Category: Policy

Indonesia to take US to WTO over biodiesel anti-dumping duties

Indonesia to take US to WTO over biodiesel anti-dumping duties

February 5, 2018 |

In Indonesia, the government has at last taken the decision to file a formal complaint against US anti-dumping duties on Indonesian biodiesel at the World Trade Organization after having been pushed up against a wall with a deadline to file by February 3.  Anti-dumping duties in the US are almost as high as 65%. Angered […]

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Sweden joins opposition to EU palm oil ban

Sweden joins opposition to EU palm oil ban

February 3, 2018 |

In Sweden, Ambassador of Sweden to Malaysia Dag Juhlin-Dannfelt voiced opposition to the European Union’s ban on palm oil saying that the requirement to be phased out before others is discrimination. According to the Malaysian Reserve, Juhlin-Dannfelt said at the announcement of the 2nd Sweden-South-East Asia Business Summit 2018 in Kuala Lumpur “Sweden and many […]

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EPA administrator says RIN reform is the way forward on the RFS

EPA administrator says RIN reform is the way forward on the RFS

February 1, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator said in an interview on Fox News that he believes Philadelphia Energy Solutions’ bankruptcy stems largely from required compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard and as such is indication that the policy must be reformed. Rather than getting rid of ethanol blending as a whole, […]

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EPA could make decision on E15 waiver authority soon

EPA could make decision on E15 waiver authority soon

January 31, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency should decided soon whether or not it has the authority to approve E15 use year-round. Currently E15 can’t be sold during summer months because of air quality regulations but requests have been made for a waiver to the law, including taking the legislative path through Congress, […]

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EPA gives PES 30 days to buy more RINs

EPA gives PES 30 days to buy more RINs

January 30, 2018 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency has given Pennsylvania Energy Solutions another 30 days, until May 1, to comply with its RFS obligations, forcing the company back into the market to buy RINs—likely using a $120 million debtor-in-possession loan to partly fund the move—after it had been selling off RINs in recent […]

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European Commission to take up investigation on Argentine biodiesel subsidies

European Commission to take up investigation on Argentine biodiesel subsidies

January 29, 2018 |

In Belgium, Reuters reports that this week the European Commission is expected to follow up on the European Biodiesel Board’s request to investigate alleged subsidies on Argentine biodiesel exports into Europe. The EBB requested an investigation into the subsidies on export taxes on soybeans that led to accusations of dumping, an investigation the EC is […]

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EPA criticized for RFS small refinery exemption provisions

EPA criticized for RFS small refinery exemption provisions

January 27, 2018 |

In Washington, D.C., the Renewable Fuels Association sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt about the “lack of transparency” in EPA’s management of the Renewable Fuel Standard’s (RFS) small refinery exemption provisions. The letter from RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen warns that “an ill-conceived and unauthorized expansion of this exemption could destabilize the […]

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E100 bikes to roll out this month in India as part of push for cars to follow suit

E100 bikes to roll out this month in India as part of push for cars to follow suit

January 25, 2018 |

In India, the transportation minister announced two models of the long-awaited E100 bikes will debut by month’s end. The government is pushing for auto companies to offer flex-fuel engines and see the bikes as a first step toward demonstrating demand for high blend capacity vehicles. In Mumbai, E100 retails at about half the price of […]

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Malta says no thanks to ethanol blends due to infrastructure and cost

Malta says no thanks to ethanol blends due to infrastructure and cost

January 24, 2018 |

In Malta, the government won’t be offered ethanol-blended gasoline because of various logistical and cost issues ranging from challenges to importing US-based ethanol to the fuel importation company’s lack of storage capacity for the blended fuel. Additional investment would also be required to dehydrate the fuel due to absorbing water from the air, an MP […]

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EU Council confirms it won’t appeal biodiesel duty cases via Twitter

EU Council confirms it won’t appeal biodiesel duty cases via Twitter

January 23, 2018 |

In Belgium, Platts reports that the EU Council confirmed via Twitter it has withdrawn its appeals on six biodiesel duty cases against Argentina and Indonesia at the European Court of Justice, allowing biodiesel flows from the two countries to continue as they have since November when anti-dumping duties were lowered significantly. With rumors in the […]

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