New reports are touting the benefits of increased bioenergy implementation in the EU and UK, including both starch-based ethanol and biogas. But if you’re in Iowa, you don’t need to read a report to know why that makes sense; just look at the price at the pump.

Keep reading for your weekly news roundup!

Report says starch-based ethanol as sustainable as cellulosic

A sustainability assessment in Germany shows that starch-based ethanol is as advantageous as cellulosic for a feasible climate strategy. The results indicate that the discrimination against starch-based biofuels of the current EU Commission proposal is not founded on scientific evidence.

The analysis of 12 different sustainability criteria shows that all of the researched biofuel feedstocks offer significant strengths, but also weaknesses in terms of sustainability. The authors recommend keeping the existing 7% for food-crop based fuels and not lowering the share of starch-based fuels further in the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive, also known as REDII.

Read more at Biofuels Digest.

Iowans see benefits of lifted ethanol restrictions after Hurricane Harvey

After Hurricane Harvey, many oil and gas refineries were temporarily shut down, and consumers in Iowa and around the U.S. saw gas prices rise. As a result, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lifted certain restrictions on biofuels to help ease the pain at the pump.

Now, Iowa corn growers are seeing a boost in ethanol sales.

Many gas stations—135 across Iowa—have E10 or E15 fuel options, and farmers say this biofuel-blended gas tends to be a little cheaper. As of September 13, Iowans were paying an average of just under $2.50 for a gallon of regular gas, while the average across the U.S. was about $2.64.

Get more details at KCRG.

Call for energy-from-waste boost in UK as landfill capacity falls

Landfill capacity in the UK is falling faster than anticipated and the UK faces a severe shortage of waste treatment infrastructure over the next decade, according to new research from resource management company Suez.

The shortage relates primarily to a lack of energy-from-waste (EfW) power plants, which are replacing landfill sites as the preferred, more sustainable, waste disposal solution for non-recyclable “residual” waste, the company said.

According to Suez, landfills are closing at a faster rate than anticipated, with some regions of the UK facing the “virtual elimination” of easily accessible landfill sites within the next five years, putting additional pressure on what it calls “scarce” alternative EfW treatment capacity.

Learn more at Bioenergy News.

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Geoff Hayward

Communications Advisor at Novozymes
Geoff writes about Bioenergy for the Communications team at Novozymes. When he isn’t advocating for an industry that’s changing the world for the better, he can be found on a North Carolina bike path or playing slide guitar.