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

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

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

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

Biofuels International 2017 Conference in Edinburgh – A Peek into EU’s Biofuel Industry and Policy Outlook
October 16, 2017 – 2:05 pm | No Comment
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 the participants an opportunity to …

Parliament Debate Debunks Misconceptions on #Biodiesel Carbon Savings and Benefits
October 6, 2017 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

(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 a debate in Strasbourg aimed …

Academic Study: Biodiesel Benefits Under-Valued for Years
August 30, 2017 – 6:58 pm | No Comment

(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 biodiesel has been underestimated by …

Solar Plants Take Root on Farms
August 22, 2017 – 11:34 am | No Comment

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 that the Solar Energy Industries Association published …

Marginal Lands for Growing Industrial Crops – Turning a Burden into an Opportunity
August 3, 2017 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

(Bio-based News)  U research project MAGIC kicks off  —  On 4-5 July 2017, the 25 partners involved in the EU funded research project MAGIC held their kick-off meeting at the Copa-Cogeca secretariat in Brussels. Led …

House Committee Debates Future Federal Support of Biofuels
July 28, 2017 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

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 Fuel Standard (RFS). According to …

Major New UK Report Argues Biofuels, Especially Second Generation, Are Needed to Mitigate Climate Change
July 20, 2017 – 11:36 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Biofuels are needed to meet the UK’s commitments to mitigating climate change, according to a new report requested by the county’s government.
Second generation biofuels, made from wastes and by-products of other sectors, will …

Regulating the Indirect Land Use Carbon Emissions from Biofuels Imposes High Hidden Costs on Fuel Consumers
June 28, 2017 – 10:50 am | No Comment

(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 change factor when considering the …

ALTERNATE ENERGY: Ethanol: It’s Just Plain Corny
June 26, 2017 – 1:33 pm | No Comment

by James Bobreski (Finger Lakes Times)  … Ethanol is the alcohol in our beer that we enjoy at a ball game, a party or after a long day at work. In this author’s opinion that’s where it …

RFS Has Been ‘Tremendous Success’ Since Adoption, According to RFA Analysis
June 7, 2017 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Emily Druckman (Renewable Fuels Association)  More than a decade after the original renewable fuel standard (RFS) was signed into law, tremendous progress has been made toward its goals of energy security, clean air and …

Driving GHG Down, Bringing Capacity Up
May 22, 2017 – 10:40 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Increasing efficiency is the ethanol industry’s top goal, and proving it to the U.S. EPA opens the way for expanded ethanol production.  —  The number to beat to …

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Agrisoma
May 8, 2017 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The production of Agrisoma’s Resonance Carinata is being expanded to multiple locations globally to provide a supply of sustainable, non-food oils for meeting the demand for sustainable biofuels. Resonance Carinata …

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
May 1, 2017 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

“Think of it as 100+ acres of energy storage and carbon sequestration,” said Kelly King, Vice President and Co-Founder of Pacific Biodiesel and recently inaugurated member of the Maui County Council. “There are 36,000 acres …

Uncovering The Gas Roots of Contemporary Ethanol Opposition
April 26, 2017 – 9:11 pm | No Comment

by Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel)  … Faced with some actual governmental actions that were detrimental to gasoline/diesel dominance, instead of the virtual carte blanche pro-petroleum fuel policies that they usually receive from the government, …

City Donates Land to Lure Kwik Star Project
April 26, 2017 – 11:34 am | No Comment

by Tim Jamison (The Courier) The city is donating land and extending sewer in the Martin Road business park to lure a new biodiesel fuel blending facility.

Waterloo City Council members voted unanimously Monday to approve …

Letter: Diversify Michigan Energy
April 25, 2017 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

by Bruce Dale (Detroit News)  Regarding “Renewable Fuel Standard has failed, April 16,” Prof. Wolfram has failed to do his homework.
The corn grown to make ethanol is not the same as sweet corn we eat. …

Indonesia Labels EU Palm Oil Resolution ‘Discriminative’ and ‘Protectionist’
April 13, 2017 – 10:07 am | No Comment

by Daryl Worthington (Biofuels International)   Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has denounced the European Parliament Resolution on Palm Oil and Deforestation of Rainforests, describing it as ‘discriminative’.
In addition, the ministry claims the EU decision was …

Biotechnology: Disrupting the Global Asset Classes of National Security
April 12, 2017 – 10:26 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (BiofuelsDigest)  …  For any society, an even more perfect class of technology assets would allow us to move in either direction — perfect convertibility. When energy prices are low and supply is …

Understanding Land Use Change – Are New Tools Needed?
April 10, 2017 – 11:22 am | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (Energy and Environmental Study Institute)  Are we using the right tools to understand land use change, particularly at the local level, and how can understanding of land use change be improved?
The Renewable Fuel …

In Response: Study, Article Misrepresented, Did Disservice to Ethanol
March 30, 2017 – 3:38 pm | No Comment

by Ashwin Raman (Duluth News Tribune/Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  I believe the March 21 story, “Habitat loss highest near ethanol plants,” did a disservice to readers because it cited a study that contains dubious and inaccurate conclusions.

