John McGarrity

12 Feb 2018 | John McGarrity
The Netherlands has become the latest EU country to promise that it will not discriminate against the crop’s use in the bloc’s renewable energy scheme after 2021, according to reports in the Malaysian media.
12 Feb 2018 | John McGarrity
Advanced biofuels will supply far less than hoped during the next decade without a binding EU mandate for the sector from 2021, a lobby group for the sector said this week.
9 Feb 2018 | John McGarrity
Waste-to-energy producer Enerkem has landed one of the biggest venture capital deals ever in Canada, securing C$280m ($221m) in investments that will be used to fund a global expansion.
9 Feb 2018 | John McGarrity
Neste, one of Europe’s biggest producers of biofuels, reported stronger profits for 2017 and expects the additional margin for renewable products to stay at a “good” level in 2018.
9 Feb 2018 | John McGarrity
A proposed budget deal to avoid a shutdown of the US federal government has included a one-year reinstatement of the biodiesel rebate, which will be applied retroactively for 2017.
9 Feb 2018 | John McGarrity
UPM, an Helsinki-headquartered refiner of advanced biofuels, is exploring whether to build  a possible 500,000 mt/year biorefinery in south-eastern Finland - but is unlikely to take a decision until next year at the earliest.
2 Feb 2018 | John McGarrity
The EU’s potential exclusion of palm oil from the bloc’s recast of its renewable energy directive may not secure the backing of member states seeking lucrative export contracts with Malaysia and Indonesia – the world’s biggest producers of the biofuel commodity.
2 Feb 2018 | John McGarrity
China is likely to sharply increase its imports of palm oil from Malaysia, a move that could soften the blow for producers of a proposed exclusion of the crop for use towards the EU’s renewable energy scheme from 2021-2030.
2 Feb 2018 | John McGarrity
The head of the US Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt said this week that the country's biofuels strategy needs major revision in view of the recent bankruptcy of a Pennsylvania oil refiner.
2 Feb 2018 | John McGarrity
Indonesia is expected to file a case by February 3 against the US over anti-subsidy duties that were placed on Indonesian biodiesel shipments, an official with the South-East Asian country's trade ministry said on Friday.
2 Feb 2018 | John McGarrity
The world’s first dedicated biofueled flight between Australia and the US took off on 30 January, using a 10% mix of non-edible mustard seeds, part of a wider initiative to grow the country’s first commercial aviation biofuel seed crop by 2020.
2 Feb 2018 | John McGarrity
The UK government has issued 827 million Road Transport Fuel Certificates (RTFCs)  so far in the year 10 compliance period, according to data released Thursday by the Department for Transport (DfT).
29 Jan 2018 | John McGarrity
The use of biofuels in jet fuel might not necessarily reduce global warming from contrails emitted by aircraft, according to a new academic study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
26 Jan 2018 | John McGarrity
Germany’s biodiesel industry is waiting with baited breath for a court decision that could give municipal governments a mandate to ban or restrict diesel vehicles, an outcome that may hasten the shift towards petrol cars and impact the country’s renewable fuel targets. 
26 Jan 2018 | John McGarrity
Spain’s consumption of biodiesel increased 12% in the first eight months of 2017 as the country stepped up its blending requirements, although falling diesel car sales last year are likely to have slowed demand for biodiesel compared with a business-as-usual scenario, government data released last week shows.
26 Jan 2018 | John McGarrity
Producers and traders of biofuels will likely have to wait until November to find out what caps the EU will place on using first generation biofuels, the European Parliament’s lead MEP on the file told an industry conference on Monday, saying flagship EU policy to revise its renewable energy targets, including those in transport, will take months to finalise.
26 Jan 2018 | John McGarrity
Philadelphia Energy Solutions, one of the largest oil refiners in the eastern US, is trying to extricate itself from bankruptcy proceedings related to its biofuels obligations under the US Renewable Fuel Standard.
22 Jan 2018 | John McGarrity
Major biofuel producing nations are using the UN’s aviation agency to push for weaker rules on biofuel use after 2023 at the same time that the EU is discussing whether to ban feedstocks such as palm oil from the bloc’s renewable energy sectors.
22 Jan 2018 | John McGarrity
The EU’s biofuels industry is having to demonstrate a higher threshold for greenhouse gas emissions reductions compared with standard fossil fuels, a lobby group has reminded industry participants ahead of industry conference in Berlin next week.
22 Jan 2018 | John McGarrity
EU lawmakers have backed proposals to ban palm oil based biofuels from being used as part of the bloc’s renewable energy targets after 2021, and voted for a cap on additional capacity in crop-based biofuels.
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