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Calvera Supplies CNG Equipment to E.ON Biofor Sweden’s Station Network

(Gasnam/Calvera/NGV Journal)  The Calvera Industrial Group signed an important collaboration agreement with the Swedish company E.ON Biofor Sweden, division of the German parent company of the same name, to supply its

November 15, 2018 Read Full Article

France Sets Out Plan to End ‘Imported Deforestation’

(France 24 with Reuters)  France set out plans on Wednesday to tackle deforestation around the world, saying it would look to curb imports of products such as palm oil, soy and

November 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Weaker RINs Lure Gasoline Shipping into US East Coast Ports: Sources

(Hellenic Shipping News)  A decline in the US obligation for biofuels has prompted an increase in imports from Canada and Europe into the Atlantic Coast, according to market sources and federal

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Energy: New Ambitious Targets on Renewables and Energy Efficiency

(European Parliament)  32.5% increase in energy efficiency by 2030; Renewables must make up 32% of energy consumed by 2030; Push for second-generation biofuels  —  Europeans will be entitled to consume, store and sell

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

BASF Produces Methanol According to the Biomass Balance Approach

(BASF) Production with second generation renewable raw materials; Reduction of greenhouse gases by at least 50 percent; Independent certification of the process; Methanol: important raw material for many value chains  —  BASF has started production

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

European Parliament Approves REDII

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Nov. 13, the European Parliament approved new targets for renewables, energy efficiency and second-generation biofuels when it voted to confirm a provisional agreement reached with

November 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Just in from ABLC: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Hot Technologies and Their Examples

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Each year at ABLC, we have had the great fortune to have in our opening panel a tremendous sector overview from Roger Wyse, the Co-CEO of

November 12, 2018 Read Full Article

APPA Claims Biofuel a Key Ingredient in Spain’s Energy Plan

(Renewable Energy Magazine)  Even if the ambitious goal to reach five million electric vehicles in Spain by 2030 is fulfilled, the reality is that, according to all forecasts, between 70 percent

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

The Biofuture We Need: A Brief Video Introduction

(Biofuture Platform)  This short documentary film, prepared in partnership with BluOrange, presents an introduction to the main goals of the Biofuture Platform and the overall context behind them  —  We are very

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

New ethanolfacts.eu Website Launches

(ePURE)  Online resource answers common questions about renewable ethanol and sustainable biofuels  —   Ethanol Facts, a new online resource for information about renewable ethanol, launched today as part of an effort to

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Electricity and Biofuels Needed in Tandem to Meet Climate Goals, UN Report Says

by Gerardo Fortuna (EURACTIV) Some first generation biofuels like palm oil diesel gave bioenergy a bad name but recent scientific reports have confirmed that policymakers must take into account all the

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Fueling Growth in the Biodiesel Industry

by Donnell Rehagen (National Biodiesel Board/Biodiesel Magazine)  As we near the end of 2018, the biodiesel industry has seen some significant progress as we work towards sustainable industry growth. Today, biodiesel

November 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel 2016/2017 – Report on Progress and Future Prospects; Excerpt from the UFOP Annual Report

(UFOP)  The assessment report provides information on the most important aspects of the national and European biofuel policy and the biodiesel markets. It is an excerpt from the UFOP business report

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Why Rewarding Renewable Fuels under the Truck CO2 Regulation Would Be a Bad Idea

by Cristina Mestre (Transport & Environment/EURACTIV)  It may sound like a good thing to reward advanced fuels. But doing it under the CO2 standards for heavy duty vehicles (HDVs) would not achieve

November 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Controversy over the Role Biomethane Will Play in Cleaning up Transport

by Daryl Worthington  (Bioenergy Insight)  …  Titled CNG and LNG for vehicles and ships – the facts, the study “compiles the latest evidence on the environmental impacts of using gas a transport fuel”.

