Europe

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

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

April 06, 2018

BDI to engineer scale-up of phosphorus recycling plant in Germany

BY Ron KotrbaAustrian plant engineering firm and biodiesel tech provider BDI-BioEnergy International has been contracted for a scale-up project funded by the German environmental ministry to recover phosphorus from sewage sludge with Remondis and Hamburg Wasser. READ MORE

March 28, 2018

FAME, rapeseed oil round robin tests modified to include UCO

BY Ron KotrbaIn Germany, AGQM and FAM have opened registration for their annual round robin tests for biodiesel and rapeseed oil. After a decade of such tests, however, the groups have modified rapeseed oil fuel round robin test to include used cooking oil. READ MORE

March 28, 2018

ADM blames imports for cutting German biodiesel output

BY Ron KotrbaADM announced plans in March to temporarily cease production of biodiesel at its facility in Mainz, Germany, as a result of increased biodiesel imports into the EU. Last fall, looming imports caused France's Saipol to make a similar decision. READ MORE

March 20, 2018

UK-based Vertas Group acquires waste management firm

BY Ron KotrbaVertas Group provides catering for approximately 400 schools and MMB Environmental—now being rebranded as Vertas Environmental—has been converting the used cooking oil into biodiesel since 2016. The company says it plans to continue this practice. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

Aemetis completes construction of biodiesel pretreatment unit

BY Ron KotrbaAemetis announced that its 50 MMgy Universal Biofuels subsidiary in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India, has completed construction of a biodiesel pretreatment unit to process low-cost feedstocks, which was part of a supply deal inked with BP Singapore. READ MORE

March 15, 2018

Biodiesel can help reduce injector deposit formation

BY Ron KotrbaModern diesel engines utilize high pressure common rail fuel systems whose small injector gaps are highly sensitive to deposits. New research from the University of Rostock in Germany has shown that biodiesel use can help minimize deposit formation. READ MORE