The …

Fighting Misinformation One Fact at a Time
March 30, 2017 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  RFA’s president and CEO highlights key facts from the organization’s annual industry outlook handbook in the View from the Hill column  —  …  The handbook dives into …

Australia’s Productivity Commission Says Biofuels a Bad Deal All Around
March 29, 2017 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Australia, the federal government’s economic advisor—The Productivity Commission—has called on New South Wales, Queensland and commonwealth governments to drop biofuel blending, saying the polices unnecessarily increase fuel prices for …

Oh, the Irony! ‘Eco-Friendly’ Biodiesel Found Environmentally Destructive
March 23, 2017 – 5:05 pm | No Comment

(Sputnik News)  Whereas biofuel is often touted as the “greenest” solution to the Earth’s climate woes, such as global warming, many experts find it at least as damaging to the environment as ordinary fuel. Another …

New Study Links Habitat Destruction to Ethanol Production
March 22, 2017 – 1:58 pm | No Comment

by Jordan Lubetkin (National Wildlife Federation)  Millions of acres of wildlife habitat are being lost to crop production, according to a new peer-reviewed study published today in the journal Environmental Research Letters, which found a …

A Global Synthesis of Jatropha Cultivation: Insights into Land Use Change and Management Practices
March 13, 2017 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

David C. Walmsley Rob Bailis, and Alexandra-Maria Klein (Environmental Science & Technology) Despite setbacks, interest in Jatropha cultivation remains high. This study addressed the question to what extent Jatropha cultivation has replaced specific vegetation and …

Better Science, Better Fuels
February 27, 2017 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Stephen Rapundalo (Morning Consult/MichBio)  The United States Department of Agriculture just dropped a truth bomb. According to the agency’s new landmark report, the carbon benefits associated with homegrown ethanol have far surpassed previous expectations …

Cattle Pastures and Other Degraded Lands Become New Oil Palm Plantations
February 17, 2017 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  A new study published last week in the journal Environmental Research Letters by researchers at the University of Puerto Rico offers the first regional look at lands being converted to palm oil plantations in …

New Research: Forcing Local Peoples off Their Lands Drives Almost Two-Thirds of Conflicts Between Companies and Local Communities in Africa
February 17, 2017 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(RightsAndResources.org)  Experts at Dakar event point to a significant cause of investment losses, work stoppages and violence across Africa: the failure of governments and companies to respect the land rights of indigenous and local communities
Sixty-three …

Ethanol and Biofuel Policies
February 14, 2017 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Nicolas Loris (DownsizingGovernment.org/The Heritage Foundation)  … The problem is not with the voluntary use of biofuels in the marketplace, but rather policies that mandate and subsidize biofuels. …
Congress should end its intervention in the biofuels …

Land-Use Change Possibly Produces More Carbon Dioxide than Assumed So Far
February 6, 2017 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

(Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)  Climate Researchers Study Impacts of Land-use Change on Carbon Dioxide – Reforestation Is Important to Climate Protection and Species Diversity – Study in Nature Geoscience  —  CO2 emissions caused by changes …

2016 Billion-Ton Report Volume 2 Analyzes Environmental Effects
January 23, 2017 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The 2016 Billion-Ton Report (BT16), Volume 2: Environmental Sustainability Effects of Select Scenarios from Volume 1, jointly released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office and Oak Ridge …

Growing Algae for Food and Biofuel Could Cut Greenhouse Emissions
January 9, 2017 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Research Web)  Cultivating algae for food and biofuel could make a serious dent in our greenhouse gas emissions, as well as helping to save freshwater resources and reduce deforestation.

Currently the emissions associated with land-use …

Fueling Destruction: The Unintended Consequences of the Renewable Fuel Standard on Land, Water, and Wildlife
December 20, 2016 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by David DeGennaro  (National Wildlife Federation)  Since Congress passed into law in 2005 a federal mandate to blend corn-based ethanol and other renewable fuels into conventional gasoline, the increased demand for corn – which has supplied …

North America’s Grasslands Are Slowly Disappearing — And No One’s Paying Attention
December 1, 2016 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  The Great Plains lost more grassland to agriculture in 2014 than the Brazilian Amazon lost to deforestation, says a recent report from the World Wildlife Fund. And it argues that …

Argonne Researchers Study How Reflectivity of Biofuel Crops Impacts Climate
November 21, 2016 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Joan Koka (Argonne National Laboratory)  … The new analysis, published in The Royal Chemistry Society’s Energy & Environmental Science, incorporates the additional effect of changes in reflectivity, or “albedo.” Albedo effects sum up the amount …

Reject Backward Thinking on Carbon
November 7, 2016 – 3:28 pm | No Comment

by Carol Werner (Environmental and Energy Study Institute/Morning Consult)  … H.R. 5180, a proposal introduced by U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-Texas), would place a 9.7 percent cap on consumption of homegrown biofuels, rolling back 11 years …

Copa & Cogeca Warn against EU Plans to Phase out Conventional Biofuels Post-2020
October 18, 2016 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the EU, Copa & Cogeca warned against EU Commission plans to phase out conventional biofuels post-2020 at a high-level dinner debate organized by the European Oilseed Alliance in European …

Officials: Solar Takes Farmland, Evades Fair Tax Share
October 10, 2016 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Jeremy Cox (DelmarvaNow.com)  … The measure would bar the energy projects from lands in agricultural zones. That would rob solar developers of their preferred land-use type for building. The recipe for catching rays, after all, …

Climate’s Growing Role in Presidential Race
October 6, 2016 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)  …   YOU BUILD ME UP: The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate released a report today that found $90 trillion in infrastructure investments will be needed over the …

