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Charting a Cellulosic Path — Enzyme Advances Hold Promise in Corn Ethanol
November 22, 2017 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Cellulosic technology companies have invested time and millions of dollars to explore ways to convert biomass into cellulosic ethanol for the better part of 20 years.
Most technologies have fallen …

GRFA: IEA World Outlook Confirms Need for Biofuels
November 21, 2017 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Bliss Baker, the president of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance, recently responded to the IEA’s latest World Energy Outlook by highlighting the clear need for the increased blending of biofuels …

Senate Bill Would Cut EPA Funding by $150M
November 21, 2017 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Devin Henry (The Hill)  The Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday introduced an Interior Department and environment spending bill that would cut nearly $150 million in funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) next year.
The legislation …

New Documentary Shows How Biofuels Lobby Played Parliament
November 21, 2017 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Peter Teffer (EU Observer)  … The documentary tells the story of how the EU decided to embrace the use of biofuels, only to find out that it had not properly considered all the negative consequences.

The …

Congress and Tax Legislation: It Is Not Just about Biofuels.
November 21, 2017 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Innovation Organization)  … BIO has led the effort to prompt Congress to recognize the important and emerging biobased sector. Congress’ current effort to reform taxes can revitalize U.S. manufacturing and grow the …

UN Conference Closes with Renewed Urgency for Greater Ambition to Tackle Climate Change
November 20, 2017 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

(UN News Centre)  …  The 19 Member countries of the ‘Biofuture Platform,’ including Brazil, China, Egypt, France, India, Morocco, Mozambique, also announced on Thursday formal agreement on the development of targets for biofuels and to …

Brazilian Mills Run Corn-Cane Biofuel Plants
November 20, 2017 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

(Western Producer/Reuters)  Ethanol producers in Brazil are evaluating the adoption of a plant concept that uses cane, and alternatively corn, to produce the biofuel, a move that would allow them to extend operations beyond the current …

Does Regulating Indirect Land Use Change Work? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ILUC Reform
November 20, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana professor Madhu Khanna has been raising issues with including an indirect land use change factor for compliance with  low carbon fuel standards.
Why, since ILUC is a required …

For First Time, Biodiesel Leadership Weighs In With President Trump on RFS, Calls out Contradictions in Refiners’ Arguments
November 16, 2017 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  NBB’s Governing Board Members Emphasize That Growth in RFS Volumes is Needed  —  Today the executive leadership of the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) sent a letter to President Trump regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard …

RFA Refutes PMAA’s ‘Grossly Overstated’ Claims in Letter to Senate EPW Chairman
November 16, 2017 – 1:21 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  The Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA)’s recent claims that underground storage tanks at fueling stations cannot legally store gasoline containing 15% ethanol (E15) are “grossly overstated” and the group’s conclusion that Renewable …

Germany Consumed More UCO Biodiesel Last Year than RME
November 15, 2017 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Germany’s Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) has published an evaluation and progress report for 2016 in which it shows that, for the first time, consumption of biodiesel from used cooking …

Divided on Biofuel Phase-Out, Parliament Looks for Compromise
November 15, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Paola Tamma (EurActiv)  The lawmaker in charge of steering the EU’s biofuels reform in the European Parliament is looking for compromise after MEPs last week rejected his proposal to phase out crop-based biofuels entirely by 2030 …

Ethanol Industry Focuses on RVP Waiver for E15
November 15, 2017 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Ken Anderson (Brownfield Ag News)  Giving consumers year-round access to E15 fuel is a major focus of the ethanol industry.  Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy, says getting the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) waiver extended to …

Put Price on Carbon, Stop Bad Bets on Fossil Fuels – UN’s Guterres
November 15, 2017 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Alister Doyle (Reuters)  Nearly 200 nations attending climate talks in Germany;  Guterres calls for more carbon pricing, markets;  Says climate action will help, not hinder, economic growth  —  Governments should put a price on carbon emissions to help …

Ottawa Looking at 15 Per Cent Ethanol Blend in Gasoline
November 15, 2017 – 11:59 am | No Comment

by Maura Forrest (National Post)  Currently, gasoline in Canada can contain up to 10 per cent ethanol, but a proposed amendment could raise the maximum to 15 per cent in early 2018  —  Ottawa is currently developing …

Struggling Philadelphia Refiner Sells Biofuel Credits, Raises Cash: Sources
November 15, 2017 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Jarrett Renshaw, Chris Prentice (Reuters)  Oil refiner Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) has raised tens of millions of dollars in cash by selling U.S. biofuels credits in recent weeks, according to sources familiar with the transactions, an …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
November 15, 2017 – 11:23 am | No Comment

Renewable Fuels Association’s Bob Dinneen explained the implications of RFA’s latest review of vehicle warranties: “The oil company explanation for their failure to invest in infrastructure allowing E15 has been there isn’t sufficient demand for …

RFA Analysis: Automakers Approve E15 in Nearly 90% of New 2018 Vehicles
November 15, 2017 – 11:09 am | No Comment

by Rachel Gantz (Renewable Fuels Association) Nearly 90 percent of new 2018 model year (MY) vehicles are explicitly approved by the manufacturer to use 15 percent ethanol blends (E15), according to the results of an annual analysis of …

Cruz to Iowa: Come to the Table or Northey Gets It
November 15, 2017 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Sen. Ted Cruz, having seemingly failed to secure a meeting with Midwestern senators brokered by the White House, has turned to newly fledged Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to try and …

RenovaBio Is Presented in Congress as a Bill
November 15, 2017 – 10:29 am | No Comment

