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Mar 2, 2021
Pacific islands commit to energy transition away from fossil fuels
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Feb 11, 2021
Shell has set out its strategy to accelerate its transformation into a provider of net zero emissions energy products and services. The global oil company confirmed that its total carbon emissions peaked in 2018 and oil production peaked in 2019. “Our accelerated strategy will drive down carbon emissions and will deliver value for our shareholders, our customers and... [Read More]

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Feb 5, 2021
The federal government of Germany has decided to increase the share of renewable energies in the transport sector to 28% by 2030. This means that Germany is well above the EU target of 14%. In addition to stronger incentives for green hydrogen, new charging stations and advanced biofuels that are obtained from residues instead of food, the change in the law also provides... [Read More]

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Feb 4, 2021
Oil giant Shell suffered a loss of $21.7 billion (£17.5 billion) last year after the COVID-19 pandemic hit prices and demand. The trend follows that of BP and Exxon, which posted similar huge losses in the past 12 months. “2020 was an extraordinary year. We have taken tough, but decisive actions and demonstrated highly resilient operational delivery while caring for... [Read More]

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Jan 22, 2021
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved three small refinery exemptions (SRE) in a last-minute move by the Trump Administration. This reverses one denial from 2018 and the granting of two for the 2019 compliance year. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor called on the incoming Biden Administration to reverse harm done to rural America through what she described as... [Read More]

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Jan 14, 2021
The draft act transposing the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) was presented by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment at the end of last year. It was appraised and criticised at a press conference hosted by the organisers of the 18th International Conference on Renewable Mobility - Fuels of the Future 2021. The press conference was held in the run-up... [Read More]

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Jan 13, 2021
A coalition of senators sent a letter to President-elect Joe Biden requesting stronger support for farmers and the biofuels industry and to restore the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The senators, led by Senator Tammy Duckworth, called on the Biden Administration to direct the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reject pending Small Refinery Exemptions... [Read More]

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Jan 12, 2021
The Prince of Wales has launched the Terra Carta – the Earth Charter – that aims to provide a roadmap to 2030 for businesses to move towards a sustainable future. The charter will serve as the guiding mandate for the Prince’s Sustainable Markets Initiative and seeks to put sustainability at the heart of the private sector. In section 2, Redesigning Net Zero &... [Read More]

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Jan 11, 2021
HSBC is under pressure to cut its exposure to fossil fuels after a group of investors filed a climate resolution ahead of the bank’s annual meeting in April. In October, the lender announced that it would become a “net zero” carbon emissions bank by 2050. But a group of influential investors, including some of Europe’s biggest institutions, are calling on HSBC... [Read More]

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Jan 4, 2021
US President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team has held calls with biofuel groups on topics including compliance with biofuel blending laws and Biden’s low-carbon climate vision. The discussions with biofuel trade groups as well as POET, a top company in the cellulosic bioethanol industry, come as the industry positions itself as part of Biden’s fight against climate... [Read More]

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Jan 4, 2021
The Renewable Fuels Association’s industry safety programme has celebrated its 10 anniversary. Over the past decade, RFA’s safety training has reached thousands of ethanol plant workers and others in protecting the industry’s employees. “While our award-winning safety training programme often flies below the public radar, it is crucially important to ethanol... [Read More]

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Dec 17, 2020
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now aiming for December 31 as the point by which it will propose rules on the amount of biofuels refiners must blend into their fuel mix next year. This was after missing a deadline last month to release the proposal. Under the adjusted timeline, the agency will aim to finalise the rule on the so-called Renewable Volume... [Read More]

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Dec 17, 2020
Four US organisations have hit back after Brazil imposed tariffs on ethanol imports into the country. All US ethanol imports into the South American state now face a 20% tariff following the expiry of a deadline set for December 14. This relates to a Brazilian quota allowing for tariff-free imports of 187,500 cu m of the US product. The U.S. Grains Council, Growth Energy,... [Read More]

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Dec 16, 2020
The Supreme Court has effectively given the green light for Heathrow’s third runway plans. The scheme was previously blocked by the Appeal Court over climate targets, but the highest court in the UK land has ruled the strategy was legitimately based on climate targets at the time it was agreed. Planning permission will now be sought for the runway before construction... [Read More]

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Dec 15, 2020
The UK Prime Minister has revealed that the country will end direct government support for the fossil fuel energy sector overseas. The policy, announced at the Climate Ambition Summit by Boris Johnson, will see the UK end export finance, aid funding, and trade promotion for new crude oil, natural gas, or thermal coal projects, with ‘very limited’ exceptions. The... [Read More]


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