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Proposal for Sweden to Follow Norway’s Lead and Mandate Use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels from 2021

(GreenAir Online)  A report commissioned by the Swedish government to investigate how GHG emissions can be reduced from aviation has proposed a mandate requiring fuel companies from 2021 to provide airlines

March 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Bolivia Allows Planting of GM Soy to Make Biodiesel

(Los Angeles Times)  Soy producers in eastern Bolivia’s Santa Cruz region welcome the government’s decision to allow cultivation of genetically modified soy, albeit only for the purpose of producing biodiesel.

March 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Study Shows Biofuels Are 3 Percent of Iowa GDP

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) has released a new study that shows biofuels are responsible for over $5 billion of Iowa’s GDP, or roughly three percent. The study, authored by

March 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Commitment to R&D is the Key

by Debi Durham (Iowa Economic Development Authority/Biofuels Digest)  … Toward that end, Iowa offers incentives such as the Research Activities Tax Credit to alleviate the potential financial risk associated with

March 20, 2019 Read Full Article

Kebbi to Actualise Biofuel Production from Cassava, Sugarcane

(PM News Nigeria)  Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi says his administration will expedite action on the actualisation of the production of ethanol Biofuel from cassava and sugarcane. Bagudu made the statement in

March 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Innovative Waste to Biofutures Project Funding DEADLINE: April 8, 2019

by Elisa Iannunzio (Energy Magazine)  The Queensland Government has opened up expressions of interest for its new $5 million Queensland Waste to Biofutures Fund (W2B Fund). The fund will help Queensland companies

March 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Rural America Is Ready for Some Sort of a New Deal, Preferably Green

by Art Cullen (The Guardian)  Here in farming country we have the opportunity to rethink our approach to renewable energy and food production  —  … Meanwhile, we’re losing our precious topsoil and

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

McConnell Tees up Vote on Green New Deal

by Jordain Carney (The Hill)  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is setting up a fight over the Green New Deal later this month.  McConnell, wrapping up the Senate’s work for the week,

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Is This the Right Time to Push for Higher Ethanol Production as India Gears up for Electric Mobility?

by Manisha Gupta (CNBC)  India is working its way to a record 7.5 percent ethanol blending this year, up from last year’s high of 4.22 percent.  … Under the ethanol blending

March 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Washington House Passes Clean-Fuels Legislation Sought by Inslee

by Joseph O’Sullivan and Hal Bernton (Seattle Times)  Washington House Democrats approved clean-fuels legislation Tuesday night after overcoming fierce Republican opposition that was expressed in an hourslong floor debate. House Bill

March 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Vox Argues The Media’s Coverage of the GND Lacks Substance

by Yoel Fessahaye and Monica Medina (Our Daily Planet)  The Green New Deal has been the subject of an avalanche of media coverage.  But other than the bumper sticker labels that

March 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Indonesia Plans to Fuel All Diesel Power Plants with CPO within Two Years

(Jakarta Post)  Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan says the government is giving state-owned electricity company PLN two years to fuel all diesel power plants in the country with biodiesel

March 13, 2019 Read Full Article

4 Actions to Accelerate Biofuels: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to IEA

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  International Energy Agency is an autonomous organization that works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 30 member countries and beyond. Dr. Paolo

March 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Trump’s $4.7T Plan Slashes Energy, Environment Programs

by George Cahlink (E&E News)  … The decision means EPA would face a 31 percent cut over current spending, DOE an 11 percent reduction and Interior a 14 percent decrease, budget documents show.

March 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blending Saves Zim Millions: Mangudya

by Veneranda Langa (The Zimbabwe Daily)  Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor John Mangudya on Thursday told Parliament that blending of ethanol with fuel has been saving the country millions of dollars.

March 11, 2019 Read Full Article

RNG: Most Efficient Approach to Decarbonizing Buildings

by Marcus Gillette (Biomass Magazine/Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas)  Critics of natural gas have begun to call for 100 percent electrification of buildings to reduce GHG emissions from the sector.The better approach

March 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Factoring the Effects of Climate Change into Real Estate Investments

by Roger K. Lewis (Washington Post)  … Real estate property could actually be underwater because of future climate change. … Risks exist at all geographic scales and places: along seacoasts; within

March 10, 2019 Read Full Article

SMU Researcher Studying Purpose-Grown Biomass Crops

(Saint Mary’s University/Canadian Biomass Magazine)  Research into how poor-quality, marginal land can be used to produce biomass as a potential revenue stream for farmers underway at Saint Mary’s University received $1.2

