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Forbes Reviving Old Food vs Fuel Debate in Light of E15

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, Forbes magazine is reviving the food vs. fuel debate by sourcing a 2015 publication by controversial researcher Timothy Searchinger from the World Resources Institute’s website.

October 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Don’t Buy Big Oil’s Lies On E15

(Urban Air Initiative)  It didn’t take long. Minutes after President Trump announced he wanted to see E15 sold year round, the anti ethanol messages started. As President Trump himself said“ethanol makes the

October 12, 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

Renewable Fuel Standards Boosts Air Quality

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/My San Antonio)  The Express-News Editorial Board recently missed the mark, claiming that the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS, is bad policy. The RFS has boosted

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Activists Protest Biofuels outside UN Meeting on Climate Change in Bangkok

(Latin American Herald Tribune)  Activists condemned on Wednesday biofuels at a protest in front of the United Nations headquarters in Bangkok, where an international conference on climate change is being held.

September 6, 2018 Read Full Article

High Feedstock Prices Hardly Reached Consumers

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP)) The scarcity of supply of agricultural feedstock due to drought-related declines in yield had little impact on consumer prices. The main factors

September 3, 2018 Read Full Article

First AD Plant Certified under New Performance Scheme

(Bioenergy Insight)  A food waste-to-energy plant in Wiltshire has become the first in England to be certified under the Anaerobic Digestion Certification Scheme (ADCS). The Bore Hill Farm Biodigester in Warminster,

August 7, 2018 Read Full Article

We Can Feed the World if We Change Our Ways

(Lancaster University)  Current crop yields could provide nutritious food for the projected 2050 global population, but only if we make radical changes to our dietary choices, a new study shows. Researchers

August 1, 2018 Read Full Article

2G Ethanol Overcoming Tech Glitches, Competitive with Oil at $70

by Marcelo Teixeira  (Reuters)  Second-generation ethanol production is overcoming the technical difficulties that had slowed its development and is now seen as commercially competitive with oil prices near $70 per barrel,

July 31, 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, hallmark-of-Scandinavia, hyper-modern structures in downtown Copenhagen. The city provided the

July 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Protein, Protein: The Bioeconomy’s Latest Technology Fad Is, Actually, a Pivot Back to an Ancient and Enduring Concern

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Protein has become the answer to almost every question. How will you achieve scale? Protein. How will you make money? Protein. What will save the world?

July 6, 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 ethanol, is flexible to be used to convert different feedstocks

May 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Duckweed Redux: Are Duckweed’s Ducks Finally in a Row for Protein, Fuels and More?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, Greenbelt Resources Corporation and Duckweed DAYS commenced their inaugural Duckweed Project to commercialize the duckweed model developed by the Andrew J. Young Foundation. Tests conducted during

May 3, 2018 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 RSB (Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials) low ILUC (indirect land use

April 25, 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 to help the climate. Double counting electrified rail transport or

April 23, 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 low carbon fuels in transport. The international conference, titled “The role

April 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Your Regular Audi Could Run on Straw Soon

by Francois De Beaupuy and Ania Nussbaum  (Bloomberg)  Global Bioenergies looks to extract fuels from non-food crops; Unlike ethanol, fuel works in any engine in high concentration  —  A German luxury carmaker and a

April 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Isobutanol’s Horizons: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Gevo

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Gevo has two proprietary technologies that combine to make it possible to retrofit existing ethanol plants to produce isobutanol, a four carbon alcohol which serves as

April 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Energy Entrepreneur Proposes Hibiscus Farm at Molokai Ranch

(Associated Press/Honolulu Star Advertiser) An energy entrepreneur has proposed purchasing the Molokai Ranch and turning part of it into a farm for hibiscus that would be used for bio-fuel. Andres De

March 30, 2018 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

John Abraham, in an article in The Guardian, notes, “Biofuels can help solve climate change, especially with a carbon tax  —  We’re not yet optimizing biofuel production for both economic and

March 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels Can Help Solve Climate Change, Especially with a Carbon Tax

by John Abraham (The Guardian)  Biofuels can help solve climate change, especially with a carbon tax  —  We’re not yet optimizing biofuel production for both economic and environmental factors …  These are great

March 15, 2018 Read Full Article

NZ Could Forge a Green Transport Fuels Future

(Scion/Scoop)  Study proves New Zealand could forge a green transport fuels future  —  New Zealand could build a renewable low-carbon transport fuels industry – but only if the nation decides to act.

