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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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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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“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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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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Wal-Mart is using biofuel and reclaimed cooking oil in truck fleet

Wal-Mart is using biofuel and reclaimed cooking oil in truck fleet, that’s according to Tree Hugger. Now if a firm the size of Wal-Mart starts getting really serious about used cooking oil then the price is going to hit the roof. 

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London to get ring of biofuel power stations

London is to get a ring of veg oil fueled electricity generation stations, according to a report on the BBC. What is not clear from the report, which says the company planning to build up to eight stations, is the economics. At what price does veg oil become uneconomical and is there really enough used […]

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A time to look back and a time to look forward

As 2008 draws to a close it is time to look back and assess how well I did in my predictions for 2008, at the start of the year, and let you know about a couple of guest bloggers who have very kindly agreed to guest post for me while I’m on holiday. The two […]

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Journal of Conservation Biology slams palm oil plantations

According to a report on the BBC today, the Journal of Conservation Biology says that palm oil plantations are bad for biodiversity in countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia. It takes a higher degree, a research grant and the whole peer-review process to decided that planting one species where there were many hundreds reduces biodiversity… […]

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Biofuels: is the cure worse than the disease?

Biofuels: is the cure worse than the disease? That is the question posed by Ron Steenblick, and Richard Doornbosch in a recent online publication.

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Saving forest is beyond the power of Indonesia’s government

Saving forest is beyond the power of Indonesia’s government, according to a report in the Jakarta Post. Here’s the extract Agriculture Minister AntonApriyantono on Tuesday defended Indonesia’s drive to expand oil palmplantations, despite a demand by environmentalists for a moratorium ondeforestation. Speaking in his keynote address at the opening of the sixth annualmeeting of the […]

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