Tag: UK

Vivergo suffered stunning losses before closing

Vivergo suffered stunning losses before closing

February 13, 2019 |

In the UK, local press reports that Vivergo lost nearly £60 million during the year just before it announced its closure last October, following a £30 million loss the year prior due to what the company said was a delay by certain European member states to implement the 10% blending mandate called for under the […]

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Biofuelwatch report says sustainable aviation fuel can never be scaled up

Biofuelwatch report says sustainable aviation fuel can never be scaled up

February 11, 2019 |

In the UK, a new report about aviation biofuels, published by the environmental NGO Biofuelwatch, outlines the strict limits to the amount of such fuels which could be sourced from wastes and residues as well as their adverse indirect impacts. The report coincides with a meeting of the UN organization ICAO in Montreal which campaigners […]

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Former UK oil refinery set to host advanced biofuels production from 2020

Former UK oil refinery set to host advanced biofuels production from 2020

February 7, 2019 |

In the UK, local press reports that the ambitious Thames Enterprise Park project is moving forward with another $11 million investment in 7 hectares of land preparation. The project converts a 1950s oil refinery into an innovation park that is meant to house more than 4,500 jobs in the future, including advanced biofuels and renewable […]

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Study shows that low and zero-emission fuels have role to play in decarbonizing marine transport

Study shows that low and zero-emission fuels have role to play in decarbonizing marine transport

January 30, 2019 |

In the UK, Lloyd’s Register (LR) and University Maritime Advisory Services (UMAS) have released ‘Zero-Emission Vessels Transition Pathways’, a study that aims to show what is needed to enable the transition, both at the ship and supply infrastructure level, to deliver zero-emission vessels (ZEVs) that are crucial to achieve the IMO’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Strategy […]

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UK industry stockpiling ethanol ahead of Brexit

UK industry stockpiling ethanol ahead of Brexit

January 24, 2019 |

In the UK, ICIS reports that ahead of Brexit, ethanol prices have been running up as chemical industries seek to stock up in case there are issues that could impede sourcing come April. The weakness of the Pound against the Euro resulting from concerns about Brexit impacts on regional and global markets has also helped […]

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UK’s Renewable Energy Association launches bioenergy strategy review process

UK’s Renewable Energy Association launches bioenergy strategy review process

January 22, 2019 |

In the UK, the Renewable Energy Association has launched a far-reaching review into the future of bioenergy in the UK. Bioenergy is energy generated from bio-based fuels, such as wood pellets and biodiesel. The review comes shortly after the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) estimated bioenergy’s contribution to UK total energy could more than double […]

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University of York awarded grant to boost bioeconomy of local SMEs

University of York awarded grant to boost bioeconomy of local SMEs

January 17, 2019 |

In the UK, University of York has been awarded GBP1.5 million to support the growth of Yorkshire businesses that deliver innovative products, processes or services related to renewable, biological resources. The funding has been awarded to the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC), a University of York subsidiary, from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The BDC […]

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Imperial College Centre for Synthetic Biology makes significant expansion

Imperial College Centre for Synthetic Biology makes significant expansion

January 2, 2019 |

In the UK, the new Imperial College Centre for Synthetic Biology, launched in December, marks a significant expansion in the College’s activities. The first Synthetic Biology Research Centre opened at Imperial in 2009, funded by the EPSRC. Synthetic biology will be a really important area both for Imperial, the country and for broader society in […]

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Heriot-Watt University researchers seeking input on aviation biofuel study

Heriot-Watt University researchers seeking input on aviation biofuel study

December 25, 2018 |

In the UK, Heriot-Watt University School of Social Sciences is looking for volunteers to participate in an interview for our project titled “Assessing Sustainable Aviation Biofuel Production Technologies”. This project is a part of a larger EPSRC-funded project that aims to produce low carbon jet fuels through integration of novel technologies for co-valorisation of CO2 […]

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EU ethanol prices at 22-monthl highs but margins not yet strong enough to boost production

EU ethanol prices at 22-monthl highs but margins not yet strong enough to boost production

December 24, 2018 |

In the UK, Platts reports that Ensus could potentially restart ethanol production during Q2 2019 if margins recover enough to justify the move. With both Ensus and Vivergo shut down, ethanol prices have jumped up to 22-month highs, but even so, margins are only inching towards viability for many. With tariff treatment on ethanol post-Brexit […]

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