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October 14, 2016
The European Oilseed Alliance (EOA), the European Biodiesel Board (EBB), and the Vegetable Oil and Protein Meal Industry stress the importance of sustainable energy sources in the low-carbon economy post-2020. The organisation held on Wednesday a dinner debate in the European Parliament, during which panellists from all backgrounds discussed the role of sustainable biodiesel... [Read More]

October 13, 2016
The UK government has released its response to the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) recommendations to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. The CCC’s progress report, published in June 2016, focused on its priorities for the UK Government’s forthcoming emissions reduction plan. The response report, however, fails to give high hopes to... [Read More]

October 13, 2016
Two men pleaded guilty in a US court earlier this week to conspiracy, fraud and making false statements related to the US government's controversial policy designed to boost use of renewable fuels, according to court documents and a report in Reuters. The media agency stated that the case comes in the last four weeks of a US presidential election campaign as the petroleum... [Read More]

October 13, 2016
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA), a US-based renewable fuels trade body, has recognised Absolute Energy, an ethanol production facility in St. Ansgar, Iowa, for producing its one billionth gallon of cleaner-burning, homegrown ethanol this month. “Congratulations to Absolute Energy for reaching this incredible milestone,” said IRFA director... [Read More]

October 13, 2016
US biodiesel specialist REG Grays Harbor has secured an additional $5 million (€4.5m) credit facility from Umpqua Bank to fund further capital expenditures and improvements for its 100 million gallon nameplate biodiesel refinery. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Renewable Energy Group (REG) and also has terminal operations at the Port of Grays Harbor near... [Read More]

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October 13, 2016
Brazilian oil and gas heavyweight Petrobras announced that it will cease production activities at its biodiesel Petrobras Biocombustivel plant in Ceará state, due to low profitability. This decision is in line with the company's strategy to fully leave the biofuel sector. The process will start on 1 November, 2016, and should take around six months.... [Read More]

October 13, 2016
The Indian government’s economic committee has today approved a mechanism to lower the price of ethanol sold to its ethanol blending programme to 39 rupees (€0.53) per little. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved a mechanism for revising ethanol prices to enable public sector oil marketing companies (OMCs) carry out the Ethanol Blended... [Read More]

October 12, 2016
The US ethanol industry trade association Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) will be a co-title sponsor of the Crappie Masters Tournament Trail fishing competition this year with Bass Pro Shops. The sponsorship comes in an effort to educate boaters, conservation enthusiasts, and consumers about ethanol’s benefits and its use in boats and other marine applications. Crappie... [Read More]

October 12, 2016
US gasoline retail specialist RaceTrac will expand its fuel offering this year with the debut of E15 fuel at its convenience stores throughout the south of the US. The chain will add E15 later this year and ultimately offer it at more than 100 locations. The 88-octane fuel is a combination of 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline. "RaceTrac's mission is to make people's lives... [Read More]

October 12, 2016
Germany-headquarted bioethanol producer CropEnergies has reported revenues of €350 million for the first half of financial year 2016/17, compared to €390m the same period last year, due to lower trade volumes and lower ethanol prices. Even though revenues in second quarter of 2016/17, at €182 million (previous year: €193m), did not quite reach the... [Read More]

October 12, 2016
US-based biotechnology company Microvi has been awarded a grant from the US Department of Energy for a new biocatalytic technology that converts methane and carbon dioxide in biogas into liquid chemicals. The new technology, based on Microvi’s MicroNiche Engineering Platform Technology, can convert biogas that is created at facilities like landfills and wastewater... [Read More]

October 11, 2016
Gevo has completed production of 1,000 gallons of the world's first cellulosic renewable jet fuel that is specified for commercial flights. Gevo successfully adapted its patented technologies to convert cellulosic sugars derived from wood waste into renewable isobutanol, which was then further converted into Gevo's Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ) fuel., which meets the ASTM D7566... [Read More]

October 11, 2016
Hull-based Vivergo Fuels, the UK’s largest producer of bioethanol and high protein animal feed, has appointed Richard Royal as its head of government affairs. The role will see Royal working with politicians and media to raise awareness of the crucial role Vivergo Fuels is playing in boosting the UK economy by sustaining a market for domestic animal feed grade wheat,... [Read More]

October 11, 2016
Six Poet biorefineries in Ohio and Indiana are installing a new energy generation system using combined heat and power. These systems will reduce reliance on the electrical energy grid, recover waste energy for additional use in the plant and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the US bioethanol producer said in a statement. The system will use steam in a turbine to generate... [Read More]

October 11, 2016
Enerkem, a Canadian waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, has proposed a $200 million waste-to-fuel facility in Minnesota, US, according to a report by CanTechLetter. The proposal was done in partnership with US-based recycling company SKB Environmental. Enerkem recently submitted rezoning and land use plan amendment applications to the municipality of Rosemount,... [Read More]

October 11, 2016
A group of biofuel companies, NGOs and think-tanks have urged the European Commission (EC) to support advanced biofuels in its 2030 climate policy for transport. In a statement, the group said it has become increasingly urgent to tackle emissions from the transport sector following the Paris climate change agreement. The transport sector has become the EU’s largest... [Read More]