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Scania Inks Australian Biodiesel Distribution Agreement (Int'l.)
Scania,Refuelling Solutions
Date: 2019-10-11
In the Land Down Under, Scania Australia reports the inking of a biodiesel distribution Memorandum of Understanding Under the terms of the MOU, Refuelling Solutions will support Scania's effort to expand sales of trucks, buses and industrial and marine engines that can run on biofuels.

The company has similar agreements with Just Biodiesel, Ecotech Biodiesel, ethanol fuel supplier Wilmar Bioethanol Australia, and biogas infrastructure suppliers and consultantsthe ENGV Group.

Refuelling Solutions is a 30-year-old Australian-owned and run business that began supplying fuel through its Mini-Tankers operation to onsite equipment in 1987. (Source: Scania Australia, Fleet Owners Network, 10 Oct., 2019) Contact: Scania Australia, +61 3 9217 3300 www.scania.com; Refueling Solutions, www.rfs.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Scania,  Biodiesel,  


OMV, AustroCel Hallein Seal Austrian Cellulosic Ethanol Deal (Int'l)
AustroCel Hallein, OMV
Date: 2019-10-04
Vienna, Austria-headquartered oil and gas company OMV and AustroCel Hallein GmbH are reporting a multi-year agreement under which AustroCel will supply cellulosic "advanced" bioethanol derived from woody biomass -- spruce sawmill waste -- to OMV.

AustroCel Hallein is committed to the cascading use of resources: High-purity cellulose is produced from spruce, which comes from the sawmill industry as scrap; this cellulose is predominantly processed in Asia to make fibres for textile applications.

AustroCel is constructing Austria's first advanced bioethanol production facility in Hallein. The €42 million bioethanol plant is expected to begin production early in 2021. Source: AustroCel Hallein GmbH, Hydrocarbon Engineering, 3 Oct., 2019) Contact: AustroCel Hallein GmbH, Jorge Harbring, CEO, +43 6245 8900, www.austrocel.com; OMV, www.omv.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol.Bioethanol,  


Algae Biofuel Market Valued of $9.88Bn by 2024 (Ind. Report)
Zion Market Research
Date: 2019-09-23
Zion Market Research is touting its recently published Algae Biofuel Market by Type (Bioethanol, Biodiesel, Methane, Jet Fuel, Biobutanol, Biogasoline, Green Diesel, and Others) and for Application (Transportation, Aerospace, and Other Applications): Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis and Forecast, 2017 -- 2024 report.

The report covers crucial data associated with worldwide Algae Biofuel Market, highlights the newest technological developments and new launches, and other related developements that impact the algae biofuel market. According to the report the Algae Biofuel Market will will be valued at $9.88 billion by 2024.

Report details are HERE. Request sample copy of Algae Biofuel Market Research Report HERE. (Source: Zion Market Research, Sept., 2019) Contact: Zion Market Research, +49-322 210 92714, USA/Canada Toll-Free No.1-855-465-4651, sales@zionmarketresearch.com, www.zionmarketresearch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Zion Market Research ,  Algae,  Algae Biofuel,  


UK Parliamentarians Call for B10 Ethanol Blend Rate (Int'l)
All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol
Date: 2019-07-22
In London, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Bioethanol has suggested increasing the ethanol-petroleum blend rate be increased fro the present 5 pct to 10 pct (E10). The parliamentarians suggest the increase would protect the jobs of the 6,000 or so people currently working to grow feed stock crops used to produce ethanol an thus help keep the country's struggling bioethanol industry afloat.

According to the APPG, "The British bioethanol industry is in a state of collapse, and ministers can not allow the fog of Brexit to distract them any longer from saving a £1 billion industry that will not only make our cars cleaner and greener, but provide thousands of green jobs in the North and prove that the government is serious about championing the green economy."

(Source: All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol, GIZMODO, 18 July, 2019)Contact: All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol, Nic Dakin, Chairman, info@britishbioethanol.com, www.britishbioethanol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News B10,  Ethanol,  UK Ethanol,  All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol,  


UK NFU Calls for E10 Ethanol-Petrol Blend (Int'l Report)
UK NFU
Date: 2019-07-19
In Warwickshire, the UK National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling for the introduction of E10 -- ethanol from wheat and sugar beet -- petrol. This is opposed to the current proportion that limits the content of bioethanol to a maximum of 5 pct (E5).

The call comes as an All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol (APPG) issued a report urging the Department of Transport to prioritize the introduction of E10.

According to NFU Combinable Crops board chairman Tom Bradshaw, "Increasing the bioethanol content in fuel is a win-win for the environment, farmers and the economy. The industry is desperate to see both Vivergo and Ensus plants back up and running so they can continue to convert British wheat into bioethanol. But at the moment there simply isn't enough demand to keep these plants going." Bradshaw added, "Now is the time for legislative action. Farmers want to help deliver renewable fuel for the nation but the government needs to step up and provide supportive policy, especially if we are to hit their target of becoming a net zero economy by 2050." (Source: FarmingUK, GIZMODO, 18 July, 2019) Contact: UK NFU, +44 024 7685 8500, www.nfuonline.com; All-Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol, info@britishbioethanol.com, www.britishbioethanol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News E10,  Biofuel Blend,  


UK's £1bn Bioethanol Ind. at Risk, claims APPG Report (Int'l Report)
All Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol
Date: 2019-06-12
In the UK, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Bioethanol is reporting release of its its interim Introducing E10 in the UK report considering the to barriers to the introduction of E10 ethanol blended transportation fuel into the UK. The report notes:
  • The UK economy will likely lose its £1 billion ($1,272,225,000 US) bioethanol industry without the introduction of E10 by 2020 at the latest, and will continue to decline and likely disappear.

  • Introducing E10 would help the UK meet its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets, saving the equivalent of taking 700,000 cars off the road.

  • Petrol fuel sales volumes in the UK are now increasing, due to the decreasing popularity of diesel cars. With widespread adoption of electric vehicles still decades away, the use of increasing blends of biofuels in petrol to make cars greener and cleaner must be a priority.

  • E10, or a higher blend of bioethanol, could help tackle the UK's air quality problems and health issues caused by high particulate levels.

  • If the British bioethanol industry is lost, the UK is unlikely to attract further investment, including for the next generation of biofuels and enhanced animal feed co-products, which would deliver further economic and environmental benefits.

