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17 Oct 17 Bioenergy among most cost effective options in Europe’s energy transition

Findings from AEBIOM, the European biomass association, confirm that bioenergy is among the most effective options to achieve Europe’s clean energy transition. AEBIOM published its 2017 Statistical Report on 17 October, shortly before the European Parliament’s ENVI Committee is set ...

18 Sep 17 'World’s first' municipal waste-to-ethanol facility starts production

Enerkem has announced that commercial production of cellulosic ethanol has started at its facility in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. According to a statement from the company, it is the first commerical scale plant in the world to produce cellulosic ethanol from ...

13 Sep 17 China set for ethanol binge as Beijing pumps up renewable fuel drive

China’s bold plan to blend renewable fuels into its gasoline supply within three years will revolutionize its fledging biofuels industry, industry players said, likely spurring billions of dollars in investment in ethanol factories.https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-biofuels-policy/china-set-for-ethanol-binge-as-beijing-pumps-up-renewable-fuel-drive-idUSKCN1BO17W

02 Aug 17 Bringing power to rural and undeveloped areas - Michela Morese visits The Global Energy Leaders Podcast

Maria Michela Morese, Executive secretary of the Global Bioenergy Partnership visited The Global Energy Leaders Podcast to discuss the birth of the G8, and three pillars of sustainable development in regards to bioenergy.You can find the podcast here

29 Jun 17 GBEP works with ECREEE to further sustainable bioenergy uptake in Western Africa

In Ghana, ECREEE collaborated with the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) and hosted the 5th GBEP Bioenergy Week in the ECOWAS region in Accra, Ghana (5th ECOWAS/GBEP Bioenergy Week) to provide an opportunity to share knowledge and experience with the ECOWAS ...

20 Jun 17 Exxon, Synthetic Genomics make algae biofuel research breakthrough

ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics Inc. announced this week a breakthrough in joint research into advanced biofuels involving the modification of an algae strain that more than doubled its oil content without significantly inhibiting the strain’s growth. Using advanced cell engineering ...

10 May 17 Biofuels: could agave, hemp and saltbush be the fuels of the future?

Biofuels have long been touted as a carbon-neutral alternative to fossil fuels, doing for the world’s planes, ships and automobiles what windfarms and solar panels are doing for its electricity grids.But the past decade has seen the biofuel industry face ...

09 May 17 India’s ‘first’ second generation bio-refinery goes official

India’s first integrated bio-refinery for renewable fuels and chemicals has been inaugurated by the country’s minister for road transport, highways and shipping, Nitin Gadkari. Implemented by Indian process and project engineering company Praj Industries, the new facility will play a ...

16 Mar 17 NASA study confirms biofuels reduce jet engine pollution

Using biofuels to help power jet engines reduces particle emissions in their exhaust by as much as 50 to 70 percent, in a new study conclusion that bodes well for airline economics and Earth's environment. The findings are the result ...

11 Jan 17 US Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office publishes biofuels report

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the publication of a report, titled Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities. According to the US department, the report is the first comprehensive ...

10 Jan 17 'This is our future' – Kenya's croton tree touted as new biofuels crop

Tall, spindly and grey, croton trees grow everywhere in Kenya. Although they tend to be used for little more than firewood or shade, their nuts turn out to be an excellent source of biofuel. This overlooked plant could be the ...

30 Nov 16 EC releases RED II, proposes first-generation biofuels phase-out and new sustainability criterion for forest biomass

The European Commission has released its long-awaited revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and proposed the phase-out of food crop-based biofuels from 2021.  The EC also wants to simultaneously introduce a sub-mandate for advanced biofuels. It also proposes to introduce a ...

16 Nov 16 New 20-country coalition set to promote advanced fuels for the climate

At an event held at COP22, in Marrakech, a coalition of 20 countries interested in the clean energy and the bioeconomy fields announced the launch of the Biofuture Platform, a new collective effort to accelerate development and scale up deployment ...

