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Mar 9, 2018
US: Democrat bill to limit first-gen biofuels, boost second-gen
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Feb 12, 2018
After a failed push in December to get tax credits for biofuels retroactively extended, 2017 tax credits for the biofuels and nuclear energy sectors came through with Congress’ 9 February deal to keep the government open. According to Bloomberg, the tax credits include a $1-a-gallon credit for mixing biofuel with and a $1.01 credit for the production of cellulosic... [Read More]

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Jan 26, 2018
Indonesia introduced the case to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 2014, a year after the anti-dumping taxes on Indonesia and Argentina were introduced. The EU’s taxes were a reaction to what they saw as the unfairly low prices (also known as ‘dumping’) of the two countries’ biofuel exports. According to Reuters, Indonesia and Argentina called... [Read More]

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Jan 17, 2018
After much deliberation, the European Parliament has voted in favour of the revised Renewable Energy Directive (often dubbed RED II). The plenary of the European Parliament adopted its first reading position on RED II on 17 January. It has been met with mixed responses within the biofuels industry. While some have commended the decision to allow crop-based biofuels to... [Read More]

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Dec 21, 2017
The project aims to raise awareness of alternate fuels for the industry. According to World Bank statistics, 3.6 billion people travelled by air in 2016. In a survey conducted by Neste, 53% of European passengers are concerned by the environmental impact of air travel and over 50% would be willing to pay more for a flight that used renewable fuel. In November, a Dutch... [Read More]

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Oct 27, 2017
It will be easier for cities to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions coming from residential energy use rather than transportation, new research claims. This reduction will happen thanks to more efficient building practices and not greater housing density, the study, published in the Journal of Planning Education and Research, states. The aim of the study was to determine... [Read More]

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May 18, 2017
The Conservative party has published its 2017 manifesto. The pledges on energy and fuel supply from the incumbent party and bookies’ favourite for the upcoming general election paint an ambiguous picture, focusing on the targets and outcomes of energy production rather than the means. “After we have left the European Union, we will form our energy policy based... [Read More]

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May 17, 2017
The UK Labour Party has published its manifesto for the forthcoming General Election, placing significant emphasis on renewable and sustainable energy sources.   Three principles guide the party’s energy policy: security of the energy supply; affordable energy costs for consumers and businesses; meeting climate change targets and transitioning to a low carbon... [Read More]

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May 17, 2017
“Climate change and air pollution threaten our future,” reads the opening of the energy chapter in the Liberal Democrat manifesto, published on 17 May. “But by investing in renewable energy and stopping the waste of energy and natural resources, we can protect our health and the environment, and boost the economy.” The manifesto from Tim Farron’s... [Read More]

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Jan 27, 2017
Carl Icahn, US President Donald Trump’s special adviser on regulatory reform, is facing a conflict of interest scrutiny after the shares of an energy company owned by him doubled in value. The shares of CVR Energy have surged after projections that the new administration would ease environmental regulations, including the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) that has cost... [Read More]

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Jan 20, 2017
US President Donald Trump has selected former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to serve as the Secretary of Agriculture. Perdue previously ran a grains and fertiliser company, and said he was chosen based on his business and governmental experience. Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) executive director Monte Shaw said the group would “obviously” work with... [Read More]

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Jan 19, 2017
Scott Pruitt, US President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to be the leader of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), says he is committed to biofuels, but remains open for tweaks. The Oklahoma Attorney General said during his Congressional confirmation hearing on Wednesday that he will honour the Congress’ plan to increase the amount of renewable fuels in petroleum... [Read More]

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Dec 8, 2016
US President-elect Donald Trump has selected Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma attorney general, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as its administrator. Pruitt has served as attorney general since 2010, prior to which he had an eight-year tenure in the Oklahoma state senate. He said that he intends to protect the environment, but at the same time safeguard businesses... [Read More]

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Dec 7, 2016
Five West African countries have agreed to ban importing Europe's dirty fuels, a move that will dramatically reduce vehicle emissions and help more than 250 million people breath cleaner air. Together, the countries of Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, and Ivory Coast agreed on 1 December in Abuja to introduce strict standards to ensure cleaner, low sulphur diesel fuels and... [Read More]

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Dec 7, 2016
The amount of money committed to tackling London’s air quality crisis will be more than doubled over the next five years, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has confirmed. Ahead of the publication of the draft Transport for London (TfL) Business Plan, the Mayor has announced that £875 million (€1bn) will be invested in action to improve the quality... [Read More]


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