Tag: COVID-19

RFA estimates dozens of ethanol plants idled in early 2021

RFA estimates dozens of ethanol plants idled in early 2021

January 14, 2021 |

In Washington, Successful Farming reports the Renewable Fuels Association estimates dozens of ethanol plants have been idled already this year following post-COVID recovery seen in Q4 2020. When ethanol plant margins took a dive into negative numbers in December, plants who had barely begun to recover saw the writing on the wall. Corn prices have […]

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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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RFA says ethanol industry needs support as COVID-19 losses near $4B

RFA says ethanol industry needs support as COVID-19 losses near $4B

December 13, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., the Renewable Fuels Association said that with COVID-19 cases on the rise again and related actions, consumption of ethanol-blended gasoline is rapidly falling again, threatening to derail an already tenuous economic recovery in the ethanol industry, with U.S. ethanol producers already losing $3.8 billion since the start of the pandemic. Through November, […]

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RFA notes ethanol’s essential role in delivering COVID-19 vaccine

RFA notes ethanol’s essential role in delivering COVID-19 vaccine

December 6, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., the Renewable Fuels Association notes the ethanol industry’s important role when it comes to capturing and supplying carbon dioxide (CO2), which is used in everything from beverage bottling and food preservation to wastewater treatment and medical applications – and now the CO2 captured by ethanol plants will play an important role in […]

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Malaysian medical glove maker develops greener option as pandemic rages

Malaysian medical glove maker develops greener option as pandemic rages

November 30, 2020 |

In Malaysia, a producer of medical gloves is hoping to address the environmental impact of the COVID-19 pandemic by introducing a natural rubber medical glove that biodegrades 100 times faster than its synthetic counterparts.  According to Meditech Gloves, 300 billion medical gloves will be used in 2020, enough to fill the Empire State Building a […]

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COVID-19 Pandemic weighed on 2019/2020 global ethanol trade

COVID-19 Pandemic weighed on 2019/2020 global ethanol trade

November 22, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Grains Council reports that at the close of the most recent marketing year, U.S. ethanol exports were down 12 percent year-over-year according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, weighed on by COVID-19 and the global issuance of stay-at-home orders. Over the course of the marketing year (September 2019-August […]

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COVID-19 restrictions could threaten U.S. ethanol recovery

COVID-19 restrictions could threaten U.S. ethanol recovery

November 19, 2020 |

In Colorado, Reuters reports that U.S. ethanol production has been unusually light ever since March, when the coronavirus pandemic sharply curbed global fuel consumption and that the resurgence of the virus and increasing restrictions, especially just before the holidays, threaten to derail a comeback in fuel demand. “Ethanol output in recent weeks has very slowly […]

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Low ethanol production affecting CO2 supply could complicate COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Low ethanol production affecting CO2 supply could complicate COVID-19 vaccine rollout

November 19, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., Chemical & Engineering News reports that because the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines need to be kept at super cold temperatures best done with dry ice, which is made by compressing and cooling liquid CO2 often captured from ethanol and ammonia production, it can impact the vaccine rollout. “The ethanol industry is […]

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COVID-19 causes first contraction in biofuel output in 20 years

COVID-19 causes first contraction in biofuel output in 20 years

November 17, 2020 |

In Arizona, a just released International Energy Agency report shows that the biofuels industry has been strongly impacted by the Covid‑19 pandemic with global transport biofuel production in 2020 anticipated to be an 11.6% drop from 2019. Global transport biofuel production in 2020 is anticipated to be 144 billion litres (L), equivalent to 2 480 […]

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Joint Feasibility Study for chemical complex completed, project put on hold due to COVID-19

Joint Feasibility Study for chemical complex completed, project put on hold due to COVID-19

November 16, 2020 |

In India, as part of a Memorandum of Understanding, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Adani Group, BASF SE, Germany and Borealis AG, completed a Joint Feasibility Study for a chemical complex that comprised of a propane dehydrogenation plant, a polypropylene production and an acrylics value chain complex, but the project has been put on hold […]

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