February 27, 2018 Read Full Article

The H2020-Funded Project greenGain Was Successfully Completed

(International Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e. V)  The project greenGain was funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union for research, technological development and demonstration under Grant Agreement

February 27, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

S. African Biofuel Plan May Boost Sorghum Sixfold, Grain Says

by Carli Lourens (Bloomberg)  South Africa’s proposed mandatory blending of biofuels with gasoline and diesel may signal the start of a biofuels industry and boost sorghum output sixfold, an economist at the

February 19, 2018 Read Full Article

10 Years After: Advanced Biofuels’ Status, Opportunities and Challenges

by Lorenz Bauer (Lee Enterprises Consulting/Biofuels Digest)   In 2007 the US government established a national strategy for the development of advanced biofuels made using non-edible biomass. After 10 years we

February 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Despite EU Palm Oil Ban, Biofuel Problems Will Continue

(Deutsche Welle) Members of the European Parliament have rejected an attempt to phase out support for crop-based biofuels. So what’s next in the food versus fuel debate? — … The legislative shift,

January 24, 2018 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 mean that supply on international markets is more than sufficient.

January 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Pressure Builds for Trump to Change Federal Ethanol Mandate

by Debra J. Saunders (Tampa Bay Newspapers)  … But now free-market conservative groups and oil-state Republicans are pushing the administration to cut the corn cord. For Ken Cuccinelli of the conservative

January 20, 2018 Read Full Article

A New Catalyst to Produce the Biodiesel of the Future

(FGUSAL/DICYT)  Researchers at the University of Salamanca test a catalyst to produce biodiesel more efficiently and economically in accordance with the requirements imposed by the regulations for the coming years — 

December 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Perspectives on Biofuels in Sub-Saharan Africa

by Susan van Dyk, Emile van Zyl, Brett Pletschke (International Energy Agency Bioenergy Task 39)  This short contribution provides some perspectives on opportunities for biofuel production on the African continent. Africa has

December 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Can the European Union Afford to Phase Out Conventional Biofuels?

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  On November 7th, 2017, industrial experts, leaders and policy makers alike met for the 20th Annual World Ethanol & Biofuels Conference held in Brussels,

December 13, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Brazilian Ethanol Can Replace 13.7 Percent of World’s Crude Oil Consumption

( São Paulo Research Foundation – FAPESP/EurekAlert!)  Expansion of sugarcane cultivation for biofuel in areas not under environmental protection or reserved for food production could also reduce global emissions of carbon

November 30, 2017 Read Full Article

Rockin’ the Cassava: The Shareef Don’t Like It but Nigeria Does

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Nigeria, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kebbi State Government to build an 84 million litres per annum capacity fuel-ethanol

November 27, 2017 Read Full Article

Australian Researchers Lead Way in Developing Sustainable Biofuel Technology

by Cecilia Connell (ABC News)  An Australian-first biofuel demonstration facility in the New South Wales Hunter Valley has been touted as a game-changer in the food versus fuel debate, that has

November 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Does Regulating Indirect Land Use Change Work? The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to ILUC Reform

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.

November 20, 2017 Read Full Article

RFA: Record Corn Yield Underscores RFS Success

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)  Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture raised its average corn yield estimate to 175.4 bushels per acre, which if holds, would be a new record.

