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Titan LNG Supplying Marine bio-LNG in Mediterranean (Int'l.)
Titan LNG
Date: 2022-01-17
Amsterdam-headquartered Titan LNG reports it will deliver LNG and bio-LNG for Corsica Linea's new Ro-Pax LNG-fueled ferry, the A Galeotta, in the Port of Marseilles. The delivery is an expansion of Titan's operations into the Mediterranean and will enhance the availability of LNG, bio-LNG and in the long-term, hydrogen-derived LNG, in the region.

Titan will start with truck-to-ship operations until the 4,500 cubic-metre LNG-powered bunker vessel The Krios arrives to supply the wider Mediterranean region with lower and zero-carbon variations of LNG, such as bio-LNG and hydrogen-derived LNG as drop-in marine fuels. (Source: Titan LNG, PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: Titan LNG, Niels den Nijs, CEO +31 20 722 0724, www.titanlng.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LNG,  Bio-LNG,  Maine Biofuel,  Maritime Biofuel,  


Stalled Northeast Biodiesel Plant Back on Track (Ind. Report)
Northeast Biodiesel
Date: 2022-01-17
Nearly six years after its anticipated opening, Northeast Biodiesel LLC -- a 1.75 million gpy biofuel from recycled restaurant grease manufacturing plant in Greenfield, Mass. -- is again gearing up to start production early this year.

The $5 million venture to build a factory was first announced in 2004 when it scored a $300,000 National Renewable Energy grant and a $340,000 U.S. Department of Energy business planning and development grant the previous year for the consumer-owned alternative energy cooperative Co-op Power, which today owns 75 pct of Northeast Biodiesel. (Source: Northeast Biodiesel, PR, Greenfield Recorder, 14 Jan., 2022) Contact: Northeast Biodiesel, Lynn Benander, President and CEO, Rick Durepo, General Manager, 413-772-8892, www.northeastbiodiesel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Northeast Biodiesel,  Biodiesel,  


ExxonMobil Taking 49.9 pct Stake in Biojet AS (M&A, Ind. Report)
ExxonMobil,Biojet AS
Date: 2022-01-14
Houston-headquartered oil giant ExxonMobil reports it is acquiring a 49.9 pct stake in Norwegian biofuels startup Biojet AS as part of its plans to increase spending in low-carbon businesses.

Biojet AS aims to develop and construct as many as five biorefineries in Norway to produce biofuels and biofuel components from forest woody biomass and construction wood wastes for commercial production starting in 2025. (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, Various Media, Jan., 2022) Contact: ExxonMobil, www.corporate.exxonmobil.com; Biojet AS, Lars F. Askheim, +47 905 42 232, LFA@biojet.no, www.biojet.no

More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  Biojet,  Woody Biomass,  Biofuel,  


Growth Energy Outlines 2022 Policy Priorities (Opinions & Asides)
Growth Energy
Date: 2022-01-14
Washington, D.C. headquartered biofuel industry trade group Growth Energy has outlined what it sees as the top federal priorities the US biofuel industry must take to achieve the nation's energy and climate goals, including:

  • Restoring certainty to the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) -- finalise strong Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) for 2021 and 2022; reject improper and illegal retroactive cuts to the already finalised 2020 RVOs; reject all pending and improperly granted small refinery exemptions (SREs); restore the 500 million gallons remanded by the courts in 2017; establish forward-leaning biofuel targets for 2023 and beyond that recognise the contributions of low-carbon ethanol in achieving climate goals; update EPA's outdated lifecycle carbon assessment model and; approve pending registrations for cellulosic biofuel from kernel fiber.

  • Eliminate Barriers to Higher Blends of Low-Carbon Ethanol -- restore unrestricted access to E15 year-round; clarify rules around the use of existing fuel storage and dispensing equipment for E15; finalize EPA's proposal to simplify onerous labeling requirements at fuel pumps and ; expand infrastructure for higher biofuel blends through legislative or administrative action

  • Utilize biofuels as a low-cost pathway to achieve climate goals -- promote new uses for biofuels, including in aviation, marine, and heavy-duty applications; enact new and expand existing incentives to encourage ethanol producers to further reduce their carbon footprint through carbon capture, utilization, and storage, as well as innovation in biotechnology and sustainable agriculture; break down trade barriers to low-carbon ethanol in markets like Brazil, India, and China and; utilize opportunities to decarbonize the nation's transportation sector through the use of high octane, low-carbon fuels. (Source: Growth Energy, Website Release, 12 Jan., 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  Biofuels,  Etanol,  


  • Biofuels Notable Quotes from Growth Energy's CEO
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2022-01-14
    "If we want to decarbonise the transportation sector, we must use all the tools in the toolbox – including plant-based biofuels like ethanol, which reduce carbon emissions by 46 pct compared to gasoline.

    "Affordable for drivers, earth-friendly, and engine smart, biofuels are the most abundant and readily available climate solution to immediately reduce carbon emissions for cars on the road today.

    "The research shows that our climate goals cannot be realized without harnessing the power of homegrown energy. That's why it is critical that policymakers ensure that our farmers and rural producers remain at the forefront of the nation's efforts to accelerate our transition to a healthier, zero-emission, 100 pct renewable energy future." -- Emily Skor, CEO, Growth Energy, 12 Jan, 2022 Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  Biofuels,  


    Renewable Energy Group, Amber Resourcs
    Date: 2022-01-14


    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group,  Amber Resources,  Biofuel,  


    POET Touts 2021 Growth, Climate Challenge Progress (Ind. Report)
    POET
    Date: 2022-01-14
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based ethanol pioneer and world's largest ethanol producer POET last year reported a 40 pct increase in biofuel production capacity and a company roadmap to net carbon neutrality. POET also acquired six bioprocessing facilities in Iowa and Nebraska as well as two terminals in Texas and Georgia that brought the company's production capacity to 3 billion gpy of bioethanol.

    The company also completed an on-site solar farm at POET headquarters and opened a second POET Pure 100 pct plant-based purified alcohol facility at POET Biorefining in Alexandria, Indian, aas well as broke ground the POET Bioproducts Institute at the Research Park at South Dakota State University. Environmental improvements at POET facilities, included installation of steam turbine technology at POET Biorefining in Mitchell, S.D. and renewable CO2 capture at POET Biorefining in Portland, Indiana. The company also partnered with Farmers Business Network to develop and use the Gradable platform at POET's 33 facilities, which tracks and records low-carbon-intensity practices by farmers so they can receive a premium for their crops in the future.

    In September 2021, POET released its inaugural sustainability report along with a pledge to achieve net-zero emissions at its bioprocessing facilities by 2050. (Source: POET, Website Release, 11 Jan., 2022)Contact: POET, Jeff Brion, Pres., CEO, Joshua Shields, Senior V.P. Gov. Affairs and Communications, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com, www.poet.com/sustainability

    More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Ethanol,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    Neste Concludes Successful Liquefied Waste Plastic Tests (R&D)
    Neste
    Date: 2022-01-14
    Helsinki-headquartered biofuels producer Neste is reporting the conclusion of its first series of trial runs processing 400 tonnes of liquefied waste plastic at its Porvoo refinery in Finland. In the course of the trial runs, Neste upgraded liquefied waste plastic to drop-in solutions for plastic production and developed industrial scale capabilities to upgrade both raw and recycled feedstocks.

