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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

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

Sustainable Intensification: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to More Biomass for Bioenergy without Imposing iLUC

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Sustainable intensification of agricultural systems in combination with biorefinery processing can produce more biomass for bioenergy without imposing iLUC. That’s the topic of this illuminating overview

October 10, 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

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

EPA Hasn’t Told the Whole Story of the Benefits of Biofuels

by Byron Dorgan (Arent Fox LLP/National Biodiesel Board/The Hill)  … A recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report released to Congress on the environmental and resource conservation impacts of biofuel production deliberately misses the mark

July 24, 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

Biofuels and the Environment: Second Triennial Report to Congress

(Environmental Protection Agency)  This report is the second of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) triennial reports to Congress required under the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA). EISA Section 204

July 2, 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 (SAF) in Europe. The four-year BIO4A initiative will also investigate

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 binding renewable energy target for 2030 of 32% with a

June 25, 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 fighting climate change   —  Negotiators from the European Parliament, Council and

June 15, 2018 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 development of markets to the entry of ancillary products and

June 7, 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

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 how biofuels are treated in the newly proposed legislation have

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 are getting it wrong on biofuels – and how they

May 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Lawrence Solomon: Even Environmentalists Tell Trudeau His Ethanol Plan Is Terrible

by Lawrence Solomon (Financial Post)  Henry Waxman, the U.S. congressman who pushed to cut tailpipe emissions in 2007, is among those who now say biofuels like corn ethanol and soy biodiesel are

May 14, 2018 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 Energy Directive revision (RED II) between more sustainable ethanol and

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 Platform, and the ART Fuels Forum formally expressed the sense

May 7, 2018 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 combination of hearty guffaws, inward chuckles and solemn nods greeted

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 RSB (Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials) low ILUC (indirect land use

April 25, 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

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 breakthrough technologies. However, the Directive will not generate meaningful advanced

April 17, 2018 Read Full Article

RED II – Europe’s €25 Billion Blunder

by Dick Roche (EURACTIV)  … Investments worth billions have already been written off as a result of EU U-turns on biofuels. The half-billion Euro Vivergo plant, at one point the largest

March 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Questions Raised over EU’s Proposed Advanced Biofuels List

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv)  Not all second-generation biofuels listed by the European Commission are sustainable, critics warn, urging policymakers to use the indirect land use change (ILUC) factor to “clean up”

March 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Stands Its Ground, Won’t Back Down: New B20 Vehicles, Emissions Cuts, Highlight NBC 2018

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The makers of the world’s favorite advanced biofuel — a/k/a the biodiesel industry — descended upon Texas to mingle, make and renew ties at the 2018

February 7, 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

Global Grain Production Mainly Used For Food, Not Fuel

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  There’s no shortage of food in the world because of biofuel production, a new report says. A new report from the Union For The Promotion Of Oil And

January 30, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Europe’s Polarized Transport Future: A Shift in Biofuel Quality

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On January 22, 2018, the 15th International Conference on Renewable Mobility titled “Fuels of the Future” was opened up by a discussion with Members

January 29, 2018 0 comment 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

Legal GHG Reduction Requirement for Biofuels Rises to 50 Percent

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants, UFOP) (google translation))  The Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) recalls

January 22, 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

US Government Report Strengthens Consensus on Biodiesel Benefits

(National Biodiesel Board)  Argonne National Laboratory, US Dept. of Agriculture, and Purdue University affirm impressive emissions reductions  —  A new study on biodiesel’s lifecycle energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission effects updates

January 22, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Commission Tells Malaysia Proposed Biofuel Policy Respects WTO Rules

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv)  The European Commission’s proposal for the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive is in compliance with the EU’s commitments under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, Commission

January 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Regulating Indirect Land Use Carbon Emissions Carries Cost to Consumers

by Deborah Gertz Husar (Herald-Whig) … University of Illinois agricultural economist Madhu Khanna said the low-carbon fuel standard creates incentives to switch to low-carbon advanced biofuels, but including the indirect effect

December 30, 2017 Read Full Article

EU Energy Council Agreement Sends Mixed Messages on Renewables

(The EU Biodiesel Chain)  On Dec. 18, the EU Energy Ministers agreed on the Council General Approach for the post-2020 EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II). The EU Biodiesel Chain welcomes

