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20180314 UPM Biofuels enters the bioplastics market with new partners
UPM is committed to creating value from sustainable bio-innovations. In addition to renewable diesel, the UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery produces renewable naphtha, which can be transformed into renewable resins needed to create bioplastics, e.g. for the packaging industry. UPM Biofuels is one of the few renewable naphtha producers in the world. "We are very excited and proud of this collaboration and ability to offer a high quality wood-based raw material to replace fossil raw materials in packaging," concludes Mannonen.


20180319 EU set bar ‘too high’ on advanced biofuels
Green campaigners have warned that the EU needs a more ‘realistic target’ for advanced biofuels in transport. The argument here being that proper sustainability criteria should be introduced to avoid the “mistakes of the past”, when biofuels attracted criticism for causing deforestation and environmental degradation in the developing world.


20180409 UN draft calls on international shipping to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2050
A working group of the UN’s International Maritime Organisation (IMO) released an interim strategy on 6 April, which calls on international shipping to reduce total annual greenhouse gas emissions from 2008 levels by at least 50% by 2050. The strategy will need to be finalised by 13 April at the Maritime Environment Protection Committee of the IMO but the issue remains uncertain as deep divisions prevail among the 173 IMO member states.


‘To meet emission reductions objectives in transport, sustainable renewable fuels are an important part of the solution
The Methanol Institute has appealed to European Council, European Parliament and the European Commission to recognise the crucial importance of all sustainable renewable fuels to reduce emissions in transport. In light of the negotiations surrounding the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) the Methanol Institute has emphasised the role that energy efficiency and renewable fuels can play in the short-term and mid-term solution to curb Well-to-Wheel CO2 emissions from the engines used in trucks, buses, ships, airplanes and the majority of passenger cars. In short, the RED II must thus improve energy efficiency through high octane fuels, retain the 7% cap for sustainable 1st generation biofuels, adopt a clear definition of advanced biofuels supported by a list of approved sustainable feedstocks, allow the use of PPA’s for the production of e-fuels and focus on point sources of CO2 first and lastly cancel any form of multipliers for renewable energy.


20180726 Port of Rotterdam half-year results: clean-up costs for oil spill estimated 80 million euros
The clean-up costs of an oil pollution incident that took place in the Port of Rotterdam last month are estimated to be around eighty million euros. Due to a leak in the fuel tank of a ship, 217 tons of oil flowed into the port in a short time. Approximately 190 tons of the oil has been disposed of, according to director Allard Castelein.


20180822 Palm oil watchdog needs to take giant leap to save forests
The Kuala Lumpur-based Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is conducting a review of its standards. The global watchdog for the palm oil industry must strengthen its standards to require all members to commit to ending deforestation - or risk becoming irrelevant, an increasing number of growers, investors and green experts say.


20180920 Indonesia halts new palm oil plantation development
Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has signed a moratorium on all new oil palm plantation development in a move hailed by environmentalists. The moratorium halts any new land being made available for plantations in the world's top producer of the edible vegetable oil, a key ingredient in many everyday goods, from biscuits to shampoo and make-up. The decision comes as Indonesia and Malaysia battle a move by the European Parliament to ban the use of palm oil in biofuels.


20181011 A new bioeconomy strategy for a sustainable Europe
On October 11th, the Commission has put forward an action plan to develop a sustainable and circular bioeconomy that serves Europe's society, environment and economy. The EU already funds research, demonstration and deployment of sustainable, inclusive and circular bio-based solutions, including with €3.85 billion allocated under the current EU funding programme Horizon 2020. For 2021-2027, the Commission has proposed to allocate €10 billion under Horizon Europe for food and natural resources, including the bioeconomy.


20181024 CropEnergies says UK biofuel output pause dependent on market
Biofuel producer CropEnergies has stated that the length of time it will suspend bioethanol production at its Ensus plant in northern England will depend on market conditions. “During the production pause, the plant in Wilton will produce no ethanol and no animal feed,” a CropEnergies spokeswoman told Reuters. “But the plant will remain ready for production, so that we can react to market conditions.”


20181121 EPA plans biofuel 'reset' as program misses Congress' targets
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will propose new targets for the final three years of the nation’s renewable fuel program in January, thereby replacing the decade-old goals set by Congress with volumes closer to the industry’s current output. An EPA official confirmed the agency is working with stakeholders on a reset proposal, and aimed to finalize its plan by November 2019. Without strong targets, the EPA is less likely to encourage companies to keep investing in new plants and technology.


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