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Can the European Union Afford to Phase Out Conventional Biofuels?
December 13, 2017 – 5:53 pm | No Comment

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

EU Needs Advanced Biofuels Boost to Reach Climate Goals, Transport Decarbonisation
December 5, 2017 – 4:04 pm | No Comment

by  Marko Janhunen (EurActiv/Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels)  The International Energy Agency confirms that sustainable biofuels are needed to secure transport decarbonisation. The European Parliament’s Industry Committee, for its part, confirms the need to set a specific …

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 …

MEPs Raise Ambition on Transport with ‘Sustainable’ Biofuels
November 29, 2017 – 8:20 pm | No Comment

by Paola Tamma (EurActiv)  Contrary to the European Commission’s initial proposal, the European Parliament voted on Tuesday (28 November) to increase targets for sustainable energy and reintroduce a sub-target for transport, by using “sustainable” biofuels.

Boost to renewables …

EU Targets on Renewables and Energy: Progress Slowing Down
November 29, 2017 – 6:54 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  The European Union (EU) and most of its Member States are on track to reach their 2020 targets on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Increases in energy consumption are slowing down progress. The share …

European Parliament Sets Stage for a Battle over Biofuels
November 29, 2017 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

(ePURE) Industry Committee vote falls short of what is needed to fix the Commission’s RED II proposal  —  The report adopted today by the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee sets the stage for a real …

Commission’s Biofuels Proposal May Kill Future Investment, Industry Warns
November 28, 2017 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

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

TO-SYN-FUEL Project: First Consortium Meeting in Rotterdam, Netherlands
November 28, 2017 – 2:04 pm | No Comment

(TO-SYN-FUEL) Members of twelve SME, industrial, and scientific partners, co-ordinated by Fraunhofer UMSICHT, and representatives of the European Commission participated in the first consortium meeting in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on the 26th of October 2017. Discussions …

Technology Key to Ensuring Sustainable Bioenergy and Biofuel Production
November 27, 2017 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

(EU Science Hub)  Bioenergy is the most common renewable energy source in Europe – and it’s expected to continue to make up a significant part of the energy mix in the future.
However, its climate performance can …

New Documentary Shows How Biofuels Lobby Played Parliament
November 21, 2017 – 11:16 am | No Comment

by Peter Teffer (EU Observer)  … The documentary tells the story of how the EU decided to embrace the use of biofuels, only to find out that it had not properly considered all the negative consequences.

The …

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 …

Citizens Taking Charge: Germany’s Buzz over Maize
November 10, 2017 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Since 2012, Energiegenossenschaft (energy cooperative) Starkenburg e.G. (ES) has been serving the Starkenburg region as independent non-partisan citizens’ cooperative supporting Germany’s grassroots movement by promoting renewable energy projects to …

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 …

Good Day for Bioenergy, Bad Day for Crop-Based Biofuels, as European Parliament’s Environment Committee Votes on RED II Proposals
October 26, 2017 – 11:45 am | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Policymakers in the European Parliament’s environment committee (ENVI) have voted in support of a proposal for a total phase out of crop-based biofuels by 2030 and have backed the use of …

MEPs Propose Upgraded, Nationally Binding Targets for Renewables
October 25, 2017 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

(New Europe Online)  EU should aim for 35% renewables in its energy consumption in 2030  —  The Environment Committee voted on its opinion on the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive for the period 2021 – 2030.

“I …

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 …

Wide Range of Issues Covered at Argus Biofuels Conference
October 18, 2017 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  New ethanol market developments, legislation and trading were just some of the themes analysed at this year’s Argus Biofuels conference.
The conference, which is taking place in London at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower …

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 …

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 …

Argus Media Interviews about UPM Biofuels, NixAl Commodities and Abengoa Bioenergy
October 10, 2017 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  … Argus interviews speakers Sari Mannonen, Vice-President, UPM Biofuels and Alberto Carmona Bosch, Chief Executive Officer, NixAl Commodities and former Exec. VP for Trading at Abengoa Bioenergy.
In these Q&As, Sari discusses UPM Biofuels’ …

