Latin America

November 16, 2020

IEA expects global biofuels production to rebound in 2021

BY Erin VoegeleThe global biofuels industry has been strongly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report released by the International Energy Agency in early November, with production down approximately 11.6 percent when compared to 2019. READ MORE

November 02, 2020

Review of antidumping order on Argentine biodiesel rescinded

BY Erin VoegeleThe U.S. Department of Commerce on Oct. 9 announced it is rescinding the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on biodiesel from Argentina for the period of review April 1, 2019, through March 31, 2020. READ MORE

October 27, 2020

Biodiesel Magazine announces 2021 media kit, digital offerings

BY BBI International Biodiesel Magazine the leading publication for the biodiesel industry, recently released its 2021 media kits. Biodiesel Magazine is now accepting 2021 advertising schedules across its print and digital platforms. READ MORE

October 05, 2020

Colombia’s production, use of biofuels expected to fall in 2020

BY Erin VoegeleColombia’s production and use of biofuels is expected to fall this year due to impacts associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The country’s biofuel imports are also expected to fall, according to a report filed with the USDA FAS GAIN. READ MORE

September 29, 2020

IRENA: Liquid biofuels accounted for 2.5M jobs globally in 2019

BY Erin VoegeleJobs in the renewable energy sector reached 11.5 million globally in 2019, according to a report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) on Sept. 29. Bioenergy accounted for 3.58 million jobs, up from 3.18 million in 2018. READ MORE

September 21, 2020

Report: Brazilian biodiesel production to increase 6% in 2020

BY Erin VoegeleBrazilian biodiesel production is expected to reach 6.27 billion liters (1.66 billion gallons) this year, up 9 percent when compared to 2019, according to report recently filed with the USDA FAS Global Agricultural Information Network. READ MORE

September 09, 2020

Ethanol industry award winners to be recognized during FEW

BY BBI International Doug Tiffany and Doug Durante, the respective winners of the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo's Award of Excellence and High-Octane Award, will deliver acceptance speeches at the virtual FEW on Sept. 16. READ MORE

August 20, 2020

Brazil reduces biodiesel blend to 10% for September, October

BY Erin VoegeleThe Brazilian government announced on Aug. 13 that the blend requirement for biodiesel sold at the pump will be temporarily lowered from 12 percent to 10 percent for the months of September and October. READ MORE

August 06, 2020

UK, German partners demo macaúba biofuel supply chain in Brazil

BY Ron KotrbaU.K.-based biodiesel technology and equipment supplier Green Fuels and Germany-based innovative oil and carbon solutions provider INOCAS GmbH are working together to develop a sustainable fuels value chain in Minas Gerais, Brazil. READ MORE

July 21, 2020

Nuseed lands multiyear offtake agreement with Saipol for carinata

BY Nuseed Nuseed Ltd. has executed a commercial offtake agreement with Saipol, the largest biodiesel producer in Europe, to supply Nuseed Carinata as a feedstock for certified low carbon oil for renewable fuels and high-protein, non-GMO meal. READ MORE

July 14, 2020

Petrobras concludes renewable diesel coprocessing tests in Brazil

BY Ron KotrbaPetrobras announced July 14 that it has concluded industrial-scale tests for coprocessing renewable diesel. The tests were performed at the Presidente Getúlio Vargas Refinery in Araucária, Paraná, where 2 million liters of soy oil were processed. READ MORE

June 11, 2020

1st Nuseed Carinata shipment demonstrates sustainability, supply

BY Nuseed Saipol, the main subsidiary of Groupe Avril, Europe’s largest producer of biodiesel, has received the first Nuseed Carinata grain shipment at its processing facility in Rouen, France. The crop was grown as a scalable cover crop in Argentina. READ MORE

June 03, 2020

Renewable diesel drives growth in biomass-based diesel imports

BY The U.S. Energy Information Administration U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel grew 26 percent in 2019 to more than 27,000 barrels per day, ending two years in a row of decline. Imports increased in 2019 because of the increase in renewable diesel imports from Singapore. READ MORE

May 20, 2020

FAO vegetable oil price index falls to 8-month low

BY UFOP The April FAO price index for vegetable oils slipped 7.2 points, or 5.2 percent, compared to the previous month, to 131.8 points. This was the lowest level since August 2019 and also the third decline in three months running. READ MORE

