emit. … The next administration will need

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Germans Want to Fill up with More Biofuels

(UFOP (Google translation)) According to a current representative survey, two thirds of all Germans have a positive view of biofuels. Almost half consider biofuels to be of growing importance for climate protection in the future. Associations demand appropriate political consideration.  65 percent of Germans generally rate biofuels positively. This is the result

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Growth Energy Applauds Streamlining Advanced Biofuels Registration Act of 2020

(Growth Energy) Today, U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and Jim Hagedorn (R-MN) introduced the Streamlining Advanced Biofuels Registration Act of 2020 to encourage low-carbon fuel production and increase production of cellulosic biomass into renewable fuels. This legislation would expedite the approval process at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for low-carbon biofuel

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

How to Build a Green Hydrogen Economy for the US West

by Jeff St. John (GreenTechMedia)  The Intermountain and ACES projects may be the start of a regionwide green hydrogen generation and transmission network.  — Out in Utah, a coal-fired power plant supplying electricity to Los Angeles is being outfitted with natural-gas-fired turbines that will eventually be able to run on hydrogen,

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Under President Biden the U.S. Military Must Lead the Way on Climate Change

by Ray Mabus (Time Magazine)  … When I left office in January 2017, at sea about 40% of energy came from non-fossil fuel sources. Nuclear is 17% and the rest was from a variety of biofuels. In 2011, President Obama directed the Departments of the Navy, Energy and Agriculture to come up

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Set to Drop to Lowest Level in Three Decades

by Steven Mufson  (Washington Post) The 9 percent fall has been partially offset by extreme forest fires — Greenhouse gases generated by the U.S. economy will slide 9.2 percent this year, tumbling to the lowest level in at least three decades, a new BloombergNEF study says. Battered by the coronavirus pandemic, the

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

What do the Commercial Trucks of the Future Look Like in 2040? Does Diesel Have a Sell by Date?

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Rather than having a “sell by“ date, diesel will remain as the dominant technology moving the nation’s freight for decades to come. — Recent headlines “Daimler, Volvo Show Hydrogen is Here, Diesel Has a Sell-By Date” (Trucks.com, November 2, 2020) touts the new interest in hydrogen for heavy-duty

November 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Commentary: Electrify A Lot … But Not Everything — Decarbonization Will Require a Judicious Mix of Electrification, RNG, Hydrogen, and Other Emerging Solutions if We Want to Get to a Truly Sustainable Future.

by Matt Tomich and Joanna Underwood (BioCycle Magazine/Energy Vision) … Some environmental advocates are looking to “electrify everything” to generate power and fuel our transportation systems, because electric motors are more efficient than combustion engines. But electrification is not a panacea. Take the transportation sector, for example, which emits the

November 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Banking on Climate

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) U.N. special envoy for climate change Mark Carney will tell the Bloomberg New Economy Forum today that central banks can take a more proactive role in defending the financial system from climate change shocks while simultaneously ushering in a greener economy, according to a transcript

November 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Bharat Petroleum Confident of Meeting 10pc Ethanol Blending Target by 2022

(PTI/Outlook India)  Bharat Petroleum, which is the national coordinator for ethanol blending by state-owned refiners, is confident of meeting the new government target of blending 10 per cent biofuel with petrol by 2022 with the latest addition of maze to the list of feedstock for the green fuel. State-run oil

November 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Hemp Biomass Management: 12 Ways to Reduce Risk When Scaling up Biomass Feedstock Operations

by David F. Peterson (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest) This is the first article in a two-part series addressing the challenges of implementing and scaling up hemp production from a biomass management perspective. After the product or products are chosen and the business strategy is developed, biomass scale-up considerations largely sift down

November 18, 2020 Read Full Article

“Super Emitters” to Blame for Half of Aviation Industry’s Carbon Emissions

(Our Daily Planet) The aviation industry is a major contributor to climate change — it was responsible for 2% of global carbon emissions, and in 2018, the total pollutants from commercial aviation drove about 5% of warming globally.  But the majority of this pollution is the result of frequent-flying “super emitters.” A