November 7, 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 how we eat; will make the materials in your shoes more sustainable; provide

November 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Sharing The Octane Advantage Of Ethanol With World Markets

(U.S. Grains Council)  … Global markets vary greatly in their experiences with ethanol, from fully realizing the advantages of increased ethanol use to continued reliance on expensive and environmentally harmful fossil

November 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Half of Any Fish Caught Ends up as Waste or By-Product, EUMOFA Study

(Fish Information and Services)  The report on blue bioeconomy published by the European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Products.  —  Researchers from the European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Products

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to the Energy Outlook through 2040

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The BP Energy Outlook explores the forces shaping the global energy transition out to 2040 and the key uncertainties surrounding that transition. It shows how rising

November 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Driving Decarbonization – Better Policy Means Better Fuels

by Gerard J. Ostheimer (below50), Graham Noyes (Low Carbon Fuels Coalition/Noyes Law Corp) Stephanie Batchelor (Biotechnology Innovation Organization) (Biofuels Digest) This month the International Energy Agency issued a wake-up call to

November 1, 2018 Read Full Article

As Fuel Prices Rise, Biodiesel Production Margins Widen

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Crude oil prices recently reached a four-year high, helping drive up biodiesel fuel prices and improve biodiesel manufacturing margins. … As in the U.S., where off-road

October 31, 2018 Read Full Article

UK Recycling Firm Powers Truck Fleet with Biogas Made from iIs Own Waste

(Warrens Group/NGV Journal)  Recycling specialist Warrens Group has taken delivery of a 16-ton IVECO Eurocargo Natural Power. Running on CNG, the company is also believed to be the first in the

October 29, 2018 Read Full Article

BioWatch: A One-Stop Shop for Bio-Based Research

(European Commission/Community Research and Development Information Service)  A new interactive online platform helps to increase awareness of innovations in the bioeconomy sector.  —  Climate change and depleting fossil fuels have stressed the

October 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Concept to Construction and Exports are Crucial

by Lisa Gibson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In the U.S. ethanol industry, three plants are under construction, while a fourth makes its way through the permitting process. — In an industry with

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

EU Mounts €100M Investment Push to Promote the Bioeconomy

by Éanna Kelly (Science/Business) EU Commission and European Investment Bank searching for fund manager to drive private investment in a sprawling sector  —  The European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB)

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog: Changing Face of US Ethanol Export Markets

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  Historically, India and Brazil have been two major export destinations for ethanol produced in the United States. All the while, both India and Brazil

October 20, 2018 Read Full Article

EU to Engage Local Palm Oil Industry Stakeholders in Talks, Plantations Visits

(AFIQ AZIZ/The Malaysian Reserve)    The visit is aimed to provide the EU delegations with a clearer and first-hand exposure to all issues concerned in RED —  The European Commission will hold

October 19, 2018 Read Full Article

European Commission – Fact Sheet: New EU Fuel Marking: Questions and Answers

(European Commission)  New EU fuel marking: questions and answers 1. What are the new EU fuel labels and what do they mean? What changes on 12 October? As of 12

October 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Fat Profits: Asian Traders Cash in as Europe Thirsts for Waste Oils

(The Star)  Once surreptitiously dumped down drains in the dead of night, Asia’s used cooking oil is fast becoming one of the most sought-after commodities in Europe – as a feedstock

October 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Energy Industry Urges EU to Update CO2 Standards and Include Biofuels

(NGVA Europe/NGV Journal)  In view of the European Parliament plenary vote, the European Biogas Association (EBA), EUROGAS, Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) and the Natural & bio Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA Europe)

October 8, 2018 Read Full Article

No Anti-Dumping Measure against Argentine Biodiesel – EU Commission Abandons EU Agriculture

(UFOP (Google translation))   Deeply disappointed and deceived, the European Oilseed Alliance (EOA) sees itself confronted with the completely surprising decision by the European Commission not to introduce retroactive punitive tariffs against

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

The World’s First Commercial Flight on Fuel Made from Waste Carbon Gases: Now, Will Policy Get the Framework Right for Global Deployment?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, Virgin Atlantic CEO Craig Kreeger, LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren, a cadre of Virgin Atlantic and LanzaTech team members, industry stakeholders and a group of

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

EU’s Biofuel Transport Consumption on the Increase

(Biofuels International)  Biofuel consumption for transport in the European Union increased by 9.2% between 2016 and 2017, according to new data in EurObserv’ER’s 2018 Biofuels Barometer. Between 2014 and 2016 biofuel

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

New EU Fuel Pump Labeling Reflects Biofuel Content

(Biofuels International) This month the European Union will introduce new labelling requirements for newly manufactured vehicles and refuelling stations. The new system will mean consumers will be able to immediately see