November 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Divided on Biofuel Phase-Out, Parliament Looks for Compromise

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

November 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Clariant Eyes Expansion into China’s Growing Biofuel Market

(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

November 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Stop Me if You’ve Heard This Before — Kathleen Hartnett White’s Nomination

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

November 7, 2017 Read Full Article

EU Renewables Directive Sparks Mixed Feelings among Players

(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

November 7, 2017 Read Full Article

New Method Makes Bioethanol from Waste — in Existing Plants

(Science Daily/University of Borås)  … Ramkumar Nair tells us that these research and pilots project where waste is used are called the second generation ethanol processes, whereas the current industrial production

October 31, 2017 Read Full Article

Ending Food Waste Not Biofuels Should Be Food Security Priority

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

October 30, 2017 Read Full Article

Good Day for Bioenergy, Bad Day for Crop-Based Biofuels, as European Parliament’s Environment Committee Votes on RED II Proposals

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

October 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Opinion: Biofuels Sustainable, Essential To Aviation’s Future

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

October 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Marketing Sustainability: How Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs) Are Planning to Take Flight

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

October 19, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Argentina’s Biodiesel Plagued by Commercial and Environmental Challenges

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

October 18, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuels International 2017 Conference in Edinburgh – A Peek into EU’s Biofuel Industry and Policy Outlook

  Biofuels International 2017 Conference in Edinburgh – A Peek into EU’s Biofuel Industry and Policy Outlook

by Aino Siirala* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The 10th Biofuels International Conference and Expo took place in Edinburgh this year. The conference was co-located with Bioenergy Insight 2017 conference which gave

October 16, 2017 Read Full Article

MEP: ‘Sustainable’ Biofuels and E-Mobility Both Needed in Post-2020 EU Transport

by Sarantis Michalopoulos  (Euractiv)  This article is part of our special report Phasing-out biofuels: What’s really at stake?. If the EU intends to meet its climate obligations under the Paris Agreement,

October 4, 2017 Read Full Article

A Sticky Matter: Sugar Molasses Dent EU’s Ambitions on Advanced Biofuels

by Paola Tamma (EurActiv)  Sugar molasses, which the European Commission sees as “advanced” biofuel, present many of the same problems as conventional biofuels – including a potential increase in food prices and

October 4, 2017 Read Full Article

China Will Not Rely on Corn Imports for Bioethanol Plan

(Xinhua)  China’s plan to increase the use of bioethanol gasoline will not have a significant impact on the grain market, and it would be unrealistic for the country to import large

October 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Visegrad and Balkans Hit out at Commission over Biofuels Phase-Out Proposal

by Sarantis Michalopoulos  (Euractiv)  The Visegrad group and two Balkan countries signed a joint declaration urging the European Commission to reconsider its proposal to gradually phase out first generation biofuels after

September 25, 2017 Read Full Article

New Study Relaunches Controversy about Biofuels and Food Prices

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (Euractiv)  A new study commissioned by environmental NGOs found that the production of first generation biofuels has driven up food prices in Europe, running counter to the

September 18, 2017 Read Full Article

Interview — Growing Food or Fuel on Our Land?

(European Environment Agency)  Only a decade ago, biofuel production from plants was hailed as an ecological alternative to fossil fuels. Recently, it has come to be seen as competing with

August 31, 2017 Read Full Article

Academic Study: Biodiesel Benefits Under-Valued for Years

(National Biodiesel Board)  A new academic paper published in Biotechnology for Biofuels shows biodiesel’s benefits are even better than previous models suggest. Updated modeling from Purdue University suggests the advantage of using

August 30, 2017 Read Full Article

A Refresher on Ethanol’s Many Benefits

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association)  … For starters, ethanol helps reduce air pollution and cut greenhouse gas emissions. According to a January analysis by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, corn-based

August 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Solar Plants Take Root on Farms

by Jeremy Deaton (Nexus Media) … Many are leasing their fields to solar developers in need of flat land clear of trees and other obstructions. This practice has become so popular

August 22, 2017 Read Full Article

EU’s Biofuels U-Turn Is Final Nail in Coffin of Irish Sugar

by Dick Roche (Irish Examiner)  When it was enacted in 2009, the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive was seen as a progressive step towards meeting Europe’s climate change targets ….  —

August 7, 2017 Read Full Article

House Committee Debates Future Federal Support of Biofuels

by Sara Taginawa (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  On Tuesday, July 25, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing examining the future of biofuels and the Renewable

