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EU Recognises Importance of Crop-Based Ethanol to Achieving Climate Goals
June 15, 2018 – 11:56 am | No Comment

(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 Commission agreed early Thursday morning …

Chart of the Week (23) — Argentina Accounts for Almost Two Thirds of EU Biodiesel Imports − Indonesia Is the Largest Palm Oil Exporter to the EU
June 12, 2018 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP))  Biodiesel imports from Argentina have increased considerably over the past several months. In contrast, imports of soybean oil as feedstock from Argentina have been virtually non-existent. The reverse …

St1 Announces Biofuel Projects in Sweden, Columbia
June 7, 2018 – 8:14 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On May 25, Nordic energy group St1 announced plans for two separate biofuels projects. One aims to produce biofuels from tall oil in Sweden while the other will explore a combined …

Palm Oil to Be Phased out as Biodiesel Feedstock?
June 5, 2018 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

by Cheryl Kalisch Gordon (Rabobank/The Land)  A proposal to alter the EU’s overarching renewable energy policy has been announced, which would phase-out palm oil as a biodiesel feedstock by 2021, due to production sustainability concerns.

Malaysia and Indonesia, …

Total Keeps Biorefinery Launch on Track Despite Farmer Blockade Threat
June 5, 2018 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by Bate Felix (Reuters)  French oil major Total is continuing talks with farmers opposed to its planned La Mede biodiesel refinery and plans to use 50,000 tonnes of French rapeseed to supply the facility, Chief Executive …

RED II: Time’s Running out to Save European Biofuels
May 30, 2018 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

(European Oilseed Alliance/EurActiv)  As the discussions between the European Parliament and the Council continue on the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II), the European Oilseed Alliance (EOA) calls on policymakers to support European rapeseed …

A Yield Revolution in Row Crops Cometh
May 24, 2018 – 12:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Yield10’s Brave New World of Metabolic Engineering, Benson Hill’s cloud biology and CRISPR/Cas9 from Purdue and the Chinese Academy of Sciences? Crop yield may never be the same.  And developers using crops …

Government to Increase Biodiesel Mix to 25%
May 23, 2018 – 3:11 pm | No Comment

by Nezar Patria  (The Jakarta Post)  The government is planning to issue a regulation on the production of 25-percent biodiesel ( B25 ) early next year. Once issued, the policy will replace the current regulation on 20-percent …

Zero-Waste Palm Oil Industry on the Horizon with New Technology
May 23, 2018 – 2:03 pm | No Comment

by Emma Lowry (University of Nottingham/Phys.Org)  Engineers at the University of Nottingham Malaysia have developed new technology to help the global palm oil processing industry reduce CO2 emissions and create renewable energy from its waste.

Some 400 …

UPDATE 1-France Allows Total’s La Mede Refinery to Partly Run on Palm Oil
May 18, 2018 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  France caps use of crude palm oil in La Mede refinery;  Says at least 25 percent should come from recycled oil;  Total commits to lower volumes than France requested;  French farmers condemn French move to allow palm oil

The …

Artificial Intelligence Combats the Noise from Diesel Engines
May 17, 2018 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

(Unidad de Cultura Científica y de la Innovación (UCCi))  Several University of Cordoba research teams have created a new system to predict the sound from these engines depending on the chemical physical composition of the biofuel  …

NGOs Tell Commission to Listen to Science and Differentiate Biofuels
May 9, 2018 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

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 the high greenhouse gas emitting …

Certification Schemes Are Holding Back True Sustainability, Says Report
May 8, 2018 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by Niamh Michail (Food Navigator)  Many certification schemes are blocking true sustainability by watering down standards in order to get stakeholders on board and even providing ‘green cover’ for firms that are destroying the environment, according …

Biofuel Trial to Reduce Harmful Greenhouse Gases
May 3, 2018 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

(Red Funnel Ferry)  Red Funnel has announced that it is trialing the use of Green D+ fossil-free fuel on its ro-pax fleet of ships which operate between Southampton and the Isle of Wight.
The cross-Solent ferry …

Indonesian Oil Palm Smallholders Sue State over Subsidy to Biofuel Producers
April 27, 2018 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

(South Africa Today/Mongabay)  -A union of palm oil smallholders is challenging the allocation of a billion-dollar fund that they say fails to help them rejuvenate their low-yielding oil palms and instead unfairly subsidizes large biofuel …

As Petroleum Prices, Demand Soars, US, EU Dither on Biofuels
April 26, 2018 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … US gasoline prices are at a three-year high, says CNBC.
This time, the response has been to dither on biofuels and to point to reasonably dismal sales of EVs as evidence that …

B10 Biodiesel Pushed as Antidote to Palm Oil Surplus
April 24, 2018 – 11:05 am | No Comment

by Yuthana Praiwan (Bangkok Post)  The Thai Biodiesel Producer Association (TBPA) has called for energy policymakers to accelerate their enforcement of rules pertaining to the production and use of B10 biodiesel in a bid to absorb …

Compatibility of Mid-Level Biodiesel Blends in Vehicles in Indonesia
April 20, 2018 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

by Stephanie Searle and Kristine Bitnere (International Council on Clean Transportation)  Indonesia promotes biodiesel consumption through a blending mandate and a subsidy program. The current required biodiesel blend level in transport fuels is 20%, set to …

