John McGarrity

14 May 2018 | John McGarrity
Upcoming talks to recast the renewable energy directive may focus on limiting the environmental impact of crop-based biodiesels, particularly those derived from soyoil and palmoil.
14 May 2018 | John McGarrity
Fuels derived from waste plastic need to be excluded from the EU’s recast of the bloc’s renewable energy directive, campaign groups have urged as EU lawmakers try to find agreement on alternative fuel use.
11 May 2018 | John McGarrity
The European Commission will on 17 May propose its first ever CO2 standards for trucks, a move that will likely reduce overall fuel demand per truck, but could spur demand for higher biofuel blends and other alternative fuels across the sector.
11 May 2018 | John McGarrity
Global employment in the biofuels sector expanded 12% last year to 1.93 million, as production of ethanol and biodiesel increased in most major producing countries, renewable energy agency IRENA said in a report published this week.
11 May 2018 | John McGarrity
Andeavor, one of the largest fuel refiners in the US, has reported saving $100 million since 2016 because of lower compliance costs related to the Renewable Fuel Standard.
9 May 2018 | John McGarrity
Germany-based biofuels producer Verbio has reported a 5% drop in earnings during the first nine months of financial year 2017/18 as the company experienced a faster-than-expected fall in margins despite high utilization rates at its plants.
9 May 2018 | John McGarrity
US ethanol producers will be able to sell the E15 blend all year round and exported ethanol will be allowed to count towards volumes mandated under the Renewable Fuels Standard, following a tentative compromise deal agreed at the White House yesterday.  
4 May 2018 | John McGarrity
UK biomethane producers may soon get clarity from the UK government on whether they will have flexibility for projects to pursue credits from the Renewable Fuels Transport Obligation instead of just claiming subsidies under the Renewable Heating Initiative.
4 May 2018 | John McGarrity
The UK government has issued 1.504 billion Road Transport Fuel Certificates (RTFCs) so far for the Year-10 compliance period, according to data released this week by the Department for Transport (DfT).
4 May 2018 | John McGarrity
Minnesota became this week the first part of the US to introduce a B20 biodiesel blend for "summer" months, and is expected to be a major boon for corn and soybean growers in the state.
4 May 2018 | John McGarrity
A UK-based ferry company is trialling the use of a biofuel to be combined with low-sulphur marine gas oil that, if successful, could herald wider use in passenger ships.
4 May 2018 | John McGarrity
US ethanol exports in March were the second-biggest ever for a monthly total, totalling 215.1 million gallons (mg), according to government data released this week and analysed by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).
4 May 2018 | John McGarrity
Sales of new cars in the EU in the first quarter showed a further decline in market share of diesel cars in favour of petrol, a trend that suggests demand for biodiesel will likely be lower than had been estimated at the time when many producers added new capacity.
30 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
Lawmakers in US House of Representatives have called for the US Environmental Protection Agency to “immediately cease” the granting of waivers from the Renewable Fuel Standard as the corn lobby counts the cost of falling demand for ethanol because of exemptions doled out to refiners.
30 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
Finland-based UPM Biofuels has been awarded the world's first risk certification for crude tall oil, which is a wood-based residue, and Brassica carinata oil feedstocks.
27 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
Neste, one of the world’s largest producers of renewable diesel, posted operating profit of €296 million in the first quarter of this year, around 3.5 times the €80 million earned in the equivalent quarter in 2017.
27 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
Germany-based car parts maker Bosch said this week it has made a technological breakthrough that can slash the nitrogen oxide levels in new diesel cars, an outcome it says will negate the need to for blanket bans on diesel vehicles in cities.
27 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
The Irish Republic has raised its biofuels blending obligation to 10% from 8% for 2019 and 2020, with the intention to increase it further from 2022 alongside the likely introduction of higher biofuel blends.
27 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
The US corn-based ethanol industry can capture its greenhouse gas emissions and bury them underground in a way that is cost-effective for the sector, a new study from Stanford University has found.
27 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
Indonesia’s government is readying a lawsuit to the World Trade Organization (WTO) on its response to the hefty anti-dumping tariff imposed by the US against the south-east Asian country’s biodiesel imports, a senior trade official was quoted as saying in local media.
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