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Nov 15, 2019
In detail: the Renewable Fuel Standard, RVOs and RINs explained
Policy News
Nov 12, 2019
US President Donald Trump has formally nominated Dan Brouillette to serve as the next US Secretary of Energy. Brouillette, who currently serves as Deputy Secretary of Energy, would replace Rick Perry if confirmed by the US Senate. “It has been the opportunity of a lifetime to serve as Secretary of Energy,” commented Perry. “I have the utmost confidence the Department... [Read More]

Policy News
Nov 7, 2019
A coalition of biofuel and farm advocates has called on US President Donald Trump to fix a flawed proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that “fails in its mission to reinvigorate farm economies and reopen biofuel plants across America’s heartland.” The letter, which was signed by 60 organisation – including the Renewable Fuels Association,... [Read More]

Policy News
Oct 28, 2019
On 9 August 2019, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it had granted 31 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Small Refinery Exemptions (SRE) for the 2018 compliance year, or four fewer than were approved for the 2017 compliance year. As of October 2019, two SRE applications were pending. The SRE waivers effectively reduced the amount of biofuel required... [Read More]

Policy News
Oct 24, 2019
A coalition of renewable fuel and agricultural trade organisations in the US has filed a petition with the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, challenging the process by which the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exempted certain small refineries from Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) exemptions for 2018. In contrast to previous years, the EPA’s... [Read More]

Policy News
Oct 8, 2019
At the 40th International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly, airlines have welcomed support for the aviation industry’s sustainability programmes. The issue of the environment was top of the agenda during the week-long meeting of governments and industry stakeholders in Montreal, Canada. During the event, ICAO member states agreed to address the possibility... [Read More]

Policy News
Oct 7, 2019
Following a number of ethanol plant shut downs in the US states of Minnesota and Iowa, US Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Representative Cindy Axne (D-IA) have urged the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to document the impact of small refinery waivers on farm income, commodity prices and renewable fuel usage. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Klobuchar... [Read More]

Policy News
Oct 4, 2019
The White House has announced US President Donald Trump’s plan to uphold the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by ensuring that biofuels blending targets are accurately met each year. Under the new agreement, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been directed to properly account for future small refinery exemptions in annual RFS rules. It... [Read More]

Policy News
Sep 16, 2019
Five of Canada’s leading national clean fuels associations have called for a national Clean Fuel Strategy to leverage innovation and sustainable resources to secure investment in the production and use of clean fuels. The associations – Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC), Canadian Biogas Association (CBA), Canadian Gas Association (CGA), Electric Mobility Canada (EMC)... [Read More]

Policy News
Aug 12, 2019
On 9 August, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted 31 of the 38 waiver requestions for small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, which could eliminate 1.43 billion gallons of biofuel demand in the US. The EPA under the Trump administration has been criticised by the biofuels industry as exemptions have increased nearly four-fold,... [Read More]

Policy News
Aug 9, 2019
Two associations representing corn growers and the soybean industry in the US have addressed an opinion piece to President Donald Trump, urging him to support the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In an op-ed written by National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) president Lynn Chrisp and American Soybean Association (ASA) president Davie Stephens, the US President is urged... [Read More]

Policy News
Aug 2, 2019
The US could potentially produce enough energy by harnessing waste each year to power the states of Oregon and Washington, according to recent analysis from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers. The findings, published in the journal Nature Energy by UCLA industrial ecologist and energy economist Deepak Rajagopal and urban planning doctoral candidate... [Read More]

Policy News
Aug 1, 2019
A coalition comprised of agricultural and biofuels industry stakeholders has filed a petition with the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, requesting the court to lift a stay placed on a 2018 petition asking the court to protect the renewable fuels industry from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The petition ask the EPA to revise its... [Read More]

Policy News
Jul 23, 2019
In announcing its half year results for 2019, the UK’s Heathrow Airport has appealed to aviation body International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to set targets for the use of biofuels in aviation. The airport, which supports the goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, has called upon the United Nations’ aviation body to introduce targets for using biofuels... [Read More]

Policy News
Jun 24, 2019
Research commissioned by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has shown that air passengers support the development of new technologies and sustainable aviation fuels to reduce aviation carbon emissions. These two proposals were preferred over the implementation of ‘environmental’ taxes, such as a Dutch proposal for a European Union-wide tax on air... [Read More]


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