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Neste Lauds EU Fit for 55 Package (Opinions & Editorials)
Neste, Fit for 55
Date: 2021-07-23
Helsinki-headquartered Neste Oyi issued the following comments in welcoming the EU's "Fit for 55" commitment to long-term policies and the ambition to become climate neutral by 2050:

"As a whole, the Fit for 55 package seems to provide the tools to combat the climate crisis during this decade by raising the ambition level of emission cuts across different sectors of the economy. It will support the growth of renewable fuels markets in both road and aviation segments. The Commission's proposal to establish an EU-wide obligation to supply a growing minimum share of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) as of 2025 will create a large market and progressively cut down emissions from flying. The package also supports Neste's climate commitments, including to reach carbon neutral production by 2035. Now that the EC's proposals will enter the legislative process, it will be important to further raise the level of ambition and keep the focus on emission cuts by various solutions, not only by specific technologies," notes Neste VP for Public Affairs, Ilkka Rasanen.

"Neste firmly believes that all solutions are needed in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the societies. On European roads, the number of electric cars is growing at a rapid pace, which is a logical and welcome development as the power generation sector is embracing emission free technologies. However, achieving the ambitious climate targets requires both EVs and renewable transport fuels, as internal combustion engine vehicles will keep playing a key role for a long time, particularly in heavy-duty vehicles. The average age of cars in Europe is more than 10 years; this means that many new vehicles sold today will still be in use for another 15-20 years. When it comes to especially heavy-duty vehicles, internal combustion engines and renewable fuels, both biofuels and so-called e-fuels (Power-to-X), will be needed for a long time. After all, the combustion engine is not the problem when the fuel is renewable and sustainably produced. Already today, customers using the Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ made from 100 pct renewable raw materials can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90 pct compared to fossil diesel.

"The aviation industry has already taken steps in the right direction by committing to the target of achieving carbon-neutral growth from 2020 onwards. Neste, as the world's leading producer of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), is committed to helping the aviation industry meet the proposed EU-wide obligation.

"Following its sustainable sourcing principles, Neste continues to develop the availability of emerging, lower-quality waste and residue raw materials, as well as agricultural and forest harvesting residues, algae and municipal solid waste as future raw materials. Neste is also exploring Power-to-X technologies as a new renewable fuel." (Source: Neste, PR, Website 16 July, 2021)Contact: Neste, Ilkka Rasanen, Vice President, Public Affairs, +358 50 458 5123, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Biofuel,  Fit for 55,  


Ivory Coast Refinery Taps Honeywell UOP Technology for Cleaner-Burning Diesel Production (Ind. Report)
Honeywell UOP
Date: 2021-07-23
Des Plaines, Illinois-headquartered Honeywell reports the Ivory Coast state-owned refing company Societe Ivoirienne de Raffinage (SIR) will use Honeywell UOP Distillate Unionfining™ technology to produce diesel that complies with both AFRI 6 and Euro-V emission standards.

The UOP Unionfining process removes impurities to improve the quality of middle distillate feedstocks such as kerosene, jet fuel, and diesel oils that meet increasingly stringent regulations for fuels such as diesel.The UOP process reduces the sulfur content while maximizing distillate yields and provides flexible solutions to gas oil conversion for ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel and kerosene production.

UOP is the world's leading provider of distillate hydrotreating technology and has licensed more than 370 Unionfining units globally. (Source: Honeywell, Website PR, July, 2021) Contact: Honeywell, Laura Leonard, VP Honeywell UOP Process Technologies, Tehani Manochio, (973) 216-0684, tehani.manochio@honeywell.com, www.honeywell.com: Societe Ivoirienne de Raffinage, info@sir.ci, www.sir.ci

More Low-Carbon Energy News Honeywell UOP,  Biofuel,  


TotalEnergies, Technip Energies Ink LNG Agreement (Int'l. Report)
TotalEnergies, Technip Energies
Date: 2021-07-23
In Paris, TotalEnergies and Technip Energies are reporting a Technical Cooperation Agreement to jointly develop low-carbon solutions for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) production and offshore facilities. The partners will explore new concepts and technologies in order to reduce the carbon footprint of existing facilities and greenfield projects in LNG production, cryogeny, the production and use of hydrogen for power generation, and Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS).

TotalEnergies, the world's second largest privately owned LNG player, also produces biofuels, natural gas, green gases, renewables and electricity.

Technip Energies is a leading Engineering & Technology company with leadership positions in LNG, green and blue hydrogen, sustainable chemistry and CO2 management, according to the company website. (Source: TotalEnergies, Website PR, 21 July, 2021) Contact: TotalEnergies , Investor Relations: +44 (0)207 719 7962, ir@totalenergies.com, www.totalenergies.com; Technip Energie, Phil Lindsay, Vice-President Investor Relations, +44 203 429 3929, investor.relations@technipenergies.com, www.technipenergies.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCUS,  TotalEnergies,  Technip Energies,  LNG,  


Growth Energy Calls for Congressional Biofuel Support (Ind. Report)
Growth Energy
Date: 2021-07-23
Growth Energy has launched a new online digital ad campaign urging President Biden and leaders in Congress to stop oil industry handouts and uphold their commitments to reduce carbon emissions, support low carbon biofuels and strong Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

According to Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor, "It's time for leaders in Washington to make good on their commitments to clean, renewable energy and put a stop to Big Oil's efforts to restore its monopoly over the US fuel mix. The evidence is clear. Congress and the administration cannot decarbonise transportation without a growing role for low-carbon biofuels, which are vital to our climate, working families, and the economy. The last thing we can afford are more handouts to the oil industry. Policymakers must act swiftly to ensure uninterrupted, year-round access to E15 and set ambitious biofuel blending levels, including a statutory minimum of 15 billion gallons of conventional biofuel, under annual targets." (Source: Growth Energy, Website PR, 22 July, 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  Renewable Fuels,  


Argentina Cutting Biodiesel Blend Rates (Int'l. Report)
Biodiesel
Date: 2021-07-21
Argentina, the world's top soy oil exporter, last week lawmakers approved a measure to allow reductions in the amount of soy-based biofuel mixed into domestically consumed petroleum fuels. The new law foresees a minimum use of biodiesel of 5 pct, which could drop to 3 pct in diesel for sale to the public, from the previous 10 percent. (Source: AgCentral News, 21 July, 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Blend Rate news,  Biodiesel news,  


New Energy Blue Plans Iowa Cellulosic Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
New Energy Blue,Inbicon
Date: 2021-07-21
Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based New Energy Blue LLC reports it plans to construct New Energy Freedom, a biomass refinery near Mason City, Iowa.