(NovaCana (Google translation))  Taken by Deputy Evandro Gussi (PV-SP), the national biofuels policy will be processed as PL 9086/2017  —  As the NovaCana reported earlier this afternoon , the RenovaBio program, which encourages the production of biofuels, was presented …

Presentations Posted for Can Fuel Efficiency Standards Be Met Cost-Effectively? The Potential for High-Octane, Low-Carbon Fuels
November 14, 2017 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing examining how high-octane, low-carbon fuel can enable CAFE compliance. Research suggests that high-octane, low-carbon fuel is the lowest-cost compliance option for both consumers …

The Dismal Prospect of Advanced Biofuels in the EU
November 14, 2017 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Zoltán Szabó (EurActiv)  Advanced biofuels are proposed as the fuels of the future to replace oil, but the EU regulatory environment is fuzzy and uncertain to lure investors and some questionable solutions may benefit the most …

Delaware, Regional Leaders Take on Trump’s EPA
November 14, 2017 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Scott Goss (The News Journal/DelawareOnline)  Delaware City Refinery rally to call on President Trump to fix the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and protect well-paying jobs for East Coast refiners and manufacturing workers. 
Area oil refineries, union …

Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Governors Announce New Collaboration to Reduce Transportation Emissions
November 14, 2017 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientistst)  Statement by Ken Kimmell, Union of Concerned Scientists  —  Leading environmental, health, scientific and business organizations today applauded the announcement by seven states and Washington, D.C. of plans to develop a regional policy …

Expect EU Single Certification to Be Stricter than RSPO — Expert
November 14, 2017 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

(UkrAgroConsult/BlackSeaGrain)  The single certification scheme for palm oil proposed by the European Union (EU) may be stricter than the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification, says an industry expert.
“I have a feeling that the EU …

States Agree Not to Set Targets as ICAO Unveils Its Long-Term Vision on Sustainable Aviation Fuels Deployment
November 13, 2017 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)   ICAO concluded its second Conference on Aviation and Alternative Fuels (CAAF/2) held in Mexico City with an agreement on a long-term vision for the development, production and supply of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) through …

Growth Energy Driving Ethanol Podcast from National Association of Farm Broadcasting
November 13, 2017 – 5:08 pm | No Comment

(Energy.AgWired.com)  CEO Emily Skor attends National Association of Farm Broadcasting convention
The Growth Energy Driving Ethanol podcast this week comes from the National Association of Farm Broadcasting 74th annual convention in Kansas City last week.
Growth Energy …

Green Incentives See Rainforests Felled in Search for Biofuel
November 13, 2017 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Chisaki Watanabe (Sidney Morning Herald)  What started as a way to cut Japan’s dependence on imported fossil fuels has led to  an unexpected surge in a different and equally controversial shipment: palm oil.
Government incentives  introduced after …

U.N. Aviation Agency Recommends Weaker Rules for Biofuels: Sources
November 13, 2017 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Allison Lampert (Reuters)  The United Nations’ aviation agency on Friday recommended scaling back criteria for biofuels used on international flights as part of a compromise with developing countries who felt the rules would be too …

Risk Has Arrived for RFS Advanced Pool
November 13, 2017 – 1:34 pm | No Comment

by Michael McAdams (Biomass Magazine/Advanced Biofuels Association)  On Oct. 4, the U.S. EPA published a Notice of Data Availability soliciting input on lowering the renewable volume obligation (RVO) mandates even further than the proposed 2018 volumes …

Ethanol Potential in China — Ethanol Policy Changes in China May Bring Opportunities to US Corn
November 13, 2017 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Lin Tan (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  New government policy recently set a target to roll out the use of ethanol in gasoline nationwide in China, according to a plan jointly released by 15 ministries, such …

U.S. Producers Object to 20% Import Tariffs Imposed by Brazil Protest Comes month after Trump Intervened to Support Industry
November 13, 2017 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by Mario Parker and Fabiana Batista (Bloomberg)  … American ethanol producers said Thursday in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer that they’re seeking Brazil’s suspension from a trade program allowing duty-free imports into the U.S. The …

New Report Details Racial, Economic Injustice of Pollution Trading Programs
November 13, 2017 – 11:35 am | No Comment

(Food & Water Watch)  Under plans like California’s “cap-and-trade” program, pollution and public health impacts actually increase in lower-income communities of color.  —  New analysis published today details the disproportionate burdens of air and water contamination and …

Former Army Captain: Ethanol Industry a ‘Natural Fit’ for Veterans
November 13, 2017 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)  … What most Americans may not know, however, is that thousands of veterans have continued to make our nation stronger and more secure by choosing careers in the ethanol industry …

A Carbon Tax by Any Other Name Would Smell “Tax”
November 13, 2017 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Richard Gilmore (Biofuels Digest/GIC Group)  … The carbon tax alliance is led by prominent Republicans along with some fence sitting Dems and their respective linesmen from public policy think tanks. While seemingly counter-intuitive in light of …

Germany Saves 7.3 Million Tonnes of Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Using Biofuels, New Report Suggests
November 10, 2017 – 7:46 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The use of biodiesel and bioethanol in Germany avoided creating around 7.3 million tonnes of greenhouse gases in Germany in 2016, according to a new report from Federal Agency for Food and Agriculture (BLE).
Biofuels …

Rally with Governor John Carney on the Renewable Fuel Standard
November 10, 2017 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

(CGCN GROUP) Please join Governor John Carney (D-DE), Congressman Donald Norcross (D-NJ), other elected officials, union leaders, and employees of PBF Energy, Monroe Energy, and Philadelphia Energy Solutions on Monday, November 13th to call on President …

