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Copersucar sees ethanol demand jumping if gasoline price cap lifted

In Brazil, Copersucar says that ethanol demand could jump by 2.11 billion gallons a year if the government eliminated the price cap on gasoline. Analysts estimate Petrobras is discounting gasoline prices by up to 15% compared to international prices. Boosting the ethanol blend in gasoline to 27.5% from the current 25% would increase demand by […]

July 21, 2014 More

EDF Green Roads Map shows clean transportation sector in California

In California, the Environmental Defense Fund’s Green Roads Map, completed with assistance from CALSTART, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), plots the companies demonstrating how clean transportation policies help rather than hurt the growth of the clean transportation sector in the California. In addition to the interactive map, an Excel version […]

July 21, 2014 More

University of Twente develops simple catalyst for biomass-based oil

In the Netherlands, oil produced from biomass — such as wood chips or plant residues — seldom has the same quality and energy content as ‘classical’ crude oil. A new, simple catalyst, developed at the University of Twente, improves the quality of this oil before it is even transported to the refinery. This technology was […]

July 21, 2014 More

South Africa to get 80,000 ton duty-free ethanol export quota to EU

In South Africa, if Botswana, Namibia and Swaziland ratify the Economic Partnership Agreement negotiated between the countries and the European Union, South Africa will have a duty-free export quota to the EU of 80,000 metric tons of ethanol per year, in addition to other concessions.  

July 21, 2014 More

European ethanol spot prices fall to four-year low

In the Netherlands, European spot prices for ethanol have fallen to a four-year low at $590.57/cu m FOB. Oversupply compared to local demand has weighed on prices during the whole of the year, except when Middle East export demand led to a short-term surge in March. Crush margins for corn and wheat remain negative for […]

July 17, 2014 More

Roxas wants to boost biofuels to 20% of overall sales

In the Philippines, Roxas Holdings wants to boost the share of biofuel sales to 15% to 20% overall by September, helping to diversify away from sugar. Ethanol production is currently above nameplate capacity of 100,000 liters per day at 120,000 liters per day as the company seeks to eek out efficiencies from water to energy use. […]

July 17, 2014 More

First ethanol plant in eastern Honduras opened

In Honduras, the first ethanol plant in the eastern part of the country has been inaugurated in Catacamas, in the department of Colancho, at the headquarters of the National Agricultural University. The facility was developed as part of a wider Organization of American States initiative with the support of Brazil and the US.  

July 17, 2014 More

Indonesian palm oil stocks fall to two-month low

In Indonesia, palm oil stocks are at their lowest in two months, down 4.5% on the month and 13% on the year at 2.1 million metric tons. Production has slowed but is expected to pick back up in August or September, which coincides with an expected soy bumper crop in the US that will already […]

July 17, 2014 More

Indian government stings company cheating investors with jatropha

In India, the government regulator Sebi has found Sunshine Global Agro Limited (formerly known as Sunshine Forestry Private Ltd) cheated 40,000 investors who were told that by investing 1,000 rupees in a jatropha seedling, they would be worth 3,000 rupees seven years later. The scheme has also included goats, cows and emu birds in an […]

July 17, 2014 More

Sustainable Aviation releases paper on future of aviation biofuels

In the UK, in its discussion paper, “Fuelling the Future”, published by Sustainable Aviation on the eve of the Farnborough International Airshow, the industry coalition sets out its views on the vital and increasing role of sustainable aviation fuels in significantly cutting carbon emissions from UK aviation. It also explores the contribution – up to […]

July 17, 2014 More