Category: Policy

Update on USDA’s 9003 Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program

Update on USDA’s 9003 Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program

July 22, 2016 |

In Washington, the USDA and Holland & Knight have scheduled a July 27th webinar (2 ET) to update companies on the latest developments in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 9003 Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program. Complete registration details are here. The 9003 Program, which is an attractive source of capital for […]

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European Court of Auditors slams European Commission for weakness in biofuel certification

European Court of Auditors slams European Commission for weakness in biofuel certification

July 21, 2016 |

In Luxembourg, weaknesses in the system of certifying sustainable biofuels could undermine the basis of the EU’s 2020 targets for renewable energy in transport, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors. Under the Renewable Energy Directive, EU Member States can only use biofuels certified as sustainable to reach their 2020 target […]

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European Commission publishes strategy for low-emission mobility

European Commission publishes strategy for low-emission mobility

July 20, 2016 |

In Belgium, the European Commission has published its Communication on a European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility that explores policy options to decarbonize transport beyond 2020. The European renewable ethanol association (ePURE), representing conventional and advanced ethanol producers, welcomes the Commission’s commitment to assess the future role of low carbon fuels in Europe’s transport through a […]

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Mercedes denies telling India its vehicles could run on B100

Mercedes denies telling India its vehicles could run on B100

July 19, 2016 |

In India, the Mercedes MD for the country says he never told the transportation minister that the company’s vehicles would be able to run on 100% biodiesel despite the minister saying he was told directly the cars and trucks would be able to run on the biodiesel spec being prepared by the ministry. The MD […]

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House Biofuels Caucus sends letter to EPA urging aggressive expansion of biofuels

House Biofuels Caucus sends letter to EPA urging aggressive expansion of biofuels

July 18, 2016 |

In Washington, 17 members of the House Biofuels Caucus sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, urging the agency to complete its 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) “in a manner consistent with the Congressional intent to aggressively expand the production of renewable fuels.” The 2017 proposal calls on refiners to blend 14.8 billion gallons […]

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Sen. Grassley, 13 Others Introduce Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Bill

Sen. Grassley, 13 Others Introduce Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Bill

July 17, 2016 |

In Iowa, Senator Chuck Grassley and 13 other co-sponsors, including Sen. Joni Ernst, introduced a bill that would modify the $1.00 per gallon biodiesel blenders’ tax credit to a producers’ credit and extend it for three years. After being reinstated in late 2015, the federal biodiesel tax incentive is set to expire again on December […]

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Grassley, Cantwell and 12 others introduce biodiesel tax credit reform and extension package

Grassley, Cantwell and 12 others introduce biodiesel tax credit reform and extension package

July 14, 2016 |

In Washington, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington and 12 fellow senators introduced bipartisan legislation to reform the biodiesel tax credit and extend the new policy for three years.  The reforms are similar to the provisions that Grassley and Cantwell have long proposed and that passed out of the Finance Committee […]

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Biofuels seen key to achieving ICAO GHG goals

Biofuels seen key to achieving ICAO GHG goals

July 13, 2016 |

In Belgium, biofuels remain the likely lynchpin to reducing aviation carbon emissions as efficiency in design reducing fuel consumption can’t outpace the increase in air traffic. When the International Civil Aviation Organization meetings in late September to finalize an agreement on the creation of a global market-based mechanism to offset CO2 emissions from international flights, […]

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Oil marketing companies seek 20 million liters of biodiesel to test blending options

Oil marketing companies seek 20 million liters of biodiesel to test blending options

July 12, 2016 |

In India, oil marketing companies have floated a tender to buy 20 million liters of biodiesel, mostly from Andhra Pradesh but also from Gujarat and Tamil Nadu between July and September, in an effort to start blending. No blending mandate has yet been set but a goal of 20% blending by 2017 has been identified. […]

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Malaysia to allow some B7 sales alongside B10

Malaysia to allow some B7 sales alongside B10

July 11, 2016 |

In Malaysia, the government is going ahead with B10 sales but the fuel will be sold at the pump side-by-side with B7 in certain circumstances following concerns that some vehicle manufacturers don’t approve of the higher blend for their engines. Mercedes Benz, Scania, Peugeot, UD Truck and Volvo Truck have all said that B10 is […]

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