December 27, 2017 Read Full Article

Limited Progress in Calculation of ILUC Effects from Biofuel Production, Study Finds

(Biofuels International)  Researchers have carried out systematic analysis of the latest scientific evidence on indirect land use change (ILUC) greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of biofuels and bioliquids. Experts

December 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Commission’s Biofuels Proposal May Kill Future Investment, Industry Warns

by Samuel White (EurActiv)  The biofuels industry has hit out at the European Commission’s proposal to reduce the cap on crop-based biofuels in the EU’s transport fuel mix, saying it would undermine

November 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Technology Key to Ensuring Sustainable Bioenergy and Biofuel Production

(EU Science Hub)  Bioenergy is the most common renewable energy source in Europe – and it’s expected to continue to make up a significant part of the energy mix in the

November 27, 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

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

EP Committee on Environment Denies Prospects for Domestic Biofuels

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants)  The Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) expresses its disappointment in the result of the vote in the

October 29, 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

Four Swedish NGOs Write MEPs Demanding a Shift in Biofuels Policy

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

October 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Shift to Sustainable Food System in Europe Is Possible, but Faces Challenges

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

October 19, 2017 Read Full Article

More than Half of EU Biodiesel Made from Imported Crops, Study Finds

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

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

Parliament Debate Debunks Misconceptions on #Biodiesel Carbon Savings and Benefits

(EU Reporter)  Ahead of key votes on the post-2020 EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) in the ITRE, ENVI and TRAN Committees of the European Parliament (EP), EU Biodiesel Chain held

October 6, 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

UK Department for Transport Announces Biofuel Reforms

(NNFCC Ltd./Biodiesel Magazine)  Following years of policy uncertainty and market stagnation, the U.K.’s Department for Transport has announced its intention to raise the target under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation,

September 20, 2017 Read Full Article

The People’s Fuel

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Biodiesel is the people’s advanced biofuel, but it is not always the Establishment’s darling.  Whether it is cleaner air, more lubricity, more advanced domestic manufacturing

September 1, 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

Waste Not Want Not: Understanding the Greenhouse Gas Implications of Diverting Waste and Residual Materials to Biofuel Production

(International Council on Clean Transportation) … Indirect emissions can also result from the use of waste and residual materials for biofuel production. For example, fatty acid distillates from palm oil refining

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

EU Renewable Energy Policy Undermined by Lack of Transparency and Unsubstantiated Assumptions

(Impact Assessment Institute)  The Impact Assessment Institute (IAI) has scrutinised in detail the Impact Assessments accompanying the European Commission legislative proposal for a directive on the use of energy from

July 21, 2017 Read Full Article

MEPs Ask Commission to Distinguish ‘Good and Bad’ Crop-Based Biofuels

by Sarantis Michalopoulos  (EurActiv)  The European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee endorsed on Thursday (29 June) its opinion on the European Strategy for Low Emission Mobility,

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 sustainable biofuels …  —  … In its proposed legislative changes, the

June 29, 2017 Read Full Article

Regulating the Indirect Land Use Carbon Emissions from Biofuels Imposes High Hidden Costs on Fuel Consumers

(Phys.Org/ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  … To penalize the carbon emissions from this so-called indirect land use change, the USEPA and California Air Resources Board include an indirect land use

June 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Ecofys Study on Crude Tall Oil Markets and Availability: Sufficient Supply for Advanced Biofuels, Biomaterials and Energy Usage

(UPM)  UPM Biofuels commissioned a study from leading international energy and climate consultancy Ecofys – A Navigant Company, entitled “Crude tall oil low ILUC risk assessment: comparing global supply and

June 21, 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

Industry and Farmers See Biofuels as a Crucial Market ‘Outside CAP’

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (ERUACTIV)  Farmers see biofuels as a crucial source of income but investors clashed with NGOs at an

May 22, 2017 Read Full Article

Driving GHG Down, Bringing Capacity Up

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Increasing efficiency is the ethanol industry’s top goal, and proving it to the

May 22, 2017 Read Full Article

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Agrisoma

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The production of Agrisoma’s Resonance Carinata is being expanded to multiple locations globally to provide

