Author Archive: Helena Tavares Kennedy

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Norway first country to ban biofuel from palm oil

Norway first country to ban biofuel from palm oil

December 9, 2018 |

In Norway, the Parliament voted to no longer allow biofuel from palm oil into the country in an effort to stop deforestation in Indonesia and other countries that export palm oil. The decision is set to go into force in 2020. The recent vote came after earlier attempts at slowly phasing out palm oil, like […]

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Two-dimensional materials skip the energy barrier by growing one row at a time

Two-dimensional materials skip the energy barrier by growing one row at a time

December 9, 2018 |

In Washington, a new collaborative study led by a research team at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and University of California, Los Angeles could provide engineers new design rules for creating microelectronics, membranes, and tissues, and open up better production methods for new materials. At the same time, the research helps uphold […]

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Burgeoning U.S. Ethanol Exports Third Highest on Record

Burgeoning U.S. Ethanol Exports Third Highest on Record

December 9, 2018 |

In Washington, D.C., U.S. ethanol exports totaled 175.4 million gallons (mg) in October, according to government data released and analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). This is nearly double (up 95%) September exports and the third highest monthly total on record—only surpassed by February (218.7 mg) and March (215.1 mg) of this year. Shipments […]

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UFOP says rapeseed oil remains most important biodiesel raw material in EU

UFOP says rapeseed oil remains most important biodiesel raw material in EU

December 9, 2018 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that while the availability and price of vegetable and animal oils and fats play a key role in biodiesel production, rapeseed oil continues to be the most important source of raw materials for biodiesel production in the EU. With the lower supply and the resulting increase in the price of the […]

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RFA releases updated brochure with latest flex fuel models

RFA releases updated brochure with latest flex fuel models

December 9, 2018 |

In Washington, D.C., the Renewable Fuels Association updated its annual flex fuel vehicles brochure to help consumers find out if their vehicle can run on up to 85 percent ethanol (E85). The brochure compiles the FFV models available in the current model year (MY2019), as well as previous years going back as far as MY1998. […]

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Biofuel refinery opponents say state is ignoring their appeal hearing request

Biofuel refinery opponents say state is ignoring their appeal hearing request

December 9, 2018 |

In Delaware, the Delaware Audubon and the League of Women Voters of Delaware who won a ruling in January to keep their appeal in a lawsuit against Delaware City Refinery’s plan to expand its ethanol biofuel operation, said the state has not yet scheduled a hearing for their appeal. “We still don’t have a resolution […]

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Queensland becomes first government in the world to sign below50 agreement

Queensland becomes first government in the world to sign below50 agreement

December 9, 2018 |

In Australia, the Queensland Renewable Fuels Association (QRFA) and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) welcomed the Queensland Government’s signing of the below50 campaign at Parliament House in Brisbane. The Queensland Government were the first jurisdiction in the World to sign on to the low-carbon emissions initiative, highlighting their commitment to a more […]

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Biofuel opportunities could abound with Maersk’s net zero CO2 target

Biofuel opportunities could abound with Maersk’s net zero CO2 target

December 9, 2018 |

In Denmark, Maersk aims at having carbon neutral vessels commercially viable by 2030, net zero CO2 emissions by 2050, and calls for strong industry involvement. Maersk said in their press release, “an acceleration in new innovations and adaption of new technology is required. Climate is one of the most important issues in the world, and […]

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COP24 brings new bioeconomy strategy from UK, $200B from World Bank and more

COP24 brings new bioeconomy strategy from UK, $200B from World Bank and more

December 9, 2018 |

Amid rumors of President Trump’s coal and fossil-fuel side event at COP24 (the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) in Poland this week and a Swedish 15 year old climate activist who tells it like it is, all hope for biofuels and bioenergy is not lost with […]

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Coffee sunglasses, cotton biofuel cells, evolving yeasts, biobased boat stickers, microalgae chemicals, potato plastic, bioplastic shoes: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of December 5th

Coffee sunglasses, cotton biofuel cells, evolving yeasts, biobased boat stickers, microalgae chemicals, potato plastic, bioplastic shoes: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of December 5th

December 4, 2018 |

The pace of bioeconomy invention and change continues at a frenetic pace. Here are the top innovations for the week of December 5th. #1 Do you smell coffee? That’s my sunglasses! In Ukraine, the world’s first coffee-based sunglasses are now available thanks to eyeglass designer brand Ochi. They use a biopolymer based on coffee, flax […]

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