Europe

February 20, 2018

Off-road engines, aftertreatment systems perform well on B100

BY AGQM University of Rostock research shows off-road engines conforming to exhaust emission category EU Stage IV are suitable for operation with pure biodiesel. Special attention was given to the operational stability of exhaust gas aftertreatment systems. READ MORE

February 05, 2018

UPM assesses construction of second biorefinery in Finland

BY UPM Biofuels UPM has begun an environmental impact assessment for a possible biorefinery in Mussalo, Kotka, in southeastern Finland. The 500,000-ton plant, which would be UPM's second, would use different feedstocks than the current UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery. READ MORE

January 31, 2018

European biodiesel industry welcomes antisubsidy investigation

BY The European Biodiesel Board Following an EBB complaint, the EU Commission initiated an antisubsidy investigation Jan. 31 targeting subsidized Argentine biodiesel exports. Since September when EU tariffs were reduced, Argentina shipped 600,000-plus tons of biodiesel to the EU. READ MORE

January 29, 2018

WTO: EU duties on Indonesian biodiesel must conform to GATT 1994

BY Ron KotrbaEU antidumping duties against Indonesian biodiesel are expected to be lowered, following a WTO panel report stating that the duties are inconsistent with provisions in established trade rules and must be brought into conformity with GATT 1994. READ MORE

January 26, 2018

BDI breaks ground on algae production facility in Styria, Austria

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel technology and engineering firm BDI-BioEnergy International AG officially broke ground Jan. 26 on its new algae biomass production plant at Hartberg Ecopark in the Austrian state of Styria. The milestone is the culmination of years of R&D. READ MORE

January 19, 2018

Evonik, Siemens to make chemicals from CO2, eco-electricity

BY Evonik Corp. Evonik and Siemens are planning to use electricity from renewable sources and bacteria to convert CO2 into specialty chemicals. The two companies are working on electrolysis and fermentation processes in a joint research project called Rheticus. READ MORE

January 17, 2018

EU Parliament vote on RED II puts ILUC debate to rest

BY The EU Biodiesel Chain The EU Parliament plenary vote Jan. 17 on the post-2020 EU Renewable Energy Directive rebalanced an initially negative Environment Committee report. Parliament decided not to reopen the indirect land use change debate, which was settled in 2015. READ MORE

January 02, 2018

German biodiesel exports stepped up first 9 months of 2017

BY UFOP Between January and September 2017, German biodiesel exports climbed around 11 percent to 1.16 million metric tons, or 348 million gallons. Roughly 94 percent was shipped to EU-28 countries. This was up 16 percent from the previous year. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

EU Energy Council agreement sends mixed messages on renewables

BY The EU Biodiesel Chain EU Energy Ministers agreed on the Council General Approach for the post-2020 RED II. Biodiesel stakeholders welcome boosting renewable energy in transport 10 to 14 percent from 2020-'30 and keeping a 7 percent crop-based biofuel cap through 2030. READ MORE