March 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Oversight Panel to Review 5% Coconut Biofuel Proposal

by Camille A. Aguinaldo (Business World)  The Congressional Oversight Committee on Biofuels is set to conduct a hearing on the proposal of the Department of Agriculture (DA) to increase the coconut content

March 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Green New Deal vs. Carbon Tax: A Clash of 2 Worldviews, Both Seeking Climate Action

by Marianne Lavelle (Inside Climate News)  The contest is elevating climate policy conversations on the campaign trail and in Washington. It could inspire compromises that bring together pieces of each. … On one

March 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Federal Agencies Release Framework for Advancing the Bioeconomy

(US Department of Agriculture)  The federal Biomass Research and Development (BR&D) Board today unveiled a multi-agency strategy to accelerate innovative technologies that harness the nation’s biomass resources for affordable biofuels, bioproducts,

March 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Only 7% of Sum Cleared for Ethanol Projects Disbursed

by Preeti Bhagat and Stuti Chawla (Cogencis)  Banks have disbursed only 4 bln rupees of the 61.4-bln-rupee soft loan approved by the government to help sugar mills boost ethanol production, a senior government

February 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Want a Green New Deal? Here’s a Better One.

(Washington Post)  We favor a Green New Deal to save the planet. We believe such a plan can be efficient, effective, focused and achievable. The Green New Deal proposed by

February 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Green for the Common Man

by Douglas L. Faulkner and Gerard J. Ostheimer (Biofuels Digest)  Out of the climate change cacophony, two notes that ring true for us are:  1) No climate fixes can be made without

February 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Malaysia, France to Hold Dialogues for Better Understanding of Palm Oil

(Bernama/Borneo Post) Malaysia and France will hold joint dialogues and strengthen engagements to promote better understanding of the palm oil industry, said the Primary Industries Ministry. Its minister, Teresa Kok said

February 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Maha Sugar Mill Takes Lead in Making Ethanol from Cane Juice

(India Post News Weekly)  A cooperative sugar mill in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra has taken the lead in producing fuel grade ethanol directly from sugarcane juice in the state, a senior

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article

The Green New Deal Is Generating Lots of Left-Wing Enthusiasm. But Not Every Democrat Is on Board.

by Dino Grandoni (Washington Post)  … But fault lines within the Democratic caucus were already visible before the end of the day, with some members urging caution about setting vague and,

February 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Wall Street Is More Than Willing to Fund the Green New Deal

by Katia Dmitrieva and Emily Chasan (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Investing in the environment is already a $12 trillion market. Now markets are just looking for guidance from Congress.  — … But those

February 16, 2019 Read Full Article

Canada Invests in Biomass Research Cluster to Grow Bioeconomy

by Maria Church (Canadian Biomass Magazine)  The federal government is investing of up to $7 million in a biomass research cluster led by the BioFuelNet Canada Network. Funding for the research

February 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Republican Lawmakers Face Pressure to Propose ‘Green New Deal’ Alternative

by Josh Siegel (Washington Examiner)  Republicans who want to combat climate change say their party should avoid the temptation of rejecting the progressive “Green New Deal” without proposing an alternative. “If

February 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Biorefineries Assessment: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to IEA Bioenergy Task 42

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy Task 42 is working on the analysis and assessment of biorefining in the whole value chain in order to meet its mission to facilitate the

February 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Rs 8,500 Crore Investment Lined up for Ethanol; Two-Thirds by Sugar Mills

by Virendra Singh Rawat  (Business Standard)  Sugar mills in the top sugar producing states viz. Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh are projected to account for 40% and 30% of the fresh ethanol

February 7, 2019 Read Full Article

Greens Grasp for Silver Lining in Trump’s Infrastructure Pitch

by John Siciliano (Washington Examiner)  … “While we have fought against this administration’s efforts to gut protections for clean air and water, roll-back efforts to address climate change and lease public

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Commentary: Bring California’s Low-Carbon Wisdom to Washington, D.C.

by Andy Foster (Capital Press/Aemetis Inc.) … With the election behind us and new leadership in the House, it’s time to take another look at the IPCC warnings and examine

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

Want a Bipartisan Push on Climate Change? Start With Unleashing American Biofuels

by Jeff Cosman (Morning Consult/Attis Industries Inc.)  …  And in November, a letter from the Department of Energy, the EPA and the United States Department of Agriculture to Congress laid out

