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South African opposition calling for support to fledgling KZN biofuels industry

South African opposition calling for support to fledgling KZN biofuels industry

July 10, 2019 |

In South Africa, the African News Agency reports that the Democratic Alliance political party has called for the urgent creation of a task force to support the biofuel industry in KwaZulu Natal in response to sugar companies suffering from an onslaught of cheaper sugar imports that has put the sugar industry itself in jeopardy. Tongaat […]

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European bioeconomy experts call for pragmatic discussion of winners and losers

European bioeconomy experts call for pragmatic discussion of winners and losers

July 10, 2019 |

In Finland, Xinhua news agency reports that European bioeconomy experts are calling for a pragmatic discussion regarding the winners and losers of a future bioeconomy rather than pretending that everyone will be better off, as that scenario is impossible, and some sectors will suffer. Already competition over waste streams has popped up as circular economy […]

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Toyota to roll out hybrid ethanol Corolla from October but price still unknown

Toyota to roll out hybrid ethanol Corolla from October but price still unknown

July 10, 2019 |

In Brazil, Bloomberg reports that Toyota plans to roll out its hybrid ethanol Corolla in October while planning future roll outs in other Latin American countries with strong ethanol industries including Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. As many as 70,000 of the hybrid vehicles will be produced at the company’s Sao Paolo manufacturing […]

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Swedish biofuel consumption reaches 1.7 million m3 in 2018

Swedish biofuel consumption reaches 1.7 million m3 in 2018

July 10, 2019 |

In Sweden, a new report from the Swedish fuel and biofuels agency SPBI says the volume of biofuels in the transport sector including work machines amounted to approximately 1.7 million cubic meters in 2018. The biggest in the market is HVO drop in, followed by HVO 100. When the share of renewable fuels in the […]

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Jersey looks to biofuels to solve algae plague

Jersey looks to biofuels to solve algae plague

July 10, 2019 |

In the UK, a new report from the Jersey government shows that sea lettuce and other species of macroalgae that plague the island’s waters and shores every summer are among those that are ideal for producing ethanol and biogas due to their high levels of sugars. Getting technology to scale in order to rid the […]

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IATA slams French eco aviation tax as impeding transition to biofuels

IATA slams French eco aviation tax as impeding transition to biofuels

July 10, 2019 |

In France, the International Air Travel Association says that the new eco aviation carbon tax announced recently in France is misguided and goes counter to helping airlines transition towards cleaner fuels. It will also damage EUR100 billion that aviation generates for the French economy, and 500,000 new jobs are at risk from the lack of […]

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Department of Commerce keeps antidumping duties in place for Argentine biodiesel imports

Department of Commerce keeps antidumping duties in place for Argentine biodiesel imports

July 9, 2019 |

In Washington, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determined that changed circumstances do not exist warranting any changes under the antidumping duty (AD) order for biodiesel from Argentina. Commerce also determined, however, that changed circumstances exist warranting a change to the cash deposit rates under the countervailing duty (CVD) order. It said there remains a […]

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National Biodiesel Board launches its own ad campaign against small refinery waivers

National Biodiesel Board launches its own ad campaign against small refinery waivers

July 9, 2019 |

In North Dakota, News Dakota reports that the National Biodiesel Board has followed the oil industry’s TV ad campaign against small refinery waivers with an ad campaign of its own, urging President Trump to live up to his promises to farmers by supporting the biofuels industry and not let waivers cut demand for biodiesel, in […]

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Maharashtra seeks permission to use sugar as ethanol feedstock in wake of drought

Maharashtra seeks permission to use sugar as ethanol feedstock in wake of drought

July 9, 2019 |

In India, the Economic Times newspaper reports that with the drought’s negative impact on sugarcane and therefore molasses availability for ethanol production, the state’s sugar industry is seeking permission to use sugar as feedstock for ethanol. The state, country and global market are drowning in excess sugar supplies, weighing on producers that in turn weighs […]

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Malaysian palm oil reserves top 3 million tons as production rises

Malaysian palm oil reserves top 3 million tons as production rises

July 9, 2019 |

In Malaysia, the Malaysian Reserve reports that domestic palm oil stocks are expected to pass 3 million metric tons this year thanks to production growing 9% on the year through H1 2019. Even though the country recently boosted the blending mandate to 10% for automobiles and 7% for industrial users, boosting annual palm oil demand […]

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