Can California Eliminate Gas Cars?
November 10, 2017 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Anne C. Mulkern, ClimateWire  (Scientific American)  State leaders are discussing banning the sale of cars that run on gasoline or diesel  —  … Switching to all clean cars would require a herculean transformation in the Golden State. …

Is Cellulosic Ethanol Dead? Despite Setbacks, Signs of Progress
November 10, 2017 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … Several factors have hindered the production of the volumes originally envisioned: extracting energy from cellulose proved much more difficult than extracting it from corn starch, challenges of …

New Report: California Oil Among World’s Dirtiest — Rampant Oil Production Undermines State’s Climate Leadership
November 10, 2017 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

(Center for Biological Diversity)  Three-quarters of California’s oil is as climate-damaging as Canadian tar sands crude, according to a Center for Biological Diversity report released today at the United Nations climate change conference in Bonn, Germany.
Oil Stain: How …

European Industry Counterattacks against Argentine Biodiesel
November 10, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Aline Robert (EurActiv)  A group representing European biodiesel producers filed a complaint about illegal state aid with the European Commission on 3 November.  
It’s the latest episode in a commercial war between European biodiesel and its …

Court Fight Begins over Delaware City Refinery’s Ethanol Project
November 10, 2017 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Scott Goss (The News Journal/DelawareOnline)  A court battle over the Delaware City Refinery’s plans to significantly expand its biofuel operations is now officially underway – nearly a year after state regulators approved the project.
The dispute …

Brazil’s Biodiesel Output to Grow 31 pct Next Year -Abiove
November 10, 2017 – 11:12 am | No Comment

(Reuters)   Brazil’s biodiesel output was forecast to rise by 31 percent in 2018, industry group Abiove said on Thursday, after the government advanced a much anticipated increase in the amount of the biofuel required to be …

What a Clean Fuel Standard Can Do for Canada
November 9, 2017 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

(Clean Energy Canada)  Last year, the federal government announced it would develop a policy that aims to cut more carbon pollution than any other in the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, by promoting …

Mail Call! Thanks, Mr. President!
November 9, 2017 – 1:08 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) A group of advanced biofuel producers, including ethanol giants Archer Daniels Midland and POET, sent a letter to Trump thanking him for past support of the ethanol industry and …

In Final Decision, Commerce Department Confirms Unfair Subsidies by Argentina, Indonesia of Biodiesel Imports
November 9, 2017 – 11:28 am | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Next Steps Include Today’s Hearing in the ITC, ITC Vote on Subsidies December 5 — Today the Commerce Department issued a final determination in a case brought by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Fair …

From Seed … to Sky: Delmarva Energy Beet-to-Jetfuel Project Summary Published
November 9, 2017 – 10:54 am | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels USA)  Advanced Biofuels USA has added a summary of the findings of its USDA-funded feasibility study based on 2016 energy beet project at University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  New charts and graphs based …

U.S. Subpoenas Icahn Over Biofuel Action While Trump Adviser
November 9, 2017 – 9:50 am | No Comment

by Miles Weiss, Jennifer A Dlouhy, and Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  U.S. Attorney for Southern District of N.Y. seeks information; Icahn Enterprises discloses request in securities filing  —  Federal investigators have issued subpoenas for information on Carl Icahn’s efforts …

USDA ERS Publishes Report on Ethanol, DDGS Export Opportunities
November 8, 2017 – 5:44 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In October, the USDA Economic Research Service published a report on global ethanol mandates that outlines the opportunities for exports of U.S. ethanol and distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS). 
According …

Expansion of Sugarcane Ethanol in Brazil Could Cut GHG Emissions
November 8, 2017 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A massive expansion of land use for sugar cane growth in Brazil, and a subsequent increase in ethanol production with the feedstock could reduce global carbon dioxide emissions in the …

Banks Explore Challenges Decarbonisation Poses to Ship Finance
November 8, 2017 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

(American Journal of Transportation)  “Many global financial institutions have committed to bringing their portfolios in line with the transition to a low-carbon economy. To fully achieve this, they must address the climate risks to hundreds of …

USDA to Re-Engage Stakeholders on Revisions to Biotechnology Regulations
November 8, 2017 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Agriculture) The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced it is withdrawing a proposed rule to revise the Agency’s biotechnology regulations and will re-engage with …

Carper Leads Letter Requesting FTC Investigate and End RIN Market Manipulation
November 8, 2017 – 12:55 pm | No Comment

(Office of Senator Tom Carper) Bipartisan, bicameral lawmakers assert market volatility hurts East Coast refineries like PBF in Delaware City  —  Today, U.S. Senator Tom Carper, top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee, along with …

Clariant Eyes Expansion into China’s Growing Biofuel Market
November 8, 2017 – 12:41 pm | No Comment

(Xinhua Net)   As China encourages the use of renewable energy for sustainable growth, it is creating a huge biofuel market that Swiss specialty chemical company Clariant does not want to miss out on.
The chemical maker is …

Diamond Green Diesel Initiates Engineering Review for Proposed Expansion to 550 Million Gallons Annually
November 8, 2017 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

(Darling Ingredients Inc./PR Newswire)  Darling Ingredients Inc. (NYSE: DAR) and Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE: VLO) (“Valero”) announced today that in anticipation of growing demand for renewable diesel due to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and global …

RNG Coalition Adds Biofuel Policy, Government Affairs Experts
November 7, 2017 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

(Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas /Biomass Magazine)  The Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) recently announced the addition of four senior government affairs and biofuels policy experts to run its Washington, D.C., operations.
Manning Feraci, Anne …

New England Power Generators Association/Environmental NGO Letter on Regional Transportation Emissions
November 7, 2017 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

