A new study has shown that biodiesel may have additional benefits over regular diesel that we didn’t yet know about, and we also got a mid-year status check on the Brazilian ethanol industry as a whole. But in the week’s biggest news, Mexico approved its own national mandate for blending fuel ethanol in gasoline. Keep reading for these stories and more in our weekly bioenergy news roundup!


Study shows biodiesel can burn more cleanly than regular diesel

A new study has shown that certain sources of biodiesel produce far less pollution than others under certain combustion conditions.


The Mineta National Transit Research Consortium at San José State University has found that, in addition to being a renewable energy source for the transportation sector and reducing exhaust emissions, biodiesel may have the advantage of reducing the size and number of soot particles emitted. The study recommends that governments consider using particular biodiesel blends in vehicles. Meanwhile, it  says, agriculture departments should publish guidelines for farmers for growing environmentally friendly biodiesel feedstock. Read the full story at Global Trade.


Mexico approves national mandate for blending fuel ethanol in gasoline

In what is being hailed as a major expansion of the North American renewable fuels market, Mexico approved its own national mandate for blending fuel ethanol in gasoline.


The mandate, published Monday, requires that 5.8% ethanol be blended in the nation’s fuel supply, with the exception of the three major metropolitan areas of Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey. The rule is due to go into effect in 60 days. Learn more at the Washington Examiner.


Report provides updated data on Brazilian ethanol industry

Brazil’s annual biofuels report indicates that the country is expected to produce about 8.90 billion gallons of ethanol this year. Of those, about 7.5 billion gallons will be fuel ethanol, with 1.5 million liters of that cellulosic ethanol. Moving into 2017, total ethanol production is forecasted at 7.96 billion liters.


According to the report, Brazil currently has 383 starch-based ethanol plants, with combined capacity of 10.47 billion gallons. Brazil also currently has three cellulosic ethanol plants, with a combined capacity of 33.54 million gallons. For more on this story, including the full report, visit Ethanol Producer Magazine.

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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.