News Category: Policy News
May 17, 2017
The UK Labour Party has published its manifesto for the forthcoming General Election, placing significant emphasis on renewable and sustainable energy sources.   Three principles guide the party’s energy policy: security of the energy supply; affordable energy costs for consumers and businesses; meeting climate change targets and transitioning... [Read More]

May 17, 2017
“Climate change and air pollution threaten our future,” reads the opening of the energy chapter in the Liberal Democrat manifesto, published on 17 May. “But by investing in renewable energy and stopping the waste of energy and natural resources, we can protect our health and the environment,... [Read More]

January 27, 2017
Carl Icahn, US President Donald Trump’s special adviser on regulatory reform, is facing a conflict of interest scrutiny after the shares of an energy company owned by him doubled in value. The shares of CVR Energy have surged after projections that the new administration would ease environmental... [Read More]

January 20, 2017
US President Donald Trump has selected former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to serve as the Secretary of Agriculture. Perdue previously ran a grains and fertiliser company, and said he was chosen based on his business and governmental experience. Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) executive director Monte Shaw said... [Read More]

January 19, 2017
Scott Pruitt, US President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to be the leader of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), says he is committed to biofuels, but remains open for tweaks. The Oklahoma Attorney General said during his Congressional confirmation hearing on Wednesday that he will honour the Congress’ plan... [Read More]

December 8, 2016
US President-elect Donald Trump has selected Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma attorney general, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as its administrator. Pruitt has served as attorney general since 2010, prior to which he had an eight-year tenure in the Oklahoma state senate. He said that he intends to... [Read More]

December 7, 2016
Five West African countries have agreed to ban importing Europe's dirty fuels, a move that will dramatically reduce vehicle emissions and help more than 250 million people breath cleaner air. Together, the countries of Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, and Ivory Coast agreed on 1 December in Abuja... [Read More]

December 7, 2016
The amount of money committed to tackling London’s air quality crisis will be more than doubled over the next five years, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has confirmed. Ahead of the publication of the draft Transport for London (TfL) Business Plan, the Mayor has announced that £875 million... [Read More]

December 1, 2016
In the US, nearly three dozen biodiesel leaders from Kansas to Rhode Island took to the halls of Congress this week to promote US advanced biofuel. “We have a great message to share with our elected officials. Biodiesel is working today to support jobs, diversify our fuel... [Read More]

November 25, 2016
EXCLUSIVE: The government of Finland approved a new national Energy and Climate Strategy outlining how the country plans to reach both domestic and EU climate targets by 2030. In the outline, Finland’s centre-right government set a goal to have the share of renewables in the Finnish energy... [Read More]

November 21, 2016
The Finnish government is exploring the implementation of a €100 million subsidy package for 2017-2020 to speed up the uptake of biogas- and electricity-powered cars. With the subsidy, the government aims to have 250,000 electric and 50,000 biogas cars on Finland’s road by 2030, which would mark... [Read More]

November 11, 2016
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed denying a petition by a group of merchant oil refiners to change the point of obligation (PO) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Under the current RFS structure, oil refiners are the parties obligated to blend more renewable fuel... [Read More]

November 11, 2016
Several European beet and cereal producers have voiced their opposition to phasing out conventional biofuels in Europe, coinciding with the World Ethanol & Biofuels conference in Brussels. The European Association of Sugar Manufacturers (CEFS), the European Confederation of Maize Production (CEPM), the International Confederation of European Beet... [Read More]

November 10, 2016
US President-elect Donald Trump’s victory in the country’s presidential election sent biofuels shares tumbling on Wednesday, while propping up oil refiners’ stocks. Shares of US independent refiners jumped, including CVR Refining, which saw the largest upturn (26% to $8.55) in its share prices in the company’s history. Renewable... [Read More]

November 9, 2016
The US biofuels industry is voicing its support for Presidential-elect Donald Trump, saying he “understands” the needs of the renewable fuels industry. Trump took the world by surprise on Wednesday by decisively beating his competitor Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House. Several US biofuels companies... [Read More]