Category: Policy

“Producers United” takes EPA to task over hardship waivers in US Appellate Court

“Producers United” takes EPA to task over hardship waivers in US Appellate Court

November 15, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that an unidentified group of biofuel producers referred to just as “Producers United” has asked a federal judge to keep the Environmental Protection Agency from continuing to issue hardship waivers to smaller oil refineries. The complaint filed in US Appellate Court alleges that the EPA’s decision to retroactively grant waivers to […]

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France pledges to stop “importing deforestation” by 2030

France pledges to stop “importing deforestation” by 2030

November 14, 2018 |

In France, France24 reports that the government has announced a plan to end imports of agricultural products it says leads to deforestation by 2030 including palm oil, soy and beef. The move follows the European Parliament’s approval of the updated Renewable Energy Directive that seeks to eliminate use of palm oil in biofuels by 2030, […]

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Senator Grassley believes current EPA won’t issue as many hardship waivers

Senator Grassley believes current EPA won’t issue as many hardship waivers

November 13, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley doesn’t believe the Environmental Protection Agency will continue to issue hardship waivers to small refiners at the pace previously seen under the prior administrator. He said that he feels the current administrator believes his predecessor was too “liberal” in the issuance of waivers. The current administrator […]

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Ethanol industry hit hard by Trump’s Chinese trade war

Ethanol industry hit hard by Trump’s Chinese trade war

November 12, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the ethanol industry is suffering heavily from the Trump Administration’s trade war with China as demonstrated by a number of quarterly filings by ethanol companies last week. Without China to buy 200 million gallons of ethanol, trade that has dried up due to the ongoing trade war, the US market […]

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PCA pushes for B5 instead of B2, IPPCA says no way

PCA pushes for B5 instead of B2, IPPCA says no way

November 11, 2018 |

In the Philippines, the Independent Philippine Petroleum Companies Association (IPPCA) opposed the plan of the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) to increase the biodiesel amount to B5 from B2. “With Euro 4, there is no compelling reason to add or increase the biodiesel blend, given that the current diesel standard is already very clean,” IPPCA said […]

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Brazilian industry looking at way to reduce soybean exports to China

Brazilian industry looking at way to reduce soybean exports to China

November 8, 2018 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports that Ubrabio wants the government to return 10% of the taxes levied on soybean exports to be returned to crushers so they can compete with international demand for whole beans. China has been importing Brazilian soybeans en masse in response to the trade war with the US that has in turn […]

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APPA calls on Spain to boost support for biofuels including E10 and B10 mandate

APPA calls on Spain to boost support for biofuels including E10 and B10 mandate

November 7, 2018 |

In Spain, Renewable Energy Magazine reports that the national renewable energy business association APPA is calling on the government to increase its support for biofuels, saying that they are the only real option for reducing the carbon intensity of fuels for light vehicles even if the goal to have 5 million electric vehicles on the […]

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Thailand to divert palm oil to power generation and promote B20 in trucks

Thailand to divert palm oil to power generation and promote B20 in trucks

November 6, 2018 |

In Thailand, the National News Bureau reports that the national palm oil policy committee is going to help reduce the 190,000-metric-ton palm oil surplus by diverting 160,000 tons towards biodiesel production that will then be used for electricity production at the Ratchaburi and Bangpakong Power Plants. Additionally, the committee is calling for uptake of B20 in […]

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Malaysia accused of going too slow on B10

Malaysia accused of going too slow on B10

November 5, 2018 |

In Malaysia, the government has been criticized by a Singaporean-based palm oil analyst for being late to the game with its B10 program, saying it should be more aggressive in its implementation. With palm oil prices making biodiesel cheaper than fossil-based diesel since April, he said the country is losing a major opportunity as it […]

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Subsidy savings for government with B10 mandate

Subsidy savings for government with B10 mandate

November 4, 2018 |

In Malaysia, Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok said the government will save a significant amount of money in subsidy savings with the implementation of the B10 biodiesel mandate that goes into effect in mid-2019. The lower biodiesel price, as compared to current biodiesel price, per liter is expected to help that cost savings as the […]

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