Tag: biofuels

Canadian government developing new clean fuel standard

Canadian government developing new clean fuel standard

October 21, 2017 |

In Canada, the government is looking at potential low-carbon fuels and liquid drop-in biofuels to replace fossil fuels through their clean fuel standard that could require 10 to 15 percent decrease in fuels’ carbon intensity. Their goal is to cut carbon emissions by 2030 by 30 million tons. Canada currently imports biodiesel to meet their […]

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EPA ditches changes to RFS, says biofuel mandates will remain same or even increase

EPA ditches changes to RFS, says biofuel mandates will remain same or even increase

October 21, 2017 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a letter to lawmakers that they are abandoning the proposed changes to biofuels policy after Midwestern GOP Senators, the White House, and others in the biofuels industry pushed them to reconsider. The letter from Pruitt states that the “EPA has not taken any formal action […]

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St1 moves forward with advanced biofuel investments

St1 moves forward with advanced biofuel investments

October 12, 2017 |

In Finland, St1 continues its series of investments targeting to begin the production of renewable diesel in 2020 at its refinery in Gothenburg, Sweden. The company has now signed an engineering design package and license agreement with Haldor Topsoe for a renewable diesel production unit, which would be integrated with the St1 Refinery. The construction […]

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$6 million goes towards universities working on biofuels and carbon capture technologies

$6 million goes towards universities working on biofuels and carbon capture technologies

October 8, 2017 |

In Wyoming, University of Wyoming agricultural economists will generate models of what economies in the Upper Missouri River Basin might look like if raising biofuels and carbon capture technologies were implemented. UW is part of the four-year, $6 million National Science Foundation project working with Montana State University and the University of South Dakota to […]

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Proposed RED II reduction of biofuels sparks more criticism

Proposed RED II reduction of biofuels sparks more criticism

October 8, 2017 |

In Europe, the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive for 2021-2030 (RED II) proposed biofuels reduction on first-generation biofuels made from food crops from 7% in 2020 to 3.8% in 2030 is being debated in the European Parliament’s committees in preparation for a January 2018 vote. While some say the move will reduce pressure on food prices, […]

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IEA sees biofuels as main renewable fuel through 2022 despite increased EVs

IEA sees biofuels as main renewable fuel through 2022 despite increased EVs

October 4, 2017 |

In France, the International Energy Agency says in its new Renewables 2017 report that biofuels are expected to remain 90% of the renewable energy used in transport by 2022 despite a growing share of electric vehicles. Biofuel production is expected to grow 16% during the period as well with Asia taking the lead thanks to […]

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Italy’s ENI may invest in Nigerian biofuels industry

Italy’s ENI may invest in Nigerian biofuels industry

October 3, 2017 |

In Nigeria, Italy’s ENI is one of the potential international investors interested in setting up a joint venture with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to develop domestic biofuel production. The move is in line with the national strategy to wean itself off of petroleum products as it primarily exports crude and imports refined products. Though […]

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UK sets out policy to raise biofuels blends through 2032

UK sets out policy to raise biofuels blends through 2032

September 19, 2017 |

In the UK, following years of policy uncertainty and market stagnation, the U.K.’s Department for Transport has announced its intention to raise the target under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation, paving the way for future growth of the U.K. biofuels industry. The government response to its consultation on proposed amendments to the RTFO order has […]

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Senator Grassley tweets Trump’s support for biofuels

Senator Grassley tweets Trump’s support for biofuels

August 30, 2017 |

In Washington, policymaking via Twitter continues as Senator Chuck Grassley reported in a tweet that he’d had a phone call with President Trump who assured him that he is pro-ethanol and will live up to campaign promises made in Iowa. The Senator has been critical of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed blending mandate for 2018 […]

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The Expert Witness in Biofuels and Biochemicals Litigation

The Expert Witness in Biofuels and Biochemicals Litigation

August 30, 2017 |

By Wayne Lee, CEO Lee Enterprises Consulting Special to The Digest While oil prices remain relatively low, and the status of U.S. government incentives remains uncertain, the predictable downturn in biofuel and biochemical related industries brings with it increased participant discomfort. Those that have been in these “bioeconomy” industries for some time have seen their […]

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