Tag: biofuels

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ISO developing 60 standards for solid biofuels

In Switzerland, with the ISO 17225 series, the International Standards Organization is preparing almost 60 International Standards for solid biofuels on graded wood pellets, graded wood briquettes, graded wood chips, graded non-woody pellets, thermally treated and densified biomass fuels, etc. It comprises definition and classification standards as well as standards for chemical and mechanical testing. A […]

April 17, 2014 More

ODI says food insecurity in developing countries not linked to biofuels

In the UK, the Overseas Development Institute has released a new study showing that existing evidence does not point to increased food insecurity in developing countries as a result of biofuels. Instead, the food security impacts from biofuels production may not be markedly different than for other agri-based projects. Other factors appear to provide a […]

April 7, 2014 More

The Map: Navigating Biofuels’ uncharted waters

Chasing treasure? Start with a map. Here’s ours. A biofuels map, that is, the chart we use to diagram how to look at technologies, drivers, stakeholders and their concerns. In today’s Digest, let’s look at The Map. Which is to say, the guide map we use here in Digestville to understand how and why companies […]

April 3, 2014 More

Uncertainty over biofuels tax credit extension in upcoming markup

In Washington, Finance Chairman Ron Wyden hopes to put forward a markup on Wednesday that would extend tax breaks for renewable energy, potentially for two years, but it was unclear what would happen with the tax breaks related to biofuels. The biofuels industry as well as a dozen democratic Senators have seen the chairman letters […]

March 27, 2014 More

CEO of Ethanol Europe says zero-ILUC policy needed in Europe

In Hungary, the CEO of Ethanol Europe Renewables says Europe’s Renewable Energy Directive has killed off private sector investment in biofuels, and that only a clear and stable policy that guarantees certainty in the European market until 2030 will reverse that trend. He argues that what is needed is a zero-ILUC policy that focuses on […]

March 12, 2014 More

European Commissioners dallying on 2030 targets including biofuels

In Belgium, the negotiations by the European Commission’s College of Commissions on the 2030 renewable energy targets are suspiciously quiet about targets for biofuels. Renewable energy targets in general are at risk as talks look to lower greenhouse gas emissions targets to 35% from the previously expected level of 40%. That would lower renewables targets […]

January 14, 2014 More

Indonesian ministries start planning for aviation biofuels by 2016

In Indonesia, the transport and energy ministries have signed an agreement to begin planning the implementation of aviation biofuel supply to the country’s airport. The planning and implementation stage is set for 2014-16. Already the country has planned for 3% aviation biofuel use by 2020.

December 30, 2013 More

EIA unveils new state-by-state energy data including biofuels and mapping tools

In Washington, the Energy Information Agency has changed the data provided for energy on a state-by-state basis allowing for more details about renewable energy resources and how they’re being used. The new data also includes biofuel production from as recent as 2011. The newly updated resources also including a mapping tool that shows where production […]

December 25, 2013 More

UK seeks to lower EU renewables target by double counting biofuels

In the UK, the government has proposed “double counting” biofuels as part of the renewable energy targets for 2020 that require 20% green energy. Up until now, the targets had been separate with 10% for transport and 20% for power, but the UK’s proposal would lower the 20% power target to 19.5%. The move in […]

December 9, 2013 More

Iowa governor stumps for biofuels amidst Washington debacle

In Iowa, governor Terry Branstad has been lobbying the White House and other top level officials including the Secretary of Agriculture and the EPA Administrator hard in an effort to protect the RFS for 2014. He believes that the federal government needs to stand up against the oil lobby and protect the industry that is […]

November 6, 2013 More