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Everything You Need to Know about Wednesday’s Cars CO2 Vote

by Greg Archer (Transport & Environment/EurActiv)  While most of the political attention is – rightly – focused on the headline target for CO2 reduction, the discussion on car emissions has also much

October 1, 2018 Read Full Article

EU Won’t Impose Immediate Tariffs on Cheap Argentine Biodiesel

by Sybille de La Hamaide  (Reuters)   The European Commission has decided not to impose provisional import tariffs on a flood of low-priced Argentine biodiesel until it gathers more information, although it considers

October 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Thermal Gasification of Biomass: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to TGoB in Norway

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  IEA Bioenergy Task 33 is a working group of international experts with the aim to promote the commercialization of efficient, economical and environmentally preferable thermal

September 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Determining the Renewability of Co-Processed Fuels

(UFOP/ECOFYS)  To report the biofuel content (i.e. the renewable share) of the outputs when biogenic and fossil components are coprocessed, a robust, consistent and transparent methodology is needed. There are several

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

UFOP Position Paper Says Time Is Now for Biofuels

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  In Germany, UFOP published a position paper intended to appeal to decision-makers in politics, business and science on why biofuels can and should play a role in

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

IVECO Displays 100% Diesel Free and Clean Fuel Vehicle Stand at IAA 2018

(IVECO/NGV Journal)  …  In addition, natural gas offers the possibility for a seamless transition to biomethane and renewable energy, achieving zero emissions and opening the door to a circular economy approach

September 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Indonesia Halts All New Palm Oil Plantations for 3 Years

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … The battle continues between the European Union and its anti-palm oil stance due to deforestation and environmental issues, and Indonesia, the leading palm oil producing

September 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Airlines and NGOs Spell out Differing Positions over CORSIA Implementation and the Future of the Aviation EU ETS

(GreenAir Online)  International airline associations have written a joint open letter to the European Commission urging it to ensure the ICAO proposed rules governing the CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme are adopted

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

UK Biodiesel Producer Greenergy Makes Major Int’l Investments

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  U.K. biodiesel producer Greenergy has just acquired Singapore-based used cooking oil exporter Rexon Energy. The acquisition comes less than two months after purchasing an idle biodiesel

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

PROPOSALS WANTED: Electrical Storage Start-ups

(EIT InnoEnergy) Got a brilliant innovation idea in the electrical storage area, and want to take it to market or scale-up? You could win €100,000 as well as investment and

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant Biotechnology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Clariant’s Group Biotechnology — responsible for the Technology Platform Biotechnology — develops tailor-made biotechnological processes for the economic and sustainable production of bio-based chemicals and biofuels. It focuses

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Airlines 4 America and Sustainable Aviation Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Annually, commercial aviation helps drive nearly $1.5 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 10 million U.S. jobs. Airlines for America (A4A) vigorously advocates

September 13, 2018 Read Full Article

United States Biochar Initiative 2018 Conference: “The Carbon Link in Watershed Ecosystem Services” Stories from Stockholm to Virginia

by Bill Keba* (Advanced Biofuels USA)   My wife checked my fishing gear upon learning that I was attending the Biochar 2018 Conference in Wilmington, Delaware. Why? She thought I made

September 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Operating Performance of a Tractor Engine of Emissions Standard EU IV in Biodiesel Operation

by Thomas Sadlowski, Volker Wichmann, Bert Buchholz and Markus Winkler  (ATZ OffHighway)  The use of pure biofuels in agricultural machinery offers the opportunity to reduce the use of fossil fuels. These engines are largely fuelled by

September 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Biogas Projects Popping up Everywhere – Are They the Magical Solution We’ve Been Looking for?

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Like a beautiful unicorn flying in the sky, biogas production is taking off in Denmark, accounting for almost 19% of the gas used in Denmark

September 10, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Guide to Italy in the Advanced Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Groups like Eni, Wilmar, Novamont, Reverdia, Blue Sphere, or the many consortia? The key takeaways; the mandates and national targets; the key producers; process technology R&D;

September 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Analysis: Where Are We with E10 Gasoline in Europe?

by  Chrysa Glystra (S&P Global/Platts)   Increasing biofuel mandates across Europe for 2019, combined with navigating the complexities of the post-2020 renewable energy framework (RED II), have brought discussions over wider adoption

September 4, 2018 Read Full Article

A Reality Check on Clean Mobility

by Emmanuel Desplechin (ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … Two new studies offer a timely reality check on what kind of cars are likely to be on Europe’s roads between now and 2050—and