Why We Need Ecological Biofuels
April 17, 2018 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Paloma López Bermejo (The Parliament Magazine)  We must establish concrete criteria for determining how sustainable growing, manufacturing, transporting and marketing biofuels is, says Paloma López Bermejo.  —  …  Simply distinguishing between biomass, biofuels or bioliquids …

RED II Perpetuates Advanced Biofuel Trade Distortions and Incentivises Fraud
April 17, 2018 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

(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 biofuels investment. Instead, it incentivises …

EU Needs to Rethink, Set Goals to Reduce Palm Oil in Biodiesel
April 6, 2018 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

by Sudheer Mopperthy (Asian Age)  The EU adopted this new fuel with rigour and pledged that by 2020, 10 per cent of all transport fuels in EU nations would be biodiesel.   …   The EU’s palm oil ban …

My Eco Energy Eyes 10% of Telangana’s Diesel Market
April 3, 2018 – 10:42 am | No Comment

by Y V Phani Raj (Telangana Today)  Santosh Verma, co-founder, My Eco Energy, told Telangana Today, “Indizel has an edge over other diesel brands as it is made from the biodegradable products. This fuel will …

Boeing Promotes Aviation Biofuel in Africa
March 22, 2018 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Kaleyesus Bekele (AIN Online)  The Boeing Company has teamed with the South African government, South African Airways (SAA), the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and U.S. energy …

Indonesia to Expand Domestic Biodiesel Use
March 21, 2018 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

(Jakarta Post)  The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry plans to expand the use of biodiesel to 3.5 million kiloliters annually by encouraging the mining sector and state-owned railway operator KAI to use the fuel.
“I just reported …

EU Scraps Duty on Most Argentina, Indonesia Biodiesel: Document
March 21, 2018 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

Philip Blenkinsop (Reuters)  The European Union has removed duties on biodiesel imports for 13 Argentine and Indonesian producers following the end of legal proceedings at the European Court of Justice (ECJ), an EU document shows.
The bloc …

Questions Raised over EU’s Proposed Advanced Biofuels List
March 20, 2018 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

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” the list.
The Commission’s proposed revision …

EU Biofuel Policy Requires Reliable Framework Conditions — UFOP and FOP Appeal to Council, Parliament and Commission
March 19, 2018 – 11:11 am | No Comment

(Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP))  The trialogue procedure for redrafting the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) began in late February 2018. Against this backdrop, the German Union zur Förderung von …

Neste’s Human Rights Program Making Gradual Impacts on Labor Issues within the Palm Oil Industry
March 13, 2018 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

(Neste Corporation)  … In order to truly have impacts in human rights, we have started identifying potential human rights issues and put in motion a plan to manage the associated risks, particularly in our palm oil …

Defence Ministry Upholds ‘Palm Oil First Call’ in Proposed Jet Buy Deals with France
March 13, 2018 – 11:15 am | No Comment

by Sangeetha Amarthalingam (The Edge Markets)  The proposed palm biodiesel ban by the European Union (EU) parliament has bearings on negotiations on Malaysia’s plan to buy multi-role combat aircraft (MRCA) from Europe.
Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin …

Report on 8th ISCC Global Sustainability Conference; Presentations Published
March 12, 2018 – 9:04 pm | No Comment

(International Sustainability and Carbon Certification)  Tuesday 20 February 2018, Brussels, Belgium high profile speakers discussed on the latest updates on a broad range of topics:

The future of bioenergy discussed by the European Commission and Member States
RED …

Govt Pushing ahead with Locomotive Biodiesel Plans
March 6, 2018 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Viriya P. Singgih (The Jakarta Post)  The government will decide whether to resume the 20 percent biodiesel blend ( B20 ) policy for the locomotive sector by the end of June, when it expects to …

NNPC, Kogi to Produce 84 Million Litres of Bio-fuel
March 5, 2018 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

(Nigerian Natinal Petroleum Company)  Sign MoU on Fuel-Ethanol Project to Create 2 Million Jobs  —  The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Kogi State Government have executed a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of …

Aviation Biofuels: 10 Years, 100,000 Flights and We’re Still Arguing about Feedstock – Why?
February 27, 2018 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week marks the 10th anniversary of the first demo flight on biofuel  which was done by Virgin Atlantic.
LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren shared the factoid that, since that day, more than …

Unilever and PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) Reach Agreement to Accelerate Production of Sustainable Palm Oil in Indonesia
February 19, 2018 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

(Unilever)  Unilever and Indonesian government-owned palm oil plantation company PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together in Indonesia to support local mills and smallholder farmers to produce palm oil according …

Yay or Nay – Will EU Really Say No More Palm-Based Biodiesel?
February 5, 2018 – 10:37 am | No Comment

by Helena Taveres Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  … Environmental groups have long been against palm oil plantations on these crucial climate fighting forests. But consumers are using more palm oil products, from cosmetics to biofuels to food …

Palm Oil to Be Phased out as Biodiesel Feedstock?
January 31, 2018 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Cheryl Kalisch Gordon (Rabobank/The Land)  Only a month after the European Union confirmed Australian canola would satisfy the new 2018 greenhouse gas requirements for use in EU biodiesel, a proposal to alter the EU’s …

OPG Turns Focus to Laos for Oil Palm Plantation
January 30, 2018 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

(Bangkok Post)  OPG Tech Co, a local palm oil trader, is gearing up for oil palm plantation and biodiesel production in Laos after seeing limited business opportunities in Thailand. OPG plans to develop the plantation on …

