Europe

August 13, 2019

Gevo, Air Total enter into biojet fuel purchase, sale agreement

BY Gevo Inc. Gevo Inc. announced Aug. 13 that Air Total International SA and Gevo have entered into a partnership agreement to produce and supply sustainable aviation fuel for use and distribution in France and other parts of Europe. READ MORE

August 09, 2019

UFOP: Planned antisubsidy duties on palm biodiesel ineffective

BY UFOP Germany-based UFOP has drawn the conclusion that the preliminary antisubsidy duties of 8 to 18 percent on Indonesian biodiesel will not reduce imports of palm methyl esters. The organization calls on the EU Commission to impose higher tariffs. READ MORE

August 06, 2019

Finnair offers biofuel flights from San Francisco to Helsinki

BY Finnair On both Aug. 5 and Aug. 7, the Finnair flight departing San Francisco Airport bound for Helsinki, Finland, will be flown with a biofuel mix of 12 percent, reducing the total C02 emissions for the two flights by approximately 32 tons. READ MORE

July 31, 2019

EU tariffs on Indonesian biodiesel welcomed with caution

BY Ron KotrbaThe EU Commission recently decided to introduce temporary countervailing duties on biodiesel imports from Indonesia. Germany’s UFOP warns that a slowdown of imports must not lead to European biodiesel producers using palm oil as feedstock instead. READ MORE

July 30, 2019

Neste reports strong Q2 financial results for renewable diesel

BY Erin VoegeleNeste released financial results July 25 for the first half of 2019, reporting increased earnings for its renewable products segment, a new quarterly sales record for renewable products, and a high utilization rate of its renewable diesel capacity. READ MORE

July 24, 2019

UFOP: France bans palm oil from biofuels, Germany should follow

BY UFOP France is tightening up regulations on the use of palm oil as a feedstock in biofuels production. However, this only applies to palm oil eligibility within France. As a result, biofuels produced in France could push their way onto the EU market. READ MORE

June 20, 2019

Renewable Energy Group joins Diesel Technology Forum

BY Ron KotrbaNorth America’s largest biodiesel producer, Renewable Energy Group Inc., has joined the Diesel Technology Forum, a nonprofit organization promoting the use of clean diesel technologies. REG has 14 active biorefineries across the U.S. and Europe. READ MORE

June 19, 2019

Concerns rise as low palm oil prices may increase use for biofuel

BY UFOP UFOP fears that use of palm oil will increase because prices have tumbled to a very low level since January 2017, temporarily even falling below diesel fuel prices. The main reason is the continuing rise in global supplies of vegetable oils. READ MORE

June 04, 2019

More stable EU biodiesel policy helps Avril Group recover

BY Avril Group After two years marked by a contrasted economic situation in all its business lines and a context that remained difficult at the start of 2018, the Avril Group recorded a notable recovery in its activities during the second half of the year. READ MORE

May 29, 2019

German biodiesel exports rose substantially in Q1 2019

BY UFOP In the first three months of 2019, German exports of biodiesel surged around 33 percent to 581,248 metric tons, or approximately 175 million gallons, year-on-year. Around 87 percent of these exports were shipped to EU-28 countries. READ MORE

May 28, 2019

SkyNRG to develop Europe’s first dedicated biojet fuel plant

BY Ron KotrbaSkyNRG announced May 27 it will develop Europe’s first dedicated sustainable aviation fuel production plant in Delfzijl, The Netherlands. The facility is being scaled to produce 100,000 metric tons of biojet fuel and 15,000 tons of bioLPG per year. READ MORE

May 23, 2019

Total prepares to begin operations at La Mède biorefinery

BY Ron KotrbaFrench oil giant Total S.A. is just days away from startup at its La Mède biorefinery in the south of France. A representative of Total told Biodiesel Magazine that the HVO processing facility is on track to begin production in late May or June. READ MORE

May 20, 2019

Air BP, Neste offer biojet fuel at airports in Sweden, France

BY Air BP Air BP announced it is offering sustainable aviation fuel to general and business aviation customers and aircraft manufacturers at Stockholm Arlanda airport in Sweden and Caen Carpiquet airport in France. The biojet fuel is produced by Neste Corp. READ MORE