Indonesia’s Delusional Strategy for Reducing GHG Emissions
September 19, 2016 – 9:49 pm | No Comment

(International Council on Clean Transportation)  …  Indonesia’s policies promoting the development of biofuels has always been portrayed as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Government officials and the oil palm industry assert that implementation …

Alternative Jet Fuels Tackle Rising Aviation Emissions
September 19, 2016 – 4:58 pm | No Comment

by Rebecca Chillrud (Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued an endangerment finding for aircraft, indicating that greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft are hazardous to public health. This finding requires …

New Data Reaffirms Carbon Benefits of Biodiesel
September 14, 2016 – 7:28 pm | No Comment

(National Biodiesel Board)  Economic modeling by Purdue University continues to reduce predicted emissions of ‘indirect land use change’  —  Biomass-based fuels present a tremendous opportunity to transition toward a more sustainable mix of renewable energy. …

Debating the Value of Ethanol as a Viable Fuel (3 Letters)
September 12, 2016 – 1:48 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/Denver Post)  Re: “EPA dodges responsibility on ethanol,” Sept. 3 editorial.  The ethanol industry agrees with The Denver Post that the Environmental Protection Agency should conduct updated scientific assessments on …

The EU Commission Has Lost the Plot on Biofuels
September 8, 2016 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Dick Roche (Biofuels Digest/Pannonia Ethanol)  Just as the EU institutions were shutting up shop for the long summer break the EU Commission issued its strategy to reduce transport emissions in the post 2020 period, ‘European …

BioFuelNet Responds To Study Claiming “ Biofuels Are Worse Than Gasoline”
September 8, 2016 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

by Marie-Joe Costantine (BioFuelNet)  Study stating “ biofuels are worse than gasoline” is fundamentally flawed  —  … In the study, when (John) DeCicco and colleagues calculate the CO2 emissions going into the atmosphere, they consider all parts …

Biofuels Are Worse than Gasoline? Creative Accounting Leads to Claim
August 31, 2016 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Robert C. Brown (Des Moines Register)  … The genesis of the latest headlines is frustration among certain biofuels critics that life-cycle analysis no longer supports their criticism of biofuels. The solution, of course, is …

The Case Against Ethanol Opponents: They Are Simply Incorrect +VIDEO
August 30, 2016 – 10:37 pm | No Comment

by  Marc J. Rauch (The Auto Channel) … I can’t say for sure, since I haven’t done a count and compared it to a calendar, but it seems to me that the American oil industry has …

Do Biofuels Harm the Planet More than Gasoline?
August 30, 2016 – 9:44 pm | No Comment

Rowena Lindsay (Christian Science Monitor)  A new study suggests that biofuels can mitigate only 37 percent of the CO2 released by burning the biofuel. —  That’s a flawed premise, argues Daniel Schrag, a geology professor …

Land-Use Change Rapidly Reducing Critical Honey Bee Habitat in Dakotas
August 30, 2016 – 5:25 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Geological Survey) The Northern Great Plains of North and South Dakota, which support over 40 percent of United States commercial honey bee colonies, are quickly becoming less conducive to commercial beekeeping as a result of …

MichBio Responds to Flawed University of Michigan Research Study on Biofuels and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
August 26, 2016 – 2:45 pm | No Comment

(MichBio/BusinessWire)  MichBio, the biosciences industry association in Michigan, issued the following statement today regarding the release of a University of Michigan research study that claims the rising use of biofuels in the U.S. has led …

Boom in Oil Production Causes Bust in Prairie Sod
August 25, 2016 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  … Mr. (Mark) Perry suggests (without any scientific support or a single citation) that ethanol expansion has somehow led to “destruction” of prairie in the Great Plains, but says not …

Big Oil’s Glass House
August 25, 2016 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

by Bob Dinneen (Renewable Fuels Association/U.S. News and World Report)  … Indeed, it’s fairly obvious that (Mark) Perry’s yarn is simply intended to shift attention away from the real culprit behind destruction of prairie in the Great …

Biofuels Worse for Climate Change than Gasoline, U-M Study Says
August 25, 2016 – 12:16 pm | No Comment

by Keith Matheny (Detroit Free Press)  The multi-billion-dollar U.S. biofuels industry — promoted and expanded for over a decade by the federal government — may be built on a false assumption, according to a new University …

CAPRi Blog: Impact of Biofuel Induced Land Corruption on Women; The Case of Chisumbanje Ethanol Project
August 17, 2016 – 3:44 pm | No Comment

(Collective Action and Property Rights)  In this blog, Farai Mutondoro, Mary Jane Ncube, Manase Chiweshe and Derick Hamunakwadi discuss the impact of land corruption, particularly on women. The blog is informed by a case study …

Blog: Simplistic Argument Targets Ethanol, Again
August 16, 2016 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A recent column provides some insight into anti-ethanol stances by making a connection between beef prices, the cow herd expansion and restaurant profits, with rather breath-taking simplification.  —  A …

Europe’s Broken Biofuels Policy
August 15, 2016 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

by Dick Roche (EurActiv)  Public policy should be built on firm foundations. Objective analysis, verifiable facts and solid science are good starting points, but that was absent in biofuels policy-making, writes Dick Roche.
The foundations on …