WTO Rules EU Must Change Duties on Indonesia Biodiesel
January 26, 2018 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Philip Blenkinsop and Bernadette Christina Munthe (Reuters)  The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled in favor of several challenges by Indonesia to anti-dumping duties imposed on its biodiesel exports to the European Union, saying the measures needed …

Despite EU Palm Oil Ban, Biofuel Problems Will Continue
January 24, 2018 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

(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, set to take effect in …

The European Parliament Just Avoided a Biofuels Fail. Now Here’s How to Move forward on Decarbonising Transport
January 17, 2018 – 2:58 pm | No Comment

(ePure)  2030 EU target for renewables in transport leaves an opening for sustainable crop-based biofuels to help reach Paris goals  —  The European Parliament’s vote to phase out palm oil and allow some crop-based biofuels is a …

Over 1,000 Protest against EU Move to Ban Palm Oil Biofuel
January 17, 2018 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Kenneth Tee (MalayMailOnline)  About 1,700 Malaysian palm oil smallholders today rallied against the European Union’s (EU) move to remove palm oil from its biofuels mix.
The protest demanded that the EU withdraw its proposal to ban, …

Socialists, EPP and ALDE Propose to Cap Biofuels Shares at 2017 Level, End Palm Oil
January 14, 2018 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EURACTIV.com)  Lawmakers from three political families of the European Parliament reached on 10 January a compromise to cap the level of crop-based biofuels at the level that each member state reached in 2017 and …

Commission Tells Malaysia Proposed Biofuel Policy Respects WTO Rules
January 12, 2018 – 6:27 pm | No Comment

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 sources told EURACTIV.com, replying to …

GGC Readies B7bn Complex
January 12, 2018 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Yuthana Praiwan  (Bangkok Post)  Global Green Chemical Plc (GGC), the SET-listed biochemical arm of PTT Global Chemical Plc (PTTGC), plans to kick off development of its 7-billion-baht biochemical complex by the third quarter.
Managing director Jirawat …

Neste Launches Website Pushing for Sustainable Aviation
January 4, 2018 – 4:22 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The project aims to raise awareness of alternate fuels for the industry.  According to World Bank statistics, 3.6 billion people travelled by air in 2016. In a survey conducted by Neste, 53% of European passengers are concerned …

More Companies to Enjoy Biodiesel Subsidy
January 3, 2018 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Viriya P. Singgih (The Jakarta Post)  The government plans to expand the scope of its biodiesel subsidy to businesses operating outside the public service obligation (PSO) program starting in May in a bid to boost …

Oversupply of Biodiesel Worries Producers
December 27, 2017 – 2:41 pm | No Comment

(Bangkok Post)  … The commonly used biodiesel B100 reportedly has 13 factories producing 6.6 to 7 million litres a day, but national demand is around 3.3 to 3.5 million litres per day, said Sanin Triyanont, president …

Felda Protests EU’s Ban on Palm Oil
December 26, 2017 – 7:39 pm | No Comment

by  Zunaira Saieed (The Star)  FELDA, which harbours the largest population of oil palm smallholders in Malaysia, fully condemns the discriminatory act by the European Union (EU) to ban palm oil from entering its market.
This year, …

Mah: Endorsing Palm Oil Biofuel Ban a Step Backwards for Malaysia-EU Trade Ties
November 30, 2017 – 4:56 pm | No Comment

(Malay Mail Online)  The vote on Nov 28, 2017 by the Industry, Research & Energy Committee (ITRE) of the European Union’s (EU) Parliament  to endorse the ban on palm oil biofuels in Europe, under EU’s Renewable Energy Directive …

Government Initiates Rejuvenation Program for North Sumatra`s Palm Oil Plantations
November 29, 2017 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

(AntaraNews.com)  The government has initiated a program to rejuvenate palm oil plantations in North Sumatra spread across 9,109.29 hectares in 12 districts.
Serdang Bedagai, Langkat, South Labuhan Batu, Labuhan Batu, Asahan, Batubara, Simalungun, North Labuhan Batu, North …

“Borneo Atlas” To Help Palm Oil Buyers Check On Forest Damage
November 28, 2017 – 11:49 am | No Comment

(Reuters/Malaysian Digest)  Researchers have created for the first time a detailed map that will help buyers and consumers of palm oil work out whether the supply chain is harming forests on the Southeast Asian island of …

Divided on Biofuel Phase-Out, Parliament Looks for Compromise
November 15, 2017 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

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 crop-based biofuels entirely by 2030 …

Palm Methyl Ester Biodiesel Market Expected To Witness The Highest Growth
November 15, 2017 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

(Email Wire/QY Research Groups) The Global Palm Methyl Ester Biodiesel Market Research Report 2017 to 2022 renders deep perception of the key regional market status of the Palm Methyl Ester Biodiesel Industry on a global level …

Expect EU Single Certification to Be Stricter than RSPO — Expert
November 14, 2017 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

(UkrAgroConsult/BlackSeaGrain)  The single certification scheme for palm oil proposed by the European Union (EU) may be stricter than the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification, says an industry expert.
“I have a feeling that the EU …

Green Incentives See Rainforests Felled in Search for Biofuel
November 13, 2017 – 3:55 pm | No Comment

by Chisaki Watanabe (Sidney Morning Herald)  What started as a way to cut Japan’s dependence on imported fossil fuels has led to  an unexpected surge in a different and equally controversial shipment: palm oil.
Government incentives  introduced after …

