Tag: biofuels

New research says RFS is impacting monarch butterfly habitat

New research says RFS is impacting monarch butterfly habitat

March 31, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., new research prepared by the University of California-Davis, Kansas State University, and University of Wisconsin provides the most detailed and comprehensive assessment to date of the direct connection between U.S. biofuels policy and specific economic and field-level environmental changes following passage of the Renewable Fuel Standard 10 years ago, according to the […]

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High-level switches that control wood formation have applications in biofuels

High-level switches that control wood formation have applications in biofuels

March 17, 2019 |

In North Carolina, researchers at North Carolina State University uncovered how a complex network of transcription factors switch wood formation genes on and off, which has applications for modifying wood properties for timber, paper and biofuels, as well as making forest trees more disease- and pest-resistant. The new study upends ideas about transcriptional regulatory networks […]

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5% coconut biodiesel proposal to be reviewed by government oversight panel

5% coconut biodiesel proposal to be reviewed by government oversight panel

March 9, 2019 |

In the Philippines, the government’s Congressional Oversight Committee on Biofuels will conduct a hearing on the Department of Agriculture’s proposal to increase the amount of coconut in biodiesel from the current 2% to 5%. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol has been pushing for a higher coconut content in biofuels in order to help improve copra […]

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UK implementing EU fuel pump rules to help drivers identify biofuel blends

UK implementing EU fuel pump rules to help drivers identify biofuel blends

February 27, 2019 |

In the UK, drivers are set to benefit from new labels to help them to easily identify the right fuel for their vehicle, thanks to new rules being rolled out by the Department for Transport. The labels, which will be accompanied by a wider public information campaign later this year, will also help drivers understand […]

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Finnish Parliament approves 30% biofuel mandate for 2030

Finnish Parliament approves 30% biofuel mandate for 2030

February 7, 2019 |

In Finland, the Finnish Parliament on February 6 approved a law that sets a gradually increasing 30% biofuels target for 2030. Furthermore, the law sets a world-leading advanced biofuels target of 10% in 2030. UPM welcomes the Finnish government’s ambition to take transport decarbonization seriously: “UPM is a leading producer of advanced biofuels as defined […]

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Indonesian government says it needs to up its game to incentivize biofuel

Indonesian government says it needs to up its game to incentivize biofuel

January 24, 2019 |

In Indonesia, the Jakarta Post reports that the head of renewable energy for the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry said a lack of incentives for biofuels has tampered demand and that the government must step up to ensure that energy prices for consumers don’t increase due to the switch to biofuels. Potential incentives include capping […]

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Breeding sorghum in South Africa could be breakthrough for biofuels

Breeding sorghum in South Africa could be breakthrough for biofuels

January 1, 2019 |

In South Africa, a breakthrough by the African Centre for Crop Improvement in the breeding of sorghum could have far-reaching implications for the biofuel and bioplastic industries in South Africa. With funding from Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), which is based in South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology (DST), Laing has been working on how […]

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Bloomberg heads to Iowa to promote biofuels ahead of potential presidential bid

Bloomberg heads to Iowa to promote biofuels ahead of potential presidential bid

December 6, 2018 |

In Iowa, the New York Post reports that the former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg was touring the state as part of a potential plan to launch a presidential bid as a Democrat. Bloomberg had previously criticized the use of corn for ethanol as bad energy policy but has since changed his tune, saying […]

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Norwegian researchers find producing aviation biofuels domestically good and less good

Norwegian researchers find producing aviation biofuels domestically good and less good

November 19, 2018 |

In Norway, two researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s (NTNU) Industrial Ecology Program decided to look at how producing aviation biofuels in Norway would affect the climate and other environmental aspects identified by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. These goals have been developed to guide the world’s transition to […]

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More than meets the eye – Carbon efficiency isn’t the whole story for biofuels

More than meets the eye – Carbon efficiency isn’t the whole story for biofuels

October 21, 2018 |

In Wisconsin, a study from researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center compared two processes for producing biofuels from corn stover: biological conversion to ethanol (BCE) and catalytic conversion to alkenes (CCA) and found that carbon efficiency isn’t the only factor for determining promising strategies for the production of […]

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