France looking to ban palm oil for biodiesel

In France, the environment minister is looking to ban the use of palm oil for biodiesel in a move welcomed by Europe’s largest biodiesel producer, Avril, that uses primarily rapeseed to produce biodiesel and animal feed. The minister said he is looking to end policy incoherence regarding issues related to climate change policy, such as “imported deforestation” or importing animal feed from Brazil, insinuating those produced from soybeans that could also have impacts of deforestation.

Algae biodiesel reduces emissions up to 80%.

In Chile, FLS is reporting that researhers at Department of Chemical Engineering and Bioprocesses of the Catholic University have found that that algae-based biodiesel can reduce emissions and particulates by up to 80 percent in high-power diesel engines, compored to fiossil diesl. The research effort is a partnership with Automotive Mechanics of the Duoc UC,and Laboratory of Renewable Energies and Residues of the UC Engineering School.

Increased supply of GMO-free soybean weighed down price advantage of rapeseed meal

In Germany, UFOP reports that the past weeks’ weakness in prices of GMO-free soybean meal reduced the price advantage of rapeseed meal over soybean meal as ingredients of compound feed. Over the past few weeks, German prices of GMO-free soybean meal dropped substantially. The rise in GMO-free soybean supply in South America curtailed the price advantage of rapeseed meal,

Indonesia looking to China to fill biodiesel export gap

In Indonesia, the biodiesel industry is looking for new export markets since the US and European Union have all but shut their doors to them. Top on the list is China who could need as much as 9 billion liters per year to achieve its B5 blending mandate, potentially opening a door for Indonesian imports.