News Category: Policy News
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]

January 27, 2016
A group of US states opposing the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan have gone into court to delay the enforcement of the new regulations. Led by West Virginia and Texas, 25 states have asked the Supreme Court to stop the greenhouse gas reduction rulings from taking effect until after the states’ legal challenge is resolved. The call came after a Washington... [Read More]

January 13, 2016
China’s Ministry of Commerce (MoC) launched on Tuesday anti-dumping and countervailing duties investigations on US dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) imports. The move comes after complaints from Chinese producers that DDGS from the US were sold at prices “below normal value” which hurts domestic industry, according to China’s state news... [Read More]

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December 8, 2015
California has not taken full advantage of opportunities to increase its in-state production of biofuel, despite state policies that encourage biofuel consumption, according to a report by the Climate Change and Business Research Initiative at the UCLA and UC Berkeley law schools.  Coming on the heels of new Environmental Protection Agency rules on... [Read More]

December 7, 2015
The global biofuels industry is calling on the world leaders attending the COP21 summit in Paris to replace at least 15% of the global oil use in transport with biofuels by 2030. The statement was issued by five biofuel and biotech organisations that represent over 330 companies who produce 90% of the world’s biofuel supply. Global transport emissions have increased... [Read More]

December 7, 2015
Spain has set a mandate for a biofuel blending target of 8.5% in its petrol and diesel supply by 2020. In a statement, the Spanish ministry of Industry, Energy, and Tourism says to reach the target, the country will start by requiring a 4.3% blend from next year, which will be scaled up by the end of the decade. Spain aims to produce 20% of its electricity from renewables... [Read More]

December 1, 2015
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the final volume requirements for bioethanol under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for the years 2014, 2015, and 2016. In addition, the final volume requirements for biodiesel for 2014 and 2017. The EPA has increased the required levels from its earlier suggestion in June, and hopes that the rule will boost... [Read More]

November 27, 2015
The Indian transport minister, a long-time proponent of biofuels, is encouraging India’s industry to take up biofuels more widely. Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari advises the construction and transportation sectors to use biodiesel to keep air pollution in check as the Indian government sets a target to expand its road system by 60,000km. ‘The... [Read More]

November 20, 2015
Bangladeshi Minister of Agriculture Matia Chowdhury has criticised large multinational corporations for promoting biofuels. The minister spoke at a keynote on the 40th anniversary of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, D.C., US. Chowdhury pointed out that diverting more land to be used for maize cultivation results in a reduced soyabean... [Read More]

November 17, 2015
Nearly 100 biodiesel leaders from across the US are pressing lawmakers on Capitol Hill to reinstate the biodiesel tax incentive. The $1-per-gallon incentive expired on 31 December, 2014, marking the fourth time in six years the US Congress has allowed it to lapse. The continued uncertainty surrounding the incentive has severely stymied investment and growth in the industry,... [Read More]

November 2, 2015
A recent national US survey shows that biodiesel is an increasingly popular alternative fuel and that support for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is on the rise, according to the National Biodiesel Board (NBB). With just one month until the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) releases the final RFS rule, 80% of voters support a renewable fuel standard, with 10% opposing... [Read More]

October 29, 2015
The German Bioethanol Industry Association (BDBe) has published updated versions of the two European Directives 2009/28/EC 'Renewable Energies' and 98/70/EC 'Fuel Quality' in German and English. The Directive 2015/1513/EU was adopted by the EU Council of Minsters on 13 July this year to amend these directives. The amending directive was published in the Official Journal... [Read More]

October 29, 2015
The Brazilian government wants to increase the share of biodiesel in mineral diesel in order to hit the country’s greenhouse gas reduction targets. Ricardo Dornelles, the head of the Energy Ministry’s biofuels department, made the announcement while talking at the International Biodiesel Conference in Sao Paulo. The measure is part of the proposals Brazil's... [Read More]

October 22, 2015
The US federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and its overreliance on corn ethanol has created additional environmental problems in its 10-year history, claims a recent study by University of Tennessee (UT). The study states that the current US biofuels policy has resulted in unmet targets for cutting air pollution, water contamination, and soil erosion. The authors –... [Read More]

October 14, 2015
Governor of California Jerry Brown has signed into law Assembly Bill 1032 (AB1032), which corrects a tax problem with biodiesel and clears the way for a significant increase in the volume of biodiesel blended in the US state. The bill, introduced by Assembly Member Rudy Salas and sponsored by the California Biodiesel Alliance (CBA), amends Section 60501 of the Revenue... [Read More]