The Renewable Fuel Standard: Working as Intended?
August 12, 2016 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … With a potential omnibus spending package on the table this fall, the oil industry and some environmental groups have raised again the proposition of RFS reform.  Two major claims made …

In Pitting Biofuels against the Environment, Only Clear Winner Is Oil
August 11, 2016 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

by Jessie Stolark (The Hill/Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  … The total amount of U.S. land under production by American farmers is down– not just over the last 50 or 100 years, but also over the last decade according …

Bloomberg Gets Duped by Anti-RFS Crowd
August 1, 2016 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  Here we go again. We didn’t think it could get much worse than the Associated Press hit piece on ethanol in late 2013. But an ethanol hatchet job by …

RFS Hearing Finds New Issues to Dig into
June 27, 2016 – 7:46 pm | No Comment

by Spencer Chase (Agri-Pulse)  … When it comes to land use, Colin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, testified that a University of Wisconsin study had shown that 7.3 million acres of land had …

Reconciling Food Security and Bioenergy: Priorities for Action
June 15, 2016 – 11:35 am | No Comment

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 (Global Change Biology: Bioenergy) …  Understanding the nexus of food security, bioenergy sustainability, and resource management …

It Depends: Heard on the Floor at ABLC Feedstocks
June 8, 2016 – 10:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  The headline from the event is that projects and feedstock providers are more engaged than we have seen previously — a wave of technology development that once took place …

Guest Opinion: Misinformation Hurts Ethanol’s Place at Pump
June 6, 2016 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by Mike Lefever (Post Independent/Citizen Telegram)  … In the end, though, I hope your take away is the same as mine; there’s a place at the pump for ethanol, petroleum and other fuels. We just don’t want …

Now Is Not the Time to Kiss the Biofuels Goodbye
May 9, 2016 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

by Dick Roche (EurActiv)  The European Commission’s proposal to scrap the mandate for the use of biofuels and, in effect, to ‘kiss biofuels goodbye,’ is a catastrophic policy based largely on arguments that have no solid …

Cattle Grazing, Biofuel Crops Could Replace Sugar Production
May 9, 2016 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

(Yahoo! Finance/Associated Press)  Alexander & Baldwin is considering cattle grazing and crops used for biofuels as it phases out sugar production at the state’s last sugar plantation   —   Hawaii company Alexander & Baldwin is …

Future Unclear for $700m Project
April 28, 2016 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by John Andersen (Townsville Bulletin)  …  The Pentland Bio-Energy Project has been sidelined by the State Government’s draconian new Vegetation Management Reinstatement Legislation Bill. Land clearing around the State has been stopped pending a vote on …

Hawaiian Electric Interested in Renewable Energy Projects on A&B’s Maui Sugar Lands
April 26, 2016 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Duane Shimogawa (Pacific Business News)  Hawaiian Electric Co. and Alexander & Baldwin Inc. may be working on a deal where the Honolulu-based utility would utilize A&B subsidiary Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Co.’s land for possible …

Algae & CCS: Incremental Heroes
April 25, 2016 – 10:14 am | No Comment

(Algae Biomass Organization)  As we noted in a recent post, Carbon Balance and Management journal published a study in late 2015 touting the emissions reduction potential of algae when used as animal feed. The authors …

What Do We Do about Palm Oil?
April 18, 2016 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the world of fuels, Neste Oil has backed away from palm oil in order to expand in the US market on more favorable terms, with palm’s lowly status after …

Biofuels, Plastics and Drugs: Is This the Future of Our Farms?
April 18, 2016 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by John Vidal (The Guardian)  Climate change and poor returns on wheat and dairy drive rural revolution in ‘future-proof’ agriculture  —  …  In Essex, David Eagle is growing acres of sea buckthorn, a salt-tolerant plant that …

Urban Air Initiative, Energy Future Coalition Challenge EPA Data on Ethanol’s Lifecycle Emissions
April 11, 2016 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

(Urban Air Initiative)  Urban Air Initiative joined the Energy Future Coalition and the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition (GBC) in calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to recognize an overwhelming body of new evidence showing …

Make Haste with Waste
April 8, 2016 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (W)hen you compare them to homogenized, uniform, high-yield, purpose-grown energy crops. residues may be queer, but they are here. Not only available, but reliable, you can count on the …

The Yield Dividend: 5-10X Increase in Sorghum Opening New Options for Africa?
April 1, 2016 – 9:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In South Africa,, Chromatin and Zaad Holdings have entered into an alliance to produce and distribute planting seed for grain and forage sorghum throughout the African continent.
In Africa, sorghum is …

US Agency Sets Sights on Grass in Bid to Make a Better Biofuel
March 21, 2016 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Suzanne Goldenberg (The Guardian)  Arpa-E project deploys drones and robots to breed fast-growing, drought-resistant and greener biofuel from sorghum which could replace corn ethanol — A US government agency is trying to build a better …

Study: Eliminating GMOs Would Take Toll on Environment, Economies
March 1, 2016 – 1:09 pm | No Comment

(Purdue University)  Higher food prices, a significant boost in greenhouse gas emissions due to land use change and major loss of forest and pasture land would be some results if genetically modified organisms in the …

OUR VIEW: Ethanol Supports May Have Outlived Usefulness
February 29, 2016 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Tom Dennis (Grand Forks Herald)  …  What happened is that crude oil production soared in North Dakota and elsewhere around the United States. More domestic oil production means less need to import foreign oil—and …