November 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Biodiesel: A Message of Unity and Well-Being

by Ron Kotrba (Biobased Diesel Daily)  Biodiesel has a great story to tell―a unifying, healing message. It is one that must be told to policymakers, regulators, and consumers lest the “electrify-everything” movement steamrolls our narrative before it is even considered. … The petroleum industry is learning to embrace biofuels as

November 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Brazil’s Rising Deforestation to Draw US Scrutiny

(Argus Media) Brazil’s shrinking Amazon rainforest is expected to draw intense scrutiny from the incoming US administration of president-elect Joe Biden, who has pledged to incorporate environmental commitments into trade policy. The controversy over deforestation is a window into broader energy transition challenges facing developing countries such as Brazil, which is

November 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Asia’s RCEP Trade Deal to Remove Biofuel Tariffs

by Amandeep Parmar (Argus Media) A new free-trade agreement (FTA) between 15 Asia-Pacific countries will phase out tariffs on a host of biofuels and feedstocks, although existing trade flows may limit the immediate market impact. The Regional Economic Comprehensive Partnership (RCEP) was signed yesterday by China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New

November 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Brazil Eyes Sustainable Shipping Fuel Market

(Argus Media) Brazil is looking to ride a wave of sustainable marine fuel as part of the shipping industry’s effort to halve maritime carbon emissions by 2050. Talks are still underway on which new fuels will dominate the international shipping industry in the coming decades, but Brazil’s pioneering role in biofuels

November 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Policymakers Urged to Support Biofuels to Meet Transport’s Green Goals

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EURACTIV.com) Governments around the world need to urgently address this year’s 11.6% drop in biofuel output, caused by the pandemic, in order to meet transport’s decarbonisation goals, the head of the renewable energy division at the International Energy Agency (IEA) told EURACTIV in an interview. Paolo Frankl said

November 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Call for Action as Pandemic ‘Sets Back’ Biofuel Industry Growth

(Biofuels International) The Biofuture Platform is leading calls for urgent collaboration from policymakers following a 12% drop in biofuel output this year announced in the International Energy Agency.  The multi-stakeholder initiative designed to take action on climate change by promoting international coordination on the sustainable low-carbon bioeconomy, has labelled this

November 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Waste to Fuels and Plastics: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Brightmark

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  W2X sounds like a new rock band name, but it’s what Brightmark’s CEO, Bob Powell, talked about at last week’s DigestConnect on fuels and plastics from dairy and MSW wastes. How do the technologies work? What are the economics? Where are the markets? When are

November 17, 2020 Read Full Article

It’s Electric

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)  IT’S ELECTRIC: A coalition of utilities, electric vehicle makers and mineral producers have formed a new association to push for 100 percent electric vehicle sales by 2030, Pro’s Anthony Adragna reports this morning. The group, dubbed the Zero Emission Transportation Association, will seek policies to help the growing

November 17, 2020 Read Full Article

Indonesia Says B40 Biodiesel Programme Unlikely to Proceed Next Year

(Today Online/Reuters) Indonesia is unlikely to proceed with plans to raise the bio-content of its palm oil-based biodiesel to 40% next year as it struggles to fund the programme, an energy ministry official told parliament on Monday. Instead, the Southeast Asian country will retain its biodiesel B30 programme which makes

November 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Board Announces New East-Coast Policy Staff Position: Energy Industry Veteran Steve Dodge to Bring Renewed Focus to Heating Oil, Northeast Industry Growth

(National Biodiesel Board) The National Biodiesel Board welcomed Steve Dodge as the organization’s new Director of State Regulatory Affairs today. Dodge is a longtime energy industry veteran who will focus primarily on advancing state and regional policy efforts for biodiesel, renewable diesel, and Bioheat® home heating oil on the east coast.  With

November 16, 2020 Read Full Article

How Will Biden Differ From Trump on Trade and China Policy?