May 8, 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

Oh, the Irony! ‘Eco-Friendly’ Biodiesel Found Environmentally Destructive

(Sputnik News)  Whereas biofuel is often touted as the “greenest” solution to the Earth’s climate woes, such as global warming,

March 23, 2017 Read Full Article

USDA Releases New Report on Lifecycle Greenhouse Gas Balance of Ethanol

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  Analysis finds that U.S. corn-based ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent compared to gasoline,

January 13, 2017 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

Senate Committee Hearing Focuses on GAO’s RFS Reports

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On Dec. 1, the Senate Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management held a hearing

December 7, 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

EC Releases RED II, Proposes First-Generation Biofuels Phase-out and New Sustainability Criterion for Forest Biomass

(Biofuels International) The European Commission has released its long-awaited revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and proposed the phase-out of food crop-based

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

Q&A: Alcogroup Says Ethanol Is Key to GHG Targets

(Argus Media)  Belgium-based ethanol producer Alcogroup’s chief executive Charles-Albert Peers spoke to Argus about near-term prospects for the European ethanol

November 18, 2016 Read Full Article

What is Australia’s Biofuel Future?

(Ecogeneration)  With growing interest in Australia in the production of liquid biofuels, bio-refining experts Geoff Bell, CEO of Australian company

November 7, 2016 Read Full Article

European Farmers Stress Biodiesel Role in Agriculture and Transport Decarbonisation Post-2020

(Biofuels International)  The European Oilseed Alliance (EOA), the European Biodiesel Board (EBB), and the Vegetable Oil and Protein Meal Industry

October 14, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

An EU Biofuels Proposal Worth Getting Behind

by James Cogan (Biofuels Digest)  Europe’s bioethanol association ePure just released a renewables policy paper that’s something to get excited

October 7, 2016 Read Full Article

Europe’s 2030 Renewables Policy Needs a Strong Approach on Biofuels

(ePURE) The European Commission should apply its own latest available science on biofuels if the EU renewable energy policy is

October 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Ethanol Blog: Science Improves on Land-Use Change, Biodiesel

by Todd Neeley (DTN-The Progressive Farmer)  Purdue University agriculture economics professor Wally Tyner isn’t exactly ready to discount the theory

September 19, 2016 Read Full Article

New Data Reaffirms Carbon Benefits of Biodiesel

(National Biodiesel Board)  Economic modeling by Purdue University continues to reduce predicted emissions of ‘indirect land use change’  —  Biomass-based

September 14, 2016 Read Full Article

The EU Commission Has Lost the Plot on Biofuels

by Dick Roche (Biofuels Digest/Pannonia Ethanol)  Just as the EU institutions were shutting up shop for the long summer break the

September 8, 2016 Read Full Article

BioFuelNet Responds To Study Claiming “ Biofuels Are Worse Than Gasoline”

by Marie-Joe Costantine (BioFuelNet)  Study stating “ biofuels are worse than gasoline” is fundamentally flawed  —  … In the study, when

September 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Biofuels Are Worse than Gasoline? Creative Accounting Leads to Claim

by Robert C. Brown (Des Moines Register)  … The genesis of the latest headlines is frustration among certain biofuels critics

August 31, 2016 Read Full Article

The Case Against Ethanol Opponents: They Are Simply Incorrect +VIDEO

by  Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel) … I can’t say for sure, since I haven’t done a count and compared

August 30, 2016 Read Full Article

Do Biofuels Harm the Planet More than Gasoline?

Rowena Lindsay (Christian Science Monitor)  A new study suggests that biofuels can mitigate only 37 percent of the CO2 released

August 30, 2016 Read Full Article

MichBio Responds to Flawed University of Michigan Research Study on Biofuels and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

(MichBio/BusinessWire)  MichBio, the biosciences industry association in Michigan, issued the following statement today regarding the release of a University of

August 26, 2016 Read Full Article

Biofuels Worse for Climate Change than Gasoline, U-M Study Says

by Keith Matheny (Detroit Free Press)  The multi-billion-dollar U.S. biofuels industry — promoted and expanded for over a decade by the

August 25, 2016 Read Full Article

Europe’s Broken Biofuels Policy

by Dick Roche (EurActiv)  Public policy should be built on firm foundations. Objective analysis, verifiable facts and solid science are

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

Bloomberg Gets Duped by Anti-RFS Crowd

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  Here we go again. We didn’t think it could get much worse than the

August 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Higher Ethanol Use Can Lead to 14% GHG Reduction in European Transport by 2030 – New Study

(ePURE)  A new study by renowned global consultancy Ricardo Energy & Environment has found that the higher use of ethanol

July 19, 2016 Read Full Article

Can Brexit Open the Way for Talks with the European Commission on CO2 Tax?

