E.P.A. rule requires a big jump in biofuel use

The Environmental Protection Agency released its much-delayed biofuel mandate on November 30, 2015. The agency set levels for 2014 and 2015 at what producers actually used in those years, and it increased the total volume of renewable fuel required by the end of 2016 to 18.11 billion gallons; however, the 2016 RVOs still fall short of statutory levels by more than 4 billion gallons. Read the full article on New York Times.

Boeing may convert forestry waste into biofuel

Results from a study by the University of British Columbia and Boeing earlier this year determined that aviation biofuel made from forest-industry waste (such as branches and sawdust) via thermochemical processing could meet 10% – about 46 million gallons (175 million liters) – of British Columbia’s annual jet fuel demand alone. The study also found that biofuel, if used in ground and marine vehicles, could save about 1 million tons of CO2 emissions per year. Read the full article on Gizmag.

Palm oil rallying on El Nino getting costly for biofuel use

Dry weather from an El Nino is drying up fields across Southeast Asia, driving up the cost of palm oil to its highest premium above gasoil since January. If prices continue to rise, they will call into question the financial feasibility of the use of palm oil in biofuel production. Read the full article on BloombergBusiness.

McDonald’s UAE nears 5,000,000km on fryer biofuel

The popular fast-food chain’s Arabian franchises recycle their waste cooking oil into reclaimed biodiesel to power their logistics trucks. On December 15, 2015, the logistics fleet will reach a new milestone of driving 5 million kilometers on 100% recycled vegetable oil. Read the full article on ConstructionWeekOnline.

South Australia releases report identifying bioenergy hotspots

The South Australia State Government released the first stage of a new report which highlights “hotspot” areas to further develop South Australia’s bioenergy industry. In March 2015, RenewablesSA commissioned Jacobs Group to analyze South Australia’s bioenergy potential and produce a report and associated spatial data as a first step toward creating a substantial and sustainable bioenergy industry. Read the full article on Biofuels Digest.

GRFA: COP21 an opportunity for world leaders to support biofuels

Ahead of the COP21 in Paris, Global Renewable Fuels Alliance president, Bliss Baker, called on world leaders to signal their support of biofuels. So far, 36 countries have already recognized the opportunity presented by biofuels in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combating climate change, and have included them in their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions plans. Read the full article on Ethanol Producer Magazine.

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