Europe

February 07, 2019

Finland sets 30 percent biofuel obligation for 2030

BY UPM Kymmene Corp. The Finnish Parliament approved a law Feb. 6 that sets a gradually increasing 30 percent biofuels target for 2030. Furthermore, the law sets a world-leading advanced biofuels target of 10 percent in 2030. Biofuel producer UPM welcomed the decision. READ MORE

February 04, 2019

UFOP: EU oilseed producers lose in Argentina imports settlement

BY UFOP Germany's UFOP says European oilseed producers are the losers in the Jan. 30 decision of the Trade Defense Instruments Committee meeting. UFOP criticizes approval of the Argentine government's proposal for a so-called price undertaking agreement. READ MORE

February 01, 2019

EBB welcomes antisubsidy duties, price undertaking agreement

BY The European Biodiesel Board During an EU Trade Defense Committee meeting member states’ representatives discussed and approved antisubsidy duties against Argentinean imports of biodiesel. A price undertaking agreement between the EU and Argentine producers was also approved. READ MORE

January 29, 2019

Biodiesel market in EU opens for US soybeans

BY The American Soybean Association Conservation practices required for U.S. soybean production meet EU sustainability standards, and biodiesel produced from documented soybeans can now be used in the EU, the European Commission has formally announced. READ MORE

January 16, 2019

EU imports of US soybeans balloon during trade war with China

BY UFOP Following China’s ban on U.S. soybeans, the U.S. has been in need of new buyers. The EU-28 benefits from this situation as its imports of U.S. soybeans have multiplied. Three-quarters of EU soybean imports are now coming from the U.S. READ MORE

December 31, 2018

In Depth: A Geospatial View of Biodiesel Activity

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel Magazine provides a visual of prominent project development activities over the past year. READ MORE

December 11, 2018

EU Commission begins antisubsidy process against Indonesia

BY UFOP UFOP calls for urgent action by application of customs duties on imports of palm oil biodiesel. The EBB warns that import duties to be applied in 2019 will be circumvented by the increased import of palm oil for production of biodiesel in the EU. READ MORE

December 11, 2018

Low river levels in Germany continue to push biodiesel prices up

BY UFOP The key issue affecting the product chain of rapeseed processing and biodiesel production in Germany is the uncertain transport situation due to low water levels in Germany's rivers that have curtailed the flow of goods and led to rising prices. READ MORE

November 29, 2018

AGQM publishes new leaflet on cold properties of biodiesel

BY Ron KotrbaThe new leaflet, Cold Properties of Biodiesel, provides important, clear and concise information on dealing with biodiesel. It explains basic parameters and standards and provides deeper insight into different FAME types and fatty acid patterns. READ MORE

November 20, 2018

B100 helps Phil Sharp take 3rd place in Route du Rhum ocean race

BY Ron KotrbaB100 produced by REG and purified with Cynersorb, a surface-functionalized diatomaceous earth from Imerys, helped skipper Phil Sharp take third place out of dozens of participants in this year's Route du Rhum yacht race in the Class40 category. READ MORE

November 14, 2018

Biodiesel leads UK in biofuels that meet sustainability criteria

BY Erin Voegele The U.K. Department for Transport has published preliminary data on its Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation for a portion of 2018. Of the biofuel that has met sustainability criteria, 59 percent was biodiesel, followed by 38 percent ethanol. READ MORE

November 13, 2018

EU Parliament approves REDII; biofuels stakeholders react

BY Erin Voegele The European Parliament approved new targets for renewables, energy efficiency and second-generation biofuels when it voted to confirm a provisional agreement reached with the European Council in June on a revised Renewable Energy Directive (REDII). READ MORE

October 26, 2018

As fuel prices rise, biodiesel production margins widen

BY Ron KotrbaCrude oil prices recently reached a four-year high, helping drive up biodiesel fuel prices and improve biodiesel manufacturing margins. Information from Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft mbH shows biodiesel prices are up 22 percent since spring. READ MORE

October 25, 2018

Opinion: Driving Decarbonization

BY Graham Noyes Beyond California, other states and provinces in North America and jurisdictions around the world are increasingly seeing the value the LCFS delivers and are viewing the program as a flexible tool they can use to achieve their own policy objectives. READ MORE

October 12, 2018

New pump labels in EU provide clarity on biofuels content

BY Ron KotrbaThe EU introduced a new, harmonized set of fuel labels Oct. 12 to give drivers better information on the suitability of fuels for their vehicles. The labels will help avoid misfueling and inform drivers, according to the European Commission. READ MORE