Bailout the US Shale Oil/Gas Industry or Fund Clean Sustainable Renewable Transportation? A New Way of Looking at the Options. Press Release
February 16, 2016 – 10:45 am | No Comment

For Immediate Release February 12, 2016—Frederick, MD Advanced Biofuels USA correspondent Robert E. Kozak analyses the potential for a reinvigorated US shale oil/gas industry with and without government subsidies; and compares it to the potential for near-term …

After the Fall: Rebuilding US Liquid Fuel Production – Invest in Our Land or the Shale Oil Fields? (Part 2 of 2)
February 12, 2016 – 11:20 am | No Comment

Efforts to promote a sustainable use of natural resources are not a waste of money, but rather an investment capable of providing other eco­nomic benefits in the medium term. If we look at the larger …

New Biofuels Could Cut Emissions and Preserve Land Used to Grow Food
January 13, 2016 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Nathan Collins (Pacific Standard)  Researchers combine ecological and economic models to examine the benefits of growing grass as fuel.  —  … Fortunately, corn isn’t the only source of ethanol—in particular, there are perennial grasses like …

Study: Second-Generation Biofuels Can Reduce Emissions
January 11, 2016 – 2:35 pm | No Comment

(EurekAlert!/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)  Second-generation biofuel crops like the perennial grasses Miscanthus and switchgrass can efficiently meet emission reduction goals without significantly displacing cropland used for food production, according to a new study. Researchers …

Biofuels as Seen by OPEC: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Biofuels in the World Oil Outlook
December 30, 2015 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In this year’s World Oil Outlook, OPEC writes:  The prospects for first generation biofuels are constrained by factors such as land use changes, excessive water usage, and the impact on …

Re-Thinking the Carbon Reduction Value of Corn Ethanol Fuel
December 23, 2015 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Ron Alverson (Ethanol Across America)  It has been seven years since Argonne National Labs (ANL), as part of the Energy Security and Independence Act requirements, first determined the Life Cycle Carbon Intensity of mid-west …

Brazil Pioneers the Rise of ‘Second Generation’ Biofuel
December 21, 2015 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

(Petro-Online.com)  The roads of Brazil are flooded with over 36 million cars. With over 60% of vehicles running on ethanol based petrol, the environmental credentials of the country are impressive. Over the past few years, …

GREET Model Expanded to Better Address Biofuel Life-Cycle Analysis Research Questions
December 3, 2015 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Greenhouse gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy use in Transportation (GREET) model allows researchers and analysts to fully evaluate the energy and emission impacts of advanced vehicle technologies and new transportation …

Debunking Biofuels: Do They Really Raise Food Prices?
November 18, 2015 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Melissa Pariettin(MSN.com)  … Many factors determine the price of food in the U.S. If the introduction of the RFS (Renewable Fuel Standard) had as significant an impact on food prices as certain outlets have suggested, …

University OF Illinois Research: Study Shows How Crop Prices and Climate Variables Affect Yield and Acreage
November 18, 2015 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

(University of Illinois/AgriMarketing)  When corn prices increase farmers reap higher yields by making changes. According to a recent University of Illinois study, about one-third of the yield increase derives from more intensive management practices and …

How Biofuel from Corn Stover Could Impact Grain Markets
November 16, 2015 – 1:52 pm | No Comment

(Farm Futures)  Biofuel from stover could favor continuous corn, other production changes  —  …  If technology and government support become economically viable, converting corn stover to biofuels would affect farmers’ planting decisions and crop rotation …

Summary of Incorporating Bioenergy in Sustainable Landscape Designs Workshop Released
August 27, 2015 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  BETO recently published a report summarizing the proceedings of the second Incorporating Bioenergy in Sustainable Landscape Designs Workshop, held June 24–26, 2014, in Argonne, Illinois. The workshop focused on agricultural landscapes and …

Shedding Light on U.S. Biofuels: The ‘Food versus Fuel’ Debate
August 17, 2015 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by Stephanie Mercier (Ag Web)  The U.S. biofuels sector marks its birth back in 1979, when Congress established a blender’s credit for ethanol as the earliest piece of federal biofuel policy as part of the Energy …

Changing the Biomass Dialogue (The Earth Partners): The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide
August 13, 2015 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels Digest/Bloomberg)  The Earth Partners, LLC restores and develops degraded lands. The company also engages in the production of biomass, which restores the land’s soil health and water resources; restoration of mined land; development of …

Future Farm, Future Crop: Utopia or Dystopia? Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 of 5
August 10, 2015 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As America’s farmers hit retirement age and technology options explode, what comes next?
… The average age of the US farmer reached 58.3 years in the USDA’s 2012 Census of Agriculture. …

How One Farm Is Growing Food and Biofuels While Helping to Save the Environment
July 29, 2015 – 7:03 pm | No Comment

by Padma Nagappan (TakePart)  … Now researchers at the United States Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory think they have a solution that allows farmers to profit from growing both food and advanced biofuels while benefitting …

Ethiopia: The Biofuel Myth
July 16, 2015 – 11:53 am | No Comment

by Jose Graziano DA Silva (UN Food and Agriculture Organization/AllAfrica.com)  Over the past several years, biofuels have become a bone of contention. For some, a renewable energy source produced from organic matter amounts to a …

