Tag: biofuels

Berkeley Lab researchers use atomic science to improve biofuel production

Berkeley Lab researchers use atomic science to improve biofuel production

November 30, 2016 |

In California, researchers have revealed new atomic-scale details about pesky deposits that can stop or slow chemical reactions vital to fuel production and other processes. This disruption to reactions is known as deactivation or poisoning. The research team employed a combination of measurements, including X-ray experiments at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory […]

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Irish livestock association slams leaked EU biofuels plans

Irish livestock association slams leaked EU biofuels plans

November 29, 2016 |

In Ireland, the Irish Cattle and Sheep Association president Patrick Kent has slammed leaked EU Commission proposals that would undermine previous biofuel policy. The leak is from a new renewable energy plan from the Commission that apparently will slash the target for the crop biofuel component of EU transport fuels from 7% to 3.4% by […]

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Finland heads for 30% biofuel blending but more than half will be double-counted

Finland heads for 30% biofuel blending but more than half will be double-counted

November 24, 2016 |

In Finland, the government decided to mandate 30% biofuel blending by 2030 but much of it will be double-counted thanks to the country’s preference for forest waste-based fuels. About 53% of the total mandate is expected to be double-counted compared to previous goals of 20% by 2020 and 40% by 2030. Current production from wood […]

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Irish researchers find biofuels projects boost local food security in Africa

Irish researchers find biofuels projects boost local food security in Africa

November 21, 2016 |

In Ireland, researchers from the University College Cork have published a paper in the SpringerLink journal, Food Security, saying biofuels produced under the right conditions can have positive food security impacts on developing countries including in Africa. The lack of consistent policy framework in Europe and unclear policy goals in African countries have hampered much […]

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White House’s mid-century climate change strategy includes biofuels

White House’s mid-century climate change strategy includes biofuels

November 17, 2016 |

In Washington, the White House released a mid-century strategy (MCS) that envisions economy-wide net GHG emissions reductions of 80 percent or more below 2005 levels by 2050. The United States MCS charts a path that is achievable, consistent with the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement, and an acceleration of existing market trends. It will […]

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Queensland to open EOI for biofuels production on Wednesday

Queensland to open EOI for biofuels production on Wednesday

November 8, 2016 |

In Australia, the Palaszczuk Government will target Australian and international biofutures investment to help boost the industry in regional Queensland. Speaking in Parliament Tuesday, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced that an Expression of Interest process to attract biofuels proponents to Queensland would start Wednesday. “We know if we want to unlock the jobs of tomorrow, we […]

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Finland would have to blend 33% biofuels by 2030 to achieve Paris commitments

Finland would have to blend 33% biofuels by 2030 to achieve Paris commitments

November 7, 2016 |

In Finland, biofuel blending would have to reach 33% from the current 13% by 2030 in order to achieve the government’s targets set out in its Paris Agreement commitment. The Paris Agreement following COP21 in December 2015 came into force on Monday. In order to achieve the volumes required for blending, three new billion-euro biorefineries […]

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ePure says EU shouldn’t back down on conventional biofuels

ePure says EU shouldn’t back down on conventional biofuels

October 5, 2016 |

In Belgium, the European Commission should apply its own latest available science on biofuels if the EU renewable energy policy is to be a success, says the European renewable ethanol association (ePURE). In its July Communication on Low Emission Mobility, the Commission indicated it is considering a complete phase-out of all conventional biofuels – despite […]

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Study says Canadian biofuels policies too expensive for the GHG emissions reductions

Study says Canadian biofuels policies too expensive for the GHG emissions reductions

October 4, 2016 |

In Canada, biofuel policies have helped to reduce GHG emissions, but according to a new report from Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission, these reductions have come at a significant cost. The report, Course Correction: It’s Time to Rethink Canadian Biofuel Policies, examines the extent to which biofuel policies have achieved their stated objectives, and whether these policies […]

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Understanding Biofuel Standards

Understanding Biofuel Standards

October 2, 2016 |

By Angela Fivga, PhD and Zsuzsa A. Mayer, PhD, Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. Special to The Digest The analysis and standardization of biofuels are in constant development, therefore in many studies they follow a historic view or borrow unsuitable methods from fossil fuel analysis. An overview of the current standards helps to achieve better results. Due […]

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