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Australia’s Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal seeking comments on proposed E10

Australia’s Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal seeking comments on proposed E10

October 15, 2018 |

In Australia, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) is seeking comments on its draft report on monitoring the wholesale and retail markets for ethanol used in fuel blends like E10. Ethanol-blended petrol has continued to become more widely available in NSW, with the number of nozzles dispensing E10, which contains 10% ethanol, higher than […]

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Indian plastic-to-biodiesel pilot set for January

Indian plastic-to-biodiesel pilot set for January

October 15, 2018 |

In India, the Economic Times reports that a pilot plant producing biodiesel from plastic waste is set to for commissioning in January in Dehradun by the Indian Institute of Petroleum. The pilot can produce 800 liters of biodiesel from 1 metric ton of plastic waste and is meant to be the first of many plants […]

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VTT researchers team with partners to accelerate European bioeconomy

VTT researchers team with partners to accelerate European bioeconomy

October 15, 2018 |

In Finland, the whole of Europe is feverishly looking for new ways to use farm, forest and fishery resources more responsibly and sustainably and to promote the production of the best possible raw materials in order to increase the availability of food, energy and biomaterials. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, the Finnish Forest […]

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EPA seen announcing E15 and RIN reforms by February

EPA seen announcing E15 and RIN reforms by February

October 15, 2018 |

In Washington, Platts reports that the Environmental Protection Agency plans to announce its reform proposals for not just year-round E15 but also for RIN trading reforms by February. The EPA says that if it announces rules by February then the process could be finalized in time for year-round E15 sales to begin by June 1, […]

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Finnish government still supports forestry-based bioeconomy plans post IPCC-inspired backlash

Finnish government still supports forestry-based bioeconomy plans post IPCC-inspired backlash

October 10, 2018 |

In Finland, following the recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that warns against deforestation and the benefits of forests as carbon sinks, national news agency YLE reports that the minister of economic affairs is under fire for continuing to support policy that relies on the country’s forest resources as feedstock for biofuels. […]

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South Africa’s FairPlay applauds move to revive biofuels strategy

South Africa’s FairPlay applauds move to revive biofuels strategy

October 10, 2018 |

In South Africa, the FairPlay movement has welcomed the South African government’s decision to revive its biofuels strategy, as announced in a speech by Energy Minister Jeff Radebe at an energy conference in Cape Town last week. “This confirms FairPlay’s position that implementing a mandatory bioethanol fuel blend will benefit the country through job creation, […]

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Asian UCO fueling European waste-based biofuels shift

Asian UCO fueling European waste-based biofuels shift

October 10, 2018 |

In Malaysia, Reuters reports that used cooking oil from across Southeast Asia and China is becoming a prime feedstock for European biodiesel thanks to double-counting measures that provide a premium for waste-based feedstocks. Malaysia’s FatHopes that collects, cleans and exports UCO says its trade to Europe has grown 40% in the just the past three […]

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Nordic Investment Bank provides funding to Vantaan Energia to heat Helsinki with wood and peat

Nordic Investment Bank provides funding to Vantaan Energia to heat Helsinki with wood and peat

October 10, 2018 |

In Finland, the Nordic Investment Bank has signed a loan agreement with Vantaan Energia Oy to finance the retrofitting of its K1 boiler to use biofuel at the Martinlaakso CHP plant in Vantaa, Finland. The loan to Vantaan Energia Oy is EUR 27 million and has a maturity of eight years. The K1 boiler will […]

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Brazil contracts 964.8 million liters of biodiesel for $729.3 million at auction

Brazil contracts 964.8 million liters of biodiesel for $729.3 million at auction

October 10, 2018 |

In Brazil, ANP sold 964.8 million liters of biodiesel at its most recent auction at an average price of 75 cents per liter totaling $729.3 million. More than 1 billion liters of biodiesel was offered at the two day auction by 38 producers, 99.1% of which bored the Social Fuel Seal indicating feedstock was sourced […]

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Indonesia flipping back and forth on raising fuel prices

Indonesia flipping back and forth on raising fuel prices

October 10, 2018 |

In Indonesia, on the back of rising petroleum prices, the Jakarta Post reports that Pertamina raised fuel prices for non-public service obligation (PSO) biodiesel blends and regular gasoline. PSO fuel prices remained unchanged. The company said that it wasn’t going to raise fuel prices in regions recently hit by back-to-back natural disasters. Just a few […]

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