News Category: Policy News
December 1, 2016
In the US, nearly three dozen biodiesel leaders from Kansas to Rhode Island took to the halls of Congress this week to promote US advanced biofuel. “We have a great message to share with our elected officials. Biodiesel is working today to support jobs, diversify our fuel options and support American energy security,” said National Biodiesel Board (NBB) CEO,... [Read More]

November 25, 2016
EXCLUSIVE: The government of Finland approved a new national Energy and Climate Strategy outlining how the country plans to reach both domestic and EU climate targets by 2030. In the outline, Finland’s centre-right government set a goal to have the share of renewables in the Finnish energy pool surpass 50% during the 2020s, with a long-term goal of reaching carbon... [Read More]

November 21, 2016
The Finnish government is exploring the implementation of a €100 million subsidy package for 2017-2020 to speed up the uptake of biogas- and electricity-powered cars. With the subsidy, the government aims to have 250,000 electric and 50,000 biogas cars on Finland’s road by 2030, which would mark a massive increase from the current 2,250 fully electric or hybrid... [Read More]

November 11, 2016
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed denying a petition by a group of merchant oil refiners to change the point of obligation (PO) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Under the current RFS structure, oil refiners are the parties obligated to blend more renewable fuel into the nation’s transportation fuel supply. The petition, filed by... [Read More]

November 11, 2016
Several European beet and cereal producers have voiced their opposition to phasing out conventional biofuels in Europe, coinciding with the World Ethanol & Biofuels conference in Brussels. The European Association of Sugar Manufacturers (CEFS), the European Confederation of Maize Production (CEPM), the International Confederation of European Beet Growers (CIBE), and... [Read More]

November 10, 2016
US President-elect Donald Trump’s victory in the country’s presidential election sent biofuels shares tumbling on Wednesday, while propping up oil refiners’ stocks. Shares of US independent refiners jumped, including CVR Refining, which saw the largest upturn (26% to $8.55) in its share prices in the company’s history. Renewable fuel producers,... [Read More]

November 9, 2016
The US biofuels industry is voicing its support for Presidential-elect Donald Trump, saying he “understands” the needs of the renewable fuels industry. Trump took the world by surprise on Wednesday by decisively beating his competitor Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House. Several US biofuels companies have come out congratulating the presidential... [Read More]

November 4, 2016
Despite the Paris Climate Agreement coming into force today, the world might still be doomed to suffer from rising seas and temperatures, a UN report says. In its annual Emission Gap report, UN Environment says governments must urgently and dramatically increase their ambitions to cut roughly a further quarter off predicted 2030 global greenhouse emissions if they want... [Read More]

October 24, 2016
The Swedish Bioenergy Association (Svebio) estimates that the August tax cuts given to biofuels in Sweden had a large effect on commercial transport, but the impact on E85 in private transport was more meagre. “Private motorists seem to not be aware that after 1 August it’s become cheaper for them to fuel their cars with E85 ethanol than petrol if they have... [Read More]

October 17, 2016
The European Commission’s (EC) decision to phase out first-generation biofuels was based on “public opinion” instead of scientific facts, an EU official is quoted as admitting. According to the EurActive news site, EU director of renewables, research, and energy efficiency Marie Donnelly explained the reasoning behind the decision at a conference on... [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 6, 2016
The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) has released a white paper analysing data recently released by the US Environmental Protection Agency on compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard between 2010 and 2013. The newly available data challenges the widely accepted assumption that the blend wall – the point at which ethanol blending in gasoline exceeds... [Read More]

October 6, 2016
Canada’s biofuel policies have reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but subsidies to the industry should be terminated due to their cost, Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission (EFC) says. In a report titled Course Correction: It’s Time to Rethink Canadian Biofuel Policies, EFC examines the extent to which biofuel policies have achieved their... [Read More]

October 4, 2016
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support Rule proposing to update both its renewable fuels and other fuels regulations. The EPA is proposing to make several changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) programme regulations that would align them with recent developments in the marketplace to increase production... [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]