    Neste aims to process more than 1 million tpy of plastic waste from 2030 onwards, according to the release. (Source: Neste, Website PR, 12 Jan., 2022) Contact: Neste, Mercedes Alonso, Exec. VP, Renewable Polymers and Chemicals, Minna Aila, Senior VP, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  


    Biofuels On The Road to Net-Zero Emissions -- Notable Quote
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2022-01-14
    "There's no path to net-zero emissions by 2050, which is a Biden goal, without biofuels." -- Emily Skor, CEO, Growth Energy, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuels news,  Growth Energy news,  Biofuel news,  Ethanol news,  Net-Zero Emissions news,  


    Blue Biofuels, Vertimass Extend Tech. License Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Blue Biofuels, Vertimass
    Date: 2022-01-12
    Palm Beach, Florida-based Blue Biofuels, Inc. reports it has expanded its present license agreement with Irvine, California-headquartered Vertimass LLC to allow Blue Biofuels to convert additional volumes of ethanol into renewable jet fuel and other bio-hydrocarbons using Vertimass technology.

    Vertimass' technology allows sustainable production of fuels derived from ethanol with high yields that can dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to sourcing these products from petroleum. Vertimass technology for producing jet fuel and chemicals from cellulosic ethanol offers producers the flexibility to diversify their product slate and market renewable fuels and chemicals that have low carbon footprints.

    Blue Biofuels' proprietary Cellulose-to-Sugar (CTS) technology provides a near zero carbon footprint process to convert virtually any plant material -- grasses, wood, paper, farm waste, yard waste, forestry products, fruit casings, nut shells, and the cellulosic portion of municipal solid waste -- into sugars and lignin. Sugars are subsequently processed into biofuels. (Source: Blue Biofuels Inc., PR, 12 Jan., 2022) Contact: Vertimass LLC, John Hannon, CEO, www.vertimass.com; Blue Biofuels, Ben Slager, 561-359-8222, www.bluebiofuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vertimass,  Blue Biofuels,  SAF,  Ethanol,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  


    POET Statement on EPA Proposed RVO Volumes (Opinions & Asides)
    POET
    Date: 2022-01-10
    In Sioux Falls, South Dakota, POET Senior VP of Government Affairs and Communications, Joshua Shields, issued the following in response to the EPA's announcement on the 2020, 2021 and 2022 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard:

    "EPA's draft rule would reduce access to the single most affordable and abundant source of low-carbon liquid fuel on the planet right at the moment when consumers are facing high gas prices, and political leaders are grasping for climate solutions that are within reach. The Biden Administration should fulfill the President's campaign promises to support the Renewable Fuel Standard, which will continue to affordably decarbonize the nation's existing vehicle fleet, create clean energy jobs and support American farmers. We urge the EPA to consider the consequences of reducing biofuel volumes, reinstate robust blending targets and, as the President said, 'Get the RFS back on track' before the rule is finalized'." (Source: POET, Website, 7 Dec., 2021) Contact: POET, Joshua Shields, Senior V.P. Gov. Affairs and Communications, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com, www.poet.com/sustainability

    More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Renewable Fuels Standard,  RVO,  EPA,  Biofuel,  


    Vertimass, UGI Ink 15-year Renewable Fuels Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Vertimass, UGI Corp.
    Date: 2022-01-07
    King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based natural gas and electric power distribution company UGI Corporation is reporting a 15-year agreement with Irvine,California-based catalytic technology developer Vertimass LLC to produce renewable fuels from renewable ethanol in the US and Europe. UGI anticipates a roughly $500 million investment for the bolt-on production facilities over 15-years. The first production facility is expected to come onstream in fiscal year 2024 with a production target of approximately 50 million gpy of combined renewable fuels.

    Vertimass's Consolidated Alcohol Deoxygenation and Oligomerization (CADO) technology allows ethanol producers to: produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and diesel blendstocks that are compatible with the current transportation fuel infrastructure as well as LPG (liquified petroleum gases, mainly propane and butane); eliminate the ethanol "blend wall" by converting ethanol into fungible gasoline components for powering light duty vehicles; produce intermediates used to make plastics and other higher value products; and possibly "de-bottleneck" processes to increase throughput with little additional costs other than for feedstock, according to Vertimass.

    The "bolt-on" technology enables flexible production of the renewable fuels to align with regional market demand. Up to 50 pct of the total production capacity from the facilities can be renewable propane that will support UGI's efforts to provide innovative, low-carbon, sustainable energy solutions to its customers. Other benefits include the ability to lower plant water usage, reduce overall energy consumption, and drop GHG emissions to levels required for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Advanced Biofuel category, according to the release. (Source: UGI Corporation, PR 6 Jan., 2021) Contact: UGI Corp., (610) 337-1000, investors@ugicorp.com, www.ugicorp.com; Vertimass LLC, John Hannon, CEO, www.vertimass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vertimass,  UGI Corp. Ethanol,  Renewable Fuels,  


    Biofuel Groups Comment on EPA RFS (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association, Growth Energy
    Date: 2022-01-07
    In comments on the US EPA's proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO), Growth Energy noted the propsal would "undercut blending requirements for biofuel in 2021 and retroactively waive 2.96 billion gallons from 2020 RVOs finalized almost two years ago." Under the proposal, 2022 volumes return to statutory levels, and the administration pledges to deny all improper small refinery exemption applications. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor commented that the proposal "sets an extremely troubling precedent of revising finalized volumes for 2020 and back-setting volumes for 2021 rather than driving growth in renewable fuels."

    National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Chris Edgington said corn farmers produce low-carbon ethanol that offers immediate emissions reductions allowing agriculture to help address climate change. Edington noted, "Our success helping you meet these commitments depends on EPA sending a clear and firm message that volume requirements will be enforced." (Source: Growth Energy, National Corn Growers Association, Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network, Jan., 2022) Contact: National Corn Growers Association, NCGA, www.ncga.com; Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Growth Energy,  National Corn Growers Association,  


    GCE's Camelina Company Espana Acquisition Completed (M&A, Int'l)
    Global Clean Energy Holdings, Sustainable Oils
    Date: 2022-01-05
    Torrance, California-based renewable fuels producer Global Clean Energy Holdings, Inc. (GCE) is reporting the acquisition Madrid-headquartered Camelina Company Espana S.L. (CCE), Europe's largest camelina producer .

    CCE has for more than 10 years developed intellectual property (IP) in camelina to support a sustainable biofuels value chain. CCE's IP includes superior genetics, breeding capabilities, high quality planting seed, advanced agronomic research, and knowledge to support the cultivation of camelina by contract farmers. CCE, together with Seattle-based Sustainable Oils, Inc. (SusOils), also a wholly owned subsidiary of GCE, will further enhance the company's portfolio of patented camelina genetics.

