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US exports to EU threaten global biodiesel – EBB

The European Biodiesel board is worried enough about the US exports of biodiesl to the Europe to start drafting a complaint to the World Trade Organisation about it, and warned the US National Biodisel Board meeting in Orlando, Florida that US biodiesel exports to the EU threaten global biodiesel industry. Hattip to Stephen Burns, a […]

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D1 oils says Jatropha is different in Bali

D1 Oils is saying that biodiesel from Jatropha is different from biodiesel derived from other plant sources at the WTO meeting in Bali,and that not all biodiesel should be tarred with the same brush by NGOs, according to Biofuel Review. There’s a lot to be said for the D1 Oils business approach which seems to […]

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WTO Bali meeting could help reduce biofuel tariffs

The WTO meeting in Bali from 8 December, could (theoretically) lead to a reduction in tariffs on biofuels and also support for farmers. According to the GuardianUnlimited, reporting a story from Reuters. [President] Bush said on Wednesday the United States’ guiding principle in the Bali talks would be to find a way to reduce greenhouse […]

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European Ethanol Association

There is a new trade group designed to promote industrial ethanol in the European Union… called the Industrial Ethanol Association. It has an interesting view of fair trade in ethanol…

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European Union’s biofuels subsidies measured

The Size and scope of the European Union’s biofuels subsidies is outlined in a new report from the Global Subsidies Initiative, which recently looked at biofuel subsidies in OECD members. Taking some of the key findnings Transfers per tonne of CO2-equivalent removed are estimated to be between 575 and 800 euros for ethanol made from […]

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Biofuel subisidies are sparking food price inflation, says OECD

Biofuel subisidies are sparking food price inflation, says OECD, in today’s Financial Times. The FT has a copy of a paper it says theOECD will be presenting later today. Key findings are that the US is spending $7bn helping to make ethanol, with each tonne of carbon dioxide avoided costing around $500. The cost of […]

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US’ Sweet adiction to sugar farmers

The price of the US’ sweet addiction to sugar farmers and the potential for further distorting the market for ethanol in the US is explored in a post over on the Politics of Food. Rachel C. Dechenne says in a post about the 2008 sugar program: In June of this year, SUA and an alliance […]

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Biofuels: The Next WTO Spat

The Wall St Journal’s Grace Fan has rounded up a bunch of global biofuels cat fights and suggests that Biofuels will be the next WTO spat. That’s a bit tentative, and I’d agree with that position in terms of being the next spat (it could easily be over corsets, fire engines, or marmalade)  but, because Biofuels […]

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