India’s transportation minister threatens to bulldoze car manufacturers if they don’t supply alternative fuel vehicles

In India, the transportation minister gave auto manufacturers a stark warning to start switching to cars that run on alternative fuels and electricity or risk a shrinking market with no recompense for switching late or failing to switch. With the government focused on reducing fossil fuel imports and pollution, he said he doesn’t mind “bulldozing” to get his way. The push towards second generation ethanol has led to 15 projects under development while his ministry is finalizing a policy to boost electric charging stations for vehicles.

UK biofuel consumption reached 3% in 2016/17

In the UK, Department for Transport said 1.541 billion liters of renewable fuel have been supplied in period 9 (2016/17), which is 3% of total road and non-road mobile machinery fuel. Of the total, 79% or 1.221 billion liters of this fuel has so far been demonstrated to meet the sustainability requirements.

Second largest soybean harvest on record worldwide but is it real?

In Germany, UFOP reports that in the running marketing year, farmers are expected to bring in the second largest soybean harvest on record worldwide. This suggests ample supply – but reality is arguably different. Stocks are even projected to decline slightly at the end of 2017/18. Large harvest amounts lead to lower price levels and boost demand.

EU to cut anti-dumping duties on Argentine and Indonesia biodiesel by almost half

In Belgium, following rulings by the World Trade Organization, the European Commission will lower anti-dumping tariffs against Argentine biodiesel imports by up to 10.6% and up to 6.9% for imports from Indonesia, roughly half of the levels that had been in place in 2013. Argentine companies who cooperated with the EU’s investigation could see their tariffs around 7.3% while cooperating Indonesian companies would see tariffs of 6.5%.

European feed and grain associations say pro-soy policy contradicts biofuels cap

In Belgium, COCERAL, FEDIOL and FEFAC say the foreseen strategy of enhancing soy and protein production in the EU policy coherence: in this sense, over 11 million tons of protein-rich meals, mainly from rapeseed, are directly related to the production of biodiesel and will disappear if the phasing out of crop-based biofuels proposed in the post-2020 revision of the Renewable Energy Directive is actually implemented.

Malaysia and Indonesia ready to fight EU at WTO over palm oil ban

In Malaysia, during a meeting between the trade ministers for Malaysia and Indonesia, the countries expressed deep disappointment in the allegedly unfair treatment by the EU on palm oil in favor of other vegetable oils and commodities which they say also contribute significantly to deforestation. This EU resolution as well as the unfair labeling practices by the private sector in the EU will adversely affect not only exports of palm oil from Malaysia and Indonesia to the EU market but also the livelihood of millions of small holders.

UK Report Says Use Waste, Not Crops, for Biofuels In the UK,

A new report from the UK government encourages biofuel production from waste and not crops or plants in order to reduce carbon emissions. It focuses on ensuring use of waste and not diverting crops or food production to biofuels in order to save wildlife, deforestation, pesticide and fertilizer usage,and other harmful effects that are often a result of land clearing for biofuel crop farming.

Celtic Renewables moves forward with first car to run on whisky-based ethanol

In the UK, Celtic Renewables Ltd set the wheels in motion of the first car to be fueled by a whisky residue biofuel. Biobutanol is produced from draff – the sugar-rich kernels of barley which are soaked in water to facilitate the fermentation process necessary for whisky production – and pot ale, the copper-containing yeasty liquid that is left over following distillation.