Sabah Chooses New Palm Oil Certification to Cater to Europe’s Needs
November 7, 2017 – 12:58 pm | No Comment

by Jason Santos (Malaysian Insight)  SABAH’s move for a full compliance of the Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) by 2025 is to ensure the survival of the sector, state forestry director Sam Mannan said.
The move will also …

Why Palm Biodiesel Producers Should Keep Pushing R&D and Make Palm Oil Biodiesel More Environmentally Friendly
November 6, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Yamin Vong  (The Sun)  … The European Union is campaigning against palm bio-diesel and the European Parliament appears to be determined to ratify the Palm Oil and Deforestation of the Rainforests resolution that it passed on …

COSMOS: The Future of Plant Oil
November 1, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) On October 9th the 10th European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy kicked off in Brussels, Belgium, giving participants the opportunity to take part in a stakeholder workshop held by …

Biodiesel and the Ever-Changing Political Landscape
October 30, 2017 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  Industry stakeholders and legal experts discuss the recent RFS court ruling, the ongoing U.S. trade cases against Argentina and Indonesia, and the biodiesel tax credit in context of U.S. EPA’s Notice …

EP Committee on Environment Denies Prospects for Domestic Biofuels
October 29, 2017 – 11:25 am | No Comment

(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 European Parliament’s Committee on Environment …

The Royal Seeds of a Biofuel Revolution
October 28, 2017 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Yuthana Praiwan (Bangkok Post)  The late King laid the groundwork for Thailand’s path toward energy independence.  —  … Although biofuel took longer to develop because it required more deliberate scientific research and experimentation compared with other agriculture …

Marketing Sustainability: How Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAFs) Are Planning to Take Flight
October 19, 2017 – 6:41 pm | No Comment

By Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Flying in Formation: Since the first test flight almost 10 years ago, there have been over 40,000 commercial flights supported by four international airports supplying SAFs. Michael Gill, Executive …

More than Half of EU Biodiesel Made from Imported Crops, Study Finds
October 18, 2017 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

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 of imported palm oil is …

Countries Reject Plans for the Expansion of Aviation Biofuels
October 18, 2017 – 5:26 pm | No Comment

(Transport & Environment)  Today, 25 countries convened by the UN International Civil Aviation Organization(ICAO) rightly rejected the  2050 Vision on Sustainable Aviation Fuels that included volume-based targets as originally proposed by the ICAO Secretariat. Brad Schallert, Deputy Director at …

Biofuel Palm Oil Ban ‘Has Little Impact on Reducing Deforestation’
October 18, 2017 – 11:37 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A general ban on palm oil in biofuels in Europe punishes the wrong producers while having little impact on reducing deforestation, according to Jaboury Ghazoul, a professor of ecosystem management at ETH Zurich. He …

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 …

MEPs Vote to Ban the Use of Palm Oil in Biofuels
October 13, 2017 – 7:46 pm | No Comment

by Arthur Neslen (The Guardian)  MEPs have voted overwhelmingly to ban biofuels made from vegetable oils including palm oil by 2020, to prevent the EU’s renewable transport targets from inadvertently contributing to deforestation.
A new palm oil …

EU Member States, Commission Have No Position in European Parliament’s Resolution
October 12, 2017 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Sangeetha Amarthalingam & Wong Ee Lin (The Edge Markets)  The European Union (EU) member states and Commission have no position in the European parliament’s resolution to discontinue the usage of vegetable oils in biodiesel by 2020, …

NGOs Slam UN Aviation Agency Plan for Biofuels
October 10, 2017 – 3:41 pm | No Comment

(Phys.Org)  Nearly 100 environmental and poverty fighting groups jointly released a letter Tuesday slamming a UN proposal that backs large-scale use of biofuels in commercial planes.
Extensive burning of biofuels would vastly expand the production of palm …

MEP: ‘Sustainable’ Biofuels and E-Mobility Both Needed in Post-2020 EU Transport
October 4, 2017 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

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

Visegrad and Balkans Hit out at Commission over Biofuels Phase-Out Proposal
September 25, 2017 – 1:36 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos  (Euractiv)  The Visegrad group and two Balkan countries signed a joint declaration urging the European Commission to reconsider its proposal to gradually phase out first generation biofuels after 2020 and think about the …

EU-28 Biodiesel Imports Likely to Increase Significantly
September 15, 2017 – 11:25 am | No Comment

(UFOP/Biodiesel Magazine)  EU-28 biodiesel imports from the world’s three biggest exporters, Argentina, Indonesia and Malaysia, have dropped substantially since 2013. Whereas in 2012, Argentina still exported 1.48 million metric tons (444.3 million gallons) of soybean oil-based biodiesel …

Malaysia,Indonesia in Talks on Possible B5 Biodiesel Program in China
August 25, 2017 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

(Prensa Latina)  Malaysia and Indonesia are in talks on possible implementation of B5 biodiesel program in China, given the Chinese increased environment control in the palm oil market.

