In Indiana, a new study by Timothy Searchinger published in the journal Science found that government biofuel policies rely on reductions in food consumption to generate greenhouse gas savings. Shrinking the amount of food that people and livestock eat decreases the amount of carbon dioxide that they breathe out or excrete as waste. The reduction in […]
In the Czech Republic, the government has recently approved an extension for lower taxes on biofuels that should help boost demand from distributors. The country’s finance minister however owns one of the largest rapeseed processors, which has caused concern regarding conflict of interest considering it was his ministry that prepared the allegedly poorly developed legislation […]
In Minnesota, legislation introduced in both houses of the state legislature in early February seeks to support cellulosic ethanol production along with renewable chemicals and biomass thermal. The House version of the bill would create an incentive $2.1053 per MMBtu of annual production of cellulosic advanced biofuels with a 20% bonus payment for using perennial […]
In California, only 86 of the 6,746 renewable energy jobs created during fourth quarter of 2014 came from biofuels, all of which came from a single project announcement. The Environmental Entrepreneurs quarterly jobs report saw similar jobs created from two biogas projects and just 8 jobs created from a biomass project. The overwhelming jobs growth […]
In Brazil, the Inter-American Development Bank will loan $100 million to sugarcane producers for biofuel and sustainable agriculture projects with at least 20 companies receiving the funding. The bank now has one year to decide with projects from which companies will get funds.
In France and Italy, Total and Eni are both looking towards biofuel as a way to reduce or eliminate layoffs brought on by the need to reduce oil refining capacity. Total is expected to announce the switch at its La Mede facility soon following its conversion of the Dunkirk facility to a 200,000 metric ton […]
In California, researchers at the University of California, Riverside have invented a novel pretreatment technology that could cut the cost of biofuels production by about 30 percent or more by dramatically reducing the amount of enzymes needed to breakdown the raw materials that form biofuels.
In Australia, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced $5.2 million funding for Renergi to design and construct an innovative pilot scale biofuel production facility Perth. ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said the project would result in simple, cost effective production of renewable energy from biomass. “Renergi was created out of Curtin University to commercialise some […]
In Belgium, the European Parliament’s environmental committee voted to cap first generation biofuels at 6%, lower than the 7% sought by member states and 8% sought by the biofuels industry. Rather than waiting for a parliamentary vote, the committee agreed to move forward with negotiations the European Commission.
In Sweden, the World Bioenergy Association released a factsheet ‘Advanced Biofuels’ – the seventh in the series of publications. This succeeds the release of the summary of oil price drop survey conducted by WBA to understand the effects of oil price drop on bioenergy industry. The WBA factsheet aims to provide better understanding of the […]