(Svebio (Google Translation))  One of the consequences of the outcome of the British referendum and upcoming Brexit can be a

July 1, 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

Boeing in Europe: Supporting Development and Commercialisation of Sustainable Aviation Biofuels

(Boeing/EurActiv)   Boeing is encouraging regulators to create a strong policy framework to advance sustainable aviation biofuels. 2016 is Boeing’s centennial

June 13, 2016 Read Full Article

It Depends: Heard on the Floor at ABLC Feedstocks

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  The headline from the event is that projects and feedstock providers are more engaged

June 8, 2016 Read Full Article

Guest Opinion: Misinformation Hurts Ethanol’s Place at Pump

by Mike Lefever (Post Independent/Citizen Telegram)  … In the end, though, I hope your take away is the same as mine; there’s

June 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Scientists Agree, Biodiesel A Key to Global Carbon Reduction

(National Biodiesel Board/PR NewsWire)  World’s experts advance the science of quantifying transportation emissions  —  Scientific experts agree that America’s Advanced

May 17, 2016 Read Full Article

Feature: Ethanol Producers Say California ‘Carbon Intensity’ Scores Still Too High

by Josh Pedrick  (Platts)  Most “legacy” ethanol producers who sell their product in California are unhappy with updated “carbon intensity”

May 16, 2016 Read Full Article

Now Is Not the Time to Kiss the Biofuels Goodbye

by Dick Roche (EurActiv)  The European Commission’s proposal to scrap the mandate for the use of biofuels and, in effect, to

May 9, 2016 Read Full Article

Europe Continues to Get Biodiesel Wrong

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  A provocative opinion piece on Europe’s reliance on unsound indirect land use change theory  —

May 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Worse for the Environment than Fossil fuels, Warn Green Campaigners

by James Crisp (EurActiv)  Instead of reducing them, using biodiesel in transport will increase polluting emissions by 4%, the same as

April 26, 2016 Read Full Article

Time for Full Carbon Accounting

by Zoltán Szabó (Biofuels Digest)  The sustainability aspects of transport fuels are in the spotlight this year in Brussels as

April 22, 2016 Read Full Article

What Do We Do about Palm Oil?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the world of fuels, Neste Oil has backed away from palm oil in order

April 18, 2016 Read Full Article

Crops of the Biofrontier: In Search of Opportunities for Sustainable Energy Cropping

by Stephanie Searle, Chelsea Petrenko, Ella Baz, and Chris Malins  (International Council on Clean Transportation)  Describes case studies of energy

April 15, 2016 Read Full Article

EU Must Increase Ethanol Use to Meet Targets

by Robert Wright (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ePURE)  Renewable energy use in transport in all 28 EU members has been much less

April 11, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Urban Air Initiative, Energy Future Coalition Challenge EPA Data on Ethanol’s Lifecycle Emissions

(Urban Air Initiative)  Urban Air Initiative joined the Energy Future Coalition and the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition (GBC) in calling on

April 11, 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

The Yield Dividend: 5-10X Increase in Sorghum Opening New Options for Africa?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In South Africa,, Chromatin and Zaad Holdings have entered into an alliance to produce and

April 1, 2016 Read Full Article

EU’s 2030 Climate and Energy Objectives Will Be Missed without Biofuels

by Peder Holk Nielsen (Novozymes/EurActiv)  If Europe is serious about its climate commitments, and if Europe wants to reduce its

March 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Report Quantifies Land Use Change Impact of Biofuels Consumed in the EU

(Ecofys) Land Use Change effects differ significantly for various types of biofuels consumed in the EU. Today, the European Commission