Scientists Study Ways to Integrate Biofuels and Food Crops on Farms
July 8, 2015 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Payal Marathe (Argonne National Laboratory)  We ask a lot of the land: feed the world with crops, power the world with bioenergy, retain nutrients so they don’t pollute our water and air. To help …

Grazing Land Has Scope for Biofuel Surge
July 2, 2015 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

(SciDev.net)  At least 500 million hectares are available for growing biofuel crops; This is after considering rising food demand and growing urbanisation; Only up to 200 million hectares would be needed to slash fossil fuel use
Converting grazing …

Big Oil’s Mouthpiece Distorts the Facts
June 29, 2015 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/The Hill)  Sofie E. Miller may have left the Charles Koch Institute in 2012, but she clearly continues to do the bidding of her former employer and the rest of …

4 Minutes with… Will Steiner, General Manager, Hawaii Oil Seed Producers
June 16, 2015 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  HOSPRO is dedicated to battle the 95+% import of petroleum for energy and electricity generation by promoting the development of tree based oil seed crops. We are focusing on oil …

Ethanol Evil No More?
May 29, 2015 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Kelly Taylor  (Chronicle Herald) …  Still, ethanol does have some advantages, including lower net greenhouse gas emissions due to its recycling of carbon-dioxide emitted by today’s plants (or factories), as opposed to oil, which is …

Bioenergy Misconceptions and Misinformation
May 15, 2015 – 2:22 pm | No Comment

(Safer Alliance)  What wild accusation have your heard regarding ethanol, biodiesel, biogas or other bioenergy resource?  If you are engaged in research, promotion and advocacy and/or invested in the world of biofuels, you have likely …

For Biofuels and Climate, Location Matters
May 11, 2015 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

(Phys.org)  A new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change shows that, when looking at the production site alone, growing biofuel crops can have a significant impact on climate depending on location and crop …

Wasting the Savanna
May 11, 2015 – 9:30 am | No Comment

By Tim Searchinger and Lyndon Estes (The Washington Post/Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs)  In recent years, as governments have begun to protect tropical forests because of the carbon they store, …

University of Wisconsin Study Based on Shaky Foundation of Faulty Data and Conclusions
April 13, 2015 – 11:29 am | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association)  A recent study published in Environmental Research Letters by authors at the University of Wisconsin uses error-prone satellite data to suggest that growth in U.S. corn and soybean production …

Industry Provides Input to SAB Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel
April 6, 2015 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In late March, the U.S. EPA’s Science Advisory Board Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel held a public face-to-face meeting to review the agency’s Framework for Assessing Biogenic CO2 Emissions from …

Plowing Prairies for Grains: Biofuel Crops Replace Grasslands Nationwide, U.S. Study Shows
April 3, 2015 – 10:18 am | No Comment

(Science Daily/University of Wisconsin-Madison)  Clearing grasslands to make way for biofuels may seem counterproductive, but researchers show that crops, including the corn and soy commonly used for biofuels, expanded onto 7 million acres of new …

Do Biofuel Policies Seek to Cut Emissions by Cutting Food?
March 27, 2015 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Timothy Searchinger, R. Edwards, D. Mulligan, R. Heimlich, R. Plevin (Science Magazine)  Ethanol emits fossil carbon and trace gases through production (A) and biogenic carbon from the crops during fermentation (B) and ethanol combustion (C). …

Economic Models Provide Insights into Global Sustainability Challenges
February 27, 2015 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

(Purdue University)  Using models that blend global economics, geography, ecology and environmental sciences is essential to understanding how changes in trade and natural systems in one part of the world affect those in another, a …

California’s Revised LCFS Challenged: Biofuel Industry Questions Standard’s Lack of Real-World Data
February 18, 2015 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Todd Neeley (DTN Progressive Farmer)  Though real-world data suggest biofuel production has not led to so-called indirect land-use change, the California Air Resources Board, or CARB, continues to see ILUC as a vital part of …

E15 Would Reduce 358,000 Tons of CO2 Emissions Annually in Minnesota
February 16, 2015 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Making E15 (gasoline with 15 percent ethanol) the new regular unleaded fuel in Minnesota would eliminate 358,000 tons of CO2 annually, according to a technical analysis by the University of Illinois at …

A Biofuel Debate: Will Cutting Trees Cut Carbon?
February 11, 2015 – 1:43 pm | No Comment

by Eduardo Porter (The New York Times)  Does combating climate change require burning the world’s forests and crops for fuel? …
Absent a big increase in bioenergy supplies, the climate change panel’s analysis reported, it would …

Report Based on False Assumption of Either-Or Land Use Approach
February 8, 2015 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  In the World Resources Institute (WRI) working paper, “Avoiding Bioenergy Competition for Food Crops and Land,” the authors work off the assumption that land-use decisions are used making an “either-or” …

World Resources Institute Wrong About Biofuels Impact on Land Use and the Environment
February 6, 2015 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today (January 30, 2015), the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) criticized a new report by World Resources Institute (WRI) for its false data on the environmental and land use impacts of biofuels. …

To Avoid Worst Consequences of Climate Change, Solutions Must Include Land Use Sector
February 6, 2015 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists)  A report from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) finds that reducing emissions from the land sector must be part of a global climate solution in order to close the “emissions …