September 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 build palm oil jet fuel plants in the United States

September 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Abengoa, Alcogroup Face Charges of Ethanol Benchmark Rigging: Sources

by Foo Yun Chee (Reuters)  Spanish ethanol producer Abengoa and Belgium peer Alcogroup have been charged by European Union antitrust regulators with rigging ethanol benchmarks and are likely to face fines next

August 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Enzyme Discovery Could Boost Biofuel Production

(European Commission) EU-funded researchers have discovered a new family of enzymes able to break down wood into its chemical components. The findings may lead to more efficient production of biofuels and

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels Market to Witness Excellent Revenue Growth, Rising Demand in the Setors of Agriculture, Transportation, Chemical, Pharmaceuticals

(Heraldkeeper via COMTEX/Futures TradingCharts.com) Reports Monitor has announced the addition of a new report titled, “Global Biofuels (Bioethanol and Biodiesel) Market Insights, Forecast to 2025”, into its vast repository of

August 24, 2018 Read Full Article

27 Technologies to Produce Lower Carbon Fuels from “Second Chance Carbon” — and Its Practicioners. Who’s Doing What, Where, When, Why and How?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the EU, perhaps the most comprehensive and useful guide to fuels and chemicals produced from “Recycled carbon fuels”, such as those produced from waste plastics

August 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Finnair Study Finds Travelling Public Would Pay Extra to Reduce Environmental Impact of Flights

(GreenAir Online)  According to a consumer research study by Finnair, almost all Finns – 94% – want to reduce the emissions from their air travel and three-quarters are willing to pay

August 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Extending Palm Oil Production in Africa Threatens Primate Conservation

(EU Science Hub: The European Commission’s science and knowledge service)  Future expansion of the palm oil industry could have a dramatic impact on African primates, according to the findings of a new

August 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Fly Green: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to SkyNRG

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  SkyNRG is the global market leader for sustainable jet fuel, supplying more than 20 carriers across 5 continents in the world. SkyNRG’s sustainable jet fuel can

August 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Canola Council Secures Continued Access to European Union Biofuel Market

(Canola Council of Canada) Today (December 19, 2017) the European Commission published an implementing decision that will allow Canadian canola continued access

August 15, 2018 Read Full Article

How the Global Heatwave Is Harming Agriculture Today and Creating Problems for the Bio-Economy Tomorrow.

by Tom Joslin (Bio-Based World News)  … Few of you will have escaped the heatwave that seems to have enveloped most of

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article

European Drought Increases Ethanol Feedstock Costs but Also Boosts Dried Distillers Grains Prices

by Chrysa Glystra (S&P Global Platts)  The hot and dry weather that has swept across Northwest Europe over the summer months has

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Oil’s Relentless Price Climb Brings Advanced Biofuels Back in Vogue

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For several years now we have seen a significant number of players pivoting from biofuels towards

August 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Working Paper: “Gaps and Research Demand for Sustainability Certification and Standardization in a Sustainable Bio-Based Economy in the EU”

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants) The English-language working paper analyzes the current state of sustainability certification and

August 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Catalysts for Better Biofuel Production

(CORDIS/Phys.Org)  … The EU-funded FASTCARD project used two different routes to meet European commitments to the production of advanced biofuels. The first involved

August 8, 2018 Read Full Article

Cannabis, Canola, Solids, Hog Fuel, Wheat: What’s New with Food and Feedstocks?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  We eat it, we wear it, we burn it, we glue it, we live in it

August 8, 2018 Read Full Article

When Markets Misbehave, Send the Marines! (World Governments Get a Case of Bioeconomy Interventionitis)

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The European Court of Justice has ruled that organisms altered via genome editing are GMOs and

August 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Plastics Proliferation Transitioning to Bioplastics Boost

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  IHS Markit published a plastics report saying that the market value for biodegradable polymers exceeds $1 billion and

August 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Renewable Carbon is Key to a Sustainable and Future-Oriented Chemical Industry

(nova-Institute)  The equivalent to decarbonisation in the energy sector is a transition to carbon from renewable sources in the chemical

August 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Belgium Urges Malaysia to Open Diplomatic Mission to EU to Lobby for Palm Oil

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Malaysia, the Borneo Post reports that the Belgian ambassador to Malaysia suggested the country set up

August 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuel Mandates in the EU by Member State in 2018

by Sabine Lieberz (US Department of Agriculture)  This report provides an overview on the biofuel use mandates in the various EU-28

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Map of over 500 European Biomethane Facilities

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe) The European Biogas Association (EBA) and Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) have collaborated on a comprehensive map of all known

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Repsol Is Developing Technology to Produce Renewable Hydrogen

(Enagás/Repsol/NGV Journal)  Repsol and Enagás have signed an agreement to continue developing technology that allows for the production of renewable hydrogen.