March 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Building a Bioethanol Coalition in the Fight Against Climate Change

by Jan Koninckx (DuPont/Biofuels Digest) … (O)ur call is clear: we must act with the utmost urgency as we work

March 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Biofuels Are Back on the EU Agenda

by Sonja van Renssen (Energy Post)  Biofuels are returning to the political agenda in Europe as EU policymakers start to

March 3, 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

Let’s Not Leave the Discussion in Iowa

by Dave VanderGriend (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ICM/Urban Air Initiative)  … Regardless of where candidates stood on ethanol, having this first step on

February 22, 2016 Read Full Article

Meeting the California Low Carbon Challenge

by Susanna Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Eighty-nine ethanol producers west of the Mississippi River prepare for the revised LCFS.

February 22, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

California Launches New Fuel Policies in 2016

by Graham Noyes (Biodiesel Magazine/ Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP)  California will be the biodiesel market to watch in 2016

January 27, 2016 Read Full Article

UK Government Prepares for RTFO Consultation

(Biofuels International) The UK Government is preparing to consult on legislative changes to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) this year.

January 20, 2016 Read Full Article

New Biofuels Could Cut Emissions and Preserve Land Used to Grow Food

by Nathan Collins (Pacific Standard)  Researchers combine ecological and economic models to examine the benefits of growing grass as fuel.

January 13, 2016 Read Full Article

California Sugarcane Ethanol Pathway Certified by CARB

(California Ethanol & Power LLC/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  California Ethanol & Power LLC (CE+P) recently announced the certification of the carbon

January 11, 2016 Read Full Article

Study: Second-Generation Biofuels Can Reduce Emissions

(EurekAlert!/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  Second-generation biofuel crops like the perennial grasses Miscanthus and switchgrass can efficiently meet emission reduction

January 11, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

14 More Answers for your Burning Questions about Biofuels, Renewable Chemicals, the New Agriculture, and Biobased Products

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … Q. How have the US elections and the regulatory situation in the US impacted development

December 28, 2015 Read Full Article

Re-Thinking the Carbon Reduction Value of Corn Ethanol Fuel

by Ron Alverson (Ethanol Across America)  It has been seven years since Argonne National Labs (ANL), as part of the

December 23, 2015 Read Full Article

How Renewable Ethanol Can Be Produced Sustainably

(ePURE) … At ePURE, the association representing European ethanol producers, we believe that renewable ethanol can play an important role in

December 17, 2015 Read Full Article

DEQ Proposes Last Minute Clean Fuels Tweaks

by Taylor W. Anderson (The Bulletin)  Environmental panel votes today on break for oil companies through 2018, new ethanol models  —

December 9, 2015 Read Full Article

11 Top Low-Carbon Fuel Players, WCSBD Publish COP 21 Guide to Slashing Transport-Based Greenhouse Gas Emissions

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Switzerland, 11 leading low carbon fuel companies present a comprehensive guide that identifies a variety

November 24, 2015 Read Full Article

University OF Illinois Research: Study Shows How Crop Prices and Climate Variables Affect Yield and Acreage

(University of Illinois/AgriMarketing)  When corn prices increase farmers reap higher yields by making changes. According to a recent University of

November 18, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

House Science Committee Hearing Exposes Fundamental Flaws in RFS Opponents Attacks

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today (November 3, 2015), the House Science, Space and Technology committee held a joint hearing of the

November 4, 2015 Read Full Article

Clean Fuels Program’s Next Threat: Disputed Science

by Taylor W. Anderson (The Bulletin)  Climate scientist: policies that encourage biofuels must account for indirect emissions  —  Before starting

October 26, 2015 Read Full Article

RFA: Oregon DEQ Shouldn’t Single out Ethanol

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Renewable Fuel Association has written the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality a letter

October 22, 2015 Read Full Article

ICAO Must Design Robust Sustainability Criteria for Aviation Biofuels into Its Market Measure

(GreenAir Online)  Aviation industry leaders will gather next week in Geneva for their green conference and congratulate themselves on their

September 30, 2015 Read Full Article

CARB Re-Adopts State’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The California Air Resources Board has re-adopted a Low Carbon Fuel Standard requiring a