February 6, 2019 Read Full Article

UFOP Report on Global Market Supply 2018/2019: Combining Economically Viable Agriculture with Appropriate Agricultural Market and Climate Protection Policies

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Crops (UFOP))  The Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Crops (UFOP) has formulated its policy expectations on the occasion of the

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Global Action: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to IEA Bioenergy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergyhas several new tasks moving forward including Flexible Bioenergy and System Integration, climate and sustainability effects of bioenergy within the broader bioeconomy (broadening of Task

February 5, 2019 Read Full Article

Gadkari Launches Website to Promote Ethanol Production

by Ashish Roy (Times of India)  Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari recently launched a website www.indiaforethanol.net to create awareness about ethanol prodution especially among farmers. At present the website provides information in

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

U.S. Groups Support Expansion of Biofuels in Ontario

by Jacqui Fatka (Feedstuffs)  U.S. Grains Council and Growth Energy submit comments in support of 15% renewable fuel content in gasoline use by 2025.  —  This week, Growth Energy and the U.S. Grains

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Washington May Require More Climate-Friendly Motor Fuels

by Brad Shannon and Carolyn Bick (INVESTIGATEWEST)  …  The biodiesel-to-be that is being sucked into (Chad) Peters’ truck, like much of what’s collected in Washington, will help reduce climate-wrecking carbon emissions not

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels USA Expands “Disappearing Gas Tax” Proposal to Highlight Environmental Justice Issues

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  With so much talk about carbon taxes, carbon pricing, carbon cost and highway user fee increases, Advanced Biofuels USA updated its proposal for a

January 31, 2019 Read Full Article

With Rise of Electric Vehicles, a New Foreign Energy Dependence Looms

by James Osborne (Houston Chronicle) Forecasts say that electric vehicle sales are about to take off worldwide and increase demand for the raw materials that go into batteries. — Energy Secretary Rick

January 28, 2019 Read Full Article

Economic Reasons for a Green New Deal

Rob Jackson  (Global Carbon Project/Stanford University/The Hill) … The global economy is creating half a million new jobs yearly in renewable energy and employs more than ten million people. In the U.S. we’ve

January 27, 2019 Read Full Article

Rounds: Corn Ethanol Production Plays Important Role in South Dakota’s Economy

by Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) (Brookings Register)  Corn and corn ethanol production are vital components of South Dakota’s economy. The corn ethanol industry supports thousands of jobs in our state

January 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Lack of Incentives, Uncertain Supply Hamper Progress on Biofuels

by Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman (The Jakarta Post)  The production of biofuel from sources such as palm oil and sugarcane is prone to delays and vulnerable to fluctuating supplies and prices, the government

January 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Davos Elite Looks to ‘Globalisation 4.0’ to Stem Climate Change

by Sara Stefanini (Climate Change News/Climate Home News)  Business leaders say the next wave of globalisation must create social benefits as well as provide technical solutions to climate change  —  …  The buzzword

January 22, 2019 Read Full Article

Malaysia Plans to Double Palm Oil Use in Biodiesel by 2020 – Government

by Joseph Sipalan (Market Screener/Reuters) Malaysia plans to double the mix of palm oil in its biodiesel programme by 2020 in a bid to reduce high domestic stockpiles and boost sustainable energy

January 18, 2019 Read Full Article

USGC Expands Its Ethanol Offerings At Grains.org

(U.S. Grains Council)  New information about global market development efforts for U.S. ethanol and the benefits of the biofuel to global customers is now available online at www.grains.org. The United

January 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Why Investors Ditched Sh2tr Biofuels Projects

by Ludger Kasumuni (The Citizen)  Several investors have abandoned their $1 billion (Sh2.3 trillion) biofuels projects in Tanzania, according to a survey by BusinessWeek. Mtamba Biofuel Farm in Kisarawe, Coast Region.

January 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Government Levels up Use of Biofuel in Power Generation

(Jakarta Post)  The government is working to further increase the domestic use of biofuel as part of the policy to reduce oil imports. After requiring the use of biofuel for transportation,

January 9, 2019 Read Full Article

Republicans Push ‘Innovation’ as Climate Change Solution

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  GOP lawmakers are increasingly turning to a new refrain for their position on climate change, calling for “innovation” as the policy solution. Many Republicans have seemingly

January 7, 2019 Read Full Article

India Makes Breakthrough in Biofuel Development

by Haley Zaremba (OilPrice.com)  … The latest headline to come from efforts of scientists around the globe is a new discovery by a team of scientists based in the west Indian city

January 3, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol’s Impact: Iowa’s Status as the Largest Ethanol-Producing State Means Its Ethanol Economy Affects the Entire Industry.

