In the UK, the new Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government says the Ensus biorefinery needs to stand on its own feet financially, while recognizing that the project is an important investment for the Humber region. He said it’s too soon to write off the facility that is currently mothballed as […]
In the UK, biofuel blending reached 3.54% between April 15, 2014 and April 15, 2015 with 75% of the fuel, about 1.01 billion liters, meeting sustainability requirements. The sustainable biofuels comprised of 50% biodiesel, 49% ethanol, 1% methanol and some negligible amounts of biogas and off road biodiesel.
In North Carolina, the town of Navassa has put forward a proposal to allow biofuel production in heavy industrial areas and conditionally in light industrial areas. An algae-to-methane project is interested in siting a facility in the town, prompting the change to the zoning ordinance, but strict controls on smokestacks, industrial appearance and other aspects […]
In Washington, the DOE will present a live webinar titled “Biofuels for the Environment and Communities” on Wednesday, April 22, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. During this webinar, Drs. Virginia Dale from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Christina Negri from Argonne National Laboratory will discuss their EERE-sponsored research on how to […]
In Switzerland, the head of the European Biodiesel Board says that biofuels need policy support in order to compete with fossil fuels. He also demanded a clear definition for advanced biofuels to help drive development of those fuels to bring them to market. He said the biofuels industry needs to work together with the automotive […]
In Belgium, the European Parliament’s environmental committee has approved the text on biofuels reform negotiated between itself, the European Council and the European Commission. The legislation that seeks to cap first generation biofuel use at 7% will be voted upon during the next plenary session of the Parliament on April 29 in Strasbourg, France.
In Belgium, triologue negotiations between the European Council, European Parliament and European Commission have agreed on a legal text that would set a cap for first-generation ethanol at 7%. The text does not include a target for advanced biofuels, however. The Parliament’s ENVI committee will have to approve it on April 14 and the Parliament’s […]
In Wisconsin, clearing grasslands to make way for biofuels may seem counterproductive, but University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers show in a study that crops, including the corn and soy commonly used for biofuels, expanded onto 7 million acres of new land in the U.S. over a recent four-year period, replacing millions of acres of grasslands. The […]
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 […]