Tag: COVID-19

CoBank says ethanol sector back at 90% of pre-COVID demand

CoBank says ethanol sector back at 90% of pre-COVID demand

October 14, 2020 |

In Colorado, the U.S. economy has been improving since late spring, but progress has slowed measurably, and the economy remains fragile. Another broad fiscal relief package appears to be off the table at least in the near-term, which means the currently sluggish economy will likely end the year in a fizzle. According to a new […]

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Indian entrepreneurs convert pine needles to tableware and face masks

Indian entrepreneurs convert pine needles to tableware and face masks

October 12, 2020 |

In Himachal Pradesh, India, two entrepreneurs are making tableware and COVID-19 masks from pine needles to simultaneously help the populous nation address its plastics waste challenge and prevent forest fires common to the region. Himachal native Abhinav Talwar, who founded Vasshin Composites in 2019 with Maithri V, says the startup collects the region’s abundant fallen […]

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Bioenergy Australia says Tasmania renewable energy plan overlooking bioenergy opportunities

Bioenergy Australia says Tasmania renewable energy plan overlooking bioenergy opportunities

October 6, 2020 |

In Australia, consultation has recently closed on the Tasmanian Government draft Renewable Energy Action Plan, which identifies renewable energy as a key economic driver to rebuild a stronger Tasmania in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. But Bioenergy Australia says Tasmania could be missing a trick by too narrowly focusing on renewable electricity, overlooking the […]

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House of Representatives COVID relief package includes renewable fuels industry provision

House of Representatives COVID relief package includes renewable fuels industry provision

October 4, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., the House of Representatives passed another COVID economic relief package, the HEROES Act II, which provides for $2.2 trillion in coronavirus relief and includes an important provision for the renewable fuels industry. If it were to become law, the Renewable Fuel Reimbursement Program provision would provide a 45-cent-per-gallon payment for qualified fuel […]

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Study shows COVID-19 led to $8B in losses for ethanol producers

Study shows COVID-19 led to $8B in losses for ethanol producers

September 29, 2020 |

In Washington, as Congress and the administration continue negotiations on another potential COVID-19 relief package, a new study by university economists finds that ethanol producers will experience roughly $8 billion in losses this year due to the pandemic’s impact on world fuel markets. The study, conducted by economists from the University of Florida and Arizona […]

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Aemetis starts production of branding high-grade alcohol sanitizer products

Aemetis starts production of branding high-grade alcohol sanitizer products

September 27, 2020 |

In California, Aemetis, Inc., an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company, commenced the contracted production of hand sanitizer under its branded Aemetis Health Products label for sales to government, businesses and academic customers, as well as directly to consumers via the Amazon Marketplace. “Following through on our plan to address the ongoing demand for sanitizer […]

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COVID-19 still wreaking havoc on CO2 supplies

COVID-19 still wreaking havoc on CO2 supplies

September 22, 2020 |

In Iowa, Gasworld reports that the impacts of COVID-19 on CO2 availability nationwide has shifted as time has moved on, first due to ethanol production shutdowns and more recently due to shutdowns of ammonia plants that produce CO2. When ethanol plants shut down this spring with the onset of the pandemic, demand fell in line […]

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Singapore eyes lab-grown food to ease supply concerns

Singapore eyes lab-grown food to ease supply concerns

September 21, 2020 |

In Singapore, development of plant-based and cell-cultured food is accelerating as the COVID-19 pandemic draws into sharp relief both the impact of climate change and the small nation’s overreliance on food imports. Currently, approximately 90% of Singapore’s food has to be imported. The country aims to cut this to less than 30% by 2030. Local […]

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Cooking oil futures supported by increased online shopping deliveries

Cooking oil futures supported by increased online shopping deliveries

September 16, 2020 |

In Illinois, Bloomberg reports cooking oil futures have been supported since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic by increased demand for online shopping delivery in light of scarce UCO due to fewer restaurants remaining open and lower animal tallow supplies due to challenges at meatpacking plants. Biodiesel production is expected to increase by 3%, according […]

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Malaysian palm oil industry looking to forced labor to fill labor supply gap

Malaysian palm oil industry looking to forced labor to fill labor supply gap

September 16, 2020 |

In Malaysia, the Guardian newspaper reports that the palm oil industry is looking to use forced labor from prisons and drug rehabilitation centers to help bridge the industry’s acute labor supply gap. More than 80% of the industry work force comes from other Asian countries like India and Bangladesh but the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly […]

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