    Camelina is an essential part of the feedstock plan for GCE's integrated farm-to-fuels strategy. In early 2022, GCE will open a newly renovated renewable diesel biorefinery in Bakersfield, California, US, and supply ExxonMobil up to 220 million gallons annually of renewable diesel under a pair of long-term purchase agreements, according to the release. (Source: Global Clean Energy Holdings, PR, Website, Jan., 2022) Contact: Global Clean Energy Holdings, Richard Palmer, CEO, 424-318-3618, contact@gceholdings.com, www.gceholdings.com; Sustainable Oils, Inc., www.susoils.com; Camelina Company Espana, +34 917 33 90 53, camelinacompany.es

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sustainable Oils,  Camelina,  Global Clean Energy Holdings,  Renewable Diesel,  


    DOE Issues new Renewable Fuels RFI (Ind. Report)
    US DOE BETO
    Date: 2022-01-03
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE has released a new request for information (RFI) on the scale-up and demonstration of renewable fuels. The RFI, titled Overcoming Barriers to Renewable Fuel Scale-Up and Demonstration seeks input from biofuels producers and technology developers about their readiness to scale process technologies to pilot- and demonstration-scale sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), renewable diesel, and renewable marine fuels. The RFI also seeks input on how existing first-generation ethanol and other existing industries could be leveraged to provide low-cost feedstock and infrastructure for biofuels production, including information on practices that can reduce the carbon intensity of corn production.

    This RFI seeks input from biofuels producers and technology developers about their readiness to scale process technologies to pilot and demonstration-scale sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), renewable diesel and renewable marine fuels. This information is necessary for DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) to chart the potential growth of domestic renewable fuels production by 2030 and to understand the barriers in scaling renewable fuel production pathways. This RFI also seeks information on how DOE can best assist biofuels production stakeholders in their research and development (R&D) and scaling up of their technologies through demonstration scale. The RFI is seeking feedback on issues related to the following:

  • Biofuel Pathway Scale-Up Forecasts -- plans by developers to scale SAF, marine, and renewable diesel production

  • Barriers to Scale-Up of SAF, Marine, and Renewable Diesel Technologies -- input on technical, financial, legal, contractual, policy and other barriers

  • Leveraging First Generation Ethanol and Other Incumbent Industries -- information on technological improvements that could enhance low-carbon fuel production

  • BETO Scale-Up of Biotechnologies Strategy -- input on BETO's scale-up strategy and other forms of financial assistance to support biofuel scale-up and commercialization

  • Leveraging National Laboratory PDU to Scale-Up Renewable Fuels -- insight on how DOE National Laboratory capabilities can support biofuel scale-up and commercialization

  • Feedstock Production & Supply -- information on sustainable corn farming practices and challenges in establishing robust biomass feedstock supply chains.

    This is solely a request for information and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). EERE is not accepting applications.

    Responses must be submitted electronically to Biofuels_FY22_RFI@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00pm (ET) on January 31, 2022. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes exceeding 25MB be compressed (i.e., zipped) to ensure message delivery. Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word (.docx) attachment to the email, and no more than 10 pages in length, 12 point font, 1 inch margins. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

    In addition to, or in lieu of, providing written responses to this RFI, respondents may request a 30-minute individual discussion with a BETO staff member regarding the content of their written responses to the RFI questions via Biofuels_FY22_RFI@ee.doe.gov. (Source: US DOE, BETO, PR, 28 Dec., 2021) Contact: US DOE BETO, energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE BETO,  Renewable Fuels,  Biofuel,  


  • Empire State Mandates Bioheating Fuel Requirements (Reg & Leg)
    New York State
    Date: 2021-12-31
    In Albany, the New York State legislature has passed legislation requiring minimum levels of biodiesel in all heating oil for use in any building in the Empire State. By July 2022 all heating oil sold (in New York State) must be bioheating fuel containing at least 5 pct biodiesel, rising to 10 pct by July 2025.

    Switching to bioheating fuel reduces the emissions of multiple harmful pollutants and greenhouse gasses that cause various health issues including respiratory and cardiovascular harm.. Additionally, the mixing of bioheating fuel in heating oil will help reach the State's goals as detailed in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. (Source: Office of the Governor of NY, Website PR, 23 Dec., 2021) Contact: Office of the Governor of NY, Hon. Kathy Hochul, 518-474-8390 www.governor.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Bioheat,  Biodiesel,  


    Carbon50 Calls for 50-State Climate Change Solution (Ind. Report)
    Carbon50
    Date: 2021-12-31
    A new network of former lawmakers, farm leaders, and clean energy advocates has gathered under the banner of Carbon-50 to support an inclusive, 50-state strategy to address climate change. "To confront the enormous threats posed by climate change, we need solutions that will outlast any single administration, and that requires an inclusive, 50-state strategy that creates green jobs from the coast to the farm belt. We urge policymakers to go beyond the traditional lip service and sincerely embrace the leadership potential of groups like farmers, who are eager to work with the Biden administration to promote renewable electricity, low-carbon biofuels, efficiency, and innovative techniques that can turn our farmland into a carbon sink,' the release noted.

    Carbon50 notes that 41 states already have more clean energy jobs than fossil fuel jobs, but the profile of those jobs is very different from state to state. The coalition supports broad-based solutions that are economically meaningful across a diversity of communities, and it opposes strategies that pit one low-carbon solution against another.

    To that end, the coalition has outlined principles for a 50-state carbon plan, available at www.Carbon50.org (Source: Carbon50, May 2021) Contact: Carbon50, www.Carbon50.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon50 news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Climate Change news,  


    DOE Issues Overcoming Barriers to Renewable Fuel Scale-Up and Demonstration RFI (Ind. Report)
    DOE BETO
    Date: 2021-12-29
    The U.S. Department of Energy has released a new request for information (RFI) on the scale-up and demonstration of renewable fuels. The RFI, titled Overcoming Barriers to Renewable Fuel Scale-Up and Demonstration, seeks input from biofuels producers and technology developers about their readiness to scale process technologies to pilot- and demonstration-scale sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), renewable diesel, and renewable marine fuels. The RFI also seeks input on how existing first-generation ethanol and other existing industries could be leveraged to provide low-cost feedstock and infrastructure for biofuels production. The RFI also seeks information on how DOE BETO can best assist biofuels production stakeholders in their research and development and scaling up of their technologies through demonstration scale.

    Constructing and operating pilot- and demonstration-scale facilities is essential to de-risk technology and ensure the success of subsequent commercial scale projects. BETO recognizes the availability of financing for first-of-a-kind process systems can be a barrier to commercializing advanced biofuels.

    Input is sought from bioenergy companies that are planning to scale up and demonstrate SAF, renewable diesel, and renewable marine fuel technologies from the lower Technology Readiness Levels) to pilot and demonstration stage and eventual commercialization. This information will inform a multi-year scale-up strategy resulting in the construction and operation of several SAF, renewable diesel, and/or renewable marine fuel production pathways.

    Feedback is requested from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to the scale-up of renewable fuel production technologies. Specifically, the DOE is interested in receiving information and input on:

  • Biofuel Pathway Scale-Up Forecasts -- plans by developers to scale SAF, marine, and renewable diesel production

  • Barriers to Scale-Up of SAF, Marine, and Renewable Diesel Technologies -- input on technical, financial, legal, contractual, policy and other barriers

  • Leveraging First Generation Ethanol and Other Incumbent Industries -- information on technological improvements that could enhance low-carbon fuel production

  • BETO Scale-Up of Biotechnologies Strategy -- input on BETO's scale-up strategy and other forms of financial assistance to support biofuel scale-up and commercialization

  • Leveraging National Laboratory PDU to Scale-Up Renewable Fuels -- insight on how DOE National Laboratory capabilities can support biofuel scale-up and commercialization

  • Feedstock Production & Supply -- information on sustainable corn farming practices and challenges in establishing robust biomass feedstock supply chains.