  • Lose of the UK Biofuels industry could also increases the country's dependence on imported biofuels, force British farmers to source animal feed from less sustainable sources, and contribute the the UK missing its fuels quality directive target -- 4 pct rising to 6 pct in 2020 -- and miss its GHG emissions targets. (Source: All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for British Bioethanol, June, 2019) Contact: All Party Parliamentary Group for British Bioethanol, info@britishbioethanol.com, www.britishbioethanol.com/about-the-appg

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Bioethanol,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  B10,  


  • Nordfuel Bioethanol Plant to Use SEKAB E-Technology (Int'l Report)
    Nordfuel
    Date: 2019-04-24
    The biorefinery Nordfuel reports it is scheduled to construct a €150 million soft wood residues bioethanol and biofuel plant next to the Haapavesi thermal power plant 120 kilometres south of Uleaborg in Northern Finland.

    The new facility will utilize Swedish clean-tech company SEKAB E-Technology's Celluapp platform to extract cellulose sugars and lignin from forest or agricultural residues for processing into biofuels or renewable chemical products. The technology can be used in new biorefineries or to develop existing facilities.

    The new Nordfuel biorefinery will produce bioethanol and biogas for the transport sector and lignin to fuel the 390-MW power plant in Haapavesi. (Source: Norfuel, April, 2019) Contact: Norduel, Antti Vilkuna, CEO, +358 (0)44 0220 919, antti.vilkuna@nordfuel.fi, http://nordfuel.fi/en/biorefinery

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lignin,  Biofuel,  Nordful Bioethanol,  


    Greenbelt Claims Duckweed Ethanol Feedstock Success (Ind. Report)
    Greenbelt Resources
    Date: 2019-03-08
    Following up on our March 30, 2018 coverage, Paso Robles, California-based Greenbelt Resources Corporation , the developer and producer of a sustainable ECOsystem model that transforms food, beverage and ag industry waste into revenue generating bioproducts, reports it used its Commercial Scale Feedstock Testing Facility (CSTF) to conduct duckweed feedstock feasibility testing for a third party customer funded by the Andrew J. Young Foundation.

    Common duckweed is a very small light green free-floating, seed bearing plant. Duckweed has 1 to 3 leaves, or fronds, of 1/16 to 1/8 inch in length. A single root (or root-hair) protrudes from each frond. Duckweeds tend to grow in dense colonies in quiet, undisturbed water.

    In other Greenbelt news, the company also recently announced receipt of funding funding pursuant to an agreement with Purnol, LLC to produce bioethanol for use in the predominantly hemp based cannabis CBD extraction process. (Source: Greenbelt Resources Corp., PR, 7 Mar., 2019) Contact: Greenbelt Resources, Darren Eng, CEO, 888-995-GRCO (4726) x 101, darren@greenbeltresources.com, www.greenbeltresources.com; Andrew J. Young Foundation, (404) 685-2786

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbelt Resources,  Duckweed,  Ethanol,  Biofuel ,  


    CropEnergies' Rebooting Teesside Bioethanol Plant (Int'l Report)
    CropEnergies AG
    Date: 2019-03-01
    In the UK, German ethanol producer CropEnergies AG reports it will reopen its wheat ethanol production facility at Wilton, Teeside at reduced capacity this month. The facility uses UK produced wheat feedstock to produce ethanol.

    Previously, the plant was mothballed in 2011, two years after opening, due to US competition and dwindling demand. Production restarted in October 2012 but paused again in April 2013 because of rising energy costs and a poor harvest. CropEnergies AG acquired the facility in July 2013, rebooted production the following October, stopped production in early 2015 and restarted again in 2016. (Source: CropEnergies AG, Farmers Weekly, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: CropEnergies AG, +49 621 714 19000, www.cropenergies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CropEnergies,  Wheat Ethanol,  Ethanol,  


    Global Biofuels Market $218.7Bn in 2022, says Report (Report Available)
    Biofuel
    Date: 2019-01-04
    The recently released Biofuels Market by Type (Bioethanol and Biodiesel), and by Form – Solid (Biocoal, Biochar), Fuel Pellets Liquid (Biodiesel and Bioethanol), and Gaseous (Biogas, Biopropane, and Syngas) -- Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis, and Forecast, 2016 -- 2022 biofuels market report from Zion Market Research provides complete global biofuels market information and statistics identifying opportunities for various product developers and services providers, industries, associations, firms and upcoming and established biofuel industry players.

    The report segments the market on the basis of region, the type services, technologies, products offered, and includes marketing and trade volumes.

    Report details HERE[endlink target=_blank>. (Source: Zion Market Research, Technology News Extra, Jan., 2019) Contact: Zion Market Research, www.zionmarketresearch.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Zion Market Research,  Biofuel,  


    Ensus Wilton Wheat Biofuel Production "Paused" Again (Int'l)
    Ensus,CropEnergies
    Date: 2018-10-26
    In the UK, German CropEnergies reports production at its £300 million subsidiary Ensus bioethanol refinery in Wilton on Teesside is to be "paused" in November for the fourth time. The break in production is for an unspecified period due to the falling global price of bioethanol.

    Previously, the plant was mothballed in 2011, two years after opening, due to US competition and dwindling demand. Production restarted in October 2012 but paused again in April 2013 because of rising energy costs and a poor harvest. CropEnergies AG acquired the facility in July 2013, rebooted production the following October, stopped production in early 2015 and restarted again in 2016.

    The plant converts wheat into fuel-grade alcohol, animal feed and CO2 for the beverage industry. (Source: Ensus, BBC News, 25 Oct., 2018) Contact: Ensus Ltd., Joachim Lutz, CEO, +44 (0) 1642 794040, www.ensus.co.uk; CropEnergies AG, +49 621 714 19000, www.cropenergies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ensus,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Bioethanol,  CropEnergies,  


    EBRD Investing €80Mn in Ukrainian Bioenergy (Int'l. Report)
    European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
    Date: 2018-10-17
    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) reports it plans to invest €80 million in from 10 to 15 Ukrainian bioenergy projects focused on bioethanol, biogas and bio methane fuels production through 2019. The program will be jointly financed with the Global Environment Facility and the Clean Technology Fund.

    Ukraine is reported to have significant untapped capacity in bioenergy production, but faces logistical challenges when it comes to taking advantage of biomass and getting full benefit from the energy potential in vast amounts of agricultural bi-product and waste.