(Mish Talk/The Street) … The Steptoe & Johnson law firm issued a Client Advisory on US Trade Agenda in the Biden Administration. 1. Free Trade Agreements. One of the few specific statements on trade policy that then-candidate Biden made during the campaign is that he does not intend to pursue free trade agreements

November 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Can Biden Keep His Promise to Make Farms Climate Friendly?

by Charlie Mitchell (The New Republic) The president-elect will have to overcome major obstacles, including some of his own advisers and campaign proposals.  —  Last month, when asked on Pod Save America to name three or four things atop his first-term agenda, Joe Biden mentioned a surprising topic: farm policy. “I know it’s boring as hell,

November 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Senate Finance Chair Says EPA Leader Should Follow RFS or Resign

(WNAX) Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley told farm reporters Thursday that 2020 has been a tenuous year for renewable fuels. He says ethanol demand has been hurt by the pandemic and gap year waiver requests for refiners has created a lot of questions. He says the EPA Administrator announced this week they

November 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Iowa, Wisconsin Ethanol Plants Sue ADM Six Ethanol Companies File New Anti-Trust Lawsuit Against Archer Daniels Midland

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) Add six more ethanol companies to the list of plaintiffs suing Archer Daniels Midland, alleging one of the nation’s largest ethanol producers manipulated the market.  Wisconsin producers United Wisconsin Grain Producers, Didion Ethanol, Ace Ethanol, Fox River Valley Ethanol, Badger State Ethanol and Iowa producer Pine

November 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Council Outlines Trade Barriers In Comments Submitted To USTR

(U.S. Grains Council)  The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) recently submitted comments to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) highlighting significant trade barriers facing exports of U.S. coarse grains, ethanol and co-products. The Council has contributed comments on this topic to USTR for more than a decade, detailing constraints the

November 16, 2020 Read Full Article

California: Natural Gas Vehicle Fuel Is Carbon Negative for the First Time

(California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership/NGV Journal) … Renewable natural gas has the lowest carbon intensity rating of all fuels in the CARB’s LCFS program. Many forms of biomethane, such as that produced from food and green waste, have a carbon neutral and even a carbon negative rating. Other forms, such as

November 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Wyden Introduces Legislation to Improve Soil Health, Crop Resilience and Address the Climate Crisis

(Office of Senator Ron Wyden, D-OR)  U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. introduced legislation to help address the climate crisis by encouraging farming practices that improve soil health and crop resilience and lower the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. “In 2020 alone, the climate crisis has delivered devastating wildfires, severe droughts and floods

November 16, 2020 Read Full Article

Canola Seen Gaining Ground as Biofuel during COVID-19

by Sean Pratt (Western Producer) A drop in used cooking oil supplies because of the pandemic’s effect on restaurants has opened a door for the oilseed  —  COVID-19 is boosting the use of canola oil in the biofuel sector, says an industry official. That is because production of one of

November 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Maryland Campaign for Environmental Human Rights/University of Maryland Environmental Law Clinic Environmental Justice State Law Webinar

(Maryland Campaign for Environmental Human Rights)  The Maryland Campaign for Environmental Human Rights (MDEHR) hosted a webinar by the University of Maryland Environmental Law Clinic about recent state activity on environmental justice. The webinar focused on two areas: (1) recent state environmental justice laws and (2) how the courts have

November 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuel Demand and Consumption Hits Slump in Australia

(Consultancy Australia) Biofuel consumption in Australia is shrinking, challenging the country’s ambitions to move towards renewables. A new report from APAC Biofuel Consultants suggests that Australians don’t yet trust biofuel in their vehicles. A joint venture between two Australian consultancies – energy advisory firm EnergyQuest and oil & gas consultancy Ecco

November 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Poll Shows Americans’ Unwavering Trust in Farmers and Approval of Sustainability Practices

