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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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Who will benefit from biofuel industry distress?

The question: Who will benefit from biofuel industry distress? will be answered in a webcast on Thursday 2 April at 1pm to 2:30 pm Eastern Standard Time. There is a fee.

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Obama and Lula spoke about the tariff

Last week end Presidents Lula (Brazil) and Obama  (US) met and had a conversation, According to the ICTSD, Brazil’s Lula pressed Obama on Doha and on the US tariff policy for Brazilian ethanol  this is ICTSD’s take on the conversation The leaders also discussed ethanol production, which Obama acknowledgedhad been “a source of tension between […]

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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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Pertamina launches biodisel in Indonesia

Palm oil biodiesel is being sold to industry by Pertamina, Indonesia’s state oil company, says Planet Ark. There is no comment about sustainabilty, or biodiversity. Indonesia sees this as one move to reduce dependency on foreign oil.

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Corn price rise: speculative bubble

The Reuter’s person on the spot at the Chicago Board of Trade says the price rise corn experienced this year was due to a speculative bubble caused by money moving out of stocks into commodities. The price is falling as the economy is changing. Of course there’s no discussion on the effect of reducing the […]

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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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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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Oh No, the Brazilians are coming (with an eye dropper)

Oh no, the Brazilains are coming, and they’re going to inundate the US with 700m gal of ethanol in 2008, according to my pal William Lemos, reporting for ICIS news in Houston. (Disclosure: I work for ICIS. About ICIS) The sneaky Brazilians are going to do it by importing via Caribbean countries so the imports […]

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Splash dash and a lot of biodiesel pain

Splash dash and a lot of biodiesel pain European Biofuel producers are considering legal action through the European Commission to halt they see as US biofuel producers dumping biofuel within the EU. Exports from the US gain

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