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Jan 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]

POLICY NEWS
Jan 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]

POLICY NEWS
Jan 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]

POLICY NEWS
Jan 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]

POLICY NEWS
Jan 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]

POLICY NEWS
Jan 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]

POLICY NEWS
Dec 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]

POLICY NEWS
Dec 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]

POLICY NEWS
Dec 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]

POLICY NEWS
Nov 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]

POLICY NEWS
Nov 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]

POLICY NEWS
Nov 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]

POLICY NEWS
Nov 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]

POLICY NEWS
Nov 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]

POLICY NEWS
Oct 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]

POLICY NEWS
Oct 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]