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ICAO Council Reaches Landmark Decision on Aviation Emissions Offsetting
July 3, 2018 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(International Civil Aviation Organization) The ICAO Council made important headway today on the key international standards supporting the UN aviation agency’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation, or ‘CORSIA’.  
Its adoption of the First Edition …

Leveling the Playing Field: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Reserves Accounting
July 2, 2018 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In November 2011, the Digest ran a story on a remarkable proposition — advanced by Richard Hamilton, then CEO of Ceres — that biofuels companies – on the “level playing field” …

A Bio-Based, Reuse Economy Can Feed the World and Save the Planet – UN Agency
May 28, 2018 – 9:58 am | No Comment

(UN News)  Transforming pineapple skins into product packaging or using potato peels for fuel may sound far-fetched, but such innovations are gaining traction as it becomes clear that an economy based on cultivation and use of biomass …

UNFCCC Ag Work Program Approval Affirms Old Adage: ‘World is Run by Those who Show Up’
May 11, 2018 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Ernie Shea (Solutions from the Land/25 x ’25)  Over the past 10 years, Solutions from the Land (SfL) and 25x’25, our clean energy platform, has been supporting a group of knowledgeable, experienced and visionary farmers, …

Beyond the ICAO’s CORSIA: Towards a More Climatically Effective Strategy for Mitigation of Civil-Aviation Emissions
April 27, 2018 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  In a peer-reviewed research article published in the journal Climate Law, air transport economist Chris Lyle examines ICAO’s role in addressing international aviation’s growing emissions since referral by the UNFCCC to the UN agency through the …

Weak Governance at UN Shipping Agency Delaying Action on Climate Change
April 9, 2018 – 11:31 am | No Comment

(Transparency International Secretariat)  The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is at risk of unresolved conflicts of interest due to shortcomings in its governance, according to preliminary key findings of a new study by Transparency International.
Private shipping-industry concerns could have …

Biofuture Platform: Insights from COP23
January 4, 2018 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Michael Eggleston* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In order to meet the global temperature reduction target which was agreed upon at the Paris Climate Accord, delegates from the Biofuture Platform met in Bonn, Germany for the …

UN Conference Closes with Renewed Urgency for Greater Ambition to Tackle Climate Change
November 20, 2017 – 12:07 pm | No Comment

(UN News Centre)  …  The 19 Member countries of the ‘Biofuture Platform,’ including Brazil, China, Egypt, France, India, Morocco, Mozambique, also announced on Thursday formal agreement on the development of targets for biofuels and to …

U.N. Aviation Agency Recommends Weaker Rules for Biofuels: Sources
November 13, 2017 – 2:17 pm | No Comment

by Allison Lampert (Reuters)  The United Nations’ aviation agency on Friday recommended scaling back criteria for biofuels used on international flights as part of a compromise with developing countries who felt the rules would be too …

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 …

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

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

Ethanol Producers Work with UN to Accelerate Shift to Low Carbon
October 19, 2017 – 10:50 am | No Comment

(Ethanol Europe Renewables, Ltd./EurActiv)  EERL partners with UN Climate Change for COP 23  —  Ahead of the UN Climate Conference in Bonn (COP 23, 6-17 November), Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd (EERL) and UN Climate Change have partnered …

Airbus Exec.: EU ‘Bonus’ for Aviation Biofuels May Be Too Little
October 17, 2017 – 9:04 pm | No Comment

by Frédéric Simon (EurActiv)  The European Commission’s proposal to incentivise the production of biofuels for aircraft with a 20% “multiplier” goes in the right direction, says Thierry Nowaczyk from Airbus. The question is whether this is …

Second ICAO Conference on Alternative Aviation Fuels Held in Mexico
October 12, 2017 – 11:09 am | No Comment

(International Civil Aviation Organization) At the 39th Session of the ICAO Assembly, Resolutions A39-2 (Consolidated statement of continuing ICAO policies and practices related to environmental protection – Climate change) reaffirmed the need for alternative fuels to …

