Tag: France

Malaysia hoping diplomacy with France will ease palm oil tensions

Malaysia hoping diplomacy with France will ease palm oil tensions

February 20, 2019 |

In Malaysia, the Borneo Post reports that Malaysian and French officials are set to meet to discuss palm oil in an effort to better understand the product’s opportunities and challenges. Malaysia is trying to head of implementation of the French Parliament’s ban on palm oil for biodiesel from 2020. The French Environment Ambassador is set […]

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Avril shuts down two biodiesel plants following wage protests

Avril shuts down two biodiesel plants following wage protests

February 12, 2019 |

In France, Reuters reports that Avril has decided to stop production at its two Saipol biofuel plants following wage protests by workers. Production halted on February 1 at its largest facility near the Port of Rouen as well as another as protests kept the company from being able to purchase rapeseed for feedstock. Short-lived protests […]

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Global Bioenergies produced cellulosic isobutene from Clariant’s wheat straw hydrolysate

Global Bioenergies produced cellulosic isobutene from Clariant’s wheat straw hydrolysate

February 11, 2019 |

In France, Global Bioenergies announced that runs using wheat straw hydrolysate provided by its partner Clariant were successfully performed in its Leuna demo plant, leading to the production of cellulosic isobutene for the first time at this scale. These runs were part of OPTISOCHEM, a project which started in June 2017 and was granted €9.8 […]

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France looks to ethanol as solution for high fuel prices

France looks to ethanol as solution for high fuel prices

January 30, 2019 |

In France, Reuters reports that public upset over rising fuel prices has also increased demand for crop-based biofuels. Consumption of E10 in 2018 rose to 43% market share versus 39% the year prior while sales of flex-fuel conversion kits have also risen, leading to 55% more E85 sales year-on-year. Even with the huge demand increase […]

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Total says French palm oil ban potentially jeopardizes Le Mede biorefinery

Total says French palm oil ban potentially jeopardizes Le Mede biorefinery

January 14, 2019 |

In France, Reuters reports that the country’s ban on using palm oil for biofuel could risk the viability of Total’s La Mede refinery it has spent $316 million to convert to HVO production. Following protests from local farmers, the company shifted its feedstock plans to use less than half of its total demand from palm […]

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French deputies seek to boost biofuel blending but still below EU’s 2020 mandate

French deputies seek to boost biofuel blending but still below EU’s 2020 mandate

January 7, 2019 |

In France, Global Bioenergies welcomed the French deputies’ vote for the country’s 2019 finance bill, which stipulates an increase in the minimum amount of biofuels to be incorporated into motor vehicle fuel. This minimum will rise from 7.5% in 2018 to 7.9% in 2019 and then 8.2% in 2020. France’s roadmap provides for an incorporation […]

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France pledges to stop “importing deforestation” by 2030

France pledges to stop “importing deforestation” by 2030

November 14, 2018 |

In France, France24 reports that the government has announced a plan to end imports of agricultural products it says leads to deforestation by 2030 including palm oil, soy and beef. The move follows the European Parliament’s approval of the updated Renewable Energy Directive that seeks to eliminate use of palm oil in biofuels by 2030, […]

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Avril launches B100 to boost domestic biodiesel sales

Avril launches B100 to boost domestic biodiesel sales

November 8, 2018 |

In France, Reuters reports that Avril has launched the country’s first commercially-available B100—Oleo-100 produced from 100% French-grown rapeseed—as it attempts to boost domestic consumption of biodiesel in the face of cheap imports of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia as well as palm oil imports that are heavily competing with rapeseed. The company currently produces as […]

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Total delays opening of La Mede biofuel plant until Q1 2019

Total delays opening of La Mede biofuel plant until Q1 2019

October 29, 2018 |

In France, Reuters reports that Total has decided to delay the start up of its $227 million La Mede biofuel refinery revamp until Q1 2019. The 500,000 metric ton per day facility was meant to start up over the summer but the company’s CFO didn’t say what the reasons were for the delay when the […]

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Sugar beet yields in France hurt by black leaf spot disease

Sugar beet yields in France hurt by black leaf spot disease

October 13, 2018 |

In France, sugar beets are taking a hit due to stronger than usual black leaf spot disease that is hurting sugar beet yields and could further lower forecast estimates for the 2018-2019 production year. Europe’s sugar beet production forecast was already lowered by around 2 million metric tons (about 2.2 tons) after the summer’s hot […]

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