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POLICY NEWS
Jul 21, 2015
A group of 36 US senators from both major parties have sent an open letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging it to increase the biodiesel production volumes proposed under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The letter comes in the aftermath of EPA setting a lower... [Read More]

POLICY NEWS
Jun 2, 2015
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced proposed volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) programme for 2014, 2015 and 2016, and also proposed volume requirements for biomass-based diesel for 2017. The proposal would boost renewable fuel production and provide for ambitious yet responsible growth... [Read More]

POLICY NEWS
Apr 29, 2015
On 28 April the European Parliament voted to approve the cap on first generation biofuels made from food-based crops. Current legislation requires EU member states to ensure that renewable energy accounts for at least 10% of energy consumption in transport by 2020. In order to cut greenhouse gas... [Read More]

POLICY NEWS
Apr 15, 2015
On April 14, the European Parliament's environment committee (ENVI) moved a step closer to an agreement on plans to cap the production of traditional biofuels and accelerate the shift to alternative sources, such as certain types of waste and residues and new sources such as seaweed,... [Read More]

POLICY NEWS
Apr 13, 2015
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it will finalise the volume requirements for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), in addition to the 2017 volume requirement for biomass-based diesel, by 30 November. The following schedule has been established following a proposed consent decree... [Read More]

POLICY NEWS
Apr 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]

POLICY NEWS
Mar 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]

POLICY NEWS
Feb 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]

POLICY NEWS
Feb 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]

POLICY NEWS
Feb 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]

POLICY NEWS
Feb 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]

POLICY NEWS
Jan 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]

POLICY NEWS
Jan 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]

POLICY NEWS
Jan 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]

POLICY NEWS
Jan 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]

POLICY NEWS
Jan 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]