(AgriMarketing/American Farm Bureau Federation) A majority of U.S. adults have a positive view of farmers’ sustainability practices, and an overwhelming majority trust farmers, according to a new national public opinion poll from the American Farm Bureau Federation. The survey of 2,200 U.S. adults found that more than half (58%) rate the sustainability

November 13, 2020 Read Full Article

California Official Sees State Auto Emissions Deal as ‘Template’ for Biden

by Nichola Groom, David Shepardson  (Reuters)  California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols, who sources say could be the next federal environment chief, said on Thursday her state’s agreement with manor automakers for fuel efficiency requirements could serve as a “good template” for federal standards through 2025. The Trump administration in

November 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Greens’ Treasury Hunt

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) Green groups are laser-focused on the Treasury secretary position under the Biden administration in hopes of securing climate change victories in the financial arena. … Environmental groups see the Treasury secretary position as a means to secure climate change victories from the Biden administration,

November 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Dalai Lama Joins Pope as Religious Leaders Campaigning against Climate Change

by Natasha Lasky (Our Daily Planet) In an interview with Channel 4 News and the Guardian, the Dalai Lama put out a call to action to fight climate change. He urged world leaders to take immediate action, emphasizing that the effects of global warming would disrupt billions of people’s lives, and would

November 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Climate 21 Project Memos

(Climate 21 Project) The Climate 21 Project taps the expertise of more than 150 experts with high-level government experience, including nine former cabinet appointees, to deliver actionable advice for a rapid-start, whole-of-government climate response coordinated by the White House and accountable to the President. The memos below contain the Climate 21 Project’s recommendations for

November 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Reducing Emissions Today

by Matt Herman (Biodiesel Sustainability Now/National Biodiesel Board)  … Today, biomass-based diesel is the primary solution for those who want to displace diesel fuel, reduce emissions, and contribute to cleaner air without turning over their entire fleet. Growing from 20 million gallons of production in 2003 to over 2.8 billion

November 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Kerala to Convert Used Cooking Oil into Biodiesel

(The New Indian Express)  Around 60 tonnes of used cooking oil will be repurposed to biodiesel as part of the initiative. — To ensure food safety and prevent health hazards owing to the consumption of used cooking oil, food business operators(FBOs) in the state comprising caterers, restaurants, hotels and bakers have

November 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Ready to Meet USDA Ag Innovation Goals

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Biodiesel is ready now to meet the goals of the Agriculture Innovation Agenda. That was the message that the National Biodiesel Board gave to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in comments last week on “’ready to go’ technologies, practices, and management approaches to benefit farmers, consumers, and

November 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Biobased Diesel Daily Editor Ron Kotrba Featured on National Biodiesel Board’s New Sustainability Website

(Biodiesel Sustainability Now/EIN Biofuel Industry Today) The National Biodiesel Board recently unveiled its new “Biodiesel Sustainability Now” website, which features sections such as “Sustainability Stories,” where readers can get inspired by biodiesel and renewable diesel in action; “The Basics,” which includes fundamental information about biodiesel and renewable diesel, explanations of

November 13, 2020 Read Full Article

Indonesia May Cut Biodiesel Use Target as Subsidy Fund Depletes

(Fitch Ratings)  The Indonesian government may rein in its push to increase use of biodiesel as it now comes at higher cost following a fall in crude oil prices and sustained strength in crude palm oil (CPO) prices, Fitch Ratings says. Biodiesel is now much more expensive than regular diesel,

November 13, 2020 Read Full Article

How One Firm Drove Influence Campaigns Nationwide for Big Oil

by Hiroko Tabuchi (New York Times)  FTI, a global consulting firm, helped design, staff and run organizations and websites funded by energy companies that can appear to represent grass-roots support for fossil-fuel initiatives. — In early 2017, the Texans for Natural Gas website went live to urge voters to “thank

