sustainable biofuel production News

  • Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels welcome Commission proposal on advanced biofuels specific target to decarbonise transport sector

    Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels (LSB) welcome the European Commission proposal for a review of the Renewable Energy Directive, which sets the legislative framework for the implementation of the EU 2030 Climate and Energy policy objectives. We believe that by recognizing the role of advanced biofuels as a fast track option for the decarbonisation of the EU transport sector, the ...

  • Making biofuels production more sustainable

    International Environmental Organizations' Joint Statement on the Launch of the Roundtable for Sustainable Biofuels Certification System The Roundtable for Sustainable Biofuels (RSB), a leading multi-stakeholder initiative that supports the development of sustainable biofuels, launched its global certification system during the World Biofuels Markets Congress in Rotterdam on March 22, ...

  • Sustainable corn production supports advanced biofuel feedstocks

    Researchers worldwide are trying to economically convert cellulosic biomass such as corn stover into 'cellulosic ethanol.' But Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have found that it might be more cost-effective, energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable to use corn stover for generating an energy-rich oil called bio-oil and for making biochar to enrich soils and sequester ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • Towards a more sustainable future with biofuels

    Biofuels have a role in future energy production. However, the way in which they are produced and managed can determine if they benefit society, the economy and the environment, concludes a recent report on the sustainable production and use of biofuels. The report examined the life cycle of biofuels for impacts on the climate and environment, focusing on first generation biofuels, such as ...

  • Models help assess biofuels` sustainability

    Many agricultural products can be converted into feedstocks for alternative fuel. Now analysis from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) suggests that they can be used this way without reducing the nation's food supply, soil production capacity or environmental quality. ARS scientists are collaborating with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service (ERS), the U.S. ...

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Petroleum company Gull proves sustainable biofuels are affordable

    Energy Minister David Parker has congratulated Gull Petroleum for proving biofuels can be sustainable and affordable. “Gull is ahead of the pack on this one, and I’m sure they will reap the benefits,” the Minister said. Gull announced today that it has now sold enough biofuels that it would have met the first year sales obligation of 0.53 percent, if it were already in place. The company had also ...


    By New Zealand Government

  • IDB launches interactive Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard

    The Inter-American Development Bank released an interactive tool known as the Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard on September 9th, as part of a comprehensive effort to ensure that biofuel investments produce social, economic and environmental benefits. Biofuels have received increasing global attention due to rising oil prices, awareness of global warming and the need for energy security. ...

  • Europe, Brazil Pledge Sustainable Biofuels Development

    BRUSSELS, Belgium, July 5, 2007 (ENS) - The European Union is committed to developing and producing biofuels 'in ways that protect our planet – not in ways that create new risks,' said European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso in his keynote speech to the International Biofuels Conference in Brussels today. The linked issues of energy security and climate change have placed biofuels such ...

  • Environment Committee steers EU biofuels in a sustainable direction

    Environment Committee steers EU biofuels in a sustainable direction There is light at the end of the tunnel after the Parliament’s Environment Committee voted today in favour of full accounting of indirect emissions (ILUC) [1] from biofuels that can count toward both the EU’s 6% carbon reduction target in transport fuels and the 10% renewable energy target in transport by 2020 [2]. ...

  • UK biofuels industry - failing badly on sustainability

    The UK Renewable Fuels Agency (RFA) has issued its first report on the impacts of the biofuel supplied in the first year of the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO). This confirms the RFA as the first regulator in the world to monitor and report verified information on the carbon and sustainability performance of biofuels. Several fossil fuel suppliers are shown by the report to have failed ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Current biofuels do not add to the sustainability of transport

    The climate has more to gain from converting biomass into electricity, than to use it to replace petrol or diesel. Therefore, proposals to replace current transport fuels by biofuels are not the best investment in sustainability. This is shown in the report “Local and global consequences of the EU renewable directive for biofuels: testing the sustainability criteria”, by the Netherlands ...

  • New Zealand passes legislation to enable sustainable biofuels

    New Zealand Energy Minister David Parker has welcomed the passing in Parliament of the Biofuel Bill, which he said would stimulate the market for sustainable alternative transport fuels. “I’d like to thank the Progressive Party, Greens, New Zealand First, the Maori Party, United Future and Taito Phillip Field for supporting this legislation,” David Parker said. “This broadly supported step is ...


    By New Zealand Government

  • Goals for Biofuel Production Could Collide with Market Realities

    Hart Energy's newly released study, Global BiofuelsOutlook to 2025, finds a disconnect between mandates (Renewable Fuels Standard in the U.S. and Renewable Energy Directive in the European Union) and actual market demand. This has been known for some time but not acknowledged and addressed. The study analyzes local and global drivers, public and fiscal policy developments, ...


    By Hart Energy

  • Global Biofuels Market: Opportunities, Emerging Technologies and Production

    Global Biofuels Market: Opportunities, Emerging Technologies and Production This report is the most comprehensive treatment of the biofuels market available. Worldwide data is provided on biorefineries, conversion and separation technologies, manufacturing, research and ...


  • 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 ...

  • 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

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