Biofuels Phase-Out Will Raise Demand for Feed Imports, Industry Warns
October 6, 2017 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Samuel White (EurActiv)  This article is part of our special report Phasing-out biofuels: What’s really at stake?.  —  Biofuels in the EU are deeply intertwined with global food and feed markets. As the EU discusses …

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 …

A Sticky Matter: Sugar Molasses Dent EU’s Ambitions on Advanced Biofuels
October 4, 2017 – 12:40 pm | No Comment

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

What the EU Risks by Opening up Its Market to Brazilian Sugar Cane Ethanol
September 15, 2017 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Emmanuel Desplechin (ePURE/Euractiv)  Free and fair trade that helps boost economic growth and create jobs is a concept most people support, at least in theory. But trade policy is about more than just open …

Sustainable First and Second Generation Bioethanol for Europe
September 11, 2017 – 1:46 pm | No Comment

(nova-Institute) nova-Institute has published a finalised short version of its study into the sustainability of bioethanol from different feedstocks. To read the report, “A sustainability assessment of first and second generation bioethanol in the context of …

Scottish Growers Could Cash in on Green Biofuel Crisis
August 25, 2017 – 1:22 pm | No Comment

by Brian Henderson (Scotsman)  It became clear yesterday that Scottish wheat growers could have a major opportunity to supply grain to biofuel plants south of the Border – as the farm assurance scheme SQC moved …

A Major Moment for Ethanol in Europe
August 22, 2017 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Emmanuel Desplechin (ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The next few months are sure to be a crucial period for the European ethanol industry, as European Union policymakers grapple with new legislation that could phase out crop-based biofuels …

EU’s Biofuels U-Turn Is Final Nail in Coffin of Irish Sugar
August 7, 2017 – 10:24 am | No Comment

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

Romania Expects to Increase Blending Mandate by almost Double
July 24, 2017 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Romania expects a drastic decline in bioethanol production in 2017, but will increase its bioethanol blending mandate, according to the European Renewable Energy Directive.
Biofuel is expected to to rise slightly in 2018, …

EU Renewable Energy Policy Undermined by Lack of Transparency and Unsubstantiated Assumptions
July 21, 2017 – 11:31 am | No Comment

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

Irish MEP Criticises RED II Biofuel Phase Out
July 20, 2017 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  MEP Sean Kelly, the lead negotiator for the largest group in the European Parliament on the Renewable Energy Directive, has heavily criticised the European Commission’s proposal to phase out conventional biofuels made from …

Biomass and Biofuels in the EU: Emotion-Based Policymaking?
June 29, 2017 – 6:38 pm | No Comment

by Francis X. Johnson (Stockholm Environment Institute/Euractiv)  The European Commission’s tinkering on biomass policy effectively promotes oil over economically viable and sustainable biofuels …  —  … In its proposed legislative changes, the European Commission abandoned the position …

Exclusive: ePURE ‘Heartened’ by MEPs’ Views on Biofuels
June 29, 2017 – 2:25 pm | No Comment

by Daryl Worthington (Biofuels International)  The renewable ethanol association ePURE has responded to Hans-Olaf Henkel and Marijana Petir, two MEPs in the European Parliament who recently stressed the importance of biofuels in the decarbonisation of the …

Sustainable First and Second Generation Bioethanol for Europe: Opportunities for People, Planet and Profit — September 26, 2017 — Brussels, Belgium
June 15, 2017 – 4:16 pm | No Comment
Sustainable First and Second Generation Bioethanol for Europe: Opportunities for People, Planet and Profit   —   September 26, 2017   —   Brussels, Belgium

In the context of discussions regarding the draft EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II), Sustainable First and Second Generation Bioethanol for Europe will provide a platform for discussions on the pros and cons of first …

Building up the Future Sub Group on Advanced Biofuels : Final Report – Study
June 15, 2017 – 3:39 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  This study seeks to support the European Commission in the elaboration of a methodology for the deployment of advanced biofuels. Currently, the contribution of advanced and other renewable fuels is very limited in …

European Ethanol Achieves Record Breaking GHG Reduction in 2016
June 13, 2017 – 1:25 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Renewable European ethanol achieved its highest greenhouse gas (GHG) savings yet in 2016, according to the latest producer data. A European association of renewable ethanol producers, ePure says that the new figures mark …

