food-based biofuel News

  • EU lawmakers reduce use of food-based biofuel

    Associated Press - The European Parliament voted this week to significantly reduce the amount of biofuels made from food crops by 2020 to counter concerns over the energy source's environmental and ethical sustainability. Environmentalists argue biofuels made from sugar, corn or soybeans add as much or even more to greenhouse gas emissions as the fossil fuels they are meant to replace. Others ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • EU lawmakers reduce use of food-based biofuel

    The European Parliament voted Wednesday to significantly reduce the amount of biofuels made from food crops by 2020 to counter concerns over the energy source's environmental and ethical sustainability. Environmentalists argue biofuels made from sugar, corn or soybeans add as much or even more to greenhouse gas emissions as the fossil fuels ...


    By Associated Press

  • Food as fuel - are biofuels to blame?

    The United Nations has accused the US and the European Union of having taken the "criminal path" by contributing to an explosive rise in global food prices through using food crops to produce biofuels. This comes in the wake of skyrocketing prices and plummeting food supplies in the developing world. But many questions remain as to whether biofuels are the root cause of the current world food ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Food as fuel - are biofuels to blame?

    The United Nations has accused the US and the European Union of having taken the 'criminal path' by contributing to an explosive rise in global food prices through using food crops to produce biofuels. This comes in the wake of skyrocketing prices and plummeting food supplies in the developing world. But many questions remain as to whether biofuels are the root cause of the current world food ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Algae biofuels

    Biofuel from algae could be a meaningful part of the solution in the future because of its potential as an economically viable, low emissions transportation fuel. As part of the program, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company is teaming up with Synthetic Genomics (SGI) to develop, test, and produce biofuels from photosynthetic algae. Algae produce bio-oil that can be processed into biofuels ...


  • Biofuel breakthrough

    Doncaster based biofuel manufacturer, Amplefuel is set to produce 40 million litres of biofuel each year, focusing on making it from used cooking oil and solid fats. The plant, which utilises a variety of feedstocks from waste products, is one of a handful of firms that is able to break the solid fats down to a liquid biodiesel that does not solidify to later cause ...

  • Greenland explores shark-based biofuels

    Researchers in Greenland are looking into whether or not one of the world’s largest species of sharks could be a source of biofuel for the native Inuit population. The Greenland shark causes problems for fishermen, with thousands of them dying in nets off of Greenland every year, the Ottawa Citizen newspaper reports. And while the shark’s oily meat is toxic to humans, researchers at Greenland’s ...

  • Biofuels ignite food crisis debate

    Taking up valuable land and growing edible crops for biofuels poses a dilemma: Is it ethical to produce inefficient renewable energies at the expense of an already malnourished population? David Pimentel and his colleagues from Cornell University in New York highlight the problems linked to converting a variety of crops into biofuels. Not only are these renewable energies inefficient, they are ...


    By Springer

  • Biofuels goals `may lead to food shortages`

    Parts of the developing world, particularly India and countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, will suffer food shortages if their planned biofuels targets are ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Biofuels Market to double by 2021

    A new report from Pike Research predicts the biofuel industry will double in size to USD185 billion by 2021. Meanwhile in the European Union - the world's largest biofuel market - the European Biodiesel Board(EBB), a producers group, has rejected the findings of a EU-funded study into the ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Biofuel Production Declines

    In 2012, the combined global production of ethanol and biodiesel fell for the first time since 2000, down 0.4 percent from the figure in 2011. Global ethanol production declined slightly for the second year in a row, to 83.1 billion liters, while biodiesel output rose fractionally, from 22.4 billion liters in 2011 to 22.5 billion liters in 2012. Biodiesel now accounts for over 20 percent of ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Biofuels searching for a place in the sun

    Biofuels have long been viewed as a means to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. However recent research indicates that extracting this fuel from plants has the potential to release more greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than the burning of fossil fuels. This is just one of many problems facing biofuels as it seeks to find a place in the renewable energy landscape. Currently the ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Grass Is Greener For Biofuels Future

    A genetically-engineered bacterium developed by scientists in the US can produce ethanol biofuel from coarse, wild-growing switchgrass, rather than using vital food crops such as maize. Scientists in the US claim they have developed a simple, one-step process that turns plant tissue into biofuel. A genetically-engineered bacterium can convert switchgrass into ethanol directly, without any ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • An economical method of biofuel production

    Fuels made from plant materials could play a role in the move to more sustainable energy production. A new costing study suggests that large-scale biomass-to-liquid (BTL) plants, could manufacture such synthetic fuels ('biosynfuel') at a cost of about 1 Euro per kg in central Europe. Under the EU Climate Action and Renewable Energy package1, Member States need to source a minimum of 10 per cent ...

  • 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: ...


  • Biofuels Commercialization by Oil Majors

    At 30 billion gallons in 2011, the global biofuels industry has become big business. Although conventional biofuels derived from commodity crops account for the bulk of production today, a proliferation of national blending mandates have triggered a stampede to commercialize advanced conversion pathways that rely on low cost, non-food feedstocks. Currently valued at over $2 ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • New Infrared Analysers For Biofuels

    QUANTITECH LTD is launching two easy-to-use mid-infrared analysers for biofuels analysis aimed at production facilities and fuel blending at distribution centres. The instruments have been specifically designed for on-site analysis and can be operated by users having limited or even no knowledge of infrared analytical techniques. The first - the InfraCal Filtometer - is a low-cost, single ...


    By Quantitech Ltd

  • Biofuel law change in NZ

    Energy and Resources Minister Gerry Brownlee today tabled in Parliament a Bill to repeal the obligation placed on oil companies to sell a certain proportion of biofuel. 'The government supports the introduction of biofuel as an alternative fuel source with potential for New Zealand,' Mr Brownlee said. 'However, we do not support any form of mandatory obligation. It will mean consumers have a free ...


    By New Zealand Government

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