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Jan 9, 2019
Malaysian prime minister to argue palm oil ban
POLICY NEWS
Jan 8, 2019
French deputies’ vote for the country’s 2019 finance bill has led to France increasing its biofuel mandates. This means that the minimum amount of biofuels that is incorporated into motor vehicle fuel is to be increased. The minimum amount of biofuels that is to be blended will... [Read More]

POLICY NEWS
Dec 10, 2018
A new multi-landmark report has been released by government-led, multi-stakeholder initiative Biofuture Platform detailing how biofuels and bioproducts ‘must play an integral role’ in the future of the global energy transition. Entitled Creating the Biofuture: A Report on the State of the Low Carbon Bioeconomy, the report... [Read More]

POLICY NEWS
Dec 5, 2018
The revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDll) policy, first outlined by The European Commission at the end of 2016, has now been officially adopted by the Council of the European Union. Among other things, it has finalised and set a minimum blending mandate for advanced... [Read More]

POLICY NEWS
Jun 25, 2018
Testimonies stressing the importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to the biofuels industry have been given before the Congress House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Environment.  The testimonies, delivered to a hearing titled “Advanced Biofuels Under the Renewable Fuel Standard: Current Status and Future Prospects”, stressed... [Read More]

POLICY NEWS
May 31, 2018
A group of representatives from the US ethanol industry is suing the EPA for its use of waivers from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The plaintiffs are Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) and National Farmers... [Read More]

POLICY NEWS
May 17, 2018
India’s Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the 2018 National Policy on Biofuels. Reduced dependency of imports and environmental benefits are among the goals for the legislation. The policy differentiates between ‘basic biofuels’ and ‘advanced biofuels’: the former covering first generation... [Read More]

POLICY NEWS
May 3, 2018
The Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) has asked the US Court of Appeals in Washington DC to decide whether the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) broke the law by granting Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waivers to an increasing number of small refineries. The petition specifically called for a... [Read More]

POLICY NEWS
May 1, 2018
Reuters is reporting that a refinery owned by billionaire and former Trump advisor Carl Icahn has received a waiver freeing it from its obligations under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). The waiver will allow the refinery to save millions of dollars on what would otherwise be... [Read More]

POLICY NEWS
Apr 20, 2018
ePure (the European renewable ethanol association) is calling for the EU to adopt a policy that encourages domestic production of sustainable biofuels. The move follows two decisions by the EU Parliament, one to promote protein crops for animal feed (to ease demand for feed from... [Read More]

POLICY NEWS
Apr 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]

POLICY NEWS
Apr 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]

POLICY NEWS
Apr 4, 2018
The three smallest of Andeavor’s ten oil refineries are now exempt from US biofuels legislation. The ‘hardship’ waiver is meant to protect smaller refiners from being disproportionately impacted by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Last year, Andeavor posted $1.5 billion in net profits. The exemption allows... [Read More]

POLICY NEWS
Mar 28, 2018
A bipartisan plan is to be unveiled March 28 for support biofuels at a national level to address the country’s increasingly pressing energy security concerns and to systemically promote the development, production and use of biofuels. The industry body Bioenergy Australia is throwing its weight behind Australia’s... [Read More]

POLICY NEWS
Mar 9, 2018
The Growing Renewable Energy through Existing and New Environmentally Responsible (GREENER) Fuels Act is the most recent proposal to reform the long-contested Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Talks have been going on for some time about the RFS. Now the minority Democratic Party... [Read More]

POLICY NEWS
Feb 12, 2018
After a failed push in December to get tax credits for biofuels retroactively extended, 2017 tax credits for the biofuels and nuclear energy sectors came through with Congress’ 9 February deal to keep the government open. According to Bloomberg, the tax credits include a $1-a-gallon credit... [Read More]