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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.
11 May 2018 | Juan Pedro Tomas
Argentina’s agriculture minister Luis Etchevehere has held talks with his counterpart, US agriculture secretary Sonny Purdue, to discuss issues including the duties imposed on Argentine biodiesel exports.
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
The UK government has issued 1.504 billion Road Transport Fuel Certificates (RTFCs) so far for the Year-10 compliance period, according to data released this week by the Department for Transport (DfT).
4 May 2018 | John McGarrity
Minnesota became this week the first part of the US to introduce a B20 biodiesel blend for "summer" months, and is expected to be a major boon for corn and soybean growers in the state.
30 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
Lawmakers in US House of Representatives have called for the US Environmental Protection Agency to “immediately cease” the granting of waivers from the Renewable Fuel Standard as the corn lobby counts the cost of falling demand for ethanol because of exemptions doled out to refiners.
27 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
Germany-based car parts maker Bosch said this week it has made a technological breakthrough that can slash the nitrogen oxide levels in new diesel cars, an outcome it says will negate the need to for blanket bans on diesel vehicles in cities.
27 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
The Irish Republic has raised its biofuels blending obligation to 10% from 8% for 2019 and 2020, with the intention to increase it further from 2022 alongside the likely introduction of higher biofuel blends.
27 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
The US corn-based ethanol industry can capture its greenhouse gas emissions and bury them underground in a way that is cost-effective for the sector, a new study from Stanford University has found.
27 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
Indonesia’s government is readying a lawsuit to the World Trade Organization (WTO) on its response to the hefty anti-dumping tariff imposed by the US against the south-east Asian country’s biodiesel imports, a senior trade official was quoted as saying in local media.
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.
23 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
EU institutions have given policy and financial backing to biomethane and biogas projects as part of moves to put farms on a surer financial footing, harness waste for renewable energy and shrink the carbon footprint of the agricultural sector.  
23 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
A group of Democratic and Republican senators from US biofuels-producing states have called on the Environmental Protection Agency to withhold the issuance of exemptions from biofuels regulations and publish the names of producers who already have them.
20 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
Biofuels could account for almost a quarter of the energy used in the transport sector by 2050, a new report from multinational renewables agency IRENA said this week, which based its predictions on the highly optimistic assumption that pledges in the Paris climate agreement are met.
20 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
Japan is expected to import almost 100 million gallons of US-made corn-based ethanol following a change this week to the Asian country's biofuels policy.
20 Apr 2018 | Juan Pedro Tomas
Canada has the potential to buy up to 200,000 mt of biodiesel per year from Argentine producers, but this new market would be far too small to compensate for lost business in the US, an industry source said this week. 
16 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
Brazil can treble its productivity of biofuels by using crop residues and other feedstocks that are by-products of sugarcane and other crops, the head of the country’s biofuels strategy told a conference in Brussels last week.
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.  
13 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
The potential use of marine biofuels looks more promising after the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) on Friday agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from shipping by “at least” 50% by mid-century from a 2008 baseline, a move that will require alternatives to standard bunker fuels.
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