Category: Policy

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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Republicans furious EPA chief rejected proposal to cut ethanol blending

Republicans furious EPA chief rejected proposal to cut ethanol blending

February 19, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency rejected a staff proposal last December that would have cut the biofuel blending mandate, a move that has enraged Republicans and threatened their votes in the Senate confirmation hearing that would make the acting administrator the permanent one. The proposal sought to […]

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Brazilian car manufacturers aim to stop planned 15% biodiesel blend

Brazilian car manufacturers aim to stop planned 15% biodiesel blend

February 18, 2019 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports that the national association of automobile manufacturers has recommended the government not boost the biodiesel blending mandate to 15% by 2023 as proposed by the biodiesel industry, a move which unsurprisingly has the industry in an uproar. The car manufacturers claim that boosting the biodiesel blend can have a number of […]

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India considering mandating UCO feedstock for biofuel

India considering mandating UCO feedstock for biofuel

February 17, 2019 |

In India, Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that the government is “considering mandating biofuel from used cooking oil as advanced biofuel which can be blended with biodiesel,” which will help the government reach their goal of 20% ethanol and 5% biodiesel by 2030 under their biofuel policy, according to News18. “We have set a target […]

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Five Republican Senators threaten to block EPA administrator confirmation over RFS

Five Republican Senators threaten to block EPA administrator confirmation over RFS

February 14, 2019 |

In Washington, Bloomberg reports that five Republican Senators led by Senator Ted Cruz have sent a letter to the acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency saying they would have a hard time voting to confirm him into the position unless he finds ways to lower the regulatory burden for independent oil refiners by reforming […]

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EPA says with implement year-round E15 together with RIN reforms

EPA says with implement year-round E15 together with RIN reforms

February 13, 2019 |

In Washington, Reuters reports that the Environmental Protection Agency chose not to just make the ruling for year-round E15 but to also combine it with reform of the RIN market, on the behest of the President who said he wanted the two policies kept together. RIN reform will include credit trading limits in an effort […]

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National Wildlife Federation sues EPA for environmental damaged allegedly resulting form biofuels

National Wildlife Federation sues EPA for environmental damaged allegedly resulting form biofuels

February 12, 2019 |

In Washington, the National Wildlife Federation, represented by Earthjustice, filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency alleging that it illegally approved expanded volume production of largely corn- and soy-based biofuels despite evidence that such production destroys habitat, degrades water quality and increases harmful greenhouse gas emissions. The suit alleges that EPA fell short in […]

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Transport and Environment says EU allowed for loopholes in sustainability criteria for palm oil

Transport and Environment says EU allowed for loopholes in sustainability criteria for palm oil

February 11, 2019 |

In Belgium, Transport and Environment says the European Commission last week acknowledged in a delegated act that oil palm cultivation causes significant deforestation, and thus biodiesel produced from palm oil cannot be counted towards meeting EU green fuel targets. However, under mounting pressure, including trade war threats, from the governments of Malaysia and Indonesia, the […]

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Argentina and the EU settle dispute over biodiesel imports

Argentina and the EU settle dispute over biodiesel imports

February 10, 2019 |

In Germany, according to the Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Crops, European oilseed producers are the losers due to the decision of the representatives of the EU Member States in the Trade Defence Instruments Committee (TDI) of 30th January 2019. The association criticizes the Committee’s approval of the Argentine Government’s proposal for […]

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Finnish Parliament approves 30% biofuel mandate for 2030

Finnish Parliament approves 30% biofuel mandate for 2030

February 7, 2019 |

In Finland, the Finnish Parliament on February 6 approved a law that sets a gradually increasing 30% biofuels target for 2030. Furthermore, the law sets a world-leading advanced biofuels target of 10% in 2030. UPM welcomes the Finnish government’s ambition to take transport decarbonization seriously: “UPM is a leading producer of advanced biofuels as defined […]

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