News Category: Other News
May 31, 2017
The world needs to implement the Paris Agreement to meet the global challenge of climate change, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has urged. Guterres was highlighting the seriousness of the impact of climate change on the planet and its inhabitants.  “The effects of climate change are dangerous and they... [Read More]

May 30, 2017
A new sustainable biofuels initiative has been launched with the intention of handing freight companies “control of their carbon footprint”. The GoodShipping programme from Dutch company GoodFuels is designed to ‘accelerate’ the amount of low-carbon fuels in the marine-fuel mix. Put simply, it allows the cargo owner... [Read More]

May 30, 2017
US advanced biofuels producer Renewable Energy Group (REG) has hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of the company’s operations centre in Amsterdam. The team in Amsterdam will support the company’s international operations and work closely with the operations center in Ames, Iowa.  REG utilises an integrated... [Read More]

May 30, 2017
UPM Biofuels has received an RSB (Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials) certificate for its UPM BioVerno renewable diesel and naphtha and its production sidestreams turpentine and pitch (resin). RSB verifies the sustainability and reliability of feedstock sourcing and production.  In RSB certification, the sustainability of biofuels is evaluated... [Read More]

May 25, 2017
The renewable energy sector employs 9.8 million people worldwide, according to a newly published study from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). “Falling costs and enabling policies have steadily driven up investment and employment in renewable energy worldwide since IRENA’s first annual assessment in 2012,... [Read More]

May 25, 2017
The global energy transition needs to speed up in order to tackle climate change, according to industry experts. The energy revolution will also not be “smooth” and will be driven largely by disruptive consumers as they run towards decentralised generation. That was the overall conclusion theme reached by... [Read More]

May 24, 2017
Denmark-based utility energy firm Dong Energy has made a commitment to renewables and agreed to divest its entire oil and gas business to Ineos in a deal worth up to $1.3bn (€1.16bn). The transaction includes production, development and exploration sites off Denmark, Norway and west of Shetland. Ineos... [Read More]

May 23, 2017
On 30 November 2016, the European Commission published its long awaited revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED) also known as RED II. In its proposals, the EC made plans to minimise Europe’s Indirect Land-Use Change (ILC) impacts. The EC wants to reduce the maximum contribution of crop-based biofuels... [Read More]

May 22, 2017
A subsidiary of the world’s second largest palm oil plantation company has cultivated a new palm planting material allowing an increase of oil yields to the highest levels in the industry. Smart Tbk, a subsidiary of Golden-Agri Resources, has registered two clones of high-yielding oil palm plant... [Read More]

May 22, 2017
Clariant and Huntsman Corp. has announced that its boards of directors unanimously approved a definitive agreement to combine in a merger of equals through an all-stock transaction. The merged company will be named Huntsman Clariant. On a pro forma 2016 basis, the combination of both companies will... [Read More]

May 22, 2017
Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC) has announced a significant expansion of its membership. “Our new members bring a wealth of next generation biofuels technologies and knowledge to our association. Deploying both commercially proven and demonstrated technologies in Canada will change the paradigm of what advanced biofuels can accomplish... [Read More]

May 22, 2017
A designer and a biofuels scientist from the Netherlands have teamed up to build a motorcycle powered by algae. Peter Mooij researches biofuel production with microalgae. The scientist, who completed his PHD in biotechnology at Delft University of Technology in 2016, has developed a method to grow... [Read More]

May 19, 2017
Japanese company Euglena is looking to boost its efforts to commercialise microalgae jetfuel by 2020. According to Nikkei Asian Review, the company is arranging equity tie ups with five companies in a bid to obtain the finances to accelerate its efforts. Tokyo Euglena will allocate new shares... [Read More]

May 18, 2017
The Renewable Energy Association (REA), a UK-based trade body for the renewables industry, has backed the Conservative Party manifesto. The manifesto was released earlier today (18 May, 2017). Commenting on the release of the Conservative Party Manifesto, Nina Skorupska, CEO of the Renewable Energy Association said: “The... [Read More]

May 16, 2017
US advanced biofuels company Gevo announced that it was selected to collaborate with researchers at the US Department of Energy (DOE) as part of DOE’s Small Business Vouchers (SBV) programme. The SBV programme provides funding for DOE’s national laboratories to partner with selected US businesses, enabling these clean technology companies... [Read More]

May 12, 2017
Biorefineries can deliver a major boost to the economies of rural areas, attracting capital investment and creating industry led employment, according to a new research report. Through 2016, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences conducted a pioneering research project to explore the socio-economic impact of a fully operation... [Read More]

May 8, 2017
Friends of the Earth has criticised the decision to carry out open pond trials of genetically engineered microalgae, as well as the development of genetically engineered (GE) algae for biofuels in general. Scientists from the University of California at San Diego and Sapphire Energy recently carried out... [Read More]