Category: Policy

Four Republican governors write EPA administrator to save RFS

Four Republican governors write EPA administrator to save RFS

October 16, 2017 |

In Washington, four Republican Governors sent a letter to President Trump with concerns on the recently proposed changes to America’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), urging the president to keep his promises to rural America to support the RFS. “The renewable fuels industry in our states—and others—is poised to grow if the EPA sends positive and […]

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Indian government signs MOU with Sweden for biogas technology

Indian government signs MOU with Sweden for biogas technology

October 14, 2017 |

In Sweden, India’s Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis met with Swedish government officials to work out plans on using Swedish biogas technology to make urban transportation in Mumbai compliant with emission standards. If it works in Mumbai, it will be expanded to public transportation in Nagpur. The sewage treatment plants in Mumbai will be able to […]

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Slovenia aims to boost biodiesel blending and B100 for heavy-duty trucks

Slovenia aims to boost biodiesel blending and B100 for heavy-duty trucks

October 12, 2017 |

In Slovenia, the government has adopted a policy that seeks to boost the biodiesel blending mandate to an undisclosed level while requiring 10% of all heavy-duty trucks to run entirely on biodiesel in the run up to its policy banning the sale of new gasoline and diesel passenger vehicles from 2030. By then, one-third of […]

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Dutch ambassador to Malaysia said member states and European Commission not behind Parliament’s palm oil ban

Dutch ambassador to Malaysia said member states and European Commission not behind Parliament’s palm oil ban

October 11, 2017 |

In Malaysia, the Ambassador to Malaysia from the Netherlands says the European Union member states nor the European Commission have a position on the recommendation made by the European Parliament to end the use of palm oil in biodiesel by 2020, instead saying that a balanced approach must be found that takes into consideration the […]

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E15 bill fails to get a vote in Senate Environment and Public Works Committee

E15 bill fails to get a vote in Senate Environment and Public Works Committee

October 10, 2017 |

In Washington, a bill that would have allowed for year-round sales of higher blends of ethanol was defeated and won’t get a vote in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this year. Ethanol producers argue that allowing year-round sale of gasoline with 15 percent ethanol (E15) would help increase the number of credits that […]

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Thirty-eight Senators write EPA administrator demanding stronger support for advanced biofuels under RFS

Thirty-eight Senators write EPA administrator demanding stronger support for advanced biofuels under RFS

October 9, 2017 |

In Washington, 38 Senators have written a letter to the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that the 2018 blending mandate for advanced biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard is sufficiently high to drive growth in the biofuels industry. The preliminary volumes proposed would keep conventional ethanol levels at the intended 15 billion […]

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Proposed RED II reduction of biofuels sparks more criticism

Proposed RED II reduction of biofuels sparks more criticism

October 8, 2017 |

In Europe, the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive for 2021-2030 (RED II) proposed biofuels reduction on first-generation biofuels made from food crops from 7% in 2020 to 3.8% in 2030 is being debated in the European Parliament’s committees in preparation for a January 2018 vote. While some say the move will reduce pressure on food prices, […]

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European Parliamentarians stand up for biofuels in REDII

European Parliamentarians stand up for biofuels in REDII

October 5, 2017 |

In France, the European Parliament’s AGRI committee rapporteur and shadow rapporteurs for ITRE and TRAN committees for the Renewable Energy Directive II echoed the need for policy stability for sustainable conventional biofuel producers through 2030 if there was to be hope that they would invest in advanced biofuels. At an event sponsored by the EU […]

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Senators to meet with EPA administrator October 17 regarding RFS proposals

Senators to meet with EPA administrator October 17 regarding RFS proposals

October 4, 2017 |

In Washington, a meeting between Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska and the Environmental Protection Agency administrator has been set for October 17 where it’s expected they will voice their displeasure at the agency’s attempts to unravel the Renewable Fuel Standard by cutting the advanced biofuel blending mandate and […]

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Biofuels industry teams on letter to Trump demanding quick action to stop EPA tearing down RFS

Biofuels industry teams on letter to Trump demanding quick action to stop EPA tearing down RFS

October 3, 2017 |

In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board, the Advanced Biofuels Business Council, the American Biogas Council, the American Coalition for Ethanol, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Growth Energy, the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, the National Corn Growers Association, the National Farmers Union and the Renewable Fuels Association sent a letter to President […]

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