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 …

Interview — Growing Food or Fuel on Our Land?
August 31, 2017 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

(European Environment Agency)  Only a decade ago, biofuel production from plants was hailed as an ecological alternative to fossil fuels. Recently, it has come to be seen as competing with food production and not always …

Biofuel Potential in Southeast Asia: Raising Food Yields, Reducing Food Waste and Utilising Residues
July 25, 2017 – 11:21 am | No Comment

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

High Potential in North America for Low-Carbon Jet Fuels but Unlikely to Make Impact on ICAO Emissions Goal
June 15, 2017 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  North America has a higher potential for the production of sustainable alternative jet fuels than other regions of the world because of its available resources but it is unlikely that switching to low-carbon …

Trump’s Withdrawal from Paris Is Bad News for the ICAO Emissions Deal
June 2, 2017 – 3:10 pm | No Comment

by Aaron Karp (Air Transport World)  I expect to hear a lot of talk over the coming days, particularly at the IATA AGM in Cancun that starts June 4, about how the Paris climate agreement …

CORSIA Aviation Carbon Emissions Scheme Must Learn Lessons from UN’s Flawed Offset Mechanism, Says Study
April 28, 2017 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

(GreenAir Online)  While ICAO deliberates over rules concerning what offsets should be eligible under its carbon scheme for international aviation, a study prepared for the European Commission concludes the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has …

Center for Climate Strategies Builds Economic Transition Modeling Capacity in Cameroon
April 20, 2017 – 11:41 am | No Comment

(Center for Climate Strategies)  As a part of the Africa Low Emissions Development Strategies (ALEDS) project, the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) is supporting local self-determination and global integration by providing training, capacity building, and …

Technology Roadmap: How2Guide for Bioenergy
February 17, 2017 – 10:26 am | No Comment

(International Energy Agency)  Bioenergy is the largest source of renewable energy today, providing heat and electricity, as well as transport fuels. Yet, more so than for other low‑carbon energy technologies, the complex and multi‑faceted supply …

New UN Report Shows Food vs Fuel Fallacy
January 17, 2017 – 4:29 pm | No Comment

by Cindy Zimmerman (  A new report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) finds that food prices declined for the fifth year in a row in 2016, down 1.5 percent from 2015. …

Masdar Institute Faculty Wins 2016 L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Middle East Fellowship Award
November 25, 2016 – 12:04 pm | No Comment

by Clarence Michael (Masdar Institute)  Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi Presents Award to Dr. Hanifa Taher Al Blooshi for Research in Designing A NEW Novel System for Enzymatic Biodiesel Production – Her Excellency …

GRFA Calls for Strong Global Commitment to Biofuels at COP22
November 17, 2016 – 8:18 pm | No Comment

(Global Renewable Fuels Alliance/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  On Nov. 16, Bliss Baker, the president of the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance, called on negotiators participating in high-level events now underway at COP22 to seize the opportunities presented …

From COP 22 in Marrakech: 20 Countries form BioFutures Platform
November 17, 2016 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  At COP22, in Marrakech, a coalition of 20 countries interested in the clean energy and the bioeconomy fields launched of the Biofuture Platform, a new collective effort to accelerate development …

Obama Administration Launches Sustainable Biofuels Innovation Challenge
November 17, 2016 – 3:59 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, as part of a wide ranging policy announcement from the Obama Administration, the Department of Energy launched a Sustainable Biofuels Innovation Challenge to develop ways to produce, at …

Biofuture Platform to Launch November 16
November 7, 2016 – 1:16 pm | No Comment

(UNCTAD)  During the second week of COP22 in Morocco, a number of countries will launch a multi-stakeholder mechanism to facilitate collaboration and policy dialogue in the areas of advanced bioenergy and biomaterials. The platform – …

