Tag: biofuels

Namibian cement company to use 80% biofuels to reduce energy costs

In Namibia, Ohorongo Cement plans to boost its biofuel consumption to 80% of its energy needs from a current 30% using blackthorn as feedstock. The investment, which is expected to be competitive in the long term, is meant to reduce costs and dependence of imported oil and coal. The company is currently facing threat from […]

July 9, 2014 More

Report slams effectiveness of Canadian support to biofuels

In Canada, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute has released a report criticizing the effectiveness of the country’s biofuels support programs, estimating that federal government biofuel initiatives cost Canadians between $3.00 and $3.50 for every dollar of social and environmental benefits achieved. Consequently the policy has failed to deliver value to Canadian taxpayers, it says.  

June 30, 2014 More

The I-75 Biofuels Corridor: now, the world’s longest

Complete this summer — this 1786-mile stretch of American interstate highway aims to offer the longest all-biofuels driving experience on the planet. B20, E85? Here are the need-to-knows. This week across six US states, stakeholders are celebrating the impending completion of the “World’s Longest Biofuels Corridor”, The I‐75 Green Corridor Project. The Project was launched five […]

June 10, 2014 More

Indonesian government pushing more investment in biofuels sector

In Indonesia, the government has extended its policy requiring financial services to adhere to strict greening policies. Previously only banks were included under the regulation but it will now cover the capital market and non-banking sectors. The program is meant to promote awareness among companies about environmental issues and increase investment in biofuels projects as […]

May 28, 2014 More

IRENA says 1.45 million people employed in biofuels in 2013

In the UAE, in 2013 approximately 6.5 million people were already employed in the renewable energy industry worldwide, a new study by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reveals. ‘Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2014’ underlines the important role that renewables continue to play in employment creation and growth in the global economy. […]

May 20, 2014 More

Report Recommends Stronger Policy Framework for California’s Advanced Biofuels

In California, a new report by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) finds that the state may not have enough incentives in place to encourage private investment for advanced biofuels. The report, “Policies for California’s Energy Future – Scaling Up Advanced Biofuels”, is the second report in a series to help the state […]

May 12, 2014 More

REA frustrated by UK’s lack of support for sustainable biofuels

In the UK, REA is frustrated by the lack of concrete measures to improve the policy framework for sustainable biofuels in Government decisions published last week. In responses to two important consultations, the DfT proposed a limited set of changes to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) and stopped short of outlining how it will […]

May 6, 2014 More

Navy plans to acquire advanced biofuels at parity this year

In Washington, the Navy plans to set up two solicitations for advanced biofuels this year by way of the Defense Production Act. The Navy believes it will be able to source the fuels at a price competitive with existing fossil fuel supplies, rather than paying several times the current fossil fuel price as it has […]

April 24, 2014 More

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