The facility will produce 20 million gpy of cellulosic ethanol and 95 tpy of lignin, a solid biofuel and natural binder, from 275,000 tpy of locally sourced crop residue -- corn stover and wheat straw.

New Energy Blue has completed process engineering around several different feedstocks and is now completing a site-specific design for construction next year in Iowa. The company plans to build four more biomass refineries over the next 6 years.

According to the company release, besides being one of America's first carbon-negative refineries, New Energy Freedom represents the first large-scale use of Inbicon bioconversion technology outside of Denmark. New Energy Blue's team is a spin-off of the technology's development. The company purchased exclusive rights to license and build-out refineries from Orsted in 2019. Freedom's CapEx is about $200 million, about the same amount invested in Inbicon's 15-year development. Orsted built and operated a demonstration refinery for five years, supplying 2G ethanol to Danish petrol stations. (Source: New Energy BlueLLC, PR, Website, 20 July, 2021) Contact: New Energy Blue LLC, info@newenergyblue.com, www.newenergyblue.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Inbicon,  New Energy Blue,  Biomass,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


IATA Stresses Need for SAF Incentives (Opinions & Asides)
IATA
Date: 2021-07-21
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned that the reliance on taxation as the solution for cutting aviation emissions as outlined in the just released EU 'Fit for 55' proposal is "counter-productive to the goal of sustainable aviation." According the IATA, EU policy needs to support practical emission reduction measures such as incentives for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and air traffic management modernization.

To achieve aviation decarbonisation IATA pledges to promote the use of SAF which reduce emissions by up to 80 pct compared to traditional jet fuel. IATA noted insufficient supply and high prices have limited airline uptake to only 120 million litres in 2021. (Source: IATA, PR, 20 July, 2021) Contact: IATA, Willie Walsh, Dir. Gen. www.iata.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  IATA,  


Kinder Morgan Acquiring LNG Supplier Kinetrex Energy (M&A)
Kinder Morgan, Kinetrex
Date: 2021-07-19
Houston, Texas-headquartered Kinder Morgan Inc. reports it is purchasing Indianapolis-based LNG supplier Kinetrex Energy for $310 million. Kintrex has two small-scale domestic LNG production and fueling facilities and holds a 50 pct stake in a landfill renewable natural gas (RNG) facility with three more RNG facilities in development. When fully operational the four sites will produce more than 4 billion cubic feet of RNG per year and capture the methane produced from the decomposition of organic waste.

Kinder Morgan is also looking at opportunities in carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) renewable natural gas capture, hydrogen production, renewable power generation, electric transmission, and renewable diesel production. The company is also spending $60 million to build new renewable diesel hubs in Northern and Southern California and has terminals and pipelines capable of blending, storing, and exporting ethanol and other biofuels while evaluating multiple opportunities to establish new hubs to handle those products.(Source: KinderMorgan, PR, 14 July, 2021) Contact: Kinetrex Energy, 317-886-8179. ; Kinder Morgan, (713) 369-9000, www.kindermorgan.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Kinder Morgan,  Kinetrex,  LNG,  Hydrogen,  Biofuel,  Marine Fuel,  LNG,  


Shell, MSC Partner on Low-Carbon Maritime Alt. Fuels (Int'l.)
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company,Shell
Date: 2021-07-19
Swiss-headquartered MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) reports it is partnering with Shell International Petroleum Company Ltd to develop and deploy "net-zero solutions" such as zero-emission alternative fuels and the technologies that will enable them with the ambition of contributing towards a "zero-carbon flexi-fuel concept vessel" to help the shipping sector's energy transition towards decarbonization.

As previously reported, the two firms have worked together over the last 10 years on projects, including bunkering biofuels and ultra-low sulfur fuels, and envisage a range of net-zero fuel solutions such as hydrogen-derived fuels and the use of methanol as a marine fuel. The companies have also been exploring the potential benefits of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to bio-LNG or synthetic variants. (Source: Shell Marine, PR, gCaptain. 16 July, 2021) Contact: Shell Marine, Melissa Williams, President, www.shell.com/business-customers/marine.html; MCG Group, Bud Darr, EVP Maritime Policy and Government Affairs, +41 79 885 76 70, www.mcggroup.ch

More Low-Carbon Energy News MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company,  Shell,  CCS,  


TotalEnergies, Veolia Partner on Microalgae-based Biofuel (Int'l.)
TotalEnergies, Veolia
Date: 2021-07-19
Paris-headquartered oil and gas conglomerate TotalEnergies reports it is partnering with French energy services Veolia to develop biofuel solutions using microalgae.

The project will take place over the next four years, with a test platform to be set up at the La Mede biorefinery investigating the most effective means of growing microalgae. As the plant absorbs CO2 while it grows, it could prove a low-carbon fuel alternative.

TotalEnergies will bring its knowledge of biofuel production and expertise in carbon capture to the project while Veolia brings its history in water management which will be useful in developing the water-based microalgae. (Source: TotalEnergies, Website PR, July, 2021)Contact: Veolia, www.veolia.com; TotalEnergies, www.totalenergies.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Veolia,  TotalEnergies,  Algae,  Biofuel,  


Alt Fuels, Bioenergy, SAF Key in EU Fit for 55 (Int'l. Report)
European Green Deal
Date: 2021-07-16
On Wednesday the 14th, the European Commission (ED) adopted a package of proposals to make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 pct by 2030 (Fit for 55), compared to 1990 levels. Achieving these emission reductions in the next decade is crucial to Europe becoming the world's first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and making the European Green Deal a reality. With today's proposals, the Commission is presenting the legislative tools to deliver on the targets agreed in the European Climate Law.

The EU Forest Strategy supports the forest-based bioeconomy while keeping harvesting and biomass use sustainable, preserving biodiversity, and setting out a plan to plant three billion trees across Europe by 2030. To meet both our climate and environmental goals, sustainability criteria for the use of bioenergy are strengthened and EU Member States must design any support schemes for bioenergy in a way that respects the cascading principle of uses for woody biomass.

The Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation ReFuelEU Aviation Initiative will oblige fuel suppliers to blend increasing levels of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) in jet fuel taken on-board at EU airports, including synthetic low carbon fuels. Similarly, the FuelEU Maritime Initiative will stimulate the uptake of sustainable maritime fuels and zero-emission technologies by setting a maximum limit on the greenhouse gas content of energy used by ships calling at European ports.

European Green Deal, www.ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en. (Source: EC, PR, 14 July, 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fit for 55,  Bioeconomy,  European Green Deal,  SAF,  Biofuel,  Biomass,  GHG,  


Columbus, Ohio Biodiesel Ventures Announced (Ind. Report)
Clean Air Biodiesel Group
Date: 2021-07-14
In the Buckeye State, Columbus-based Clean Air Biodiesel Group reports it is planning construction of a new 10 million gpy ATSM-certified renewable biodiesel from virgin and reclaimed oils production facility in Columbus. Global Biodiesel Trading, a related but separate company from Clean Air Biodiesel Group, will specialize in import and export of both feedstock and biofuels.

Clean Air Biodiesel plans to commence operations in the fall of 2021. (Source: Clean Air Biodiesel, Mandalay Group, 12 July, 2021) Contact: Clean Air Biodiesel Group, Bruce Burke, 727-612-5775, www.clean-air-biodiesel.com; Global Biodiesel Trading, www.globalbiodieseltrading.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Air Biodiesel Group,  Biodiesel ,  


MicroBioGen Touts 2G Biofuels Technology Success (Int'l. Report)
MicroBioGen,Australian Renewable Energy Agency
Date: 2021-07-12
In the Land Down Under, Sydney-based MicroBioGen reports the successfull demo-scale production of both high-protein food and low carbon bioethanol from non-food material using a single biological agent -- a genetically-modified version of the common yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae -- developed in Australia in collaboration with Novozymes

Funded in part with a $4 million grant from the Federal Government's Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), MicroBioGen's work will boost the role of second-generation (2G) biofuels in reducing carbon emissions and improving food security by enabling food and fuel production from abundant, low-value waste plant material. (Source: MicroBioGen, PR, July, 2021) Contact: Novozymes, Brian Brazeau, VP Bioenergy Commercial, Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, Michael Burns, Biorefining Business Development North America,(919) 496-6926, www.novozymes.com; MicroBioGen, Geoff Bell, CEO (02) 9418 3182, geoff.bell@microbiogen.com, www.microbiogen.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MicroBioGen,  Biofuel,  Novozymes,  


Fulcrum Completes Nevada Biofuel Plant Construction (Ind. Report)
Fulcrum BioEnergy
Date: 2021-07-09
Pleasanton, California-based low-carbon transportation fuels from municipal solid waste-to-fuel specialist Fulcrum BioEnergy reports construction of the world's first commercial-scale facility that will convert household waste into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), renewable diesel (RD) and renewable gasoline in Reno, Nevada, has been completed.

The plant will convert 175,000 tpy of municipal solid waste into nearly 11 million gpy of syncrude, which would then be upgraded to transportation fuels with the brand Fulcrum Fuel.

Start-up and commissioning of the facility and fuel production is slated for Q4 this year. The company is eyeing eight more locations in the US, which will produce over 400 million gpy of transportation fuel. (Source: Fulcrum BioEnergy, PR, 6 July, 2021) Contact: Fulcrum, Jim Macias, CEO, Rick Barraza, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fulcrum BioEnergy,  SAF,  Syncrude,  


Emerson Automation to Increase Neste Biofuels Prod. (Ind. Report)
Neste
Date: 2021-07-09
St. Louis-headquartered Emerson Electric reports it will supply automation systems and software support to increase renewable diesel (RD) production to 1.3 million tpy by 2023 at Neste's expanded refinery in Singapore. With the expansion, the refinery will have additional capacity to produce up to 1 million tpy of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable raw materials for polymers and chemicals, supporting the company's goal to reduce customers' greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 million tpy by 2030.

Helsinki-headquartered Neste Oyi is the world's largest producer for renewable diesel (RD) and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from renewable waste and residue raw materials. (Source: Emerson, Neste, 8 July, 2021) Contact: Emerson, Ron Martin, 314 553 2000, www.emerson.com; Neste Oy, Carl Nyberg, Exec. VP, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  SAF,  Renewable Diesel,  


Veolia, TotalEnergies Partner on Microalgae for Biofuels (Ind. Report)
Veolia, TotalEnergies
Date: 2021-07-07
In Paris, TotalEnergies is reporting it is partnering with UK-based Veolia on a four-year research effort at TotalEnergies La Mede biorefinery to accelerate the development of microalgae cultivation using CO2 for the production of biofuel.

Through photosynthesis, microalgae use sunlight and CO2 from the atmosphere or from industrial processes to grow. When mature, they can be transformed into next-generation biofuels with low carbon intensity. As part of the project, a test platform will be set up to compare different innovative systems for growing microalgae and identify the most efficient microalgae. . (Source: TotalEnergies, PR, Website, 6 July, 2021) Contact: Veolia, www.veolia.com; TotalEnergies, www.totalenergies.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Veolia,  TotalEnergies,  Algae,  Biofuel,  


Vertoro Rotterdam Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Funded (Int'l.)
Vertoro
Date: 2021-07-02
Geleen, Netherland-based green technology company Vertoro is reporting receipt of €2 million in European Union "ReactEU" grant funding to develop a 250,000 metric tpy lignin crude biorefinery at Rotterdam.

The biorefinery will convert woody biomass -- industrial wood residues, sawdust and wastes -- into roughly 50,000 metric tpy of cellulosic ethanol and roughly 125,000 metric tpy of lignin-based "Goldilocks crude oil" which could be used as biofuel bunkers.

Vertoro is a spin off company from a 2017 public-private partnership between Brightlands Chemelot Campus, DSM, Chemelot InSciTe, University of Maastricht and Eindhoven University of Technology. (Source: Vertoro, Website PR, 30 June, 2021) Contact: Vertoro, Michael Boot, CEO, michael@vertoro.com, www.vertoro.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vertoro,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  


Biofuels On The Road to Net-Zero Emissions -- Notable Quote
Growth Energy
Date: 2021-06-30
"There's no path to net-zero emissions by 2050, which is a Biden goal, without biofuels." -- Emily Skor, CEO, Growth Energy, June, 2021, www.growthenergy.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  Ne-Zero Emissions,  


Growth Energy Warns Against More RFS Waivers (Opinions & Asides)
Growth Energy
Date: 2021-06-30
Addressing a recent U.S. Senate Ag subcommittee meeting, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor noted there's both a practical and a political downside if the US EPA lets small oil refiners off the hook in blending ethanol or buying biofuel credits.

