News Category: Other News
December 6, 2016
Global Bioenergies, a French renewable fuels company, has received an official permit to commence operations at its Leuna demo plant from TÜV, the main state certification agency in Germany. The company converts renewable resources into high-purity isobutene for use in a number of industries, including the fuel... [Read More]

December 5, 2016
Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities in the US have been awarded a National Science Foundation I-Corps grant to explore the market potential of their jet biofuel research. The team has successfully demonstrated a new, water-based process for deconstructing and recovering lignin from biomass and converting it... [Read More]

December 5, 2016
The use of advanced biofuels in Brazil will play an important role in its energy mix, as it pushes towards a low-carbon economy and promotes its energy security, according to Brazilian officials. Speaking at the Conference on Advanced Biofuels and Bioeconomy at Canning House in London, on... [Read More]

December 5, 2016
Monsanto and Novozymes are introducing a new corn inoculant Acceleron B-300 SAT to solve issues with spore stability through the BioAg Alliance. Derived from a fungus found in soil, Acceleron B-300 SAT inoculant is the first “upstream” corn inoculant ever developed.   Tests have shown a two-year average... [Read More]

December 2, 2016
The Finnish Government has expressed its satisfaction with the sustainability criteria for the use of forest biomass in energy production in the European Commission's proposal for a new Renewable Energy Directive. The revised directive will create a solid foundation for increasing the use of renewable energy sources... [Read More]

December 1, 2016
The European biofuels industry has sharply criticised the European Commission’s revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED). The EC has made plans to minimise Indirect Land-Use Change (ILC) impacts. In relation to this, the revised RED will introduce a cap on the contribution of food-based biofuels towards the EU... [Read More]

December 1, 2016
Biofuels and oil trade bodies have written a letter to the US’ Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  urging the organisation not to redefine the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The issue centres on whether to change the point in the fuel supply chain in... [Read More]

November 30, 2016
The UK’s Department of Transport has published a consultation on the future of renewable transport, setting out long-term targets towards 2030. The consultation proposes capping crop-based fuels to below EU levels. It also introduces a new sub-target for development fuels such as biomethane, hydrogen and aviation fuels. Some... [Read More]

November 30, 2016
The European Commission has released its long-awaited revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and proposed the phase-out of food crop-based biofuels from 2021. The EC also wants to simultaneously introduce a sub-mandate for advanced biofuels. It also proposes to introduce a new sustainability criterion on forest biomass. It proposes... [Read More]

November 29, 2016
Ecologist, environmental policy analyst and former Ontario Environment Commissioner Gord Miller has criticised Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission’s anti-biofuels report titled Course Correction. Miller's report, Staying the Course, rejects Ecofiscal's data, methodology and conclusions. According to the Ecofiscal report, provincial and federal production... [Read More]

November 29, 2016
Climate policies will continue chipping away at fossil fuels’ role as the mainstay of global energy use, despite Donald Trump's appointment as US president in 2017, according to a new report by The Economist Intelligence Unit. The report expects that while the election of Trump as US president... [Read More]

November 24, 2016
The biofuels industry has welcomed the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final rule to set 2017 renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the renewable fuel standard (RFS), along with 2018 RVOs for biomass-based diesel. The conventional biofuel amount of 15 billion gallons is an increase from 14.8 billion... [Read More]

November 23, 2016
An Imperial College climate finance specialist has called on private investors to invest in proven green technologies. Speaking at the UN’s climate summit in Marrakech (COP22), Charles Donovan, director of Imperial's new Centre for Climate Finance & Investment, said: “There’s a huge difference between technologies that are merely possible... [Read More]

November 23, 2016
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalised increases in renewable fuel volume requirements across all categories of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) programme. In a required annual rulemaking, today’s (23 November, 2017) action finalises the volume requirements and associated percentage standards for cellulosic biofuel,... [Read More]

November 22, 2016
The European Commission’s (EC) leaked draft proposal to continue supporting first-generation biofuels until 2030 will increase greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from European transport over the period 2021-2030 by an amount equivalent to the emissions from the Netherlands in 2014, according to environmental campaign group Transport &... [Read More]

November 21, 2016
Sweetwater Energy, a New York-based renewable biochemical producer, announced that it has signed a conditional lease with Eastman Business Park to locate a green integrated biochemical facility in the park. The $53-million facility will use local timber to produce high-value industrial biochemicals and clean-fibre products. The lease is... [Read More]

November 18, 2016
Global Bioenergies, a French renewable fuels firm, has completed the construction of its Leuna demo plant in eastern Germany that converts renewable resources into high-purity isobutene for use in a number of industries, including the fuel sector. The plant will be switched on over the coming weeks... [Read More]