Ethanol Workshop In Mexico City Offers Information, Expertise To Local Industry
November 2, 2016 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(U.S. Grains Council)  Mexican authorities considering how ethanol fits into their country’s energy mix heard from U.S. researchers about air quality, lung health and other quality of life benefits and from Colombian and Paraguayan regulators …

Historic Aviation Climate Agreement Reached at ICAO
October 6, 2016 – 1:27 pm | No Comment

( International Air Transport Association ) The worldwide aviation industry has applauded a crucial climate agreement reached by governments meeting at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) today. The negotiations, to put in place the …

Global Biodiesel Production and Consumption Statistics
September 30, 2016 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

(IEA Task 39) Global biodiesel production and consumption is forecast to rise by 14% from 2016 to 2020, driven by the fulfillment of current biofuel policies in the US, Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia and the EU, according …

Reconciling Food Security and Bioenergy: Priorities for Action
September 12, 2016 – 5:57 pm | No Comment

by Keith L. Kline, Siwa Msangi, Virginia H. Dale, Jeremy Woods, Glaucia M. Souza, Patricia Osseweijer, Joy S. Clancy, Jorge A. Hilbert, Francis X. Johnson, Patrick C. McDonnell, Harriet K. Mugera (Global Change Biology Bioenergy)  Understanding the complex interactions among food security, bioenergy sustainability, and …

Obama Eyes Big Finish on Climate
September 12, 2016 – 1:40 pm | No Comment

by Timothy Cama (The Hill)  President Obama is hoping to complete two more international agreements to fight global warming in the coming months, shoring up his climate change legacy.
His landmark Paris agreement is certain to …

Baseline Report of Clean Cooking Fuels in the East African Community
September 5, 2016 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Project Gaia)  Ethanol fuel production represents a significant opportunity for economic and social development in the East African Community (EAC) region. Ethanol can be produced locally using a variety of feedstocks that can be selected based on …

U.N. Aviation Emissions Pact to Let States Opt out in First Phase: Sources
August 26, 2016 – 10:56 am | No Comment

by  Allison Lampert and Julia Fioretti (Reuters)  A new global deal on curbing aviation emissions will likely give states the right to opt out of its initial voluntary phases, according to sources familiar with the …

Greener Flying Could Land Aviation Industry with $60bn a Year Bill
August 4, 2016 – 10:15 am | No Comment

by Madeleine Cuff (Business Green)  UN aviation group says replacement of traditional jet fuel with sustainable alternatives is possible by 2050, but would cost billions and have major impact on global biofuel resources
Between 2020 and 2050 …

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

(  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 …

3 Ways Youth are Engaging with the Global Goals
March 3, 2016 – 11:50 am | No Comment

by Donya Nasser  (United Nations Foundation)  In 2015, world leaders adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which provide a shared global development agenda from now until 2030. These goals build on the eight Millennium Development Goals that …

Second-Generation Biofuel Markets: State of Play, Trade and Developing Country Perspectives
February 23, 2016 – 9:56 am | No Comment

(United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)  UNCTAD’s first report on the state of biofuel technologies in 2007 highlighted a sector with great potential, but at the time that was a long way off from …

UN Flags Biofuels Slowdown, as Food Prices Renew Decline
December 3, 2015 – 10:25 am | No Comment

(  The United Nations highlighted a cooling in the competition by biofuels plants for crops as it revealed a return by food prices into decline, as cereals and meat values fell to five-year lows.
The UN’s …

Hyacinths and Sawdust Used to Combat Africa’s Cooking Pollution
November 17, 2015 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Anna Hirtenstein (Bloomberg/The Washington Post)  A brew made from sawdust and water hyacinth flowers may help reduce the millions of lives lost across the developing world from the fumes of ramshackle cooking equipment.
Those are the …

IEA Says 3-Fold or Greater Increase in Biofuels Possible by 2040
November 16, 2015 – 11:08 am | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The International Energy Agency released its latest World Energy Outlook 2015, saying there are clear signs that an energy transition is under way. The report finds that the …