    View the RFI details HERE . (Source: U.S. Department of Energy, 28 Dec., 2021) Contact: US DOE Biotechnologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE BETO,  Renewable Fuel,  SAF,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Renewable Diesel,  


  • Marathon, ADM Ink Ren. Diesel Feedstock Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Marathon Petroleum,Archer Daniels Midland
    Date: 2021-12-22
    Following up on our August 25th coverage, Findlay, Ohio-headquartered Marathon Petroleum Corp. and Chicago-based Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) are reporting the closing of their joint venture to produce soybean oil to supply the rapidly growing demand for renewable diesel fuel.

    The $350 million project -- named Green Bison Soy Processing, LLC -- will own and operate a soybean processing complex in Spiritwood, North Dakota, with ADM holding 75 pct of the joint venture and Marathon Petroleum owning 25 pct. When fully operational in 2023, the Green Bison complex is expected to produce 600 million ppy of refined soybean oil -- sufficient for the production of 75 million gpy of renewable diesel. (Source: ADM, Website PR, 15 Dec., 2021) Contact: Marathon Petroleum Corp., 419.422.2121, www.marathonpetroleum.com; ADM, www.adm.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Marathon Petroleum,  Archer Daniels Midland,  Renewable Diesel,  Soybean Oil,  Biofuel Feedstock,  


    bp Claims Maritime B30 Blend Fuel Test Success (Int'l. Report)
    bp,Maersk Tankers
    Date: 2021-12-17
    London-headquartered petroleum giant BP and Maersk Tankers are reporting the completion of two trials using marine fuel blended with biofuel on tankers. Each vessel was bunkered with bp Marine B30 biofuel -- 30 pct fatty acid methyl esters (FAME) -- a biodiesel blended with very low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO).

    bp noted "no modifications to the engine or infrastructure were required and no adverse effects to equipment or machinery were observed during or after the trials."(Source: bp, PR, Reuters, 17, Dec., 2021) Maersk Tankers

    More Low-Carbon Energy News bp news,  Marine Biofuel news,  Maersk Tankers news,  B30 news,  


    Blue Biofuels Touts King Grass Biofuels Feedstock (Ind. Report)
    Blue Biofuels, USDA ARS
    Date: 2021-12-17
    Palm Beach Gardens , Florida-based Blue Biofuels (BIOF) and the USDA Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS) are reporting a collaboration on optimizing the yields of King Grass, a perennial grass biomass crop, that the Company is growing and using as feedstock for its patented "mechanocatalytic cellulose-to-sugar" (CTS) process at its research facility in Arcadia, Florida.

    Blue Biofuels' CTS technology is a near-zero-carbon footprint system that can convert virtually any plant material -- grasses, wood, paper, farm waste, yard waste, forestry products, fruit casings, nut shells, and the cellulosic portion of municipal solid waste -- into sugars and lignin. Sugars are subsequently processed into biofuels. Lignin may be further converted into biodegradable bioplastics or used in ion exchange resins.

    Blue Biofuels believes that biofuel originating from its CTS process will be eligible for roughly $3 per gallon in D3 cellulosic Renewable Fuel Credits (RINs) , an incentive offered to all domestic cellulosic transportation fuel producers.

    The EPA's newly proposed revised mandate for cellulosic ethanol for 2020 is 510 million gallons, for 2021 is 620 million gallons, and for 2022 is 770 million gallons. (Source: USADA, Blue Biofuels, Green Car Congress, Dec., 2021) Contact: Blue Biofuels, Ben Slager, 561-359-8222, www.bluebiofuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News King Grass,  Biofuel Feedstock,  Blue Biofuels,  USDA ARS,  


    USDA Announces $800Mn Biofuel Ind. Relief Program (Ind. Report)
    USDA
    Date: 2021-12-17
    In Washington, the USDA reports it will make up to $800 million available through the new Biofuel Producer Programme authorised by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to support biofuel producers and infrastructure.

    Of the total, $700 million will provide economic relief to biofuel producers and restore renewable fuel markets affected by the pandemic. The remaining $100 million is earmarked to significantly increase the sales and use of higher blends of bioethanol and biodiesel by expanding the infrastructure for renewable fuels derived from agricultural products. (Source: USDA, 15 Dec., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA news,  Biofuel news,  


    Aussie Air Carrier Commits to SAF (Int'l. Report)
    Qantas.BP
    Date: 2021-12-15
    In the Land Down Under, air carrier Qantas reports it will be the first Australian air carrier to fly commercial trips using sustainable fuel alternatives (SAF) under a deal to buy 10 million litres of biofuels from BP in 2023 and 2024 for flights departing London's Heathrow Airport. The SAF will be blended with regular jet fuel to reduce carbon emissions on its flights from London by 10 pct, according to the release.

    Qantas has committed to spending $50 million on sustainable aviation fuels before 2050 as part of its net-zero emissions by 2050 plan. (Source: Qantas, PR Dec., 2021) Contact: Qantas, Andrew Parker , Sustainability Officer, Alan Joyce, CEO, (02) 9691 3636, info@qantas.com, www.qantas.com/au/en.html; BP, www.bp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  Qantas,  BP,  


    GEVO, Kolmar Ink Renewable Fuels Supply Agreement (Ind. Report)
    GEVO, Kolmar
    Date: 2021-12-15
    Englewood, Colorado-based GEVO Inc. is reporting a "financeable" , 8-year fuel supply agreement with Zug, Switzerland-based Kolmar Americas Inc. for 45 million gpy of renewable, energy-dense liquid hydrocarbons that are expected to be produced from Gevo's second Net-Zero production facility, Net-Zero 2. Kolmar is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kolmar Group AG, a privately held service provider, manufacturer, and marketer of renewable fuels headquartered. GEVO will supply Kolmar with renewable hydrocarbons, including sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and isooctane that is a key component of renewable premium gasoline.

    GEVO expects to supply renewable fuels to Kolmar from its Net-Zero 2 plant currently being developed in the U.S. Mid-West. Deliveries would represent 100 pct of the plant's output based on Net-Zero 2's current design. With protein and corn oil co-product sales, Net-Zero 2 is estimated to generate annual gross revenues of roughly $350 million.

    The fuel supply agreement is subject to certain terms and conditions, according to the release. (Source: GEVO, Website, Dec., 2021) Contact: GEVO, www.gevo.com; Kolmar Americas, Inc., Raf Aviner, President, www.kolmargroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Kolmar ,  SAF,  Biofuel,  Renewable Fuel,  


    POET Comments on Proposed RVO Volumes (Opinions & Asides)
    POET
    Date: 2021-12-13
    In Sioux Falls, S.D., ethanol industry pioneer POET Senior V.P. of Government Affairs and Communications, Joshua Shields, issued the following statement in response to the EPA recent announcement on the 2020, 2021 and 2022 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) under the Renewable Fuel Standard:

    "EPA's draft rule would reduce access to the single most affordable and abundant source of low-carbon liquid fuel on the planet right at the moment when consumers are facing high gas prices, and political leaders are grasping for climate solutions that are within reach.

