Monthly Archives: November 2016

Global bioplastics production to reach 6.1 million tons by 2021

In Germany, European Bioplastics says the global bioplastics production capacity is set to increase from around 4.2 million tons in 2016 to approximately 6.1 million tons in 2021. Packaging remains the largest fields of application for bioplastics with almost 40 … Continue reading

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Fortress Paper announces birch hemiscellulose project to advance R&D

In Canada, Fortress Paper Ltd. announced a strategic supplement to the already announced birch usage project at the Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill aimed at extracting hemicellulose from underutilized species such as birch. The Hemicellulose Project will allow the Company to … Continue reading

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Successful tests of UMP BioVerno in both the lab and in traffic

In Finland, UPM has successfully tested Finnish wood-based diesel fuel both in laboratory conditions as well as in traffic. The tests clearly demonstrated that UPM’s renewable diesel, UPM BioVerno, works just like the best diesel fuels. The laboratory tests of … Continue reading

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Vancouver goes for biogas heating but supplies not enough

In Canada, Vancouver has approved a new building policy requiring new builds from May 1, 2017 to reduce GHG emissions by 50% and use biogas for heating. Though British Columbia has major opportunities to produce biogas from existing resources, the … Continue reading

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Vietnam to mandate E5 after failure to encourage consumer preference

In Vietnam, after failing to encourage voluntary consumption of E5, the government will mandate its use at the pump instead of the current A92 unleaded fuel, but an exact timeline for implementation of the mandate has yet to be released. … Continue reading

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RFA says more than 80% of new 2017 model cars E15 compatible

In Washington, more than 80 percent of new 2017 model year (MY) vehicles are explicitly approved by the manufacturer to use 15 percent ethanol blends (E15), according to an analysis of warranty statements and owner’s manuals conducted by the Renewable … Continue reading

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Berkeley Lab researchers use atomic science to improve biofuel production

In California, researchers have revealed new atomic-scale details about pesky deposits that can stop or slow chemical reactions vital to fuel production and other processes. This disruption to reactions is known as deactivation or poisoning. The research team employed a … Continue reading

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EU pits conventional biofuels against advanced biofuels in new 2030 policy

In Belgium, Novozymes came out swinging against the European Commission’s 2030 biofuels proposals, saying it’s a move backwards rather than forward, while the Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels from Clariant to Dong Energy welcomed the policy, especially it’s binding target for … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index regains 0.55 percent to 57.57 as chemical equities rebound

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, regained 0.55 percent to 57.57 as chemical equities rebounded. For the day, Green Plains (GPRE) surged 6.58 percent to $27.13, while TerraVia (TVIA) dumped 5.17 percent to $1.38. Among other … Continue reading

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Renewable Fuels for all Transport Modes: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Byogy Renewables

Byogy has developed a catalytic platform that converts any source of ethanol, butanol, mixed alcohols, or related olefins, into full replacement, and cost competitive biofuels including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. Byogy’s jet fuel is not an additive, but instead, … Continue reading

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Argentina worried Trump era trade restrictions would dry up biodiesel imports

In Argentina, the biodiesel industry is worried that a Trump presidency in the US would lead to cuts in demand for imports, despite the US biofuel industry staying positive that Trump won’t mess with the RFS. Most of Argentina’s biodiesel … Continue reading

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Possible biodiesel tax credit extension won’t be approved this year

In Washington, although Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley has introduced a bill to extend the biodiesel blenders credit, there’s no guarantee that the legislation will be passed before year’s end when it expires. The bill Grassley put forward along with 16 … Continue reading

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EPA opens public comment period on shifting RFS point of obligation

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to deny several petitions requesting that EPA initiate a rulemaking process to reconsider or change its regulations that identify refiners and importers of gasoline and diesel fuel as the entities responsible for … Continue reading

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Transport & Environment says leaked EU biofuels proposal would boost GHG emissions

In Belgium, Transport & Environment says the European Commission’s leaked draft proposal to continue supporting land-based biofuels until 2030 will increase greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from European transport over the period 2021-2030 by an amount equivalent to the emissions from … Continue reading

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Cape Cod town gets closer to producing biodiesel from grease trap waste

In Massachusetts, the town of Yarmouth will move that much closer to becoming a biodiesel producer thanks to a $150,000 grant from the state’s Department of Environmental Protection’s Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP)/Organics Capacity Project that will go towards purchasing … Continue reading

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EPA opens comment period on biointermediates, CCS and other regs

In Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to update both its renewable fuels and other fuels regulations to reflect changes in the marketplace and to promote the growing use of both ethanol fuels (conventional and advanced) and non-ethanol … Continue reading

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Iowa State researchers say new bioplastic materials may help plants “self-fertilize”

In Iowa, new bioplastic materials may enable gardeners to tend their plants more sustainably and could even help plants “self-fertilize” and grow healthier roots, according to research conducted by Iowa State University horticulturists. A five-year study looked at numerous options … Continue reading

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Wall Street Journal says RFS could lead to economic meltdown like mortgage-backed securities

In Washington, the Wall Street Journal has likened the economic impact of oil companies’ obligation to blend biofuels or buy RINs under the Renewable Fuel Standard to when banks busted the US economy with mortgage-backed securities. It blames the EPA … Continue reading

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Digest Bioeconomy Index gains 0.21 percent to 57.03 as advanced bio equities surge

The Digest Bioeconomy Index, an index of publicly traded advanced bioeconomy stocks, gained 0.21 percent to 57.03 as advanced bio equities surged. For the day, TerraVia (TVIA) rebounded 7.14 percent to $1.50, while BioAmber (BIOA) fell back 8.18 percent to … Continue reading

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Ocean Going Vessels Going Green

By Lorenz Bauer, Ph. D., Lee Enterprises Consulting, Inc. Special to The Digest Currently over 866 million tons per year of CO2, or 2.4% of the world’s total, come from maritime sources.   A report to the European Parliament predicts that … Continue reading

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