Europe

March 05, 2020

Neste, Finnair partner to reduce CO2 footprint of flying with SAF

BY Neste Corp. Finnair and Neste, the world’s largest producer of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from renewable waste and residues, have signed a new agreement that will gradually and considerably increase Finnair’s use of SAF in its operations. READ MORE

March 04, 2020

German biodiesel exports of 2.3 million tons in 2019 break record

BY UFOP German foreign trade in biodiesel reached new record levels in 2019, both in imports and exports. Above all, exports were strikingly high, cracking the mark of 2 million tons for the first time and reaching 2.3 million tons, an 18 percent increase. READ MORE

February 25, 2020

Swedish firm Södra delivers biomethanol to Danish biodiesel maker

BY Södra Södra has built a commercial biomethanol plant at its pulp mill in Mönsterås, Sweden. An initial pilot delivery in late February was expected to go to Emmelev A/S, a Danish customer that will be using biomethanol in its biodiesel production. READ MORE

February 11, 2020

Registration open until Feb. 28 for AGQM round robin tests

BY AGQM For the first time, all three round robin tests for fatty acid methyl esters (FAME, or biodiesel), vegetable and used cooking oils and pharmaceutical glycerol will be offered at the same time by Germany’s biodiesel quality management association. READ MORE

February 10, 2020

Sustainable biofuels from crops must be part of EU’s ‘Green Deal’

BY UFOP Sustainable biofuels from cultivated biomass must be a part of the overall strategy toward the decarbonization of the agricultural and transport sectors. UFOP Chairman Wolfgang Vogel emphasized this in a letter to members of the European Parliament. READ MORE

December 31, 2019

EU produces a third of global biomass-based diesel output

BY Ron KotrbaGlobal biodiesel, renewable diesel and coprocessed renewable diesel production reached 41 million metric tons in 2018, or roughly 12.3 billion gallons, according to UFOP. The EU’s share was 34 percent, or approximately 4.2 billion gallons. READ MORE

December 13, 2019

Swedish waste power plant upgrades burners to run on biodiesel

BY Ron KotrbaWaste power plant Renova in Sweden has switched its eight start-up and support burners to run on biodiesel made from rapeseed oil, thereby reducing its use of fossil fuel oil. The switch reduces CO2 emissions by 960 metric tons annually. READ MORE

December 11, 2019

UK biodiesel maker Greenergy no longer suspect in investigation

BY Ron KotrbaU.K.-based biodiesel producer and midstream oil company Greenergy announced Dec. 11 that the U.K.’s Serious Fraud Office has advised that the company and its employees are no longer suspects in an ongoing investigation first announced in May. READ MORE

December 10, 2019

Neste to supply KLM additional biojet fuel for Schiphol flights

BY Neste Corp. KLM has purchased sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for flights out of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The sustainable fuel is produced by Neste from used cooking oil and will reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80 percent compared to fossil kerosene. READ MORE

December 03, 2019

Neste, Mantsinen Group to combat social exclusion among youth

BY Ron KotrbaRenewable diesel producer Neste and crane maker Mantsinen Group are working together to tackle social exclusion of impoverished youths living in developed countries. One in five children in developed countries lives in poverty, according to UNICEF. READ MORE

November 25, 2019

Infographic shows origins of Germany’s biodiesel, HVO feedstocks

BY UFOP An annual report published by Germany’s Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) provides information on the origins of biomass raw materials, including waste oils and fats. UFOP has illustrated this information in the associated infographic. READ MORE

November 18, 2019

BTG, GoodFuels explore options for joint biorefinery investment

BY Biomass Technology Group Biomass Technology Group is setting up a new technology company for converting crude pyrolysis oil into diesel fuel suitable for the shipping sector. It will be the first refinery in the world for an advanced marine biofuel based on pyrolysis oil. READ MORE

November 05, 2019

Neste’s IMO 2020 low-sulfur marine fuel available in Germany

BY Neste Corp. Neste and the German BMT Bunker und Mineralöltransport GmbH signed a partner agreement concerning distribution and sales of Neste Marine 0.5. The fuel contains only 0.5 percent sulfur and became available in Bremerhaven, Germany, in early November. READ MORE

October 14, 2019

New biodiesel technology event launched, abstracts welcome

BY BBI International The Biodiesel Production Technology Summit will take place in Minneapolis June 15-17, 2020. Organized by BBI International and produced by Biodiesel Magazine, the event is a new forum for biomass-based diesel producers. Abstracts are being accepted. READ MORE

October 07, 2019

Targray opens new biodiesel terminal in Antwerp, Belgium

BY Ron KotrbaBiodiesel marketer and distributor Targray has opened a new biodiesel terminal in Antwerp, Belgium. Targray began taking orders at the new terminal in the third quarter and supplies commercial volumes of biodiesel from a variety of feedstocks. READ MORE

October 03, 2019

In Depth: Algae Oil to Biodiesel: A Practical Application

BY Robert Raudner Within the All-Gas Project of Europe’s 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, BDI-BioEnergy International demonstrates algae oil extraction, characterization and conversion to biodiesel using its RepCat process. READ MORE

September 26, 2019

Eni opens its 2nd large-scale renewable diesel facility in Italy

BY Ron KotrbaOperations have begun at Eni’s renewable diesel plant in Gela, Italy, converted from an oil refinery. The plant has the capacity to process up to 750,000 metric tons a year and uses Ecofining technology developed jointly by Eni and Honeywell’s UOP. READ MORE

September 25, 2019

Registration open for AGQM biodiesel antioxidant no-harm tests

BY Ron KotrbaRegistration is open until Oct. 11 for biodiesel antioxidant no-harm testing through Germany’s AGQM. Two test procedures were developed, one for biodiesel used as a diesel fuel component and the other for biodiesel to be blended into heating oil. READ MORE

September 19, 2019

Biodiesel prices up 30 percent in Germany over past month

BY UFOP Wholesale prices for biodiesel have seen a sharp rise since Aug. 14, from 70.5 euro cents per liter ($2.95 per gallon) in mid-August to recently 91.6 euro cents per liter ($3.82 per gallon). This translates to an approximately 30 percent increase. READ MORE

September 05, 2019

German biodiesel exports rise sharply in first half of year

BY UFOP In the first half of 2019, biodiesel exports increased significantly year-on-year by approximately 225,000 metric tons (67.5 million gallons) to 1.14 million tons (342 million gallons). This is approximately one third of Germany’s annual output. READ MORE

August 15, 2019

Petroleum companies ramp up HVO production in Europe

BY UFOP Production of hydrotreated vegetable oil in the EU has picked up pace since 2012. The key reason is the iLUC regulation introduced in 2015 permits biofuels from waste to be counted double. Also, pressure on feedstock prices has increased globally. READ MORE

August 15, 2019

Neste introduces IMO 2020 fuel, announces new US partnership

BY Ron KotrbaNeste Corp. announced it will introduce a new fuel, Neste Marine 0.5, in the fourth quarter of this year, helping shippers comply with the IMO 2020 sulfur cap of 0.5 percent. The company also announced a partnership with McCall Companies in Oregon. READ MORE

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