November 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Hydrogen Production to Double by 2030 as the World Advances towards a Sustainable Energy Economy

(Frost & Sullivan/PR Newswire/Investors Hub)  The shift towards hydrogen-based economy arises due to the growing concerns over increasing carbon emissions, energy security, and climate change, says Frost & Sullivan. —  Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis, Growth Opportunities in the Hydrogen Market for the Global Power Sector, finds that there has been a

November 12, 2020 Read Full Article

200 Organizations Urge Northeast, Mid-Atlantic Governors to Move on “Ambitious and Equitable” Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI)

(Insider NJ)  Groups Push For “Strong Safeguards and Guarantees for Overburdened and Underserved Communities” in 12 TCI States & DC; Need for State Leadership Seen As U.S. Formally Abandons Paris Climate Agreement. —  The largest and most diverse collection ever of health, community, business, transportation, environmental and other groups have come

November 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Groups Continue to Press for Clean Energy Standard

by Nick Reisman (Spectrum News) Dozens of groups in a letter to top state elected officials this week urged them to take up a clean fuel standard for the transportation sector.  The push was initially made at the start of the year. But as the response to the COVID-19 pandemic took center stage this

November 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Grön Fuels Announces Potential $9.2 Billion Renewable Fuel Complex in Louisiana

(Office of Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards)  Gov. John Bel Edwards and Fidelis Infrastructure co-founders Daniel J. Shapiro and Bengt Jarlsjo announced their portfolio company Grön Fuels LLC is studying the feasibility of a renewable fuel complex at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge. With expansions and associated projects, the complex

November 12, 2020 Read Full Article

On the Move: Unpacking the Challenges and Opportunities of Electric Vehicles

by Joseph Glandorf  (Energy and Environmental Study Institute)  … Congress is considering legislation that would address these hurdles, including the Electric Vehicle Freedom Act, and has already passed the Charging Helps Agencies Realize General Efficiencies (CHARGE) Act (see part 2 of this article). … Renewable energy and climate mitigation. While not a hurdle to widespread

November 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Green Hydrogen Project Combining Tidal Power and Battery Tech Aims for Continuous Production

by Anmar Frangoul (CNBC)  Hydrogen has a diverse range of applications and can be deployed in a range of sectors, including industry and transport. Green hydrogen is produced using renewable sources such as wind, solar and tidal power.  — A project located on an archipelago north of mainland Scotland plans to

November 12, 2020 Read Full Article

Biden Sets Agency Transition Teams

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy) — The Biden transition named members of the teams that will guide the transfer of power inside federal agencies. — World leaders piled on the congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden this week, with many pledging to work with the U.S. on tackling climate change. — A Federal Reserve

November 12, 2020 Read Full Article

S&P Global Platts Launches First Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) Values in Europe

(Markets Insider)  S&P Global Platts (“Platts”), the leading independent provider of information and benchmark prices for the commodities and energy markets, has launched first-to-market hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) values in Europe. These daily assessments, which have been provided to the market since August 17, bring additional transparency to the market as the

November 11, 2020 Read Full Article

WEBINAR REVIEW: The Future of Carbon Pricing: 2020 and Beyond

by Sharon Ji* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  This online conference focused on the updated models set-up on carbon pricing calculations. As for the many factors involved, the main issues considered were the production cost, marketing and sales cost, carbon tax cost, new technology impacts and environmental effects. To set the updated

November 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Thermolysis – Pyrolysis, Gasification, Syngas, Methanol, Naphtha, Olefins: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to NexantECA

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Taking on the global plastic waste issue is not easy, but NexantECA is up for it and tackling it with thermal plastic waste conversion technologies. The production of feedstocks for olefins gives value to “unrecyclable” plastics and the production of methanol and naphtha creates the