In Search of 100 Million (Truly?) Clean Cookstoves
November 3, 2015 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Marc Gunther (Nonprofit Chronicles)  …  “Why exactly are we ahead with 100 million more wood burning stoves in the world? It’s an output metric and not an impact metric,” says Kevin Starr of Mulago, who …

These Cheap, Clean Stoves Were Supposed to Save Millions of Lives. What Happened?
November 2, 2015 – 12:52 pm | No Comment

by Marc Gunther (Washington Post)  … Of those 28 million cookstoves, only 8.2 million — the ones that run on electricity or burn liquid fuels including liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), ethanol and biogas — meet the …

FAO and France Urge Including Agriculture in Global Climate Change Debate
October 17, 2015 – 12:30 pm | No Comment

(Food and Agriculture Organization/Ag Professional)   All countries should strive to ensure an ambitious agreement to tackle climate change, putting food security and agriculture at the centre of debates on the issue, say FAO Director General …

Biodiesel Can Help Slash U.S. Carbon Emissions — Report
October 2, 2015 – 11:44 am | No Comment

by Amanda Reilly (E&E/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition)  Biodiesel can contribute significantly to U.S. carbon dioxide reduction goals, according to a new analysis released by the industry’s main trade group.
The report conducted by Bates White Economic Consulting …

The 800 Ways Taxpayer Money Supports Fossil Fuel Industries
September 29, 2015 – 6:53 pm | No Comment

by Reed Landberg (Bloomberg/Renewable Energy World)  If the world seeks to lower carbon emissions, why is support for fossil fuels so strong? —   As world leaders converge on New York for a United Nations gathering …

Why Do Biofuels Seem to Be Stalled?
September 28, 2015 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

(Deutsche Welle) On the heels of the VW scandal, many are asking why eco-friendly transport seems to be stalled. Biofuels that don’t compete with food production may indeed play an important future role, says Nicholas Wagner …

The African Development Bank and Partners Host Energy Week in Abidjan
September 15, 2015 – 10:58 am | No Comment

(African Development Bank Group)  The African Development Bank (AfDB) is hosting and co-organizing Energy Week, a series of events, including high-level discussions and partnerships focusing on lighting up and powering Africa, and unlocking the continent’s …

UN Data Suggests Ethanol Production Does Not Increase Food Prices
September 14, 2015 – 8:07 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) has released data showing that global food prices have experienced the steepest monthly drop since 2008.
According to the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA), the …

UN Data Shows That Ethanol is Not Causing Food Price Rises
September 14, 2015 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

(Global Renewable Fuels Alliance)  The UN FAO has released data showing that global food prices have experience the steepest monthly drop since 2008, casting doubt upon concerns about the impact of ethanol production in food …

Dear EPA: The RFS Supports Food AND Fuel
September 11, 2015 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by Coral Didion (Renewable Fuels Association)   Food versus fuel is the misconception that we are diverting farmland and crops toward biofuel production to the detriment of the food supply.
Didion Milling, which has been in business …

Sustainable Development Agenda: 2030
September 8, 2015 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by William Colglazier (Science Magazine)  On 25 to 27 September, United Nations member states will formally adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as key elements of the post-2015 development agenda (1), successors to the eight Millennium …

COP21 Offers Opportunity to Relaunch Biofuels Debate
August 25, 2015 – 1:10 pm | No Comment

by Robert Wright (Ethanol Producer Magazine/ePURE ) While the EU has put strict sustainability rules on biofuels, little to no discussion has taken place about developing similar rules for fossil fuels, writes Robert Wright. —  It’s …

Commentary on the Recent Development of Price Indices for Oilseeds and Meals
August 11, 2015 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

(Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)  In July, the FAO price indices for oilseeds and meals rose by 3–4 percent compared to the previous month, gaining, respectively, 4 and 7 points. By contrast, …