    The EBRD's combined operations and engagement in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia is presently close to €24 billion, according to the bank (Source: EBRD, InterFax Ukraine, KYIV, 16 Oct., 2018) Contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, +44 (0) 207 338 6000, www.ebrd.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Bank for Reconstruction and Development,  EBRD,  Bioenergy,  


    ICM Acquires Abengoa Bioenergy's Idle Kansas Biofuel Plant (M&A)
    Abengoa Bioenergy, ICM
    Date: 2018-10-03
    Colwich, Kansas based agricultural and renewable energy technology firm ICM reports it is acquiring the bankrupt Abengoa Bioenergy's Colwich corn ethanol facility for $3.1 million. The plant has been idle since late 2017.

    The facility processes up to 240,000 tpy of corn to produce roughly 25 million gpy of bioethanol and 70,000 tpy of DGS which is used for livestock feed. (Source: ICM, WMW, 2 Oct., 2018) Contact: ICM, (316) 796-0900, www.icminc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Abengoa Bioenergy,  Landfill Gas,  ICM,  


    Vivergo Closing UK Wheat-to-Bioethanol Plant (Int'l Report)
    Vivergo Fuels
    Date: 2018-09-19
    Following on our Sept. 7 coverage, UK wheat-to-ethanol producer Vivergo Fuels is citing high wheat prices and delays implementing biofuels legislation for its planned closure of its bioethanol plant in Hull. The plant is scheduled for the end of the month.

    The 420 million lpy bioethanol plant is the largest producer in the UK and second largest in Europe. It halted production late last year before resuming operations in March. The plant processes 1.1 million tpy of wheat and supplies 500,000 tpy of animal feed to 800 farms.

    Vivergo Fuels was established as a JV between AB Sugar, BP and DuPont in 2007. (Source: Vivergo Fuels, The Chemical Engineer, 17 Sept., 2018))Contact: Vivergo Fuels, +44 01482 700800, www.vivergofuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vivergo Fuel,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


    Quebec-Based Enerkem Touts Bio-DME Production (Ind. Report)
    Enerkem
    Date: 2018-09-12
    Montreal-based waste-to-ethanol and chemicals producer specialist Enerkem is reporting the production of a clean, renewable bio-dimethyl ether (Bio-DME), a by-product of biomethanol, that could replace the use of diesel fuel in the transportation sector.

    Using its proprietary thermochemical technology, the company tested and validated the production of fuel-grade bio-DME made from unrecoverable carbon-rich municipal solid waste at its Innovation Centre in Westbury, Quebec.

    Bio-DME offers a 20 pct higher cetane rating on average than diesel or bio-diesel fuels and, when combusted, does not produce sulfur oxide (SOx) or fine particles, and contributes to lower emissions from other harmful residual pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) that are mainly produced from the combustion of fossil-based fuels. (Source: Enerkem, Various Trade Media, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bio-DME,  Bioethanol,  Enerkem,  Waste-to-biofuel,  Bioethanol,  


    Vivergo Announces UK Wheat-to-Biofuel Plant Closure (Int'l)
    Vivergo Fuels
    Date: 2018-09-07
    Further to our April 13th coverage, Vivergo Fuels reports it plans to permanently shutter its £350 million, locally sourced wheat-to-ethanol biofuel plant at Saltend , UK, at the end of September.

    The company is blaming government "inaction over the future of renewable fuels" as well as high wheat feedstock prices, low bioethanol prices and slow market uptake on biofuels for the impending closure.

    In a December 2017 statement, the company noted: "If the (UK) government does not increase the blend level to 9.75 pct and actively support the introduction of E10, the industry will be left in an unsustainable situation with excess capacity and there are likely to be casualties." (Source: Vivergo, Hull Live, 6 Sept., 2018) )Contact: Vivergo Fuels, +44 01482 700800, www.vivergofuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vivergo Fuels,  


    Philippine Think Tank Opposes Biofuel Act Roll Back (Int'l)
    Philippine Department of Energy
    Date: 2018-08-29
    In the Philippines, the Center for Alcohol Development and Research think tank is warning that the possible suspension of the country's Biofuels Act will imperil the Philippine PHP 30-billion ($562,700.000) bioethanol industry and drive away foreign investment.

    The Philippines bioethanol industry consists of 11 bioethanol companies, each of which invested between PHP 3 billion and PHP 5 billion for a distillery with the capacity of 100,000 lpd, depending on the technology used.

    According to the Department of Energy, "The Biofuels Act is not about lowering the prices of gasoline. It is about the diversification of the sugar industry which empowers the marginalized farmers, sugarcane farmers, it is about rural development. It is about putting the people, making the people go to agriculture, developing our farms, providing a livelihood in rural areas rather than them moving away to Metro Manila."

    The Department of Energy previously called on the country's oil companies to roll out lower priced "Euro 2" diesel fuel in their retail stations to help mitigate the impact of rising inflation to consumers. (Source: Philippine Department of Energy, Center for Alcohol Development and Research, Manila Standard, 27 Aug., 2018)Contact: Philippine Department of Energy, www.doe.gov.ph

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Bioethanol,  Philippines Ethanol,  


    STEELNOL Touts Steelmaking Waste Gases Ethanol Tech. (Ind. Report)
    LanzaTech,STEELNOL
    Date: 2018-08-13
    The EU Community Research & Development Information Service (CORDIS) is reporting an innovative process developed in the EU-funded STEELANOL -- production of sustainable, advanced bio-ethANOL through an innovative gas-fermentation process using exhaust gases emitted in the STEEL industry -- project has demonstrated a new, greener use for steel waste gases. Coordinated by steel and mining company ArcelorMittal Belgium, the project has shown that these gases can be recycled and fermented to produce bioethanol transportation fuel and other valuable products including aviation fuels.

    STEELANOL is demonstrating the environmental benefits entailed in recycling waste streams, and reducing steelmaking emissions at source and producing fuel that isn't made from oil keeps fossil fuels in the ground. STEELNOL's technology was developed by project partner and carbon recycling company LanzaTech. In a pioneering gas fermentation process, anaerobic bacteria feed on the CO in steel waste gases to produce bioethanol. This process has no impact on water, food, land use or biodiversity.

    When fully operational in 2020, the Ghent facilities are expected to produce around 80 million lpy of bioethanol with a greenhouse gas impact greenhouse gas impact that is expected to be more than 65 pct lower than that of oil-derived fuels. (Source: CORDIS ( EU Community Research & Development Information Service) , Aug., 2018) Contact: STEELANOL, John Kennedylaan, + 32 (0) 9 347 31 11 , info@steelanol.eu, www.steelanol.eu/en; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  B)2,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Fuel,  Bioethanol,  Ethanol,  


    UK DfT Launches E10 Low-Carbon Fuel Consultation (Int'l Report)
    UK Department for Transport
    Date: 2018-07-23
    In London, the UK Department for Transport (DfT) is reporting the launch of a consultation on whether and how it should introduce E10 fuel to the UK market. The consultation aims to help the DfT understand E10's potential impact on the market and to ensure that drivers understand and are are protected in the event of changes to the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO). The RFTO, which was announced earlier this year, requires transport fuel suppliers to increase the amount of renewable fuel supplied across the UK up to 2032. To meet these new targets, fuel suppliers could choose to increase the percentage of bioethanol in petrol beyond the current 5 pct (E5) up to a limit of 10 pct (E10).