Imposing Carbon Price Would Spur Bioenergy, Slash Emissions — MIT Study
January 16, 2015 – 5:55 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Peterka  (E&E Publishing / Greenwire) Bioenergy production would boom and spur steep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions if a global price is slapped on carbon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers say in a …

In Colombia, a Palm Oil Boom with Roots in Conflict
December 31, 2014 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Nick Miroff (The Washington Post)  Long before the massacre, when Mapiripan was just a faraway little place not worth fighting for, Aida Gordilla and her family came to the wide-open grasslands outside town and …

New CARD Study on Indirect Land Use Change
November 18, 2014 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (DomesticFuel.com)  A new analysis of real-world land use data by Iowa State University raises serious concerns about the accuracy of models used by regulatory agencies regarding “indirect land use changes” (ILUC) attributed …

Verticality: A Key Factor in the Food x Fuel Issue
November 11, 2014 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Al Costa (Global Biobusiness)   …To this end, it becomes increasingly clear that “verticality” is a key issue. This means crops which occupy little space horizontally and as much space vertically. After all, a …

The Impact of Ethanol Production on the North Dakota Agricultural Retail Industry
August 12, 2014 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Richard Taylor and Won W. Koo   (Center for Agricultural Policy and Trade Studies North Dakota State University)  … The first immediate impact of ethanol was increased agricultural commodity prices. In 2005, the corn price averaged $2.00 per bushel. …

AgriLife Research Study: Mesquite a Complementary Biofuel Feedstock
August 4, 2014 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Kay Ledbetter (AgriLife Today)  As requirements grow for use of cellulosic biofuels to meet the energy needs of the nation, researchers look at potential feedstocks and any effects these alternative sources may have on greenhouse …

How Two Small New York Towns Have Shaken up the National Fight over Fracking
July 3, 2014 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Steven Mufson (The Washington Post)  The multibillion-dollar Anschutz Exploration Corp., which helped make its founder, Philip Anschutz, one of the richest men in America, filed a lawsuit three years ago against Dryden, a small town in …

Study finds that increased corn yields and more efficient use of corn ethanol co-products will greatly decrease land needed for ethanol production
June 4, 2014 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire/Illinois Corn Marketing Board) Land attributable to ethanol will drop from current 25% to as little as 11% of U.S. corn acres
A too common error made in reporting the amount of land used for U.S. …

Using Less Corn Ethanol Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions
May 29, 2014 – 7:02 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Working Group)  The Environmental Protection Agency’s pending proposal to cut the amount of corn ethanol that must be blended into gasoline in 2014 by 1.39 billion gallons would lower U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by …

Addax Bioenergy Certified by Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials
May 14, 2014 – 1:18 pm | No Comment

(Sierra Express Media)  Addax Bioenergy (SL) Limited has been fully and formally certified under the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). This is said to quite an achievement and everyone involved has to be commended. RSB …

ILUC and the Renewable Fuel Standard: Hard Data Appears for the First Time
February 24, 2014 – 2:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  After six years of debate — finally a database appears on actual indirect land use change.  The Partners? Including Google, UNEP, Imazon, the Center for Global Development, the University of …

Changes in Land Use Promotes Biodiversity
December 30, 2013 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(University of Bern, Switzerland)  If grassland used intensively, biodiversity decreases. Particularly affected are rare species, a new study headed by Berner plant scientists shows. Such negative effects could be reduced if farmers would vary the …

Financiers of Palm Oil Must Stop Deforestation and Illegal Activity
November 27, 2013 – 3:23 pm | No Comment

(Friends of the Earth Europe)  Illegal and harmful production of palm oil in Indonesia is continuing, reveals a new report released today by Friends of the Earth.
The study concludes that voluntary guidelines, such as those …

Researchers Warn Against High Emissions from Oil Palm Expansion in Brazil
November 20, 2013 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily)  Expanding millions of hectares of Brazilian land to produce palm oil for food or for renewable, clean-burning biodiesel could result in extremely high emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) unless strict controls are put …

Integrating Place-Specific Livelihood and Equity Outcomes into Global Assessments of Bioenergy Deployment
October 30, 2013 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

by Felix Creutzig, Esteve Corbera, Simon Bolwig and Carol Hunsberger (IOP Science)    Integrated assessment models suggest that the large-scale deployment of bioenergy could contribute to ambitious climate change mitigation efforts. However, such a shift would …

Camelina Company Earns RSB Certification
October 17, 2013 – 7:10 pm | No Comment

(RSB Services Foundation)  The RSB Services Foundation, the implementing entity of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), a global sustainability standard and certification system for biofuels and biomaterials production, is pleased to announce that Camelina …

Ethanol Groups Issue Letter to UN Committee on Food Security
October 15, 2013 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security kicked off its annual meeting on Oct. 7 in Rome. Biofuel policy is among the …

Energy Crops Could Cover Energy Demand in Surplus Agricultural Lands
September 27, 2013 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

(BioenergyCrops.com)  A brand new study (2013) found that the projected energy demand (2035) in developing countries, can be covered with energy crops in surplus agricultural lands, then not competing with food production. The study, from the Department …

One-Sided Report on Biofuels Cost is Wrong
September 25, 2013 – 8:13 pm | No Comment

by Rob Vierhout  (ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  … The “accountancy-model” IISD used was one-sided, looking only at government expenditure but leaving out of the picture the revenues the industry is generating for government and society. A well-respected …

