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September 27, 2016
The New York City Council is planning to pass legislation on Wednesday to give a major boost to the level of biodiesel blended into home heating oil. But the planned policy comes amidst criticism from environmental groups claiming that the increased biodiesel percentage will do more harm than good for the nature. Currently, New York has a mandate in place to blend 2%... [Read More]

September 27, 2016
In the US, Iowa State University and Chevron U.S.A have developed the BioCentury Research Farm, a biofuels pilot plant, as a joint project. The project’s aim is to develop and demonstrate an advanced biorenewables technology called solvent liquefaction. The process converts biomass such as quarter-inch wood chips into a bio-oil that can be processed into fuels... [Read More]

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September 27, 2016
V8 Supercar champion and Bathurst 1000 winner Mark Winterbottom is the face of a new advertising campaign encouraging motorists to increase their use of biofuels in Queensland, Australia. Minister for Energy and Biofuels Mark Bailey joined Winterbottom to launch the state’s Palaszczuk Government’s new E10 OK biofuels education campaign at the RNA showgrounds... [Read More]

September 26, 2016
Green Plains, a Nebraska, US-based ethanol producer, has completed the previously announced acquisition of three ethanol plants for approximately $237 million in cash from Abengoa Bioenergy. The company immediately sold the ethanol storage assets to Green Plains Partners for $90 million. All three plants - located in Madison, Illinois; Mount Vernon, Indiana; and York,... [Read More]

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September 26, 2016
GreenWood Resources, a global timberland investment and asset management company based in Oregon, has licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technology based on the discovery of a gene in poplar (Populus trichocarpa) that makes it easier to convert poplar trees into biofuels. GreenWood plans to commercialise the technology to select and breed better varieties of poplar... [Read More]

September 26, 2016
The Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders (ICST) has called for a worldwide ban on biofuels production, claiming that it contributes to world food shortages. Using crops to produce fuel in a bid to reduce dependence on fossil fuel is a failed initiative which should be abandoned immediately, ICST’s Shahid Rasheed Butt told the Daily Times. He said in a statement... [Read More]

September 26, 2016
Velocys, a UK-based gas-to-liquids (GTL) has announced that it is pushing ahead with the operational start-up of its Envia GTL plant in Oklahoma City, US. The company recently announced that it completed the plant that will convert landfill gas into fuels and chemicals. Velocys will start operations at the facility soon. Revenue for the first six months ended 30 June,... [Read More]

September 23, 2016
Industry experts have outlined their 2030 biofuels vision at the 9th Biofuels International Conference. By 2020, the EU aims to have 10% of the transport fuel of every EU country come from renewable sources such as biofuels. However, many industry heavyweights have criticised the EU for not coming up with a post-2020 plan. Speaking to Biofuels International at the sidelines... [Read More]

September 23, 2016
Germany-headquarted bioethanol producer CropEnergies has announced that it is ready to operate its bioethanol plant in Wilton, UK, at full capacity. The facility named Ensus, based in the north east of England, has been mothballed since February 2015. Work was halted after bioethanol prices dropped amid sluggish European markets and low oil prices. However, after carrying... [Read More]

September 23, 2016
Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, announced today a global price increase on all process and water products effective 15 October, 2016, or as customer contracts allow. The price adjustments will be 2 to 4% dependent upon products, services and geographic region. "Inflationary pressures associated with energy, transportation and labour, combined... [Read More]

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September 23, 2016
AIM-listed Velocys, a UK-based gas-to-liquids (GTL) has announced that the construction of its Envia GTL plant in Oklahoma City, US, is complete. The plant will convert landfill gas into fuels and chemicals. On-site loading of catalyst into the Fischer-Tropsch reactors has been completed by Velocys with support from its internationally-recognised partner, Mourik. Pre-commissioning... [Read More]

September 22, 2016
Destructive policy towards the ethanol industry in Brussels could continue to drive away billions of euros in investments and cost rural communities tens of thousands of jobs, a European ethanol producer says. Ethanol Europe Renewables (EERL) claims that the European Commission’s (EC) new Low-Emission Mobility Strategy could cause massive losses in incomes, jobs,... [Read More]

September 22, 2016
The EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) is a major threat to the EU ethanol industry, the European renewable ethanol association ePure warns. The agreement, which is to be discussed by the EU’s trade ministers during the informal European Council meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia, on 23 September, could result in 1.2 billion litres of additional... [Read More]

September 22, 2016
Roxol Bioenergy Corp., the bioethanol subsidiary of Roxas Holdings, has been allowed to reopen its bioethanol plant in Negros Occidental, Philippines, following its implementation of measures to mitigate emission of foul odour. The plant, located at Barangay Nagasi, La Carlota City, was shut down on 9 September, when a cease and desist order (CDO) was filed against Roxol. Roxas... [Read More]

September 21, 2016
Petrobras, Brazil’s state-led oil company, intends to exit the biofuels business as part of the company’s plan to cut spending and reduce its debts. Part of Petrobras’ 2017-2021 strategic plan, dropping biofuels – along with other cuts in LPG, fertiliser, and petrochemical sectors – will see the company’s spending fall from $98.5 billion... [Read More]

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