"In 2019, President Biden said in Iowa, and I quote, 'Those waivers are a gigantic mistake. We should not be exempting, we should be insisting that these major oil companies meet the criteria that are set,' end quote. We wholeheartedly agree. Lowering, waving, caping, or any backtracking on the promise of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) damages our ability to decarbonize our vehicle fleet, threatens large agricultural markets, and jeopardizes hundreds of thousands of jobs supported by the biofuel industry."

According to Skor, a new study shows switching to E15 with incentives pending in Congress would add $18 billion to the economy, $10 billion to household income and 183,000 jobs. (Source: Growth Energy, DRG News, 29 June, 2021). (Source: Growth Energy , Website PR, 25 May, 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, www.growthenergy.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  RFS,  Hardship Waivers,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  


Green Science Alliance Invests in EneCoat Tech. (Int'l., M&A)
EneCoat Technologies
Date: 2021-06-30
In Japan, Kawanishi-City based Green Science Alliance reports it is investing in Kyoto University spin-out startup EneCoat Technologies Co., Ltd, which is developing lead-free perovskite solar cells with high conversion efficiency and durability.

Green Science Alliance researches and manufactures chemical products that can be applied to solar cell, secondary battery including lithium ion battery, capacitor, fuel cell, biomass biodegradable resin, biofuel and biochemicals and other products, according to the company website. (Source: Green Science Alliance Co., Ltd., PR, 29 June, 2021) Contact: Green Science Alliance, +81-72-759-8543, www.gsalliance.co.jp/en; EneCoat Technologies, www.enecoat.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News perovskite solar cell,  


Delta Biofuel Plans $70Mn La. Pellet Plant (Ind. Report)
Delta Biofuel
Date: 2021-06-30
Tasso Renewable Energy subsidiary Delta Biofuel Inc is reportedly evaluating a location in Iberia Parish Louisiana as the site for a new $70 million wood pellet plant. If constructed, the facility would produce make biomass fuel pellets from residual sugarcane bagasse supplied by 4 sugar mills in Iberia, St. Mary, and St. Martin parishes. The company is also seeking multi-year fuel pellet purchase agreements with European and Asian energy production plants.

Work on the facility is expected to commence this September and reach completion in September, 2022. (Source: Delta Biofuel Inc, 28 June, 2021) Contact: Tasso Renewable Energy , Delta Biofuels Inc., Philip Keating, CEO, www.rocketreach.co/philip-keating-email_6275220

More Low-Carbon Energy News Delta Biofuel,  Wood Pellet,  Tasso Renewable Energy,  


Anglo American Claims Marine Biofuel Trial Success (Int'l. Report)
Anglo American , Alpha Biofuels.
Date: 2021-06-30
London-headquartered global mining giant Anglo American reports the successful conclusion of a chartered ship voyage from Singapore to South Africa using 7 pct biodiesel and 93 pct regular bunker fuel blend. The biodiesel, which was supplied by Toyota Tsusho Petroleum, was produced from waste cooking oil by Singapore-based Alpha Biofuels.

The 7 pct biofuel blend reduces CO2 emissions by roughly 5 pct and is compliant with the International Standard Organisation's requirement for marine fuels and requires no substantial engine modifications, the release noted.

According to Anglo American CEO Peter Whitcutt, "The success of this trial marks an important step forward in establishing biofuel as a viable option, aligned with circular economic principles. These efforts also reinforce our commitment as an organisation to reduce emissions across the entire value chain, as we work towards carbon neutrality across our operations by 2040." (Source: Anglo American, Website PR, 28 June, 2021) Contact: Anglo American, Peter Whitcutt, CEO , www.angloamerican.com; Alpha Biofuels, +65 6264 6696, www.alphabiofuels.sg; Toyota Tsusho Petroleum, www.toyota-tsusho-petroleum.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Toyota Tsusho,  Alpha Biofuels. Biodiesel,  


NRCAN Launches Canada Clean Fuels Fund (Ind. Report)
Natural Resource Canada
Date: 2021-06-28
In Ottawa, Natural Resource Canada (NRCAN) has announced the Canada Clean Fuels Fund noting "Canada's clean fuels industry must immediately, and significantly, increase its current capacity to play the critical role needed in our net-zero future. To do this, it will be essential to overcome the barrier of the upfront capital cost that private sector investment faces in the build-out of new clean fuels production capacity."

To that end, the Clean Fuels Fund will provide the private sector with cost-shared, conditionally repayable funding to build new, or retrofit or expand existing, clean fuel production facilities in Canada. Funding program benefits will:

  • grow the domestic production capacity for clean fuels including clean hydrogen, advanced biofuels, renewable natural gas, and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), across Canada;

  • offer new opportunities for Canada's energy sector in the transition to producing cleaner sources of energy;

  • support Canada's efforts to reach net-zero by 2050:

  • position Canada globally to reap economic, environmental, and social benefits of transition to clean energy.

    Download Canada Clean Fuels Fund details HERE. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, PR, Canada Clean Fuels Fund, www.nrcan.gc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resource Canada,  Clean Fuel,  


  • Neste's Porvoo Refinery Back On Line (Int'l. Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2021-06-28
    In Helsinki, Neste Oyi is reporting scheduled maintenance work at its Porvoo refinery in Finland has been completed and the refinery is back in production.

    The work came in at approximately €630 million, of which approximately €330 million was realized in the major turnaround in 2021. In 2020, only critical refinery maintenance work was completed due to the corona pandemic.

    Neste refines waste, residues and innovative raw materials into renewable fuels and sustainable feedstock for plastics and other materials. Neste is the world's leading producer of renewable diesel (RD) and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) developing chemical recycling to combat the plastic waste and helping customers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with our renewable and circular solutions by at least 20 million tons annually by 2030. The company aims for carbon-neutral production by 2035.