    "The Biden Administration should fulfill the President's campaign promises to support the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which will continue to affordably decarbonize the nation's existing vehicle fleet, create clean energy jobs and support American farmers. We urge the EPA to consider the consequences of reducing biofuel volumes, reinstate robust blending targets and, as the President said, 'Get the RFS back on track' before the rule is finalized." (Source: POET, Website, 7 Dec., 2021) Contact: POET, Joshua Shields, Senior V.P. Gov. Affairs and Communications, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com, www.poet.com/sustainability

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Ethanol,  POET,  Renewable Fuels Standard,  RVO,  


    Sherdar Australia Planning New Renewable Diesel Facility (Int'l.)
    Sherdar Australia
    Date: 2021-12-08
    In the Land Down Under, Sherdar Australia Bio Refinery Pty Ltd., a special purpose investment vehicle recently established in Australia by Transasia Minerals Ltd, is reporting plans to develop a 500,000 tpy renewable diesel processing and storage facility at an as yet unannounced location. Transasia Minerals Ltd. is a Jakarta-based privately owned investment company focused on the mining, oil and gas, and energy sectors

    The planned facility will use regionally sourced feedstocks and deploy Shell's hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) technology. Sherdar is currently in the final stages of engineering and receiving relevant approvals for the project which is expected to come in at roughly $600 million. (Source: Transasia Minerals Ltd., PR, Macau Business, Dec., 2021) Contact: Transasia Minerals Ltd., www.transasiaminerals.com/home

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  Biodiesel,  Australia Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  


    Jakarta Upping Biodiesel Blend Rate (Int'l. Report)
    Indonesia Palm Oil
    Date: 2021-12-08
    In Jakarta, Reuters reports Indonesia will need to achieve 40 pct biodiesel blending by 2024 in order to reach its renewable energy use targets of 23 pct by 2020. Jakarta originally planned to hit B40 by 2021 but high palm oil prices have stalled the mandate at 30 pct.

    Indonesian biodiesel consumption is projected to increase by 10 billion liters in 2022, according to the Reuters release.

    Indonesia collects levies to help finance its palm oil programmes, including biodiesel subsidies and smallholder replanting programmes. It increased its crude palm oil levies to record highs this year, and is estimated to collect as much $4.95 billion in levies this year. (Source: Reuters, 1 Dec., 2021)

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    Green Plains Releases Inaugural Sustainability Report (Ind. Report)
    Green Plains Inc.
    Date: 2021-12-08
    In the Cornhusker State, Omaha-headquartered biorefiner Green Plains Inc. has released its inaugural sustainability report outlining environmental, social and governance (ESG) priorities, progress and targets. The report details a number of significant goals, including a commitment to carbon neutrality in operational emissions by 2050, increased community involvement and Board of Directors refreshment to increase diversity in governance and enhance shareholder rights .

    Green Plains Inc. is focused on the development and utilization of fermentation, agricultural and biological technologies in the processing of annually renewable crops into sustainable value-added ingredients. This includes the production of cleaner low carbon biofuels, renewable feedstocks for advanced biofuels and high purity alcohols. (Source: Green Plains Inc. , Website PR, 7 Dec., 2021) Contact: Green Plains, Todd Becker, Pre., CEO, Phil Boggs, VP Investor Relations , 402.884.8700 , phil.boggs@gpreinc.com, www.gpreinc.com

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    Neste Scores CDP Climate Change Leadership Level (Ind. Report)
    Neste, CDP
    Date: 2021-12-08
    Helsinki-headquartered biofuels producer Neste Oy is reporting receipt of its fifth consecutive annual Leadership level and A- score for its climate action by the non-profit CDP (fka Carbon Disclosure Project). Neste also received good results in CDP's Forests and Water Security assessments, based on the company's climate-related sustainability performance in 2020.

    In the results released by CDP on 7 December 2021, Neste is one of a few Nordic companies in the climate leadership level and among the best European companies achieving good results from the committed work on supply chain transparency and land-based metrics in the forest assessments, according to the release.

    CDP's Forests assessment analyzes companies' ability to manage and measure forest-related risks and opportunities, transparency and their commitment to actively restore forests and ecosystems. Neste transparently discloses its forest footprint as part of the CDP program. All the palm oil Neste uses has been fully traceable to the plantation level since 2007 and 100 pct certified since 2013. Over the past decade, palm oil's share in Neste's annual renewable raw material inputs has decreased significantly. In the first year-half of 2021, palm oil represented approximately 7 pct of renewable raw material inputs globally. Neste plans to reduce the share of palm oil to 0 pct of its global renewable raw material inputs by the end of 2023, according to Neste. (Source: Neste Oy, PR, 7 Dec., 2021) Contact: Neste Corp.,, Minna Aila, Senior VP, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com; CDP, Lance Pierce, Pres. North America, (212) 378 2086, info.northamerica@cdp.net, www.cdp.net

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    ABFA Principles for Low Carbon Fuel Policy (Ind. Report Attached)
    Advanced Biofuels Association
    Date: 2021-12-05
    On Dec. 2, the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) released a set of principles to inform low carbon fuels policy, approved by the association’s diverse membership.

    This document is the culmination of a year-long effort to find consensus amongst ABFA’s members on concepts policymakers may consider as the U.S. moves toward a lower-carbon economy and works to reduce carbon emissions from the liquid transportation fuel sector to mitigate the effects of climate change. As the cover letter to this document notes, this set of principles is particularly notable as it is endorsed by some of the largest petroleum refining companies in the world, as well as some of the largest advanced biofuels producers in the United States and abroad.

    Download the ABFA Principles for Low Carbon Fuel Policy HERE . (Source: ABFA, Dec., 2021) Contact: ABFA, Michael McAdams, Pres., 202.390.8996 , Fax 202.955.5564, www.advancedbiofuelsassociation.com

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    Velocys Joins SME Climate Hub, "Race to Zero" Campaign (Int'l)
    Velocys
    Date: 2021-12-03
    Oxford, UK-based advanced biofuels producer Velocys reports it has joined the SME Climate Hub, a global UN sponsored initiative to help small and medium-sized companies adopt sustainable measures as part of their activities to achieve the target net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 as set in the COP15 Paris Climate Agreement.

    The SME Climate Hub is founded by the We Mean Business Coalition, Exponential Roadmap Initiative, the International Chamber of Commerce and the United Nations -- through the "Race to Zero" campaign -- in collaboration with the University of Oxford and Normative. The Campaign mobilizes and urges businesses, cities, regions, investors and civil society to adopt crucial measures to significantly impact global emissions by 2030, as a first step to achieve carbon neutrality in the future.

    "Velocys' high performance catalyst and reactor technology can generate negative-carbon-emissions SAF with the integration of carbon capture technologies. The compact, commercially-ready, patented Fischer-Tropsch reactor for the synthesis of hydrocarbons allows the production of advanced biofuels from large, sustainable carbon sources such as household waste and forest residues," according to the company website. (Source: Velocys, Website PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: Velocys, Henrik Wareborn, CEO, +44 1865 800821, 713 275 5840 -- Houston office, www.velocys.com

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    Growth Energy Supports Defend the Blend Act (Reg. & Leg.)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2021-12-01
    Growth Energy has thanked politicians for introducing the Defend the Blend Act. that would prevent the US EPA from retroactively reducing past Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) which have already been finalised.

    Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor thanked Representatives Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa), Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Angie Craig (D-Minn.), Ron Kind (D-Wis.) and other co-sponsors. "We thank these Representatives for introducing the Defend the Blend Act, legislation that would offer more certainty in the marketplace, especially as we await the 2021 and 2022 RVOs from EPA. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was put into place to blend more low-carbon biofuels into our nation's transportation fuel supply and includes a built-in mechanism that adjusts for any changes in fuel demand. Retroactively changing RVO levels is completely unwarranted. It is unnecessary, adds uncertainty to the marketplace, and far exceeds EPA's legal authority," Skol said. (Source: Growth Energy, Website PR, 23 Nov., 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Volume Obligations,  Growth Energy,  Renewable Volume Obligations,  RFA,  


    VAMOS Organic Waste-to-Sugars Project Funded (Int'l. Funding)
    Fiberight,Novozymes,EW Biotech
    Date: 2021-11-29
    A European consortium that includes, Fiberight, Novozymes, EW Biotech GmbH and others is reporting receipt of €6.984 million funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) under the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme funding for the VAMOS (Value Added Materials from Organic Waste Sugars) project to demonstrate the commercial feasibility of generating waste sugars derived from household waste and producing a range of high-performance bio-based materials and products.

    The VAMOS project will use Fiberight Ltd patented process to recover a variety of recyclable materials and resources from residual wastes. By recovering and adding value to waste derived from lignocellulosic feedstock, the project aims to: reduce the levels of waste being sent to landfill and environmental plastic pollution; cut the amount of suitable food-producing land diverted to first-generation sugar production; increase sustainability in key sectors such as construction and support a reduction in the current high price of bio-based materials. Sugar is one of the most essential raw materials for industrial bioprocessing supply chains. Addressing the challenges associated with second-generation sugars, such as higher dilution and lower purity rates, would establish a fresh, sustainable and renewable resource for the industrial bioprocessing sector.

    The project is slated for August 2022 completion. (Source: Fiberight, PR, Website, 26 Nov., 2021) Contact: Fiberight Ltd., Nick Thompson, Managing Director, www.fiberight.com; VAMOS Project, www.vamosbbi.com; Novozymes, www.novozymes.com; EW Biotech, www.ew-biotech.com

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    Green Plains Obion, Tenn. Plant Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    Green Plains, Fagem
    Date: 2021-11-26
    In the Cornhusker State, Omaha-based biorefiner Green Plains Inc. reports its wholly-owned subsidiary Green Plains Obion LLC in Rives, Tennessee has broken ground on the fifth Green Plains location to install Fluid Quip Technologies' MSC™ technology. The project is slated for completion in 2022 with Granite Falls, Minnesota-based Fagen Inc. as EPC general contractor.

    At full scale, Green Plains Obion anticipates Ultra-High Protein production at approximately 600,000 tpy and renewable corn oil capacity of approximately 400 million tpy. Renewable corn oil is a highly sought-after low-carbon intensity feedstock for the rapidly expanding renewable diesel market.

    According to its website, "Green Plains Inc. is a leading biorefining company focused on the development and utilization of fermentation, agricultural and biological technologies in the processing of annually renewable crops into sustainable value-added ingredients. This includes the production of cleaner low carbon biofuels, renewable feedstocks for advanced biofuels and high purity alcohols for use in cleaners and disinfectants." (Source: Green Plains Inc, Website PR, 23 Nov., 2021) Contact: Green Plains Inc., Todd Becker, CEO, Phil Boggs, Exec. VP, Investor Relations , 402.884.8700, , phil.boggs@gpreinc.com, www.gpreinc.com; Fluid Quip, 319-320-7709, www.fluidquiptechnologies.com; Fagen, www.fageninc.com

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    Arbor Announces Texas Biofuels Plant Plans (Ind. Report)
    Arbor Renewable Gas
    Date: 2021-11-24
    In the Lone Star State, Houston-headquartered Arbor Renewable Gas is reporting the selection of a 53-acre site in Beaumont for its first renewable biofuel plant.

    The Spindletop Plant will produce approximately 1,000 bpd of "drop-in" renewable fuel from locally sourced woody biomass. Construction is slated to get underway in Q1 of 2022 for completion and start-up early in 2024. (Source: Arbor Renewable Gas, PR, Biofuel Int’l. 22 Nov., 2021) Contact: Arbor Renewable Gas, Tim Vail, CEO, 346-708-7819, www.arborgas.com

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    Celtic Announces Plant Opening, Crowdfunding Campaign (Int'l.)
    Celtic Renewables
    Date: 2021-11-24
    In the UK, Edinburgh-based low-carbon biotech Celtic Renewables is reporting a "crowd funding" campaign to support its international development plans.

    Last year the company raised £3.68 million from almost 2,500 crowd investors to help complete their 1 million lpy sustainable biochemicals plant at Caledon Green in Grangemouth, Scotland. The Caledon Green plant is the company's first biorefinery and the first such facility in Scotland. The plant will use Celtic Renewables’ patented technology to convert 50,000 tpy of low-value biological material into renewable chemicals, sustainable biofuel, and other commercially and environmentally valuable commodities.

    Celtic Renewables has also announced a strategic partnership with Caldic, a global leading solutions provider for the life science and specialty chemical industries. Caldic will distribute Celtic Renewables low carbon bio-solvents in Europe. (Source: Celtic Renewables, Website PR, Contact: Celtic Renewables, +44 (0)131 455 3313, enquiries@celtic-renewables.com, www.celtic-renewables[

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    Shell Planning Singapore Biofuels Plant (Int'l. Report)
    Shell
    Date: 2021-11-24
    Petroleum giant Shell is reporting plans to build a biofuels plant in Singapore to help the company meet its target of reducing emissions by half by 2030. The planned 550,000-tpy plant will produce biofuels from cooking oils and animal fats, which are then used to produce diesel for road transport, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) or chemicals, according to a company release.. The facility is subject to a final investment decision.

    Shell is seeking to produce around 2 million tpy of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2025 and process 1 million tpy of plastic waste globally. The company is also exploring hydrogen and a regional carbon capture and storage (CCS) hub. (Source: Shell, PR, Nov., 2021)

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    Viridos, ExxonMobil Ink Algae Biofuels Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Viridos, ExxonMobil
    Date: 2021-11-24
    La Jolla, California based Viridos Inc. -- fka Synthetic Genomics -- is reporting an agreement with Clinton, New Jersey -headquartered ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company with the intent to bring Viridos' low-carbon intensity biofuels toward commercial levels. According to the release, "recent productivity advances in Viridos' technology are an opportunity to turn CO2 into renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), providing an essential component for the decarbonization of the heavy-duty transportation industry."

    Founded in 2005 by leaders in synthetic biology, Viridos is a powerhouse for innovative research, transplanting the first genome, synthesizing the first bacterial genome and creating the first synthetic cell. In the past few years Viridos' leadership in engineering microalgae has achieved greater than 5x bio-oil productivity increases by increasing both the oil content in the algae and the algae yield. The results from outdoor deployment of Viridos' bio-engineered strains in 2020 and 2021 mark the inflection point toward deployment," according to the release.

