Category: Policy

Indonesia’s B20 mandate has yet to reduce fossil fuel imports and saw them jump in November

Indonesia’s B20 mandate has yet to reduce fossil fuel imports and saw them jump in November

December 19, 2018 |

In Indonesia, the Jakarta Post reports that despite implementation of a B20 mandate in September, oil imports even rose in November by more than 26% over October despite the aim of the policy being to lower fossil fuel imports. Total fossil fuel imports for the year through November were nearly 6% higher on the year. […]

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Indonesia fines 11 companies $24.83 million for failure to implement B20 in time

Indonesia fines 11 companies $24.83 million for failure to implement B20 in time

December 18, 2018 |

In Indonesia, the Jakarta Post reports that the energy ministry has fined 11 companies a total of $24.83 million for failing to implement the B20 mandate in September after being given a month to comply with the higher blending ratio. The value of the fine for each company was determined by how long it took […]

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India looks to build 5,000 bio-CNG plants producing 15 million tons by 2023

India looks to build 5,000 bio-CNG plants producing 15 million tons by 2023

December 17, 2018 |

In India, using agricultural waste, municipal solid waste, and cattle manure as feedstock, the Press Trust of India reports that the petroleum minister expects to see 5,000 bio-CNG plants online by 2023 producing 15 million metric tons of bio-CNG annually. The facilities are meant to sprout from the Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation initiative that […]

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Brazil challenges India’s subsidies on sugar at WTO

Brazil challenges India’s subsidies on sugar at WTO

December 15, 2018 |

In Brazil, Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association, UNICA, has been working with the government of Brazil to demonstrate the damages India’s subsidies caused to Brazilian exports during the last sugarcane harvest. In a meeting held last week, the Brazilian Foreign Trade Chamber (CAMEX) decided to initiate proceedings at the World Trade Organization (WTO) for challenging India’s […]

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Indonesia looking at B30 after successful ramp up to B20

Indonesia looking at B30 after successful ramp up to B20

December 13, 2018 |

In Indonesia, the Jakarta Post reports that the government is looking to expand biodiesel blending to 30% from the current 20% but a target date for the policy implementation wasn’t reported. Already 20% uptake has reached 97% following the blending mandate increase in September. For B20, palm oil demand is 4.3 billion liters. The country […]

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Malaysia PM launches B10 for February 1

Malaysia PM launches B10 for February 1

December 12, 2018 |

In Malaysia, the Prime Minister officially launched the B10 mandate that will come into effect from February 1, up from the current 7%. The move is expected to reduce an additional 1.7 million metric tons of CO2 emissions from transport per year. Concerns about air pollution as well as the surplus palm oil situation have […]

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Biodiesel companies urge Congress to extend biodiesel and renewable diesel tax breaks

Biodiesel companies urge Congress to extend biodiesel and renewable diesel tax breaks

December 11, 2018 |

In Washington, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and more than 50 member companies and affiliated organizations delivered a letter to House and Senate leaders, urging them to enact a multiyear extension of the biodiesel and renewable diesel tax incentive before Congress adjourns for the year. In February 2018, Congress retroactively extended the tax incentive for […]

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CleanBC looks to strengthen low carbon fuel standard and boost biofuel production

CleanBC looks to strengthen low carbon fuel standard and boost biofuel production

December 10, 2018 |

In Canada, the Government of British Columbia released on December 5th its CleanBC climate plan, which charts a path to 19 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions reductions by 2030—an ambitious yet achievable set of measures that put low-carbon biofuels at the forefront of the Province’s climate efforts. It also puts BC firmly in a […]

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Norway first country to ban biofuel from palm oil

Norway first country to ban biofuel from palm oil

December 9, 2018 |

In Norway, the Parliament voted to no longer allow biofuel from palm oil into the country in an effort to stop deforestation in Indonesia and other countries that export palm oil. The decision is set to go into force in 2020. The recent vote came after earlier attempts at slowly phasing out palm oil, like […]

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Bloomberg heads to Iowa to promote biofuels ahead of potential presidential bid

Bloomberg heads to Iowa to promote biofuels ahead of potential presidential bid

December 6, 2018 |

In Iowa, the New York Post reports that the former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg was touring the state as part of a potential plan to launch a presidential bid as a Democrat. Bloomberg had previously criticized the use of corn for ethanol as bad energy policy but has since changed his tune, saying […]

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