Fossil Fuel Industry Must ‘Implode’ to Avoid Climate Disaster, Says Top Scientist
July 13, 2015 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Damian Carrington (The Guardian)  ‘The age of carbon is over’ and a transition to a greener economy is inevitable, says Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, adviser to the German government and Pope Francis

Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, an …

Renewables Critical for Island Economies: IRENA Report
July 6, 2015 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Brussels, International Renewable Energy Agency released three reports today for Fiji, the Marshall Islands and Vanuatu, concluding that a combination of solar, wind, geothermal, marine, biomass and biofuel could …

Food in the Age of Biofuels
July 3, 2015 – 6:43 pm | No Comment

by Jose Graziano da Silva (United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization/Project Syndicate) … But this is a false dichotomy. The choice cannot be between food and fuel. We can make good use of both. Given the right conditions, biofuels …

Collaboration with Government of Ethiopia, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network (HoA-REC&N) will place Stoves in Refugee Camps and Urban Settings
May 30, 2015 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

(Project Gaia)  Babington Technology announced today its donation of almost $100,000 worth of especially adapted field feeding equipment to Project Gaia, Inc. for testing in refugee camp and urban commercial and institutional settings in Ethiopia. …

Sustainable Bioenergy High-Impact Opportunity Launches
May 21, 2015 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In Denmark, Novozymes and partners including the FAO, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Carbon War Room, KLM and the UN Foundation announced the launch of a …

UN Sustainable Energy for All Announces Global Bioenergy Initiative
May 20, 2015 – 11:01 am | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  UN FAO, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Carbon War Room, KLM, Novozymes and the UN Foundation partner to scale up the development and deployment of sustainable bioenergy solutions …

National Farmers Union Concerned over Omission of RFS from GHG Reduction Plan
April 6, 2015 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

(National Farmers Union/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson recently expressed concern over the exclusion of the renewable fuel standard (RFS) in President Obama’s formal submission of a plan to the United Nations …

Climate Change: UN Backs Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign
March 17, 2015 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Damian Carrington (The Guardian)  Keep it in the ground.  Framework convention on climate change says it shares aim for strong deal on fighting global warming at Paris summit.
The UN organisation in charge of global climate …

UN’s Pro Biofuels Stance an ‘Important Milestone’ for Agriculture
February 6, 2015 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Olivia Midgley (Farmers Guardian)  Sustainable biofuel production can offer additional incomes for farmers as well as helping to achieve energy security, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) chief has said.
Speaking at the …

IEA International Bioenergy Conference October 26-29, 2015 Berlin, Germany
December 17, 2014 – 1:55 pm | No Comment
IEA International Bioenergy Conference   October 26-29, 2015  Berlin, Germany

Realising the world’s sustainable bioenergy potential
Under the auspices of the German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, the bioenergy conference of the International Energy Agency (IEA) will take place from 26 to 29 of October 2015 in Berlin.
The …

At Climate Talks, UN Calls Fossil Fuels ‘High Risk’ Investment
December 15, 2014 – 5:37 pm | No Comment

by Alister Doyle (Reuters)  Falling oil prices show the “high risk” of fossil fuel investments compared with renewable energies, the U.N.’s climate chief said on Monday at the start of 190-nation talks on a deal …

Finance for Climate Action Flowing Globally Stood at $650 Billion Annually in 2011-2012, and Possibly Higher
December 4, 2014 – 12:09 pm | No Comment

(United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change)   Publishes 2014 Biennial Assessment and Overview
of Climate Finance Flows Report.  Annual public and private flows from developed to developing countries ranged from $40 to $175 billion.   …

UN Report Outlines Growing Biofuels Role in Developing Economies
November 14, 2014 – 7:04 pm | No Comment

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Biofuels now account for 1 percent of global energy use, a new report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development finds. “The State of the Biofuels Market: Regulatory, …

