John McGarrity

22 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
Palm oil producers in south-east Asia will have limited scope to find replacement markets after the EU begins a likely phase-down of the commodity’s use in biofuels after 2023, mainly because China and India are keen to protect domestic farmers.
22 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
The US Environmental Protection Agency is to propose a biofuels blending mandate of 19.88-billion gallons for 2019 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), an increase of 3% from the 2018 level, Reuters reported on 22 June.
China’s Commerce Ministry said on 16 June it will impose import duties of 25% on at least 545 US products, among them ethanol, that will go into effect in three weeks – retaliation for a new round of duties imposed against Chinese goods by the Trump administration. 
18 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
Seven UK companies will receive a share of £2 million to develop proposals for advanced biofuels that would be used in aviation and road freight, the UK's Department for Transport said on June 18. 
15 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
Producers of first generation biofuels are weighing the impact of the EU's new Renewable Energy Directive, which is likely to grant them some concessions but also agreed advanced biofuels, electric vehicles and other fuels, such as biomethane and hydrogen, should have a much larger share.
15 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
Swedish automotive firm Scania and French transport company RATP are planning to use biogas for a mass transit scheme for Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital, in what could be one of the biggest transport biomethane projects in Africa.  
14 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
EU institutions have agreed to cap the use of crop-based biofuels at 7%, set a 14% threshold for renewable fuels and will gradually phase out most palm oil and some imported soy by 2030.
14 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
Biomethane plants in the UK will now be able to earn revenues from supplying gas to the renewable transport sector, after the Department for Transport authorised the issuance of Renewable Transport Fuel Certificates (RTFCs) to suppliers who also earn subsidies for renewable heat.
11 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
French farmers began a blockade of oil refineries and fuel depots on 10 June as they protest the use by energy major Total of imported palm oil at its new La Mède biodiesel plant near Marseilles.
8 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
Gulfstream, the world's biggest supplier of private jets, says that a lack of infrastructure to supply biofuels is holding the company back from reducing the carbon footprint of its aircraft.
8 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
Italian oil and gas company Eni has started collecting used cooking oils from the homes of its employees, which the company says will be converted into advanced biofuels at its Porto Marghera biorefinery.
8 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
The world’s largest fleet of biogas double-decker buses has been rolled out in the English city of Nottingham, but the fuel source faces tough competition from electric, hybrid and hydrogen powered vehicles that can all take advantage of government subsidies.
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.
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