Renewable European Ethanol Delivered Higher Greenhouse Gas Savings than Ever before in 2016
June 12, 2017 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

(ePURE) According to latest producer data, ethanol production and use scored better than 66% average savings over fossil petrol – yet another increase in ethanol’s EU decarbonisation performance.
European renewable ethanol delivered an average of more than …

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 …

European Ethanol Delivers Record GHG Savings in 2016
June 9, 2017 – 3:19 pm | No Comment

(PRIMA-Markets.com)  European ethanol provided an average greenhouse gas (GHG) saving of over 66% compared to fossil fuel in 2016, up 2% YoY, the European ethanol industry Association (ePURE) stated in a press release this week. …

MEP Calls for Sweeping Changes to EU Biofuel and Bioenergy Legislation
June 6, 2017 – 3:01 pm | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  MEP Bas Eickhout has proposed sweeping reforms to EU legislation regarding bioenergy and biofuels. They come amid the Dutch politician’s proposals for increasing the EU’s renewable energy share target for 2030 from 27% to …

The Future Fuel Europe Already Has in the Tank
May 30, 2017 – 2:53 pm | No Comment

by Emmanuel Desplechin (Politico/ePURE)  Renewable ethanol does more than just decarbonize transport. It also boosts engine efficiency and helps improve air quality.  —  The European Commission has just told the Belgian government that it needs …

Industry and Farmers See Biofuels as a Crucial Market ‘Outside CAP’
May 22, 2017 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Sarantis Michalopoulos (ERUACTIV)  Farmers see biofuels as a crucial source of income but investors clashed with NGOs at an event organised by EURACTIV last week (12 May), over the European Commission’s post-2020 biofuels proposal …

Ethanol Industry Expert: Biofuels Tug-of-War Is an EU Invention
May 15, 2017 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by  Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv)  The conflict between second and first generation biofuels – depicted as good and bad for the environment – only exists in Brussels. In fact, it’s the brainchild of the European Commission, …

The Commission’s Proposal on the Revision of the Renewable Energies Directive (RED II): Impacts on Bio-Based Materials and CO 2 Use
May 3, 2017 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(Bio-Based News (Google Translation))  The nova Institute has analyzed the Commission’s new RED II proposal and presented the most important results in one paper.
CO 2 -based fuels are on the up, but the uneven treatment …

RED II Dominates Agenda at EU Biofuels Seminar
April 28, 2017 – 7:52 pm | No Comment

by Daryl Worthington (Biofuels International)  … Ruta Baltause, a policy officer at the European Commission, delivered the EU perspective, explaining the reasoning behind proposed comprehensive revisions of the RED which include gradual phase out of conventional crop-based …

Government Mind Games are Driving Investors Away from Biofuel & Other Bio-Based Projects
April 14, 2017 – 11:21 am | No Comment

by Colin Ley (AgFunder News)  The closer you get to the commercialization of a development, the harder it becomes to raise capital, and recent government activities around the world are not making life easier for …

REDII – Taking a Look at the Impact Assessment
April 10, 2017 – 9:39 pm | No Comment

(ePURE)  With its revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) the European Commission wants to phase out all conventional biofuels in the EU. But in making its proposal the Commission has ignored many of its own …

EU Sees ‘Strategic Advantage’ of Biofuels in Aviation
March 23, 2017 – 7:09 pm | No Comment

by Hannah Black and Sarantis Michalopoulos  (EurActiv) In sectors like aviation where decarbonisation options are limited, there is a strategic advantage in encouraging the use of biofuels, a European Commission official has said.
The aviation sector is dependent …

EU Sees ‘Strategic Advantage’ of Biofuels in Aviation
March 13, 2017 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Hannah Black and Sarantis Michalopoulos (EurActiv)  In sectors like aviation where decarbonisation options are limited, there is a strategic advantage in encouraging the use of biofuels, a European Commission official has said.
The aviation sector …

French, German Farmers Urge EU to Keep 7 Percent Biofuel Target
February 8, 2017 – 8:28 pm | No Comment

(UFOP/Biodiesel Magazine)  … UFOP and FOP focused their meeting in Berlin on the last energy proposals from the European Commission. In its “winter package,” the commission proposed to limit first-generation biofuels from 7 percent in 2020 …