Biofuels Remain an Important and Growing Sector for Developing Countries, New UNCTAD Report Says
November 5, 2014 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

(United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)  The report entitled: “The State of the Biofuels Market: Regulatory, Trade and Development Perspectives” offers a comprehensive snapshot of today’s biofuels market and how it contributes to enhancing …

U.N. Panel Issues Its Starkest Warning Yet on Global Warming
November 3, 2014 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

by Justin Gillis (The New York Times)  … Despite growing efforts in many countries to tackle the problem, the global situation is becoming more acute as developing countries join the West in burning huge amounts of …

Biofuels Help Boost Sustainable Transport and Support Rural Development in Africa: GRFA
October 29, 2014 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today, as the first African Sustainable Transport Forum gets under way in Nairobi, Kenya, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) called on forum attendees to adopt biofuels friendly policies and regulations that …

Ethanol Slashes GHG Emissions
October 1, 2014 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Bliss Baker  (Global Renewable Fuels Association/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  In advance of important climate change meetings set for Septemeber, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance sent an open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, outlining ethanol’s …

Countries, Companies Mobilize around Carbon Pricing ahead of UN Summit
September 29, 2014 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Valerie Volcovici  (Reuters)  The World Bank said Monday that 73 national and 11 regional governments and some 1,000 companies will join forces to push for policies setting a price on carbon emissions to encourage …

Collaborative Aviation Climate Action Takes Flight
September 25, 2014 – 1:49 pm | No Comment

(Air Transport Action Group)  The aviation sector joined other business and government groups at the United Nations Climate Summit today to announce a commitment on climate action between the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a …

KLM Picks Amyris-Total Renewable Jet Fuel as Climate Takes Center Stage in NY and at the UN
September 25, 2014 – 1:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Renewable jet fuel makes another remove forward — as a new study concludes that delay on implementing RFS2 could be the equivalent of building 5.5 new coal-fired power plants in …

Climate Change Is Real. Want to Live? It’s Up to People Like You
September 18, 2014 – 1:29 pm | No Comment

by Jarvis Cocker (Creative Time Reports/The Guardian)  … You whisper now, but could it be that there is a higher power than … THE ECONOMY? I know that sounds a bit sacrilegious, but could it be that …

Divest/Invest: Global Charities Challenged to Help ‘Save Civilization’
September 16, 2014 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

by Deirdre Fulton  (Common Dreams)  Could world’s wealthy philanthropic foundations spur a ‘tipping point’ on climate action?
A group of 160 leading environmentalists is calling on the world’s philanthropists and foundations to use their money to …

UN Draft Document for Application of UNFC-2009 to Renewable Energy Resources Open to Comment through Sep. 12
August 25, 2014 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

by Isabel Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Europe, the UN draft document, “Generic Specifications for Application of the United Nations Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 (UNFC-2009) to Renewable Energy Resources” …

Why Business Leaders Support a Price on Carbon
August 11, 2014 – 11:29 am | No Comment

(The World Bank)  The companies we turn to every day for electricity, transportation, consumer goods, and even electronics face risks from climate change. Most need reliable water for production processes and products. Extreme weather and …

OECD-FAO Outlook Report Predicts Growth in Ethanol Production
July 21, 2014 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A new agricultural outlook report published by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations predicts that the consumption and …

EPA Funds Cook Stoves Research to Ameliorate Air Quality and Mitigate Climate Change
May 30, 2014 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

By Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuel USA) If the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) systematic analysis study of 2010 is anything to go by, then by the time you are done reading this article about 35 …

Oil Seen as Main Driver of Ethanol and Grain Prices in UN Study
December 16, 2013 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Rudy Ruitenberg  (Bloomberg)   Oil prices were found to be the main drivers of ethanol and grain prices in a statistical analysis by the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organization.
Ethanol moves in line with oil …

