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Apr 21, 2020
Neste joins a European alliance calling for a ‘green recovery’ after pandemic
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Apr 17, 2020
Royal Dutch Shell has revealed the oil and gas sector’s extensive strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, stating its plans depended on its customers also mitigating emissions. Oil and gas producers have announced spending cuts as oil prices have hit 18-year lows and drastic restrictions on movement to slow the spread of the new coronavirus... [Read More]

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Apr 17, 2020
The Biofuels International Conference and Expo that was due to take place in October has been moved to a the new date of 23 and 24 March next year due to the global pandemic. It is hoped that life and business will have returned to some sense of normality by the originally slated date, but there is no guarantee of this. Some organisations may still have travel restrictions... [Read More]

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Mar 17, 2020
Since Covid-19 first made the news when it struck in a place in China most of us had never heard of, little did we suspect the global consequences three months later. Normal daily life as we know it has been severely disrupted, thousands of people have died worldwide, borders between countries are being closed and the stock markets and our global economies have taken... [Read More]

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Mar 12, 2020
Farmer leaders and biofuel producers from the Midwest states of America have expressed concerns about the news that the Trump administration has decided to side with oil companies in their court battle against biofuels. The debate centres around a unanimous court decision that would halt the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) abuse of Small Refinery Exemptions... [Read More]

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Mar 2, 2020
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the provision of $100 million (€90.2 million) for infrastructure projects to encourage increased sales of higher biofuel blends. The funding, which will be awarded through the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP), was announced by US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. Higher biofuel blends... [Read More]

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Mar 2, 2020
The Port of Seattle in the US state of Washington has supported the state-wide implementation of a low carbon fuel standard. The Port of Seattle Commission and executive director Stephen Metruck sent a letter to the Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee urging continued progress towards securing enactment of a Clean Fuels Standard in the state of Washington,... [Read More]

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Feb 28, 2020
A new report published by IEA Bioenergy has examined how the gap between the cost of advanced biofuels and current fuel prices can be reduced, to enable the wider uptake of cleaner burning fuels. The ‘Advanced Biofuels – Potential for Cost Reduction’ report is part of IEA Bioenergy’s Task 41 project, which is funded by the European Commission with support from... [Read More]

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Feb 26, 2020
US Senators Chuck Grassley (Iowa) and Tom Udall (New Mexico) have introduced a new bill that is being touted as the first step towards ending subsidies for oil and gas companies. The bipartisan Fair Returns for Public Lands Act of 2020 updates the antiquated public lands royalty system in the US to ensure that taxpayers get fair returns on leases of public lands for... [Read More]

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Feb 21, 2020
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a target for biofuels to make up 30% of transportation fuels in the US by 2050. Announced by secretary of agriculture Sonny Perdue as part of the new Agriculture Innovation Agenda, the agency stated: “We can increase the production of renewable energy feedstocks and set a goal to increase biofuel production efficiency... [Read More]

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Feb 6, 2020
The UK’s aviation industry has announced its commitment to net zero carbon emission by 2050, in a move that has been welcomed by airports and airlines around the country. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, together with aviation industry executives, signed a pledge committing to cut carbon emissions to zero by 2050. The move follows a thorough review of the opportunities... [Read More]

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Jan 31, 2020
The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) has submitted suggestions in response to the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) request for information on a Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP). The USDA is currently considering options to expand domestic ethanol and biodiesel availability, and is seeking information on opportunities to consider infrastructure... [Read More]

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Jan 30, 2020
US President Donald Trump has officially signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which modernises the previous trade pact between the three nations, strengthens trade relationships and provides critical market access for US agriculture. Welcoming the passage of USMCA, US ethanol association Growth Energy CEO, Emily Skor, said: “This historic agreement... [Read More]

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Jan 30, 2020
The government of Manitoba, a province in Canada, has announced ambitious plans to achieve the cleanest fuel standards in the country. Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister revealed plans to increase the ethanol and biodiesel content of the province’s transportation fuels, as it implements its ‘Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan’. “We have the cleanest electricity... [Read More]

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Jan 28, 2020
The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has struck down three small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), in a decision that is expected to broadly impact the way the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants exemptions. The court ruling follows a challenge brought against the EPA in May 2018 by the Renewable Fuels Association... [Read More]


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