July 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Is It the End or Just the Beginning for Jatropha?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In Botswana, jatropha’s adventures are just beginning according to the Ministry of Minerals Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security’s advisor, Freddie Motlhatlhedi. He was referring to a

July 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Biofuel Potential in Southeast Asia: Raising Food Yields, Reducing Food Waste and Utilising Residues

(International Renewable Energy Agency) Southeast Asia has considerable resources to produce liquid biofuels sustainably, using biomass feedstocks that would not cause carbon-dioxide emissions or interfere with food supply. Fulfilling the region’s

July 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Corn Farmers, Biofuels Have More to Offer

by Mark Sponsler (Colorado Corn/Journal-Advocate)  … Oxygenating gasoline is required under Clean Air Act amendments, and ethanol — with its clean-burning

July 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Biofuels Can Benefit the Environment if Managed Correctly

(Phys.Org/Michigan State University)  Could cellulosic biofuels – or liquid energy derived from grasses and wood – become a green fuel

June 30, 2017 Read Full Article

Biomass and Biofuels in the EU: Emotion-Based Policymaking?

by Francis X. Johnson (Stockholm Environment Institute/Euractiv)  The European Commission’s tinkering on biomass policy effectively promotes oil over economically viable and

June 29, 2017 Read Full Article

UPM Tests Carinata Sequential Cropping Concept as Part of Biofuels Future Development

(UPM)  UPM Biofuels is developing a new feedstock concept by growing Brassica Carinata as a sequential crop in South America.

June 29, 2017 Read Full Article

ALTERNATE ENERGY: Ethanol: It’s Just Plain Corny

by James Bobreski (Finger Lakes Times)  … Ethanol is the alcohol in our beer that we enjoy at a ball game, a

June 26, 2017 Read Full Article

FAO Official: Food-Based Biofuels Not Necessarily Bad

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EURACTIV)  Brazil demonstrates that sugar cane cultivation can supply both food and ethanol for fuel without harming

June 12, 2017 Read Full Article

RFS Has Been ‘Tremendous Success’ Since Adoption, According to RFA Analysis

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)  More than a decade after the original renewable fuel standard (RFS) was signed into

June 7, 2017 Read Full Article

GRFA: Ethanol Production Does Not Drive Food Prices

(Global Renewable Fuels Alliance/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance recently released a new chart showing opposite trends in

June 1, 2017 Read Full Article

Free Trade Needed to Maximize Biofuels’ Benefit

by Bliss Baker (Global Renewable Fuels Alliance/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … The recent rise of economic populist and protectionist language used in

May 25, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Expert: Biofuels Tug-of-War Is an EU Invention

by  Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv)  The conflict between second and first generation biofuels – depicted as good and bad for the

May 15, 2017 Read Full Article

Bangladesh Slammed for Plan to Promote Ethanol Fuel

(The Rakyat Post)  Bangladesh plans to begin turning some of the grain it produces into ethanol to make its fuel

May 1, 2017 Read Full Article

Uncovering The Gas Roots of Contemporary Ethanol Opposition

by Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel)  … Faced with some actual governmental actions that were detrimental to gasoline/diesel dominance, instead

April 26, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Petrobras Opposes Brazil Plan to Boost Biofuels after Selloff

by Marcelo Teixeira (Reuters/NASDAQ) Brazil’s state-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA <PETR4.SA> has expressed strong opposition to a government-led program to increase

April 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Letter: Diversify Michigan Energy

by Bruce Dale (Detroit News)  Regarding “Renewable Fuel Standard has failed, April 16,” Prof. Wolfram has failed to do his

April 25, 2017 Read Full Article

Europe Needs More Than Words to Decarbonize Transport

by Emmanuel Desplechin (ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  ePURE’s secretary general outlines the European ethanol organization’s discussion points in the face of Commission

April 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Guest View: Corn Is for Food, Not Fuel

by Stanford L. Levin (The Southern)  …  If corn were used for food instead of for ethanol, two beneficial things

