Category: Policy

IPCC report says bioenergy vital to staying below 2 degrees C but cautioned how it’s done

IPCC report says bioenergy vital to staying below 2 degrees C but cautioned how it’s done

August 8, 2019 |

In Switzerland, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its new Special Report on Climate Change and Land that there are limits to the contribution of land to addressing climate change, for instance through the cultivation of energy crops and afforestation. It says that bioenergy is vital if society is going to keep under the […]

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Brazil to blend 11% biodiesel from September following motor test delays

Brazil to blend 11% biodiesel from September following motor test delays

August 7, 2019 |

In Brazil, Platts reports that the country’s fuel regulator the ANP has approved an increase in biodiesel blending of 11% as of September 1 from the current 10% while also allowing fuel retailers to offer up to 15% blends. The B11 mandates was meant to come into effect on June 1 but motor tests for […]

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China says US ethanol isn’t competitive enough to buy

China says US ethanol isn’t competitive enough to buy

August 6, 2019 |

In China, Reuters and the China Daily both report that the Secretary General of the National Development and Reform Commission has called US President Trump’s accusations that the country isn’t buying US farm products as baseless, pointing to more than 4 million metric tons of soybeans contracted or delivered since the G20 Summit in Osaka, […]

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Brazilian ministries fight over whether to lift tariffs on US ethanol or not

Brazilian ministries fight over whether to lift tariffs on US ethanol or not

August 5, 2019 |

In Brazil, Bloomberg reports that there is an internal fight between the agriculture ministry who wants to see import tariffs on US-origin ethanol remain in place while those from the economy ministry are open to removing them in favor of a wider trade agreement that would help the country overall. The current tariff regime against […]

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Senator says add biofuels to transportation bill or get rid of it altogether

Senator says add biofuels to transportation bill or get rid of it altogether

August 3, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., Senator Joni Erst, R-Iowa, and Senator Mike Rounds, R-SD, told the Roll Call that the surface transportation bill that would help pay for charging and refilling stations for zero- or low-emissions vehicles should also support more stations for biofuels like ethanol. And if doesn’t, then do away with the program entirely. The […]

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China and US to discuss ethanol at September face-to-face meeting

China and US to discuss ethanol at September face-to-face meeting

August 1, 2019 |

In China, Reuters that extensive negotiation between China and the US is expected to take place over the next month before the next round of face-to-face talks in September as the two countries look to break the trade deadlock, including specific discussions on opening the Chinese market up to US ethanol again. In person talks […]

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Agri and biofuel coalition back in court to protect industry from “undue harm” by EPA

Agri and biofuel coalition back in court to protect industry from “undue harm” by EPA

July 31, 2019 |

In Washington, an agriculture and biofuels coalition has petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to lift a stay it placed on a joint 2018 petition asking the court to protect the renewable fuels industry from undue harm caused by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The petition, filed late Tuesday […]

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EPA administrator doesn’t appear to be budging on hardship waiver stance

EPA administrator doesn’t appear to be budging on hardship waiver stance

July 30, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency told a closed-door hearing last week that hardship waivers have not created demand destruction for ethanol. Despite President Trump ordering the Cabinet to review the hardship waiver program and how waivers are granted, the EPA administrator does not appear interested to alter how […]

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EPA to hold 2020 RVO public hearing on Wednesday

EPA to hold 2020 RVO public hearing on Wednesday

July 29, 2019 |

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a public hearing to be held in Ypsilanti, MI on July 31, 2019 for the proposed rule “Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2020 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2021.” The hearing will be held at the following location: Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, 1275 […]

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Toomey, Feinstein renew effort to repeal ethanol mandate

Toomey, Feinstein renew effort to repeal ethanol mandate

July 28, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) renewed their efforts to get rid of the corn ethanol mandate in the RFS. According to Senator Toomey’s statement, they “are working together to end an egregious form of corporate welfare that hurts the environment and drives up the cost of everything from […]

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