Tag: COVID-19

EPA uses COVID-19 as excuse for bailing out refineries

EPA uses COVID-19 as excuse for bailing out refineries

March 30, 2020 |

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency does not intend to unilaterally revisit or rescind any previously granted small refinery exemptions issued for prior compliance years. As noted in the temporary policy on COVID-19 Implications for EPA’s Enforcement and Assurance Program, EPA is focused on protecting our employees and ensuring continued protection of public health and the environment […]

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Refiners trying to raise cash are selling biofuel credits

Refiners trying to raise cash are selling biofuel credits

March 28, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., Reuters reports that U.S. refiners are selling their renewable fuel credits over the last week in an attempt to raise cash as their valuations tank during the oil price crash, and the coronavirus pandemic isn’t helping with the strain. “Refiners are under strain as the coronavirus pandemic has sapped global demand for […]

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Amyris Launches Leading Hand Sanitizer and Receives Initial Positive Result for Vaccine Adjuvant

Amyris Launches Leading Hand Sanitizer and Receives Initial Positive Result for Vaccine Adjuvant

March 26, 2020 |

In California comes the news that synthetic biology leader Amyris is stepping out to help fight COVID-19. Amyris may be more well known for its sustainable ingredients for the Health & Wellness, Clean Beauty and Flavors & Fragrances markets, but as you all know, things have changed a lot over the last few months and […]

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U.S. government seeks federally-funded research and tech dev projects to combat COVID-19

U.S. government seeks federally-funded research and tech dev projects to combat COVID-19

March 22, 2020 |

In South Carolina, at the direction of the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense, the Medical CBRN Defense Consortium released a Request for Information seeking solutions to combat the novel Coronavirus (2019-NCoV) pandemic with a focus on the following areas: 1) Diagnostics/Monitoring, 2) Surveillance, 3) Information Systems for Point of […]

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Aemetis Begins Shipping High Purity Alcohol for Hand Sanitizer

Aemetis Begins Shipping High Purity Alcohol for Hand Sanitizer

March 22, 2020 |

In California, Aemetis, Inc. said its 65 million gallon per year ethanol plant near Modesto, California has begun shipments of 200 proof alcohol for use in the production of hand sanitizer. In response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) created exemptions allowing certain alcohol fuel […]

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Pandemic won’t stop Impossible Foods – $500M new funding for Impossible’s R&D, retain expansion, next-gen products

Pandemic won’t stop Impossible Foods – $500M new funding for Impossible’s R&D, retain expansion, next-gen products

March 22, 2020 |

“I’m Possible” is even in Impossible Foods name and right now when so many things seem impossible, they are proof that even in a global pandemic, good things can still happen. Having just secured $500 million dollars in fresh funding, despite the global turmoil triggered by the coronavirus, they are showing anything is possible indeed. […]

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European industrial ethanol prices soar on back of COVID-19 demand

European industrial ethanol prices soar on back of COVID-19 demand

March 19, 2020 |

In the UK, while US ethanol prices fall to record lows, in Europe industrial ethanol prices are skyrocketing as demand surges for hand sanitizers and other disinfectants to tackle the spread of COVID-19. Anyone capable of producing alcohol, from gin distillers to biofuel producers, are switching to industrial alcohol production to fill the significant supply […]

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DOE looks to offer its facilities to support scientific COVID-19 response

DOE looks to offer its facilities to support scientific COVID-19 response

March 18, 2020 |

In Washington, the Department of Energy (DOE) is encouraging the public to consider scientific questions that underpin COVID-19 response and that the research community may answer using DOE user facilities, computational resources, and enabling infrastructure. Please send research questions that the scientific community may address with DOE resources by email to [email protected] More information can […]

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COVID-19 expected to pressure Malaysian palm oil prices

COVID-19 expected to pressure Malaysian palm oil prices

March 11, 2020 |

In Malaysia, the Borneo Post reports that the COVID-19 virus is expected to pressure palm oil prices due to logistical challenges and a slowdown in overall business activity. Falling demand from China as a result, as well as Europe’s ongoing pressure against unsustainable palm oil supplies, won’t be sufficiently offset by an uptick in demand […]

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