(New England Power Generators Association)  NEPGA letter – with the Acadia Center, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club and Union of Concerned Scientists – calling for a regional approach to lowering transportation emissions in a market …

Stop Me if You’ve Heard This Before — Kathleen Hartnett White’s Nomination
November 7, 2017 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) Two corn-state Republican EPW senators – Deb Fischer and Joni Ernst – are publicly undecided about Kathleen Hartnett White’s nomination to run the White House Council on Environmental Quality after …

China’s SDIC to Build 600,000-Tonne Ethanol Plant in Heilongjiang
November 7, 2017 – 1:57 pm | No Comment

(Times of India/Reuters)  China’s State Development & Investment Corporation (SDIC) signed a framework agreement to build a 600,000-tonne ethanol plant in northeastern Heilongjiang province, state media said on Tuesday, as the company pushes to dominate the …

EU Renewables Directive Sparks Mixed Feelings among Players
November 7, 2017 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

(ICIS)   …  Charles-Albert Peers, CEO of ethanol producer Alcogroup and chairman of the European trade group for renewable ethanol ePURE, criticised what he called a “U-turn” in EU policy.
“RED II removes one of the best options for decarbonising …

The Public Pulse: Investing in Biofuels Pays off
November 7, 2017 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Brendan Sullivan, Kyle J. Nixon (World-Herald)  Novozymes was honored to have Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts join us earlier this year to announce a $36 million expansion in Blair, Nebraska, where we’re pioneering technologies that will …

Ethanol-Based Fuel Becomes Top-Selling Petrol in France
November 7, 2017 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by Sybille de La Hamaide  (Reuters)  Gasoline containing up to 10 percent of ethanol has become the top-selling petrol in France, its largest market in the European Union, helped by a tax break that made the crop-based …

Sabah Chooses New Palm Oil Certification to Cater to Europe’s Needs
November 7, 2017 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Jason Santos (Malaysian Insight)  SABAH’s move for a full compliance of the Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) by 2025 is to ensure the survival of the sector, state forestry director Sam Mannan said.
The move will also …

US EPA Sends Final RFS Volumes to White House for Review
November 6, 2017 – 8:02 pm | No Comment

by Brian Scheid (Platts)  The US Environmental Protection Agency has sent for review the final renewable fuel volume standards for 2018 and biomass based diesel volume for 2019, making it likely that the agency will release …

Republican Tax Package Leaves Out “Orphaned” Renewables, Biodiesel
November 6, 2017 – 7:57 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On November 2, House leaders announced their Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1).  Among the major proposed changes to the U.S. tax code, there are significant changes to the …

Why Palm Biodiesel Producers Should Keep Pushing R&D and Make Palm Oil Biodiesel More Environmentally Friendly
November 6, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Yamin Vong  (The Sun)  … The European Union is campaigning against palm bio-diesel and the European Parliament appears to be determined to ratify the Palm Oil and Deforestation of the Rainforests resolution that it passed on …

Team Ethanol Fires Back
November 6, 2017 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy) If Trump watches the ads on Fox & Friends, then he’s getting an earful on the Renewable Fuels Standard these days. Starting today and through the Nov. 20, Fuels …

RFA Statement on Pennsylvania Governor RFS Waiver Request
November 6, 2017 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)   In a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Thursday, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) asked the agency to waive Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for the …

Nigeria’s NNPC Signs MoU to Build Biofuel Plant
November 2, 2017 – 7:41 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  Nigeria plans to build a 65 billion liters/year biofuel plant to boost supply of clean fuels in the country, state-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. said Wednesday.
NNPC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Southwest Ondo state government …

NBB Responds to House Republican Comprehensive Tax Reform Proposal
November 2, 2017 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board) Republicans Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives Unveil New Tax Reform Proposal  —  Today the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) responded to the release of the comprehensive tax reform proposal issued by U.S. Rep. …

Planes across Europe to Start Running on Vegetable Oil and Animal Fat in Bid to Tackle Climate Change and Toxic Air
November 1, 2017 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by Ben Chapman (Independent)  With long-distance electric-powered transport still a long way off, can advances in renewable fuel made from vegetable oil and waste fill the gap to combat climate change and clean up our toxic …

Chinese Ethanol Drive to Boost Imports of the Biofuel – and Corn Too
November 1, 2017 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Mike Verdin (Agrimoney)   China’s plans to bump up ethanol consumption will create scope for fresh imports of the biofuel, Archer Daniels Midland said, seeing scope for purchases of US corn too.
China’s plans to roll …

One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure: Enabling Europe’s Bioeconomy
November 1, 2017 – 2:20 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) From October 10th -11th the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy (EFIB) celebrated 10 years in Brussels, Belgium, as it plays a crucial role in providing a …

COSMOS: The Future of Plant Oil
November 1, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On October 9th the 10th European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy kicked off in Brussels, Belgium, giving participants the opportunity to take part in a stakeholder workshop held by …

NATSO Statement on Biodiesel Tax Credit Letter
November 1, 2017 – 11:35 am | No Comment

(PR Newswire/NATSO)  On October 31, a diverse group of biodiesel producers, fuel retailers, and trucking interests sent a letter to the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee in support of extending and phasing out …

Zero Waste Scotland Report Shows 27 Million Tons of Waste and Residues Available for Biorefineries
November 1, 2017 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, a new report prepared by Ricardo Energy & Environment for Zero Waste Scotland found more than 27 million metric tons of available waste, by-products, agricultural residues and wastewater sludge …

Presentations from BETO’s Annual Conference Now Online!
October 31, 2017 – 3:49 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  On July 11–12, 2017, BETO hosted its 10th annual conference—Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future! More than 300 attendees from industry, government agencies, the national laboratories, and academia gathered to …

