Category: Policy

Voyage to Mars: Braskem, NASA, MadeinSpace launch “3D printing in space” using renewables

Voyage to Mars: Braskem, NASA, MadeinSpace launch “3D printing in space” using renewables

December 4, 2016 |

In Brazil, a partnership between Braskem, NASA and MadeInSpace has developed a technology “hat is critical to future manned missions including Mars exploration” – and we are doing this with a bioplastic, Braskem “I’m green” polyethylene. In summary, the bioplastic is currently in use in the International Space Station where a zero-gravity 3D printer uses […]

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Indian policy stuck on methanol blending levels

Indian policy stuck on methanol blending levels

December 1, 2016 |

In India, the issue of methanol blending is stuck while the ministry of petroleum and natural gas sorts out what the right blending level should be. The fuel has been identified as an alternative to expensive fossil fuels that make up the majority of transportation energy in the country. Ethanol blending has been slow to […]

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EU pits conventional biofuels against advanced biofuels in new 2030 policy

EU pits conventional biofuels against advanced biofuels in new 2030 policy

November 30, 2016 |

In Belgium, Novozymes came out swinging against the European Commission’s 2030 biofuels proposals, saying it’s a move backwards rather than forward, while the Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels from Clariant to Dong Energy welcomed the policy, especially it’s binding target for advanced biofuels. The policy proposal would limit first generation biofuels to 3.8% by 2030 while […]

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UK opens public consultation on 2017 RTFO

UK opens public consultation on 2017 RTFO

November 29, 2016 |

In the UK, the government has launched a consultation to seek the views of the public and stakeholders on proposed changes to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation Order (RTFO). In particular it concerns increases to the obligation level, the appropriate level for the contribution of renewable fuels created from agricultural crops, and increases to the […]

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Australian competition watchdog finds NSW drivers paid A$85 million extra for E10 in 2014/15

Australian competition watchdog finds NSW drivers paid A$85 million extra for E10 in 2014/15

November 28, 2016 |

In Australia, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s found that drivers in New South Wales paid an extra A$85 million during 2014/15 compared to other parts of the country due to the state’s ethanol blending mandate. Sydney drovers chose to fill up on premium unleaded rather than E10 during that period. During the third quarter […]

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Petition for rCCU integration in the RED presented to European Commission

Petition for rCCU integration in the RED presented to European Commission

November 27, 2016 |

In Belgium, a petition for Carbon capture and use support was presented to Marie Donnelly, Director Renewables, Research and Innovation, Energy Efficiency, European Commission DG Energy; 86 renowned companies and leading universities have already signed. The authors asked for inclusion of the following mechanisms in the new legislation on the Renewable Package: • To fully […]

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Finland heads for 30% biofuel blending but more than half will be double-counted

Finland heads for 30% biofuel blending but more than half will be double-counted

November 24, 2016 |

In Finland, the government decided to mandate 30% biofuel blending by 2030 but much of it will be double-counted thanks to the country’s preference for forest waste-based fuels. About 53% of the total mandate is expected to be double-counted compared to previous goals of 20% by 2020 and 40% by 2030. Current production from wood […]

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House gaining support to limit ethanol blending despite record RFS for 2017

House gaining support to limit ethanol blending despite record RFS for 2017

November 23, 2016 |

In Washington, as the Environmental Protection Agency boosts its ethanol blending mandate for 2017 to a record high of more than 18 billion gallons, Renewable Fuel Standard opponents are mounting up in Congress to reform or repeal the legislation in the next session. Already H.R. 5180, that seeks to limit ethanol blending at below the […]

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Wall Street Journal says RFS could lead to economic meltdown like mortgage-backed securities

Wall Street Journal says RFS could lead to economic meltdown like mortgage-backed securities

November 22, 2016 |

In Washington, the Wall Street Journal has likened the economic impact of oil companies’ obligation to blend biofuels or buy RINs under the Renewable Fuel Standard to when banks busted the US economy with mortgage-backed securities. It blames the EPA for choosing to make oil refiners and importers as the obligated party for creating a […]

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Vilsack says RFS not at risk from Trump

Vilsack says RFS not at risk from Trump

November 21, 2016 |

In Washington, Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack says that ethanol is too embedded in rural areas to be at risk from a Trump Administration. Trump has become well known for bouncing back and forth on his opinion about ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard, on one hand publically supporting it and on another listening to cronies […]

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