Category: Policy

Push for Indonesia to start trialing B100 ASAP

Push for Indonesia to start trialing B100 ASAP

May 9, 2019 |

In Indonesia, the head of the one the main research agencies says that looking into the feasibility of B100 as soon as possible needs to be a matter of urgency since the testing processes will likely take a while. Testing for B30 to allow for eventual ramp up of blending and availability is underway while […]

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Quantas working with government to develop aviation biofuel production asap

Quantas working with government to develop aviation biofuel production asap

May 8, 2019 |

In Australia, the Daily Mail reports that Quantas’ head of sustainability says the next federal government needs to take subsidies for aviation biofuels seriously if the country is going to compete with California as the main supplier in the Pacific. He said the company has discussed building an aviation biofuel facility with the current government […]

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Zambia finally develops biofuel blending and pricing policy but no details yet

Zambia finally develops biofuel blending and pricing policy but no details yet

May 7, 2019 |

In Zambia, the National Broadcasting Corp. reports that the government is finally set to implement a biodiesel blending policy after many years of deliberations and false starts. The government has determined the blending level for biodiesel and has established a pricing mechanism for the biodiesel as well, but the levels weren’t reported. The Brazilian government […]

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WWF digging into EU’s CAP reform to ensure an end to crop-based biofuel incentives

WWF digging into EU’s CAP reform to ensure an end to crop-based biofuel incentives

May 6, 2019 |

In Belgium, WWF has submitted a Freedom of Information request for a crucial assessment of EU farming policy’s impact on the climate. The assessment, carried out by external consultants, has been delivered to the European Commission and was due to be released in summer 2018. National agriculture ministers are set to discuss the reform of […]

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Norway requires 0.5% of aviation fuel to be advanced biofuels

Norway requires 0.5% of aviation fuel to be advanced biofuels

May 5, 2019 |

In Norway, starting from 1 January 2020, 0.5 per cent of aviation fuel sold in Norway will be advanced biofuels, and the regulatory changes will be introduced in the Product Regulation. Norway is one of the first countries in the world to introduce such a requirement in the aviation sector. Flights carried out by military […]

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UK’s net-zero carbon proposal for 2050 sees big role for BECCS and aviation biofuel

UK’s net-zero carbon proposal for 2050 sees big role for BECCS and aviation biofuel

May 2, 2019 |

In the UK, the UK Committee on Climate Change’s new report seeking to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 sees CCS tied in with bioenergy production as key, as well as 21TWh of biofuels for aviation, roughly between 5% and 10% of 2017 aviation fuel consumption. That switch to aviation biofuels is estimated to displace […]

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Philippines lawmakers looking to help ethanol industry import molasses for feedstock

Philippines lawmakers looking to help ethanol industry import molasses for feedstock

May 1, 2019 |

In the Philippines, legislators from both chambers are coming together in an effort to find a way to increase imports of molasses feedstock for ethanol producers in light of tight domestic supplies that risks making ethanol prices even more inviable than the typical 2:1 price differential with landed imported ethanol. The Sugar Regulatory Agency insists […]

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White House halts EPA’s attempts to reveal companies seeking hardship waivers

White House halts EPA’s attempts to reveal companies seeking hardship waivers

April 30, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that following push back from the oil industry, the White House has put the kibosh on the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to publish the names of companies seeking hardship waivers for small refiners under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The White House hadn’t reviewed the proposal put forward by the EPA on […]

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European Investment Bank launches EUR2 billion in financing to boost young farmers and bioeconomy

European Investment Bank launches EUR2 billion in financing to boost young farmers and bioeconomy

April 29, 2019 |

In Luxembourg, the European Investment Bank (EIB), the EU bank, announced the launch of a loans package of nearly EUR1 billion for agriculture and the bioeconomy. The sum will be matched by the implementing financial institutions, thereby mobilizing close to EUR2 billion of long-term financing for companies in the sector. The announcement was made at […]

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U.S. Grains Council supports WTO Rrport finding China misused corn TRQ

U.S. Grains Council supports WTO Rrport finding China misused corn TRQ

April 28, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C. the U.S. Grains Council strongly supports a decision made by the World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Body determining China administered its tariff-rate quotas for wheat, corn and rice inconsistently with its WTO requirements. The report found that China’s TRQ administration is not transparent, predictable or fair and that it ultimately inhibits TRQs […]

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