Waste from Industry Could Drive Sustainable Investment in Scotland, New Report Finds
October 31, 2017 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Bioenergy Insight)  … The new report is entitled Biorefining Potential for Scotland and has been produced by Zero Waste Scotland. It aims to provide detailed insight into circular economy opportunities for waste and by-products generated …

Our Editorial: End the Ethanol Mandate
October 30, 2017 – 7:31 pm | No Comment

(Detroit News)  …  His (Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)) defense of the mandates was as a jobs program.
That’s a poor basis for energy policy, and the president was wrong to cave..
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt had proposed only …

Biodiesel and the Ever-Changing Political Landscape
October 30, 2017 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Industry stakeholders and legal experts discuss the recent RFS court ruling, the ongoing U.S. trade cases against Argentina and Indonesia, and the biodiesel tax credit in context of U.S. EPA’s Notice …

Ending Food Waste Not Biofuels Should Be Food Security Priority
October 30, 2017 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Alex Brinkley (National Newswatch)  Groups concerned that using grains to make biofuels threatens food security should be paying more attention to the impact of waste on the food supply, says Andrea Kent, Vice-President of Government …

Governments, International Agencies Affirm the Need to Massively Increase Bioenergy and Byproducts to Fight Climate Change
October 30, 2017 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

(BioFuture Platform)  According to projections of international energy agencies, the use of bioenergy as a share of the world’s energy usage needs to more than double by 2030 if the world is to avoid temperature rises …

Trump Is Fulfilling His Promises on Ethanol
October 30, 2017 – 12:50 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Wall Street Journal)  President Trump is faithfully sticking to his campaign promise to “do all that is in my power as president” to achieve the goals of the Renewable Fuel Standard. …

UN Shipping Climate Talks ‘Captured’ by Industry Lobbyists
October 30, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Megan Darby (Climate Change News)  Business interests dominate at the International Maritime Organization, analysis shows, steering it towards weak greenhouse gas emissions rules  —  
The shipping industry has “captured” UN talks on a climate target for …

If You Build It, They Will Come: Biofuels Industry Sees Renewable Chemicals as New Strategy
October 30, 2017 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Jesse Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  To create additional value in the biobased economy, companies and investors are turning toward the production of renewable chemicals and products. They argue that in prioritizing higher-value chemicals …

Pruitt Wants RIN Fraud Crackdown
October 30, 2017 – 11:45 am | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt called for “some reforms” to the program under the Renewable Fuel Standard through which companies buy credits to comply with biofuels mandates during a Sunday radio …

Rising Seas Are Flooding Virginia’s Naval Base, and There’s No Plan to Fix It
October 30, 2017 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Nicholas Kusnetz (InsideClimate News)  The giant naval base at Norfolk is under threat by rising seas and sinking land, but little is being done to hold back the tides.   —  … Naval Station Norfolk, home to the …

EP Committee on Environment Denies Prospects for Domestic Biofuels
October 29, 2017 – 11:25 am | No Comment

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants)  The Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) expresses its disappointment in the result of the vote in the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment …

Study: Utilities Should Get in the Drivers Seat on Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
October 29, 2017 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Kari Lydersen (Midwest Energy News)  … But a recent study by the global consulting firm Deloitte argues that utilities should embrace electric vehicles even more aggressively, treating them almost like power plants and “batteries on wheels,” incorporating them …

The Brazilian Conference on Science and Technology BioEnergy and the Progress in the BioEconomy in Brazil
October 28, 2017 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by Laís F. Thomaz* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Held in Campos do Jordão on 16-19 October 2017, the Third Edition of the Brazilian BioEnergy Science and Technology Conference (BBEST) highlighted the theme “Designing a Sustainable Bioeconomy”. 
BBEST …

EPA Won’t Back Down From Ethanol Requirements. What Do Automakers Say?
October 28, 2017 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

by Ken Silverstein (Environmental Leader)  … Some automakers like Toyota and Lexus have warned drivers that if they fill up with E85 that their warranties may not cover engine damage, a Fox story had said.
To be clear, there are …

The Royal Seeds of a Biofuel Revolution
October 28, 2017 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Yuthana Praiwan (Bangkok Post)  The late King laid the groundwork for Thailand’s path toward energy independence.  —  … Although biofuel took longer to develop because it required more deliberate scientific research and experimentation compared with other agriculture …

The Energy 202: Trump Administration Stuck between Two GOP Sides on Ethanol
October 27, 2017 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by Dino Grandoni (Washington Post)  The Environmental Protection Agency, in its ambitious effort to roll back the previous administration’s energy and environmental policies, has had a significant stumble with Republicans lawmakers. On both sides of the ethanol …

BIO Applauds Senate Introduction of Renewable Chemicals Tax Credit
October 27, 2017 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Business Wire)  The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) today thanked Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and co-sponsors Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Al Franken (D-MN) for introducing the Renewable Chemicals …

BIO Asks for Reauthorization of Section 9003 Program in Farm Bill
October 26, 2017 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Biotechnology Innovation Organization and 66 renewable chemical producers recently asked leaders of the House and Senate Committees on Agriculture to reauthorize the Farm Bill’s Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Manufacturing …

Lake Erie’s Toxic Algae: Does Ethanol Mandate Make it Worse?
October 26, 2017 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by Mary Kuhlman (Public News Service)  The huge algal bloom in Lake Erie is receding, but clean water advocates say the annual problem won’t go away without changes in federal policies. 
One measure raising concerns is the …

