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Biofuel prices and farewell

ICIS has a series of price reports toassess biofuels markets globally. We now cover ETBE, biodiesel andfuel-grade ethanol prices in Europe, Asia, the USA and Latin America.  In addition to price reporting, ICIS also provides news coverage of the biofuels market.This will be the last entry in the blog for quite some time. I am […]

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Greenpeace protests against Neste’s palm biofuel plans

Greenpeace is objecting to Neste’s plans to become the world’s largest consumer of plam oil as it ramps up biofuels production, according to a report on ICIS news. Disclosure (I work for ICIS. About ICIS) Neste disputes the pressure group’s claims that it will have an impact on  the level of deforestation in South East […]

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25×25 warns on restricting cellulosic biomass

25×25 a pressure group in the US is warning that some proposed legislation in the US could severely restrict the amount of cellulose available for biofuels in what is effectively a call for managed woodlands. I can see why the Waxman-Markley proposal wants to ensure that the forests are not completely denuded of trees or […]

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California looks at emissions from crop to tail pipe and legislates

California’s newly adopted low-carbon fuel standard may mark the beginning of the end of ethanol, according to a report on Planet Ark. The new legislation examines the carbon impact from seed to tailpipe, which seems sensible. 

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Comment on US proposals for E15

The US Environmental Protection Agency wants comments on proposals to increase the volume of ethanol blended into gasoline to 15% . 

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Novozymes in China biofuel project.

Novozymes and China National Cereals, China Oil & FoodstuffCorp (COFCO) and Asian refiner China Petroleum and ChemicalCorp (Sinopec) in February to develop anindustry chain to collect agricultural waste, process it intobioethanol and distribute the clean fuel through petrol stations, according to a report on Reuters. It is likely to need around $13bn to support the […]

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Times twigs that biofuel policies have environmental impacts too

This article in the Sunday edition of the Times understands that there are environmental costs to biofuel policies. 

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NPRA, lobbyists are against higher volumes of ethanol in fuel

An alliance of environmentalists, health groups and the US National Petrochemical Refiners Association is opposed to higher levels of ethanol in automotive fuel on the basis that it might endanger the environment, through changing land use, and people’s health, according to a report on ICIS news.(Disclosure: I work for ICIS. About ICIS) Representatives of the […]

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Scoping out biofuels

The Scientifc Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) has produced a report looking at the enviromental impacts of biofuels,. The group makes a number of recomendations for second generation feedstocks, and favours woody or grassy plants. As with the first generation biofuels, the environmental consequences of the next generation depend significantly on the type […]

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“first economical way to produce biodiesel from algae oil”-researcher

A  study scheduled for presentation  at the 237th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society will show “the first economical way to produce biodiesel from algae oil,”according to lead researcher Ben Wen, Ph.D., vice president of UnitedEnvironment and Energy LLC, Horseheads, N.Y quoted in Science Daily. The key is that this is a solid catalyst […]

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