Category: Policy

India aiming for 12% ethanol blending in 2022/23

India aiming for 12% ethanol blending in 2022/23

December 27, 2022 |

In India, Business World reports the government is exploring increasing the ethanol blending mandate for 2022/23 to 12% from the current 10% as it heads towards 20% in 2025. At a meeting on Monday, the food, public distribution and petroleum ministries together with the oil marketing companies met to discuss the potential to reach 12% […]

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Irish Bioenergy Association slams Climate Action Plan for ignoring bioenergy

Irish Bioenergy Association slams Climate Action Plan for ignoring bioenergy

December 26, 2022 |

In Ireland, the Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA) is disappointed and concerned that the Climate Action Plan published last week does not adequately recognise the immediate and broad role of bioenergy in achieving Ireland’s ambitious climate action targets. The plan risks ‘putting all our eggs in one basket’ on energy security and decarbonisation. The plan is […]

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RFA recommends ways to further strengthen LCFS beyond 2030

RFA recommends ways to further strengthen LCFS beyond 2030

December 22, 2022 |

In California, in comments submitted Tuesday to the California Air Resources Board, the Renewable Fuels Association stressed its ongoing support for the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard and provided recommendations to strengthen and expand the landmark program beyond 2030. However, RFA underscored that without complementary regulatory actions—like expeditious approval of E15 and support for E85 and […]

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USDA invests $9.5 million to develop new bioproducts from agricultural commodities

USDA invests $9.5 million to develop new bioproducts from agricultural commodities

December 22, 2022 |

In Washington D.C., the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an investment of $9.5 million to support the scale-up of sustainable bioproduct manufacturing in the United States. Three successful projects are funded through USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Bioproduct Pilot Program, which funds research and development of value-added products from agricultural commodities. […]

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Growth Energy writes EPA requesting in-person Midwest hearings

Growth Energy writes EPA requesting in-person Midwest hearings

December 21, 2022 |

In Washington, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor wrote to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael S. Regan requesting the agency return to the Midwest for an in-person hearing on the agency’s 2023-2025 plan for biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). “Given the profound implications of this year’s ‘Set’ rulemaking, there has never been a more important […]

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European Parliament votes for faster approval periods for renewable energy facilities

European Parliament votes for faster approval periods for renewable energy facilities

December 20, 2022 |

In Belgium, the European Parliament voted last week for faster approval periods for renewable energies. Markus Pieper MEP, the European Parliament’s lead negotiator for this law, stated: “Today we set course for faster approval procedures for renewable energies. Until the European climate targets are achieved, new installations can now be ‘in overriding public interest’. Member […]

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EPA says RFS proposal through 2025 could increase GHG emissions in short term before falling

EPA says RFS proposal through 2025 could increase GHG emissions in short term before falling

December 19, 2022 |

In Washington, Reuters reports an Environmental Protection Agency internal analysis says the proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard that would increase biofuels blending to 22.68 billion gallons in 2025 would increase greenhouse gas emissions in the short term but they would fall in the longer term. The increased GHG emissions would come from increased […]

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EPA announces hearing on RFS proposal for Jan. 10

EPA announces hearing on RFS proposal for Jan. 10

December 15, 2022 |

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a virtual public hearing to be held on January 10, 2023, on its proposal for the “Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program: Standards for 2023-2025 and Other Changes,” which was announced on November 30, 2022. An additional session will be held on January 11, 2023, if necessary, to accommodate […]

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Ontario and Canada invests in clean energy production using forest biomass

Ontario and Canada invests in clean energy production using forest biomass

December 15, 2022 |

In Canada, the governments of Ontario and Canada are investing more than $8.34 million to expand CHAR Technologies’ facility in Thorold to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) and biocarbon. CHAR’s Thorold facility will create close to 40 new direct and indirect jobs, as well as 20 construction jobs. “This new facility will produce clean alternative […]

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CARB trying to slip through harbor craft transition to 99% or 100% renewable diesel

CARB trying to slip through harbor craft transition to 99% or 100% renewable diesel

December 14, 2022 |

In California, Waterways Journal reports that a new study from Stillwater Associates says a new proposal by the California Air Resources Board would require all harbor vessels, supply boats, fishing vessels, ferries, excursion vessels, tugboats, barges and dredges to transition to 99% or 100% renewable diesel under a change to the Office of Administrative law. […]

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