26 Oct 16 "Every country has bio energy potential" - GBEP Executive Secretary Interview

GBEP Executive Secretary Maria Michela Morese talks with the Eurasia Diary in an exclusive interview on 7th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development, held from 18 to 21 October in Baku (Azerbaijan).http://eurasiadiary.com/news/interview/80805-every-country-has-bio-energy-potential

20 Oct 16 Turning biofuel waste into wealth in a single step

Lignin is a bulky chain of molecules found in wood and is usually discarded during biofuel production. But in a new method by EPFL chemists, the simple addition of formaldehyde could turn it into the main focus. Most biomass comes ...

27 Sep 16 Can the aviation industry finally clean up its emissions?

When a South Africa Airways scheduled flight flew from Johannesburg to Cape Town last month, it carried nearly 300 passengers. Neither the passengers or the pilots would have noticed any difference between that flight and any other. But instead of ...

05 Aug 16 Nissan unveils ‘world’s first’ ethanol-powered electric car

Car giant Nissan Motor Co. has revealed what it calls the world’s first Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell (SOFC)-powered prototype vehicle that runs on bioethanol electric power. The fuel cell prototype forms part of Nissan’s ongoing commitment to the development of zero-emission ...

29 Jul 16 Africa's First Biofuel Flights Take Off in South Africa

History was made in mid-July. Africa's first sustainable biofuel powered flights successfully flew between Johannesburg and Cape Town. The South African Airways (SAA) and Mango Boeing 737-800s used biofuel to power their engines on 15 July 2016. The fuel is ...

20 Jul 16 Energy Union and Climate Action: Driving Europe’s transition to a low-carbon economy

The European Commission presented on 20 July 2016 a package of measures to accelerate the transition to low-carbon emissions in all sectors of the economy in Europe. The Commission is working to keep the EU competitive as the global social ...

30 May 16 Economic update shows SA as top renewable power producer on continent

On 26 May, the Oxford Business Group, a publishing, research and consultancy firm, released an economic update on the state of South Africa’s renewable energy sector, saying that the country is already the continent’s largest producer of renewable energy. With ...

13 May 16 Biofuels Plant in Hawaii Is First to Be Certified as Sustainable

The trucks roll in and out of the plant at a business park nestled near papaya farms and a forest preserve on the Big Island here, an operation that transforms waste cooking oils, animal fats, fruit and seeds into biodiesel ...

04 May 16 Nicaragua-based firm launches bagasse biomass plant

Ingenio Montelimar, a Nicaragua-based renewable energy firm, officially launched a 38-MW biomass plant in San Rafael del Sur city, according to media reports. The facility is named ‘Green Power’. It will use bagasse as raw material. Bagasse is the fibrous ...

04 May 16 Green transport target will be scrapped post-2020, EU confirms

EU laws requiring member states to use “at least 10%” renewable energy in transport will be scrapped after 2020, the European Commission confirmed, hoping to set aside a protracted controversy surrounding the environmental damage caused by biofuels. The European Commission ...

22 Apr 16 The world needs more land use change: IEA Bioenergy workshop

The workshop, organized during the EUBCE 2016, highlights bioenergy as an opportunity to integrate new biomass production into landscapes to mitigate land use impacts and improve resource use efficiency and sustainability.http://www.eubce.com/conference/parallel-events-workshops-and-project-meetings/workshops-project-meetings/the-world-needs-more-land-use-change.html

22 Apr 16 Palm Oil Industry Fumes as Indonesia Gets Tough on Forest Fires

Palm oil firms have slammed Indonesia’s move to prohibit the use of new land to boost production, saying President Joko Widodo’s latest effort to tackle forest fires could slash jobs and cripple output in the world’s top producer of the ...

08 Apr 16 Biotech breakthrough: Sunlight can be used to produce chemicals and energy

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have discovered a natural process they describe as reverse photosynthesis. In the process, the energy in solar rays breaks down, rather than builds plant material, as is the case with photosynthesis. The sunlight is ...