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … A waiter in a Cedar Rapids restaurant, for instance, recently asked Shaw (Monte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association) about Trump’s

January 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Creating Trust in Bioenergy: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to IEA Bioenergy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy conducted research on various approaches to creating trust in sustainability of bioenergy through effective governance. Inge Stupak and Tat Smith, IEA Bioenergy researchers gave this

December 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Meeting Paris Agreement Targets Would Create 24 Million Jobs Globally

by  Marlene Cimons (Nexus Media)  … By working to achieve the stated goal of the Paris Agreement, to limit warming to 2 degrees C, most countries will see a net gain

December 31, 2018 Read Full Article

A Carbon Price Can Benefit the Poor While Reducing Emissions

by Helen Mountford and Molly McGregor (World Resources Institute)  …  Recent research from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate finds that bold climate action could deliver at least $26 trillion

December 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Opinions: Why the Time Has Come for a Green New Deal

by Katrina vanden Heuvel (Washington Post)  Almost 20 years ago, writer Mark Hertsgaard suggested a bold idea to upend the climate debate. Arguing that ambitious climate action was politically impossible without simultaneously meeting people’s

December 18, 2018 Read Full Article

5,000 Compressed Bio Gas Plants Will Be Set up by 2023

(India Brand Equity Foundation)  Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan Sunday said around 5,000 Compressed Bio Gas (CBG) plants will be set across the country by 2023. He said these

December 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Notice of Initiation of an Anti-Subsidy Proceeding Concerning Imports of Biodiesel Originating in Indonesia

(European Commission)  The European Commission (‘the Commission’) has received a complaint under Article 10 of Regulation (EU) 2016/1037 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 8 June 2016 on

December 18, 2018 Read Full Article

The Malaysian Biodiesel Mandate – Outlook to 2020: Growth Opportunities & Companies to Action

(GlobeNewswire/ResearchAndMarkets.com)  The “Malaysian Biodiesel Mandate”report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. This study offers a detailed overview of the biodiesel mandate in Malaysia and the steps taken by the Malaysian government to protect the

December 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Democrats Shift toward Impact on Jobs as Climate Change Moves to Front of 2020 Agenda

by Michael Sherer (Washington Post) … Democrats preparing to run for president have been rushing to shift their plans for combating climate

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Benefuel Looking to British Columbia for New Biodiesel Facility

(Benefuel Inc./Biodiesel Magazine)   Benefuel Inc. responded to British Columbia’s recently publicized climate change plan that included an expanded Low Carbon Fuel Standard

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels Lead Efforts to Protect the Climate

by Craig Willis (EurActiv/Growth Energy)  With every passing year, the pathway to a stable climate gets narrower and more difficult to

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

UNILORIN to Commence Installation of Mini-Refinery for Biodiesel

(News Diary Online)  The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, says the university will soon install a mini-refinery

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

NFU Urges House Subcommittee to Expand Use of High-Octane, American Grown Biofuels

(The Fence Post/National Farmers Union)  As Congress looks to revamp and coordinate federal-level policies that govern the transportation fuels and vehicles

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Pre-Flight Checklist for Biofuture Takeoff: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to Biofuture Platform

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biofuture platformwas launched at COP22 by 20 countries and top representatives of FAO, IEA, IRENA, UNIDO,

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Mahathir Throws out B20 Biodiesel Challenge

by Amar Shah Mohsen (Sun Daily)  Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has challenged Malaysia to emulate Indonesia’s move to introduce a higher biodiesel

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

India Set to Double Ethanol Blending into Gasoline to 8% in 2018-19: ISMA

by Ratnajyoti Dutta (S&P Global Platts)  India is set to double its blending in the 2018-19 (October-September) season and achieve an 8%

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Clean Electricity, Clean Buildings and Clean Transportation: Inslee Plan Would Launch Comprehensive Clean Energy Transition and Significantly Drive Down Emissions

(Office of Washington State Governor Jay Inslee)  Gov. Jay Inslee was joined today by Democratic legislators and climate action supporters to

