June 2009 news

29.06.09 Chinese cities begin using biodiesel blends

In China, Peking, Shanghai, and Guangzhou will be the country's first cities in which drivers can fuel their vehicles with a 5 percent biodiesel blend. Four state agencies (China National Petroleum Corporation, China National Cereals, Oils & Foodstuffs Corporation, Sinopec, and China National Offshore Oil Corporation) have been designated to commercialise and produce the biodiesel as part of a pilot project.

(source: World Energy Alternatives)


24.06.09 Bioethanol powered vehicles and buses on the increase in Europe's cities

The efforts of the last three years are bearing their fruit for the partners of the EU-supported demonstration project, BEST - bioethanol for sustainable transport. The ten European cities leading the project (among them, Madrid, Sommerset and Rotterdam) have successfully introduced almost 70,000 E85 vehicles and almost 150 E95 buses onto the road since the start of the project, reports the project coordinator, the City of Stockholm.

More about the project's achievements, as well as other news on local incentives to promote clean cars, from the experts, available in the latest issue of the project newsletter.

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(source: BEST newsletter #4)


22.06.09 Germany reduces biofuels target

The German Parliament's lower house finally approved (on 18 June) the government's proposal to cut the 2009 blending target to 5.25% (of biofuel content in fossil fuels), from the original target of 6.25%. The decision follows attempts by the federal upper house to block the changes amid fears they would harm further investment in German biofuels.

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(source: GAVE-news / Agrarmagazin))


18.06.09 Optimistic predictions for global biofuels market reaching $247 billion by 2020

Despite the near-term challenges, the findings of a new report predict that the combined biodiesel and ethanol markets will reach $247 billion in sales by 2020, up from just $76 billion in 2010.

The authors of the report, Pike Research (a U.S based market research company) anticipate that the global surge in sales will principally come from fuels based on waste greases, jatropha-based fuels (by 2014) and finally algae-based biodiesel (by 2016).

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(source: GAVE-news / Pike Research)


16.06.09 Neste takes steps towards use of sustainable palm oil

Major Finnish oil refining company, Neste, recently accounced a commitment to using only certified palm oil, "as and when sufficient volumes become available", for biofuel production. The company has come under increasing scrutiny over its use of palm oil as a feedstock for its NExBTL renewable diesel. The recent announcement (4 June) is seen as an attempt to minimize the criticism.

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(source: Biofuel Review)


15.06.09 Rotterdam residents receive discounts on biofuelled cars

Residents of the City of Rotterdam (Netherlands) who purchase a car running on biofuel are now eligible for a discount amounting to thousands of euros, as part of a scheme under the new Rotterdam Climate Initiative (RCI). The RCI is a collaborative agreement between the local authority and the Rotterdam business community. The scheme also covers other environmentally-friendly vehciles, not only those running on biofuels.

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(source: GAVE-news)


09.06.09 European body sees algae fuel industry in 10-15 years

The European Algae Biomass Association (EABA) has claimed that the commercial production of biofuel made from algae may still be over a decade away from reality. Such fuels are considered to be net carbon neutral because the algae absorbs greenhouse gases when they grow.

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(source: Biofuels International / Reuters)


08.06.09 New report casts doubts over jatropha benefits

Biofuels produced from jatropha may be competing with food production for land and water, according to a new report published by Friends of the Earth. The report, prepared with Friends of the Earth Swaziland, draws on experience from Swaziland where D1 Oils has been growing and promoting jatropha as a wonder crop because of its ability to grow on poor quality land.

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(source: World Energy / Friends of the Earth)


04.06.09 Biofuels get a boost from the Obama Administration

According to reports from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the Obama Administration has established a Biofuels Interagency Working Group - a move that carries implications for the industry on several fronts, including regulatory and research and development.

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(source: WBCSD)


04.06.09 Biofuels get a boost from the Obama Administration

According to reports from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the Obama Administration has established a Biofuels Interagency Working Group - a move that carries implications for the industry on several fronts, including regulatory and research and development.

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(source: WBCSD)


03.06.09 Biofuel from grass - a growing opportunity

Welsh scientists are reported to be working on an a highly innovative research project to turn grass into a green transport fuel. The 1 million GBP 'Grassohol' research project aims to develop commercially and economically viable processes to make ethanol from perennial ryegrass – the most commonly sown grass in the UK which is normally used for grazing or silage.

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(source: Biofuels International / Welsh Assembly Government)