Tag: Philippines

Students gain accolade for biobased post-mastectomy bra

Students gain accolade for biobased post-mastectomy bra

September 12, 2022 |

In the Philippines, a pair of engineering students have won a James Dyson award for a post-mastectomy bra that biodegrades when composted.  The bra is named Brakong—a nod to bakong, the fast-growing aquatic plant used with polylactic acid to produce the prosthesis. “We can 3D-scan a patient or create a 3D model out of other […]

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Philippines concerned about repeating ethanol mandate mistake with biodiesel policy

Philippines concerned about repeating ethanol mandate mistake with biodiesel policy

May 26, 2022 |

In the Philippines, the Manila Bulletin newspaper reports that the Department of Energy believes that by boosting coconut biodiesel blending to 5% from the current 2%, fuel prices will increase by 1.5 cents per liter at the pump. Those calculations were done in January/February, however, before Russia invaded Ukraine and sent oil prices soaring around […]

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Philippines ethanol producers slam government’s attempts to suspend biofuel blending

Philippines ethanol producers slam government’s attempts to suspend biofuel blending

March 28, 2022 |

In the Philippines, The Star newspaper reports the Ethanol Producers Association of the Philippines has pushed back against the government’s proposal to suspend ethanol blending in an effort to reduce fuel prices at the pump. The association says that it’s not the price of ethanol but taxes on fuel that are causing high prices, and […]

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DOE spells out measures to cushion impact of high petroleum prices

DOE spells out measures to cushion impact of high petroleum prices

March 16, 2022 |

In the Philippines, the Department of Energy (DOE) has been carrying out measures to mitigate the impact of the current crisis in Europe to ordinary Filipino consumers. As part of those measures, The DOE is also asking for intervention power to study the flexibility in fuel blending under Biofuel Law that regulates mixing ethanol or […]

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Walk on eggshells (literally) with bioceramic bakery-waste tiles

Walk on eggshells (literally) with bioceramic bakery-waste tiles

February 14, 2022 |

In the Philippines, designer Elaine Yan Ling Ng has created ceramic tiles made from waste eggshells collected from local bakeries and kitchens. Ng, whose studio Nature Squared makes the tiles, tells Yanko Design she was inspired to use eggshells because their high calcium content makes them durable.  The carbon-absorbing tiles are called CArrelé and can […]

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Textiles crisis prompts plant-based fiber organization

Textiles crisis prompts plant-based fiber organization

February 14, 2022 |

In the Philippines, three companies developing plant-based textile fibers have created a marketing organization to link producers such as themselves with the fashion industry.  Dubbed the Fibral Material Alliance, the group was founded by Dr. Carmen Hijosa of Ananas Anam Ltd, Hannes Schoenegger from Bananatex, and Ricardo Garay of Regenerate Fashion. Ananas Anam produces a […]

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Philippines biodiesel association assures DOE of supplies for B5 mandate

Philippines biodiesel association assures DOE of supplies for B5 mandate

January 6, 2022 |

In the Philippines, the Manila Times newspaper reports that the national biodiesel association TPBA is again trying to convince the Department of Energy to boost the biodiesel blending mandate, assuring it that there is more than enough coconut oil to supply a 5% blend. Currently there is a 2% blending mandate, but a 5% mandate […]

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IEA sees Philippines at top 5 global biofuel importer by 2026

IEA sees Philippines at top 5 global biofuel importer by 2026

December 7, 2021 |

In the Philippines, BusinessWorld reports that International Energy Agency data shows the country will become one of the top five biofuel importers globally in the next five years as its sugar industry shrinks. Although domestic sugar mills produce ethanol, it costs nearly twice as much as landed ethanol, typically from the US. The E10 blending […]

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Philippines to tighten rules on biofuel reporting

Philippines to tighten rules on biofuel reporting

July 15, 2021 |

In the Philippines, Business World reports that new rules that will enhance reporting by oil companies regarding ethanol and biodiesel blending is seen by the USDA as an opportunity to get blending closer to the 10% mandate rather than the 8.5% average that has been the norm of late. Doing so will reduce gasoline consumption […]

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Philippines looking at boosting biodiesel blending up to 4%

Philippines looking at boosting biodiesel blending up to 4%

June 22, 2021 |

In the Philippines, the Business Mirror reports that a USDA Gain report says the Philippine government is seeking public comment on potentially doubling its biodiesel blending mandate to 4% from the current 2% by evaluating fuel standards for B3 and B4. The coconut industry has been urging a push to 5% blending for some time […]

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