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Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from March 15 - April 15, 2016. Latin America continues to focus on product stewardship initiatives covering a host of issues. This month we see new green-marketing proposals...more

EPA Close To Publicizing 2017 And 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard Volumes

On April 15, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent its newly proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes for 2017 and 2018 to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. Under the Clean...more

DOE's Biotechnology Office To Announce Funding Opportunity For Bio Manufacturing

On April 15, 2016, DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced a Notice of Intent (NOI) to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled "Project Definition for Pilot and Demonstration...more

BRAG, B&C, and Industrial Biotechnology Host Bioeconomy Leaders Reception During BIO World Congress 2016

Scientists, executives, investors, and media representatives gathered in San Diego, California on Monday evening for a fascinating and wide-ranging panel discussion on current issues facing bioeconomy leaders and innovators....more

Six Biofuel Trade Associations Write Congress To Extend Advanced Biofuel Tax Credits

On April 5, 2016, the biofuel trade associations Advanced Biofuels Business Council, Algae Biomass Organization, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), Growth Energy, National Biodiesel Board, and Renewable Fuels...more

Argentina More Than Doubles Required Ethanol Blend To Move Away From Fossil Fuels

On April 8, 2016, Reuters reported that Argentina is planning on increasing the required percentage of ethanol in gasoline from 12 percent to 26 percent. Specific targets have not yet been created for increasing the required...more

Quebec’s Energy Policy: Ambitious Energy Goals for 2030

After extensive public consultations, the Government of Quebec announced Quebec’s energy policy for 2016–2030 (Policy) on April 7, 2016. By focusing on energy efficiency, innovation and renewable energy, the Policy aims to...more

Biodiesel Companies Can Thank BRAG For Cost Savings On CDR Reporting

As reported in last week's Update, EPA published its final rulemaking expanding the list of chemicals partially exemption from certain additional chemical data under the CDR. This action, which formally amended the list of...more

Companies with Commercial Biofuels and Biobased Chemicals -- Get Ready For CDR

In less than two months, renewable fuel and biobased chemical companies that have successfully moved from research and development to commercialization will be required to respond to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's...more

U.S. Air Force Testing BioBased Vehicle Oil Created From Canola Seed, Soybean, And Synthetic Petroleum

On March 22, 2016, a team visited Malmstrom Air Force Base to test a new biobased synthetic oil in the base's vehicles. The testing is sponsored by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and the Office of the Secretary of...more

EPA Publishes Final Rule on Partial Exemption of Certain Chemical Substances from Reporting Additional Chemical Data In The...

On March 29, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the Partial Exemption of Certain Chemical Substances from Reporting Additional Chemical Data final rule in the Federal Register. This final rule...more

EC Commissioned Study Finds Increased ILUC As A Result Of EU 2020 Goals

On March 11, 2016, a consortium made up of Ecofys, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and E4tech announced that the final report on the Land Use Change (LUC) study is now available online. The...more

EPA Signs Final Rule Granting Partial CDR Exemptions For Biodiesel Products

On March 23, 2016, Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report announced that EPA signed a final rule exempting manufacturers of six biodiesel chemicals from reporting processing and use information under the Chemical Data...more

EPA Announces Update Of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Guidance Documents For Biofuels

On March 7, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the update of three greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory guidance documents. The documents have new emission factors and guidance on data estimation...more

BETO Allocates $1.9 Million Small Business Vouchers Pilot, Opens Round Two

On March 10, 2016, DOE's BETO announced that $1.9 million has been allocated for biofuel, bioproduct, and biopower projects under its Small Business Vouchers (SBV) Pilot initiative. The grant money is the first of up to $20...more

Renewable Energy Update - March 2016 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - United Airlines takes off with biofuel - Los Angeles Times - Mar 13 - A Boeing 737 jet that took off from Los Angeles International Airport last week looked like most other planes...more

Bridges To Biofuels: AHB Initiative Supports Education And Opportunities For Hardwood Bioproducts

Advance Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHB) is a consortium of Pacific Northwest University and industry partners. AHB's new initiative, led by the University of Washington, supports a sustainable hardwood bioproducts and...more

Bioenergy Research Centers Reach 500th Invention Milestone

On March 3, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Research Centers (BRC) announced the 500th invention disclosure since 2007. The BRCs, which consist of the BioEnergy Science Center (Oak Ridge National...more

DOE Extends Biofuel And Bioproduct Facilities Request For Information Deadline

DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has announced the extension of the response deadline for a request for information (RFI) about public and private sector capabilities in pilot scale verification of biofuels and...more

Neste Announces Collaboration With Spoken Word Artist And Environmentalist Prince Ea

On March 2, 2016, the renewable diesel producer and Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) member Neste announced that Prince Ea is joining the Pre-order the Future Project....more

Boeing, Aeromexico, And Mexico’s Airports And Auxiliary Services Join To Develop Aviation Biofuels

On February 24, 2016, Boeing, Aeromexico, and Mexico's Airports and Auxiliary Services (ASA) announced the start of a collaboration to advance research and development of sustainable biojet fuel in Mexico. The program will...more

Upcoming Agile Biomanufacturing Industry Listening Workshop Announced By DOE

On February 26, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the upcoming Agile Biomanufacturing Industry Listening Workshop that is being held by nine national laboratories to increase understanding of industry needs...more

Biomass Research And Development Technical Advisory Committee Announces Upcoming Public Meeting

On February 24, 2016, DOE published a notice of an open meeting of the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee in the Federal Register. The Committee is meeting to develop advice and guidance that...more

Tom Vilsack Responds To Studies On Evolution Of Ethanol Production

On February 16, 2016, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack responded to two recent reports on ethanol and renewable fuels. The first report was published by USDA and is on "2015 Energy Balance for the Corn-Ethanol Industry," and...more

DOE Announces Start Of Applications For Mega-Bio: Bioproducts To Enable Biofuels

On February 8, 2016, DOE announced up to $11.3 million to fund the development of flexible biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can produce biofuels or bioproducts based on market demands. BETO has a goal...more

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