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How India could join the biofuel explosion

There’s an interesting article about how India’s policies are stopping India create biofuel on the Hindu  business line. They’re subsidising the wrong thing, apparently. I think. 

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Biofuels subsidies at root of carbon dioxide problem

Subsidies for biofuels in the UK could be much better spent in environmental terms by helping the developing world cut back on the generation of carbon dioxide from deforestation and using unsustainable fuels such as peat, according to the Policy exchange in a report The Root of the Matter. The report calls for better valuation […]

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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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India’s state-subsidised biofuel project close to launch

India’s state-subsidised biofuel project close to launch, according to the Indian Financial Express Newspaper on Monday. One of the high points will be a trial plantation of 4m acres of Jatropha, according to the report. The other is that the Indian government expects that the programme will not have any impact on the price of […]

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Are biofuels causing food price rises? Gallagher’s answer

The Gallagher Review into biofuels has a view on how the diversion of food into biofuel crops affects prices but its not clear. Partly that’s because it’s economics (if predicting the weather is hard, why do economists try to produce simple models when meteorologists don’t? )Gallagher says that the apparent impact of biofuels on food prices […]

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This doesn’t quite ring true to me

There’s a long and thorough going piece over on Farm Futures about the Biofuel Smear Campaign. I’m not sure that I agree with it entirely. It is based on the US experience, and that as far as it goes is OK. In the US the price of food is only partly determined by the price […]

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UK parliamentary committee calls for biofuel moratorium

The UK’ House of Commons Environmental Audit committee, which keeps an eye on government environmental policies said today that the UK should pause in its policy to use biofuels to see if they really are environmentally sound, according to Reuters. This is interesting, because it reflects some aspects of the politically impartial Royal Society’s findings […]

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How to get your biofuel policy wrong

Belgium wins today’s prize for how to get your biofuel policy wrong. According to SenterNovem. Belgian motorists are paying over 35 million euro too much excise duty to the government because biofuels are only available at a few locations. I don’t think beligan motorists could be happy about this.

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The next two weeks are going to be important for biofuels in Europe

The next two weeks are going to be important for biofuels in Europe. Setting the tone for policy we have the UK Royal Society calling for Biofuels to meet a 50% reduction in greenhouse gasses than the fossil fuels they replace or be banned. The Royal Society says: Unless biofuel development is supported by appropriate […]

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A smarter ethanol policy for the US?

I like this analysis of the US ethanol from corn market as it now stands and Geoffrey Styles, proposal for a smarter ethanol policy for the US. Styles points out that after 25 years’ of subsidies the US ethanol market is not economically viable. He says there is a strong case for shifting the focus […]

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