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

Carbon Capture, Solar Fuels, Fossil Bubble

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Spain, BIOCON-CO2, a new €7 million EU Horizon 2020-funded research project, has recently kicked-off with intentions of

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

Finns Prefer Biofuels and Carbon Captures as Measures, Want to Directly Impact CO2 Emissions of Flying

by Theodore Koumelis (Travel Daily News)  76% of the respondents were ready to pay more for a flight ticket, or alternatively, pay

July 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Croatia Approves 0.1% Advanced Biofuels Mandate

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Croatia, not to be left behind as the European Union moves towards advanced biofuel consumption, the

July 20, 2018 Read Full Article

ADVANCEFUEL at EU Sustainable Energy Week

(ADVANCEFUEL)  The ADVANCEFUEL project was represented at the EU Sustainable Energy Week, with a stall in its Networking Village on 6

July 18, 2018 Read Full Article

SET-Plan Steering Group Approved Implementation Plan of SET-Plan Action 8: Bioenergy and Renewable Fuels for Sustainable Transport

(European Technology and Innovation Platform-Bioenergy)  On 13 June 2018 the SET-Plan Steering Group approved the Implementation Plan of SET-Plan Action 8:

July 18, 2018 Read Full Article

One Day at the World’s Leading Biomass Technology Conference, EUBCE 2018

by Steve Bi* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Renaissance-era facades capped with green copper patina and orange clay shingles harmonize seamlessly with imaginative,

July 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Air Pollution: Agriculture and Transport Emissions Continue to Pose Problems in Meeting Agreed Limits

(European Environment Agency)  Emissions from agriculture and transport continue to pose problems for European Union Member States in meeting EU and

July 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Advanced Biofuels Are Key to Decarbonising Transportation

by  Markus Rarbach (Clariant/EurActiv)  The recent agreements on the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) are setting the tone for creating a

July 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Agroindustry Argentine Biodiesel Emits 70% Less GHG

(Clarin Rural (Google Translation))  By a calculation of the INTA and the Argentina Chamber of Biofuels (Carbio), Argentina can certify that

July 17, 2018 Read Full Article

US Trade, Biofuel Policies and Immigration Hit Farmers Hard

(Associated Press/The Vindicator)  … The threat of counter-tariffs on U.S. farm goods and the impact of President Donald Trump’s other policies

July 16, 2018 Read Full Article

MaREI Secure €4.4 Million to Support Ireland’s Indigenous Biomass and Bioenergy Industry

(Science Foundation Ireland)  … The Spoke research teams will collaborate in developing technologies capable of converting a wide variety of residues

July 12, 2018 Read Full Article

France: Palm Oil Sustainability Still a Concern for Consumers

by Rachel Lau (Borneo Post)  Palm oil will not be discriminated as a biofuel in the European Union, but the oil’s sustainability

July 12, 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

Potential of Biodiesel in the Commercial Vehicles Sector Revealed

(Biofuels International)  A recent survey among vehicle manufacturers shows that the widespread use of biodiesel in the commercial vehicle sector is

July 10, 2018 Read Full Article

RED Alert — Canadian Biofuel Lobbying Intensifies

(Politico Brussels Influence)  Canadian company Agrisoma Biosiences Inc. is pushing to get “Carinata,” its second generation biofuel, subsidized by the EU

July 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Swiss Re No Longer Offers Re/Insurance to Firms with More Than 30% Coal Exposure

(Insurance Journal)  Swiss Re announced it no longer is providing re/insurance to businesses with more than 30 percent exposure to thermal

July 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Big Oil, Utilities Are Lining up for an Electric Vehicle War

by Kelly Gilblom and Anna Hirtenstein  (Bloomberg)  BP and Shell have bought electric-car charging companies; Power utilities are boosting sales to homes, chargers