May 07, 2020

US commerce department maintains duties on Argentine biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board In its final determination of the “changed circumstances review” of AD and CVD orders on imports of Argentine biodiesel, the U.S. commerce department determined that there are no “changed circumstances” that would warrant changes in U.S. duty rates. READ MORE

April 27, 2020

2020 FEW moved to Omaha, date changed to Aug. 24-26

BY BBI International BBI International has moved the 2020 International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo and co-located Biodiesel Production Technology Summit to Omaha Aug. 24-26 due to COVID-19. The events were originally scheduled to be held in Minneapolis this June. READ MORE

April 17, 2020

World soybean harvest expected to reach a record high

BY UFOP According to International Grain Council expectations, another bumper crop in Brazil, a standard U.S. crop and production increases in smaller soy-producing countries are set to boost global soybean output to a new record high in 2020-’21. READ MORE

April 02, 2020

In Depth: The Other Unseen Enemy

BY Ron Kotrba Targeted email fraud known as spear phishing is costing businesses, including those in the biodiesel sector, billions of dollars. Learn what to watch for, and how to avoid falling victim to these scams. READ MORE

March 05, 2020

Fiat Powertrain explores biodiesel from Brazil-native macaúba

BY Ron KotrbaFiat Powertrain Industrial, a brand of Case New Holland Industrial, is investigating production and use of biodiesel made from Acrocomia aculeata, more commonly referred to as macaúba—a native palm tree to Brazil, the Caribbean and South Florida. READ MORE

March 03, 2020

Brazil diesel fuel now contains minimum of 12 percent biodiesel

BY Agência Nacional do Petróleo, Gás Natural e Biocombustíveis The minimum content of biodiesel in Brazil’s diesel fuel went from 11 to 12 percent March 1, as established by regulations to increase by 1 percent a year until hitting 15 percent in March 2023. In September, bio content went from 10 to 11 percent. READ MORE

February 18, 2020

Sandals explores expanding biodiesel project beyond St. Lucia

BY Sandals Resorts International Following the success of its first Biodiesel Conversion Centre in St. Lucia, Sandals Resorts International is exploring ways to expand its model of oil collection, conversion and biodiesel use on all islands where Sandals and Beaches resorts operate. 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 03, 2019

Evonik to expand sodium methylate capacity in Rosario, Argentina

BY Ron KotrbaChemical company Evonik will increase its production capacity for the biodiesel catalyst sodium methylate at its Rosario/Santa Fe facility in Argentina from 60,000 to 90,000 metric tons. The increased capacity will be built out in two stages. 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 02, 2019

NBB, ASA ask Ross for meeting about CVDs on Argentine biodiesel

BY The National Biodiesel Board Biodiesel and soy leaders sent a letter Sept. 30 to Wilbur Ross, secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce, requesting he meet with the groups before the department finalizes its review of countervailing duties on biodiesel imports from Argentina. READ MORE

September 05, 2019

Paraguay President Benítez updated on Omega Green project

BY Ron KotrbaDuring a Sept. 4 meeting at Palacio de Los López, Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez received updates on the Omega Green project from developer ECB Group. The USD$800 million renewable diesel and SPK plant will be scaled at more than 300 MMgy. READ MORE

August 06, 2019

Brazil’s ANP approves B15, raises minimum biodiesel level to 11%

BY Ron KotrbaBrazil’s National Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) announced Aug. 6 it has approved the sale and use of B15 and that, come Sept. 1, it is increasing the minimum biodiesel content required in diesel fuel from 10 to 11 percent. READ MORE

July 31, 2019

JBS to more than double biodiesel output with new plant in Brazil

BY JBS Global food company JBS announced it is building a new biodiesel plant in Brazil. JBS is investing approximately $48 million through Seara Alimentos to build and operate a biodiesel factory in Mafra. The plant will be operated by JBS Biodiesel. READ MORE

July 03, 2019

Commerce dept. gives Argentina break at expense of US producers

BY The National Biodiesel Board The National Biodiesel Board’s Fair Trade Coalition criticized the U.S. Department of Commerce’s preliminary decision in a review of countervailing duties on biodiesel imports from Argentina. If finalized, duties will be lowered significantly. READ MORE

April 10, 2019

BASF to expand sodium methylate production capacity in Brazil

BY BASF BASF will increase the production capacity for its sodium methylate plant in Guaratinguetá, Brazil. The nameplate capacity will increase by 30 percent, from 60,000 metric tons to 80,000 metric tons. The new capacity will come online in 2020. READ MORE