Washington’s Proposed Clean Air Rule Missing #Biofuels

Joanna Schroeder advance biofuels, Environment, Ethanol, Legislation, politics, RFA

The state of Washington has proposed its own Clean Air Rule (CAR) and according to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), the rule does not factor in the environmental and health benefits of ethanol blended fuels. In their comments submitted to the Washington Department of Ecology, RFA states that the proposed rule is inconsistent with virtually every other program designed to …

advance biofuels, Environment, Ethanol, Legislation, politics, RFA

40+ Groups Fighting Against Big Oil Subsidies

Joanna Schroeder Audio, biofuels, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Environment, Oil

More than 40 groups have come together to call for an end to Big Oil subsidies that have been in place for more than 100 years. In an open letter to Congress from a diverse range or organizations from veterans, to renewable energy to environmental, and more, the groups are challenging Congress to repeal the nearly $4 billion a year …

Audio, biofuels, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Environment, Oil

#Biobased Petro Alternative from #Soybeans

Joanna Schroeder Audio, automotive, biomaterials, bioplastics, bioproducts, Environment, Soybeans, USB

As companies continue to focus on sustainability and the development of more “natural” products, they are looking to biobased chemicals and products as the platform for more Earth-friendly wares. One example is BioSynthetics Technologies who was featured during the 2016 Biobased Stakeholders Dialogue that recently took place at USDA headquarters in Washington, D.C. The company is a USDA transfer partner …

Audio, automotive, biomaterials, bioplastics, bioproducts, Environment, Soybeans, USB

Manito Transit Greens Its Transportation

Joanna Schroeder Clean Energy, energy efficiency, Environment, GROWMARK, transportation

Manito Transit is now transporting goods throughout the Midwest with a greener footprint. The GROWMARK subsidiary transports fuels, fertilizers, crop protection products and more via tank trucks, and has just become a member of the EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership program. The SMARTWAY registrants work with the EPA and adopt tools and approaches to track and reduce emissions and fuel use. …

Clean Energy, energy efficiency, Environment, GROWMARK, transportation

.@EthanolbyPOET Expands Cover Crop Research

Joanna Schroeder biomass, Cellulosic, Environment, Ethanol

POET is continuing its sustainability research as the need for biomass continues to grow as the company heads out of its start-up phase and into full production at its cellulosic ethanol biorefinery in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The company says the program is part of their ongoing commitment to assisting growers in making sound management decisions around harvesting crop residue for cellulosic …

biomass, Cellulosic, Environment, Ethanol

Make Biofuels Part of Paris Agreement Implementation

Joanna Schroeder Biodiesel, biofuels, Climate Change, Environment, Ethanol, RFA, RFS

History was made this week with the signing of the Paris Agreement climate accord by 130 countries at the UN Headquarters in New York. The governments now have one year to ratify the accord. The Paris Agreement will enter into force on the 30th day after the date on which at least 55 Parties to the Convention accounting in total …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Climate Change, Environment, Ethanol, RFA, RFS

Novozymes, Royal DSM Join DIVA Ventures

Joanna Schroeder Environment, enzymes, Novozymes

Novozymes and Royal DSM have joined DIVA Ventures L3L, a coalition that co-develops and co-invests in opportunities that have high potential to deliver positive societal impact in a sustainable way. The two organizations are joining as co-founders along with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and counsel partner Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. DIVA is a member of the …

Environment, enzymes, Novozymes

Report Confirms Ethanol’s GHG Reductions

Joanna Schroeder biofuels, Environment, Ethanol, Indirect Land Use

Earlier this month the European Commission released its new report, “The land use change impact of biofuels consumed in the EU,” (GLOBIOM). The study assessed the (indirect) land use change (LUC) impacts of biofuels demand expected as a result of Europe’s 2020 climate and energy policy. According to the European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE), the study found that increased demand …

biofuels, Environment, Ethanol, Indirect Land Use

Electric Cars Take Over Greenest Vehicles List

Joanna Schroeder automotive, Electric Vehicles, Environment

Electric cars have taken over this year’s Greenest Vehicles List published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The 19th annual environmental rankings published on greencars.org featured nine electric vehicles (EV). The following vehicles comprise the Greenest List for 2016: For the third year in a row, the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive tops the Greenest List. Toyota’s Prius line continues …

automotive, Electric Vehicles, Environment

Berkely Lab Study Finds RPS Policies Save Money

Joanna Schroeder Electricity, Environment, Renewable Electricty Standard (RES)

In 2013, there were $2.2 billion in benefits from reduced greenhouse gas emissions and $5.2 billion came from reductions in other air pollution for states with renewable portfolio standards (RFS) according to a new study. “A Retrospective Analysis of the Benefits and Impacts of U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards,” evaluates the benefits and other impacts of RPS policies and was conduced …

Electricity, Environment, Renewable Electricty Standard (RES)