Category: Policy

IEA says global energy transition ambitions not strong enough

IEA says global energy transition ambitions not strong enough

October 13, 2021 |

In France, a new energy economy is emerging around the world as solar, wind, electric vehicles and other low-carbon technologies flourish. But as the pivotal moment of COP26 approaches, the IEA’s new World Energy Outlook makes it clear that this clean energy progress is still far too slow to put global emissions into sustained decline […]

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India sees ethanol consumption jumping five-fold with flex-fuel vehicles

India sees ethanol consumption jumping five-fold with flex-fuel vehicles

October 12, 2021 |

In India, India Infrahub reports that the transportation minister believes by mandating the manufacture of domestic flex-fuel engines will see ethanol demand jump five-fold, ensuring achievement of 20% ethanol blending by 2025. E20 is expected to require 10 billion liters of ethanol consumption annually. At the moment, the sugar industry provides 90% of ethanol production. […]

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Indian transport minister converts his own tractor to bio-CNG to set example

Indian transport minister converts his own tractor to bio-CNG to set example

October 11, 2021 |

In India, the Press Trust of India reports the transportation minister told soy producers over the weekend that he has personally converted his tractor to run on compressed biogas to demonstrate how farmers should follow his lead to use more CNG and LNG in food and feedstock production. The government has recently come under fire […]

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Governor Walz pushes forward directive for Clean Fuel Standard in Minnesota

Governor Walz pushes forward directive for Clean Fuel Standard in Minnesota

October 10, 2021 |

In Minnesota, Governor Tim Walz (D) directed the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Minnesota Department of Transportation to lead engagement of a broad range of stakeholders across the state to help inform a new Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) in Minnesota. The agencies will provide a report summarizing the results and recommendations in February 2022. This […]

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South African sugar industry in talks with government for ethanol production subsidy

South African sugar industry in talks with government for ethanol production subsidy

October 7, 2021 |

In South Africa, Bloomberg reports the South African Sugar Association is discussing with the government the possibility of converting the sugar it exports at a loss, some 800,000 metric tons annually, into ethanol from domestic consumption instead. Doing so would turn the finances of the sugar mills and sugarcane farmers around, but only if the […]

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Malaysia says it will implement B20 by end-2022

Malaysia says it will implement B20 by end-2022

October 6, 2021 |

In Malaysia, the Edge Markets reports the government still plans to complete its B20 rollout, now hoping to do so by end-2022. Upgrades for biodiesel blending infrastructure remains a major hurdle to the mandate’s implementation, according to the plantations minister, who puts the blame on COVID-19 impacting the availability of technical staff to get the […]

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Growth Energy files petition with Supreme Court over E15 ruling

Growth Energy files petition with Supreme Court over E15 ruling

October 5, 2021 |

In Washington, Growth Energy filed a petition for certiorari in the United States Supreme Court Tuesday, asking the Court to review a D.C. Circuit opinion in American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, et al. vs. EPA, in which the D.C. Circuit vacated a 2019 EPA rule allowing year-round sales of a 15-percent ethanol fuel blend (E15). The D.C. Circuit decision overturned EPA’s interpretation of a provision of the Clean […]

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China unofficially drops E10 blending mandate

China unofficially drops E10 blending mandate

October 4, 2021 |

In China, Western Producer magazine reports that according to USDA Foreign Agriculture Service analysis, China has effectively dropped its E10 blending mandate and will only achieve 2.1% in 2021. The country announced in 2017 it would achieve 10% by 2020 with the market expecting much of that volume to come from US imports until the […]

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India’s Food Ministry doubles incentive on sugar sacrificed for producing ethanol

India’s Food Ministry doubles incentive on sugar sacrificed for producing ethanol

October 3, 2021 |

In India, The Economic Times reports that with a view to encourage sugar mills to divert excess sugar cane/sugar to ethanol and to achieve targets of blending ethanol with petrol in line with Ethanol Blended with Petrol program, incentive on sugar sacrificed for producing ethanol from B-heavy molasses/sugarcane juice/sugar syrup/sugar has been doubled from October […]

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ACE submits comments to EPA on vehicle GHG emissions standards

ACE submits comments to EPA on vehicle GHG emissions standards

September 30, 2021 |

In Washington, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) set forth recommendations this week on how the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Revised 2023 and Later Model Year Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards can and should place much greater emphasis on improving the quality of liquid fuel and the role low carbon, high octane ethanol can […]

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