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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.
13 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
New biofuel targets in the UK take effect this Sunday, aiming to double the use of renewables in the UK transport sector by 2020, promote advanced biofuels from waste for use in sectors such as aviation, and reduce the country’s reliance on imported biodiesel.  
9 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
German biodiesel producer Natural Energy West (NEW) said April 9 it will halve output at its 240,000mt/year plant in Marl, citing the impact of cheap imports from Argentina and Indonesia in the wake of rulings on EU antidumping duties.
The sharp rise in Argentine soybean prices may make soy methyl ester (SME) and biodiesel more expensive in the EU, but higher prices are unlikely to be enough to materially affect demand for these imports that benefit from low export taxes and the recent removal of EU antidumping duties.
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.
4 Apr 2018 | Juan Pedro Tomas
The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) has determined that imports of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia materially harmed US producers.
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 | Juan Pedro Tomas
Argentine biofuels exports are expected to fall nearly 60% this year to approximately 500,000 mt, Gustavo Idigoras, a consultant with Argentine biofuels lobby Carbio, told Energy Census this week.
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
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 | Juan Pedro Tomas
The EU’s removal of duties on biodiesel imports placed on 13 Argentine and Indonesian producers following the end of legal proceedings at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will only be temporary, said a consultant with an Argentinian biofuels lobby Carbio.
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.  
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