May 17, 2019

AGQM launches 1st no-harm test for biodiesel cold flow improvers

BY Ron KotrbaGermany’s biodiesel quality management association AGQM has launched a new no-harm test for cold flow improvers for use in biodiesel as a blend component in fuel. The no-harm test for cold flow improvers consists of testing B100 and a blended B10. READ MORE

May 16, 2019

UK, Dutch authorities investigate biodiesel trading at Greenergy

BY Ron KotrbaThe U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office confirmed the opening of a joint investigation with Dutch authorities regarding certain aspects of biodiesel trading at Greenergy and various third parties. Five sites were searched and four people were arrested. READ MORE

May 07, 2019

2 biodiesel antioxidants added to AGQM’s no-harm list

BY Ron KotrbaGermany’s biodiesel quality management association has successfully completed its 13th round of no-harm tests on oxidation stabilizers for biodiesel used in diesel fuel or heating oil. Antioxidants by Dorf Ketal and Rodanco have made the list. READ MORE

May 03, 2019

German biofuel maker to buy Atlantic Biodiesel plant in Ontario

BY Ron KotrbaA Canadian subsidiary of Germany-based Verbio Vereinigte BioEnergie AG signed a contract May 2 to purchase Atlantic Biodiesel Corp.’s biodiesel production facility in Welland, Ontario, Canada. The plant is the former Great Lakes Biodiesel facility. READ MORE

April 02, 2019

UK biodiesel consumption hits new record in 2018

BY Erin VoegeleEthanol consumption increased 2.6 percent, from 753 million liters in 2017 to 773 million liters in 2018. Biodiesel consumption increased by 65 percent, from 697 million liters in 2017 to 1.152 billion liters in 2018—a new record high. READ MORE

March 28, 2019

Registration open for annual AGQM, FAM biodiesel round robin test

BY Ron KotrbaGermany’s biodiesel quality association AGQM and the mineral oil and fuel standardization committee FAM launched this year’s round robin tests for biodiesel, vegetable oil and used cooking oil. The tests have been conducted for more than a decade. READ MORE

March 20, 2019

Heineken transports beer from Zoeterwoude to Rotterdam on biofuel

BY GoodFuels CCT offers sustainable transport solutions to its customers like Heineken, which is shipping its beer on the inland vessel For Ever from the Heineken brewery in Zoeterwoude to the deep-sea terminals in the Port of Rotterdam using GoodFuels biofuel. READ MORE

March 15, 2019

Marine biofuel test at Port of Rotterdam gets underway March 19

BY The GoodShipping Program IKEA Transport & Logistics Services, CMA CGM, the GoodShipping Program and the Port of Rotterdam are cooperating in a first-of-its-kind partnership to test and scale the use of sustainable marine biofuel oil. Bunkering will take place March 19. READ MORE

March 14, 2019

As German imports spike, UFOP fears add’l pressure from Indonesia

BY UFOP Biodiesel imports to Germany rose sharply in 2018 triggered by overabundant supply from Argentina. UFOP fears that a similar development will take place after the EU Commission’s ongoing antisubsidy proceedings against Indonesia have been concluded. READ MORE

February 28, 2019

EU biodiesel imports double 2016-’17, nearly triple 2017-’18

BY UFOP After the antidumping tariffs on biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia were suspended, European imports showed a steep rise. In previous years, biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia only played a secondary role, but this has changed. READ MORE

February 25, 2019

Report: German biodiesel hits quality mark despite challenges

BY Ron KotrbaHigh summer temperatures and cheap imports causing producers to push limits of economic efficiency didn't stop the German industry from making quality biodiesel last year. For 1,260 analysis values recorded, only 26 limit violations were identified. READ MORE

February 22, 2019

Targray opens European biodiesel trading desk in Geneva

BY Targray Part of a broader investment plan to meet demand for low-carbon fuels in the EU, the Geneva trading desk will leverage off Targray’s global franchise and in-house expertise to create differentiated value for biodiesel consumers throughout Europe. READ MORE

February 20, 2019

Germany’s foreign trade of biodiesel at record level

BY UFOP The German Federal Statistical Office has confirmed Germany’s brisk foreign trade of biodiesel. The total volume amounted to around 3 million metric tons (approximately 900.6 million gallons), with imports showing a striking growth. READ MORE

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