Category: Policy

EPA Releases Proposed Biofuel Volume Standards for 2018

EPA Releases Proposed Biofuel Volume Standards for 2018

July 8, 2017 |

In Washington, DC, the EPA released its first Renewable Fuel Standard proposal under the Trump Administration with numbers up for ethanol with a 15 billion gallon cap for 2018, but biodiesel staying the same at 2.1 billion gallons for 2019. Total advanced biofuels amount was slightly lowered for 2018 at 4.24 billion gallons (down from […]

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Brazil to bypass Congress in order to get RenovaBio online fast

Brazil to bypass Congress in order to get RenovaBio online fast

July 6, 2017 |

In Brazil, the government plans to fast track the implementation of RenovaBio through a presidential decree rather than spend the years that it could take to get the new policy through Congress. The program is not unlike the RIN portion of the Renewable Fuel Standard in the US, where biofuel producers will issue certified emissions […]

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Brazil postpones vote on ethanol import duty again to July 26

Brazil postpones vote on ethanol import duty again to July 26

July 5, 2017 |

In Brazil, the vote on whether or not the country will impose tariffs on ethanol imports has been postponed again, this time to July 26. The vote had originally been scheduled for May. With ethanol imports surging 63% last year, 90% of which came through North-Northeastern ports that don’t have local taxes on imported ethanol, […]

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EU beet growers say no to more Brazilian ethanol quota under Mercosur deal

EU beet growers say no to more Brazilian ethanol quota under Mercosur deal

July 4, 2017 |

In Belgium, as the next round of EU-Mercosur negotiations ramp up, European sugarbeet growers have voiced their demand that additional sugar and ethanol access for Brazil not be included in the agreement. As the ethanol sector faces uncertainty with the European Commission phasing out crop-based biofuels, it doesn’t want any additional competition from Brazil through […]

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EPA delays 2018 RFS blending mandate over biofuels imports concerns

EPA delays 2018 RFS blending mandate over biofuels imports concerns

July 3, 2017 |

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency has delayed publication of the 2018 blending mandates for the Renewable Fuel Standard due to increased Brazilian ethanol imports and Argentine biodiesel imports. As a result, some say the EPA may cut the blending mandates in order to boost reliance on domestic fuels and leave less market availability for […]

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MEPs support keeping sustainable European biofuels in the EU energy mix

MEPs support keeping sustainable European biofuels in the EU energy mix

July 2, 2017 |

In the EU, the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee voted Thursday on its opinion on the European Strategy for Low Emission Mobility – and showed clear support for keeping crop-based biofuels like renewable ethanol as part of the EU transport energy mix. MEPs also sent a clear signal that Europe […]

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US Renewable Chemicals Tax Credit bill introduced

US Renewable Chemicals Tax Credit bill introduced

July 2, 2017 |

In Washington, Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) and Reps. Ryan Costello (R-PA), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Linda Sánchez (D-CA) introduced the Renewable Chemicals Act of 2017. The legislation, if enacted, would create a targeted, short-term tax credit for production of qualifying renewable chemicals from biomass or investment in production facilities. Applicants for the tax credit would […]

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Louis Dreyfus confident Argentina will prevail in biodiesel spat with US

Louis Dreyfus confident Argentina will prevail in biodiesel spat with US

June 29, 2017 |

In Argentina, Louis Dreyfus’ CEO said he is confident the country will win its anti- antidumping case against the US currently under investigation by the US Department of Commerce. It is seeking to reopen the American market to its biodiesel after what he called “unjust” claims that the country sells its fuel below the cost […]

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EPA Proposes Clean Water Rule Rollback: Growers happy, enviros miserable

EPA Proposes Clean Water Rule Rollback: Growers happy, enviros miserable

June 28, 2017 |

In Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has propsoed to rescind the 2015 Clean Water Rule and with it, a series of Clean Water Act protections for wetlands, streams and other waters originally aimed at improving the drinking water supply. The EPA’s move prompted strong reaction from environmental and farmer interests. “The goal of the Clean […]

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India’s GST tax plan may slow biodiesel, ethanol adoption

India’s GST tax plan may slow biodiesel, ethanol adoption

June 27, 2017 |

In India, the Times of India is reporting that a 18% GST tax that has been proposed for ethanol and biodiesel is expected to slow efforts to increae blending, according to experts and producers polled by the news outlet. G Chandrashekhar, commodity expert and Biodiesel Association of India honorary member told The Timnes, “Tax on […]

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