November 2, 2017
Poet-DSM Advanced Biofuels has achieved a major breakthrough in cellulosic biofuels production at its Project Liberty plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa, US. In a statement, the US-based advanced biofuels producer said it had solved the “critical challenge in pretreatment, overcoming what has been the number one hurdle to... [Read More]

November 1, 2017
US scientists have developed a new technique to accelerate the production of renewable jet fuel from corn cobs and wood chips. Globally, air travel contributed 815 million US tons of CO2­ emissions in 2016, 2% of the global manmade total, according to the International Air Transport Association... [Read More]

November 1, 2017
Local media are reporting that the Beta Renewables cellulosic ethanol plant in Crescentino, Italy has been shut down. The €250 million ethanol refinery has the capacity to produce 40,000 tonnes of bioethanol per year, from around 270,000 tonnes of biomass. Established in 2011, it was the world’s... [Read More]

October 31, 2017
Speciality chemicals producer Clariant has announced approval from its board of directors to invest in a new full-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Romania. When complete, the new facility will produce cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues using sunliquid technology. With an annual production capacity of 50,000 tonnes, the... [Read More]

October 30, 2017
Renewable fuel producer Neste has released its interim report for the period January to September 2017. The results show that the Finnish company is set for a positive year, despite uncertainties hitting the European renewable fuels industry. “Neste's strong performance continued in the third quarter, and we... [Read More]

October 27, 2017
It will be easier for cities to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions coming from residential energy use rather than transportation, new research claims. This reduction will happen thanks to more efficient building practices and not greater housing density, the study, published in the Journal of Planning Education... [Read More]

October 25, 2017
US biofuels process technology provider ICM will be opening a regional office in the city of São Paulo, Brazil.  As an industry-leader in the development and optimisation of ethanol technologies, ICM is in the process of hiring a team of employees to service the needs of the... [Read More]

October 25, 2017
A collaborative project to map open access pilot and demonstration infrastructure for bio-based industries across Europe has been launched. The Pilots4U project is funded by the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Launched when the eight project partners... [Read More]

October 25, 2017
Danish biotechnology company Novozymes has published its third quarter results, revealing better than expected growth from the company, including a strong showing from its “Bioenergy” division. Earnings before interest tax  (EBIT)increased by 5% to DKK 3,032 million (€407m) , up from DKK 2,884 million from the first... [Read More]

October 24, 2017
A plan to boost biofuel use in Brazil has been put on hold, according to Reuters, as the government assesses the potential impact on the economy and industry. Dubbed RenovaBio, the Brazilian government-led programme would boost the market share of renewable fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel.... [Read More]

October 24, 2017
The US Department of Commerce has imposed preliminary anti-dumping duties on biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia ranging from around 50 to 70%. The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) Fair Trade Coalition is claiming victory on the news. The Commerce Department found that biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia... [Read More]

October 24, 2017
Policymakers in the European Parliament’s environment committee (ENVI) have voted in support of a proposal for a total phase out of crop-based biofuels by 2030 and have backed the use of biomass for electricity production. The ENVI vote on the revised Renewable Energy Directive, dubbed RED II,... [Read More]

October 23, 2017
A new charge which will see owners of the most polluting vehicles pay a daily fee of £21.50 to drive in London, has come into effect. Under the new scheme, brought in by Mayor Sadiq Khan in order to improve air quality in the UK capital, drivers... [Read More]

October 20, 2017
New York City’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS NYC) is ‘pushing back’ against proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which it labels in a statement ‘threats to reduce environmental standards’. On 19 October DCAS NYC submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protesting... [Read More]

October 20, 2017
Renewable fuels company Velocys has confirmed the location for its first biorefinery in the US. The company has signed a site option agreement with Adams County in the State of Mississippi for the new facility to be built in the city of Natchez. Adams County has offered... [Read More]

October 19, 2017
Member states of the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) have agreed on a new 2050 Vision for sustainable aviation fuels, which will help to ensure that conventional jet fuels are substituted with sustainable alternatives ‘to a significant percentage’ by 2050. The decision was formalised on 13 October... [Read More]