    Viridos is a privately held biotechnology company harnessing the power of photosynthesis to create transformative solutions to mitigate climate change. Our unparalleled understanding of algal genetics and ability to translate innovation from lab to field underpins our initial deployment: a scalable platform to produce low-carbon intensity biofuels for aviation, commercial trucking, and maritime shipping, according to the Viridos website. (Source: Viridos, Website PR, 19 Nov., 2021) Contact: Viridos. Dr. Oliver Fetzer, CEO, 858.754.2900, www.viridos.com; ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, Vijay Swarup, VP, R&D, 908-735-7102, www.corporate.exxonmobil.com

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    Canberra Releases Australia's Bioenergy Roadmap (Int'l. Report)
    ARENA
    Date: 2021-11-24
    In Canberra, Australian Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, the Hon. Angus Taylor, has unveiled the Australia Bioenergy Roadmap. It includes new analysis which confirms the adoption of key technologies, which would see $10 billion added to Australia's GDP by 2030 and the creation of 26,200 full-time jobs. The roadmap also confirms that bioenergy could provide up to 40 pct of Australia's total energy consumption by the 2050s.

    The Australian government has committed $33.5 million to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA} to support the bioenergy sector through co-funding additional research, development and deployment of advanced sustainable aviation (SAF) and marine biofuels and to help make advanced biofuels more cost competitive with traditional jet and maritime fuels.

    To date, the Government, through ARENA and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), has invested just under $500 million in Australian organic waste, biogas, biomass, biofuels and related low-carbon fuels projects. Current Government measures underway to support the Australian bioenergy sector include:

  • The consideration of biogas, as well as hydrogen, in the National Gas Law review through Energy Ministers;

  • The development of a new Emissions Reduction Fund method for biomethane by the Clean Energy Regulator ;

  • Biofuels being considered as part of the industry-wide fuel standards review;

  • Bioenergy being utilized in Government-supported microgrid studies.

    The biogas measures together aim to help the development of a voluntary zero-emissions gas markett hat will drive early demand for clean hydrogen and other zero-emissions gases and recognise consumers' voluntary purchase of zero-emission gas.

    Download Australia Bioenergy Roadmap HERE (Source: Australia Ministry of Energy and Emissions Reduction, Website Release, 19 Nov., 2021) Contact: Australia Ministry of Energy and Emissions Reduction, Hon. Angus Taylor, Minister, +02 6277 7120, angus.taylor.mp@aph.gov.au, www.minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/taylor; ARENA, Darren Miller, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, www.arena.gov.au

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  • Shell Planning Singapore Biofuels Plant (Int'l. Report)
    ,Royal Dutch Shell
    Date: 2021-11-24
    Shell plans to build a biofuels plant in Singapore to help the company meet its target of halving emissions by 2030. The company intends to construct a 550,000-tonne a year biofuels plant that can make hydrogen from cooking oils and animal fats, which are then used to produce diesel for road transport, aviation fuel or chemicals, according to a statement from the company. The facility is subject to a final investment decision.

    Shell is seeking to produce around 2 million tpy of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2025 and process 1 million tpy of plastic waste globally. The company is also exploring a regional carbon capture and storage (CCS) hub. (Source: Shell, PR, Nov., 2021)

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    Singapore Boosting Carbon Capture Targets (Int'l. Report)
    Singapore Economic Development Board
    Date: 2021-11-24
    The Singapore Economic Development Board reports it aims to increase the city state's carbon capture capacity to at least 2 million tpy by 2030 and to establish a carbon capture technology testbed on Jurong Island, which is dominated by a large oil refinery hub. The islands hosts BP, DuPont, Chevron, Singapore Petroleum Company, Singapore Refining Company along with Shell and ExxonMobile, both of which have expressed interest in building carbon capture facilities in the region.

    Singapore is aiming to reach two million tonnes of carbon capture from carbon-intensive activities based around Jurong Island by 2030. It will aim for more than six million tpy of carbon abatement by 2050. To that end, the Board will work with sustainable industrial development government agency JTC (formerly the Jurong Town Corporation) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research to study the feasibility of a carbon capture and utilization (CCU) test bed facility on Jurong.

    Additionally, the Board has set a 2030 target for its energy and chemicals sector to boost their output of sustainable products (such as biofuels) by 50 pct compared with 2019 levels and by four times from 2019 levels by 2050.

    Singapore's climate action plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2060 has been rated as "critically insufficient" by Carbon Action Tracker . According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) Singapore emitted more than 47 million tonnes of CO2 in 2019. (Source: Singapore Economic Development Board, E&T, 24 Nov., 2021) Contact: Singapore Economic Development Board, www.edb.gov.sg

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    Growth Energy CEO Touts Ethanol Production (Comments & Asides)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2021-11-22
    In a recent release , ethanol trade industry association Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor noted, "Ethanol production has long been an economic engine for our rural economies. The United States has 210 biorefineries in 27 states with the capacity to produce more than 17 billion gallons of low-carbon, renewable fuel. Our industry is the second largest customer for U.S. corn growers and will buy nearly $30 billion worth of corn this year to make ethanol and an expanded range of bio-based products such as high-protein animal feed, renewable chemicals, and corn oil.

    "Renewable fuels like ethanol remain the most affordable and abundant source of low carbon fuel on the planet -- and are critical to meeting today's CO2 reduction goals. The latest research shows that without biofuels there is no way to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Even when you factor in the projected growth of electric vehicles, the Energy Information Administration states that the vast majority of cars on the roads will run on liquid fuels by 2050.

    "Higher blends of low carbon ethanol can be used in our current vehicle fleet to accelerate our transition to a 100 pct renewable energy future. Simply put, America cannot decarbonise the transportation sector without home-grown biofuels. To meet the growing demand for renewable energies, we first need a strong and thriving rural economy and biofuel industry." (Source: Growth Energy, Sheppard of the Hills Gazette, 20 Nov., 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

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    Union Jobs in Ethanol & Biodiesel Industries: An American Success Story (Report Attached)
    Reneable Fuels Association
    Date: 2021-11-19
    According to a new report by veterans of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. GSA and KPMG International, the U.S. biofuel industry supports more than 30,000 union jobs, primarily in agriculture, manufacturing, transportation and utilities, construction, professional and business services.

    The report notes that continued support for the ethanol and biodiesel industries will have a positive causal effect on union jobs, will help mitigate against a downward trend in U.S. union membership and is likely to increase the number of middle-wage and middle-skill union jobs in traditionally agricultural economies.”

    Download the Union Jobs in Ethanol & Biodiesel Industries: An American Success Story report HERE . (Source: RFA, Website PR, 11 Nov., 2021) Contact: RFA, Geoff Cooper, CEO, www.EthanolRFA.org

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    Amsterdam Biofuel Storage Project Underway (Int'l. Report)
    VTTI New Energy
    Date: 2021-11-19
    In the Netherlands, Rotterdam-headquartered VTTI New Energy reports its 75,000 cubic meter capacity Eurotank Amsterdam biofuels storage project will be commissioned by the end of the year for operational start-up in early 2022. The facility will supply mixed biofuels (B-7 or more), hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) and ultra-low sulphur diesel (ULSD) to the facility's new truck rack and upgraded jetty, according to a release.