According to the Malaysian Minister of Plantations and …

Waste Not Want Not: Understanding the Greenhouse Gas Implications of Diverting Waste and Residual Materials to Biofuel Production
August 24, 2017 – 2:21 pm | No Comment

(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 are currently utilized in applications …

Argentine Biodiesel Industry Says U.S. Duties Will Halt Exports
August 23, 2017 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

by Michael Hirtzer (Reuters)  Argentine biodiesel exports will be priced out of the U.S. market, its leading industry body said, after Washington decided on Tuesday to impose steep duties on imports that it said were …

UAE Algae Could Produce Alternative to Palm Oil
August 22, 2017 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Researchers at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) in collaboration with other groups have discovered that the unique genomic traits that allow local green algae to survive in a desert climate may …

Domestic Manufacturers Ask Government to Allow Use of Palm Oil in Biofuels Mix
August 17, 2017 – 1:53 pm | No Comment

by Catherine Pillas (Business Mirror)  The Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI) is calling on the government to amend the Biofuels Act to allow the use of palm oil as an additive and not just coconut oil …

Palm Oil Collected from Hong Kong Beaches after Spill to Be Recycled and Turned into Fuel
August 17, 2017 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

by Ernest Kao (South China Morning Post)  Officials confirmed to have approached at least two biodiesel companies to collect some of the 211 tonnes that fell into the sea  —  A large portion of the …

M’sia Targets 50% Rise in Palm Product Exports to Philippines by 2020
July 25, 2017 – 10:58 am | No Comment

(The Star)  Malaysia is targetting the export of palm oil and palm-based products to the Philippines to increase by 50% to RM3bil by 2020, from RM1.99bil recorded in 2015.
Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri …

Malaysia and Indonesia Ready to Fight EU at WTO over Palm Oil Ban
July 24, 2017 – 7:58 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Malaysia, during a meeting between the trade ministers for Malaysia and Indonesia, the countries expressed deep disappointment in the allegedly unfair treatment by the EU on palm oil in favor of …

EU to Cut Biodiesel Tariffs for Argentina, Indonesia, Following WTO Ruling
July 20, 2017 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Poppy Carnell (M Lex Market Insight) EU dumping tariffs on biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia will be cut by more than half, after European investigators recalculated the duty rate in line with a ruling by …

France Plans to End Sales of All Gasoline, Diesel Vehicles by 2040 (and UK)
July 11, 2017 – 9:20 am | No Comment

by Bate Felix and Simon Carraud  (Reuters)  France aims to end the sale of gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2040 and become carbon neutral 10 years later, Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot said on Thursday at a …

France to Restrict Use of Palm Oil in Biofuels: Minister
July 7, 2017 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Sybille de La Hamaide (Reuters)  France will take steps to restrict the use of palm oil in producing biofuels in order to reduce deforestation in the countries of origin, French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot …

MEPs Ask Commission to Distinguish ‘Good and Bad’ Crop-Based Biofuels
June 30, 2017 – 5:39 pm | No Comment

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, calling on the Commission to …

Altering Distillation Curve of Biodiesel – Olefin Metathesis
June 29, 2017 – 11:09 am | No Comment

by Kapil Shyam Lokare (E2IG Solutions Pvt Ltd/Biofuels Digest)  … Today, diesel engines are used worldwide for transportation, manufacturing, power generation, construction, and farming, …. Their success comes from their efficiency, economy, and reliability.

Biodiesel is a sustainable viable …

Austrian Market Is Fully Supplied with Biodiesel of Domestic Manufacture
June 20, 2017 – 10:58 pm | No Comment

(Ukrainian Biofuel Portal)  Such facts were published by ARGE, that unites six Austrian biodiesel manufacturers.
As the facts indicate, it was produced 269 000 tones of biodiesel in 2014. In comparison with the last year the …

L’Oréal, Barry Callebaut Join Palm Oil Innovation Group to Reform Palm Oil Sourcing
June 19, 2017 – 10:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, L’Oréal and Barry Callebaut joined as the newest members of the Palm Oil Innovation Group in search of responsibly produced palm oil. These companies join others in …

Sustainable Palm Oil Certification Reaches 21 Percent Penetration
June 14, 2017 – 3:03 pm | No Comment

by Matt Rudolf (SCS Global Services/Biodiesel Magazine) Industry by industry, third-party certification of sustainability performance is increasingly helping to move the dial toward more responsible production and supply chain practices in line with UN Sustainable Development Goals. Nowhere …

Norway Bans Government Buying Palm Oil-Based Biofuel
June 14, 2017 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The Norwegian parliament voted today to ban the public procurement and use of palm oil-based biofuel, according to media reports.
According to media reports in Mongabay, the move may make Norway the world’s first …

FAO Official: Food-Based Biofuels Not Necessarily Bad
June 12, 2017 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EURACTIV)  Brazil demonstrates that sugar cane cultivation can supply both food and ethanol for fuel without harming the environment or pushing up food prices, a senior official from the United Nations Food …

Indonesian Biodiesel Producers Turn to China
June 9, 2017 – 4:38 pm | No Comment

(Jakarta Post) Indonesian biodiesel producers are eyeing China as a new promising market amid negative sentiment in the European Union and the United states.
Indonesian Biofuel Producers Association (Aprobi) chairman MP Tumanggor stressed Thursday that their …

France’s Avril Sees Improved Outlook for Biodiesel
June 7, 2017 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

by Sybille de La Hamaide (Reuters Africa)   Europe’s largest biodiesel maker Avril said a rebound in oil prices since early last year had improved its industry’s outlook, but warned that an EU proposal to …

Colombia Eyes Higher Ethanol Blends in Gasoline
May 31, 2017 – 2:19 pm | No Comment

(Your Renewable News)  The start-up of commercial operations at Colombia’s largest ethanol plant will allow the blend of the biofuel in gasoline to be raised to 10% by year-end, senior official at biofuels federation Fedebiocombustibles …