    The consultation includes proposals on: whether and how to introduce E10 petrol in the UK market; the reintroduction of an E5 protection grade to ensure standard petrol remains affordable and available; and the introduction of new fuel labeling at filling stations, on petrol pumps and on new cars.

    Decarbonising petrol is increasingly important as the government moves towards the zero emissions future set out in the Road to Zero strategy earlier this month.

    Road to Zero strategy details HERE. (Source: UK Department for Transport, 20 July, 2018) Contact: UK Department of Transport, www.gov.uk/government/ministers/secretary-of-state-for-transport

    More Low-Carbon Energy News :ow-Carbon Fuel,  UK Department for Transport,  


    AZOLLA Touted for Biofuels Potential (New Prod & Tech)
    Biofuel
    Date: 2018-07-03
    Venezuelan international trade expert, banker and entrepreneur Leonardo Gonzalez Dellan is touting the development of AZOLLA in Latin America as a feedstock for biofuels, "green manure" fertilizer for rice fields, a feed supplement for aquatic and terrestrial animals, and various other applications.

    AZOLLA is an aquatic plant that produces a substantial biomass quickly when planted in contaminated waters which improves by consuming chemicals in the contaminated waters. AZOLLA can "potentially produce up to 20.2 tons per hectare per year of bio-oil, and up to 48 tons per hectare per year of bio-char" while doubling in mass within 2-5 days.

    According to Gonzalez Dellan, AZOLLA would be especially effective in a Latin American context "by moving the production of bio-ethanol from arable land to wastewater, the reclaimed land can then be used for the development of further sustainable crops while continuing the production of bioethanol." (Source: Leonardo Gonzalez Dellan, NewsAnyway, 2 July, 2018) Contact: Leonardo Gonzalez Dellan, www.gonzalezdellan.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Feedstock,  


    160 Biomass Processing Plants Planned for Punjab (Int'l Report)
    National Thermal Power Corporation
    Date: 2018-06-25
    Aiming to use "paddy" straw and agriculture waste to produce animal feed and biocoal, the Punjab government reports it is seeking to attract private investment to establish 160 "paddy" straw biomass processing plants. The Punjab finance minister confirmed the state would invest Rs 10,000 crore in the 160 biomass plants which could directly and indirectly employ approximately 50,000 people.

    The plants will purchase straw and agriculture waste from farmers and convert it into biocoal which will be sold to the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC).

    In related Indian clean fuels news, the Indian Oil Corporation Limited Is reported to be working on supplying CNG gas for vehicles and Erika, an English firm, is working on production of bioethanol from straw. (Source: Times of India, TNN, 25 June, 2018) Contact: National Thermal Power Corporation, www.ntpc.co.in

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass news,  Straw Biomass news,  


    ArcelorMittal Invests €150 Mn in Emissions-to-Fuel Tech. (Int'l)
    ArcelorMittal,LanzaTech
    Date: 2018-06-13
    The Belgium-based steel giant ArcelorMittal reports construction of €150 million of new equipment to transform furnace CO2 emissions into bioethanol is underway at its plant in Ghent, Belgium. This project is in collaboration with LanzaTech and is first of its type in Europe.

    LanzaTech technology uses microbes that absorb carbon monoxide to produce bioethanol which can be used as transportation fuel or in the production of plastic. The system, which produce 80 million lpy of bioethanol annually, is expected to go into production in May, 2020. (Source: ArcelorMittal, 12 June, 2018) Contact: ArcelorMittal, Paul Weigh, +32 9 347 31 11, paul.weigh@arcelormittal.com, www.arcelormittal.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ArcelorMittal,  COs,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  LanzaTech,  


    Indian Bamboo Biofuel Biorefinery JV Announced (Int'l Report)
    Numaligarh Refinery,Fortum
    Date: 2018-06-06
    In India, Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) is reporting a JV -- Assam Bio-Refinery Pvt Limited (ABRPL) -- with equity participation of Finland's Chempolis Oy and Fortum 3 B.V. of the Netherlands, to construct and operate a bio refinery in India. NRL will hold 50 pct of the new venture. Fortum 3 B.V. will hold 28 pct and Chempolis Oy will hold 22 pct, according to a press statement.

    The new JV will produce 62 million lpy of bio-ethanol from approximately 0.5 million mtpy of locally sourced bamboo. Bio-coal will be used for production of steam and green power to the bio-refinery. (Source: Numaligarh Refinery, Shillong Times, 5 June, 2018) Contact: Numaligarh Refinery, +91-03776-265493, www.nrl.co.in; Chempolis Oy, +358 10 387 6666, www.chempolis.com; Fortum Oyj, Vesa Koivisto, Development Manager, +358-50-453-6322, +358 10 4511, vesa.koivisto@fortum.com, www.fortum.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fortum ,  Chempolis ,  Bamboo Bioethanol,  Biofuel,  


    Nordzucker Cites Market Conditions for Ethanol Production Cut (Int'l)
    Nordzucker
    Date: 2018-05-30
    In Germany, Braunschweig-based sugar beet grower and ethanol producer Nordzucker reports it cut its sugar-based ethanol production by 27 pct March 2017/February 2018.

    The company blamed the reduction on higher sugar prices during the first half of its fiscal year and "considerable volatility" in the fuel market. (Source: Nordzucker, Various Media, May, 2018) Contact: Nordzucker Ethanol, Boris Kuster, Bioethanol Manager, +49 39209 45-132, www.nordzucker.com/en/business/bioethanol/production.html, www.nordzucker.de/en/home.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordzucker,  Sugar Beet,  Ethanol,  


    Novozymes Eying Chinese Enzymes Market Opportunities (Int'l)
    Novozymes
    Date: 2018-05-28
    The Chinese news agency Xinhua is reporting Danish industrial enzymes specialist Novozymes expects its products to play a major role in the world's third-largest ethanol market, China's ambitious goals for sustainability and development. Novozymes opened its first facility Chine 20 years ago in the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area.

