John McGarrity

9 Mar 2018 | John McGarrity
A proposed reform to the US Renewable Fuels Standard, which include a cap on prices in the scheme, could depress corn prices by 25 cents per bushel at a time that the market is reeling from a supply glut, new research has found this week.   
8 Mar 2018 | John McGarrity
India’s cabinet will soon examine a draft proposal for the country’s new biofuels policy ahead of a final launch later this year, the country’s oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan told a joint conference with the EU on Tuesday.  
2 Mar 2018 | John McGarrity
The EU has sufficient charging infrastructure for electric vehicles and is likely to keep pace with forecast growth in the sector, said a study published this week by the Platform for Electromobility, a group that includes car manufacturers.
2 Mar 2018 | John McGarrity
Trade flows and crushing volumes in the EU will be transformed if the bloc follows through on a European Parliament vote in January to exclude palm oil from the bloc's recast of its renewable energy directive, a research note from Rabobank outlined this week.
2 Mar 2018 | John McGarrity
Negotiators from the various EU institutions met this week in the first ‘Trilogue’ meeting on the recast of the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive, but little progress was made on the minutiae of the proposed legislation, which includes revised caps and thresholds for the crediting of biofuels.
2 Mar 2018 | John McGarrity
The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules an Italian support scheme for advanced biofuels and biomethane, removing a potential obstacle to the deployment of a planned €4.7 billion for the scheme that will run from 2018 until 2022.  
2 Mar 2018 | John McGarrity
The French government said this week that it will provide €100 million to encourage investment in biomethane so that renewable gas can meet a targeted 10% of overall gas consumption by 2030.
2 Mar 2018 | John McGarrity
Germany’s demand for biodiesel is likely to grow at a slower rate if German cities are required to curb or ban diesel cars in the wake of landmark court ruling this week, meaning additional GHG savings will have to be found in freight and in petrol consumption.
26 Feb 2018 | John McGarrity
US President Donald Trump will likely meet key senators and cabinet officials early this week to discuss potential changes to US biofuels policy, Reuters reported, in the aftermath of a bankruptcy involving a major east coast refiner.
23 Feb 2018 | John McGarrity
"Trialogue" talks on the EU's recast of its Renewable Energy Directive get underway on the 27 February, prompting two Brussels-based biofuels lobbies to set out what they want from the final legislation.
23 Feb 2018 | John McGarrity
A federal court in the German city of Leipzig has deferred a decision until 27 February on whether diesel cars can be banned or curbed from particular cities during periods when air quality is poor.
23 Feb 2018 | John McGarrity
Italian energy company Eni has no immediate plans to switch from palm oil at its Porto Marghera biodiesel, refinery despite much fanfare that the facility would switch away from the crop to advanced biofuels and used cooking oil.
23 Feb 2018 | John McGarrity
Argentina’s Buenos Aires province has drawn up a dedicated plan for the production and marketing of biodiesel, with the aim of raising production to 50% of the volume of processed soybean in the province, up from 13% currently.
23 Feb 2018 | John McGarrity
The types of biofuels that can be used in the UN aviation agency ICAO’s carbon reduction scheme could be reviewed during the 2021-2023 pilot phase, a senior European Commission advisor told MEPs this week.
23 Feb 2018 | John McGarrity
The use of liquid biofuels could triple by 2030 compared with 2010 levels to reach 66 billion litres, a report prepared for the European Commission found this week.
16 Feb 2018 | John McGarrity
Malaysia has brought its lobbying campaign to the heart of Brussels’ Berlaymont building in a bid to scupper the European Parliament’s proposed exclusion of palm oil in renewable energy, amid fears in member states that they could lose valuable export contracts.
16 Feb 2018 | John McGarrity
Germany’s consumption of biodiesel rose 2% in January-November 2017 compared with the first 11 months in 2016 as tighter CO2 targets for biofuels increased consumption of products that have a lower carbon footprint than bioethanol.
16 Feb 2018 | John McGarrity
US space agency NASA and European academics will in a few months release findings on the extent to which biofuels reduce pollution from aircraft.
16 Feb 2018 | John McGarrity
Germany is mulling plans to make public transport free of charge as the government considers radical action to comply with EU pollution targets and avoid heavy fines.
16 Feb 2018 | John McGarrity
A plan by Texas Senator John Cornyn to revise US biofuels policy is facing strong resistance from the oil and ethanol sectors, Reuters reported this week, quoting sources familiar with the matter.
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