Are Advanced Biofuels Ready for Takeoff?
May 23, 2017 – 3:31 pm | No Comment

by John Fialka (E&E News/Climatewire)  … As a major U.S. exporter that has dealings with over 150 countries, Boeing had worked with airlines in the development of more fuel-efficient aircraft and better flying practices. Now it helped …

My Eco Energy to Set up a Network of Franchise Fuel Bunks for Biofuel Indizel
May 19, 2017 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by V Rishi Kumar (The Hindu Business Line)  My Eco Energy plans to set up a network of franchisee operated fuel dispensing stations for its non-petroleum based fuel Indizel, which the company states can be …

Eni and CONOE Sign Agreement for the Transformation of Used Vegetable Oils into Biofuels
May 18, 2017 – 10:54 am | No Comment

(Eni) The agreement will see Eni’s refineries in Italy capitalize on a national energy resource by creating high quality biofuels from used vegetable oils, representing the final stage of the virtuous cycle of the “circular economy”.
Used …

Indonesia Set to Increase CPO Export to China
May 17, 2017 – 11:23 am | No Comment

(Netral News)  The government of Indonesia is ready to increase the export of crude palm oil (CPO) to China.
“We are also discussing cooperation in the context of palm oil exports. China has developed class-5 biodiesel …

Latin American Oil Palm Mostly Replaces Pasture
May 17, 2017 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(IOP Environmental Research Web)  Oil-palm plantations in Latin America are mostly replacing cattle pasture and other previously intervened lands rather than forests, a study by scientists in Puerto Rico has found.
The research – which also …

Renewable Diesel A-Go-Go: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Neste
May 11, 2017 – 10:09 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Neste is a refining and marketing company, with a production focus on premium-quality, lower-emission traffic fuels. The company produces a comprehensive range of major petroleum products and is the world’s …

Houston Firm Proposes $500 Million Biofuel Refinery in Longview
May 10, 2017 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

by Marissa Luck (The Daily News)  A Houston-based group of investors is once again looking to develop a biofuel refinery in Cowlitz County, more than a year after their plans for oil, propane and biofuel …

Progress on Transport Biofuels in Korea
May 9, 2017 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

by Jin-Suk Lee and Kyu-Young Kang (IEA Bioenergy Task 39)  Since Korea imports over 95% of its energy demand, thus energy security has always been an important driver in the national agenda. In addition, CO2 mitigation has …

Greater Push for Biodiesel in Indonesia, Malaysia
May 3, 2017 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Peter Sibon (Borneo Post) … In South East Asia, Indonesia is moving ahead of the rest of the pack to implement B20 – an oil mix which contains 20 per cent of biodiesel derived from …

Malaysia, Indonesia to Counter EU Decision to Ban Palm Oil-Based Biofuel
April 26, 2017 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

(The Star)  Malaysia and Indonesia will send a joint mission to Europe next month to counter the European Union (EU) resolution which proposed to curb the use of oil palm-based biofuel by 2020.
Plantation Industries and …

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 …

EU Clamps Down on Imports of Unsustainable Palm Oil for Biofuels
April 10, 2017 – 9:16 pm | No Comment

(European Parliament/Biomass Magazine)  To counter the impact of unsustainable palm oil production such as deforestation and habitat degradation, particularly in Southeast Asia, the EU should introduce a single certification scheme for palm oil entering the …

Seven Cool Biofuel Crops That We Use for Fuel Production
April 10, 2017 – 11:45 am | No Comment

by Christopher McFadden (Interesting Engineering)  Biofuels and biofuel crops have been vaunted by politicians, journalists and scientists for years. A method of producing fuel from plants or other sources could potentially allow us to decrease …

The Imports Cometh
April 5, 2017 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biomass Magazine)  U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel hit extreme heights in 2016, fulfilling a third of the consumption market, driving the domestic biodiesel industry to more actively seek counteracting measures to protect …

MEPs to Call for Clampdown on Use of Palm Oil in Biofuels
April 3, 2017 – 3:50 pm | No Comment

(European Parliament News)  The EU should tackle the environmental impacts of unsustainable palm oil production, such as deforestation and habitat degradation, particularly in South-East Asia, says a non-binding report to be put to a vote …

Textbook: Biofuels and Bioenergy
April 3, 2017 – 1:24 pm | No Comment

edited by John Love and John A.  Bryant (Wiley-Blackwell)  With increased public and scientific attention driven by factors such as oil price spikes, the need for increased energy security, and concerns over greenhouse gas emissions …

Palm Oil Board Refutes Economist’s Claim on Biodiesel
March 30, 2017 – 3:30 pm | No Comment

by Robin Augustin (Free Malaysia Today)  Prominent economist Jomo Kwame Sundaram had said Malaysia’s research and development of biodiesel was ‘too modest’.  —  Malaysia has been actively carrying out research and development activities in palm …

Malaysia’s Biodiesel Production to Rebound This Year
March 28, 2017 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

(The Star)  Malaysia is expected to produce between 800,000 and 900,000 tonnes of biodiesel in 2017 from 500,000 tonnes last year when the government implements the biodiesel mandate, said the Malaysian Biodiesel Association.
Its president, U.R …

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 …

Parliament Committee Says Palm Oil Biofuels Usage Should End by 2020
March 13, 2017 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv)  MEPs adopted a report on Thursday (9 March) urging the European Commission to phase out the use of palm oil as a component of biodiesel by 2020 “at the latest”.
In November, the …