    The project is inline with VTTI New Energy's focus on exploring new renewable energies opportunities, including renewable natural gas (RNG), hydrogen carrier fuels, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and waste-to-renewable energy solutions. (Source: VTTI New Energy, PR, Bunkerspot, 18 Nov., 2021) Contact: VTTI New Energy, +31 10 453 20 20 www.vtti.com

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    GoodShipping Touts Marine Biofuel Bunkerings, CO2 Emissions Cuts (Int'l. Report)
    GoodShipping, GoodFuel
    Date: 2021-11-17
    In Rotterdam, GoodShipping has announced Ship to Zero, a new partnership with 18 companies that will substantially reduce emissions from shipping. Today, these cargo owners and other partners have completed the first in a series of bunkerings of sustainable marine biofuel.

    The Ship to Zero initiative brings together organisations spanning a range of nations and industries, all of which are committed to make an immediate and tangible climate impact. The initial partners -- Bugaboo, Cocoasource, DHL Global Forwarding, Dille & Kamille, Dopper, Geelen Counterflow, Lenzing, Loods5, Lush, Matsen Chemie, Nine & Co, Regent Ingredients, Samskip, Sipsmith, Tony's Chocolonely, YOGI Tea, Yumeko and Zaytoun -- have each committed to a specific reduction in GHG emissions related to the transport of their products or services. Translating these pledges into tangible, traceable and demonstrable climate impact, GoodShipping has completed the first 100 pct GoodFuels bio-bunkering of the container ship Samskip Innovator. The partnership will see advanced biofuels used for a total of four or five trips from Rotterdam to Hull (UK) resulting in a 4,000 tonne reduction in CO2 emissions.

    GoodFuels' renewable biofuels deliver an 80-90 pct well-to-exhaust CO2 reduction and are produced from certified sustainable feedstocks, according to the company.

    As GoodShipping is based on the mass balance principle , the vessel being refueled will not necessarily carry the cargo that the partner companies have decided to transport carbon neutrally. The CO2 reductions can be enabled on another oceangoing vessel, with GoodShipping's strict sustainable accountability criteria ensuring that the partners' decarbonisation commitments are delivered. (Source: GoodShipping, Website, 10 Nov., 2021) Contact: GoodShipping, Tina Trinks, Commercial Manager, www.goodshipping.com/ship-to-zero; GoodFuels, Bart Hellings, COO, +31 88 021 5100, info@goodfuels.com, www.goodfuels.com

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    UK DfT Reports Detailed Renewable Fuels Data (Int'l. Report)
    UK Department for Transport
    Date: 2021-11-17
    According to the UK Department for Transport (DfT), renewable fuels made up 5 pct of the country's transport fuel mix, down from 5.9 pct over the same period 12 months ago. Of the total 1.44 billion litres of renewable fuels supplied between 1 January and 20 September, 63 pct was biodiesel, 25 pct was bioethanol and the balance was biomethane.

    The DfT data notes the most common fuel type was biodiesel made from used cooking oil (16.5 million litres), followed by bioethanol from sugar beet betaine residue (8.5 million litres). Of the renewable fuel supplied to date this year , the most widely reported source for biodiesel was used cooking oil from China (168 million litres) and corn from Ukraine for bioethanol (51 million litres).

    Taken together, renewable fuels achieved an average of 85 pct greenhouse gas (GHG) savings when compared with fossil fuel use, according to the DfT release.

    Download the UK Department for Transport Renewable Fuels Statistics HERE (Source: UK Department for Transport, Website, 11 Nov., 2021) Contact: UK Department for Transport, www.gov.uk/government/latest?departments[]=department-for-transport, twitter.com/transportgovuk

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    SkyNRG Launches "Fly on SAF" Carbon Offset Scheme (Ind. Report)
    SkyNRG
    Date: 2021-11-17
    Amsterdam-based aviation biofuel specialist SkyNRG and digital tool developer CHOOOSE (Climate Action for Eeveryone) are reporting the launch of "Fly on SAF", a new carbon emission reduction solution that enables airlines and travel companies to integrate sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and carbon offsets at Heathrow Airport, Rotterdam, The Hague Airport, Stuttgart Airport and others.

    Airline travelers booking a ticket with organisations offering "Fly on SAF" can easily mitigate the carbon footprint from their flight by replacing fossil fuel with SAF. (Source: SkyNRG, Website, PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: SkyNRG, +31 20 470 70 20, info@skynrg.com, www.skynrg.com; CHOOOSE, www.chooose.today

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    Neutral Fuels, GAC Partner to Cut Marine Carbon Emissions (Int'l.)
    Neutral Fuels, GAC Bunger Fuels
    Date: 2021-11-17
    GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd. (GAC) is reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UAE-based Neutral Fuels to market its net-zero marine gasoil (MGO) biofuel-diesel blend for maritime shipping clients in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, and India, and to accelerate the decarbonisation of the maritime shipping sector.

    Net-zero marine gasoil (MGO) biofuel will play a key role in helping to achieve the new carbon emission reduction targets set by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Marine gasoil (MGO) emits 3.22 tonnes of CO2 and equivalents per metric tonne, which can be significantly reduced by the blending of pure net-zero biofuel in varying increments, according to GAC. A division of the GAC Group, GAC Bunker Fuels aims to achieve its carbon zero target by 2030. (Source: GAC Group, PR, Hellenic, 16 Nov., 2021) Contact: GAC Bunger Fuels, Martyn McMahon, www.gac.com; Neutral Fuels, Gary Hubbard, Chief Commercial Officer, +971 4 584 0374, www.neutralfuels.com

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    Aussie Marine Biofuels Plant FEED Work Underway (Int'l. Report)
    Triangle Energy
    Date: 2021-11-17
    In the Land Down Under, Perth-headquartered oil producer Triangle Energy reports League City, Texas-based Plant Process Group LLC has begun front end engineering design (FEED) work for a proposed 5,000 bpd modular, flexible feed Renewable Fuel Refinery project to produce marine biofuels. FEED work is expected to be completed early next year and first production is slated for Q1, 2024.

    Located adjacent to the Arrowsmith Separation Plant south of Dongara, Western Australia, crude and condensate from Western Australian producers will be combined with bio-crude feedstocks to deliver what would be Australia's first flexible feed, modular renewable fuel refinery. (Source: Triangle Energy, PR, Bunkerspot, 15 Nov., 2021) Contact: Triangle Energy Ltd., +61 8 9219 7111, info@triangleenergy.com.au, www.triangleenergy.com.au; Plant Process Group, 281-333-7700, www.plant-process.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Marine Biofuel,  


    Hyundai Oilbank, Topsoe Seek Low-Carbon Fuel Opportunities (Int'l)
    Hyundai Oilbank, Topsoe
    Date: 2021-11-12
    In a recent memorandum of understanding (MoU), South Korea's Hyundai Oilbank and Topsoe report they have agreed to jointly seek new opportunities in biorefining, eFuels, carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and other solutions to reduce carbon emissions.

    The MoU will support Topsoe in further optimizing its clean energy technologies and potentially enable Hyundai Oilbank to increase its low-carbon business and meet the company's target that "70 pct of total profit should derive from eco-friendly business by 2030."

    Topsoe develops cutting-edge technologies within green hydrogen, green ammonia, eMethanol, and eFuels. (Source: Hyundai Oilbank,PR, 8 Nov., 2021) Contact: Hyundai Oilbank, www.oilbank.co.kr; Haldor Topsoe, Henrik Rasmussen, Americas Managing Dir., +45 27 77 99 68, www.topsoe.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hyundai Oilbank,  Topsoe,  CCUS,  Biofuel,  Green Hydrogen,  Biofuel,  

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