November 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Bugs, Biology, Biodiversity: Industrial Hemp Production (Part II) on Integrated Pest Management and Implications for Wildlife

by Susan P. Rupp (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest) Because of the challenges of registering it (hemp) as an agricultural crop, federal agencies have not yet provided clear direction on the use of agrochemicals (i.e., herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides) on hemp, and regulatory decisions have subsequently devolved to the states.  However, the

November 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Ireland’s GBI Opens Dubai Office for Sourcing Biodiesel Feedstock

(Globally Today) Irish biodiesel manufacturer, Green BioFuels Ireland (GBI), has opened a new office in Dubai’s Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) to study the sourcing of biodiesel feedstock in the Middle East. The JAFZA office will carry out a feasibility study of sources for sustainable waste oils and residues in the

November 11, 2020 Read Full Article

Zero Wants Portugal to Confirm the End of Palm Oil in Biodiesel as Determined by the EU

(Destak.pt)  The environmental association Zero was satisfied today with the end of palm oil in biodiesel in Europe, in 2022, and wants Portugal to confirm the abandonment of this product by transposing the European directive into national legislation. In a statement, the non-governmental organization said it warned, in July, of

November 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Petrobras to Create Climate Change Department to Oversee Transition to Low Carbon

by Jeffrey T. Lewis (Morningstar/Dow Jones/Petrobras) Brazilian oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, said Tuesday it is creating a new department for climate change to oversee and boost efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon capture. The department will be charged with developing targets and commitments related to

November 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Post-Election Analysis from ABFA: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Advanced Biofuels Association’s Election View

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Did the bioeconomy win or lose? If you missed the conversation on Thursday at DigestConnect, check out this slide guide from Mike McAdams, President of Advanced Biofuels Association for his post-election analysis from the Presidential race to key House and Senate races, the COVID-19 focus,

November 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Nano Grain-Based Ethanol Unit Opened at NSI

(Times of India)  A nano grain-based ethanol unit, installed at the National Sugar Institute-Kanpur, was inaugurated by the vice-chancellor of the Harcourt Butler Technological University Kampur, on Thursday This unit is integrated with existing molasses-based ethanol unit and thus now the system would be ‘Multi Feed Stock Based Ethanol Unit’

November 10, 2020 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Geoff Cooper

RFA president and CEO Geoff Cooper reminds us that President Elect Joe Biden committed on the campaign trail to put an end to the Trump Administration’s EPA small refinery waivers on day one according to Brownfield Ag News.  READ MORE

November 10, 2020 Read Full Article

U.S. Renewable Fuels Legislation Could Garner Bipartisan Support under Biden

by Stephanie Kelly and Laura Sanicola  (Reuters)  Renewable fuels are a niche market for now, but with Democratic President-Elect Joe Biden set to enter office with a divided Congress, legislation supporting demand for products like renewable diesel could garner bipartisan support. Biden, elected president last week, defeating Republican Donald Trump,

November 10, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels in Prime Position to Deliver on Short-Term Climate Goals: Goodfuels CEO

by Tom Washington (S&P Global) Could slash shipping’s emissions over the decade; Biofuels’ market share remains limited for now; Coronavirus has made biofuels less competitive  —  As transport industries look to slash greenhouse gas emissions and examine alternative power options, biofuels are well-placed to meet short-term international emissions goals, Dutch biofuels provider GoodFuels

November 6, 2020 Read Full Article

EPA Asks SCOTUS for Delay in RFS Case: Trump Administration Asks for Time to File Response in Small-Refinery Exemption Case

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer) The EPA has asked the Supreme Court for an extension to file a response to a refiner’s petition for review of an appeals court’s January 2020 ruling on small-refinery exemptions. HollyFrontier Corp. appealed to the high court in September after the U.S. Court of Appeals

November 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Praj Unveils Technology to Produce Biogas from Biomass

(Praj/The Hindu Business Line)  Praj Industries’ demonstration plant that deploys innovative technology for the production of Compressed Biogas (CBG) was inaugurated today by Union Min. Shri Prakash Javadekar. Located in the Praj Matrix R&D campus, the plant deploys Praj’s technology which utilises a proprietary microbial consortium made from feedstock such

