Category: Policy

European Commission looking to tighten up UCO monitoring

European Commission looking to tighten up UCO monitoring

June 24, 2020 |

In Belgium, Euractiv reports that the European Commission is looking to tighten its monitoring of the used cooking oil supply chain for biodiesel production in light of ongoing controversies and investigations by some member states into supplies. The EC plans it tighten how it audits the voluntary certification schemes that are meant to ensure biofuels […]

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Canada looking to delay implementation of low carbon fuel standard

Canada looking to delay implementation of low carbon fuel standard

June 23, 2020 |

In Canada, the Canadian Press newspaper reports that the environment minister is using the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to ease the implementation of the national low carbon fuel standard. He says the policy will be fully rolled out by 2030 but that more biofuel blending will be required by 2026 to make up for […]

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IEA presents Sustainable Recovery Plan to urge governments to decarbonize as part of COVID-19 recovery

IEA presents Sustainable Recovery Plan to urge governments to decarbonize as part of COVID-19 recovery

June 22, 2020 |

In France, International Energy Agency presented a Sustainable Recovery Plan focusing on a series of actions that can be taken over the next three years to revitalize economies and boost employment while making energy systems cleaner and more resilient. Set out in a Special Report on Sustainable Recovery from the IEA’s flagship World Energy Outlook […]

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EPA gets 52 new petitions for retroactive biofuel blending waivers

EPA gets 52 new petitions for retroactive biofuel blending waivers

June 21, 2020 |

In New York, Reuters reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency received 52 new petitions for retroactive biofuel blending waivers that, if granted, would help bring oil refiners into compliance with a court ruling this year. The new pending applications for blending exemptions are for compliance years 2011 through 2018. “The waivers exempt oil refiners […]

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Thune introduces bill to push EPA to approve advanced biofuel pathway applications

Thune introduces bill to push EPA to approve advanced biofuel pathway applications

June 18, 2020 |

In Washington, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) introduced legislation to approve certain advanced biofuel registrations that have languished before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) despite the fuels being successfully used in at least one state. EPA would also be required to render a decision within 90 days on any registration application that has been pending for at […]

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Rules for Brazilian sugar mills to sell ethanol directly could be ready for October

Rules for Brazilian sugar mills to sell ethanol directly could be ready for October

June 17, 2020 |

In Brazil, Reuters reports that following the National Energy Policy Council’s decision earlier this month to allow mills to sell their ethanol directly to retailers, the mines and energy minister said rules could be in place by October. Oil regulator ANP is developing the regulations that would facilitate the trade. The sugar industry has been […]

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EPA administrator has no idea how many SRE applications have been filed

EPA administrator has no idea how many SRE applications have been filed

June 16, 2020 |

In Washington, Brownfield Ag News reports that the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency said in an interview that he doesn’t know how many requests for small refinery exemptions have been filed but believes that applications for “gap” SREs should be treated like any other request. The Department of Energy is currently reviewing the applications, […]

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Swedish court gives Preem OK for $1.6B biodiesel expansion despite 1M MT more GHGs

Swedish court gives Preem OK for $1.6B biodiesel expansion despite 1M MT more GHGs

June 15, 2020 |

In Sweden, Reuters reports that a court has given the go ahead for Preem’s planned $1.6 billion expansion project that would produce biodiesel at its largest oil refinery. The case revolved around the role of allowing additional carbon emissions expansion, to the tune of 1 million metric tons per year, which goes counter to the […]

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More than 40 House members in bipartisan defense of Renewable Fuel Standard

More than 40 House members in bipartisan defense of Renewable Fuel Standard

June 14, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) continued bipartisan efforts to defend the Renewable Fuel Standard, sending a letter to President Donald Trump demanding that his administration uphold the integrity of federal fuel standards and asking the president to deny any blanket requests for waivers from federal biofuel blending requirements. Joining Finkenauer on the letter […]

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India still looking at rice for ethanol production despite doubts

India still looking at rice for ethanol production despite doubts

June 11, 2020 |

In India, in yet another about turn, the Financial Express newspaper reports that the transportation minister says the Prime Minister and other key officials are still considering the use of surplus rice as ethanol feedstock. India has become self-sufficient in rice so rather than storing surplus rice indefinitely, the government believes it is safe to […]

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