October 11, 2018

Norway to implement biofuel mandate for aviation fuel in 2020

BY Erin Voegele Norway is taking action to require the use of renewable aviation fuel. On Oct. 4, the country's Ministry of Climate and Environment announced it will require aviation fuel to contain at least 0.5 percent advanced biofuel starting in 2020. READ MORE

October 09, 2018

Global vegetable oil production set to reach new peak

BY UFOP As global vegetable oil production is set to break records, crude petroleum oil prices are rising. Rising vegetable oil stocks has put downward pressure on biofuel feedstock prices, causing renewable fuels to become more economically attractive. READ MORE

October 02, 2018

German biodiesel exports hit record high in first half of 2018

BY UFOP In the first half of 2018, German biodiesel exports climbed considerably. Demand from the U.S., Sweden and Austria increased sharply. Total exports surged more than 14 percent for the first six months of 2018 compared to the same time last year. READ MORE

October 02, 2018

EU biodiesel stakeholders urge commission to reconsider duties

BY Ron KotrbaAn important meeting of the Trade Defence Instruments Committee looms Oct. 3 at the European Commission, one for which European biodiesel advocates are calling on member states to raise the issue of reinstating tariffs on Argentine biodiesel. READ MORE

October 01, 2018

BDI-BioEnergy restructures to adapt to changing times, markets

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel technology firm BDI-BioEnergy International has recently completed organizational restructuring. Management tells Biodiesel Magazine that, as a result, it is better equipped for the future and to react more quickly to market changes. READ MORE

September 14, 2018

World Energy, United launch longest transatlantic biofuels flight

BY World Energy LLC Renewable jet fuel producer World Energy announced its participation in United Airlines’ biofuel flight from San Francisco International Airport to Zurich Airport Sept. 14. The United Boeing 787 will be powered by a 30 percent blend of biojet fuel. READ MORE

September 13, 2018

Biodiesel demand in Germany up despite drop in diesel consumption

BY UFOP Germany's consumption of on-road diesel fuel and gasoline in the first half of 2018 was lower than in the same period in 2017, but the use of biodiesel and ethanol saw a significant rise. From January through June, biodiesel use was up 11 percent. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

UK biodiesel producer Greenergy makes major int'l investments

BY Ron KotrbaU.K. biodiesel producer Greenergy has just acquired Singapore-based used cooking oil exporter Rexon Energy. The acquisition comes less than two months after purchasing an idle biodiesel facility in Amsterdam from Oiltanking Amsterdam B.V. READ MORE

September 05, 2018

Neste completes acquisition of Dutch animal fat trader IH Demeter

BY Ron KotrbaNeste's acquisition of 51 percent of the shares and controlling interest in animal fat trader IH Demeter B.V., first announced in May, is now complete. The former owners remain co-owners and the new name of the company is Neste Demeter B.V. READ MORE

August 30, 2018

Swiss authorities nix Neste biojet fuel project at Geneva Airport

BY Ron KotrbaThe Swiss authorities have decided not to commit to a biojet fuel project with Neste Corp. announced last year, which would have replaced 1 percent of the conventional jet fuel used at Geneva Airport with renewable jet fuel made by Neste. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

Argent Energy appoints Rietkerk CEO following Amsterdam deal

BY Argent Energy Rietkerk takes over leadership of Argent from the former managing director, Jim Walker, following the company's recent agreement to acquire Biodiesel Amsterdam. Rietkerk comes to Argent from Amsterdam Commodities, a trading firm in the Netherlands. READ MORE

July 20, 2018

UK producer Argent Energy to acquire Biodiesel Amsterdam facility

BY Ron KotrbaU.K.-based Argent Energy Group, a subsidiary of John Swire & Sons Ltd., has reached an agreement under Argent Energy Netherlands B.V. to acquire Amsterdam-based Simadan Group's biodiesel production, tank storage and cleaning facilities. READ MORE

July 18, 2018

Neste aims to use waste plastic for fuels, new plastic production

BY Neste Corp. Neste is exploring ways to introduce liquefied waste plastic as a raw material for fossil refining. The company aims to proceed to industrial-scale trial in 2019. Its target is to process more than 1 million tons of waste plastic a year by 2030. READ MORE

June 28, 2018

List published of engine, vehicle makers approved for biodiesel

BY AGQM As can be seen from the approval list published jointly by AGQM, UFOP and the Association of the German Biofuel Industry (VDB), heavy-duty road traffic can use increasing quantities of biodiesel in the future, including B20, B30 and B100. READ MORE

June 21, 2018

Conventional soybean meal prices take a nosedive

BY UFOP Soybean meal prices have come down significantly since the beginning of May. Ample supply from Brazil, favorable growing conditions in the U.S. and an escalating trade dispute between China and the U.S. are putting downward pressure on prices. READ MORE