Tag: COVID-19

Top 10 Top Stories of 2020 so far

Top 10 Top Stories of 2020 so far

July 1, 2020 |

2020 has been anything but smooth sailing. COVID-19 has created waves around the world and it shows with a few of The Digest’s most popular stories relating to the ‘Rona Cyclona like a story about ethanol production pivoting to hand sanitizer – but some of the other Top 10 stories of 2020 so far may […]

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Indian ethanol blending seen reaching 8% due to COVID-19 gasoline demand impacts

Indian ethanol blending seen reaching 8% due to COVID-19 gasoline demand impacts

June 29, 2020 |

In India, the Business Standard newspaper reports that with COVID-19 impacting fuel demand, the Indian sugar industry expects ethanol blending to be higher than expected at close to 8% compared to the expected 5%. While mills are now allowed to use B-heavy molasses as ethanol feedstock, C-heavy molasses will be allowed for export which is […]

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Ethanol spot prices slip for first time in two months on fears of second COVID-19 wave

Ethanol spot prices slip for first time in two months on fears of second COVID-19 wave

June 25, 2020 |

In Texas, ICIS reports that concerns about a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic have forced spot ethanol prices lower after nearly two months of steady increases. Spot ethanol prices hit the floor in mid-April at the height of the pandemic and the associated shelter in place orders that kept people off the roads but […]

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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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Indonesia’s “green diesel” plant pushed back to 2026

Indonesia’s “green diesel” plant pushed back to 2026

June 16, 2020 |

In Indonesia, Reuters reports that the country’s plan to produce “green diesel” domestically by 2023 has been pushed back three years as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The fuel is meant to be produced from 100% palm oil as the country works to push beyond its current B30 mandate to B40 in 2021 and […]

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Higher EU blending mandates seen filling gap for COVID-19 demand hit

Higher EU blending mandates seen filling gap for COVID-19 demand hit

June 11, 2020 |

In Malaysia, The Edge Markets reports that Lipidos Santiga SA said in a webinar organized by the Malaysia Palm Oil Council that EU biodiesel consumption should hold steady this year despite impacts of COVID-19. Trucks and public transport kept up demand for diesel and therefore biodiesel during the peak of the lockdown period implemented to […]

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India backs down from rice-based ethanol following criticism

India backs down from rice-based ethanol following criticism

June 10, 2020 |

In India, Cogencis reports that following harsh criticism over the plan to use surplus rice as ethanol feedstock, the government is looking to drop the idea. The government doesn’t want to be seen using feedstuffs for ethanol during the COVID-19 pandemic but it also believes that giving free rice to the poor also gives the […]

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Relight the fire – stoking our economy with heat

Relight the fire – stoking our economy with heat

June 9, 2020 |

By Professor Martin Freer – Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute (BEI) Special to The Digest As the Bank of England predicts a decline in the UK’s economy with a shrinkage of 14%, the worst recession on record, with dramatic impact for UK jobs, there is a feeling of helplessness as the country emerges cautiously […]

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U.S. exports of ethanol and DDGS ebb in April

U.S. exports of ethanol and DDGS ebb in April

June 7, 2020 |

In Washington, D.C., U.S. ethanol exports were 99.4 million gallons (mg) in April, a decline of 40.5 mg (29%) from March. Notably, lighter sales to our largest markets, Brazil (23.8 mg, -36%) and Canada (10.8 mg, -61% to the lowest volume since August 2010) accounted for three-fourths of that drop, according to the RFA. Exports […]

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