John McGarrity

23 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
EU institutions have given policy and financial backing to biomethane and biogas projects as part of moves to put farms on a surer financial footing, harness waste for renewable energy and shrink the carbon footprint of the agricultural sector.  
23 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
A group of Democratic and Republican senators from US biofuels-producing states have called on the Environmental Protection Agency to withhold the issuance of exemptions from biofuels regulations and publish the names of producers who already have them.
23 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
Italian energy producer Eni said it will start producing biodiesel at a plant in Gela, Sicily, after it converts the facility from oil refining by the end of 2018 as part of a wider €7 billion investment plan.  
20 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
Biofuels could account for almost a quarter of the energy used in the transport sector by 2050, a new report from multinational renewables agency IRENA said this week, which based its predictions on the highly optimistic assumption that pledges in the Paris climate agreement are met.
20 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
Japan is expected to import almost 100 million gallons of US-made corn-based ethanol following a change this week to the Asian country's biofuels policy.
20 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
French biotech company Global Bioenergies has teamed up with German luxury carmaker Audi to test a gasoline blend that uses 34% biofuel generated from non-edible parts of sugar beet, without requiring modifications to existing engines.
20 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
Veolia, one of the world's largest environmental services conglomerates, has launched a new trading platform in the UK to buy and sell raw materials and biofuels, a move that could bring greater transparency to the burgeoning market for bio-energy feedstocks.
16 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
Brazil can treble its productivity of biofuels by using crop residues and other feedstocks that are by-products of sugarcane and other crops, the head of the country’s biofuels strategy told a conference in Brussels last week.
The US corn lobby said this week it is “extremely troubled” by reports that Chevron and Exxon Mobil – two of the world’s richest companies – have been given exemptions to biofuels obligations that are reserved for small, financially-distressed companies.  
13 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
The potential use of marine biofuels looks more promising after the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) on Friday agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from shipping by “at least” 50% by mid-century from a 2008 baseline, a move that will require alternatives to standard bunker fuels.
13 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
New biofuel targets in the UK take effect this Sunday, aiming to double the use of renewables in the UK transport sector by 2020, promote advanced biofuels from waste for use in sectors such as aviation, and reduce the country’s reliance on imported biodiesel.  
Vivergo’s 420 million litre/year bioethanol plant in north-eastern England will restart production after a four-month shutdown, in view of recent government legislation to raise the mandate for biofuels, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.
9 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
German biodiesel producer Natural Energy West (NEW) said April 9 it will halve output at its 240,000mt/year plant in Marl, citing the impact of cheap imports from Argentina and Indonesia in the wake of rulings on EU antidumping duties.
9 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
Shell has proposed that the US, EU and China ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2035 to meet emissions goals set out in the 2015 Paris Agreement, in view of the company's longer-term plans to focus on higher margin distillates and advanced biofuels.
The sharp rise in Argentine soybean prices may make soy methyl ester (SME) and biodiesel more expensive in the EU, but higher prices are unlikely to be enough to materially affect demand for these imports that benefit from low export taxes and the recent removal of EU antidumping duties.
9 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
US production of biodiesel was up 33% in January compared with the equivalent period in 2017, according to figures released this week by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).
The environmental credibility of Brazil’s biofuels industry and the carbon footprint of its ethanol producers is coming under increasing scrutiny as the country’s Senate considers whether to allow the growth of sugar cane in the Amazon.
6 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
The US Environmental Protection Agency provided hardship exemptions from the country’s biofuel laws to 25 oil refineries in 2017, almost double the usual amount, Reuters reported, citing a source with the government agency.
6 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
The French government said it will soon take measures to speed up the deployment of biomethane projects, such as a streamlined approvals process and easier access to project finance, so the country can use 10% renewable gas in its overall gas consumption by 2030.
29 Mar 2018 | John McGarrity
US President Donald Trump's advisers have urged him to let Congress take the initiative in efforts to reduce the cost of renewable fuels standard for refiners, and to use executive powers only if lawmakers fail to deliver progress, Reuters reported Thursday, citing sources familiar with the talks.
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