Biobased and Renewable Products News: International

June 12, 2015
RSB Votes To Approve Low iLUC Risk Biomass Criteria And Compliance Indicators
On June 1, 2015, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) voted to pass the new Low iLUC Risk Biomass Criteria and Compliance Indicators standard. The standard was approved as an optional module for those undergoing RSB certification, and will be used to show that biomass is produced with low indirect land use change (iLUC), resulting in little impact on food production and biodiversity. It is important to demonstrate how iLUC in order to prove that a biobased alternative to a traditional product is better for the environment than the original product. iLUC takes into account the ... read more >
June 12, 2015
Weekly Roundup of Other Biobased News
■ CHS, "CHS Acquires Patriot Renewable Fuels Ethanol Plant" ■ Oak Ridge National Laboratory, "BESC, Mascoma Develop Revolutionary Microbe For Biofuel Production" ■ WSU News, "Alaska Airlines Plans Biofuel Test Flight In WSU Partnership" ■ Solvay, "Solvay Opens Biotechnology Laboratory In Brazil To Boost Innovation In Sustainable Chemistry From Biomass" ■ Reuters, "ADM Suspends German Biodiesel Plant Output On Uncertain Demand" ■ st1, "St1 Built A ... read more >
May 29, 2015
European Parliament Votes To Continue Requiring Ethanol
On May 20, 2015, the European Parliament voted to reject a plan that would eliminate the requirement for import licenses of ethanol of agricultural origin. The plan was rejected with a vote of 486 to 164 amid concerns that the loss of ethanol import data that came from the licenses would negatively impact anti-dumping duty cases. The anti-dumping duties were implemented in February 2013, and are valid through February 2018. The duties require $83.03 per metric ton of U.S. ethanol that is exported to European Union (EU) countries. The continuation of ethanol import licenses also ensures ... read more >
May 8, 2015
Roundtable On Sustainable Biomaterials Proposes Low Risk ILUC Standard
On April 29, 2015, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) released a draft standard titled "Low iLUC Risk Biomass Criteria and Compliance Indicators" that will allow producers to show that they generate biofuels crops with a low-risk of indirect land use change (ILUC). The standards take into account yield increase, unused or degraded land, use of waste or residues, and integrated sugarcane and cattle production. The RSB standard is intended to be used in conjunction with the new European Union (EU) ILUC amendment that has provisions for low-ILUC biofuels. The standard ... read more >
May 8, 2015
Parliament Finalizes EU Biofuels Reform Rule
On April 28, 2015, the European Parliament approved a draft law restricting crop-based biofuels in order to encourage production of advanced biofuels with low-risk ILUC and cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The law, that was discussed in the April 23, 2015, Biobased and Renewable Products Update, applies to legislation requiring EU Member States ensure that at least 10 percent of energy used in transport by 2020 is renewable. Under the new law, no more than 7 percent of energy consumption by 2020 can be first-generation biofuels, resulting in at least 3 percent of energy consumption coming ... read more >
April 23, 2015
EU Restricts Use Of First Generation Biofuels To Promote Advanced Biofuels
On April 14, 2015, Members of the European Parliament and certain ministers agreed to limit how biofuels derived from agricultural crops would be accounted for in the European Union's (EU) goal to increase the use of renewable energy. The new law caps the use of first generation biofuels to seven percent of the total energy use being counted towards the EU's renewable energy goal of ten percent. Member States will have the opportunity to reduce the cap of crop-based biofuels at their discretion. The law came about in part from fears about food security and negative indirect land use ... read more >
April 3, 2015
NBB Petitions EPA For Reconsideration And Stay Of CARBIO Approval
On March 30, 2015, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) submitted a petition to EPA seeking reconsideration and a request for stay of EPA's approval of the Argentinian Camara Argentina de Biocombustibles (CARBIO) Alternative Biomass Tracking Program. According to the NBB press release, EPA failed to provide an opportunity for public comment on the EPA decision and a lack of transparency as to how the Argentinian biodiesel producers will demonstrate compliance with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). NBB notes that EPA's delay in establishing RFS volumes has destabilized the U.S. biodiesel ... read more >
March 13, 2015
Winners Of The 2015 Bio Business Awards Announced In Amsterdam
On March 2, 2015, the winners of the 2015 Bio Business Awards were announced at the World Bio Markets (WBM) event in Amsterdam. The awards are designed to reward innovation and leadership in the development of sustainable and renewable fuel and chemical solutions. Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation was named the WBM Industry Champion 2015, DuPont's Sorona Fiber won an award for Breakthrough Biobased Technology Platform, and Elevance Renewable Sciences won the Biobased Product Innovation of the Year for its Elevance Clean 1200 product. Other awards went to Lanzatech for Feedstock of the Year, ... read more >
February 26, 2015
ICCT National Case Studies On Waste, Residue, And Cellulosic Biofuel
On February 16, 2015, the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) released a report, National Case Studies on Potential Waste and Residue Availability for Cellulosic Biofuel Production in the EU. The report is an addendum to the Availability of Cellulosic Residues and Wastes in the EU report that was released in February 2014. This study showed a significant potential for biofuels produced from waste and residues in Europe. It concluded that if the European Union (EU) set policies promoting sustainable low-carbon-transport fuels, over 100,000 permanent jobs and ... read more >
February 26, 2015
European Draft Law Approved To Limit Use Of Food Crops In Biofuels
On February 24, 2015, the European Parliament's Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) voted on a draft law to limit the indirect land use change (ILUC) produced by biofuel crops. The 2009 Renewable Energy Directive states that 10 percent of energy used in the transport sector of the EU must come from renewable sources, and the majority of that percentage is reached through biofuels. The increase in the growth of food crops being used for biofuels has created concerns about the ILUC as forests and wetlands were cleared to make way for agricultural growth. The ... read more >
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