    In 2020, Neste's revenue stood at €11.8 billion ($14.070 billion) with 94 pct of the company's comparable operating profit coming from renewable products, according to the company website. (Source: Neste Corporation, Website PR, 24 June, 2021) Contact: Neste Oy, Carl Nyberg, Exec. VP, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste ,  Renewable Diesel,  SAF,  Biofuel,  


    Preem's Lysekil Refinery Producing Renewable Petrol (Int'l.)
    Preem
    Date: 2021-06-25
    Sweden's largest fuel company Preem reports the first catalytic cracker tests to produce 300 tons of pyrolysis oil from sawdust have been carried out at the company's refinery in Lysekil. The plant has also begun processing 50,000 tons of pyrolysis oil. The oil will then be further refined at Preem's refinery in Lysekil, one of Preem's largest refineries producing petrol.

    Sweden's biofuel blend rate will increase to 7.8 pct in 2022. Preen plans to produce approximately 5 million cubic meters of renewable fuels by 2030, (Source: Preem, PR, Website, 22 June, 2021) Contact: Preem, +46 (0)70-450 10 01, www.preem.se

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  Preem,  


    ePURE Member Ethanol Production Cuts GHGs 75 pct (Int'l., Report)
    ePURE
    Date: 2021-06-25
    ePURE, the European ethanol industry trade association, is reporting production and use of renewable ethanol from ePURE members reduced greenhouse-gas emissions by an average of more than 75 pct compared to fossil fuels in 2020. It was the ninth consecutive year in which EU renewable ethanol increased its GHG reduction score.

    According to the ePURE release, the record-breaking figure strengthens the already-convincing case for renewable ethanol as one of the best available tools the EU has for decarbonising road transport. With the European Commission's imminent "Fit for 55" legislative package expected to increase targets for emissions reduction and for renewable energy in transport, it is clear the EU will need to make the most of readily available low-carbon solutions such as ethanol.

    The record-high GHG-saving performance of ePURE members' ethanol was also accompanied by significant production of animal feed (4.22 million tonnes) and of captured CO2 (0.87 million tonnes). The 2020 findings were compiled from ePURE members and certified by auditing firm Copartner.

    ePURE's membership includes 19 producing companies with around 50 refineries across the EU and UK, accounting for about 85 pct of EU renewable ethanol production. (Source: ePURE, PR, Website, 23 June, 2021) Contact: ePURE, Emmanuel Desplechin, Secretary General, www.epure.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ePURE,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


    GoodFuels, ZERO Partner to Push Marine Biofuel (Int'l. Report)
    GoodFuels
    Date: 2021-06-25
    Netherlands-based maritime biofuel supplier GoodFuels and Norwegian environmental non-profit organisation ZERO are reporting a partnership aimed at enhancing sustainability within the maritime biofuel supply chain.

    Under the partnership, the organisations will work together to accelerate the shift to a renewable transport sector with a focus on sustainable biofuels for the maritime industry and establishing framework conditions for sustainable biofuels in the Nordic countries.

    The two organizations will also work together on driving increased demand for renewable shipping solutions by analysing policymaking, engaging with decision-makers, and advocating for uptake of sustainable biofuels with the industry and political leaders.

    Under the partnership, ZERO also joins GoodFuels' independent sustainability board which consists of leading NGOs and academics in the sustainable transport and biofuels segments. The board works to ensure sustainability and transparency in GoodFuels' fuel products. (Source: GoodFuels, PR, ShipInSight, 24 June, 2021) Contact: GoodFuels, +31 88 021 5100, info@goodfuels.com, www.goodfuels.com; ZERO, Anne Marit Post-Melbye, Head of Industry Policy, anne.melbye@zero.no, www.zero.no

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GoodFuels,  Marine Biofuel,  


    Neste, LyondellBasell to Develop Renewable Polymers (Int'l. Report)
    Neste, LyondellBasell
    Date: 2021-06-23
    Rotterdam, Netherlands-headquartered LyondellBasell Industries N.V. and Finland-headquartered oil refiner and biofuels producer Neste have recently announced a long-term agreement under which LyondellBasell will source NesteRE feedstock produced with 100 pct bio-based sources like waste and residue oils and fats from Neste. The NesteRE will be converted into polymers at LyondellBasell's Wesseling, Germany plant and sold under the CirculenRenew brand name.

    As previously reported, the companies joined forces in 2019 for the world's first commercial-scale production of bio-based polypropylene and bio-based polyethylene.

    LyondellBasell Industries N.V. is a multinational chemical company with U.S. operations headquarters in Houston, Texas, and offices in London, UK. The company is the largest licensor of polyethylene and polypropylene technologies, according to its website. (Source: Neste, Zacks, Nasdaq, 21 June, 2021) Contact: LyondellBasell Industries, www.lyondellbasell.com; Neste Corp., Thorsten Lange, Exec. VP, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  LyondellBasell,  Neste RE,  


    ANA, JAL Test SAF Blends on Domestic Flights (Int'l. Report)
    JAL
    Date: 2021-06-21
    In Japan, All Nippon Airways Co.(ANA) and Japan Airlines Co. (JAL) last week announced separately that they used domestically produced sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) jointly developed by IHI Corp., Mitsubishi Power Ltd., and other firms on regular domestic flights.

    All Nippon Airways used an SAF made from algae, and Japan Airlines used a fuel made from a combination of algae and wood chips at a 1 pct blend rate with regular jet fuel. (Source: All Nippon Airways, Japan News, 19 June, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  


    Biofuels 17 pct of US 2020 Renewables Consumption (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2021-06-18
    According to recent EIA data, consumption of renewable energy in the U.S. grew for the fifth consecutive year in 2020, reaching a record 11.6 quadrillion Btu -- 12 pct of total U.S. energy -- while fossil fuel and nuclear power consumption declined.

    EIA data shows that biofuels, including fuel ethanol, biodiesel and other renewable fuels, accounted for approximately 17 percent of U.S. renewable energy consumption in 2020, despite an 11 percent drop in biofuel consumption caused by market factors associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Wood and waste energy, wood pellets, and biomass waste from landfills accounted for about 22 pct of U.S. renewable energy consumption in 2019. (Source: U.S. EIA, Monthly Energy Review, 16 June, 2021) Contact: IS EIA, www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=48396, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  US EIA,  


    Ethanol Producer Greenfield Global, Port of Montreal Cooperate on Green Hydrogen (Ind. Report)
    Greenfield Global
    Date: 2021-06-18
    In Quebec, the Montreal Port Authority is reporting a cooperation agreement with Ontario-based ethanol producer Greenfield Global to develop green hydrogen for an indirect shore supply of electrical power for the marine industry. The agreement is intended to identify and implement innovative green energy solutions, of which green hydrogen, ethanol and methanol are at the forefront.

