Monthly Archives: December 2019

KLM buys SAF from Neste for flights out of Schiphol

In the Netherlands, KLM has purchased sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for flights out of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The sustainable fuel is produced by Neste from used cooking oil and will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80 % compared to … Continue reading

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Global biogas industry commits to radically upscale biogas if policy is in place

In the UK, in a ground-breaking Biogas and Climate Change Commitment Declaration, major biogas industry corporations, led by the World Biogas Association (WBA), call on the world’s governments to act urgently to unlock the sector’s potential to cut global greenhouse … Continue reading

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Indonesia aiming for B40 in 2021/22

In Indonesia, Reuters reports that the country’s ambitions to quickly transition to B100 have not been tempered as they announced a shift to 40% biodiesel blending from 2021/22. The blending mandate is currently set to increase to 30% on January … Continue reading

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IATA calls on EU to include SAF in European Green Deal

In Spain, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) asked the European Union to support aviation’s energy transition to sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) as part of the bloc’s Green Deal, being launched Wednesday. The industry believes that achieving 2% of global … Continue reading

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Arizona companies team up to create portable 2G ethanol production systems

In Arizona, Linked Equipment and Capna Systems announce a joint effort to provide fully turnkey Ethanol Extraction systems that can process up to 3000 lbs. of biomass in a 10-hour shift with as little as a 1500 sq. ft footprint. … Continue reading

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Egypt looks to convert 220,000 minibuses to biodiesel

In Egypt, Reuters reports that while the government is pushing drivers to convert passenger vehicles to dual-fuel systems that will integrate the use of LPG, further driving a policy that has been in place since the 1990s for taxis and … Continue reading

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Philippines researchers using native plant to make fabric for filtering toxic pollution

In the Philippines, leading chemists from the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) are recently using native products such as abaca to make fabrics that can deal with pollution by filtering toxic materials and other … Continue reading

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Indonesia preparing legal strategy to fight EU over biodiesel AD duties

In Indonesia, Antara news agency reports that following the European Union’s publication of a five-year extension of anti-dumping duties on Indonesian biodiesel imports of between 8% and 18%, the Indonesian government confirmed it is working on a lawsuit against the … Continue reading

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A Plastics Dichotomy – Durables versus Single Use

By Ronald Cascone, Principal, Nexant, Inc. Special to The Digest Love-hate Most people love plastics.  Most people hate plastics. Similarly, most people love nature (sunsets, the beach, walks or drives through the woods, especially for leaf peeping, flowers, furry animals, … Continue reading

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Thermochemical Technology to Turn Trash to Treasure: The Digest’s 2019 Multi-Slide Guide to Enerkem’s Waste to Fuels

Taking non-reyclable waste to sustainable chemicals and biofuels is Enerkem’s world. Current products from ‘trash’ include syngas, methanol and ethanol with alternative pathways currently under development. Andrea Redford, Chief Business Development Officer from Enerkem gave this illuminating presentation at the … Continue reading

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In the Hydrogen Roadmap Europe, a path for EU energy transition

From Europe we’d like to shine a light today on “Hydrogen Roadmap Europe: A sustainable pathway for the European Energy Transition“ concludes that hydrogen is an essential element in the energy transition and can account for 24% of final energy demand … Continue reading

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MSC says is first to use 30% biofuel blending in sea vesssels

In the Netherlands, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) says the company has started to use biofuel in its vessels calling in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Following successful trials with biofuel blends earlier this year, MSC has decided to continue bunkering responsibly … Continue reading

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BPCL’s 2G ethanol plant in Odisha seen commissioned by end-2020

In India, the Denton Daily newspaper reports that BPCL’s second-generation ethanol plant under construction in Odisha should be commissioned by the end of next year, ramping up to produce 30 million liters of ethanol annually from rice straw. Burning of … Continue reading

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Thailand to phase out subsidies on biodiesel and E10-E85 blends

In Thailand, the Bangkok Post newspaper reports that Energy Fund Administration Institute plans to stop subsidizing E85 sometime in 2020 after a decade of trying to get motors to use the fuel. The agency is also planning to roll back … Continue reading

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Platts survey shows Brazil ethanol production through H2 November at 672 million liters

In Brazil, Platts reports that its survey of analysts shows ethanol production through H1 November to be 672 million liters against its own estimates of 630 million liters and UNICA’s estimate of 712 million liters. As the sugarcane crush winds … Continue reading

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Lack of state cabinet holding up permission for 15 mills to start ethanol production from heavy-B molasses

In India, the Indian Express newspaper reports that 15 sugar mills in Maharashtra who had planned to divert sugar production towards ethanol through the use of heavy-B molasses are still waiting for permission to start producing ethanol. It is taking … Continue reading

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Air New Zealand launches trial of edible coffee cups

In New Zealand, Air New Zealand has begun trialing edible coffee cups with customers in the air and on the ground as it explores new and innovative ways to meet its sustainability challenges. The airline currently serves more than eight million cups … Continue reading

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Göteborg Energi and Siemens take next steps in converting CHP plant to biofuels

In Sweden, by 2030, the ambition is that all district heating in Gothenburg, Sweden, will be produced by renewable or recovered energy sources. With this in mind Göteborg Energi and Siemens have come together in a cooperation agreement with the … Continue reading

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European Commission extends biodiesel AD duties on Indonesia for five years

In Belgium, Bloomberg reports that the European Commission is published in its Official Journal the five year extension on anti-dumping duties for Indonesia biodiesel imports, a move that is wide expected to create further trade tension between the bloc and … Continue reading

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9 Hot New CO2 Applications

By Sam A. Rushing, President – Advanced Cryogenics Special to The Digest BACKGROUND The CO2 industry expands organically, say 3% annually in some markets. The best way to grow more rapidly in the industry, is via the development and implementation … Continue reading

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