    Novozymes said ethanol fuel is one of the major opportunities the company sees in China, which plans to push nationwide use of bioethanol-gasoline blends by 2020 to cut emissions and fossil fuel consumption.

    With a 48-pct market share in industrial enzymes, Novozymes provides biological solutions for producers of ethanol, bread, detergent and textiles in 130 countries. (Source: Xinhua, Novozymes, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Novozymes, Sara Dai, Asia Pacific Regional Pres., +45 44 46 00 00, www.novozymes.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Novozymes,  Enzymes,  Ethanol,  


    Greenbelt Resources to Assist in Chinese Bioethanol Effort (Int'l)
    Greenbelt Resources
    Date: 2018-05-09
    Paso Robles, California-based waste-to-bioethanol specialist Greenbelt Resources Corporation, is reporting CEO Darren Eng will visit China this month to assist in enhancing the domestic production capacity up to the over 4 billion gallons of ethanol required to meet a Chinese Government mandate.

    In 2017, Greenbelt commissioned a commercial system in New South Wales, Australia that converts wheat processing waste into ethanol, and it received Ecolabel certification from the Indonesian Ministry of the Environment. (Source: Greenbelt Resources, PR, 8 May, 2018) Contact: Greenbelt Resources, Darren Eng, CEO, (888) 995-4726x101, darren@greenbeltresources.com, www.greenbeltresources.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbelt Resources,  Ethanol,  


    Biofuels Market Leading Manufacturers 2018 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-05-04
    E Market Research is offering Biofuels Market Leading Manufacturers 2018 biofuels market report, an in-depth investigation on the competitive biofuels market.

    Key players included in the global Biofuels market report are: China Agri-Industries Holdings, COFCO Biochemical (AnHui), Raizen, ADM, Tianguan Group, Cargill, POET, Big River Resources, Vivergo, The Andersons, BP, Pacific Ethanol, Flint Hills Resources, Green Plains, CropEnergies, Valero, Abengoa Bioenergy and Jilin Fuel Ethanol

    The report analyzes the biofuels market by: type-- Biodiesel and Bioethanol; end users -- industrial fuels, transportation fuels and Chemical industry; regions; distributors; dealers; traders and manufacturers including contact information, production strategies, the scope of the Biofuels product, their capacity, worldwide productivity, and revenue generation.

    Details and a PDF sample copy of this study HERE (Source: E Market Research, May, 2018) Contact: E Market Research, (857) 239-0696, nquiry@market.biz, http://emarketresearch.us/global-biofuels-market-2017-2022


    Vivergo Fuels Reboots UK Wheat-Ethanol Plant (Int'l Report)
    Vivergo Fuels
    Date: 2018-04-13
    Following up on our November 20, 2017 coverage, Vivergo Fuels has confirmed the reopening of its UK-grown wheat-to-ethanol plant in Hull, UK. The plant, which was shuttered in November due to "poor market conditions", has an annual production capacity of 420 million liters of ethanol and 500,000 mt of DDG high protein feed.

    The Vivergo plant is the UK's largest and Europe's second largest bioethanol producer and the country's largest single producer of DDGs animal feed.

    Vivergo Fuels is a joint venture between AB Sugar and DuPont, with ANB Sugar the majority shareholder. (Source: Virgo Fuels, Various Media, 11 April, 2018)Contact: Vivergo Fuels, +44 01482 700800, www.vivergofuels.com

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    Qatar SDC Developing Biocrude Technologies (R&D, Int'l Report)
    Sustainable Development Centre
    Date: 2018-04-13
    In Qatar, the Sustainable Development Centre (SDC) at Qatar University's College of Arts and Sciences (QU-CAS) reports it is developing the techniques to produce bio-crude oil through its Qatar Biofuel Project aimed at finding a way to produce affordable and sustainable biofuels.

    "Production of biofuels can also be done efficiently under searing temperatures and without relying on Qatar's arable land," said SDC director and Qatar Biofuel Project manager Hareb al-Jabri. In a statement, he said the first phase of the project witnessed SDC’s research team producing biodiesel, bioethanol and bio-crude oil. These fuels should provide an additive source of energy, specifically for use by the airline industry.

    According to Al-Jabri, the project adds value to the country's oil and gas sector as it aims to support the vision of Qatar Airways to use environmentally-friendly fuel in the airline industry, reducing the negative environmental effects of conventional fuel. He added that the project will also contribute to carbon dioxide sequestration by recycling it to produce biofuels. (Source: SDC Qatar University, Gulf Times, April, 2018)Contact: SDC Qatar University, www.qu.edu.qa

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    St1 Touts Thai Cassava Waste Ethanol Plans (Int'l. Report)
    St1 Renewable Energy, Ubon Bio Ethanol
    Date: 2018-04-04
    Helsinki-headquartered St1 Biofuels is reporting completion of its Etanolix® cassava ethanol pilot plant at Ubon Bio Ethanol Ltd's starch and ethanol plant site in Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand.

    The pilot, which will be operated for a year in various starch factories to test different environments, conditions, and seasonal changes, is essential to finalize the concept for a full-scale ethanol production plant using cassava pulp into an investment proposal. To that end, St1 has formed a Thai subsidiary, St1 Renewable Energy Thailand Ltd. to run the piloting and R&D of cassava pulp ethanol production process.

    The amount of cassava waste generated by Thailand's largest starch production plants would enable the construction of units producing 10 - 30 million lpy of ethanol. The company plans to build as many as 20 Etanolix® plants in Thailand, to produce 400 million lpy of ethanol. (Source: St1, PR, April, 2018) Contact: St1 Renewable Energy, Patrick Pitkanen, Advanced Fuels Director, +358 105 574 734, patrick.pitkanen@st1.fi, www.st1.fi; Ubon Bio Ethanol, Anchisa Krisanarungkhun, Business Development, +662 273 8666, anchisa@ubonbioethanol.com, www.ubonbioethanol.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News St1,  Renewable Energy,  Cassava,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


    Greenbelt, Young Foundation Ink DuckWeed DAYS Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Greenbelt Resources
    Date: 2018-03-30
    In the Golden State, Paso Robles-based Greenbelt Resources Corp. reports it has inked a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with Georgia-based Duckweed DAYS LLC. -- a new entity aiming to commercialize and further the research carried out by the not-for-profit Andrew J. Young Foundation (AYF). The Foundation aims to encourage farmers, both in the U.S. and around the world, to grow duckweed as a cash crop and sell it into the biobased products industry.

