Jun 10, 2019
UK Government launches biofuels awareness campaign
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Jun 5, 2019
UK and Ireland liquid fuels distribution trade association the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) has unveiled its future vision for cutting carbon through the development of biofuels. With a focus on clean growth and decarbonisation, the new vision was announced during its annual exhibition FPS EXPO 2019, which took place in Liverpool, UK. The association also voted... [Read More]

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Jun 3, 2019
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has approved a resolution calling on governments to continue working towards the implementation of CORSIA, the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation. CORSIA, which was agreed through the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) will cap net carbon dioxide (CO2)... [Read More]

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May 8, 2019
A group of 35 members of the US House of Representatives has written to US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Andrew Wheeler to request the agency stop granting small refinery exemptions (SREs) for large or unqualified refiners under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The bipartisan letter, which was authored by Representatives Cindy Axne (D-Iowa) and... [Read More]

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Jan 9, 2019
According to Malaysiakini the Malaysian prime minister is planning to write a letter to the French president and Norwegian prime minister to protest the European Union (EU) parliament’s decision to ban palm oil from transport fuels.     Malaysian Primary Industries Minister, Teresa Kok Suh Sim informed reporters at Bernama that the government was currently... [Read More]

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Jan 8, 2019
French deputies’ vote for the country’s 2019 finance bill has led to France increasing its biofuel mandates. This means that the minimum amount of biofuels that is incorporated into motor vehicle fuel is to be increased. The minimum amount of biofuels that is to be blended will rise from 2018’s 7.5% to 7.9% in 2019 and to 8.2% in 2020. The new biofuel... [Read More]

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Dec 10, 2018
A new multi-landmark report has been released by government-led, multi-stakeholder initiative Biofuture Platform detailing how biofuels and bioproducts ‘must play an integral role’ in the future of the global energy transition. Entitled Creating the Biofuture: A Report on the State of the Low Carbon Bioeconomy, the report uses models and scenarios outlined... [Read More]

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Dec 5, 2018
The revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDll) policy, first outlined by The European Commission at the end of 2016, has now been officially adopted by the Council of the European Union. Among other things, it has finalised and set a minimum blending mandate for advanced biofuels starting in 2022. Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels (LSB) has welcomed the revised and final... [Read More]

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Jun 25, 2018
Testimonies stressing the importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to the biofuels industry have been given before the Congress House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Environment.  The testimonies, delivered to a hearing titled “Advanced Biofuels Under the Renewable Fuel Standard: Current Status and Future Prospects”, stressed the importance... [Read More]

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May 31, 2018
A group of representatives from the US ethanol industry is suing the EPA for its use of waivers from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The plaintiffs are Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) and National Farmers Union (NFU), with support of Farmers Union Enterprises. The coalition filed their... [Read More]

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May 17, 2018
India’s Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the 2018 National Policy on Biofuels. Reduced dependency of imports and environmental benefits are among the goals for the legislation. The policy differentiates between ‘basic biofuels’ and ‘advanced biofuels’: the former covering first generation bioethanol and biodiesel,... [Read More]

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May 3, 2018
The Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) has asked the US Court of Appeals in Washington DC to decide whether the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) broke the law by granting Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) waivers to an increasing number of small refineries. The petition specifically called for a review of the EPA’s “decision to modify the criteria or lower... [Read More]

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May 1, 2018
Reuters is reporting that a refinery owned by billionaire and former Trump advisor Carl Icahn has received a waiver freeing it from its obligations under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). The waiver will allow the refinery to save millions of dollars on what would otherwise be used to blend biofuels into its products or buy renewable identification numbers (RINs) from... [Read More]

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Apr 20, 2018
ePure (the European renewable ethanol association) is calling for the EU to adopt a policy that encourages domestic production of sustainable biofuels. The move follows two decisions by the EU Parliament, one to promote protein crops for animal feed (to ease demand for feed from South America) and one to meet the emission reductions agreed to under the Paris agreement. The... [Read More]

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Apr 11, 2018
A letter from five corn-state Senators’ follows criticism from the biofuels industry of the Environmental Protection Agency’s use of waivers. In a 9 April letter to the President, five Senators urged Trump to halt the EPA’s use of ‘hardship’ waivers to relieve refineries of their obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). It was... [Read More]

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