    The agreement aims to address commercial shipping's greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) which account for roughly 3 pct of global GHG emissions.

    Greenfield is the largest ethanol producer in Canada and owns and operates five ethanol distilleries, four specialty chemical manufacturing and packaging plants and three next-generation biofuel and renewable energy R&D centers in the United States, Canada and Ireland. (Source: Port of Montreal, Website, PR, H2 View, 14 June, 2021) Contact: Montreal Port Authority, Martin Imbleau, Pres., CEO, 514 283-7011, www.port-montreal.com; Greenfield Global, Howard Field, CEO, (613) 698-0116, howard.field@greenfield.com, www.greenfield.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenfield Global,  Green Hydrogen,  Ethanol,  


    Canadian Hydrogen from Nuclear Study Underway (Ind. Report)
    Greenfield Global,Nuclear Innovation Institute
    Date: 2021-06-18
    In Ontario, Canada, the independent, not-for-profit Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) has launched a new study into the role of nuclear power in supporting a growing hydrogen economy. The study will be led by global consultancy Arcadis, supported by NII and project partners electric utility Bruce Power and Canada's largest ethanol producer, Greenfield Global.

    The study will be the first of its kind in Canada to evaluate the technical viability and business case for hydrogen use and production from emissions-free nuclear power in Ontario. This study will investigate the viability of a local pilot project to demonstrate the economics of the technology, in preparation for the rapid growth of the hydrogen economy.

    Greenfield Global owns and operates five ethanol distilleries, four specialty chemical manufacturing and packaging plants and three next-generation biofuel and renewable energy R&D centers in the United States, Canada and Ireland. (Source: Greenfield Global, Website PR, 11 June, 2021) Contact: Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) www.nuclearinnovationinstitute.ca/centre-for-next-generation-nuclear; Arcadis, www.arcadis.com; Bruce Power, www.brucepower.com; Greenfield, www.greenfield.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Greenfield Glonal,  Nuclear Innovation Institute,  Arcadis,  


    Malaysian B20 Biodiesel Plan Delayed (Int'l. Report)

    Date: 2021-06-16
    Following up on our 13th Jan., coverage, in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities reports the country’s B20 palm-biodiesel transportation biofuel plan is expected to be implemented nationwide by the end of 2022.

    The B20 programme was originally slated for implementation by mid-2021. (Source: Malaysian Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities, The Star, 15 June, 2015)Contact: Malaysian Palm Oil Board, www.mpob.gov.my

    More Low-Carbon Energy News B20,  Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Blend,  Malaysian Palm Oil Board,  


    Aemetis, Murex Ink $200Mn Biofuels Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis, Murex
    Date: 2021-06-16
    Cupertino-California-headquartered Aemetis, Inc. is reporting an estimated $200 million biofuels offtake agreement with Plano, Texas-based international renewable fuels supplier Murex, LLC to be delivered during 2021 to 2023.

    Under the agreement, fuel and the related Low Carbon Fuel Standard and Renewable Fuel Standard Credits will be sold at a fixed discount to the market price at the time of delivery. (Source: Aemetis, Inc., 14 June, 2021) Contact: Murex LLC, Robert Wright, President, www.murexltd.com; Aemetis Advanced Fuels, Andy Foster, Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO, (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Murex ,  Biofuel,  


    Maritime Zero-Emissions Fuels Notable Quotes (Alt. Fuel)
    Ocean Conservancy
    Date: 2021-06-11
    "By 2030, we want ships capable of running on well-to-wake zero-emission fuels -- such as green hydrogen, green ammonia, green methanol, and advanced biofuels -- to make up at least 5 pct of the global deep-sea fleet measured by fuel consumption." -- US DOE

    "We're going to look to the ocean to continue to help reduce pollution." -- U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry, Apr., 2021

    "We can decarbonize the sector by using zero-carbon fuels like hydrogen and ammonia, instead of dirty fuel oil, to power transoceanic vessels, but the shipping industry has been slow to make to the switch." -- John Lewis, Clean Air Task Force

    In April, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry announced the U.S. will join an international effort to achieve zero emissions by 2050 in the global shipping industry -- which emits 1 billion metric tpy of CO2, according to the Ocean Conservancy. Roughly 90 pct of world trade is transported by sea and accounts for nearly 3 pct of the world's CO2 emissions. (Source: Ocean Conservancy, Various Media, June, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  Maritime Fuel,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  


    Enerkem's Rotterdam Plant Refocused on SAF (Ind. Report)
    Shell Canada,Enerkem
    Date: 2021-06-09
    Montreal-headquartered biofuels producer Enerkem, Shell and the Port of Rotterdam are reporting plans to repurpose the Rotterdam waste-to-chemicals project to produce waste-to-sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

    The facility would use Enerkem's waste gasification technology and Shell's Fischer-Tropsch technology to process up to 360,000t tpy of "recycling rejects" and produce up to 80,000 tpy of renewable products, of which around 75 pct could be SAF and the remainder for road transportation fuels or other uses.

    Subject to regulatory approvals and a final investment decision, construction could begin soon for production starting in 2025 or 2026. (Source: Enerchem, PR, Argus, 8 June, 2021)Contact: Enerkem, Dominique Boies, CEO and CFO, 514-375-7800, communications@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem,  SAF,  Biofuel,  Waste-to-Fuel,  


    India Advances 20 pct Ethanol-Petrol Blend Target (Int'l. Report)
    Idia Ethanol Blend
    Date: 2021-06-07
    In New Delhi, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has advanced the country’s target of 20 pct ethanol blended petrol by five years to 2025 from the previous target date of 2030.

    As previously reported, India's National Biofuel Policy 2018 targeted 20 pct blending of ethanol in petrol and 5 pct blending of biodiesel in diesel by 2030. The blending percentage of ethanol with petrol has increased from 1.53 pct in 2013-14 to 8.5 pct in 2020-2.

    India's ethanol production capacity is 684 crore litre (1,806,936,800 gallons). (Source: Office of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, 5 June, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News India news,  India Ethanol Blend news,  


    SUNY Cobleskill Biomass Gasifier Scores Grant Funding (Funding)
    SUNY Cobleskill
    Date: 2021-06-07
    The State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill (SUNY Cobleskill) is reporting it and its Modesto, California-based industry partner Caribou Biofuels have received $255,879 in grant funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) to further develop its biomass gasifier that turns waste streams into biofuels, biopower, and soil supplements.