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Iowa: Cultivating Growth in Bioprocessing

by Debi Durham (Iowa Economic Development Authority/Biofuels Digest)  … Nearly $4 billion dollars was infused into capital investments in the U.S. for

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“We’ve been intervening at every point to say (a) the UN’s Special Report says bioenergy is as important as electromobility

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

What’s the Buzz? Heard on the Floor at the COP24, on Renewable Fuels and More (Biofuture Platform)

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … “Pretty intense I’d say. Good.” notes Climate Ethanol Alliances’s James Cogan. “We’ve been in a

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Better Policy for Better Fuels: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide ABLC Guide to SEforAll and below50

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sustainable Energy For All and below50aim to promote bioenergy, especially in developing countries, and grow the

December 10, 2018 Read Full Article

COP24 Brings New Bioeconomy Strategy from UK, $200B from World Bank and More

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Amid rumors of President Trump’s coal and fossil-fuel side event at COP24 (the 24th Conference of the

December 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Back Food Min to Seek further 74-bln-rupee Loan for 168 Ethanol Projects

By Ashna Mishra (Cogencis)  After facilitating a soft loan of 61.39 bln rupees, the food ministry will soon seek Cabinet approval

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

BP Sees Brazil’s New Biofuels Policy Boosting Investment

by Marcelo Teixeira  (Reuters)  Brazil’s latest policy to boost biofuels use has improved the outlook for ethanol production and should attract new

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

‘CSIR Searching for Commercial Partner to Run Flights on Biofuel’

by Santosh Patnaik (The Hindu)  Move will help India reduce oil import bill to almost zero, says CSIR D-G — The

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

DA to Lobby for Increase of Biofuel Content in Diesel for Gov’t Use

by Reicelene Joy N. Ignacio (Business World)  Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol said he will lobby for the increase of coconut oil

December 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Government to Raise Target for Ethanol Blending of Petrol

(Economic Times)  The government intends to further increase the target level for the Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) programme that aims to

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel By-Product Helps Fuel Come Clean

(King Abdullah University of Science and Technology/Phys.org)  … This work on glycerol carbonate also supports Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 initiative,

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Betting on Ethanol, Brazilian Mills Turn Sour on Sugar

by Ana Ionova and Marcelo Teixeira (Reuters) Brazilian sugar companies are increasing their capacity to produce ethanol in the face of depressed

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Bamboo: A Sustainable Alternative for Bioenergy Production in Indonesia?

by Monica Evans (Forest News)  Perennial plant grows well on degraded land, allows farmers to diversify income streams — … So, say

December 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Republicans Say They Want Free-Market Innovation. Then They Should Want a Carbon Tax.

by Catherine Rampell (Washington Post) … Alternatively, some Republicans suggest that, yes, the planet may be warming and, yes, humans may

November 27, 2018 Read Full Article

UP Sugar Mills to Add Ethanol Plants, Distilleries from Next Year: Yogi

by Virendra Singh Rawat (Business Standard)  Blames previous governments for shutting, selling off state sugar mills  —  Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on

November 23, 2018 Read Full Article

New Report Shows Global Link Between Pro-Innovation Policies and Biotech Advances

(Biotechnology Innovation Organization/BusinessWire)  A study released today highlights strategies, policies and best practices that have been successful in creating an environment

November 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Brazil Biodiesel Group Seeks 10-pct Retention on Soy Export Earnings

by Marcelo Teixeira (Reuters)  Ubrabio, a Brazilian association of biodiesel producers, presented on Tuesday a proposal for the government to retain 10

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Federal Investments in Algae Cultivation Technologies Paying Big Dividends

by Matt Carr (Algae Biomass Organization/Biofuels Digest)  Algae-derived products and technologies are on the cusp of changing nearly everything. Algae will transform

November 6, 2018 Read Full Article

UPDATE 1-Brazil’s Bolsonaro Backs Ethanol Industry, Pledges Partnership

by Marcelo Teixeira (Reuters)   President-elect Jair Bolsonaro backed Brazil’s ethanol industry and pledged to be a partner of the biofuel sector, according

October 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Minister Launches BEACON Bioeconomy SFI Research Centre and National Pilot Biorefining Facility

(University College Dublin Innovation) €28 million in total invested in BEACON and National Bioeconomy Campus;  Launch at Lisheen part of inaugural Bioeconomy

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Shut Down Sugar Mills in State to See Revival: Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa

(Punjab News Express)  The Punjab Government would go all out to convert loss making cooperative sugar mills into the complexes manufacturing

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Three Palm Oil Proposals to Target Slump

by Phusadee Arunmas   (Bangkok Post)  The Commerce Ministry is proposing three measures to the cabinet over the next few weeks to

October 25, 2018 Read Full Article

EBRD Plans to Invest 80 Million Euros into Ukrainian Bioenergy

by Jack Laurenson (Kiyv Post)  Biomass as a replacement for Russian gas in heating is one grassroots initiative that has become

October 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Oman Goes Green with Fuel from Food Waste

by Sheikha Al Maqhus (Times of Oman)  Oman is setting up four biogas plants to produce energy from more than half

October 8, 2018 Read Full Article

India’s Ethanol Consumption for Fuel at All-Time High, Lags Goals: USDA

by Joshua Pedrick (S&P Global Platts) The volume of ethanol blended with gasoline is at an all-time high in India thanks

October 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Indonesia Sets Palm Biofuel Plant Condition for Jet Purchases from U.S., France – Minister

by Bernadette Christina Munthe, Jamie Freed, Cindy Silviana and Fransiska Nangoy (Reuters/EuroNews)  Indonesia has asked for its companies to be allowed to

September 3, 2018 Read Full Article

How Progressives Can Reconnect with Rural Voters

by Patty Judge (Des Moines Register/Focus on Rural America)  … Many of the political elites on the coasts have argued that

August 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Roban Welcomes National Fuels Policy

(The Royal Gazette)  The National Fuels Policy of Bermuda has been approved and is available for the public to review.

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels to Boost Farm Income, Energy Security, Help Create Jobs: PM Modi

by Utpal Bhaskar  (Live Mint)  Centre plans to invest Rs 10,000 crore and build 12 biofuel refineries  —  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Indonesia to Enhance Strategic Partnership with Boeing

 (ANTARA News) The Trade Ministry seeks to enhance strategic partnerships with the US, including with the world`s largest aircraft manufacturer

August 3, 2018 Read Full Article

NNPC Pledges 5 Million Jobs With Bio-Fuels Soon

(NTA)  The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), on Wednesday pledged that more than five million jobs would soon be created to

August 2, 2018 Read Full Article

to-the-point: Brazil Wants More Small Farms in Biodiesel Auctions

(Renewables Now)  Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy has taken measures to encourage more the participation of small farms in the

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

PCA, Stakeholders Push for Enforcement of 5% Bio-Diesel Blend

(GMA News Online)  To arrest the detrimental affects of plunging price of copra, the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and industry stakeholders

July 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Six Transformations Needed to Achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Major Report Launched

(International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis)  The World in 2050 (TWI2050) initiative has launched a new report, setting out six key

July 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Emissions, Energy, and Economic Implications of the Curbelo Carbon Tax Proposal

(Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy)  In July 2018 Representative Carlos Curbelo proposed legislation that would put a price on

July 23, 2018 Read Full Article

How to Win the Public Policy Debate, and the Annual Government Agency Funding Battles for the Bioeconomy

by Craig (CJ) Evans (American Diversified Energy Consulting Services/Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)  More than almost any other industry, financing for the bioeconomy

July 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Teresa Kok’s Palm Oil Challenges

by Tan Xue Ying  (The Edge)  With numerous challenges dominating Malaysia’s palm oil industry, all eyes are on Teresa Kok as she

July 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Biorefineries Will Have Only Minimal Effects on Wood Products and Feedstocks Markets

(International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis/Phys.Org)  A new report from researchers from IIASA, Luleå University of Technology (LTU), and RISE Research

July 10, 2018 Read Full Article

The 10 Green Chemicals Driving a Disruptive New Biobased Industry

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  A Petro Brexit (a/k/a, British companies exiting petroleum for the sustainable bioeconomy) : New report highlights

July 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Creative Debt and Equity: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Structures for Bioeconomy Project Finance

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Bottom line, if you’re in the business of financing a renewable fuels project with a loan

July 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Leveling the Playing Field: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Reserves Accounting

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In November 2011, the Digest ran a story on a remarkable proposition — advanced by Richard

July 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Brazil’s Unpopular Fuel Policy Means Sugar Faces Vote Threat

by Isis Almeida and Fabiana Batista (Bloomberg Quint) … (Luis) Matos is one of millions of Brazilians who have cut back on