Financing Bioenergy, and Making Better Investment Decisions – via Renewable Proved Reserves
November 22, 2013 – 10:35 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … In November 2011, the Digest ran a story on a remarkable proposition — advanced by Richard Hamilton, CEO of Ceres — that biofuels companies – on the “level playing field” …

Why UN Climate Talks Are Still Relevant: Report from COP 19 in Warsaw
November 21, 2013 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Michael Davidson (East Winds/The Energy Collective)  We are heading into the second week of UN climate negotiations in Warsaw (refered to as COP 19), where 194 countries are busy laying the groundwork for an …

Water Demand for Energy to Double by 2035
March 12, 2013 – 2:44 pm | No Comment

by Marianne Lavelle and Thomas K. Grose (National Geographic)  The amount of fresh water consumed for world energy production is on track to double within the next 25 years, the International Energy Agency (IEA) projects.
And even …

RFA Condems UN Biofuels & Food Security Study
February 2, 2013 – 4:40 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (  Earlier this month, the U.N. Committee on World Food Security (CFS) has released a draft study on biofuels and food security with a public comment period until January 30, 2013. Yesterday, the Renewable Fuels Association …

Biofuel Causing World Hunger
January 23, 2013 – 12:08 pm | No Comment

by Rudy Ruitenberb  (BusinessDay/  Biofuel output from agricultural commodities has contributed to surging world food prices in the past decade, says Nestle chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe.
…Mr Brabeck-Letmathe described making biofuels from food crops as “nonsense”.
The agriculture ministers …

Setting the Example
January 2, 2013 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

by Robert Vierhout (ePURE/Ethanol Producer Magazine)   … Hopefully, European regulators will take note of what has happened. If they are intellectually honest, they should acknowledge that if the U.S. biofuel policy has no real …

Sustainable Energy for All: Focus of Sustainable Energy Symposium
December 14, 2012 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The United Nation’s emphasis of “Sustainable Energy for All” (SE4All) in 2012 wrapped up with a decision to continue the focus with a Sustainable Energy for All Decade.  The …

The Price of Ignoring Climate Change Is Rising; Reducing Petroleum Dependence Is Part of the Solution
November 30, 2012 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  Greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations in the atmosphere are continuing to rise, and the world’s leading GHG-emitting countries are falling well behind the pace of emission reductions that is needed to …

The Potential Role of Biofuels in Commercial Air Transport – Biojetfuel
November 30, 2012 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

(International Energy Agency Task 40)  This report is an overview, not a detailed analysis, of the use of biofuels in commercial aviation.
Aviation is a global industry with global problems and challenges that also demands global …

FAO Publishes Book on Biofuels Co-Products Use in Animal Feeds
September 27, 2012 – 12:10 pm | No Comment

(American Association of Swine Veterinarians)  The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization recently published a book entitled Biofuel co-products as livestock feed – Opportunities and challenges. AASV member Dr Harold Tilstra co-authored Chapter 3; ”Impact of …

Food Crises and Technological Phobia
September 7, 2012 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Drew Kershen (BioFortified)  …I do not write to enter the debate focused on fuel standards, markets and commodity speculators.   I acknowledge that other factors also contribute to food crises, particularly in developing nations – …

Carbon Credits Gone Awry: Coolant Companies Raise Output of Harmful Gas
August 9, 2012 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

By Elisabeth Rosenthal and Andrew W. Lehren (The New York Times)  …But where the United Nations envisioned environmental reform, some manufacturers of gases used in air-conditioning and refrigeration saw a lucrative business opportunity.
They quickly figured out that …

No One Size Fits All, Says Bio-Fuels Panel at Rio+20
June 22, 2012 – 8:26 pm | No Comment

(United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)  On the eve of the official opening of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development — Rio+20, a panel discussion was organized by UNCTAD on exploring new sustainable and …

