November 30, 2016

European Commission confirms food biofuels phase-out

The European Commission today confirmed the gradual phase-out of food-based biofuels from 7pc in 2021 to 3.8pc in 2030. The proposed revision of the EU's renewables directive aims to phase in advanced biofuels from 1.5pc in 2021 to 6.8pc in 2030. The minimum share of energy from advanced biofuels and biogas produced from feedstocks including straw, forestry residues, non-food cellulosic and lingo-cellulosic material will grow from 0.5pc in 2021 to 3.6pc in 2030.

November 25, 2016

Oil ministry banks on biofuel to meet oil import reduction target

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New Delhi: The oil ministry has decided to add more biofuels from various sources in the country’s energy mix to reduce India’s dependence on crude oil imports. The idea is to promote generation of environmentally friendly fuel from sources including used vegetable oil, agricultural and urban waste and biogas that could help save valuable foreign exchange.

November 18, 2016

Food security benefits found in African biofuels production

Biofuels operations under the right conditions can lead to improved household food security in developing countries, concludes a new study. Irish university research is adding to the body of knowledge about the impact biofuels production has on food security in Africa. Stephen Thornhill, research fellow, and colleagues from the University College Cork, Ireland, recently published the results of their work in the SpringerLink journal, Food Security.

November 11, 2016

Greener buses expected to deliver £248m social benefit savings by 2020

A new generation of low emission buses is already saving 55,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per year and saving £8m from health and environmental budgets, a new report has found. A Green Bus for Every Journey, a report by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) which was commissioned by the sustainable travel group Greener Journeys, has revealed the positive impacts made by the 3,760 certified Low Carbon Emission Buses (LCEBs)...

November 9, 2016

US biofuels industry welcomes Trump election victory

The US biofuels industry is voicing its support for Presidential-elect Donald Trump, saying he “understands” the needs of the renewable fuels industry. Trump took the world by surprise on Wednesday by decisively beating his competitor Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House. Several US biofuels companies have come out congratulating the presidential elect and supporting his views on the sector.

November 4, 2016

Malaysia to implement higher biodiesel mandates from Dec 1

Putrajaya has decided to progressively roll out the B10 and B7 biodiesel blends for the transport and industrial sectors respectively starting Dec 1 this year. A source told The Edge Financial Daily that the B10 biodiesel mandate for the transport sector will be implemented in Johor by Dec 1. The B7 blend for industrial use, meanwhile, will be enforced throughout the country on the same day, said the source.»

October 27, 2016

Peru places anti-dumping tariffs on imports of biodiesel from Argentina

Peru is the latest country to place anti-dumping tariffs on imports of biodiesel from Argentina for a period of five years, after complaints of unfair competition, the South American’s market regulator said. According to Reuters, Peru, the second-largest export market for Argentine biodiesel, passed the measure "to prevent the imports of the biofuel to continue harming national production," said the competition regulator Indecopi.