16 Mar 16 Late publication of biofuels study raises questions

The European Commission has finally published the Globiom Study on the indirect land use change [ILUC], which it had kept secret and unavailable during the public consultation period for the Renewable Energy Directive for the period 2020-2030. The 261-page study ...

16 Mar 16 Decoupling of global emissions and economic growth confirmed

Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) – the largest source of man-made greenhouse gas emissions – stayed flat for the second year in a row, according to analysis of preliminary data for 2015 released today by the International Energy Agency ...

23 Feb 16 Advanced Biofuels Set to Play Key Role in Developing Countries

Advanced biofuels made from non-food biomass, also known second-generation biofuels, have become a commercial reality, a new UNCTAD report concludes. The report, Second-Generation Biofuel Markets: State of Play, Trade and Developing Country Perspectives, says that this is happening in the ...

22 Jan 16 Workshop: Landscape management and design for food, bioenergy and the bioeconomy: methodology and governance aspects

There is a need for improved understanding – and promotion – of biomass production in landscapes that generate multiple ecosystem services and support biodiversity. Governance of land use and other activities shaping our landscapes requires methods to assess impacts on ...

11 Jan 16 A commercialization strategy for carbon-negative energy

Climate change mitigation requires gigatonne-scale CO2 removal technologies, yet few examples exist beyond niche markets. The flexibility of thermochemical conversion of biomass and fossil energy, coupled with carbon capture and storage, offers a route to commercializing carbon-negative energy.http://www.nature.com/articles/nenergy20152

03 Jan 16 Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2016

Who mandates what in biofuels? 64 countries have targets or mandates — but how much where, and when, and what? Biofuels' Digest annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in ...

12 Dec 15 Nations Approve Landmark Climate Accord in Paris

With the sudden bang of a gavel on 12 December night, representatives of 195 nations reached a landmark accord that will, for the first time, commit nearly every country to lowering planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions to help stave off the ...

26 Nov 15 REthinking Energy: Renewable Energy and Climate Change

The second edition of REthinking Energy – the flagship report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) – looks at how the transition to renewables could help limit global warming. As the report points out, renewable energy is at the ...

13 Nov 15 Study shows potential for growth in biofuels from corn stover

Making biofuel from corn crop residue could become economically viable for farmers with government support and, therefore, lead to a major shift in crop rotation practices favoring more continuous corn plantings, Purdue University researchers conclude. The agricultural economists examined how ...

13 Nov 15 IEA says 3-fold or greater increase in biofuels possible by 2040

The International Energy Agency released its latest World Energy Outlook 2015, saying there are clear signs that an energy transition is under way. The report finds that the plunge in oil prices has set in motion the forces that lead ...

06 Nov 15 Green Climate Fund approves first 8 investments

The Green Climate Fund Board today approved USD 168 million of GCF funding for projects and programmes worth USD 624 million, marking the end of its launch phase and kick-starting the flow of climate finance through the Fund to developing ...

05 Nov 15 Statement of the Co-Chairs - Conference on Bioenergy and Development - The Investment Case for Sustainable Production Systems

Less than a month after the endorsement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the United Nations General Assembly and in view of COP 21 of the UNFCCC, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the Institute for Advances Sustainability ...

02 Nov 15 Bioenergy: land-use and mitigating iLUC - Summary and Conclusions from the IEA Bioenergy ExCo74 workshop

Summary and conclusions from the workshop ‘Bioenergy: Land use and mitigating iLUC ’ held in conjunction with the meeting of the Executive Committee of IEA Bioenergy in Brussels, Belgium on 23 October 2014. The purpose of the workshop was to ...

02 Oct 15 G20 Embraces Renewables at Energy Ministers Meeting

Energy ministers from the G20 countries and heads of international organizations affirmed their commitment to renewable energy at the first-ever G20 Energy Ministers Meeting in Istanbul today. The high-level participants endorsed an 11-point Communiqué, including the adoption of a renewable ...