UNEP Releases Global Renewables Status Report 2012
June 13, 2012 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Megan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Kenya, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) published its Global Renewables Status Report 2012, which showed that renewables accounted for almost half of the estimated 208 gigawatts (GW) of …

Soil Erosion Increasing Global Warming Threat: UNEP
February 20, 2012 – 4:57 pm | No Comment

by Nina Chestney (Reuters)   Global warming will get worse as agricultural methods accelerate the rate of soil erosion, which depletes the amount of carbon the soil is able to store, a United Nations’ Environment Programme …

U.S. Will Lead New Effort to Cut Global Warming from Methane, Soot
February 20, 2012 – 4:48 pm | No Comment

by Brian Vastag (The Washington Post)  With global efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions stalled, the United States and five other countries are starting a new program to cut other pollutants — including methane, soot …

FAO Chief Biofuel Criticism ‘Misinformed,’ Industry Lobby Says
January 25, 2012 – 2:09 pm | No Comment

by  Rudy Ruitenberg (Bloomberg Business Week)  Criticism of biofuels and their impact on commodity prices by the new director general of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization is “simplistic and misinformed,” an industry lobby said.
Higher …

US a Cereal Offender on Ethanol, Says UN
January 23, 2012 – 9:28 am | No Comment

by Rudy Ruitenberg (Sydney Morning Herald)  The US policy to produce ethanol biofuel from corn is raising prices for the grain across the world, said Jose Graziano da Silva, the new director-general of the United …

Horn of Africa Famine – Ethanol Cookstoves for Dadaab Refugee Camp
November 30, 2011 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

(Project Gaia)  Project Gaia, Inc., a U.S. non profit with operations in East Africa, is working with the UNHCR and others to bring relief to refugees from the Horn of Africa Famine in a very …

Cassandra Lin, Rhode Island Student, Applauded For Recycled Biodiesel Project
October 19, 2011 – 6:55 am | No Comment

by Pete Danko (Earth Techling/Huffington Post)   …The child this time is 13-year-old Cassandra Lin, who two years ago came up with the idea of collecting used cooking oil in the Westerly, R.I., area where she …

Joint Nature Conservation Committee Publishes “Indirect Land Use Change from Biofuel Production: Implications for Biodiversity”
August 30, 2011 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Monika Bertzky, Valerie Kapos & Jörn P.W. Scharlemann (Joint Nature Conservation Committee)  Inference from production statistics and modelling studies suggest that iLUC has occurred, is likely to increase with increasing demand for biofuels and needs …

FAO’s New Leader Lays out His Plans
June 29, 2011 – 11:59 am | No Comment

by Mark Tran  (The Guardian)  After narrow win in leadership contest, José Graziano da Silva pledges to reform the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, strive for consensus and tackle food price volatility
…He also stressed the …

Bioenergy and Food Security Criteria and Indicators (BEFSCI) project
May 4, 2011 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

BEFSCI is reaching out to producers to catalogue and showcase innovative approaches that have been used in sustainable bioenergy initiatives. We want to hear stories, experiences, lessons learned about what made these pioneering activities a success …

Global Food Crisis, Biofuels and Land Grabs in Ghana
April 29, 2011 – 8:42 am | No Comment

by Bright Owusu  (Ghana mma)  The time has never been riper for the people of Ghana to speak out about the terrible negligence of consecutive governments who have allowed horrendous land grabs by foreign nationals …

Deforestation Continues, but More Slowly, Report Says
March 26, 2010 – 1:36 pm | One Comment

 World deforestation, mainly the conversion of tropical forests to agricultural land, has decreased over the past ten years but continues at an alarmingly high rate in many countries, FAO announced today.
Globally, around 13 million hectares …

United Nations Environment Programme Bioenergy Issue Paper Series
November 11, 2009 – 4:49 pm | No Comment

As bioenergy policies are increasingly being adopted by governments, it is important for decision makers to have the most up to date information on the science and debate surrounding modern bioenergy. UNEP is responding to …