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Biofuels are sticking point for EU renewable policy

According to ReutersThompson Biofuels have deadlocked the EU’a renewables policy. 

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Can the EU square ethics with trade, should it even try in biofuels?

Can the EU square its desire to import only biofuels that conform to high ethical standards with the needs of free trade? That might sound like the kind of question we’d be covering in an ethics course (which thankfully we’re not). But it is possible that it could be left to the courts, a number […]

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Philippines Sugar Regulatory Administration wants to use excess to make biofuel

The Philippines Sguar Regulatory Administration is working on a plan to connect biofuel producers with sugar mills and planters in the country to use up excess sugar. The plan is scheduled to be implemented in the first half of next year.I think that this is an excellent principle, to use sugar (which offers sweetness and […]

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UK buries biomass will miss target

The UK is not doing enough to turn waste biomass into fuel, says the Guardian.  Key passage:“Of an estimated 7.5m tonnes of domestic wood waste, much fromconstruction and demolition, some 80% goes to landfill. Only some 4%becomes sustainable energy from biomass,” adds White [chairman of Wood for Gold], who says the UKneeds only about 2.7m […]

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There’s a plan!

The US National Biodiesel Research and Development Board has plan for Biofuels. Published two days ago…it will be interesting to see if it changes much after January…. in the light of Obama’s victory in the polls last night.

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ICIS bioresources summit

ICIS (the people that I work for: About ICIS) will be holding the 2nd ICIS Bioresources Summit, in Hardwick Hall, County Durham, UK on November 25. The conference will discuss the advances in bio-engineering and their impact on biofuels, bio-polymers and other emerging markets. The conference will also address the latest thinking in raw materials […]

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FAO wants biofuel support examined and outlines world biofuel capacity

The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation wants subsisidies, tariffs and tax-breaks for biofuels production examined and possibly reduced in a press release which marks the publication of its annual report The State of Food. That report makes a compelling case for the use of cellulosic routes to biofuels, and by implication for much greater […]

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EU Parliament’s decison to change its biofuel approach worries Malaysians

The European Parliament’s decision to change its approach to biofuels has worried the Malaysian government, accroding to a report in Bernama.com.The Euroepan parliament decided on 11 September that there would be a binding 5% quota on the use of biofuels across Europe by 2015 but that there should be less emphasis on palm oil, soya […]

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19% of UK biofuel meets ethical standards — RFA

The UK Renewable Fuel Agency says that 19% of biofuel used in the UK under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation conformed to environmntal standards between April and May this year. During that timeBiofuels accounted for 2.14% of UK fuel automotive fuel demand compared to a target of 2.5% for the year. The UK wants 30% […]

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Mixed messages as India drops state funding for biodiesel

According to a report in India’s Economic Times, on 4 August, the Indian Government has pulled out of a nationwide biodiesel plan, because ministers were worried that large corporations would buy large areas of the country for biofuel production. Companies like D1, BP and IOC, India Oil Corporation, have all bought land to grow biofuel […]

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