Europeans Want EU Policy to Promote First-Generation Biofuels, New Survey Finds
January 24, 2017 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Europeans overwhelmingly support the use of conventional biofuels made from crops and believe EU policy should encourage it, according to an EU-wide opinion survey released today (23 January, 2017).
More than …

Denmark Leads Europe by Giving Green Light to 0.9% Advanced Biofuels Blending Target
December 19, 2016 – 12:23 pm | No Comment

by Liz Gyekye (Biofuels International)  Denmark has agreed plans to implement a 0.9% advanced biofuels blending mandate by 2020 for use in transportation.  This news will provide a boost to second-generation biofuels. For example, biofuels …

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 …

Estonia Last EU State to Begin Transitioning to Biofuel
December 13, 2016 – 6:20 pm | No Comment

(Estonia Public Broadcasting)  The Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure submitted a bill amending the Liquid Fuel Act which would require liquid fuel suppliers to add fuels produced from renewable sources, known as biofuels, to …

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% …

Recent Renewables Required Reading: What Can You Skip, What d’ya Gotta Read?
December 2, 2016 – 11:49 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week, in Washington and Brussels, four news flashes on global renewable fuel volumes appeared on the radar. Can you safely ignore them and get on with other work, or is …

Commission’s Proposal to Phase out Conventional Biofuels Ignores Science and Jeopardises Biofuel Investments
November 30, 2016 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

(ePURE)  The European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) regrets the European Commission’s intentions to phase out, or significantly reduce, the use of conventional biofuels in Europe, contained in the proposed Renewable Energy Directive for the period …

Europe Doesn’t Have Enough Sustainable Wood and Cow Dung to Meet Its Unrealistic Bioenergy Projections – New Analysis
November 30, 2016 – 4:20 pm | No Comment

(Transport & Environment)  Sustainable wood waste, agricultural residues, manure and other organic residues generated in Europe will only cover around 80% of the EU’s projected bioenergy use in 2030, a new analysis by green groups …

Petition for rCCU Integration in the RED Presented to European Commission
November 28, 2016 – 7:49 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Belgium, a petition for Carbon capture and use support was presented to Marie Donnelly, Director Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency, European Commission DG Energy; 86 renowned companies and …

Q&A: Alcogroup Says Ethanol Is Key to GHG Targets
November 18, 2016 – 4:46 pm | No Comment

(Argus Media)  Belgium-based ethanol producer Alcogroup’s chief executive Charles-Albert Peers spoke to Argus about near-term prospects for the European ethanol market following the introduction of gasoline with a maximum blended volume of 10pc ethanol (E10) …

Commission Proposals on Biofuels Will Damage Romania’s Interests
November 6, 2016 – 4:59 pm | No Comment

by Laurențiu Rebega (EurActiv/Europe of Nations and Freedom Group)  The change of EU policy on biofuels will undermine Romania’s potential to become one of Europe’s most important sources of clean renewable fuel —  … n addition to …

RSB EU RED Re-Recognized by the European Commission
September 19, 2016 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials is pleased to announce its re-recognition by the European Commission. The decision was published by the commission on Aug. 9 in the Official Journal …

Global Biofuels Market Will Gain Momentum Due to Increasing Energy Security Until 2020, Says Technavio
September 18, 2016 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

(BusinessWire/Technavio)  The global biofuels market is expected grow at a CAGR of nearly 6% during the forecast period, according to Technavio’s latest report.
In this report, Technavio covers the market outlook and growth prospects of the …

The EU Aims for Bioeconomy Perfect, by Tossing out the Good
September 12, 2016 – 10:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (T)he EU has put itself on a fast-track to limit, if not abandon, first-generation biofuels and focus almost exclusively for its carbon future on advanced biofuels.