New Traffic Pollution Charge Hits London
October 26, 2017 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International) … Pre-Euro 4 vehicles are generally those registered before 2006, although Transport for London recommends owners of any vehicle registered before 2008 should check to see if they’re liable for the charge.
Critics have argued …

US Ethanol Is Modern-Day Farm Policy; Future Profitable: Green Plains CEO
October 26, 2017 – 12:33 pm | No Comment

(Platts)  The US ethanol industry represents a modern-day farm policy as the primary means of creating demand for ever-growing corn supplies, and the industry maintains a profitable outlook, Green Plains CEO Todd Becker said Tuesday.
“This is …

Good Day for Bioenergy, Bad Day for Crop-Based Biofuels, as European Parliament’s Environment Committee Votes on RED II Proposals
October 26, 2017 – 11:45 am | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Policymakers in the European Parliament’s environment committee (ENVI) have voted in support of a proposal for a total phase out of crop-based biofuels by 2030 and have backed the use of …

Alliance Launches New Initiative To Slash U.S. Transportation Energy Use By Half By 2050
October 26, 2017 – 11:42 am | No Comment

(Alliance to Save Energy)  Audi’s Scott Keogh and National Grid’s Dean Seavers Lead “50 by 50” Commission  —  Today the Alliance to Save Energy chartered a national commission of business, government and civil society leaders that will work together to develop a …

U.S. Sets Antidumping Duties on Argentine, Indonesian Biodiesel
October 25, 2017 – 5:07 pm | No Comment

by Eric Walsh (Reuters)  The U.S. Commerce Department set preliminary antidumping duties on imports of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia, after an initial finding that the products used as motor fuel were being sold at prices …

MEPs Propose Upgraded, Nationally Binding Targets for Renewables
October 25, 2017 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

(New Europe Online)  EU should aim for 35% renewables in its energy consumption in 2030  —  The Environment Committee voted on its opinion on the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive for the period 2021 – 2030.

“I …

E4Tech Report Shows Opportunity for Advanced Biofuels in UK but Policy Framework Needed
October 25, 2017 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, the Department for Transport published a new report commissioned from E4Tech showing that advanced biofuels can play a key role in decarbonizing transportation by 2030. Gasification combined with Fischer Tropsch …

California Cars Are Running on Restaurant Grease
October 25, 2017 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

by Robert Tuttle (Bloomberg Technology)  Renewable diesel use surges amid low-carbon fuel program; Second-biggest source of low-carbon fuel credits after ethanol   —  California’s battle against climate change is being fought more fiercely in fast food restaurants than in Tesla …

Letter from Washington: The Grand Alliance Flashes V for Victory in Renewable Fuels Fight
October 25, 2017 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  It’s been a very busy week in Washington DC, the high point being a letter to seven senators sent late Thursday by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who took significant (and as …

Lawmakers Urge Consistent Approach to Federal Regulation of Biotechnology
October 25, 2017 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  In a letter to three federal agency heads on Tuesday, a group of 79 bipartisan members of the United States House of Representatives expressed concern about the direction being …

Opinion: Biofuels Sustainable, Essential To Aviation’s Future
October 25, 2017 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Adam Klauber, Isaac Toussie, Steve Csonka and Barbara Bramble (Aviation Week & Space Technology)  To some, biofuels conjure negative images of industrial-scale agriculture with cornstalks as far as the eye can see, or worse, displaced …

Feature: Mexican Ethanol Blending Faces Legal Hurdles Following Injunction
October 24, 2017 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

by Josh Pedrick and Silvia Struthers (Platts)  A future that once looked rosy for climbing ethanol blends with gasoline in Mexico could be in jeopardy as legal challenges to a new fuel regulation have found traction in court.
A …

Brazil’s Biofuel Push Is Threatened by Too Much Cheap Oil
October 24, 2017 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by Vanessa Dezem and Fabiana Batista (Bloomberg Technology)  Brazil leading international effort to expand industry; Biofuel investments worldwide are down 25% this year  …  Brazil is positioning itself as a global biofuels ambassador, fighting climate change by spurring demand …

A Dozen Global Cities Commit to Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets
October 24, 2017 – 3:17 pm | No Comment

(Next-Gen Transportation News)  The mayors of London, Paris, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Quito, Vancouver, Mexico City, Milan, Seattle, Auckland and Cape Town have signed the C40 Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets Declaration.
Under the declaration, the city leaders have pledged to procure …

Ottawa Looking into Low-Carbon Fuels as It Develops New Clean Fuel Standard
October 23, 2017 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Maura Forrest (National Post)  A major question the government appears to be grappling with is where a new supply of low-carbon fuels will come from —  The federal government is looking into the potential for low-carbon …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
October 23, 2017 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

Gerard Ostheimer and Doug Faulkner co-authored a Biofuels Digest article with some ideas that show the benefits bioenergy could bring to Africa: “Africans should strive for sustainable fuels from native feedstocks in a modern infrastructure …

Growing the African Biofuel Sector: What’s Not to Like?
October 23, 2017 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

by Gerard Ostheimer and Doug Faulkner (Biofuels Digest)  …  (I)n Sub-Saharan Africa a thriving indigenous bioenergy industry can play a positive and productive role in modernizing economies and improving the quality of human life.
One challenge …

Putting Major RFS Concessions into Writing
October 20, 2017 – 8:37 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Sen. Joni Ernst released a letter late Thursday from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt outlining a number steps the agency intends to take on the Renewable Fuel Standard that will …

New York City Submits Strong Comments to EPA Supporting Biodiesel
October 20, 2017 – 8:08 pm | No Comment

(NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services/Biodiesel Magazine)  New York City submitted comments to the U.S. EPA Oct. 19, protesting any rollback of the Renewable Fuel Standard, which calls for minimal use levels for renewable fuels like …

