Category: Policy

UFOP rejects Germany’s reduction of cap for biofuels from cultivated biomass

UFOP rejects Germany’s reduction of cap for biofuels from cultivated biomass

May 8, 2022 |

In Germany, the Federal Environment Ministry’s initiative to reduce the cap on biofuels from cultivated biomass has met with incomprehension from UFOP which rejects any change to the existing regulation. Behind the utilization of rapeseed oil for biodiesel is a production and processing structure that has grown over decades and is now closely networked with […]

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Civil society coalition calls on EU Commission to avoid more biofuels in RePowerEU Strategy

Civil society coalition calls on EU Commission to avoid more biofuels in RePowerEU Strategy

May 5, 2022 |

In Belgium, the EU Commission will release its RePowerEU Strategy this month, aiming to reduce the EU’s dependence on Russian fossil fuels. Together with 40 other civil society stakeholders BirdLife strongly cautions against pursuing false solutions. This includes building more fossil gas infrastructure, leading to stranded assets, reactivating or extending the operation of coal, burning more […]

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Estonian Oil Association head prefers excise duty cuts to biofuel blending reductions

Estonian Oil Association head prefers excise duty cuts to biofuel blending reductions

May 4, 2022 |

In Estonia, the ERR news agency reports the head of the Estonian Oil Association believes the country should not follow in the footsteps of Latvia and Finland who have cut biofuel blending in an effort to reduce pump prices but should instead cut excise duties to ease consumer pain. Estonia’s biofuel blending policy is rather […]

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Coalition calls on Congress to pass SAF blenders tax credits

Coalition calls on Congress to pass SAF blenders tax credits

May 3, 2022 |

In Washington, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is a proven and essential component of the aviation industry’s drive toward decarbonization, and federal tax policies such as a dedicated blender’s tax credit are necessary to spur investment in commercial-scale production of this vital next-generation fuel, a large group of stakeholders said in a recent letter to Congress. […]

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Germany considering suspending biofuel production to protect food security

Germany considering suspending biofuel production to protect food security

May 2, 2022 |

In Germany, Euractiv reports the government is contemplating suspending biofuel production from cereals and oilseeds in an effort to ensure food security in light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The agriculture minister and environment minister are working together to assess the situation and any potential policy shifts as necessary to respond to the evolving […]

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EPA issues temporary emergency fuel waiver for E15 sales

EPA issues temporary emergency fuel waiver for E15 sales

May 1, 2022 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing an emergency fuel waiver to allow E15 gasoline to be sold during the summer driving season. This action will increase fuel supply and provide consumers more choices at the pump. The waiver is a critical step to implement President Biden’s announcement that he is […]

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Ubrabio urges Brazil to set timeline for higher biodiesel blends immediately

Ubrabio urges Brazil to set timeline for higher biodiesel blends immediately

April 28, 2022 |

In Brazil, the Brazilian Union of Biodiesel and Biokerosene (Ubrabio) was encouraged by the Minister of Mines and Energy (MME), Bento Albuquerque, who stated, on a recent trip to India, that Brazil will resume the trajectory of advancement of the blend of biodiesel, reaching the level of 15% (B15) in March 2023. Currently, the mix […]

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Indonesian biodiesel ban seen lasting only a month

Indonesian biodiesel ban seen lasting only a month

April 27, 2022 |

In Indonesia, Reuters reports the controversial ban on biodiesel aimed at securing sufficient palm oil supplies for domestic food consumption is now only expected to last a month due to the country’s lack of storage capacity for more than that. Crude palm oil will not be affected by the ban, but just refined, bleached and […]

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Growth Energy and EPA agree June 3 deadline for 2020-2022 RVOs

Growth Energy and EPA agree June 3 deadline for 2020-2022 RVOs

April 26, 2022 |

In Washington, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday approved a consent decree agreement between Growth Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that requires EPA to finalize its 2020-2022 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) by no later than June 3. The consent decree follows Growth Energy’s multiple notices of intent […]

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Malaysia calls for temporary halt to 1G biofuel production following Indonesian export ban

Malaysia calls for temporary halt to 1G biofuel production following Indonesian export ban

April 25, 2022 |

In Indonesia, Reuters reports the government has put a ban on palm oil exports beginning April 28 in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine’s impact on global edible oil markets. In response, the Malaysian Palm Oil Board called on countries to temporarily focus on food rather than fuel production from edible oils and fats such […]

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