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5 Jul 2018 | John McGarrity
One of the UK's biggest ethanol plants has re-opened after a planned 21-day maintenance, with the side-benefit of helping to alleviate a chronic shortage of industrial carbon dioxide that has threatened to halt production in the country's food and drinks sector.
29 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
A major study on the impact of palm oil on deforestation and biodiversity has warned a move away from its use would mean that other environmentally-damaging vegetable oils would need to fill the gap, with potentially serious environmental consequences for countries in Africa and Latin America.
29 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
Scientists at London’s Imperial College claim they have made a major advance in breaking down plant-based biomass 30 times faster than currently possible, which, on a larger scale, has the potential to drive down costs for biofuels.
29 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
The US aviation biofuels market has seen two major deals in the past few weeks as part of moves to make alternatives to regular jet fuel more widely available in the world’s biggest aviation market.
29 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
The Port of Gothenburg says it has hosted the world’s second-ever bunkering of liquefied biogas (LBG), as the shipping industry considers green alternatives to fossil fuels amid action at EU and UN level to curb carbon and particulate emissions from the sector.
29 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
Sweden’s new biofuels obligation comes into force on 1 July, which will require fuel suppliers to reduce emissions by 2.6% in gasoline and 19.3% in diesel, potentially paving the way for a substantial increase in biofuels.
27 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
The main US ethanol lobby has given a frosty response to a 3% increase in the US biofuels blending mandate, which it said was undermined by exemptions granted to small refiners.
25 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
Identifying the biofuels content of gasoline and diesel at the pump, and the ability of new vehicles to use these fuels, will become much easier as EU-wide labelling laws come into force later this year.
22 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
Czech chemicals company Chemoprojekt said on June 19 that it will soon start production of biofuels based on used cooking oil, the first company in the central European country to invest in second-generation biofuels.
22 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
Talks on the UN aviation agency ICAO’s greenhouse gas reduction scheme may fail to agree guidelines on the use of biofuels and carbon offsets next week, prolonging uncertainty for fuels suppliers who are looking for clearer investment signals to emerge.
22 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
Palm oil producers in south-east Asia will have limited scope to find replacement markets after the EU begins a likely phase-down of the commodity’s use in biofuels after 2023, mainly because China and India are keen to protect domestic farmers.
22 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
The US Environmental Protection Agency is to propose a biofuels blending mandate of 19.88-billion gallons for 2019 under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), an increase of 3% from the 2018 level, Reuters reported on 22 June.
21 Jun 2018 | Juan Pedro Tomas
The government of Argentina’s Santa Fe province has launched an initiative through which half of the bus fleet in the city of Rosario will use biodiesel.
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. 
18 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
Seven UK companies will receive a share of £2 million to develop proposals for advanced biofuels that would be used in aviation and road freight, the UK's Department for Transport said on June 18. 
15 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
Producers of first generation biofuels are weighing the impact of the EU's new Renewable Energy Directive, which is likely to grant them some concessions but also agreed advanced biofuels, electric vehicles and other fuels, such as biomethane and hydrogen, should have a much larger share.
15 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
Swedish automotive firm Scania and French transport company RATP are planning to use biogas for a mass transit scheme for Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital, in what could be one of the biggest transport biomethane projects in Africa.  
14 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
EU institutions have agreed to cap the use of crop-based biofuels at 7%, set a 14% threshold for renewable fuels and will gradually phase out most palm oil and some imported soy by 2030.
14 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
Biomethane plants in the UK will now be able to earn revenues from supplying gas to the renewable transport sector, after the Department for Transport authorised the issuance of Renewable Transport Fuel Certificates (RTFCs) to suppliers who also earn subsidies for renewable heat.
11 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
French farmers began a blockade of oil refineries and fuel depots on 10 June as they protest the use by energy major Total of imported palm oil at its new La Mède biodiesel plant near Marseilles.
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