Tim Worledge

Prices for German-produced biodiesel look set to rise sharply in the final quarter – and more than the seasonal norm –  as a scorching summer in Europe has reduced availability of rapeseed oil, which is the main feedstock for winter-use biodiesel produced in Europe’s biggest economy.
Sorghum oil has been approved as an eligible feedstock under the US Renewable Fuel Standard in a move that is expected to...
27 Jul 2018 | Tim Worledge
Registrations of new commercial vehicles in the UK slumped across all categories in June versus the same period of 2017...
27 Jul 2018 | Tim Worledge
The UK’s Argent Energy has announced it is looking to buy the 100,000-mt Biodiesel Amsterdam facility in the Netherlands...
6 Jul 2018 | Tim Worledge
Scott Pruitt, the controversial chief administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency, has resigned from his position in a move broadly welcomed by environmental, biofuels and corn lobby groups.
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. 
14 Jun 2018 | Tim Worledge, Johnny Huang
The city of Tianjin on China’s Yellow Sea coast has become the first region of the country to unveil proposals to incorporate up to 260,000 mt of ethanol into the city’s petrol supply, a statement from the municipal government said Monday.
30 May 2018 | Tim Worledge
The US ethanol sector has filed a legal suit challenging the issuance of waivers to specific oil refineries by the Environmental Protection Agency, in the latest round of an escalating political standoff over the country’s energy mix, according to a press release published Wednesday.
22 May 2018 | Tim Worledge
The US biofuel lobby group the Renewable Fuels Association has questioned the way in which Brazil calculates greenhouse gas savings for imported US corn-based ethanol versus Brazilian corn-based ethanol under the country’s flagship Renovabio biofuel programme.
25 Apr 2018 | Tim Worledge
The controversial use of waivers to excuse some US fuel suppliers from fulfilling their biofuel blending obligations may have cut at least 1.6 billion gallons of biofuels from the anticipated mandates in 2016 and 2017, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) said Tuesday.
The US corn lobby said this week it is “extremely troubled” by reports that Chevron and Exxon Mobil – two of the world’s richest companies – have been given exemptions to biofuels obligations that are reserved for small, financially-distressed companies.  
UK ethanol producer Vivergo could be poised to restart its biofuel plant market sources said Friday, after the company publicly mothballing the facility on poor margins in December.
6 Mar 2018 | Tim Worledge
In the end, it was as painless as the government said it would be – the revamped Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation order was passed unanimously through the House of Lords during the final stage of the Statutory Instrument process, Tuesday.
2 Mar 2018 | Tim Worledge
The UK’s Department for Transport has signalled that it will introduce a raft of measures to improve guidance and support to industry participants affected by changes currently being made to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation.
27 Feb 2018 | Tim Worledge
Proposed changes to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation have cleared their first hurdle in parliamentary committee with the Draft Renewable Transport Fuels and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Regulations 2018 passed unanimously during a delegated legislation committee, Monday.
23 Feb 2018 | Tim Worledge
The European Commission has signalled a review into anti-dumping measures that have been in place for five years that target US ethanol imports – a measure that effectively defers a decision for another 15 months.
22 Jan 2018 | Tim Worledge
Changes to the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) will be pushed through parliament and will likely be in effect by the end of January, opposition MP Nic Dakin told Energy Census on Friday.
15 Jan 2018 | Tim Worledge
The draft version of the legislation detailing proposed changes to the UK's Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation has been presented in parliament, a spokesperson at the Department for Transport said Monday.
5 Jan 2018 | Tim Worledge
UK sales of new diesel cars will likely plunge further this year as environmental concerns, emissions testing scandals and uncertainty about future regulation will give biofuels producers plenty to think about in 2018.
5 Jan 2018 | Tim Worledge
The province of Ontario in Canada has published a proposal to double the volume of ethanol blended in gasoline to 10% from 5% in a bid to cut consumption of fossil fuels and emissions.
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