    The Duckweed Project features Greenbelt's ECOsystem model, which will convert the duckweed into bioethanol and a protein concentrate targeted as a nutritional supplement.

    Greenbelt's ECOsystem technology represents about $5.0 million of the total $14.0 project budget.

    Common duckweed is a very small light green free-floating, seed bearing plant. Duckweed has 1 to 3 leaves, or fronds, of 1/16 to 1/8 inch in length. A single root (or root-hair) protrudes from each frond. Duckweeds tend to grow in dense colonies in quiet, undisturbed water. (Source: Greenbelt Resources Corp., Nasdaq, 29 Mar., 2018) Contact: Greenbelt, Darren Eng, CEO, (888) 995- 4726 x 101, [stratlink]darren@greenbeltresources.com[endlink],
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    Ensus Boosts CropEnergies' Bioethanol Production, Revenues (Int'l)
    CropEnergies,Ensus
    Date: 2018-03-26
    German wheat bioethanol producer CropEnergies AG reports its Ensus Ltd facility at Wilton, near Redcar, UK, reported strengthening income during its last financial year, as manufacturing, helped by a flagship North-East plant, pushed revenues up 10 pct in the 12-month period to February 28, to £771 million.

    With revenues expected at between £734 million and £787 million, the company is anticipating a pre- interest, tax, depreciation and amortization earning of between £61 million and £96 million and an operating result between £26 million and £61m for the financial year 2018/2019, according to the company. The company says it expects ethanol prices to come in lower over the next 12 months but grow steadily in the long term. (Source: CropEnergies, Ensus, 26 Mar., 2018) Contact: Ensus Ltd., Joachim Lutz, CEO, +44 (0) 1642 794040, www.ensus.co.uk; CropEnergies AG, +49 621 714 19000, www.cropenergies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CropEnergies,  Ensus,  Ethanol,  Wheat Ethanol,  


    Greenbelt, Biofuels & Energy Tout SLV Biopro Project (Ind. Report)
    Greenbelt Resources
    Date: 2018-03-23
    Paso Robles, California-headquartered Greenbelt Resources Corporation, an innovator of sustainable energy production systems, in collaboration with Biofuels & Energy, LLC (B&E), is touting the San Luis Valley Bioproducts Project (SLV Biopro). The project will feature Greenbelt's waste-to-energy interconnected system (ECOsystem) designed to produce up to 500,000 gpy of bioethanol from potato processing waste and other suitable feedstocks available in the San Luis Valley area of Colorado.

    SLV Biopro aims to be the first independently owned, local-scale bioethanol solution in Colorado. The resulting bioethanol will be sold for both fuel and industrial uses, including by Colorado's cannabis processing industry as a "green" extraction solvent.

    Biofuels & Energy, LLC is a project development company dedicated to the utilization of proven emerging technologies capable of transforming industrial, municipal and agricultural waste streams into energy products. (Source: Greenbelt Resources Corp. PR, 22 Mar., 2018) Contact: B&E, SLV Biopro Project, Richard Mason, (575) 224-9064; Greenbelt Resources, Darren Eng, CEO, (888) 995-4726 x 101, darren@greenbeltresources.com, www.greenbeltresources.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbelt Resources,  Waste-to-Fuel,  Biofuel,  


    Omani Researchers Convert Wastepaper into Biofuel (New Prod & Tech)
    Sultan Qaboos University
    Date: 2018-03-21
    In Oman, municipal solid wastes (MSW) consisting primarily of wood, waste paper, food materials, plastics, metals and glass are being investigated by Dr Sivakumar Nallusamy, assistant professor at the Department of Biology, Sultan Qaboos University, as an ideal cellulosic-organic waste as a substrate for bacterial fermentation for the growth of microorganisms used for the production of biodiesel, bioethanol, bioplastics and other valuable products.

    The project, which is receiving grant funding from the Research Council, is converting pre-treated waste papers and other municipal solid wastes into fermentable sugars by enzymatic hydrolysis. The sugars were successfully converted into bioplastic, bioethanol and biodiesel using appropriate microorganisms. (Source: Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat Daily, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Department of Biology, Sultan Qaboos University, Dr. Sivakumar Nallusamy, +968 2414 2229, www.squ.edu.om/science/Departments/Biology

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MSW,  Cellulosic,  Biofuel,  Bioplastic,  Bioehanol,  Biodiesel,  


    Greenbelt Resources, Biofuels and Energy LLC Ink LOI (Ind. Report)
    Greenbelt Resources,Biofuels and Energy, LLC
    Date: 2018-03-21
    In the Golden State, Paso Robles-based Greenbelt Resources Corporation reports it has inked a Letter of Intent (LOI) with New Mexico-based Biofuels and Energy, LLC (B&E). B&E plans to utilize Greenbelt's proprietary ECOsystem model, which uses a patented membrane dehydration technology to convert agricultural waste into various biobased products such as bioethanol and high protein animal feed.

    The first series of B&E projects will be located in Colorado, New Mexico and Pennsylvania. Greenbelt Resources' small-scale, end-to-end modular systems convert food, beverage and other cellulosic wastes into commercially viable advanced biofuels (bio-ethanol), animal feed, fertilizer and filtered water. (Source: Greenbelt Resources, PR, 15 Mar., 2018) Contact: Greenbelt Resources, Darren Eng., CEO, (888) 995- 4726 x101, darren@greenbeltresources.com, www.greenbeltresources.com

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    Aussies Touting Queensland Agave Biofuel Project (Int'l Report)
    MSF Sugar
    Date: 2018-03-02
    In the Land Down Under, MSF Sugar has proposed a $60 million "world-first" biorefinery complex that will produce sugar, renewable baseload electricity and ethanol biofuels from locally-grown sugarcane fibre and potentially agave, a succulent plant that grows year-round on marginal land.

    Powered by an onsite bagasse and potentially agave fueled 24 MW Green Power Station, the MSF Sugar complex is expected to produce 110,000 tpy of raw sugar, green electricity for the grid and 55 million lpy of ethanol.

    The project is being supported by the Queensland State Government's Biofutures Acceleration Program and the Queensland Biofutures Commercialization Program. (Source: MSF Sugar, PR, Feb., 2018) Contact: MSF Sugar, Mike Barry, CEO, +61 7 4043 3333, www.msfsugar.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioethanol,  Agave,  Biofuel,  Sugarcane Bagasse,  


    Greenbelt's BioEthanol Test Facility Conversion to Commercial-Scale Near Completion (Ind. Report)
    Greenbelt
    Date: 2018-02-23
    Paso Robles, California-based Greenbelt Resources Corp reports the first phase of its California BioEthanol Project that will convert its Commercial Scale Testing Facility into a commercial-scale production biorefinery is well underway and expected tb be completed in Q2, this year.

