biofuel policy News

  • Biofuel support policies - costly and ineffective

    Government support of biofuel production in OECD countries is costly, has a limited impact on reducing greenhouse gases and improving energy security, and has a significant impact on world crop prices, according to a new study on policies to promote greater production and use of biofuel in OECD countries. The OECD Economic Assessment of Biofuel Support Policies says biofuels are ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • EU biofuels policy ‘not supported by science’

    More than 150 scientists and economists have written to the Commission calling for it to recognise that biofuels production can have indirect impacts on land-use, and for the resulting emissions to be taken into account in assessing which biofuels help in the fight against global warming. The letter comes as one branch of the biofuels industry has broken away from the rest by saying it would ...

  • Biofuel production `needs ethical policies`

    Existing biofuel policies in developing countries encourage unethical practices and offer few incentives to develop new, more ethical technologies, a major report has concluded. "The rapid expansion of biofuels production in the developing world has led to problems such as deforestation and the displacement of ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • New reports cast doubt over biofuel policy

    Two separate reports reviewing the indirect land use change (ILUC) impacts of biofuel crops have stressed the importance of factoring ILUC impacts into biofuel policies to ensure use of biofuels do not result in higher greenhouse gas emissions (GhG) than their fossil fuel alternatives. The Department for Transport (DfT) commissioned E4Tech to study the impacts of five biofuel streams which are ...


    By Environmental Protection UK

  • Fundamental rethink needed on EU biofuels policy

    The United Nations’ special rapporteur on the right to food has called for an urgent rethink in EU biofuels policy before too much investment is made on the back of unsustainable biofuels targets. His comments come as more evidence emerges that biofuels may be a poor means of tackling climate change. The UN rapporteur, Olivier de Schutter, told a press conference in Brussels last month ...

  • Ministers seal a modest reform of EU biofuels policy

    Energy ministers today finally agreed to change the EU’s biofuels policy. After more than a year of talks, the Energy Council says it wants to limit the amount of food-based biofuels to 7% of petrol and diesel sold [1]. Without policy change, around 8.6% would likely come from such biofuels; the Commission proposed a stricter limit of 5%. The deal also further weakens the reporting of ...

  • Commission misses opportunity to get biofuel policy right

    With today’s biofuel proposal, the European Commission has acknowledged the climate impact of biofuel emissions from indirect land-use change (ILUC) [1] but does not tackle it. The proposed obligation to monitor ILUC emissions from biofuels will not solve the key environmental issue of halting production of unsustainable biofuels that are, in some cases, more harmful to the climate than ...

  • Indian Government Making Policies for a Flourishing Biofuel Industry

    According to a recent report on “Indian Biofuel Industry” published by RNCOS, environmental safety, together with security and diversity of energy supply, are the principal aims of the Indian Government for the Biofuel industry. These factors are working as the main impetus for the growth of the Biofuel industry. The Indian government has recently instituted its policies to promote the ...


    By RNCOS

  • US biofuels policies seriously flawed - study

    The United States needs to fundamentally rethink its policy of promoting ethanol to diversify its energy sources and increase energy security, according to a new policy paper by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. The paper, 'Fundamentals of a Sustainable U.S. Biofuels Policy,' questions the economic, environmental and logistical basis for the billions of dollars in federal ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Biofuel policies in OECD countries costly and ineffective, says report

    Government support of biofuel production in OECD countries is costly, has a limited impact on reducing greenhouse gases and improving energy security, and has a significant impact on world crop prices, according to a new study of policies to promote greater production and use of biofuel in OECD countries. OECD’s Economic Assessment of Biofuel Support Policies says biofuels are currently ...

  • Proposed new biofuel policy doesn’t cause job losses, report says

    Biodiesel industry claims that addressing indirect land-use change (ILUC) emissions from biofuels would cause massive job losses in rural areas are groundless, a recent study shows. The report, authored by consultancy Ecofys (1), concludes that it is possible to account for ILUC (2) emissions in EU biofuel legislation while maintaining employment in the industry and paying back investments in ...

  • Demand for green fuel and government policies driving Finland’s Biofuels market

    Biofuels Market - Finland report covering one of the industries expected to grow dynamically. Government initiatives and the large demand for green fuel are expected to attract investments in the sector. In order to meet renewable energy targets, implementation of certain policies have been forecasted. This is expected to boost the market. ( ...


  • Using biofuel tax credits to achieve energy and environmental policy goals

    The federal government supports the use of biofuels-transportation fuel produced usually from renewable plant matter, such as corn-in the pursuit of national energy, environmental, and agricultural policy goals. Tax credits encourage the production and sale of biofuels in the United States, while federal mandates specify minimum amounts and types of biofuel usage each year through 2022. Tax ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Parliament’s Energy Committee fails to fix EU biofuels policy

    Members of the European Parliament’s Energy Committee in a vote today weakened an already modest proposal to fix EU biofuels policy, hampering the transition towards more sustainable biofuels. MEPs voted not only against accounting for biofuel emissions from indirect land-use change (ILUC) but even against reporting them [1], allowing biofuels that increase emissions compared to ...

  • EU should base its biofuels policy on facts rather than emotions

    The World Bioenergy Association (WBA) opposes the European Union (EU) proposal to phase out support for conventional biofuels post 2020i. The recent European Commission proposals against conventional biofuels are impacting the local farmers, businesses and companies in the biofuels sector. These policy decisions based on emotions and myths are dangerous and will significantly impact the EU plans ...

  • Demand for green fuel and government policies driving the Sweden biofuels market

    Biofuels Market – Sweden report covering one of the most promising industries in the region. Government initiatives and the large demand for green fuel have attracted investments in the sector. The inability of domestic supply to meet demand coupled with the targets set for efficiency in the transportation sector is expected to boost the market. ( ...


  • When biofuels and biosecurity meet

    “New agricultural non-food crops, especially those developed to meet the growing demand for biofuels and other renewable industrial needs in the 21st Century, will have to meet triple bottom line – people, planet, profit – criteria,” says CSIRO Entomology’s Dr Andy Sheppard. “Sustainable management of pests in new crops and minimisation of any invasive threats these crops pose to the environment ...

  • Biofuels Market In Finland

    Biofuels Market - Finland Description The biofuels market in Finland is in a nascent stage with strong potential for growth in the future. Government initiatives and the large demand for green fuel are expected to attract investments in the sector. The country has a large untapped ...


  • Crunch year for US biofuels

    US biofuel policies are set to collide this year – with each other and with reality – Bloomberg New Energy Finance finds in new “What to Watch for” biofuels white paper. New York, 25 February 2013 – Policies that govern the use of US corn-based ethanol – one which calls for a minimum amount of consumption, and another which limits how much can go into ...


    By Bloomberg New Energy Finance

  • Biofuels - A Global Market Overview

    Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/rnhj5m/biofuels_a) has announced the addition of the "Biofuels - A Global Market Overview" report to their offering.      (Logo: ...


    By Research and Markets

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