July 5, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

EU Biofuels Effort Kicks off in Örnsköldsvik

(SEKAB/MyNewsDesk)  Representatives from eleven European companies and universities gathered yesterday in the Swedish town of Örnsköldsvik, to kick-start the EU-funded project

June 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Minister Humphreys Announces College Group’s €10m expansion

(College Group)  Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD today announced that College Group will invest €10m in building

June 27, 2018 Read Full Article

European Ethanol Sets New High Level for Greenhouse Gas Savings

(ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  European renewable ethanol delivered an average of more than 70 percent greenhouse-gas savings compared to fossil fuels in

June 27, 2018 Read Full Article

EU Backs Industrial-Scale Sustainable Aviation Fuel Production Project and Camelina Cultivation Research

(GreenAir Online)  A new EU-backed project has been launched to demonstrate the first industrial-scale production and use of sustainable aviation fuel

June 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Sustainable Aviation Fuels Incentive under New EU Renewable Energy Directive Not Enough, Says IATA

(GreenAir Online)  The EU Council, European Parliament and European Commission have agreed a new post-2020 regulatory framework that includes an EU-wide

June 25, 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

Small Cut in EU’s Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions in 2016 but Transport Emissions Keep Increasing

(European Environment Agency)  Total greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union (EU) decreased by 0.4 % in 2016, according to latest

June 20, 2018 Read Full Article

EU Reaches Deal on REDII, Sets New Goals for Renewables

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On June 14, negotiators from the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council reached

June 20, 2018 Read Full Article

MPOC Elated on EU Palm Biofuel Ban

(Borneo Post)  The Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) is elated on the latest development in the European Union (EU) which deferred

June 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Czech Company to Produce Biofuels from Waste Cooking Oil

by  Ruth Fraňková  (Radio Praha)  The Czech company Chemoprojekt, based in Ústí nad Labem in north Bohemia, is set to launch

June 20, 2018 Read Full Article

EU Ethanol Delivers over 70% GHG Savings on Average: ePure

by Chrysa Glystra (Platts)  European ethanol delivered an average of more than 70% greenhouse gas savings compared with fossil fuels in 2017,

June 20, 2018 Read Full Article

EU Recognises Importance of Crop-Based Ethanol to Achieving Climate Goals

(ePURE/EurActiv)  RED II agreement by negotiators is a step in the right direction, allowing Member States to use sustainable biofuels in

June 15, 2018 Read Full Article

EU Farmers Boss: DG Agri ‘Not Properly Consulted’ in Biofuels Talks

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EURACTIV.com)  EU farmers are “quite worried” about the fact that the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural

June 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Chart of the Week (23) — Argentina Accounts for Almost Two Thirds of EU Biodiesel Imports − Indonesia Is the Largest Palm Oil Exporter to the EU

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP))  Biodiesel imports from Argentina have increased considerably over the past several months. In

June 12, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Top 10 Biodiesel Trends 2018: What’s up with the World’s Favorite Advanced Biofuel?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We’ve organized the state of biodiesel into 10 areas of vital interest ranging from the

June 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Palm Oil to Be Phased out as Biodiesel Feedstock?

by Cheryl Kalisch Gordon (Rabobank/The Land)  A proposal to alter the EU’s overarching renewable energy policy has been announced, which would phase-out

June 5, 2018 Read Full Article

The Carbon Rescuers: 20 Top Waste Projects and Breakthroughs that Capture Used Carbon from the Waste Pile for New Uses

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In these top 20 projects, we usually say that we are using waste, but really we

June 5, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

EU Biofuel Regulation Is Not Sustainable Long-Term

(EurekAlert!/Lund University)  The EU biofuel regulation does not guarantee a reduced climate impact – nor does it address the core issue

May 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Mandate to Take Effect from 1st September

(EU Scoop)   Bulgaria is expected to implement a minimum of 6% biodiesel blend requirement for all transportation fuels from 1st

May 31, 2018 Read Full Article

RED II: Time’s Running out to Save European Biofuels

(European Oilseed Alliance/EurActiv)  As the discussions between the European Parliament and the Council continue on the recast of the Renewable Energy

May 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Chinese Ethanol Buyers Turn to Central, South America for Arbitrage Supply

by Christina Siantar (Platts)  Chinese ethanol buyers are turning to Central and South America for arbitrage supply, after Beijing’s imposition of additional 15% import

