News Category: Biodiesel News
March 16, 2016
The Indonesian government’s mandatory ruling on the mix of biofuel into fossil diesel has hit a snag amid lingering pressure from low commodity prices. The Indonesian Oil Palm Estate Fund (BPDP) director, Dadan Kusdiana, told The Jakarta Post that the realisation of subsidised diesel fuel getting mixed with 20% biodiesel reached approximately 404,000 kilolitres... [Read More]

March 14, 2016
The EU’s biofuel targets may have ended up increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions due to the use of “dirty” biodiesel, an EU analysis has found. According the to a research by the Ecofys consultancy for the European Commission, palm oil biodiesel emits more than three times and soyabean oil-based diesel two times as much GHG as fossil diesel when... [Read More]

March 11, 2016
Edmonton, Canada-based SBI BioEnergy plans to commercially produce a new biofuel capable of completely replacing diesel by the end of the year, at a lower cost than existing renewable fuels. SBI is in the final stages of building a biorefinery to convert canola oil and animal fats into a renewable fuel that can replace or be blended with regular diesel. CEO Inder... [Read More]

March 9, 2016
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have discovered a form of bioconversion that could be used to convert waste gases to biodiesel for transportation. The 'Integrated bioprocess for conversion of gaseous substrates to liquids' report, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal, describes the process of... [Read More]

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March 8, 2016
A federal judge in Texas, US, has sentenced the owner of several biodiesel companies to 10 years imprisonment and to pay $138 million (€125m) in restitution for high-profile biofuels fraud. Philip Joseph Rivkin, who is also known as Felipe Poitan Arriaga, pleaded guilty to creating and selling more than 60 million fake biodiesel credits since 2009 under the name... [Read More]

March 4, 2016
The European Biodiesel Board (EBB) has alerted EU and national member state authorities of trade distortions in the EU internal market caused by Polish biodiesel. According to the EBB, biodiesel products exported from Poland at “unfair” low price levels are breaching EU and national laws, causing tremors in the marketplace. The organisation claims it has... [Read More]

February 29, 2016
A group of environmental groups in the UK are calling on the next Mayor of London to commit to making the capital's buses run on clean fuel. The NGOs, including Greenpeace, WWF, RSPB and the National Trust, have drawn together 20 policy suggestions to improve London's environment and will publish them today to mark the start of Greener London Week. Suggestions include... [Read More]

February 17, 2016
The government of Argentina has more than doubled export taxes on biodiesel, further distressing the industry already suffering from low oil prices and closed markets. The export taxes were increased in February to 3.89pc from 1.62pc in January, which were the lowest since the government implemented a sliding-scale system of export duties for the biofuel in 2012. The... [Read More]

February 10, 2016
Sunshine Kaidi New Energy Group, a Chinese renewable energy giant, is planning to invest €1 billion in a new wood-based biodiesel plant in Finland, as the country looks to replace fossil fuels with biofuels. Kaidi said the plant would use wood-based biomass as its main raw material and it is scheduled to start operations in the northern city of Kemi by the end of... [Read More]

February 3, 2016
Biofuels producer Renewable Energy Group (REG) has signed an asset purchase agreement with US-based rendering firm Sanimax Energy to acquire Sanimax's 20m gallon nameplate capacity biodiesel refinery located in DeForest, Wisconsin. Under the asset purchase agreement, REG will pay Sanimax around $11m in cash and will issue 500,000 shares of REG common stock in exchange... [Read More]

January 26, 2016
Biodiesel consumption in the US has hit a record number of nearly 2.1 billion gallons in 2015, according to US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). According to the data, fuel companies reported producing 2.09 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2015, up from about 1.97 billion gallons in 2014, reducing US carbon emissions by at least 18.2 million tonnes.  Biodiesel... [Read More]

January 22, 2016
The board of directors of Australian Renewable Fuels (ARFuels), the country’s largest biodiesel producer, has placed the company into voluntary administration. Under Australian law, voluntary administration is a form of insolvency arrangement, which creates an opportunity for flexible approaches to bring about a better outcome for stakeholders than may otherwise... [Read More]

January 20, 2016
Brazilian biodiesel producer BSBIOS will invest BRL80 million (€18.3m) to double production at its Marialva unit. The company expects the expansion to be concluded in 2017, boosting the site's biodiesel production capacity from the current 208 million litres per year to 416 million. BSBIOS has signed a memorandum of understanding with Parana's state government. The... [Read More]

January 19, 2016
The implementation of the Indonesian B20 biodiesel programme may be delayed due to low crude oil prices. The Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI) suspects the B20 programme will not be fully implemented this year as was announced earlier in January. According to executive director of GAPKI, Dr. Mohamad Fadhil Hasan, due to crude oil process going under $30 (€27.55)... [Read More]

January 15, 2016
Biodiesel production in the US state of Iowa has set a new record of 242 million gallons in 2015, according to Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA). Biodiesel production was up from 227 million gallons in 2014 and topped the previous record of 230 million gallons set in 2013. Once national numbers are announced, Iowa is expected to again lead the nation in biodiesel... [Read More]

January 5, 2016
Kolmar Group, a Switzerland-based petrochemicals specialist, has acquired a biodiesel plant in Connecticut, US. The company bought the Greenleaf Biofuels facility via its US arm and hopes to expand into the renewable energy sector, according to Bloomberg. The plant, now called American GreenFuels, marks Kolmar's first foothold in physical production. It is expected... [Read More]