April 18, 2018
The biofuels industry applauded Japan’s decision to open up imports of corn-based ethanol from the US and expects demand from new market to reach almost 100 million gallons. The Japanese government has increased the mandated emission savings required of ethanol from 50% to 55% compared to gasoline.... [Read More]

April 17, 2018
The German Bioethanol Industry Association (Bundesverband  der deutschen Bioethanolwirtschaft) has appointed a new managing director. Stefan Walter, a lawyer with significant experience in real estate and tax policy, was appointed by the BDBe board. He succeeds Dietrich Klein. “We are delighted to appoint Mr. Walter, who has extensive... [Read More]

April 17, 2018
The Canadian province approved the measure on top of its carbon cap-and-trade system in an effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions. 12 April, the provincial government in Ontario, Canada approved amendments to fuel legislation mandating a 10% blend of ethanol with gasoline from 2020. The... [Read More]

April 16, 2018
Veolia has launched an innovative online trading platform with the aim of making it easier to sell and buy organic resources. Aimed at a variety of industries, one potential beneficiary could be the biofuels sector. Dubbed BioTrading, the new website will function as a sales and auction... [Read More]

April 16, 2018
Brazilian researchers have improved the understanding of how enzymes breakdown biomass to improve their modification. The scientists hope that the research will lead to advances in enzymes used in the biofuels industry. Researchers at the University of Campinas in Brazil, with colleagues from Rio de Janeiro State... [Read More]

April 13, 2018
The US National Biodiesel Board (NBB) has submitted a Freedom of Information Act Request in a bid to shed light on small refiner exemptions requested and issued under the Renewable Fuel Standard. In recent months the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has relieved two struggling oil refiners... [Read More]

April 13, 2018
Changes to the UK’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) will ‘double’ the use of renewable fuels in the UK transport sector, according to a statement from the Department of Transport. Included in the revised (RTFO) are new biofuel targets set to come into force on 15 April. Transport... [Read More]

April 12, 2018
Scientists funded by the EU have designed cell structures that they say can break down biomass waste more effectively than one enzyme or a mix of enzymes. The EU-funded CellulosomePlus project has developed a new way to break down cellulose into sugar efficiently. Enzymes called cellulases, which... [Read More]

April 11, 2018
A letter from five corn-state Senators’ follows criticism from the biofuels industry of the Environmental Protection Agency’s use of waivers. In a 9 April letter to the President, five Senators urged Trump to halt the EPA’s use of ‘hardship’ waivers to relieve refineries of their obligations under... [Read More]

April 11, 2018
New insights into how plants build cellulose could have import implications for the production of biofuels, according to new research from Penn State University. "Cellulose is the single most abundant biopolymer on earth," said Ying Gu, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Penn State... [Read More]

April 10, 2018
German renewable fuel producer Natural Energy West is to reduce its biodiesel output by 50%. According to Reuters, the company is making the cuts in response to surging biodiesel imports from Indonesia and Argentina to the EU. Reuters reports that the company will cut output ‘immediately... [Read More]

April 10, 2018
Following a four a month shut down period, Britain’s largest bioethanol plant has reopened. Vivergo’s facility in East Yorkshire is Europe’s second largest bioethanol facility. It shut down in November 2017, citing unfavourable trading conditions. According to the company, these unfavourable conditions were driven in part... [Read More]

April 9, 2018
The UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published its Energy Trends data for 2017. The report includes in depth statistics on the country’s biofuels industry. According to the report, overall biofuel consumption in transport was down 0.5% on the previous year, falling from... [Read More]

April 6, 2018
A new, £5 million project is set to develop the bioeconomy across Yorkshire, the Humber region and the Tees Valley in the north of England. Dubbed the THYME (Teesside, Hull and York - Mobilising Bioeconomy Knowledge Exchange) project, the three year initiative is being led by the... [Read More]

April 6, 2018
Researchers at the National University of Singapore have identified a species of bacteria that converts cellulose into biobutanol, a replacement for petrol. The scientists first discovered and cultivated the bacterium in 2015 by isolating it from mushroom crop residue. The team claims that producing biofuels with the microorganism... [Read More]

April 5, 2018
The US trade association is calling out the EPA following court approval of the agency’s settlement with the bankrupt refiner Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) and its granting of a ‘small refiner’ waiver for refining giant Andeavor. Damage to the environment and to agricultural communities are... [Read More]