April 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Biotechnology: Disrupting the Global Asset Classes of National Security

by Jim Lane (BiofuelsDigest)  …  For any society, an even more perfect class of technology assets would allow us to

April 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Grains Piled on Runways, Parking Lots, Fields Amid Global Glut

by P.J. Huffstutter and Karl Plume (Reuters)  … World stockpiles of corn and wheat are at record highs. From Iowa to

April 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Global Bioethanol Market Expected to Reach $9,544 Million by 2022

(Allied Market Research)  According to a new report published by Allied Market Research, titled, “Bioethanol Market: Global Opportunity Analysis and

April 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Alliance Bio-Products, Inc. Comments on Emerging Bioethanol Market Opportunity as It Commercializes Its Cellulose to Sugar Technology Process

(Alliance Bio-Products)  The company’s patented CTS process presents a viable option for growing biofuel production efforts with its ability to

April 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Textbook: Biofuels and Bioenergy

edited by John Love and John A.  Bryant (Wiley-Blackwell)  With increased public and scientific attention driven by factors such as

April 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Fighting Misinformation One Fact at a Time

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  RFA’s president and CEO highlights key facts from the organization’s annual industry

March 30, 2017 Read Full Article

Five Things You Need to Know about the ‘Food vs Fuel’ Debate

by Emmanuel Desplechin (Politico/ePURE)  The European Commission wants to phase out the use of crop-based biofuels in Europe, even though

March 28, 2017 Read Full Article

The Long Road to Cellulosic Ethanol

by Stephanie Mercier (Farm Journal Foundation/AgWeb)  This blog will present the author’s perspective on a wide range of timely agricultural policy

March 24, 2017 Read Full Article

EU Sees ‘Strategic Advantage’ of Biofuels in Aviation

by Hannah Black and Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv)  In sectors like aviation where decarbonisation options are limited, there is a strategic

March 13, 2017 Read Full Article

Groups Call Food-vs.-Fuel Fight Truce

by Todd Neeley (DTN The Progressive Farmer)  … Now, representatives of two ag groups previously at odds over the RFS say

February 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Benefits ‘Global Food System’ as GHG Profile Improves

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  The food and livestock industries have railed against biofuels for years, based on the argument

February 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Letter to Editor: Allow RFS to Work

by Mark Drewes (The Courier)  The irony of a recent letter from a think tank policy analyst was compelling. In a

February 8, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Trump Puts US Food, Farm Companies on Edge over Mexico Trade

by Tom Polansek, Mark Weinraub and Frank Jack Daniel (Channel NewsAsia’World-Grain.com)  U.S. food producers and shippers are trying to speed

February 3, 2017 Read Full Article

A Proven Biodiesel Process Technology Track Record

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  On BDI-BioEnergy International’s 20-year anniversary, Biodiesel Magazine takes a look back at the company’s beginnings,

January 23, 2017 Read Full Article

How a Biofuels Phase-Out Would Hit Europe’s Struggling Farmers

by Mark Chesworth (Vivergo Fuels/Politico)  Growers in the EU are helping meet climate and energy goals. Don’t abandon them now

January 23, 2017 Read Full Article

New UN Report Shows Food vs Fuel Fallacy

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  A new report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) finds that food prices

January 17, 2017 Read Full Article

Toray to Make Biofuel Feedstock from Sugar Cane in Thailand

(Nikkei Asian Review)  Japanese company’s tech can cut costs at planned processing plant  —  Toray Industries looks to tap sugar cane

January 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Food Prices Merrier as Biodiesel Production Grows

(National Biodiesel Board)  USDA data show cost of food has declined  —  As Americans set the table for another holiday

December 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Opposition Wants Biofuels Bill Start Date Staggered

by Mary Karugaba  (New Vision)  Staggering the commencement date would help government build capacity. —  … Presenting the opposition’s views on the

December 20, 2016 Read Full Article

World Petroleum Council Guide to Biofuels

(World Petroleum Council)  ‘Biofuels’ will be the 6th in the series of the WPC’s educational guides and will focus on