    The patented gasifier technology is a fully automated, portable waste-to-energy system that can produce 60 kilowatts of power a day -- sufficient power for around 50 homes -- from roughly two tpd of feedstock. For almost any combustible material, it produces both gaseous and liquid fuels that are significantly higher in energy content than other similar gasification technologies, according to the release. (Source: SUNY Cobleskill, PR, 4 June, 2021) Contact: SUNY Cobleskill, 518-255-5011, www.cobleskill,edu; Caribou Biofuels, 510-421-0365, www.cariboubiofuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SUNY Cobleskill news,  Caribou Biofuel news,  Biomass Gasification news,  


    Vitol Supplying Neste SAF at Heathrow (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2021-06-04
    Helsinki-headquartered sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) producer Neste Oy reports Vitol Aviation, a fuel supplier at Heathrow Airports in the UK, is making Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ available beginning today, June 3rd, ahead of the G7 Summit to be held from 11 to 13 June 2021. Vitol Aviation intends to deliver further supplies ahead of COP26 to enable attendees to also transit to Glasgow with lower-emissions.

    Neste MY SAF is produced 100 pct from renewable and sustainable waste and residue raw materials, such as used cooking oil and animal fat waste. Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel, in its neat form and over the life cycle, reduces up to 80 pct of greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil jet fuel use. (Source: Neste Oy, PR, Website, 3 June, 2021) Contact: Neste Oy, Jonathan Wood, VP Europe, Renewable Aviation, Susanna Sieppi, +358 50 458 5076, media@neste.com , www.neste.com; Vitol , Andrea Schlaepfer, +44 (0)7525 403796, acs@vitol.com, www.vitol.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste news,  Avfuel news,  SAF news,  Aviation Biofuel news,  


    Notable Quote from TOTAL
    TOTAL
    Date: 2021-06-04
    "We have set a target to become a Net-Zero Company by 2050 and we will continue to grow our substantial renewable business such as solar power, wind power, biofuels. We will also focus on gas especially LNG.

    "We are investing $3 billion annually across our business unit on renewable energy." -- Mike Sangster, Managing Director, TOTAL Energies, 19 May, 2021) Contact: TOTAL Energies, www.total.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  


    NBB Thanks Senators, Representatives for Proposing Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension (Ind. Report)
    NBB
    Date: 2021-06-02
    In Washington, "the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) and its members thank Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Reps. Cindy Axne (D-IA) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) for introducing the Biodiesel Tax Credit Extension Act of 2021, bipartisan legislation to extend the biodiesel tax credit through 2025. The bill introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House today would provide the biodiesel and renewable diesel industry certainty for an additional three years, supporting continued growth in U.S. production of better, cleaner fuels that are reducing carbon emissions now and boosting rural economies.

    "As Congress looks to jump-start economic growth, rebuild infrastructure and reduce carbon emissions, they can count on biodiesel and renewable diesel to help achieve those goals. Biodiesel production is supporting economic opportunities and job creation in rural communities across the country. NBB members sincerely thank Senators Grassley and Cantwell and Representatives Axne and Kelly, along with the 27 original cosponsors.

    "The biodiesel tax credit continues to be extremely successful in expanding consumer access to clean, low-carbon fuels. Biodiesel and renewable diesel are on average 74 pct less carbon intensive than petroleum diesel and have cut more than 140 million tons of carbon emissions since 2010. Moreover, these cleaner, better fuels substantially cut emissions of particulate matter that impact cancer rates, asthma and other respiratory diseases, as well as the associated healthcare costs"

    According to the NBB, the U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel industry supports 65,000 U.S. jobs and more than $17 billion in economic activity each year. Every 100 million gallons of production supports 3,200 jobs and $780 million in economic opportunity. Biodiesel production supports approximately 13 percent of the value of each U.S. bushel of soybeans. (Source: NBB, PR, 25 May, 2021) Contact: NBB, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.nbb.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NBB,  National Biodiesel Board,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel Tax Credit,  


    Iowa Farm, Biofuel Leaders Support E15 Legislation (Ind. Report)
    POET, Growth Energy
    Date: 2021-06-02
    Ethanol industry giant POET is reporting it and other biofuel and farm advocates are urging Hawkeye State lawmakers to approve H.F. 859, legislation to ensure all Iowans can benefit from access to E15 at the pump by 2028. The following joint statement was issued by Growth Energy, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Ethanol Producers Association, and POET: "Every Iowa driver should have the freedom to choose E15, which will provide fuel savings and is made from corn harvested on Iowa farms. We enthusiastically support the work of Governor Reynolds and the Legislature to get Iowa on the road to E15.

    "E15 is already popular with consumers, compatible with today's infrastructure and saves motorists an average of five cents per gallon in Iowa. Expanding E15 across the state will grow corn markets by 23 million bushels, inject $140 million into the state's economy, and save Iowa motorists an additional $72 million each year. Now is the time to act, and we're counting on Iowa lawmakers to lead the nation by ensuring access to E15 statewide."(Source: POET, Website PR, 28 May, 2021) Contact: POET, www.poet.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Growth Energy,  Biofuel,  E15,  


    POET Takes Flint Hills' Ethanol Business (M&A, Ind. Report)
    POET, Flint Hills
    Date: 2021-06-02
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota-headquartered ethanol pioneer POET, the country's largest biofuels producer, is reporting the acquisition of Flint Hills Resources' entire ethanol business, including 6 bioprocessing facilities in Iowa and Nebraska and two terminals in Texas and Georgia.

    The acquisition will bump POET's total ethanol production up by 40 pct to 3 billion gpy, dried distillers grain (DDG) production will rise to 7 million tpy and corn oil production will grow to 975 million pounds per year. With the acquisition, POET will operate 33 facilities across 8 states.

    Flint Hills, a refining, biofuels and petrochemical company, is based in Wichita, Kansas, and was the country's fifth-largest ethanol producer prior to the acquisition. (Source: POET, PR, 1 June, 2021) Contact: POET, Jeff Broin, CEO, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com; Flint Hills Resources, 229-522-2822, www.fhr.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Flint Hills,  Ethanol,  


    Eurotank Amsterdam Adding Biofuels Infrastructure, Storage (Int'l)
    Eurotank
    Date: 2021-05-28
    In the Netherlands, Eurotank Amsterdam (ETA) report it is investing in the conversion of its gas oil tanks, making them suitable for storing biofuels, mixed biofuels and hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) for a total storage capacity of 75,000 cubic metres. The initial phase of the project is expected to be completed before the year end.

