Category: Policy

Vietnam’s biofuel consumption sky rockets from 9% to 40% in a year

Vietnam’s biofuel consumption sky rockets from 9% to 40% in a year

September 15, 2018 |

In Vietnam, biofuel consumption is increasing thanks to the government’s push for mass commercial usage of biofuel nationwide this year, with E5 RON 92 going from only 9% of total petrol consumption last year to an impressive 40% of total petrol consumption this year. According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, biofuel consumption topped […]

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Croatian ambassador tells Malaysia to invest in PR if it wants to fix palm oil’s reputation

Croatian ambassador tells Malaysia to invest in PR if it wants to fix palm oil’s reputation

September 13, 2018 |

In Malaysia, Croatia’s ambassador to the country said that if Malaysia is serious about trying to change the hearts and minds of Europeans regarding the reputation of palm oil and its sustainability, then the government needs to invest in public relations in order to change the narrative. He said that blaming the EU countries for […]

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Indian government raises sugarcane juice-based ethanol price 25% to promote production

Indian government raises sugarcane juice-based ethanol price 25% to promote production

September 12, 2018 |

In India, the government agreed to raise the price of ethanol produced from pure sugarcane juice by 25% in an effort to boost production and reduce sugar production amidst a global surplus, near 10-year lows for sugar prices and record sugar production domestically. Although the industry recognizes it could take two to three years of […]

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RFA says new FAPRI report shows 4.6 billion gallons of potential demand destruction

RFA says new FAPRI report shows 4.6 billion gallons of potential demand destruction

September 11, 2018 |

In Washington, recent analysis by economists at the University of Missouri’s Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute shows that the U.S. ethanol industry could lose 4.6 billion gallons of domestic demand and nearly $20 billion in sales revenue over the next six years if the U.S. EPA continues its current practice of exempting dozens of […]

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Congressmen introduce bill to reallocate waived RIN gallons

Congressmen introduce bill to reallocate waived RIN gallons

September 10, 2018 |

In Washington, Iowa Congressman David Young and Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson introduced the Restoring Our Commitment to Renewable Fuels Act which will reallocate waived renewable fuel obligations and require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to disclose refineries who receive “hardship” waivers. Over the past two years, 2.25 billion gallons have been destroyed due to the […]

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Green vehicles exempted from permit requirements

Green vehicles exempted from permit requirements

September 9, 2018 |

In India, Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and the national government said that any green fuel vehicles including electric, ethanol, biodiesel, CNG, methanol and biofuel, do not need to apply for permits and are exempted from the government permit requirements. The government is doing this in a move to push public interest toward alternative […]

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New South Wales under fire for reducing E10 consumption in fleet vehicles

New South Wales under fire for reducing E10 consumption in fleet vehicles

September 6, 2018 |

In Australia, the Australian Associated Press reports that documents obtained under freedom of information laws show the New South Wales government is using less and less E10 despite promising in 2012 that it would mandate the fuel for use in government fleet vehicles to help drive demand. The government is expected to come under fire […]

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Argentina raises ethanol and biodiesel production again

Argentina raises ethanol and biodiesel production again

September 5, 2018 |

In Argentina, the government announced higher prices for biodiesel as well as both corn-based and sugarcane-based ethanol that oil companies must pay as of September 1. Biodiesel prices were set at $610.51 per metric ton, 3.2% higher on the month. Cane-based ethanol was set at 57 cents per liter, up nearly 4% on the month […]

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EU countries need to hurry up E10 adaptation to reach RED2020 requirements

EU countries need to hurry up E10 adaptation to reach RED2020 requirements

September 4, 2018 |

In the UK, Platts reports that implementation of the proposed E10 policy could be pushed back beyond April 2019 after the country’s expected exit from the European Union while the Netherlands are looking at Q3 or Q4 for implementation. France and Belgium have had relative success with market uptake for the fuels which Germany has […]

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RFA and Growth Energy sue EPA and DOE over lack of transparency in refinery waivers process

RFA and Growth Energy sue EPA and DOE over lack of transparency in refinery waivers process

September 3, 2018 |

In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Growth Energy last week filed a lawsuit in federal district court, alleging that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DOE) have improperly denied agency records requested by RFA, Growth Energy, and others under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The requested documents relate to […]

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