May 30, 2018 Read Full Article

CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Argentina Raises Biodiesel Export Tax to 15 Percent

by Caroline Stauffer and Maximilian Heath  (Reuters) Argentina’s government is raising an export tax on biodiesel to 15 percent from 8

May 29, 2018 Read Full Article

One Commercial, Two Commercial, Three Commercial, Four: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Clariant’s Sunliquid Cellulosic Ethanol Technology

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Clariant’s sunliquid technology for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into sugars, followed by fermentation to cellulosic

May 24, 2018 Read Full Article

INSIGHT: Standoff between Oil and UK Government Main Obstacle to E10

by Clare Pennington and Samantha Wright (ICIS News)  The UK government and the country’s transport fuel suppliers have been entrenched in a disagreement

May 23, 2018 Read Full Article

SEKAB Receives Major EU Funding to Demonstrate the Production of Isobutene-Derived Gasoline and Jetfuel from Wood

(SEKAB)  European financing package amounting to €13.9 million, of which €4.2 million for SEKAB E-Technology AB. Industry consortium led by Global

May 22, 2018 Read Full Article

EIB Launches Financing Initiative for Bioeconomy, Agriculture

(European Investment Bank/Biomass Magazine)  The European Investment Bank, the EU bank, announced the launch of a new financing initiative April 16

May 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Looking Back on Platts 7th Annual Geneva Biofuels Conference

(Biofuels International)  Struggles and triumphs of the biofuels industry were brought into sharp focus at the Platts 7th Annual Biofuels Conference in

May 17, 2018 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Aviation Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) SAF development in Europe.  An update on EU policy and initiatives by SkyNRG’s Oskar Meijerink

May 17, 2018 Read Full Article

This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land: European Biofuels and the Debate over the ‘Agreeable Corridor’

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) As Europe’s revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) plans are set into motion, disagreements about

May 16, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Biofuels in the Renewable Energy Directive: The Last Call

by Géraldine Kutas (The Parliament Magazine/Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA))  Ahead of this week’s RED II negotiations, Géraldine Kutas explains where policymakers

May 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Drop-in Fuels and Biomaterials: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Global Bioenergies

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Global Bioenergies is a pioneer in the development of one-step fermentation processes for the direct and

May 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Global Bioenergies and an Industrial Consortium Including Sekab, Neste Engineering Solutions, Repsol and SkyNRG Receive Major EU Funding to Demonstrate the Production of Isobutene-Derived Gasoline and Jetfuel from Wood

(Global Bioenergies)  European grant amounting to €13.9 million, of which €5.7 million for Global Bioenergies Industry consortium led by Global Bioenergies

May 14, 2018 Read Full Article

EU Low Carbon Fuels Conference Week, Part 2: Driving Capability with Flexibility

By Steve Bi* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Part one of this article addressed the first two consensuses emerging from international biofuels

May 11, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

NGOs Tell Commission to Listen to Science and Differentiate Biofuels

by Claire Stam (EurActiv)  A coalition of Czech and Slovak NGOs has called on the European Commission to draw a line in the Renewable

May 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Research and Innovation Perspective of the Mid-and Long-Term Potential for Advanced Biofuels in Europe

(EU Publications)  Research and Innovation (R&I) plays a central role in developing advanced biofuels technologies to help achieve the EU’s climate

May 9, 2018 Read Full Article

Bioenergy (Biofuels/Biomass) Low-Carbon Biofuels, Bioproducts Crucial to Two Degree Scenario

by Jessie Stolark (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  In April, the European Commission, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), below50, the Biofuture

May 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Drills and Pipelines May Pollute Our Climate but Words Will Break or Make Us

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Carbon is the backbone of the fossil-based economy and feedstock to a bio-based economy.