June 28, 2018 Read Full Article

The Role of Advanced Biofuels in the Energy Transition

(ADVANCEFUEL) Interview with Kristin Sternberg and Birger Kerckow, Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR)  How has the bioenergy sector – particularly in

June 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Indian Oil to Set up Rs 9 bn ethanol plant in Adityanath’s pocket borough

by Virendra Singh Rawat (Business Standard)  The company has sought 50 acres from a defunct sugar mill in Gorakhpur  —  Public sector

June 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Back to Business: G20 Energy Minsters Affirm Drive towards Renewables, Innovation, Cooperation

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … This year, as it happens, Argentina holds the G20 Presidency and the outgoing Germans and

June 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Government Wants to Ease Process of Purchasing Ethanol, Says Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan

(Financial Express/PTI)  Just like crude oil is treated as basic raw material for making petrol and diesel, Pradhan wanted ethanol to

June 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Senate Farm Bill Expands Reach of Energy Title, But Provides Little Funding

by Jesse Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On Friday, June 8, the Senate Agriculture Committee released the Agricultural Improvement Act

June 8, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Renewable Energy Jobs on the Ballot

by Matt Carr (The Hill/New Energy America)  If I asked you the most important state for renewable energy, what comes to

June 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Brazilian Sugar Industry Fears More Fuel Market Manipulation on the Horizon

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Brazil, Platts and Valor Economico report that the sugarcane industry is worried further fuel market manipulation

June 8, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK — Jenna Bloxom

Jenna Bloxom, in a recent Biofuels Digest thought piece on the need “to drastically alter the public’s understanding and attitudes about

June 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Mired in Misère: Re-Launching Political Capital and Public Trust for Biofuels; Seven Strategies to Reinstate Our Industry’s Power in Washington, D.C. through Mainstreet, USA

by Jenna Bloxom (Colorado State University/Biofuels Digest)  … Now is the critical juncture for a unified bioeconomy to re-assert biofuels as a

June 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Govt Set to Announce Rs8,000 Crore Plan to Bail out Sugarcane Farmers

(Live Mint)  The move comes close on the heels of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s defeat in the Kairana Lok Sabha

June 5, 2018 Read Full Article

All Eyes On Ethanol: Brazil’s Ethanol Industry Continues to Grow with the Help of Renewable Fuel Goals and International Partnerships.

by Tim Albrecht (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  More than 90 percent of all new cars licensed in Brazil each year are flex

May 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Cabinet Approves National Biofuel Policy

(Times of India)  The Cabinet today approved the National Policy on Biofuels which allows doping of ethanol produced from damaged foodgrains,

May 16, 2018 Read Full Article

How to Save $10 per Fillup — Ethanol

by Todd Sneller (Nebraska Ethanol Board/Kearney Hub)  Many consumers felt their wallets lighten as the numbers ticked up on the gas

May 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Nitin Gadkari Grants Permission to Bajaj, TVS to Make Bio-Ethanol Vehicles Using Rice and Wheat Straw

(News 18)  Gadkari suggested that institutions engaged in agricultural research take up topics such as biofuel to reduce dependency on oil

May 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Debate over the RFS Is Playing out on the Political Stage: The Public Discussion Rarely Considers American Consumers.

by Donnell Rehagen (National Biodiesel Board/Biofuels Digest)  The biofuels industry found itself in an unusual position for much of the past 12

May 7, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

A Bioethanol-Fuelled Bioeconomy

by Mario Bonaccorso  (Renewable Matter) … 700 million tonnes of sugarcane treated in one year; 30.23 billion litres of bioethanol

April 23, 2018 Read Full Article

EIB’s Agriculture and Bioeconomy Programme Loan under Juncker Plan Will Support Close to EUR 1bn of Private Investment across Europe

(European Investment Bank)  New financing initiative targets investments by private cooperatives and companies in the agriculture and bioeconomy sector; The EIB financing

April 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Shell Releases Energy Transition Report: Commits to 50% Lower Emissions by 2050, Biofuels to Top Oil by 2100 in “Sky” Scenario

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands and England, Shell released its most definitive statement yet on its low-carbon future

April 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Trump Ethanol Moves May Be Worse for Farmers Than Soy Tariff

by Mario Parker (Bloomberg)  Change to biofuel mandate may mean destruction of corn demand; Growers already dealing with trade concerns, crop gluts 