December 20, 2016 Read Full Article

Ethanol an Efficient Fuel for the Nation

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/The Intelligencer  Wheeling News-Register)  … Food price inflation has averaged just 2.6 percent annually since

December 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Welch Outlines Ethanol Reform Agenda for New Congress

(Vermont Business Magazine) … Welch (Representative Peter Welch (D-VT))  will reintroduce the bipartisan Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Reform Act, which

December 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Commission ‘Dangerously’ Out of Touch with Reality on Biofuels

by Dick Roche (EurActiv/Pannonia Ethanol)   A response delivered by Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete in the European Parliament last week demonstrates

December 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Commission’s Flip-Flop on Biofuels Puts at Risk Tens of Thousands of Jobs

by Patrick Kent (Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers’ Association/Euractiv)  The key element of this renewable energy plan is that the

December 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry No Longer Gets Federal Incentives

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/News-Leader)  The production of ethanol does not use food-based feedstocks, and the U.S. ethanol industry has

December 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Forecasts of Algae Food Products Demonstrate Significant Reductions in Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Water Use

(Bentley University/PR Newswire)  Bentley University research fellow Michael J. Walsh leads study finding algae food to have potential to mitigate

December 5, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Going to Graceland: Cargill, Calysta Select Tennessee for Methane-to-Feed Project

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Minnesota, Cargill and Calysta revealed that they will co-create the world’s largest gas fermentation

December 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Busting the Mythology of Food vs. Fuel

by Jeff Rice (Journal-Advocate) Making ethanol doesn’t rob the hungry of needed nutrition …  Ethanol has long been recognized as an

November 30, 2016 Read Full Article

EU Considering Halving Crop-Based Biofuels by 2030: Draft

by Robert-Jan Bartunek, Sybille de La Hamaide and Alissa de Carbonnel (Reuters)  The European Commission is considering halving the maximum

November 30, 2016 Read Full Article

ICSA Slams Latest EU Commission Leaked Proposals on Biofuels

(Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association) … According to Mr Kent (ICSA president Patrick Kent), this strategy flies in the face

November 30, 2016 Read Full Article

Food Security Benefits Found in African Biofuels Production

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Biofuels operations under the right conditions can lead to improved household food security in

November 18, 2016 Read Full Article

The Facts Show We Don’t Have to Choose between ‘Food versus Fuel’

by Jim Talent (The Hill/Americans for Energy Security and Innovation)  According to the Wall Street Journal, the “U.S. is on

November 17, 2016 Read Full Article

New Report Knocks the Stuffing Out of ‘Food vs. Fuel’ Turkeys

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Millions of Americans preparing for Thanksgiving next week are undoubtedly noticing that dinner will cost less than

November 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Not Energy Independent, Yet

by Rick Uldricks and Hudson Councilman Casey Weinstein (Twinsburg Patch) In truth, when it comes to energy security, there is good news

November 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Loran Schmit: Ethanol Has Been Good for Nebraska

by Loran Schmit (Omaha World-Herald)  In 1971, Nebraska state senators championed legislation to establish the nation’s first state ethanol development program.

November 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Oxfam Report Exposes EU Lobby Firepower of Biofuel Industry behind Destructive Bioenergy Policy

(Oxfam)  The European Union must overhaul its current bioenergy policy, which is based on getting fuel from plants, because the

November 7, 2016 Read Full Article

New Bioprocessing Tech Moves Us from “Food vs Fuels” to “Food, then Fuel”

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today, let’s consider a more compelling way to process a corn plant so that we

October 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Commission Admits Policing Biofuels According to Public Opinion

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv)  The European Commission’s proposal for a gradual phase-out of conventional biofuels was based on public opinion, an

October 14, 2016 Read Full Article

Letter to the Editor: Fixing the RFS Pothole

by David Uible (Clermont County Commissioner/Clermont County GOP/The Clermont Sun)  … On principle, I believe in free markets, and in keeping the

October 13, 2016 Read Full Article

USGC: US Feed Grains Exports to Mexico Soar in 2015-‘16

(U.S. Grains Council)  A recent U.S. Grains Council Chart of Note shows the standout performance of U.S. exports of U.S.