May 3, 2018 Read Full Article

To Meet Emission Reductions Objectives in Transport, Sustainable Renewable Fuels Are an Important Part of the Solution

(Methanol Institute/EIN Presswire)   The Methanol Institute (MI), the trade association representing the global methanol industry this week released a paper providing

May 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Ireland Increases Crop-Based Biofuel Transport Share, Provides ‘Business Certainty’

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv) Ireland’s environment ministry has decided to increase the crop-based biofuel share in transport to 10% from the

April 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Indonesian Oil Palm Smallholders Sue State over Subsidy to Biofuel Producers

(South Africa Today/Mongabay)  -A union of palm oil smallholders is challenging the allocation of a billion-dollar fund that they say

April 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Air Canada, Red Rock and SkyNRG Move forward on biofuel Initiatives While Air New Zealand Takes Longer View

(GreenAir Online)  … Canada’s Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI) is a three-year project between 14 stakeholder organisations, including Air Canada, which are

April 27, 2018 Read Full Article

UK Prioritizing Waste-Based Biofuels, but RTFO Revisions Possible: Official

by Chrysa Glystra (Platts)  The UK wants to push the country’s transition to waste-based biofuels, but some revisions are possible depending on

April 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Upgraded Aemetis Plant in India Completes Biodiesel Production Using Lower Cost, High FFA Waste Feedstock

(EconoTimes/Aemetis)  Pre-treatment Unit Passes First Production Tests Required to Supply BP Singapore Under Three-year Agreement  —  Aemetis, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMTX) announced today that its

April 26, 2018 Read Full Article

As Petroleum Prices, Demand Soars, US, EU Dither on Biofuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … US gasoline prices are at a three-year high, says CNBC. This time, the response has been

April 26, 2018 Read Full Article

A New Lithium War Is About To Begin

by James Stafford (OilPrice.com)  It’s the modern gold rush. Around the world, the most sought-after mineral isn’t a precious metal, nor

April 25, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Is the EU Killing the Magic Plant? The Emerging International Consensus on Low Carbon Fuels Takes Center Stage in (Spite of) Brussels

by Steve Bi* (Advanced Biofuels USA) At one of a series of bioenergy conferences in Brussels, April 10-12, 2018, some

April 25, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

UPM Biofuels Gains the World’s First RSB Low Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) Risk Certification for Its Feedstocks

(Globe Newswire)  UPM Biofuels’ continuous efforts for a more sustainable supply chain and operations has been recognized by the world’s first

April 25, 2018 Read Full Article

EPA Announces Biomass from Managed Forests Will Be Considered Carbon Neutral

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Georgia, in a meeting with members of the forestry community, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection

April 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Europe’s Renewables ‘Multipliers’ Only Subtract

by Emmanuel Desplechin (ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … They rely on “multipliers” that artificially inflate the contribution of certain renewables, while doing nothing

April 23, 2018 Read Full Article

BBI JU Announces a further € 115 Million of Funding to Boost the Development of EU’s Bio-Based Industries Sector DEADLINE: September 6, 2018

(BBI-Europe)  The BBI JU is the largest and most ambitious initiative ever launched in the EU to develop competitive and sustainable

April 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Messages from Brussels: More Biofuels for Transport Are Badly Needed and Can Be Produced Sustainably

(BioFuture Platform)  Several international initiatives and organizations met in Brussels to discuss the need and the ways to scale up

April 18, 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

Why We Need Ecological Biofuels

by Paloma López Bermejo (The Parliament Magazine)  We must establish concrete criteria for determining how sustainable growing, manufacturing, transporting and

April 17, 2018 Read Full Article

RED II Perpetuates Advanced Biofuel Trade Distortions and Incentivises Fraud

(Ethanol Europe Renewables/EurActiv) The Energy Directive (RED 2) transport decarbonisation ambitions ostensibly promote major capital investment in truly advanced biofuels

April 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Dumping Controversy Pushes German Producer to Cut Production

(Biofuels International)  German renewable fuel producer Natural Energy West is to reduce its biodiesel output by 50%. According to Reuters, the company is

April 12, 2018 Read Full Article

A New Tailor-Made Approach to Biofuels

(Phys.Org/CORDIS)  … Some microbes have natural structures called cellulosomes that contain cellulases, enzymes that break down cellulose efficiently into sugars. The

April 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Vivergo Fuels £350m Saltend Biofuel Plant in Hull Restarts after Four-Month Shut Down

by Henry Saker-Clark (Hull Daily Mail)  Vivergo Fuels stopped production in November putting 150 jobs at risk  —  A £350m Hull-based biofuel

April 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Weak Governance at UN Shipping Agency Delaying Action on Climate Change

(Transparency International Secretariat)  The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is at risk of unresolved conflicts of interest due to shortcomings in its

April 9, 2018 Read Full Article
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