Europe

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

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