September 30, 2015 Read Full Article

Nation’s Strictest Regulatory Board Affirms Biodiesel as Lowest-Carbon Fuel

(National Biodiesel Board)   In a fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, California’s Air Resources Board has spent years looking for

September 28, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

Oregon’s Clean Fuels Law Ignites More Political Wrangling

by Ian K. Kullgren  (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)  … One of the law’s biggest advocates threatened to join forces with opponents this

September 21, 2015 Read Full Article

Ethanol Working to Benefit Brazil, America, the World

by Leticia Phillips (UNICA/Ethanol Producer Magazine)    Brazil and the U.S. have a responsibility to collaboratively build a global biofuels

July 20, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

EU Council Formally Approves New Biofuel Rules

(Environmental Expert/ePURE)  EU Ministers have today officially rubber-stamped new rules to address indirect land use change (ILUC) impacts associated with

July 15, 2015 Read Full Article

Europe’s Biofuels Debate Needs to Focus on Implementation

by Robert Wright (ePURE/EurActiv)   As the debate kicks off on transport within Europe’s 2030 climate and energy framework, policymakers and

July 2, 2015 Read Full Article

Big Oil’s Mouthpiece Distorts the Facts

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/The Hill)  Sofie E. Miller may have left the Charles Koch Institute in 2012, but

June 29, 2015 Read Full Article

BP, Novozymes, Scania, Shell Back Launch of “Biofuels for Europe” Info Site

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Brussels, a new interactive website “www.BiofuelsforEurope.eu” launched today in the European Parliament to summarize the

June 29, 2015 Read Full Article

Support for RSB As Global Gold Standard Reconfirmed at Annual General Assembly

(Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials) The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) concluded their Annual General Assembly three-day program with a strong endorsement

June 3, 2015 Read Full Article

RSB General Assembly Opens with Approval of New Low iLUC Risk Standard

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) kicked off its annual General Assembly meeting with a delegation

June 2, 2015 Read Full Article

Bioenergy & Sustainability: Bridging the Gaps

(SCOPE) Bioenergy & Sustainability is a collective effort with contributions from 137 researchers of 82 institutions in 24 countries.  The

May 15, 2015 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Misconceptions and Misinformation

(Safer Alliance)  What wild accusation have your heard regarding ethanol, biodiesel, biogas or other bioenergy resource?  If you are engaged

May 15, 2015 Read Full Article

For Biofuels and Climate, Location Matters

(Phys.org)  A new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change shows that, when looking at the production site alone,

May 11, 2015 Read Full Article

New RSB Standard Proposed to Certify Low-Risk ILUC Biomass

by  Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  It may soon be possible to certify that biomass is not only sustainably

May 4, 2015 Read Full Article

Do Biofuels Still Have A Place In The Global Energy Mix?

By Alexis Arthur (OilPrice.com)  Less than a decade ago, biofuels were set to take the energy world by storm. They

April 30, 2015 Read Full Article

Parliament Votes to Approve EU Biofuels Cap, Provides Closure

by Ron Kotrba (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The European Parliament voted April 28 to approve the cap on first-generation biofuels and

April 29, 2015 Read Full Article

EU Reshapes Its Biofuels Policy

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Jettisons indirect land use change for now, citing poor data visibility; caps food-crop biofuels to

April 17, 2015 Read Full Article

The LCFS Re-Adoption and Its Possible Repercussions

by John Sens (Biodiesel Magazine/EcoEngineers)  … Some important items that have resulted from this re-adoption process are: -Setting compliance curve to

April 8, 2015 Read Full Article

Industry Provides Input to SAB Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In late March, the U.S. EPA’s Science Advisory Board Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel held

April 6, 2015 Read Full Article

Recent Researches of European Scientists Evidence a Strong Possibility to Prevent Deforestation Caused by Biofuel Production

(Ukrainian Biofuel Portal)  Nonetheless, the ecologists demonstrated their critical attitude towards the results of the research.  Lately, the use of

April 6, 2015 Read Full Article

California Air Resources Board Holds Workshop on LCFS Re-Adoption

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In California, the California Air Resources Board held a workshop on the Low Carbon Fuel Standard re-adoption

April 6, 2015 Read Full Article

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