Europe

June 15, 2018

EU reaches deal on REDII, sets new goals for renewables

BY Erin Voegele On June 14, negotiators from the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council reached a deal on a revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) that sets new targets for renewables. Various bioindustries respond to the outcome. READ MORE

June 08, 2018

French farmers unite in solidarity ahead of June 10 protests

BY Ron KotrbaThe French Federation of Oilseeds and Protein Producers is giving France's largest farmers' union, FNSEA, its complete support in planned blockades at strategic sites June 10 to protest policies and actions that jeopardize French crops and farmers. READ MORE

June 06, 2018

3 new antioxidant additives included on AGQM’s no-harm lists

BY AGQM The current no-harm test round for antioxidants for biodiesel blended with diesel fuel or heating oil is complete. Two additives meant for biodiesel to be blended with on-road diesel fuel, and one for biodiesel to be mixed with heating oil, passed. READ MORE

June 04, 2018

Eni staff in Porto Marghera collects UCO for biofuel conversion

BY Eni S.p.A. Italian oil refining giant Eni will begin collecting used cooking oils from the homes of its employees for conversion to renewable diesel at its biorefinery. This pioneering initiative is part of its commitment to adopt a circular economy program. READ MORE

June 01, 2018

Despite palm oil polemic, Total's La Mède plant to start soon

BY Ron KotrbaAmid controversy over its planned use of imported palm oil, Total S.A. received an operating license for its La Mède biorefinery in the south of France. FNSEA called on farmers and consumers to protest the decision in support of French agriculture. READ MORE

May 30, 2018

German biodiesel exports in Q1 2018 up more than 30 percent

BY UFOP In the first quarter of 2018, Germany's biodiesel exports increased more than 30 percent from same period last year to 128.67 million gallons. Around 84 percent of exports were shipped to EU countries. U.S. imports of German biodiesel grew the most. READ MORE

May 29, 2018

Neste to acquire majority control of Dutch animal fat trader

BY Neste Corp. Neste, a producer of renewable fuels from waste and residues, and animal fat trader IH Demeter B.V. have agreed that Neste acquires sole control and 51 percent of the shares of IH Demeter B.V., making Neste the controlling shareholder. READ MORE

May 23, 2018

AGQM issues quality check material for pharmaceutical glycerin

BY Ron KotrbaThe new QC material offering for PhGly can be used internally to check various analysis methods for glycerin from the European Pharmacopeia such as glycerin and water content, along with additional standard methods such as color via EN ISO 6271-2. READ MORE

May 01, 2018

New report shows Germany's biodiesel quality continues to improve

BY Ron KotrbaAGQM has released its 2017 quality report from the sampling of biodiesel producers and warehouse operators throughout Germany last year in three sampling campaigns. All samples met or exceeded DIN EN 14214 and even stricter AGQM requirements. READ MORE