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July 14, 2016
Within 25 years, the US could produce enough biomass to support a bioeconomy, including renewable aquatic and terrestrial biomass resources that could be used for energy and to develop products for economic, environmental, social, and national security benefits, a new study finds. The 2016 Billion-Ton Report, jointly released by the US Department of Energy (DOE)... [Read More]

July 14, 2016
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is significantly underestimating biodiesel’s capacity to deliver more advanced biofuel to US consumers, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) says. NBB has called in a public comment on the EPA to strengthen the biodiesel and overall advanced biofuel volumes under the proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) before they... [Read More]

July 14, 2016
The US Senate has introduced a bill to extend the $1/gallon biodiesel tax credit through 2019 and to transform it from a blenders’ credit to a domestic production credit. The bill mirrors a House of Representatives legislation introduced in May, which had the similar goals of extending the tax credit and revamping it as a producers’ credit. Anne Steckel,... [Read More]

July 13, 2016
Higher use of ethanol in Europe would contribute to a 14.1% greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction in European transport, a new study finds. Conducted by global consultancy Ricardo Energy & Environment and commissioned by ePure, the study states that the reduction will stand even after possible land use change (ILUC) emissions have been taken into account. It explores... [Read More]

July 13, 2016
Finnish oil refiner and biofuels producer Neste has released a list of four reasons why the company believes the world of tomorrow needs biofuels. Combating climate change Combating climate change forces the world to seek alternative, low-carbon sources of energy and fuel, Neste says. Since traffic is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas, i.e. carbon emissions,... [Read More]

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July 13, 2016
French renewable energy company Global Bioenergies, IBN-One and Lantmännen Aspen, a global specialist in alkylate gasoline for two and four stroke small engines, have entered into a partnership on renewable isooctane for specialty fuel applications. IBN-One is a joint venture between Global Bioenergies and French ethanol producer Cristol Union. They aim to build... [Read More]

July 13, 2016
US biofuels lobby group Growth Energy has submitted comments to a public consultation on the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2017 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs), which are part of the broader Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy, said: “The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) has been the most successful energy policy in the last... [Read More]

July 12, 2016
PLN, an Indonesian state power firm, has announced that  it cannot comply with government rules on burning diesel with a bio content of at least 30% as it would damage generators, potentially curbing demand for biofuel ingredient palm oil in the world's top producer of that commodity, according to news agency Reuters. Under regulations released in 2015, Jakarta mandated... [Read More]

July 12, 2016
UK-based environmental consultancy Ricardo and Recycling Technologies, a UK-based waste-to-energy specialist, have announced they are to begin work on a new project to characterise plastic-waste-derived clean fuel.  Recycling Technologies has developed a machine (the RT7000) and is industrialising a process to convert residual plastic waste into a low sulphur hydrocarbon... [Read More]

July 12, 2016
Automaker Mercedes-Benz’ Indian subsidiary BharatBenz has given the green light to using alternative fuels in its fleet of trucks without major changes to their engine technology. The German car giant has approved the fuels under the prEN 15940 paraffinic diesel standard and made them applicable immediately, according to the TrucksDekho website. Two of the... [Read More]

July 12, 2016
Around 60 producers and providers of clean fuels – ranging from electricity to biofuels – signed a joint letter urging state policymakers to sustain California’s low carbon fuel policy. The industry leaders say the tool is a “critical” part of the plan to reduce California’s greenhouse gases and that it is already driving in-state investment. Biofuel... [Read More]

July 12, 2016
Indonesia-based paper and packaging firm Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) has announced its support for a new community-led biofuel pilot initiative. The initiative aims to help reduce the use of fossil fuels in Indonesia, increase the availability of renewable biofuels, provide incomes for local communities and help to reduce the vulnerability of Indonesia’s forest to... [Read More]

July 11, 2016
Pacific Biodiesel president Robert King has attended the formal signing by Hawaii’s Governor David Ige of the Renewable Fuels Production Tax Credit, a long-awaited incentive for biofuels producers in the state. This move supports Hawaii’s commitment to generate 100% of its electricity from renewable energy resources by 2045. Hawaii State Act 202 is a non-refundable... [Read More]

July 8, 2016
Germany-headquarted bioethanol producer CropEnergies has announced that it has restarted operations at its bioethanol plant in Wilton, UK, by July at the latest. The Ensus facility, 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. Since this... [Read More]

July 7, 2016
Biofuels industry players who wish to say their word on the production volumes in the US next year have only this weekend left to do so. The comment period on US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed renewable volume obligations (RVO) for 2017 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is set to close on 11 July. EPA’s proposal would see the RVO for... [Read More]

July 7, 2016
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that US exports of ethanol and distillers grains (DG) have shrunk from last year, but biodiesel exports are soaring. US ethanol exports totalled 55.7 million gallons in May, which represents a 14% decrease year-on-year, yet in the first five months of 2016 US ethanol exports were up 6% from year ago. Canada was the US’... [Read More]