Tag: France

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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IEA says modern bioenergy will see biggest growth among renewables 2018-2023

IEA says modern bioenergy will see biggest growth among renewables 2018-2023

October 9, 2018 |

In France, modern bioenergy will have the biggest growth in renewable resources between 2018 and 2023, underscoring its critical role in building a robust renewable portfolio and ensuring a more secure and sustainable energy system, according to the International Energy Agency’s latest market forecast. Renewables will continue their expansion in the next five years, covering […]

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Sorghum genome sequence helps researchers with sugarcane genome

Sorghum genome sequence helps researchers with sugarcane genome

September 25, 2018 |

In France, researchers from the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development worked on sequencing and assembling fragments of sugarcane chromosomes into the first monoploid reference of the gene-rich part of the sugarcane genome. The project was part of a proposal by the DOE’s Joint BioEnergy Institute. “Their approach relied in part on having a […]

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French bus company operating buses on ethanol made from grape marc

French bus company operating buses on ethanol made from grape marc

August 29, 2018 |

In France, with Raisinor France Alcools’s ethanol produced from grape marc, the residue produced in the wine-making process, Citram Aquitaine is running the ED95-driven Scania’s Interlink LD Euro 6 bus between Bordeaux and Blaye. The collaboration between Scania and Citram is enabled by the key contribution of Raisinor France Alcools, which supplies the biofuel required […]

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EU-funded ZYBIOM project discovers enzymes that can double amount of glucose from wood

EU-funded ZYBIOM project discovers enzymes that can double amount of glucose from wood

August 29, 2018 |

In France, by studying a particular fungus, scientists in the EU-funded ZYBIOM project have discovered a family of enzymes that can double the amount of glucose extracted from wood. Although biofuels are the most immediate application, as their production from glucose is already well understood, the new enzymes could also have a part to play […]

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