Biobased and Renewable Products News: International

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 >
February 12, 2015
Weekly Roundup of Other Biobased News
■ Domestic Fuel, "New President for Poet-DSM Joint Venture" ■ Packaging Europe, "The Future of Corrosion Protection with Nature's Best" ■ Biobased Industries Consortium, "Newly-formed Bioeconomy Alliance Calls for EU Action" ■ eLife Sciences, "Expanding Xylose Metabolism in Yeast for Plant Cell Wall Conversion to Biofuels" ■ ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, "A New Class of Bio-Based Paper Dry Strength Agents: Synthesis and Characterization of Soy-Based Polymers" ■ Business Standard, ... read more >
February 6, 2015
EPA Approves Argentina’s Biofuels For RFS Program
On January 27, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the importation of biodiesel made from soybeans from Argentinian biofuel producers as qualifying for U.S. biofuel credits under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Argentina's Biofuels Chamber's (CARBIO) request for an "Alternative Renewable Biomass Tracking Requirement" was approved, which allows foreign manufacturers to be part of the RFS if they follow certain environmental standards. The U.S. biodiesel industry has criticized this pathway approval for Argentinian biodiesel because it is believed to be less ... read more >
February 6, 2015
China Biodiesel Industry Encourages Foreign Investments
On January 23, 2015, China's National Energy Administration issued a biodiesel industry development plan (available in Chinese) to improve the biodiesel sector. The plan encouraged the production of cleaner fuels as well as the use of renewable fuels by promoting foreign companies' participation in the industry; mergers, acquisitions, and restructuring of domestic biodiesel companies; and fuel blending of biodiesel. The plan will initially focus on the areas with the most air pollution controls, including Beijing-Tianjin Province and Hebei Province and the area around the Yangtze River Delta. ... read more >
February 6, 2015
Scotland’s IBioIC Seeks Submissions For £250,00 Funding Award
The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) is inviting applications for its third Exemplar Program project competition for industry-led collaborative research projects using innovative applications in biotechnology. IBioIC is requesting applications from projects with a total value of up to £250,000 that demonstrate a defined market need and commercial opportunity. Deadline for applications is March 26, ... read more >
January 29, 2015
European Union Stimulus Plan Reduces Funding To Biofuels Research
 The president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has announced which research areas would suffer as a result of the €2.7 billion worth of budget cuts made to help fund a €21 billion economic stimulus plan.  The stimulus plan, called the European Fund for Strategic Investment, was first announced in November 2014 and more details were released on January 13, 2015.  The €2.7 billion in cuts came out of the European Union’s research funding program Horizon 2020, with production of food and other biobased products losing €180 million over five years and ... read more >
January 8, 2015
EU Commission Calls For Comments On Emissions Trading Revisions
On December 19, 2014, the European Union (EU) Commission called for comments on EU Emission Trading System Directive revisions. The revisions include changes to how carbon allowances will be made available to participants in the EU's emissions trading system after 2020 to reduce GHG emissions by at least 40 percent in 2030 compared to 1990. The 2030 framework for climate and energy also proposes the use of 400 million carbon allowances to create a fund for renewable energy and carbon sequestration projects, and the use of two percent of allowances to finance energy efficiency and energy ... read more >
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