Category: Policy

Thailand´s B7 mandate comes online to boost palm oil consumption

Thailand´s B7 mandate comes online to boost palm oil consumption

August 4, 2015 |

In Thailand, the new B7 mandate comes into effect this week with palm oil demand seen increasing by 8,000 metric tons per month, or 84,000 tons per year, as a result. In the long term, hopes continue to be for blends to reach 10% and then 20%.The  Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand is also experimenting with palm […]

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India releases draft policy that would pave way for up to B100 vehicles

India releases draft policy that would pave way for up to B100 vehicles

August 3, 2015 |

In India, the road transport ministry has issued draft mass emissions standards for B100 vehicles that are expected to open the door for locally manufactured B100 vehicles. The policy is meant for engines that can run on a combination of biodiesel and diesel, from 100% of one fuel to 100% of the other.

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US Agriculture, Manufacturing sectors bite their nails over carve-outs, as Trans-Pacific Partnership talks reach 11th hour

US Agriculture, Manufacturing sectors bite their nails over carve-outs, as Trans-Pacific Partnership talks reach 11th hour

August 2, 2015 |

In Washington, Hours before the latest Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiation round in Maui, Hawaii, concludes the Agriculture and manufacturing sectors, in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, called on the US  to focus on strong outcomes, “not lowest common denominator” tactics and to “keep weakening carve-outs out of final TPP deal”. The National […]

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Civil rights for chemicals, next? Bipartisan legislation introduced in US to extend production, investment tax credits to renewable chemicals

Civil rights for chemicals, next? Bipartisan legislation introduced in US to extend production, investment tax credits to renewable chemicals

July 30, 2015 |

In Washington, Representatives Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Richard Neal (D-MA) introduced H.R. 3390, which provides renewable chemical producers access to production or investment tax credits currently available to other renewable energy producers. The production tax credit was the subject of a Digest column by Corinne Young and Michelle Jalbert of re:chem earlier this […]

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Algae Biomass Organization Hails Carbon Use provision in Senate Energy Legislation 

Algae Biomass Organization Hails Carbon Use provision in Senate Energy Legislation 

July 29, 2015 |

In Washington, The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the algae industry, hailed language included in the energy reform package released last Wednesday by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee that would prioritize research and development of carbon utilization technologies under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fossil Energy program. The Energy Policy Modernization Act […]

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Avon’s new Palm Oil Promise: deforestation-free, traceable, and Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil compliant

Avon’s new Palm Oil Promise: deforestation-free, traceable, and Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil compliant

July 28, 2015 |

In Washington, the Union of Concerned Scientists is hailing the updated “Palm Oil Promise” from cosmetic giant Avon, which said that “Avon recognizes that palm oil is a significant cause of tropical deforestation and peatland depletion, which can result in the loss of natural habitats for endangered species, and also has known human rights issues.” […]

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200,000 comments on the Renewable Fuel Standard delivered to EPA: “Stand by me” says rural US to Washington

200,000 comments on the Renewable Fuel Standard delivered to EPA: “Stand by me” says rural US to Washington

July 27, 2015 |

In Washington, representatives from Fuels America and other advocates for “clean, secure, American energy” delivered over 200,000 comments to the EPA in support of a strong final rule under the Renewable Fuel Standard. This show of grassroots support comes on the final day of the comment period, and after widespread grassroots voices have come out […]

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“The Time Is Ripe” for a renewable chemical production tax credit

“The Time Is Ripe” for a renewable chemical production tax credit

July 26, 2015 |

By Corinne Young, Chief Advocate and Michele Jalbert, Chief Operating Officer of the Renewable Chemicals and Advanced Materials Alliance (re:chem) Special to The Digest While naysayers contend changing the US tax code is implausible, we at the Renewable Chemical and Advanced Materials Alliance (re:chem), see possibility –  in fact, necessity – to ensure US global […]

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Spain to push for higher biofuel blends but only to 8.5% by 2020

Spain to push for higher biofuel blends but only to 8.5% by 2020

July 23, 2015 |

In Spain, the government has announced a new plan to reach 8.5% blending of biofuels by 2020, short of the EU Renewable Energy Directive’s 10% mandate by that date. Since 2013 the country has blended a minimum of 4.1% in diesel and 3.9% in gasoline. The national renewable energy producers association has called the shift […]

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Senate Finance Committee proposes two-year extension of key industry tax incentives

Senate Finance Committee proposes two-year extension of key industry tax incentives

July 22, 2015 |

In Washington, the Senate Finance Committee completed mark up of legislation to extend critical tax incentives. The legislation would extend for two years the important Research & Development Tax Credit, the Second Generation Biofuel Producer Tax Credit, the Special Depreciation Allowance for Second Generation Biofuel Plant Property, and the Controlled Foreign Corporation Look-Through Rule. BIO […]

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