NBB Holds Firm In Its Request for 2.5 Billion Gallons of Biomass-Based Diesel, 4.75 Billion Gallons of Advanced Biofuels
October 20, 2017 – 8:00 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  EPA Letter Does Not Include a Commitment to Raise Biomass-Based Diesel Volumes  —  Yesterday the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) responded to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Notice of Data Availability (NODA), focusing on …

Four Swedish NGOs Write MEPs Demanding a Shift in Biofuels Policy
October 20, 2017 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Sweden, a group of four NGOs have written an open letter to members of European Parliament urging them to rethink the proposals for the second version of the Renewable …

The Brazilians Are Coming!! The Brazilians Are Coming!!
October 20, 2017 – 5:04 pm | No Comment

by Dave VanderGriend (ICM/Biofuels Digest)  … The recent effort by Brazil to impose import duties on U.S. ethanol has received considerable press coverage and should send a clear message that we need to develop long term …

Marketing Sustainability: How Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs) Are Planning to Take Flight
October 19, 2017 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

By Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Flying in Formation: Since the first test flight almost 10 years ago, there have been over 40,000 commercial flights supported by four international airports supplying SAFs. Michael Gill, Executive …

ExCo79 Workshop Publication ‘The Role of Industrial Biorefineries in a Low-Carbon Economy- Summary and Conclusions’
October 19, 2017 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(International Energy Agency)  Biorefineries are generally expected to play an important role in decarbonising the energy and transport sectors with bioenergy and biofuel products. In addition, national and regional economies would benefit the most from a …

Shift to Sustainable Food System in Europe Is Possible, but Faces Challenges
October 19, 2017 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

(European Environment Agency)  Making Europe’s production, consumption and trade in food environmentally sustainable is possible, but it will require a major shift in public attitudes, policies and knowledge and seizing current opportunities for change, according to …

US Grains Council : Ethanol Summit Of The Americas Enlivens Discussions Of Global Ethanol Use
October 19, 2017 – 3:13 pm | No Comment

(4-Traders)  Industry and government officials from more than 15 countries in the Western Hemisphere are meeting this week at the Ethanol Summit of the Americas to discuss current and future opportunities for ethanol in the region.
The …

Obstacles Hinder the Switch to E5 Biofuel
October 19, 2017 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

(Vietnam.net)  There are only two months left until January 1, 2018, the date set for the nation to switch from RON A92 petrol to bio-fuel E5, but the plan is facing problems.   —  According to calculations by …

Trump Tells EPA to Boost Biofuels After Iowa Uproar
October 19, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Jennifer A Dlouhy , Jennifer Jacobs, Ari Natter (Bloomberg)  Market for biofuel credits rebounds after lawmakers weigh in; Iowa governor says Trump affirms commitment to biofuel program
President Donald Trump intervened personally with the Environmental Protection Agency amid pressure from Republicans in …

Sen. Tammy Duckworth Blocks Key EPA Nominees, Cites Ethanol Stance and Ties to Koch Industries
October 19, 2017 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Ben Wolfgang (The Washington Times)  Citing one nominee’s stance on the federal ethanol mandate and another’s supposed ties to Koch Industries, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Illinois Democrat, on Wednesday placed holds on two key nominations for top-level jobs …

Awaiting Final US Ruling over Indonesia’s Alleged Biodiesel Dumping
October 19, 2017 – 10:58 am | No Comment

(Indonesia Investments)  Stakeholders in Indonesia’s biodiesel industry are waiting for the final ruling of the US Commerce Department regarding the dumping of biodiesel products on the American market. The USA accuses Indonesia and Argentina of subsidizing …

Ethanol Producers Work with UN to Accelerate Shift to Low Carbon
October 19, 2017 – 10:50 am | No Comment

(Ethanol Europe Renewables, Ltd./EurActiv)  EERL partners with UN Climate Change for COP 23  —  Ahead of the UN Climate Conference in Bonn (COP 23, 6-17 November), Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd (EERL) and UN Climate Change have partnered …

Heard on the Floor at ABLC Next 2017: Fulcrum Prices Bonds, GOP Governors’ Pro-Biofuels March on DC
October 19, 2017 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the biggest news sweeping the floor at ABLC Next 2017 and perhaps the biggest industrial biotechnology update of 2017, the long-awaited financing is approaching completion for Fulcrum Bioenergy’s highly-anticipated …

Wide Range of Issues Covered at Argus Biofuels Conference
October 18, 2017 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  New ethanol market developments, legislation and trading were just some of the themes analysed at this year’s Argus Biofuels conference.
The conference, which is taking place in London at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower …

More than Half of EU Biodiesel Made from Imported Crops, Study Finds
October 18, 2017 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

by  Samuel White  (EurActiv)  Some 53% of EU biodiesel is made with imported feedstock, according to a recent analysis of European Commission data by NGO Transport and Environment, and almost half of imported palm oil is …

Countries Reject Plans for the Expansion of Aviation Biofuels
October 18, 2017 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

(Transport & Environment)  Today, 25 countries convened by the UN International Civil Aviation Organization(ICAO) rightly rejected the  2050 Vision on Sustainable Aviation Fuels that included volume-based targets as originally proposed by the ICAO Secretariat. Brad Schallert, Deputy Director at …

Argentina’s Biodiesel Plagued by Commercial and Environmental Challenges
October 18, 2017 – 5:17 pm | No Comment

by  Daniel Gutman (Inter  Press Service)  The Argentine biodiesel industry, which in the last 10 years has become one of the most powerful in the world, has an uncertain future, faced with protectionist measures in the …