October 3, 2016 Read Full Article

China Set to Export Corn, Threatening Global Market: Sources

by  Dominique Patton (Reuters)  China has given approval to at least two companies to export corn, trading sources said, in

October 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Pakistan-Based Trade Organisation Calls for Worldwide Ban on Biofuels Production

(Biofuels International)  The Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders (ICST) has called for a worldwide ban on biofuels production, claiming that

September 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Answers to Your Questions about Renewables and the Advanced Bioeconomy

by Jim Lane and Ron Cascone (Biofuels Digest/NEXANT)  Recently, we held a popular webinar on Renewables and the Advanced Bioeconomy with

September 22, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Reconciling Food Security and Bioenergy: Priorities for Action

by Keith L. Kline, Siwa Msangi, Virginia H. Dale, Jeremy Woods, Glaucia M. Souza, Patricia Osseweijer, Joy S. Clancy, Jorge A. Hilbert, Francis X. Johnson, Patrick C. McDonnell, Harriet K.

September 12, 2016 Read Full Article

The EU Aims for Bioeconomy Perfect, by Tossing out the Good

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (T)he EU has put itself on a fast-track to limit, if not abandon, first-generation

September 12, 2016 Read Full Article

Baseline Report of Clean Cooking Fuels in the East African Community

(Project Gaia)  Ethanol fuel production represents a significant opportunity for economic and social development in the East African Community (EAC) region.

September 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Food Price Deflation Cheers Consumers, Hurts Farmers, Grocers and Restaurants

by Heather Haddon and Julie Jargon (The Wall Street Journal)  The U.S. is on track this year to post the

August 31, 2016 Read Full Article

Misguided Energy Mandates Fueling Higher Prices

by Nicolas Loris (The Heritage Foundation/The Intelligencer) … President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005 into law and

August 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Interactive Workshop on Biomass Feedstocks – After the End of the Sugar Quota — September 8, 2016 — Cologne/Bonn Airport, Germany

  Interactive Workshop on Biomass Feedstocks – After the End of the Sugar Quota   —   September 8, 2016   —   Cologne/Bonn Airport, Germany

The European Union is the world’s biggest producer of beet sugar and the principal importer of raw cane sugar for

August 12, 2016 Read Full Article

NCC Calls for Further Reduction of 2017 Ethanol Levels

(National Chicken Council)  The National Chicken Council (NCC) strongly supports efforts to create a more reasonable and sustainable approach to

July 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Report: Simplistic Global Analyses that Blame Biofuels for Food Insecurity Mislead the Public

(Global Renewable Fuels Alliance)  A new report, titled Reconciling Food Security and Bioenergy: Priorities for Action, challenges previous studies that

July 15, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Global Food Prices Set to Stagnate as Population Growth Slowing

by Manisha Jha and Isis Almeida (Bloomberg)  World population growth to slow to 1% a year over next decade; Food demand growth expected

July 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuel Standard Helps Keep Summer Fuel Prices Low

(Convenience Store Decisions)  High-octane ethanol gasoline blends are helping American’s to enjoy low fuel prices this summer. The Renewable Fuel Standard

July 6, 2016 Read Full Article

How Biofuels Can Help Break Up Big Oil’s Marketshare Monopoly

by Bob Dinneen (Morning Consult)  … In 2015, 14.8 billion gallons of ethanol was produced, supporting 85,967 direct jobs, while net

July 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Seaweed Gains Ground as a Pillar of Food Security in South America

by Orlando Milesi (Inter Press Service)  Seaweed, a nutrient-rich foodstuff that was a regular part of the diet of several South

July 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Renewable Biofuels Are Vital to an All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy

by William Feehery (The Hill/DuPont Industrial Biosciences)   … One of the most vital and immediate tools at our disposal in

July 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Biodiesel (Charts and Graphs Included!)

by Jeremy Martin (Union of Concerned Scientists)  Most discussions about biofuels center on ethanol, but biodiesel—a diesel-substitute made from vegetable