Europe has a lot …

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 …

Enerkem’s Facility in Edmonton Becomes the First ISCC Certified Plant in the World to Convert Municipal Solid Waste into Biomethanol
August 24, 2016 – 6:15 pm | No Comment

(Enerkem/Newswire)  Enerkem Inc. (www.enerkem.com), a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, announced it has obtained certification from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) system for the biomethanol production of its Enerkem Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility in Edmonton, …

ePure: Europe’s Green Transport Strategy Cannot Afford to Ignore Ethanol’s High GHG Savings
August 3, 2016 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The European Commission has published its Communication on a European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility report that explores policy options to decarbonise transport beyond 2020.
The European renewable ethanol association (ePURE), representing conventional and advanced …

A4E Calls on Governments to Support the UN’s Global Scheme to Reduce Airline Carbon Emissions
July 25, 2016 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

(AviationBenefits.org)  Coinciding with the presentation of the European Commission’s “European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility”, A4E sets out its priorities on environmental policy.
A4E calls on all governments to support the United Nations’ proposed carbon offset scheme …

Certifying Biofuels: Weaknesses in Recognition and Supervision of the System
July 21, 2016 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

(European Court of Auditors)  Weaknesses in the system of certifying sustainable biofuels could undermine the basis of the EU’s 2020 targets for renewable energy in transport, according to a new report from the European Court …

The Top 10 Australian Bioeconomy Stories of 2016
July 5, 2016 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) #10: Refocusing away from algae …; #9: Export potential on the rise …; #8: New cellulosic ethanol project in planning …; #7: First Australian biorefinery for renewable diesel, jet fuel …;  #6: New …

European Parliament Calls for Improved Policies for High GHG Saving Biofuels Post-2020
June 27, 2016 – 5:49 pm | No Comment

(ePURE)  The European Parliament has adopted an own-initiative a report on the European Commission’s 2015 Renewable Energy Progress report. The European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) welcomes the Parliament’s call on the Commission to ensure the full implementation of …

Brexit: What Does It Mean for the Advanced Bioeconomy?
June 24, 2016 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, the British people voted to exit the European Union in a historic vote which was announced in the early Friday hours. Following the vote, UK Prime Minister …

Sustainability Criteria for Transport Biofuels Need Improvements
June 14, 2016 – 3:18 pm | No Comment

(Science Daily/Technical Research Centre of Finland)  In its Renewable Energy Directive, the European Union has set a 10% goal for the use of renewable energy in transport by 2020. Only biofuels meeting certain sustainability criteria …

Cars and Trucks Burn Almost Half of All Palm Oil Used in Europe
June 2, 2016 – 11:53 am | No Comment

(Transport & Environment)  …  In 2014, 45% of all the palm oil used in Europe ended up in the tanks of cars and trucks, data from EU vegetable oil industry association Fediol and obtained by green …

Commission Refers Poland to Court of Justice of the EU because of Restrictions to Some Imported Biofuels and Biofuel Raw Materials
May 26, 2016 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

(European Commission)  The European Commission decided today to refer Poland to the Court of Justice of the EU for establishing restrictions in Polish law against certain imported biofuels and raw materials for biofuel.

Polish law is …

Sweden Takes the Lead in Biofuel-Use in Europe
May 20, 2016 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

by Tomas Ekbom (Task 39 May 2016 Newsletter)  The production and use of biofuels in Sweden have increased substantially since the mid-2000s. According to preliminary statistics from SPBI, the share of renewable energy in the road …

European Commission Slams Portugal for Failing to Comply with the RED
May 4, 2016 – 12:46 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Belgium, the European Commission has sent to Portugal a reasoned opinion urging the Member State to ensure the full compliance of its biofuel legislation with the Renewable Energy Directive. …

Biodiesel Worse for the Environment than Fossil fuels, Warn Green Campaigners
April 26, 2016 – 7:53 pm | No Comment

by James Crisp (EurActiv)  Instead of reducing them, using biodiesel in transport will increase polluting emissions by 4%, the same as putting an extra 12 million cars on the road in 2020, green campaigners have said.
Biodiesel …

Time for Full Carbon Accounting
April 22, 2016 – 6:22 pm | No Comment

by Zoltán Szabó (Biofuels Digest)  The sustainability aspects of transport fuels are in the spotlight this year in Brussels as a number of key files make their way through the process, namely the Energy Union …

EU Must Increase Ethanol Use to Meet Targets
April 11, 2016 – 7:44 pm | No Comment

by Robert Wright (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ePURE)  Renewable energy use in transport in all 28 EU members has been much less than projected in their National Renewable Energy Action Plans, with the gap widening. Actual ethanol …

