John McGarrity

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. 
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.
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