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.
In Belgium, the European Biodiesel Board says Polish fuel market players, deliberately exploiting a loophole of the Polish biofuels legislation for more than a year have been causing significant financial damage to the biodiesel production chains in various EU countries – first in Romania, but also in the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, and France among others.
In the EU, the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee voted Thursday on its opinion on the European Strategy for Low Emission Mobility – and showed clear support for keeping crop-based biofuels like renewable ethanol as part of the EU transport energy mix.
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.
In Norway, Statkraft has created a JV with Sweden’s Sondra called Silva Green Fuel that will invest up to $78 million in a hydro thermal liquefaction facility, a process the state-owned energy company developed to replicate underground oil production in minutes from wood waste.
In Austria, the biodiesel association ARGE says that the country’s biodiesel production grew 15% in 2014 from the year prior to 269,000 metric tons with 73% of the feedstock coming from virgin vegetable oils, almost none of which was palm oil.
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,
In the Netherlands, HEINEKEN Netherlands, Nedcargo and sustainable fuel market-leader GoodFuels have launched a pilot to demonstrate a sustainable drop-in marine fuel on-board of the ‘For Ever’ – an inland barge dedicated to transport Heineken® export beer, from the HEINEKEN brewery in Zoeterwoude to the deep-sea terminals in Rotterdam.
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.
In Germany, UFOP reports that the vegetable oil price index of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) fell around 4 per cent to a nine-month low in April 2017. Prices for palm and soybean oil saw an especially sharp decline.