115 Civil Society Groups Call for Bioenergy to Be Excluded from the RED post-2020
February 10, 2016 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In the UK, 115 civil society organizations and networks from across the globe have published a declaration calling for bioenergy to be excluded from the next EU Renewable Energy Directive …

Renewable Accounts: Solid Biofuels, Part One
February 3, 2016 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

by David Ripplinger (NDSU Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics)  When I returned to the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at North Dakota State University in 2010, I expected my research to focus on the …

Biofuels for Transport in Germany
January 27, 2016 – 11:25 am | No Comment

(Task 39 Newsletter) …  This article briefly introduces the regulative framework in the EU and in Germany before addressing current developments and perspectives of conventional and advanced biofuels.  …  The main instruments for decarbonizing the …

Experimental Algae to Grow at the Refinery
December 22, 2015 – 11:59 am | No Comment

(PKN ORLEN) PKN ORLEN is starting another R&D project to explore alternative sources of next-generation biocomponents. The Company plans to open a research station at its Production Plant in Płock, where carbon dioxide and process wastewater …

How Renewable Ethanol Can Be Produced Sustainably
December 17, 2015 – 4:33 pm | No Comment

(ePURE) … At ePURE, the association representing European ethanol producers, we believe that renewable ethanol can play an important role in decarbonising transport.
Because ethanol can be blended with petrol to run in existing engines, it is …

USDA GAIN Report Highlights EU Ethanol, Biodiesel Markets
August 17, 2015 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network provides an overview of the European Union’s liquid biofuel industry, including information related to ethanol …

Europe’s Biofuels Debate Needs to Focus on Implementation
July 2, 2015 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Robert Wright (ePURE/EurActiv)   As the debate kicks off on transport within Europe’s 2030 climate and energy framework, policymakers and industry must not lose sight of the challenges, says Robert Wright (secretary general of the …

St1 Completes Waste-to-Ethanol Etanolix Project in Sweden
June 8, 2015 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Sweden, St1 Biofuels Oy delivered its first Etanolix plant to North European Bio Tech Oy (NEB) in Gothenburg, which recycles feedstocks such as biowaste and process residue from local …

European Parliament Votes against First-Gen Biofuels
February 26, 2015 – 7:45 pm | No Comment

by Danny King (AutoBlog) Just 6 Percent of Euro Fuel Supply Can Come From Biofuel by 2020
European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted Tuesday to put a cap on how much of the continent’s fuel supply can come …

Report from the 3rd Platts Biofuel Conference, Prague, 17-18 June 2014
February 7, 2015 – 10:07 am | No Comment

by Maija Sihvonen* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Biofuel regulation with initiatives like ILUC (Indirect Land Use Change) and RED (renewable energy directive) were some of the key issues as the speakers in the 3rd Platts biofuel …

Life Cycle Analysis Study: Biodiesel from Animal Fat Produces 85% Fewer Greenhouse Gas Emissions
January 20, 2015 – 3:16 pm | No Comment

(European Fat Processors and Renderers Association)    Biodiesel made from animal fat reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 85% compared to fossil fuels. This exceptional figure has been confirmed by the findings of a recent study by the …

4 Minutes with… Jens Sogaard Jacobsen, Group Sales Director, MBP Group
January 20, 2015 – 3:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … We manage their by-products and ensure that this potential waste is brought to optimal use in the bioeconomy

Sustainability: in order to be acceptable in the long run the bioeconomy needs …

REG Acquires Majority Stake in Petrotec; Tender Offer for All Shares Imminent
December 11, 2014 – 11:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  US biodiesel leader heads for the EU – what’s up with used cooking oil, and what is REG’s path forward with the German-based biodiesel producer?  In Iowa, Renewable Energy Group …

France Champions Bioethanol Industry in Europe
November 24, 2014 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

(Euractiv)  The French bioethanol industry is leading the campaign to raise the proportion of biofuel in Europe’s transport fuel mix to 15%, while the European Commission continues to hold the sector on a short leash. …

