John McGarrity

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.
29 Mar 2018 | John McGarrity
CropEnergies, the Germany-based operator of the UK's biggest operating bioethanol plant, has reported increased profits on the back of year-on-year production increases.
29 Mar 2018 | John McGarrity
Australia’s biofuels lobby is pushing the country’s government to co-ordinate a clear strategy for the sector, including the introduction of an E10 bioethanol blend and incentives for advanced biofuels for use in transport.   
29 Mar 2018 | John McGarrity
Biofuels will have a major role to play in helping to limit the carbon footprint of ships, a major study released this week has found, but any detailed discussion of alternative fuels won’t be on the agenda when the UN’s shipping agency meets for an important environmental meeting next week.
27 Mar 2018 | John McGarrity
Commodities producer and trader Bunge is to cut production at its 120,000 mt/year capacity biodiesel plant in Mannheim, Germany in response to a flood of imports, the company confirmed in an email.   
26 Mar 2018 | John McGarrity
UK gas distributor Calor is claiming Renewable Transport Fuel Certificates for liquified petroleum gas (LPG) created from biomethane generated in the Netherlands, breaking new ground for the UK’s renewables incentives scheme.
26 Mar 2018 | John McGarrity
Italy’s government will launch its €4.7 billion ($5.8 billion) biomethane in road transport scheme by early June in a bid to drive transport emissions down, the civil servant in charge of the scheme told Energy Census.
23 Mar 2018 | John McGarrity
Municipal solid waste can be used to make a new high performance biofuel that burns much more efficiently than those currently available, Canadian biofuels producer Enerkem said this week.  
23 Mar 2018 | John McGarrity
A Germany-based biodiesel plant owned by US agribusiness conglomerate ADM has been mothballed in the wake of weak prices and a flood of cheap imports from Argentina and Indonesia, which are no longer subject to EU import duties.
18 Mar 2018 | John McGarrity
Spain's consumption of biodiesel increased 18.1% year-on-year as a higher blending mandate and an improving economy provided benign conditions for demand.  
18 Mar 2018 | John McGarrity
Democrats in US Congress have introduced two companion bills to dismantle the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and provide incentives and thresholds for advanced, cellulosic, and biomass-based diesel fuels.
18 Mar 2018 | John McGarrity
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is to consider extending the state’s Low Carbon Fuels Standard (LCFS) by ten years to 2030 and double the emissions reduction target from a 10% reduction in 2020 to 20% by 2030.  
18 Mar 2018 | John McGarrity
Domestic air travel in Sweden could be powered by biofuels produced from the country’s plentiful forest residues rather than regular jet fuel, amid claims of a breakthrough in new research published this week.
9 Mar 2018 | John McGarrity
US ethanol consumption will rise 1% next year, resulting in an estimated ethanol blend percentage of gasoline that increases to about 10.3% by 2019, the US Energy Information Agency estimated in a research note this week. 
9 Mar 2018 | John McGarrity
The Colombian government has raised the blend limit for bioethanol and biodiesel in petrol and diesel as it attempts to reduce emissions, find markets for domestic agricultural produce and increase utilisation rates at the country’s biorefineries.
9 Mar 2018 | John McGarrity
ExxonMobil, one of the world’s biggest oil and gas producers, is stepping up its commitment to producing algae-based biofuels by expanding a research program with Synthetic Genomics, which the companies say could yield daily output of 10,000 barrels of the alternative fuel a day by 2025.
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