John McGarrity

8 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
European countries look set to back a deal later this month on the use of biofuels and offset credits to reduce emissions from aircraft, despite concerns that already compromised environmental criteria will be weakened still further during the final stage of negotiations.
8 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
EU lawmakers are considering how to respond to a EU Presidency proposal to cap imports of palm oil at 2017 levels...
4 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
Total, set to be one of Europe’s biggest producers of biodiesel, faces the...
4 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
US President Donald Trump’s administration is expected on 4 June to formally announce revisions to the country’s biofuels laws, along the lines of a compromise drawn up by the White House last month.
1 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
Finnish biofuels producer Neste took another step to consolidating its supply chain after it said on May 25 it would buy Demeter, a Netherlands-based trader of animal fats and proteins.
1 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
MEPs will meet next week to discuss the EU Council’s compromise proposal to accept a higher cap on crop-based biofuels in return for a higher overall renewable energy target or to have a lower overall target and threshold on edible fuel crops such as corn and wheat.
1 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
Hamburg on 31 May became the first German city to ban older diesel vehicles from some roads, a measure that is being viewed as largely symbolic but could be adopted on a wider scale in other cities, a long-term bearish signal for biodiesel demand.
1 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
Large-scale use of jet fuels made from used cooking oil and non-edible food crops will be the aim of a major demonstration project involving sustainable aviation fuel supplier SkyNRG, according to the European Commission and national agencies in several EU countries.
1 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
Italian gas infrastructure company Snam will team up with US oilfield services provider Baker Hughes to develop liquefied natural gas (LNG) plants that can use biomethane for use in road and maritime transport.
25 May 2018 | John McGarrity
EU governments are being urged by hundreds of Indonesian civil society organisations to back the European Parliament's...
25 May 2018 | John McGarrity
Biofuels will play a major role in decarbonising road transport and help the sector contribute to the emissions reductions required under the Paris Agreement, Sweden-based trucks manufacturer Scania outlined in a white paper on 23 May.
25 May 2018 | John McGarrity
The US corn lobby has once again criticised the Environmental Protection Agency for handing out waivers to large refiners, as Marathon Petroleum was reported to have applied for an exemption despite its proposed $23 billion acquisition of a major rival.
25 May 2018 | John McGarrity
Indonesia is likely to increase its biodiesel blending mandate to 25% next year from the current 20% rate, in an attempt to reduce what the country spends on fuel imports and expand domestic consumption of palm oil, of which Indonesia is the world’s largest producer.
24 May 2018 | John McGarrity
The European Union has taken a major step towards slapping revised duties on Argentine biodiesel after the bloc’s executive placed the commodity under ‘registration’ on 23 May, a date that could be used to retroactively apply countervailing duties.
21 May 2018 | John McGarrity
US senator Chuck Grassley has said that the chief of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt should resign if changes to the country’s biofuels laws reduce ethanol volumes.
21 May 2018 | John McGarrity
India's Union Cabinet on May 17 approved a national policy on biofuels that aims to find a market for surplus production and crop residues, and at the same time reduce the country's fuels imports.
18 May 2018 | John McGarrity
The European Commission’s proposals to limit carbon dioxide emissions from trucks have missed an opportunity to promote viable alternatives to biodiesel and failed to demonstrate “carbon neutrality”, the main lobby group for biomethane in transport has said.
18 May 2018 | John McGarrity
A meeting of EU legislators this week made little headway on the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive, heightening the prospect that agreement on key elements of the file won’t emerge for several months, prolonging uncertainty for the biofuels sector.
18 May 2018 | John McGarrity
Total SA will substitute some crude palm oil for waste oils at its new La Mède biodiesel refinery, after the French government requested a reduction in the use of the controversial feedstock.
18 May 2018 | John McGarrity
Advanced biofuels are likely to be the most economically-feasible zero emission alternative fuel for the shipping industry, but sourcing sustainable feedstocks will be a major challenge, according to a new study. 
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