October 25, 2017
US biofuels process technology provider ICM will be opening a regional office in the city of São Paulo, Brazil.  As an industry-leader in the development and optimisation of ethanol technologies, ICM is in the process of hiring a team of employees to service the needs of the... [Read More]

October 25, 2017
A collaborative project to map open access pilot and demonstration infrastructure for bio-based industries across Europe has been launched. The Pilots4U project is funded by the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Launched when the eight project partners... [Read More]

October 25, 2017
Danish biotechnology company Novozymes has published its third quarter results, revealing better than expected growth from the company, including a strong showing from its “Bioenergy” division. Earnings before interest tax  (EBIT)increased by 5% to DKK 3,032 million (€407m) , up from DKK 2,884 million from the first... [Read More]

October 24, 2017
A plan to boost biofuel use in Brazil has been put on hold, according to Reuters, as the government assesses the potential impact on the economy and industry. Dubbed RenovaBio, the Brazilian government-led programme would boost the market share of renewable fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel.... [Read More]

October 24, 2017
The US Department of Commerce has imposed preliminary anti-dumping duties on biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia ranging from around 50 to 70%. The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Fair Trade Coalition is claiming victory on the news. The Commerce Department found that biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia... [Read More]

October 24, 2017
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 biomass for electricity production. The ENVI vote on the revised Renewable Energy Directive, dubbed RED II,... [Read More]

October 23, 2017
A new charge which will see owners of the most polluting vehicles pay a daily fee of £21.50 to drive in London, has come into effect. Under the new scheme, brought in by Mayor Sadiq Khan in order to improve air quality in the UK capital, drivers... [Read More]

October 20, 2017
New York City’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS NYC) is ‘pushing back’ against proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which it labels in a statement ‘threats to reduce environmental standards’. On 19 October DCAS NYC submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protesting... [Read More]

October 20, 2017
Renewable fuels company Velocys has confirmed the location for its first biorefinery in the US. The company has signed a site option agreement with Adams County in the State of Mississippi for the new facility to be built in the city of Natchez. Adams County has offered... [Read More]

October 19, 2017
Member states of the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) have agreed on a new 2050 Vision for sustainable aviation fuels, which will help to ensure that conventional jet fuels are substituted with sustainable alternatives ‘to a significant percentage’ by 2050. The decision was formalised on 13 October... [Read More]

October 18, 2017
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 over three days, focused on the topic of ethanol on 17 October, 2017. Mark Chesworth,... [Read More]

October 17, 2017
The US Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded a five-year grant worth up to $15 million to the University of Arizona (UA) to lead a new centre focusing on the mass production of biofuels and bioproducts in the Southwestern US. According to... [Read More]

October 17, 2017
Four Republican governors have sent a letter to US President Trump expressing concern over the changes recently proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency to the US’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). “The renewable fuels industry in our states, and others, is poised to grow if the EPA sends... [Read More]

October 16, 2017
A general ban on palm oil in biofuels in Europe punishes the wrong producers while having little impact on reducing deforestation, according to Jaboury Ghazoul, a professor of ecosystem management at ETH Zurich. He claims in an article published by the university that banning palm oil... [Read More]

October 16, 2017
Through increased use of biofuels in the transport sector, Uruguay has achieved a 7% annual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, according to a statement from the South American country’s government. In addition to using biodiesel and bioethanol as a substitute for gasoil and naphtha, emissions are reduced... [Read More]

October 13, 2017
 Alkol Biotech has been selected as a finalist for the 2017 edition of the Global Energy Awards. The prize, created by Platts, has been running yearly since 1999 and honours organisations and individuals who are dedicated to achieving excellence in the energy industry. Platts receives more than 200... [Read More]

October 13, 2017
Qantas has announced that its Los Angeles based aircraft will be powered by biofuels from 2020, in a bid to reduce the airline’s carbon emissions on its US to Australia services. Over the next ten years, Qantas will purchase eight million gallons (30 million litres) of renewable... [Read More]