    The biorefinery will produce approximately 1.37 million ppy of protein concentrate and 75,000 gpy of bioethanol. The total estimated investment for the California BioEthanol Project is $3.25 million. Additional capacity will be added in the project's secomd and third phases.

    Greenbelt Resources Corp. is an award-winning designer and supplier of sustainable energy production systems focused on delivering modular solutions that enable the localized processing of locally generated waste into locally consumed products. Greenbelt's small-scale, end-to-end modular systems convert food, beverage and other cellulosic wastes into commercially viable advanced biofuels, animal feed, fertilizer and filtered water. (Source: Greenbelt Resources, PR, Daily Telescope, 22 Feb., 2018) Contact: Greenbelt Resources, Darren Eng, CEO, (888) 995-4726 x 101, darren@greenbeltresources.com, www.greenbeltresources.com

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    China Expanding Bioethanol Production, Consumption (Int'l)
    Chinese State Administration of Grain
    Date: 2018-02-21
    In Beijing, the Chinese State Administration of Grain (SAG) is reporting China will expand production and consumption of bioethanol fuel this year as the country seeks more channels to use corn and grain stockpiles. The surplus is the result of years of support for corn farmers.

    To help make use of the excess stock, China last year announced a plan for nationwide use of bioethanol gasoline by 2020. Outlining the work priorities for 2018, the SAG said it will accelerate the use of grain stockpiles and reform grain storage mechanisms to make them more market-oriented, according to the State Administration of Grain. (Source: Chinese State Administration of Grain, Xinhua, 17 Feb., 2018) Contact: Chinese State Administration of Grain, www.chinagrain.gov.cn/english/index.html

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    Dhaka Approves Bioethanol Production, 5 pct Blending (Int'l)
    Bangladesh
    Date: 2018-01-05
    In Dhaka, The government of Bangladesh Energy and Mineral Resources Division reports it has approved the 5 pct blending of bioethanol and petroleum fuel. The initiative is intended to reduce the use of conventional fuel oil, cut carbon emission, and to mitigate environmental pollution .

    In December, 2017, the Energy and Mineral Resources Division approved the establishment of bio-ethanol plants. The produced Bio-ethanol must be certified to have met required standards by the Department of Narcotics Control and supplied only to Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) nominated depots. (Source: Bangladesh Energy and Mineral Resources Division, Dhaka Tribune, 3 Jan., 2017) Energy and Mineral Resources Division, www.emrd.gov.bd

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    EU Bioplastics Producers Seek Bioethanol Duty Reductions (Int'l)
    Bioplastics
    Date: 2018-01-03
    The European Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) reports that EU-based bioplastics producers are becoming increasingly concerned about their ability to compete with players in the Americas due to the high duties they must pay for their ethanol feedstock and have urged the EU to forego existing import duties of 60-40 pct on bioethanol used exclusively for applications in chemical intermediates.

    According to Brussels-headquartered BIC, Europe's bio-industries -- chemicals, plastics, pharmaceuticals, paper, textile, biofuels and bioenergy -- employ approximately 3.3 million people and have annual turnover of € 674 billion. (Source: Bio-based Industries Consortium, Bioplastics, 3 Jan., 2018) Contact: Bio-based Industries Consortium, www.bioconsortium.eu

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    Lignocellulosic Bio-Ethanol Market Outlook and Opportunities in Grooming Regions; Edition 2017-2022 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-01-03
    Lignocellulosic Bio-Ethanol Market Research Report provides an analysis of the principal global lignocellulosic bio-ethanol manufactures and geographic regions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure, development trends, competitive landscape analysis, key regions distributors analysis, production and market share, revenue, price and gross margin, supply, consumption, regional export and import values and other pertinent data.

    A PDF report sample and details are available HERE. (Source: Market Reports World, PR, SATPRNEWS, 30 Dec., 2017) Contact: Market Reports World, (408) 520-9750, +44 (020) 3289 7501, www.marketreportsworld.com

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    UK Biofuels Producer Blames Gov. Inaction for Shutdown (Int'l)
    Vivergo
    Date: 2017-12-06
    Further to our November 20 coverage, the UK's largest bioethanol producer, Vivergo Fuels, reports it has ceased production at its East Yorkshire plant.. In a statement, the company blamed government "inaction" and noted there was "no guarantee" production would recommence at the Hull facility.

    The company claimed losses had risen due to government delays in raising the present 5 pct mandatory bioethanol-gasoline blend rate to 10 pct. The Department for Transport says it was "on track" to double the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation to 10 pct by 2020.

    "If the government does not increase the blend level to 9.75 pct and actively support the introduction of E10, the industry will be left in an unsustainable situation with excess capacity and there are likely to be casualties," according to a Vivergo statement. (Source: Vivergo, BBC, 5 Dec., 2017)Contact: Vivergo Fuels, +44 01482 700800, www.vivergofuels.com

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    Vivergo Cites Market Conditions, Legislative Uncertainty for UK Ethanol Constraints (Int'l Report)
    Vivergo Fuels
    Date: 2017-11-20
    "We reluctantly welcomed the Government's Renewable Transport Fuel obligation proposals in September, but have remained extremely concerned that there is no roll-out framework for E10 in the UK, the absence of which could have serious consequences for the long-term future of the UK bioethanol industry.

    "Over the past six weeks we have seen bioethanol prices fall significantly impacting Vivergo profit margins further. Whilst there have been some supply increases this year, the bioethanol market in Europe, and in particular the UK, remains constrained by the Government's inaction. As a result of these market conditions and legislative uncertainty, we have taken the decision to bring forward and extend our annual plant maintenance work to lessen the impact on the plants profitability. In the meantime, we will continue to work with all stakeholders and the Government to support the legislative process and the future roll-out of E10."

    Vivergo's £350 million plant near Hull, Yorkshire, is one of Europe's biggest bioethanol producers and the UK's largest single source supplier of distiller dried grains (DDGs) animal feed. (Source: Vivergo Fuels, Website, 10 Nov., 2017) Contact: Vivergo Fuels, +44 01482 700800, www.vivergofuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vivergo Fuels ,  Ethanol,  Bioethanol,  DDGs,  


    E-10 Ethanol Becoming French Fuel of Choice (Int'l. Report)
    Bioethanol Collective
    Date: 2017-11-08
    In France, the Biofuel Collective is reporting that SP95-E10 ethanol blended gasoline is the largest selling transportation fuel in France. SP95-E10's rise is attributed to a variety of factors including: a tax break that made the crop-based fuel more attractive to drivers; significantly increased nationwide availability; French motorists' "distrust" of diesel after the VW emissions test cheating scandal and an increase in the legal biofuel blending level in transport fuel to 7.5 pct.

