Category: Policy

European Commission opens online consultation on EU algae roadmap

European Commission opens online consultation on EU algae roadmap

January 4, 2021 |

In Belgium, the European Commission has published an online consultation on its roadmap towards a strong and sustainable EU algae sector. The more learned about algae, the more opportunities discovered. They are a resource of highly nutritious food and feed, but also serve as a feedstock for pharmaceuticals, bioplastics, fertilizers and biofuels – all at […]

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EPA finalizes GHG standards for certain new commercial airplanes

EPA finalizes GHG standards for certain new commercial airplanes

January 3, 2021 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized greenhouse gas emission standards that apply to certain new commercial airplanes, including all large passenger jets. These standards match the international airplane CO2 standards adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization in 2017. This action implements EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act and maintains the […]

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India extends $626M in soft loans for grain-based ethanol production expansion

India extends $626M in soft loans for grain-based ethanol production expansion

December 31, 2020 |

In India, the Times of India newspaper reports that the cabinet has approved the extension of the soft loan program for ethanol distilleries to include grain-based facilities. Previously only facilities producing ethanol from sugarcane products could access soft financing. The hope is that with the additional $626 million in financing another billion liters in installed […]

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Missouri state senator introduces bill to reach B20 by 2024

Missouri state senator introduces bill to reach B20 by 2024

December 30, 2020 |

In Missouri, state Sen. Denny Hoskins has pre-filed a bill called the Missouri Made Fuels Act that would see biodiesel blending increase annually through 2024, reaching 20% by that time. The legislation seeks a first 5% blending mandate starting in April 2022, increasing to 10% in March 2023 before reaching 20% the following year. During […]

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Thailand readies for E20 by July 2021 after several delays

Thailand readies for E20 by July 2021 after several delays

December 29, 2020 |

In Thailand, the Bangkok Post reports that after several delays, E20 is set to become the standard gasoline at the pump across the country by July 2021. Currently, E10 is the standard fuel at the pump with both 91 and 95 octane options available. E20 will be 95 octane only. The most recent delays to […]

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Brazil first of five countries IEA will analyze to improve biofuels policies

Brazil first of five countries IEA will analyze to improve biofuels policies

December 28, 2020 |

In Brazil, the FAPESP news agency reports that the International Energy Agency plans to do a deep dive into the Brazilian biofuel policies in an effort to figure out improvements to further support the expansion of renewable fuels across the country. The IEA analysis will look for ways to improve efficiencies amongst six different areas […]

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Indonesia responds to EU forests regulation public consultation

Indonesia responds to EU forests regulation public consultation

December 27, 2020 |

In Indonesia, the Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI) made its submission to the EU Forests Regulation public consultation on reducing deforestation and forest degradation and is not supporting their position because it will affect the palm oil industry, disrupt trade between EU and Indonesia and undermine the recent signing of an EU-ASEAN Strategic Partnership. As […]

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Biden’s team meeting recently with biofuel groups and companies

Biden’s team meeting recently with biofuel groups and companies

December 24, 2020 |

In Washington, Reuters reports biofuels groups and companies including POET have held calls with President Elect-Biden’s transition team to discuss biofuel blending, including higher ethanol blends, and the next administration’s climate response plans. The groups have also had calls with the man nominated to be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Biden has […]

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Manitoba boosts ethanol blending to 9.25% from January 1

Manitoba boosts ethanol blending to 9.25% from January 1

December 23, 2020 |

In Canada, effective Jan. 1, 2021, the amount of ethanol required in gasoline in the province of Manitoba will increase to 9.25 per cent from 8.5 per cent. It will further grow to 10 per cent on Jan. 1, 2022. The biodiesel requirement will increase to 3.5 per cent from two per cent on Jan. […]

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RFA welcomes COVID-19 relief package’s inclusion of funds for biofuels

RFA welcomes COVID-19 relief package’s inclusion of funds for biofuels

December 22, 2020 |

In Washington, the Renewable Fuels Association welcomed the passage of the Omnibus Appropriations and Coronavirus Relief Package, which explicitly includes renewable fuel producers as entities eligible to receive COVID-19 emergency relief aid. The bill also extends key tax provisions that support innovation and expansion in the renewable fuels industry, including the Second Generation Biofuel Producer Tax Credit, […]

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