News Category: Policy News
April 1, 2015
The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) is calling for the EPA to stay its recent decision to streamline Argentinian biodiesel imports to the US under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) pending public review and comment. In a petition filed 30 March with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Gina... [Read More]

March 23, 2015
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) have announced a settlement with Utah-based Washakie Renewable Energy that resolves allegations that the company generated more than 7.2 million invalid renewable fuel credits worth more than $2 million (€1.8 million). From January to... [Read More]

February 25, 2015
A draft law to cap the production of traditional biofuels and accelerate the shift to alternative sources was approved by the Environment Committee on 24 February. It aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that result from the growing use of agricultural land to produce biofuel crops. Current... [Read More]

February 10, 2015
A bipartisan group of 32 US senators is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to move quickly in approving strong biodiesel volumes under the nation's Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS). The senators expressed concern about the agency's delays in implementing the RFS standards for 2014, 2015 and... [Read More]

February 10, 2015
US ethanol exports reached near-record levels in 2014, sending 836 million gallons of ethanol worth $2.1 billion (€1.8 billion) to international markets. This is according to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and its new publication '2014 US Ethanol Exports and Imports: Statistical Summary'. The publication offers an... [Read More]

February 3, 2015
Barrack Obama has announced a $3.99 trillion (€3.5 trillion) budget to tackle climate change issues, with a specific focus on preventing global warming. In its 2016 budget, the US government also wants to give $1.29 billion to advance its Global Climate Change Initiative, which includes $500 million... [Read More]

January 30, 2015
PIRA Energy Group, which specialises in global energy market research and intelligence, has released the World Biofuels Forecast, an analysis of the world market. The paper states that world biofuels production is forecast to reach 42.6 billion gallons per year by 2025, with ethanol accounting for approximately... [Read More]

January 26, 2015
According to Renewable Energy, a new Market Report published by market intelligence provider, Key Note, the renewable energy industry in the UK achieved continued growth over the past 5 years, with consumption of renewable energy (including biofuels, biomass, wind, wave and tidal, hydro, transport, heat pumps,... [Read More]

January 21, 2015
A recent study by the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IFEU) in Heidelberg, Germany, found that biodiesel made from animal fat reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 85% compared to fossil fuels. The EU institutions have recognised that biodiesel made from animal fat is highly sustainable and... [Read More]

January 20, 2015
Scientists are now successfully applying technologies utilised by farmers and ethanol facilities to maximise the quality and accuracy of carbon modelling for biofuels. A newly-released white paper, entitled 'Re-thinking the Carbon Reduction Value of Carbon Ethanol Fuel, written by Ron Alverson, president of the American Coalition for... [Read More]

January 16, 2015
On 17 December 2014, the European Parliament voted in support of a motion for resolution to reject the European Commission’s proposal to implement Article 7a of the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) but the vote did not gain the support of the required qualified majority needed to... [Read More]

January 16, 2015
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) declared that five airlines have recently successfully completed stages of the IATA Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) programme. IEnvA is a voluntary, two-stage evaluation process designed to drive airline environmental performance improvements by independent assessment. Both Finnair and South African Airways have... [Read More]

January 14, 2015
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved fuels made from Algenol’s process as an advanced biofuel, meeting the greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction requirements under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). Fuels produced from the industrial biotechnology company are now eligible for a Renewable Identification Number (RIN) under... [Read More]

January 7, 2015
Predictions suggest that by 2017, up to 180 companies are expected to produce 1.7 billion gallons of advanced biofuel, doubling current capacity, according to a new market report released by the national nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). North America's advanced biofuel industry reached over 800 million... [Read More]

January 5, 2015
From now, biofuel obligations in Germany will be based on a greenhouse gas (GHG) saving rather than a volume basis. EU-approved Voluntary Sustainability Schemes, such as the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), will play a key role in the new system. The German government presented important... [Read More]

January 5, 2015
To achieve the renewable energy target of 72,000 MW by 2022, India must invest approximately $46.22 billion (€39 billion) into the industry, reports Research and Markets. India will also have to make investments to upgrade the transmission and distribution infrastructure, as well as old renewable plants. In... [Read More]

January 5, 2015
A new report by Allied Market Research, a market research and business-consulting wing of Allied Analytics, called 'Global Second Generation Biofuels - Size, Industry Analysis, Trends, Opportunities, Growth and Forecast, 2013 – 2020', states that the global second generation biofuels market will reach $23.9 billion (€20... [Read More]