Malaysia Lagging in Palm Biofuel Research, Says Economist
March 8, 2017 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Koh Jun Lin (Malaysiakini)  Malaysia has not done enough research on palm oil derived biodiesel although Malaysian palm oil companies are well-poised to take advantage it, according to economist Jomo Kwame Sundaram.
Countries such as …

Research Finds Microalgae That Grow in Waste and Generate Biofuels
March 8, 2017 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

(Embrapa (Google translation)) Embrapa Agroenergia (DF) was able to identify species of microalgae that can be cultivated in liquid waste from agroindustrial processes, effluents. This crop can generate renewable raw material for biofuels, feed, cosmetics and …

Trans Borneo Expedition All Geared up for 860km Road Trip to Promote Biodiesel
March 7, 2017 – 9:09 pm | No Comment

by Daryll Law (Borneo Post)  The Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) and Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) will hold the Trans Borneo Expedition aimed at promoting the use of biodiesel fuel from today to …

Mind the (Carbon) Gap: With Sustainable Aviation Fuels, What Will It Take, Who’s Gonna Pay?
February 27, 2017 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  So there’s this gap, say researchers at Utrecht University in their report on aviation biofuels, between the emission goals that airlines have set themselves (call this, carbon-neutral growth), and what …

Expert: Clear Sustainability Framework Needed for Advanced Biofuels
February 24, 2017 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv)  If the EU wants to avoid a U-turn on advanced biofuels, then it has come up with a “clear and robust” sustainability framework that will provide policy certainty and investment security, …

Advances in Biofeedstocks and Biofuels, Volume One: Biofeedstocks and Their Processing
February 18, 2017 – 5:09 pm | No Comment

(Scrivener Publishing)  The most comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of all the possible aspects for biofeedstock processing and the production of energy from biofeedstocks.
Audience
Chemical engineers, petroleum engineers, process engineers, students in chemical engineering, biotechnology, petroleum engineering, …

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 …

Germany Cuts Palm Oil Use for Biodiesel by 1/3: Report
January 23, 2017 – 12:38 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Germany, the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food published an English-language edition of its Evaluation and Progress Report 2015 under the Biomass Energy Sustainability Ordinance.
Biofuel Sustainability Ordinance The FOAF reports …

B10 Biodiesel Is Cleaner, Better for Engines – MPIC
January 17, 2017 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

by Jonathan Lee (Paultan.org)  The Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) has released a statement clarifying the facts regarding the oft-delayed B10 biodiesel. The fuel, which uses a blend of 10% palm methyl ester …

U-Turn on Phase-Out of Food-Based Biofuels
January 13, 2017 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(Transport & Environment)  Food-based biofuels can still be counted towards the EU’s renewable energy target, the European Commission has proposed – in a stunning U-turn on its commitment to phase-out first-generation biofuels that are worse …

Wrap: Asian Biodiesel Markets Hit by Drought in 2016 but Find Export Success
December 30, 2016 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Samar Niazi (Platts)  The palm oil and PME story in 2016 was dominated by acute drought across Southeast Asia, caused by the most severe El Nino event since 1997-98.  …  The after-effects of the El …

Commission ‘Dangerously’ Out of Touch with Reality on Biofuels
December 14, 2016 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Dick Roche (EurActiv/Pannonia Ethanol)   A response delivered by Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete in the European Parliament last week demonstrates just how dangerously out of touch with reality the executive is on a policy that …

EU Biofuels Policy – UFOP in Favour of Maintaining 7% Cap
December 13, 2016 – 11:39 am | No Comment

(UFOP)  “The 7% cap for biofuels made from cultivated biomass, first established in 2015, must be maintained beyond 2020.” With this position, the Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) rejects the …

Commission’s Flip-Flop on Biofuels Puts at Risk Tens of Thousands of Jobs
December 6, 2016 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Patrick Kent (Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers’ Association/Euractiv)  The key element of this renewable energy plan is that the ceiling for the crop biofuel component of EU transport fuels will be slashed from 7% …

ICSA Slams Latest EU Commission Leaked Proposals on Biofuels
November 30, 2016 – 10:46 am | No Comment

(Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association) … According to Mr Kent (ICSA president Patrick Kent), this strategy flies in the face of logic. The Commission which was supportive of biofuels has now decided to reverse its …

US’ New Biofuel Mandate Boon to M’sia’s Plantation Sector
November 28, 2016 – 1:38 pm | No Comment

by Yvonne Tuah (Borneo Post)  The United States increasing its biofuel mandate by six per cent to 19.28 billion gallons in 2017 – the highest ever recorded –  is expected to benefit crude palm oil (CPO) …

Indonesia Sticks to Its Guns on B20 Biodiesel, Despite Rising Palm Oil Prices
November 25, 2016 – 4:45 pm | No Comment

by Ooi Tee Ching (New Straits Times)  Indonesia is keeping to its B20 biodiesel despite palm oil prices surpassing RM3,000 per tonne, this week. The biodiesel B20 is a blend of 20 per cent palm …

Transport Industry Wants More Tests on B10 Fuel
November 25, 2016 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by Noel Achariam (Free Malaysia Today)  Hauliers and lorry owners fear adverse effects on their vehicles if B10 fuel programme is forced on them without adequate tests to show it won’t cause any problems.  —
The Association …