Platts Webinar – European Road Fuels
July 9, 2014 – 7:20 pm | No Comment

by Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuel USA) Tim Worledge, the Associate Editorial Director of Platts Agriculture relayed some of the history and the status quo of the biofuel industry in Europe during a webinar hosted by …

Proposal on Indirect Land-Use Change: EU Council Reaches Agreement
June 14, 2014 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest/Council of the European Union)   Received at the Digest from the Council of the European Union:   Today’s Energy Council reached a political agreement on the draft directive on indirect land-use change …

Proposals for a Reform of the Renewable Energy Directive to a Renewable Energy and Materials Directive (REMD)
June 2, 2014 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Michael Carus, Lara Dammer, Andreas Hermann and Roland Essel (nova-Institute)  nova-paper #4 “Proposals for a Reform of the Renewable Energy Directive to a Renewable Energy and Materials Directive (REMD)” presents a reform proposal that …

UFOP: Making the Case for First-Gen Biofuels in EU Policy Future
April 2, 2014 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(UFOP (Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e. V. )/Biodiesel Magazine) The European resolution and discussion situation with respect to European Commission proposals for amendments to the Renewable Energies Directive and the Fuel Quality Directive …

EU Biofuel Supply Chain Associations Reject European Council Proposal
December 11, 2013 – 4:28 pm | No Comment

by Sean Bartlett(Platts)  A European Council proposal to amend the Renewable Energy Directive will fail to realize EU targets for greenhouse gas-saving emissions, lead to job losses, and reduce competitiveness across the agricultural and biofuels …

EU Biofuels Investment Development: Impact of an Uncertain Policy Environment
December 11, 2013 – 4:01 pm | No Comment

(Agra CEAS Consulting) This Special Study shows that meaningful investments in biofuels in the EU ceased well prior to 2012. The data thus show that the Renewable Energy Directive itself was empirically not a stimulus for biofuels investments, …

UK Proposes Counting Biofuel toward 2020 Green Energy Target
December 10, 2013 – 7:30 pm | No Comment

by Barbara Lewis (Reuters)  Britain has proposed a way to lower the European Union’s 2020 target for renewable energy by counting the contribution from biofuels twice, avoiding the need for billions of euros in investment, …

Betting on Best Quality: A Comparison of the Quality and Level of Assurance of Sustainability Standards for Biomass, Soy and Palm Oil
December 3, 2013 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

(National Committee of the Netherlands)  This report aims to provide insight in the quality and in the level of assurance of voluntary standard systems (VSS) for biomass, including soy and palm oil in order to help …

Europe’s Biofuels Not Guaranteed Sustainable, Finds New Study
December 3, 2013 – 5:51 pm | No Comment

(World Wildlife Fund)  Brussels, Belgium: A WWF analysis has shown that the standards used to assess biofuel sources fall well short of ensuring that Europe’s push towards increased biofuel use is not contributing to environmental destruction and …

Impacts of the EU Biofuel Policy on Agricultural Markets and Land Use
October 2, 2013 – 8:12 pm | No Comment

(European Commission Joint Research Center) This report aims to analyse different scenarios that could occur in the EU in the years to come. First is an assumed situation in which by 2020 biofuels would contribute 8% towards the …

Ukrainian Grain Company Wins Certificate for EU Biofuel Supplies
September 18, 2013 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Alexander Bor  (Platts)  Ukraine’s State Food Grain Corporation, one of the country’s largest grain traders, has won a certificate allowing it to export raw materials for biofuel production in the EU, the company said …

Food Price Fears Push EU Lawmakers to Put a Lid on Biofuels Growth
September 12, 2013 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

(EurActiv)  The European Parliament has voted to limit the use of fuels made from food crops because of fears that biofuels can push up grain prices or damage the climate, further undermining the once booming …

Clariant Certifies Cellulosic Ethanol Plant under European Directives
September 4, 2013 – 6:14 pm | No Comment

(Clariant)  Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, has received the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) for its sunliquid® demonstration plant in Straubing (Germany), which was opened in July 2012. The certificate confirms that …

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% …

Study Shows Biodiesel Feedstock Diversity in Germany’s Fuel
August 29, 2013 – 8:26 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  With 53 percent raw material content, rapeseed oil remains the most important raw material source for the production of biodiesel in Germany, followed by palm oil with 25 percent, and …

