Category: Policy

Trump stumps for ethanol in Iowa despite concerns on RFS blending volumes

Trump stumps for ethanol in Iowa despite concerns on RFS blending volumes

June 22, 2017 |

In Iowa, President Trump said the ethanol industry was under siege by his Environmental Protection Agency but promised that he would save it as he said he’d do during his campaign. The White House has given the EPA the green light to publish the 2018 blending mandate proposal after reviewing it last week but changes […]

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Thailand orders 40% increase in biodiesel stocks to support palm fruit prices

Thailand orders 40% increase in biodiesel stocks to support palm fruit prices

June 21, 2017 |

In Thailand, the government is calling for a 40% increase in biodiesel stocks held by oil companies to 90 million liters to help absorb excess palm oil supplies and support prices. Palm fruit prices were expected to respond within a week as a result of the policy shift. The country currently blends 7% biodiesel. About […]

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Mexico moves forward with E10 policy outside urban centers

Mexico moves forward with E10 policy outside urban centers

June 20, 2017 |

In Mexico, Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) announced recently a change that will increase the maximum amount of ethanol that can be blended in Mexican gas supplies from 5.8 percent to 10 percent, except in the cities of Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mexico City. The announcement modifies the Mexican Official Standard NOM 016-CRE-2016 regarding the quality specifications […]

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Canada looking at potentially doubling biofuel mandates

Canada looking at potentially doubling biofuel mandates

June 19, 2017 |

In Canada, biofuel producers believe Environment and Climate Change Canada may look to double ethanol and blending diesel mandates following consultations with provinces and territories to tackle greenhouse gas emissions through a clean fuel standard. The standard would include buildings, homes and industry in addition to transportation in an effort to reduce GHG emissions 30 […]

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L’Oréal, Barry Callebaut join Palm Oil Innovation Group to reform palm oil sourcing

L’Oréal, Barry Callebaut join Palm Oil Innovation Group to reform palm oil sourcing

June 18, 2017 |

In the UK, L’Oréal and Barry Callebaut joined as the newest members of the Palm Oil Innovation Group in search of responsibly produced palm oil. These companies join others in POIG that have committed to stepping up efforts to drive the much-needed transformation of the palm oil sector. POIG was recently recognised by the European Parliament as […]

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Senate’s RVP E15 waiver bill may not move as fast as hoped

Senate’s RVP E15 waiver bill may not move as fast as hoped

June 15, 2017 |

In Washington, the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act (S.517) looks likely to move towards a hearing but getting to the markup stage may be a while off yet. Sen. Chuck Grassley had hoped for a markup as early as next week, but the committee’s chairman who opposes the bill said that wasn’t going to […]

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Norway’s Parliament votes to end palm oil-biodiesel sales, consumption and procurement

Norway’s Parliament votes to end palm oil-biodiesel sales, consumption and procurement

June 14, 2017 |

In Norway, the Parliament approved a list of biofuel-related policies from asking the government to ban the use and public procurement of palm oil-based biodiesel to implementing the European Union’s sustainability criteria for biofuels. What’s more, it called on the fuel retail industry to join together in order to not use palm oil-based biodiesel and […]

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Advanced biofuel producers and associations write Senate committee supporting S.517

Advanced biofuel producers and associations write Senate committee supporting S.517

June 13, 2017 |

In Washington, more than 25 advanced biofuel producers and trade associations sent a letter to members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Monday, asking them to support the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act (S.517), the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) and Advanced Biofuels Business Council (ABBC) announced. Under current law, fuels containing […]

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RFS reforms heating up in Congress

RFS reforms heating up in Congress

June 12, 2017 |

In Washington, the Senate bill that looks to scratch the Reid Vapor Pressure rule that currently forbids E15 from being sold during summer months will be heard before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on June 14 which some say could be a precursor to wider reforms of the Renewable Fuel Standard, or even […]

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Argentina could get back into US biodiesel market but only if speeds up seed approvals

Argentina could get back into US biodiesel market but only if speeds up seed approvals

June 8, 2017 |

In Argentina, the US government has offered to resume biodiesel imports in exchange for the country’s quicker approval of seeds developed by American companies. A law was proposed in the Argentine legislature last year that would speed up the regulatory approval process while also allowing for fines to be lobbed against farmers who store seeds […]

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