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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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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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Smart Choices for Biofuels

I missed this about a month ago, but it is worth looking at, The Sierra Club and World Watch Institute produced Smart Choices for Biofuels.It rounds up quite a lot of stuff we’ve gone over here. It is good to see the Ogallala aquifer getting a mention. Slightly disappointing that it doesn’t call for global […]

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Antibiotics at heart of corn ethanol

Some US corn ethanol producers are using penicillin and three other antibiotics in corn fermentation process says Minnesota Public Radio. Why? To ensure that the yeast they use in fermentation does not have to compete with naturally-occurring bacteria that wants the sugars in the fermenting mash itself.I think that this matters on two counts:One of […]

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Cellulosic ethanol the US dream and reality

This graph, produced with data from the Des Moines Register, and another good article from Phil Brasher shows the current gap between US cellulosic ethanol production next year and the curent legislative requirement for it. It looks as if the US will be forced to reduce the volumes that it is legislating for in the next […]

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EU puts tarrif on US Biodiesel

The European Union has started applying tariffs to biofuel exported from the US to the EU. The EU says that American biodiesel is being sold at less than the true cost of production in the US because of local, state and national subsidies to producers and that this competition is unfair. The report comes from […]

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The Malaysian Minster of Plantation Indusries on sustainability

The Malaysian Minister of Plantation Industries spoke exclusively to the World Refinning Association ahead of the Asian Biofuels Roundtable to be held in Malaysia at 23-25 March. It is interesting that there is no discussion of prior informed consent of the people who live in the land and who may not be farmers. He is […]

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AMFI enewsletter arrives

I’ve just been sent a copy of the AMFI enewsletter. The AMFI is the group which is implementing the Agreement on Advanced Motor Fuels of the International Energy Agency. It appears four times each year, apparently, and gives  around up of some of the more obscure, but vital legislation behind biofuels implementation. Contact Paivi.Aakko@vtt.fi if […]

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The Global Justice Ecology Project doesn’t like biofuels

The ethanol battle has been joined again now that a new Administration is due to take over the White House. The flurry started late yesterday UK time (for  me at any rate) with an email from The Global Justice Ecology Project with a letter (that’s not on the organisation’s website). The gist of the letter […]

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