April 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Investors Stunned over Oil Producer’s Climate-Change Exemption

by Amy Harder (Axios)  …  Trillium proposed a resolution calling on EOG to set a target to reduce its greenhouse gas

April 4, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Tariff Talk

by Kelsey Tamborrino  (Politico’s Morning Energy)  The Trump administration escalated trade-war tensions with China on Tuesday, publishing a proposed list of

April 4, 2018 Read Full Article

Finnish Government Supports Increased Biogas Production

(Gasum/NGV Journal)  The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment has granted Gasum €7.83 million in ‘Bioeconomy and clean solutions’ key project

March 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Opinion: Putin Has Finally Gone Too Far

by David Ignatius (The Washington Post) … So how can the United States and its closest allies alter (Russian President

March 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Op-Ed: Biofuel from Sugarcane – Why Is SA Not Rushing Ahead?

by Chris Ward (Daily Maverick)  Support for diversification of the sugar industry provides a superb and immediate opportunity for the government

March 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Geothermal Could Profit from U.S. Executive Order to Support Lithium Mining

by Alexander Richter (Think GeoEnergy)  An executive order by U.S. President Donald Trump to support mining activities for critical minerals, could

March 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Harmonizing a Three-Headed Regulatory Monster (EPA, NHTSA, CARB)

by Graham Noyes and Doug Durante (Low Carbon Fuels Coalition/Clean Fuels Development Coalition/Biofuels Digest)  … While not as entertaining to watch

March 14, 2018 Read Full Article

State Government of Western Australia : Government Backs Growing Hemp Industry

(4-Traders) Maximum permitted THC content in industrial hemp to be increased; Move to help drive growth in the hemp industry and regional

February 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Mines Linked to Child Labor Are Thriving in Rush for Car Batteries

by Thomas Wilson and Jack Farchy (Bloomberg)  Output at Congo’s artisanal mines probably rose at least half; Metal vital to many

February 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Public Consultation on EU Funds in the area of Investment, Research & Innovation, SMEs and Single Market DEADLINE: 8 March 2018

In 2018, the Commission will make comprehensive proposals for the next generation of financial programmes for the post-2020 Multiannual Financial

January 25, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Updated UFOP Report on Global Market Supply Published

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants, UFOP))  Strong global harvest yields

January 22, 2018 Read Full Article

More Companies to Enjoy Biodiesel Subsidy

by Viriya P. Singgih (The Jakarta Post)  The government plans to expand the scope of its biodiesel subsidy to businesses operating

January 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Trump Signs Executive Order to Expand Critical Minerals Production, Says It Will End America’s ‘Vulnerability’

by Juliet Eilperin (Washington Post) President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday instructing his deputies to devise “a strategy to reduce the Nation’s reliance

December 21, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Put Price on Carbon, Stop Bad Bets on Fossil Fuels – UN’s Guterres

by Alister Doyle (Reuters)  Nearly 200 nations attending climate talks in Germany;  Guterres calls for more carbon pricing, markets;  Says climate action will

December 12, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

The Washington Swamp Is Filled with Ethanol

by Peter Z. Grossman (Washington Examiner)  … People forget how we wound up with an ethanol mandate worth over $20 billion per

December 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Alberta Launches Giant C$1.4 Billion “Clean Energy” Push Aimed at Oilsands with Pennies for Bioenergy

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Canada, Alberta announced C$63 million of a C$1.4 billion push for “clean energy” will go

December 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Trash to Treasure: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Sekisui Chemical, LanzaTech’s MSW-to-Ethanol Tech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Japan, Sekisui Chemical and LanzaTech, have successfully demonstrated the production of ethanol from unsorted municipal solid waste —

December 7, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Shazzan!: Turning Urban Trash into Treasure Island, the LanzaTech, Sekisui Chemicals Story

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sekisui Chemicals, LanzaTech break-through in MSW-to-ethanol demonstration  —  … Were trash to acquire a substantial uplift in

December 7, 2017 Read Full Article

MEPs Raise Ambition on Transport with ‘Sustainable’ Biofuels

by Paola Tamma (EurActiv)  Contrary to the European Commission’s initial proposal, the European Parliament voted on Tuesday (28 November) to increase targets

November 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Government Initiates Rejuvenation Program for North Sumatra`s Palm Oil Plantations

(AntaraNews.com)  The government has initiated a program to rejuvenate palm oil plantations in North Sumatra spread across 9,109.29 hectares in 12

November 29, 2017 Read Full Article

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