Is Ethanol Starving Africa?
September 20, 2013 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Amar Toor (The Verge)  Accusations of land grabbing revive debate over “food versus fuel”  …
But some experts say that when it comes to biofuels and food security, it’s not an “either-or” question.
“At the moment …

Project on Bioenergy in Africa Successfully Completed
September 19, 2013 – 9:45 am | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotriebstoffe)  The ERA-ARD project “Bioenergy in Africa: Opportunities and Risks of Jatropha and Related Crops” was officially closed at the end of March 2013. Within this project the coordinator published 5 Policy Briefs with …

Analyst Says Ethanol Rush Is Over, Corn May Drop to $3.25
September 12, 2013 – 7:23 pm | No Comment

by Brett Wessler (Ag Professional)  Livestock producers are likely to see shrinking feed costs ahead with one market analyst forecasting lower corn prices as ethanol demand will be “flat-lining” into 2022.
Dan Basse, AgResource Company, told the …

Land Use Change Greenhouse Gas Emissions of European Biofuel Policies Utilizing the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) Model
September 4, 2013 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Thomas Darlington, Dennis Kahlbaum, Don O’Connor, Steffen Mueller, PhD (Air Improvement Resource, Inc./(S&T)2 Consultants Inc./University of Illinois, Chicago)  …The European Union (EU) is considering amending its current biofuel policy. The current policy, adopted in 2009, calls for 10% …

Biofuels and the Straw Man
September 4, 2013 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …ActionAid UK released a report this week focusing on the story of Addax Biofuels in Sierra Leone.
As Addax points out, it was not given the opportunity by Action Aid to …

Biofuel Crops: Food Security Must Come First
August 30, 2013 – 9:05 am | No Comment

by Ben Phalan (The Guardian)  Even so-called ‘good’ biofuels need safeguards to ensure that they don’t damage biodiversity or displace other crops
…Agricultural expansion and intensification are among the greatest of all threats to wild nature. …

Green Plains CEO Challenges Environmentalists on Corn Ethanol
August 14, 2013 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Herman K. Trabish (GreenTechMedia) “I invite anyone here, anytime. We’ll show them what we do.”
Attention, Union of Concerned Scientists, Sierra Club and other environmental advocates: Green Plains Renewable Energy (GPRE) CEO Todd Becker wants you to …

Africa: Securing Africa’s Land for Shared Prosperity
July 22, 2013 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Makhtar Diop (AllAfrica)  Few development challenges in Africa are as pressing and controversial as land ownership and its persistent gap between rich and poor communities.
With a profound demographic shift in Africa from rural areas …

Court Rules to Uphold California LCFS, but Requires Corrective Action
July 22, 2013 – 3:02 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On July 15, California’s Fifth District Court of Appeal issued its opinion in the lawsuit filed by Poet LLC against the California Air Resources Board. The lawsuit, originally filed …

Walking Away from Biofuels Will Not Solve Concerns about Them
July 5, 2013 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Carlo Hamelinck  (Euractiv.com/Ecofys)  …By effectively decreasing the ambition on biofuels, as it is currently debated in the European Parliament and the Council, we walk away from concerns without solving them.
There are a few key …

Biofuel Project in Kenya Ignites Land, Environmental Disputes
June 25, 2013 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

by Robyn Dixon (Los Angeles Times)  Foreign firms seeking land in Africa for biofuel crops run into opposition from communities and environmental activists despite promising jobs and development.
With its leaf-thatched mud huts, bad roads, chronic …

Busting Big Oil Myths on the RFS and Ethanol, Part III: ILUC and Greenhouse Gases
June 6, 2013 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

by Geoff Cooper (Renewable Fuels Association/The Energy Collective)  …Incredibly, the American Petroleum Institute’s anti-RFS “training center” (yes, Big Oil has a “training center” apparently intended to spawn an army of certified RFS haters) has the …

G8 under Pressure to Rethink Biofuel Mandates
May 9, 2013 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

(EurActiv)

Leaders of the EU and their partners in the G8 nations are under mounting pressure to reconsider their support for biofuel targets amid concern that plant oil production competes with food output in poor countries.

Britain, …

Carbon Accounting of Forest Bioenergy: Conclusions and Recommendations from a Critical Literature Review
March 28, 2013 – 12:49 pm | No Comment

(European Commission Joint Research Centre Institute for Energy and Transport)  In the current European energy policy framework, biogenic CO2 emissions from combustion of forest biomass used for energy and transport purposes are set to zero.
Biomass …

BP Biofuels: Time for “The Really Hard Yards” in Biofuels Commercialization
March 14, 2013 – 10:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At World Biofuels Markets, BP CEO Phil New delivered a keynote speech which attempted to turn the industry’s attention towards “the hard yards” of operational excellence, saying that “it is arguable …

Zimbabwe: Chisumbanje Workers Appeal to President
March 13, 2013 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

(AllAfrica.com)  Villagers and workers in Chisumbanje and surrounding areas want President Mugabe to intervene and save the US$600 million Chisumbanje Ethanol Plant from total collapse.
The plant, owned by Green Fuel, had become the main source …

Myths and Facts about Bioenergy in Africa
March 12, 2013 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the Netherlands, PANGEA (Partners for Euro African Green Energy) is launching today a booklet outlining Myths and Facts about Bioenergy in Africa. The brochure is intended to demystify the …