Oct 8, 2019
Historic moment as ICAO member states agree on long-term goal to cut aviation emissions
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Oct 7, 2019
Following a number of ethanol plant shut downs in the US states of Minnesota and Iowa, US Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Representative Cindy Axne (D-IA) have urged the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to document the impact of small refinery waivers on farm income, commodity prices and renewable fuel usage. In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Klobuchar... [Read More]

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Oct 4, 2019
The White House has announced US President Donald Trump’s plan to uphold the integrity of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) by ensuring that biofuels blending targets are accurately met each year. Under the new agreement, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been directed to properly account for future small refinery exemptions in annual RFS rules. It... [Read More]

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Sep 16, 2019
Five of Canada’s leading national clean fuels associations have called for a national Clean Fuel Strategy to leverage innovation and sustainable resources to secure investment in the production and use of clean fuels. The associations – Advanced Biofuels Canada (ABFC), Canadian Biogas Association (CBA), Canadian Gas Association (CGA), Electric Mobility Canada (EMC)... [Read More]

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Aug 12, 2019
On 9 August, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted 31 of the 38 waiver requestions for small refinery exemptions (SREs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard, which could eliminate 1.43 billion gallons of biofuel demand in the US. The EPA under the Trump administration has been criticised by the biofuels industry as exemptions have increased nearly four-fold,... [Read More]

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Aug 9, 2019
Two associations representing corn growers and the soybean industry in the US have addressed an opinion piece to President Donald Trump, urging him to support the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In an op-ed written by National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) president Lynn Chrisp and American Soybean Association (ASA) president Davie Stephens, the US President is urged... [Read More]

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Aug 2, 2019
The US could potentially produce enough energy by harnessing waste each year to power the states of Oregon and Washington, according to recent analysis from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers. The findings, published in the journal Nature Energy by UCLA industrial ecologist and energy economist Deepak Rajagopal and urban planning doctoral candidate... [Read More]

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Aug 1, 2019
A coalition comprised of agricultural and biofuels industry stakeholders has filed a petition with the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, requesting the court to lift a stay placed on a 2018 petition asking the court to protect the renewable fuels industry from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The petition ask the EPA to revise its... [Read More]

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Jul 23, 2019
In announcing its half year results for 2019, the UK’s Heathrow Airport has appealed to aviation body International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to set targets for the use of biofuels in aviation. The airport, which supports the goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, has called upon the United Nations’ aviation body to introduce targets for using biofuels... [Read More]

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Jun 24, 2019
Research commissioned by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has shown that air passengers support the development of new technologies and sustainable aviation fuels to reduce aviation carbon emissions. These two proposals were preferred over the implementation of ‘environmental’ taxes, such as a Dutch proposal for a European Union-wide tax on air... [Read More]

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Jul 11, 2019
US-based ethanol producer Attis Industries is the latest company to join the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA). The association supports and advocates for public policies that are technology neutral, use sustainable feedstocks and offer subsidy parity to ensure viable advanced biofuels can compete on a level playing field. It also engages with government to secure support... [Read More]

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Jul 9, 2019
Earlier this month, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposed biofuel targets for 2020, eliciting strong condemnation from industry players, including Growth Energy and the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE). The EPA’s proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) fails to include a mechanism to offset... [Read More]

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Jun 28, 2019
Classification service provider the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has published its ‘Advisory on Gas and Other Low Flashpoint Fuels’, to offer guidance on current technologies, regulatory requirements and operational considerations for adopting gas and low flashpoint fuels. “The majority of the deep-sea shipping fleet will be using conventional and... [Read More]

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Jun 26, 2019
Members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), have urged the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to update an outdated environmental analysis on ethanol to improve trade. Research carried out by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) found that US ethanol lowers greenhouse gas emissions... [Read More]

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Jun 19, 2019
Last week, US Senators Deb Fischer and Tammy Duckworth introduced the Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act 2019, which addresses timing and transparency issues related to the small refinery exemption (SRE) programme under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The bipartisan bill would set a deadline for refiners to submit petitions for exemptions for the RFS to ensure that... [Read More]

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