Europe’s Transport Sector Sluggish in Adopting Biofuels, Report Finds
August 7, 2013 – 12:21 pm | No Comment

by Tildy Bayar (Renewable Energy World)   In advance of a vote on a European directive that will shape the Union’s future policy for biofuel use in the transport sector, an annual report published today by …

UFOP Samples 60 Stations, Finds Biodiesel Feedstock Diversity Up
July 15, 2013 – 6:24 pm | No Comment

(Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e.V./Biodiesel Magazine)  With 53 percent raw material content, rapeseed oil remains the most important raw material source for the production of biodiesel in Germany, followed by palm oil …

Report: ILUC Penalties under the RED Will Harm Developing Nations
July 15, 2013 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A new report published by World Growth argues that the E.U.’s proposal regarding indirect land use change (ILUC) carbon emissions under the Renewable Energy Directive represents a futile effort …

EU Committee Votes on RED, Prompting Response from ePURE, UNICA
July 15, 2013 – 5:29 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A recent vote by the EU Parliament’s Environment Committee prompted comment by ePURE, which represents the EU ethanol industry, and UNICA, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association.
On July 11, the …

The Brussels Biofuels Debate, Part III: MEP Vidal-Quadras Scraps ‘Deficient’ ILUC Factors From Commission’s Proposal
May 28, 2013 – 6:50 pm | No Comment

(The Oil Palm)  Spanish MEP and Draftsman for the influential Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE), Alejo Vidal-Quadras, has dismissed the European Commission’s proposal to introduce Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) factors as part of …

The European Parliament Is Making a Bad Biofuels Proposal Worse
May 8, 2013 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

(EurActiv)  …This conflict is not one between green ambitions and trade rules – it is a conflict between trade rules and a biofuels policy aiming to favour domestically produced biofuels at the expense of foreign …

National Associations Refuse Commission’s Proposal on iLUC
April 30, 2013 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

(Asociación de Productores de Energías Renovables Biocarburantes – Spain; Associação Portuguesa de Produtores de Biocombustíveis – Portugal; Krajowa Izba Biopaliw – Poland; Renewable Energy Association – United Kingdom; Verband der Deutschen Biokraftstoffindustrie – Germany)  We support the current target …

EU Fiddling while Oil Burns – Time for Proactive Biofuels Policy
April 30, 2013 – 4:30 pm | No Comment

by by Francis X. Johnson (Public Service Europe)  Policies should focus on long-term approaches to a sustainable biofuels market development, rather than short-term reactive approaches
Europe’s relationship with biofuels has been marked by dramatic turns. Biofuels for …

EU Biodiesel Terms Increasingly Complex
April 24, 2013 – 11:16 am | No Comment

(Argus Media)  Biodiesel trade terms are becoming increasingly complicated as buyers and sellers haggle over sustainability clauses, payments terms and water content.
Much of the wrangling has appeared over Fame 0 biodiesel compliant with the EU …

If Polluters Pay, Will Renewables Rise?
February 6, 2013 – 11:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Changes in EU policy and the financing of advanced biofuels have led to a revival of project formation in Europe.
The latest news from Finland is that St1 is proceeding towards …

Colonialism and the Green Economy: Villagers Defy Pressure to Forfeit Farms for Carbon-Offset
January 14, 2013 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Daniel C Marotta and Jennifer Coute-Marotta  (Truthout)  All names are fictitious as sources requested anonymity out of fear of retaliation. Anonymity and people’s  requests that no pictures be taken were prerequisites for attaining interviews. …

Concerns EU’s Renewable Energy Directive Breaks Rules Of Free Trade
December 2, 2011 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

(Eurasia Review)  The European Union renewable energy regulation may became a subject of dispute in the World Trade Organization (WTO),  warned Monday the Globalization Institute, adding that lack of transparency and discrimination towards foreign biofuel …

EU Not Supporting NGOs Against Palm Oil
March 25, 2011 – 4:02 pm | No Comment

by Rupa Damodaran   (Business Times)    The European Union is not using environmental non-government organisations as a “fifth column” to help it achieve its Renewable Energy Directive (RED) which places palm oil for biofuel at a …