    Sales of unleaded SP95-E10 accounted for 38.5 pct of France's total petrol sales in September compared with 36.8 pct for SP95 and 23.6 pct for the higher-quality SP98, according to a Bioethanol Collective statement. (Source: Bioethanol Collective, Reuters, Nov., 2017)Contact: Bioethanol Collective, www.bioethanolcarburant.com


    UK Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation Statistics (Int'l Report)
    Renewable Fuels
    Date: 2017-11-06
    In the UK, the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations (RTFO) Order requires transport fuel suppliers to ensure that a proportion of the fuel they supply comes from renewable sources (biofuels). The legislation is of key importance in our efforts to deliver reductions in carbon dioxide emissions from fuels used for transport purposes and non-road mobile machinery.

    Currently, 419 million litres of renewable fuel have been supplied in period 2017/18, which is 3 pct of total road and non-road mobile machinery fuel. 179 million litres -- 43 pct -- of this fuel has so far been demonstrated to meet the sustainability requirements. Of this 179 million litres, Bioethanol comprises 43 pct of the supply, biodiesel 52 pct and biomethanol 5 pct. There was also a small volume of off-road biodiesel and biomethane.

    Data on volumes of fuel, Renewable Transport Fuel Certificates (RTFCs) and Carbon & Sustainability (C&S) are held by the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) Administrator. Fuel volume data is submitted on a monthly basis by fuel suppliers to the RTFO Administrator and validated against HMRC duty payment data.

    Download the full report HERE. (Source: UK Department for Transport, 2 Nov., 2017)Contact: UK Department of Transport, www.gov.uk/government/ministers/secretary-of-state-for-transport

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    Greenbelt Testing Wine Waste as Biofuel Feedstocks (Ind. Report)
    Greenbelt Resources
    Date: 2017-10-27
    In the Golden State, Paso Robles-based Greenbelt Resources Corporation reports it will work with Santa Maria, California-headquartered Central Coast Wine Services (CCWS) to test various wine making wastes for potential use as feedstock for Greenbelt's "Paso Robles ECOsystem" (PRECO) waste-to-energy project. The project will convert local wastes into bioethanol and other products.

    Other waste derived-feedstocks tested or being tested include pomegranate husks, mandarin oranges, pistachio hulls, bagels, brewery wastes, sweet potatoes, sugar beets, and a variety of waste sugar and/or alcohol containing beverages. (Source: Greenbelt Resources Corporation, PR, Markets Insider, 24 Oct., 2017) Contact: Greenbelt Resources, Darren Eng, CEO, www.greenbeltresources.com; Central Coast Wine Services, (805) 318-6500, http://centralcoastwineservices.com

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    UNFCCC Reports COP 23 Climate-Neutrality Measures (Ind. Report)
    UNFCCC,Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd
    Date: 2017-10-27
    The UNFCCC has released details of its plans to ensure that the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) is "sustainable to the greatest possible extent."

    To attain its goal, COP 23 climate-neutral program will focus on energy efficiency improvements, renewable energy, offsetting unavoidable emissions, and other measures. In a further effort to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport, the UNFCCC is partnering with Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd (EERL), aiming to promote the use of biofuels as lower-carbon alternatives to fossil fuels. EERL's Climate Ethanol Alliance of bioethanol producers aims to speed up the low-carbon transition of the transport sector through the promotion of climate action. (Source: UNFCCC, PR, IISD, 24 Oct., 2017) Contact: Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd, www.eerl.com; UNFCCC, www.unfccc.int

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    Majority of EU Biodiesel Feedstock from Imported Crops (Int'l)
    European Union,European Commission
    Date: 2017-10-23
    According to a recent analysis of European Commission data by NGO Transport and Environment, almost 55 pct of EU biodiesel is made with imported primarily palm oil feedstock. Biofuels currently comprise 4.9 pct of EU transport fuel, with biodiesel accounting for 81 pct of this figure, one-third of which is made from imported palm oil.

    A new study commissioned by environmental NGOs found that the production of first generation biofuels has driven up food and animal feed prices by 4 pct in Europe, contrary to the EC's own data which found the impact of ethanol "negligible." The EU's 2009 Renewable Energy Directive caps the share of crop-based (first generation) biofuels, including both bioethanol and biodiesel, in transport fuel at 7 pct. (Source: European Commission, EURACTIV.com, 18 Oct., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  Biodiesel,  Palm Oil,  Biofuel,  


    Biofuels Cut Uruguayan C02 Emissions by 7 pct (Int'l)
    ALUR
    Date: 2017-10-18
    In Montevideo, a Uruguayan government commissioned study by Uruguayan sugar bioethanol and biodiesel producer Alcoholes de Uruguay (ALUR) reports Uruguay has achieved a 7 pct pct annual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions through the increased use of biofuels in the transportation sector.

    ALUR's research suggests the use of biodiesel as a substitute for oil based diesel cuts greenhouse gas emissions by 70 pct and bioethanol reduces emissions by 66 pct.

    According to the government statement, the results show that Uruguay is on target to meet its Paris Climate Agreement commitment of a 15 pct reduction in the consumption of petroleum-derived fuels in transport. (Source: ALUR, Biofuels Int'l, Various Media , Oct., 2017) Contact: Alcoholes de Uruguay, Dario Rodriguez, R&D, (598) 2309 02 42 / 46 int. 2000, www.alur.com.uy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Carbon Emissions,  Biofuels,  Bioethanol,  Ethanol,  


    UK Parliamentary Group Supporting Bioethanol Industry (Int'l)

    Date: 2017-09-22
    In London, a new bi-partisan committee of Parliamentarians and Peers has been launched to support and promote the UK's bioetrhanol industry and products, according to a report in Bioenergy Int'l. The group will hold events and meetings to discuss policy, share news and report on relevant issues as well as holding the government to account on environmental commitments.

    The group aims to raise awareness of the industry, its economic impact, the supporting role it plays for British agriculture, and the environmental benefits of the bioethanol it produces, E10 in particular. (Source: Biofuels Int’l., Various Media, 20 Sept., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  E10,  UK Biofuel,  

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