News Category: Policy News
December 5, 2014
Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels (LSB), an industry coalition to promote advanced biofuels, met on 4 December at the European Parliament with Members of the European Parliament, Commission representatives, and stakeholders in Brussels. LSB, which is chaired by UPM's Marko Janhunen, is pushing for a strong EU-wide sub-target... [Read More]

December 3, 2014
An alliance comprising of the UK's airlines, airports, manufacturers and air navigation service provider NATS, has unveiled its latest road map, looking at the possibilities for sustainable aviation fuels. Sustainable Aviation's (SA) research indicates the potential for a 24% reduction in aviation carbon dioxide emissions by 2050... [Read More]

December 3, 2014
USDA is making $5.6 million in grants to 220 producers across the US to support the production of advanced biofuels. The Department of Agriculture will also award over $4 million in additional grants in a bid to advance the bioeconomy and reduce the nation's reliance on foreign... [Read More]

November 27, 2014
The Obama administration has further delayed its decision on whether to lower the amount of ethanol contained in the US's fuel supply.After months of delay, a final decision was due to be delivered by the end of the year, but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)... [Read More]

November 21, 2014
The American Soybean Association (ASA) emphasises the industry's support for the establishment of a tax extenders package. It is calling for its members to contact their senators and representatives to extend the $1 (€0.80) per gallon biodiesel tax credit, bring back the  maximum $500,000 expensing, which was... [Read More]

November 14, 2014
A new report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) reveals that biofuels now make up 1% of global energy use. The State of the Biofuels Market: Regulatory, Trade and Development Perspectives is a global overview of the progression of biofuels. It provides an update... [Read More]

November 6, 2014
India is planning to increase the promotion of biofuels to reduce its crude oil import bill. Current estimates suggest India has the potential to produce 1,200,000 million tonnes, but at present the country only produces 60,000 tonnes, of which 80% is exported. To lift this figure, the... [Read More]

November 6, 2014
As biofuels now account for 1% of global energy use, a report on the 'State of the Global Biofuels Market' released by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) says second generation technologies, climate change concerns and economic pressures are carving the future of... [Read More]

October 31, 2014
Italy has become the first member of the European Union to mandate the use of renewable fuel made from inedible crops. The law states that as of January 2018, petrol and diesel must contain at least 1.2% advanced biofuel. By 2020, this will increase to 1.6% and... [Read More]

October 29, 2014
As the first African Sustainable Transport Forum took place in Nairobi, Kenya, on 28 October, Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA), which promote biofuel friendly policies internationally, called on forum attendees to adopt biofuels friendly policies and regulations that would encourage the increased use of sustainable biofuels... [Read More]

October 24, 2014
Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP), Galva, Iowa, has received EPA certification to generate D3 Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) for cellulosic ethanol produced using Cellerate process technology. Delayne Johnson, CEO, QCCP, says the move will prevent the biofuels industry from arguing a lack of D3 RINS are present... [Read More]

October 23, 2014
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is suing the US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to provide documents relating to the oil industry's attempts to affect the outcome of the 2014 renewable fuel standard (RFS). Last May, CREW asked for an investigation by the... [Read More]

October 9, 2014
DuPont's $500 million (€391 million) bet on producing ethanol from corn crop waste will pay off as companies add to demand for renewable chemicals and fuels. The US chemical company is investing in building a biorefinery in Nevada, Iowa, on research and development for enzymes to break... [Read More]

October 3, 2014
Cellulosic ethanol production could help create up to 9 million cellulosic D3 renewable identification numbers (RINs) in 2014, if active plants reach full capacity, suggests Genscape. Data and market specialist Genscape has released its white paper, Outlook for 2014 cellulosic production and D3 RINs, which looks at... [Read More]

September 24, 2014
The EPA's failure to finalise the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rules will create an increase in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) that is equal to placing 4.4 million additional cars on US roads. The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) has issued a white paper, 'Estimating greenhouse gas emissions... [Read More]

September 19, 2014
The European renewable ethanol association, ePURE, has appointed Robert Wright as its new secretary general. Wright will start this position immediately. Wright has over 20 years' experience working in European Union public policy and public affairs and has previously worked for the EU Commission and in the... [Read More]

September 11, 2014
Brazilian senators have approved a bill raising the mandatory amount of ethanol in petrol sold at the country's service stations as demand for the biofuel declines, reports Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The blend percentage will be raised from 25% to 27.5%, according to the Senate, though the... [Read More]