Biodiesel Industry Helps Drive American Manufacturing
October 18, 2017 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Biodiesel is a driving force in America’s manufacturing sector, supporting more than 64,000 good paying, clean energy jobs across the country. These jobs are contributing to a vibrant manufacturing sector, reinvigorating rural economies …

Low Carbon Demand Regears Biodiesel Inputs
October 18, 2017 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

by  Niamh Boyle  (Prima Markets/Biodiesel Magazine)   Prima Markets provides a comprehensive summary of the growing international demand for low carbon fuels, including U.S. policy drivers and waste feedstock consumption, along with a detailed overview of the …

Industry in Full Court Press on DC Priorities
October 18, 2017 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Donnell Rehagen (National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  … Our big three in D.C. remain the Renewable Fuel Standard, the trade case and the biodiesel tax incentive. All three issues require a comprehensive, multifaceted approach made up of …

30% Ethanol Blend Plan Coming for County’s Vehicle Fleet
October 18, 2017 – 3:25 pm | No Comment

by Shannon Marvel (Farm Forum)  Brown County officials will develop a plan to use a 30-percent ethanol blend in the county’s vehicle fleet.
The move, discussed at Tuesday’s county commission meeting, is in response to Glacial Lakes …

A Vote for Bill Wehrum Is a Vote against the RFS
October 18, 2017 – 2:50 pm | No Comment

by Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) (The Hill)  There is a reason that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), our nation’s policy governing the production and sale of biofuels, has broad bipartisan support in Congress. This policy is …

Grassley Says Midwestern Senators Who Are Upset over EPA’s New Renewable-Fuel Proposals Could Hold up Agency’s Nominees
October 18, 2017 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Joseph Morton (Omaha World-Herald) The head of the Environmental Protection Agency sought Tuesday to calm Midwestern senators who could block his nominees if the agency sets renewable fuel mandates too low.

All four GOP senators from …

Farmers Push for Support of Renewable Fuels
October 18, 2017 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

(Public News Service)  Farmers in North Dakota and across the country are pushing policymakers in Washington to support renewable fuels.
The National Farmers Union, in conjunction with the North Dakota Farmers Union and counterparts in other states, …

Pruitt’s Charm Offensive Has Few Actual Promises
October 18, 2017 – 12:57 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  Seven corn-state Republican senators emerged smiling from what they deemed a “good” meeting with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Tuesday but they got no concrete policy promises on the Renewable …

A Perspective on the Value of Cooking with Off-Grid Power
October 18, 2017 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Mahesh Bhave (Renewable Energy World)  Why should rural electrification efforts worldwide — in Africa, India, Central and South America — isolate cooking from other core applications such as lighting, fans, phone charging, and TV? Why …

Biofuel Palm Oil Ban ‘Has Little Impact on Reducing Deforestation’
October 18, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A general ban on palm oil in biofuels in Europe punishes the wrong producers while having little impact on reducing deforestation, according to Jaboury Ghazoul, a professor of ecosystem management at ETH Zurich. He …

Oil Firms Float Country’s Biggest Ethanol Purchase Tender
October 18, 2017 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Ajay Modi (Business Standard)  Oil marketing companies — IndianOil, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum — have floated the country’s biggest ethanol procurement tender to buy 3.13 billion litres.
The value of ethanol desired by companies for blending …

Think Transportation GHG Emissions Targets Can Be Reached without Biofuels Mandates? Think Again.
October 18, 2017 – 11:18 am | No Comment

by Gordon Quaiattini (Biofuels Digest)  Governments serious about climate change should be wary about eliminating the mandate for renewable fuels, and those promising a low carbon fuel market without it.
Earlier this month Canada’s Environment Commissioner urged MPs …

Airbus Exec.: EU ‘Bonus’ for Aviation Biofuels May Be Too Little
October 17, 2017 – 9:04 pm | No Comment

by Frédéric Simon (EurActiv)  The European Commission’s proposal to incentivise the production of biofuels for aircraft with a 20% “multiplier” goes in the right direction, says Thierry Nowaczyk from Airbus. The question is whether this is …

China Needs Tougher Clean Fuel Targets to Meet Paris Climate Pact -Report
October 17, 2017 – 8:50 pm | No Comment

by Muyu Xu and Josephine Mason (Reuters) China will have to launch more ambitious renewable energy and non-fossil fuel targets and ramp up efforts to enforce them to avoid missing global climate accord requirements, two government …

5 Years in, Fuel Economy Standards Put Savings in Drivers’ Pockets
October 17, 2017 – 8:40 pm | No Comment

by David Friedman (The Hill/Consumers Union)  What if our government rolled back a program that saved consumers over $45 billion on fuel since 2010? What if they did this despite the fact that the industry involved …

Ethanol Has Replaced Oil Trains as Hidden Safety Risk in N.J.
October 17, 2017 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Curtis Tate (NorthJersey.com)  … The flammable biofuel is transported in trains that look virtually identical to the oil trains that have attracted so much attention, and controversy, in the country’s energy boom of the past decade.
But …

Republican Governors Express Concern to President Trump Over EPA Actions on RFS
October 17, 2017 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  “We Were Drawn to Your Explicit Promises to Our Farmers… But Now We Are Concerned”  —  Today four Republican Governors sent a letter to President Trump with concerns on the recently proposed changes to …

ABFA Sends Letter to President Trump Opposing Proposed Decreases to 2018 RVOs
October 17, 2017 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

(Advanced Biofuels Association)  On October 13, members of the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) sent a letter to President Trump expressing their opposition to the proposals in the EPA’s October 4th  Notice of Data Availability (NODA), which requests …