Tag: biofuels

EU biofuels to “stagnate’, says USDA, citing import tariffs’ impact on competitiveness

EU biofuels to “stagnate’, says USDA, citing import tariffs’ impact on competitiveness

July 27, 2015 |

In Germany, Agrimoney is reporting on the USDA report, isssued out of The Hague, predicting a stagnation in biofuels unless there is some postive moment on improt tariffs — the report noting, critically, that the EU has been walling itself off from interamtional markers with a series of -anti-dumping measures. Critics from exporting nations have […]

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The 50 Top Advanced Bioeconomy Stories of the Year

The 50 Top Advanced Bioeconomy Stories of the Year

July 26, 2015 |

Here are the 50 most-read stories, out of the 3,400 we covered last year in The Digest. 1  Where are we with algae biofuels? The page view champ this year, clocking in at 17,821 reads — though the “algae fuels” story is starting to look like a verse out of the song “In the year 2525”. […]

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Spain to push for higher biofuel blends but only to 8.5% by 2020

Spain to push for higher biofuel blends but only to 8.5% by 2020

July 23, 2015 |

In Spain, the government has announced a new plan to reach 8.5% blending of biofuels by 2020, short of the EU Renewable Energy Directive’s 10% mandate by that date. Since 2013 the country has blended a minimum of 4.1% in diesel and 3.9% in gasoline. The national renewable energy producers association has called the shift […]

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New IMO rules from Jan. 1 could keep unprepared vessels from shipping biofuels

New IMO rules from Jan. 1 could keep unprepared vessels from shipping biofuels

July 20, 2015 |

In the UK, Rivertrace Engineering says new changes to the International Maritime Organization’s updated rules require that as of Jan. 1, 2016 vessels that haven’t upgraded to IMO standards for oil discharge monitoring equipment won’t be allowed to transport biofuels or biofuel blends. About 2,600 vessels worldwide are required to calibrate to biofuels, which for […]

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A price premium for sustainable biofuels could boost consumption in Bulgaria

A price premium for sustainable biofuels could boost consumption in Bulgaria

June 25, 2015 |

In Bulgaria, an audit of the country’s compliance with EU biofuels blending targets between 2008 and 2012 shows the consumption is not only behind schedule but is decreasing. What’s more, compliance with sustainability criteria is not being achieved, something the report says could be improved if a price premium were attached to sustainable biofuels. It […]

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Finnish government wants 40% renewable fuels by 2030

Finnish government wants 40% renewable fuels by 2030

June 4, 2015 |

In Finland, the government wants to boost the share of renewable fuels to 40% by 2030 compared to current use of 8%. The national industry represented by the petroleum and biofuels association, a recent expansion to the petroleum association indicating the fossil fuel industry’s recognition of biofuels’ role in the transport energy mix in Finland, […]

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Alaska Airlines to fly on wood-based aviation biofuels next year

Alaska Airlines to fly on wood-based aviation biofuels next year

June 3, 2015 |

In Washington state, Alaska Airlines is teaming up with the Washington State University-led Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) to advance the production and use of alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals, the tree limbs and branches that remain after a forest harvest. Gevo will provide isobutanol that made from wood waste, which will then be […]

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Danish researchers modifying bacteria to produce biofuels from CO2

Danish researchers modifying bacteria to produce biofuels from CO2

May 25, 2015 |

In Denmark, researchers at the University of Southern Denmark are developing a bacteria that can eat surplus electricity produced from solar and wind or other renewable energy sources to convert CO2 into biomaterials and biofuels. Currently the bacteria can only turn CO2 into methane and acetate but the researchers believe with some small genetic mutations […]

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Voices from Europe, on Europe and renewable fuels

Voices from Europe, on Europe and renewable fuels

May 25, 2015 |

The EU is changing its ambitions on biofuels — some say, “with every passing fad”, others say that EU biofuels have “not met the sustainability goals many hoped for it.” Why use biofuels at all, in terms of carbon goals? How does the European renewable fuels industry look at itself? Too focused on survival instead […]

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IRENA 2015 jobs report shows 1.78 million jobs in liquid biofuels

IRENA 2015 jobs report shows 1.78 million jobs in liquid biofuels

May 20, 2015 |

In the UAE, the International Renewable Energy Agency reported in its annual survey of renewable energy jobs that a total of 7.7 million people worldwide were employed by the renewable energy industry in 2014, including 822,000 jobs in biomass, 381,000 jobs in biogas, and 1.788 million in liquid biofuels.

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