AM Markets: US Biofuel Boost Sends Palm Oil to 4-Year High
November 25, 2016 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

(AgriMoney) …  “That larger-than-expected lift [to the EPA target] fuelled ideas that already tight vegetable oil supply would become even tighter in 2017,” said Tobin Gorey at Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
At Chicago broker Futures International, …

Oxfam Report Exposes EU Lobby Firepower of Biofuel Industry behind Destructive Bioenergy Policy
November 7, 2016 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

(Oxfam)  The European Union must overhaul its current bioenergy policy, which is based on getting fuel from plants, because the industry is linked to the eviction of thousands of people from their lands, out-competing food …

For the Welfare of His People
October 18, 2016 – 4:51 pm | No Comment

(Bangkok Post)  Benefits to the nation bestowed by His Majesty’s Sufficiency Economy Philosophy  —  … Throughout his 70 years on the throne, King Bhumibol Adulyadej initiated more than 4,500 royal development projects, all of which were …

Biodiesel Industry Seeks Support in Government for Investment of R $22 Billion by 2030
October 14, 2016 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Marta Nogueira (Reuters (Google Translation)) Biodiesel industry representatives presented Thursday to the federal government several suggestions to promote the sector and increase production to 18 billion gallons by 2030, up from 4 billion liters …

Palm-Oil-Based Biodiesel to Increase Palm Oil Demand
October 11, 2016 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by P. Chandra Sagaran (The Sun Daily)  The increase in the use of palm-oil-based petroleum diesel bio-fuel will increase the demand of the commodity in the country.
Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong …

Europe’s 2030 Renewables Policy Needs a Strong Approach on Biofuels
October 6, 2016 – 5:16 pm | No Comment

(ePURE) The European Commission should apply its own latest available science on biofuels if the EU
renewable energy policy is to be a success, says the European renewable ethanol association (ePURE).
In its July Communication on Low …

Biofuels Developments in Australia
September 30, 2016 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

by Susan van Dyk and Stephen Schuck (IEA Bioenergy Task 39 and Bioenergy Australia)  …  While Australia has large energy resources, it is a net importer of crude oil and refined petroleum products. In
2013, net product imports were …

Greenpeace Blocks IOI’s Palm Oil Refinery at Port of Rotterdam
September 29, 2016 – 6:02 pm | No Comment

by Ilari Kauppila (Biofuels International) Activists from Greenpeace blocked entry to a palm oil refinery at the Port of Rotterdam for seven hours on Tuesday due to claims of the plant being linked to Indonesian environmental concerns.
A …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Unilever, UPM
September 29, 2016 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This season, The Digest is hosting the Strategic Intent webinar series, looking at the plans, progress and future milestones of strategic stakeholders in the Advanced Bioeconomy. In this slide deck, we looked at …

Controversial B10 Biodiesel Hits Snag
September 22, 2016 – 5:28 pm | No Comment

by Yamin Vong (The Sun Daily)  A proposal to push through a controversial B10 bio-diesel next month hits more snags, much to the relief of car and oil companies that want validated testing of the palm-oil …

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 …

The High-Flown Fantasy of Aviation Biofuels
September 12, 2016 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Almuth Ernsting (Biofuelwatch/The Biomass Monitor)  …  As far as Branson and his airline, Virgin Atlantic, were concerned, the flight was indeed no more than a stunt: The “biofuel test flight” burned 95% ordinary kerosene and …

Europe’s Big 4 Ethanol CEOs (Tereos, Cristal Union, Alco Group, Crop Energies) Are in a Curious Situation.
September 6, 2016 – 4:37 pm | No Comment

by James Cogan (Biofuels Digest/Pannonia Ethanol)  … Together with their smaller peers they produce about 6 million tonnes of the fuel commodity annually, with combined revenues of around 4 billion euro. The product gets blended into …

Burning Paradise: Korindo Accused of Destroying Indonesia’s Last Forests
September 2, 2016 – 11:56 am | No Comment

by Vaidehi Shah (Eco-Business)  An investigative report by green groups from around the world has uncovered the role of Korean-Indonesian conglomerate Korindo in destroying precious, untouched ecosystems in Papua province.
One of Indonesia’s few remaining expanses of …

KL, Jakarta to Appoint ‘Ambassador of Palm Oil’
September 1, 2016 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

(Daily Express)   Malaysia and Indonesia plan to appoint an “Ambassador of Palm Oil” to promote the benefits of consuming palm oil products in the international market.
Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Datuk Seri Mah …

Henkel, BASF and Solidaridad Ally to Improve Sustainable Supply Chains for Palm Oils.
August 31, 2016 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

(Bio-Based World News)  Palm oil has become one of the world’s most versatile and controversial raw materials. Found in approximately 50% of products on supermarket shelves, including food and non-food items it’s harvesting has been …

Strategic Intent: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to ADM and ArcelorMittal
August 23, 2016 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This season, we are conducting Strategic Intent, our 19 webinar series on major companies and their partnerships, progress and plans in the Advanced Bioeconomy. In this edition, we explored Archer Daniels Midland and …

This Startup Turns CO2 into a Sustainable Replacement for Palm Oil
August 22, 2016 – 7:09 pm | No Comment

by Adele Peters (FastCoExist.com)  … A new Bay Area-based biotech startup called Kiverdi has a different solution: a synthetic palm oil, made from carbon dioxide.
The company uses microbes to transform waste carbon from industry into the …