June 23, 2016 Read Full Article

‘Fleet Footprint’ Event Hosted by Amerigreen Energy This Spring

(Amerigreen Energy/Biodiesel Magazine)  Amerigreen Energy, in conjunction with Clean Cities of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, hosted “The Fleet Footprint Event: Emissions Requirements and

June 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Reconciling Food Security and Bioenergy: Priorities for Action

by Keith L. Kline, Siwa Msangi, Virginia H. Dale, Jeremy Woods, Glaucia M. Souza, Patricia Osseweijer, Joy S. Clancy, Jorge A. Hilbert, Francis X. Johnson, Patrick C. McDonnell, Harriet K. Mugera

June 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Biodiesel and False Dichotomy: Why Fill the Tank with Energy Derived from Soy Does Not Compete with Food

(iProfessional (Goggle Translation)  In recent months, the oil price rose 30%. This rekindled the debate about the impact of this

June 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Point/Counterpoint: Is It Time for Greens To Reassess Their Opposition to Ethanol?

by Senator Timothy Wirth and C. Boyden Gray (Yale Environment 360)  The criticism of ethanol by environmentalists is misguided and

May 28, 2016 Read Full Article

Sub-$2/Gallon Biobased Hydrocarbon Fuels Head for Diesel-Hungry India

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  India’s SunLight Fuels licenses IH2 Technology for hydrocarbon transportation fuels from agricultural waste  —  In

May 25, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Workshop In Japan Aims To Dispel Myths On U.S. Ethanol GHGs

(U.S. Grains Council)  The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and its industry partners sought to dispel myths about U.S. ethanol and

May 20, 2016 Read Full Article

Flying High with Algae

(James Cook University)  A native freshwater algae grown in northern Australia can be used to create a high-quality, renewable jet

April 29, 2016 Read Full Article

Earth Gen-Biofuel Plans Expanded Operations for Renewable Energy Castor Bean Crop

(Digital Journal/Marketwired/Earth Gen-BioFuel)  Earth Gen-BioFuel (OTC PINK: EGBB), “EarthGen” or “the Company,” today announced that it has finalized plans for

April 28, 2016 Read Full Article

Algae & CCS: Incremental Heroes

(Algae Biomass Organization)  As we noted in a recent post, Carbon Balance and Management journal published a study in late

April 25, 2016 Read Full Article

UK Government Would Probably Abandon Biomass Policy If Not Committed to It by EU law, MPs Say

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  A cross-party group of MPs has said that the UK government would probably abandon the EU’s

April 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Make Haste with Waste

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (W)hen you compare them to homogenized, uniform, high-yield, purpose-grown energy crops. residues may be

April 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Germans Give Thumbs up to Biofuels

(Biofuels International)  More than two thirds of Germans view biofuels in a positive light, a new study suggests.  The representative

April 5, 2016 Read Full Article

Biofuel Producers with Poor Soil Should Consider Prairie Cordgrass

by Lauren Quinn (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Salt-affected land is not useful for producing food crops, but biomass producers could

April 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative Collaborating with Comet Biorefining to Develop Agricultural Biomass Supply Chain

(Comet Biorefining)  Cellulosic Sugar Producers Cooperative, an Ontario-based farmer’s cooperative, confirms that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding

April 4, 2016 Read Full Article

US Agency Sets Sights on Grass in Bid to Make a Better Biofuel

by Suzanne Goldenberg (The Guardian)  Arpa-E project deploys drones and robots to breed fast-growing, drought-resistant and greener biofuel from sorghum

March 21, 2016 Read Full Article

Fuel vs. Food? A New Study from a UVA Environmental Scientist and Colleagues Shows about a Third of the World’s Malnourished Population Could Be Fed by Using Resources Now Used for Biofuel Production.

by Fariss Samarrai (University of Virginia)  As strategies for energy security, investment opportunities and energy policies prompt ever-growing production and

March 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Putting Corn in Your Car Isn’t as Crazy as It Sounds

by Nathanael Johnson (Grist)  When I first looked at the environmental impact of corn ethanol I thought it was simple:

February 23, 2016 Read Full Article
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