November 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Embrapa Agroenergia Starts Research to Produce Green Diesel from Poultry Carcasses

(Embrapa) Embrapa Agroenergia, in partnership with the company Haka Bioprocessos, headquartered in Catanduva (SP), starts this October research that may result in a green diesel obtained from the hydrogenation of bio-oil from bone waste from birds.  The Unit will characterize the chemical components of the raw material (bio-oil), pre-treatment, hydrogenation and

November 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Veteran Biofuels Editor Ron Kotrba Leaves Biodiesel Magazine, Launches Biobased Diesel Daily

(Biobased Diesel Daily)  Award-winning editor rolls out new publication to better serve the world’s fast-growing biodiesel, renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel industries  —  Longtime biodiesel writer and editor Ron Kotrba, the former editor in chief of Biodiesel Magazine, is pleased to announce his launch of Biobased Diesel Daily, a trusted,

November 6, 2020 Read Full Article

Marine Biofuel Testing Set to Begin at the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre

( gCaptain)  As the marine industry races to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, the Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre is taking a key role. The 2800 m2 testing space – already equipped for today’s oil and gas fuels – has been readied for testing with biofuels. In coming years,

November 6, 2020 Read Full Article

OPINION: Top Rated Gas Station Chains Also Top for Fuel Choice

by Robert White (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine) A new list of the Top 10 gas station brands in the United States reflects something more that clean bathrooms and tasty pizza—it also reflects real fuel options for American drivers. Of USA Today’s Top 10 retail chains, nine offer higher blends of ethanol. These

November 5, 2020 Read Full Article

EU Starts Monitoring Bioethanol to Prevent Import Surge

by Philip Blenkinsop (Reuters) The European Union has begun monitoring incoming renewable ethanol used for fuel to see if measures are needed to prevent a surge of imports from U.S. and other producers, the EU official journal said on Wednesday. The surveillance system, designed to provide information more rapidly than

November 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Evolve or Die: US Refiners Grasp Renewables Lifeline to Stay Viable

by Janet McGurty (S&P Global Platts) Government incentives drive renewable diesel projects growth; Demand up as regional low carbon regulations increase — Once the scourge of the US refining industry, some refiners are now looking to renewable fuels to help their bottom lines and keep their facilities operational. Despite many millions spent

November 5, 2020 Read Full Article

US ELECTIONS: Results Show Deeper Divide on Energy Issues, Tough Path for Tackling Climate

by Meghan Gordon, Jasmin Melvin and Maya Weber (S&P Global Platts) Lack of ‘blue wave’ to sweep in climate agenda; Fracking faceoff amplifies rural-urban divide; Status quo embraced in governor, state house races  —   … “Energy remains a powerful wedge in an increasingly divided America,” said Katie Bays, managing director

November 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuels Association on the Election’s Impact on the Biofuel Sector

(RFD TV) One of the biggest issues the ag sector has been focusing on amid this election is the regulation of U.S. biofuels. Geoff Cooper, the president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, speaks with RFD-TV’s own Christina Loren on what he is focused on, what he would like

November 5, 2020 Read Full Article

Weather, Trade, and Ethanol Key Market Drivers in 2021

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News) Most market analysts point to weather and trade when discussing the biggest factors for corn and soybean prices in 2021. Glenn Wachtler with Compeer Financial agrees, but says ethanol should also be included. “We’ve seen production increase already, probably even more than what the driving patterns

November 4, 2020 Read Full Article

Another Ethanol Program?

by Bill Taylor (Fairborn Daily Herald)  … We now have to pay an additional $100 a year “penalty” to register our hybrid — it’s $200 for all-electric vehicles. Anyway, we drive our hybrid about 5,000 miles a year — the same as our 20-year old mini-van. A little arithmetic (5,000 miles

November 4, 2020 Read Full Article
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