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July 19, 2013
European Parliament Committee Votes To Limit Crop-based Biofuels And Count ILUC In Greenhouse Gas Emissions Calculations
Last week, the European Parliament's (EP) Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety voted to include indirect land use change in calculations to measure greenhouse gas emissions. It also voted to limit biofuels made from crops and create a minimum level of advanced biofuels within the European Union's (EU) fuel supply. Under the measure, crop-based biofuels would be capped at 5.5 percent of the EU's fuel supply by 2020. Some supporters of the proposal believe that the use of land to grow energy crops reduces the availability of land for food crops. The full EP ... read more >
July 11, 2013
European Commission Proposes €3.8 Billion Plan For Biobased Fuels, Chemicals, And Products
On Wednesday, July 10, 2013, the European Commission (EC) announced its legislative proposal for a public private partnership (PPP) to help support the biobased economy by promoting the development and commercialization of fuel, chemicals, and products made from sustainable European biomass and waste. The proposal is expected to be approved by the European Parliament and Council later this year or early next. The PPP is expected to start its activities sometime next year. Under the PPP, from 2014-2020, the EC will contribute €1 billion and industry €2.8 billion to help ... read more >
July 11, 2013
Novozymes, BASF, And Cargill Announce Breakthrough
In August 2012, Novozymes, BASF, and Cargill entered into an agreement to develop a process to convert renewable materials into a 100 percent renewable acrylic acid. This month, the three companies announced that they have successfully demonstrated at pilot scale the production of renewable 3-hydroxypropionic acid (3-HP). This announcement is an important step in the companies' efforts since 3-HP is a raw material that can be used to produce renewable acrylic acid for the production of superabsorbent polymers. These superabsorbent polymers can be used for diapers and other ... read more >
July 11, 2013
MASBI Issues Report On Opportunity For Aviation Biofuels
The Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiative (MASBI) has issued a report demonstrating the opportunity for a Midwest aviation biofuels industry and making recommendations to help its success. The report is available online. MASBI is a coalition managed by Oliver Wyman and led by a Steering Committee that includes United Airlines, Boeing, the Chicago Department of Aviation, the Clean Energy Trust, and Honeywell's UOP. The report resulted from a year-long study and concluded that the use of more advanced biofuels developed in the Midwest can lead to significant energy and ... read more >
July 11, 2013
Green Biologics Teams Up With Easy Energy Systems
United Kingdom company Green Biologics, which focuses on n-butanol, has entered into an agreement with Easy Energy Systems to convert Easy Energy Systems' ethanol demonstration plant located in Emmetsburg, Iowa, to produce renewable n-butanol and acetone. This arrangement will further the renewable chemicals industry, as renewable n-butanol is used for the production of paints, coatings, inks, plastics, adhesives, pharmaceuticals, household cleaners, and personal care ... read more >
July 11, 2013
House Energy And Commerce Committee Holds Second Hearing On TSCA Reform
On Thursday, July 11, 2013, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment and Economy convened its second hearing on reform of TSCA. This second "Hearing on Regulation of New Chemicals, Protection of Confidential Business Information, and Innovation" focused on exploring the "regulatory implementation and 'real world' implications of TSCA Section 5, requirements concerning the manufacture and processing of new chemicals, and TSCA Section 14, limiting public disclosure of data submitted to EPA on existing and new chemical substances and ... read more >
July 11, 2013
EPA Releases Regulatory Agenda
On July 3, 2013, EPA released its spring regulatory agenda, which reports on the likely timelines for several environmental rulemakings. The agenda is available online. Among other items, the agenda suggests that in September EPA intends to reissue a revised proposed rule to control emissions of greenhouse gases from new power plants. It also indicates that EPA will likely issue by December five significant new use rules (SNUR) under the Toxic Substances Control Act ... read more >
July 11, 2013
Senate Likely To Vote On McCarthy Nomination Next Week
On Thursday, July 11, 2013, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) filed cloture to end debate on seven outstanding Administration nominees, including that of Gina McCarthy to be the next Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This means that McCarthy's nomination could come up for a vote as early as Tuesday of next week. Majority Leader Reid met with the Senate Democratic Caucus on Thursday to discuss the best approach to bring up the nomination. In May, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, led by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), passed ... read more >
July 11, 2013
USDA Makes Important Announcements To Further Biobased Products
On Thursday, July 11, 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) made two important announcements that will help promote biobased products. First, USDA announced that it has designated the following eight new biobased product categories for preferred federal procurement under the BioPreferred Program: aircraft and boat cleaners; automotive care products; engine crankcase oil; gasoline fuel additives; metal cleaners and corrosion removers; microbial cleaning products; paint removers; and water turbine bearing oils. A full list was published in the June 11, 2013, Federal Register. ... read more >
July 11, 2013
Farm Bill
On Thursday, July 11, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passed by a slim vote of 216-208 H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013. H.R. 2642 is essentially the version of the five-year Farm Bill that the House defeated last month, H.R. 1947, including amendments that passed during debate on that bill and excluding the nutrition part (food stamp) of the bill. H.R. 1947 did not include mandatory funding for energy programs or expanded eligibility for renewable chemicals. Generally, Democrats voted against H.R. 1947 because they disagreed with the steep ... read more >
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