    ETA is also developing the necessary loading and other infrastructure for sustainable fuels at the Port of Amsterdam. (Source: Eurotank Amsterdam, PR, 25 May, 2021) Contact: Eurotank Amsterdam, +31 10 310 4908, www.eurotankamsterdambv.com

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


    Shell Aviation, AmEx Partner to Increase SAF Supply (Ind. Report)
    Shell Aviation
    Date: 2021-05-28
    Royal Dutch Shell subsidiary Shell Aviation and American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) are reporting they will collaborate on encourage increased production sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), making the fuel more readily available and accelerating the aviation industry's pathway towards net-zero emissions.

    With their combined buying power, the two firms will help drive transformation of the aviation and corporate travel sector, support a net-zero emissions future and deliver a new solution to customers in support of their own energy transition and carbon reduction ambitions.

    Both firms have committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. (Source: Shell Aviation, PR, Website, May, 2021) Contact: Shell Aviation , www.shell.com/business-customers/aviation.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell Aviation news,  Biofuel news,  SAF news,  


    Growth Energy Applauds Senate Push for RFS Transparency (Ind. Report, Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2021-05-28
    In Washington, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor has thanked U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), who reintroduced the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Integrity Act. A companion to House legislation introduced in February, the bipartisan proposal would bring greater transparency to the U.S. EPA small refinery exemption (SRE) process and ensure refiners apply for exemptions in a timely manner.

    "This legislation provides long-overdue transparency for requests to avoid blending more low carbon renewable fuels that are key to America's low-carbon future. We applaud Senators Fischer and Duckworth for working to protect the integrity of the RFS so that farmers and biofuel producers, as well as the entire fuel supply chain, across the nation can count on stable demand and continue providing cleaner and more affordable fuel choices at the pump, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor said."

    "By arming the public with greater information on biofuel exemptions, we can keep oil refineries accountable to following the law and ensure uninterrupted progress toward achieving cleaner air and a healthier climate," Skor added.

    Currently, EPA does not provide a deadline for refiners submitting a request for an SRE. The bipartisan Renewable Fuel Standard Integrity Act explicitly sets a June 1st deadline the year prior to the biofuel targets going into effect the following year. This will allow EPA to account for any exempted gallons in the following year's Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) as required by the Clean Air Act and ensure that the RVOs are met. Additionally, the legislation increases transparency into the SRE application process, allowing the public greater insight into which companies are receiving exemptions and why, according to the release. (Source: Growth Energy , Website PR, 25 May, 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, CEO, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Grwoth Energy,  RFS,  


    Preem Completes Gothenburg Biorefinery Revamp (Int'l. Report)
    Preem
    Date: 2021-05-28
    Stockholm-headquartered Preem, Sweden's largest oil refiner, reports the revamping of it Gothenburg refinery has been completed. This is the second revamp of the hydrotreater, following work in 2010 that upgraded the unit to co-process 30 pct renewable feedstock using Topsoe's HydroFlex technology.

    With the second revamp, Preem and Topsoe achieved 85 pct co-processing of tallow and tall diesel feedstock enabling the production of roughly 5 million cubic meters of renewable fuels by 2030.

    Topsoe's HydroFlex is the industry-leading technology for production of renewable jet and diesel provides lower CAPEX, lower OPEX, lower carbon intensity (CI) score, better diesel yield, and can be deployed in both grassroots units and revamps for co-processing or stand-alone applications, according to the company. (Source: Preem, Website PR, 21 May, 2021) Contact: Preem, +46 (0)10 450 10 00, www.preem.com; Haldor Topsoe, Roeland Baan, CEO, Ulrik Frohlke, Media, +45 27 77 99 68, ulfr@topsoe.com, www.topsoe.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  Preem,  Topsoe,  Tall Diesel,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


    UPM Advances Biofuel Growth Plans (Int'l. Report)
    UPM
    Date: 2021-05-28
    Following up on our 29 Jan., 2021 coverage, Helsinki-headquartered UPM has moved forward with its biofuels growth plans and has begun the basic engineering phase of a next generation biorefinery. The potential biorefinery would produce roughly 500,000 tpy of high-quality renewable fuels including sustainable jet fuel (SAF).

    UPM is review the operating environment primarily in two locations - Kotka, Finland, and Rotterdam, the Netherlands. (Source: UPM, 20 May, 2021)Contact: UPM, Jyrki Ovaska, CTO, +358 204 150 564, www.upm.com, www.upmbiofuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM,  Biofuel,  SAF,  


    ADM Building New North Dakota Soy Crushing Facility (Ind. Report)
    Archer Daniels Midland
    Date: 2021-05-28
    Chicago-based Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is reporting plans to build North Dakota's first dedicated soybean crushing plant and refinery in Spiritwood, a major soybean producing area, to meet fast-growing demand from biofuel and renewable diesel customers and others. The $350 million crush and refining complex will process 150,000 bushels per day of soybeans.

    ADM also plans to invest approximately $25 million to expand refining and storage capacity at its crush and refining facility in Quincy, Illinois. This project will fully align the location's refining capabilities with its crush capacity and allow for greater flexibility in meeting the needs of ADM's food, biofuel and industrial customers. The expanded capacity is expected to be online by Q1 2022, according to the release. (Source: ADM, PR, May, 2021) Contact: ADM, www.adm.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Archer Daniels Midland news,  Ethanol news,  


    Neste Testing Renewable Gasoline in Sweden (Ind. Report)
    Neste Oyi
    Date: 2021-05-26
    Helsinki-headquartered Neste Oyi, the world's leading producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced from waste and residue raw materials, reports the final phase of testing of its 75 pct bio-based renewable gasoline is now beginning with complete commercial tests of the fuel to follow.

    According to the release, Neste's 75 pct bio-based renewable gasoline can reduce GHG emission by up to 65 pct over the fuel's life cycle when compared to fossil fuels. Neste is aiming to improve this figure to eventually achieve up to 90 pct emission reduction with an up to 95 pct bio-based content fuel.

    The present tests study the properties of the fuel and mix ratios to further reduce emissions before commercial tests. (Source: Neste, PR, Website, 21 May, 2021) Contact: Neste Oy, Carl Nyberg, Exec. VP Renewable Road Transportation, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  SAF,  Biofuel,  

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