News Category: Policy News
September 20, 2016
Diane Black, member of the US House of Representatives (R-Tenn.), has an act that would extend the biodiesel blenders' tax credit for two years through 2018. The tax credit is set to expire at the end of 2016 unless Congress decides to extend it through Black’s Biodiesel and Renewable Diesel Incentive Extension Act of 2016 (H.R. 5994). Since 2005, the $1.00 per... [Read More]

September 5, 2016
China and the US – the top two greenhouse gas emitters in the world – have both agreed to ratify the Paris Agreement, a global framework to limit the effects of climate change. While China had already earlier announced that it would ratify the agreement, the joint announcement has been hailed by climate campaigners as a significant advance in combating global... [Read More]

August 4, 2016
US policymakers should keep an eye on the renewable identification number (RIN) market to stop possible price manipulation, the Renewable Fuel Association (RFA) calls. In a letter sent to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the ethanol trade association encourages the agencies to “closely examine recent events... [Read More]

July 22, 2016
In the US, a bipartisan group of 40 senators are calling for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increase the biodiesel targets in the newest Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) proposal. The group, including Senators John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Al Franken (D-Minn.), EPA administrator Gina McCarthy a letter calling on the EPA to raise the... [Read More]

July 19, 2016
In the US, the National Chicken Council (NCC) is asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce the production volumes proposed for ethanol in 2017 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and reassess the US biofuels policy as a whole. In a statement submitted to the EPA, the council says it finds the proposed 2017 volumes to be “overly aggressive”... [Read More]

July 18, 2016
The Malaysian Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities will be meeting with car manufacturers tomorrow to discuss the implementation of B10 biodiesel. The Southeast Asian country’s government wanted to introduce 10% palm oil biodiesel already in June, but the decision was delayed due to “inadequate data”, reports The Sun Daily newspaper. The... [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 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]

June 27, 2016
The pile of letters sent to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about the planned Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes for 2017 keeps on growing. This time around, 39 US Senators are urging EPA administrator Gina McCarthy to ensure the final 2017 ruling “promotes growth in the US biofuel sector and capture economic opportunity rather than drive investment... [Read More]

June 22, 2016
The US Environmental Protection Agency’s new methodology for setting annual Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) continues to chill investment in advanced biofuels, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) finds. Based on a new study, BIO says investment patterns demonstrate that EPA is sending a sustained market signal that disincentivises advanced biofuels, causing... [Read More]

June 22, 2016
Members of the US House of Representatives have sent an open letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) questioning how it intends to protect small engine consumers from high ethanol blends. In the letter, 45 Representatives from both parties ask EPA administrator Gina McCarthy how the EPA plans to prevent consumers from accidently misfuelling with E15 and higher... [Read More]

June 16, 2016
Scientists from ten institutions worldwide are challenging the notion that growing bioenergy crops hinders food production, which they see as harmful to new projects Traditionally in the “food v. fuel” debate, bioenergy crops have been blamed for food shortages as the land used for growing them could have been instead harnessed for food production. But a... [Read More]

May 13, 2016
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing comprehensive steps to address methane emissions from both new and existing sources in the oil and gas sector.   In a statement, the EPA said this news was “a further step in the Obama Administration’s commitment to take action on climate change and protect public health”. For new, modified... [Read More]

March 30, 2016
The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has ruled in favour of Argentina in its row concerning the anti-dumping duties imposed by the EU since 2013 on the biodiesel imported from the country. According to a panel report published on Tuesday, WTO upheld Argentina's claim that the reason stated by the EU authorities during their anti-dumping investigation for disregarding Argentine... [Read More]

March 23, 2016
Ethanol remains as one of the important elements keeping the economy of the US State of Iowa afloat, despite it taking a slight hit in 2015, a new study has found. According to a research published by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA), the decline is due to the reductions ethanol faced in the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The study, authored by John... [Read More]

February 10, 2016
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday barred President Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) from taking effect until legal challenges against the legislation are solved. In a tight vote of 5-4, the court decided to put the plan on hold after receiving a request from 27 US States, led by Texas and West Virginia, and several businesses to block the CPP. The regulation is intended... [Read More]