15 Jul 15 EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council adopts ILUC biofuel rules

The Agriculture and Fisheries Council of the European Union has officially adopted the new rules to address indirect land use change (ILUC) impacts associated with biofuels. The directive was accepted by the European Parliament in late April. According to documents ...

13 Jul 15 Ethiopia: The Biofuel Myth

Over the past several years, biofuels have become a bone of contention. For some, a renewable energy source produced from organic matter amounts to a magic wand in the fight against climate change. But others view biofuels as an existential ...

29 Jun 15 Biofuels put more food on table

An article by José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)Over the past several years, biofuels have become a bone of contention. For some, a renewable energy source produced from organic matter amounts to a ...

17 Jun 15 Masdar Institute breaks ground on new facility

The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology said its sustainable bioenergy research consortium (SBRC) has broken ground on its integrated seawater, energy and agriculture facility coming up in Abu Dhabi. The SBRC is a non-profit consortium supported by founding members ...

04 Jun 15 RSB approves low iLUC risk criteria and indicators

In Switzerland, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials kicked off its annual General Assembly meeting with a delegation vote on the new “Low iLUC Risk Biomass Criteria and Compliance Indicators.” The standard was approved by consensus and will be an ‘optional ...

18 Apr 15 Thin harvest

Making fuel from the solar energy stored in living organisms by photosynthesis is a tempting idea. It sounds inherently green, and so biofuel schemes—ranging from fermenting starch, to recycling cooking oil, to turning algae into jet fuel—have drawn more than ...

15 Apr 15 Remembering a true visionary: Novozymes honors Guido Ghisolfi

The renewable energy industry was saddened on March 3 by the news of the death of Guido Ghisolfi, Vice Chairman of the Mossi & Ghisolfi group and CEO of Beta Renewables. Mossi & Ghisolfi is a worldwide leader in the ...

14 Apr 15 Report on Bioenergy and Sustainability launched at FAPESP

More than 100 experts from around the world contributed to the report, which presents main findings and recommendations on current production and use of bioenergy, as well as growth potential, considering such aspects as land use, feedstocks, technologies, impacts and ...

14 Apr 15 MEPs approve plan to put cap on older biofuels

The European Parliament's environment committee on 14 April approved a plan to try and steer investors away from traditional types of biofuels that have had negative side-effects on food prices, environment and climate change.The text, agreed after discussions with member ...

25 Mar 15 EU countries dilute draft law capping food-based biofuels

A draft law capping the use of biofuels derived from food crops is currently being negotiated in so-called trilogue talks between legislators (the Commission, the Parliament and the EU Council representing member states).  The use of biofuels was encouraged in ...

30 Jan 15 EUEI PDF publishes the Biomass Energy Sector Planning Guide

Good governance of the biomass energy sector is essential in developing countries where traditional biomass still accounts for more than 90% of primary energy consumption. Due to population growth and urbanisation, it is unlikely that other, more expensive fuels, such ...

02 Jan 15 What Does $60 Oil Mean for the Biofuel Industry?

Oil prices in the 60s — what does that mean for the global economy, energy markets, and alternative fuels in the short-term and long-term?http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2015/01/what-does-60-oil-mean-for-the-biofuel-industry?page=all

14 Dec 14 The Guardian view on the Lima climate change conference: a skirmish before the real battle

Another round in the UN climate change negotiations ended in Lima early on Sunday morning. It took a fortnight and two extra days of intense negotiation to achieve one small step towards the outline of an agreement for next year's ...

08 Dec 14 Q&A: How FAO and partners are working to help countries explore sustainable bioenergy development

If developed in the right way, a healthy biofuels sector can help improve energy access and food security. Through the Global Bioenergy Partnership, FAO is helping countries to better assess the possible risks and benefits of bioenergy. In this interview, ...

23 Oct 14 In Brazil, Israeli-perfected castor used for biofuel

In the biofuel business, the castor plant has become a sort of holy grail – much of that due to the efforts of Israel’s Evogene, which specializes in genetic modification of plants for industrial purposes. Brazil, South America’s largest country, ...

29 Aug 14 Policy uncertainty threatens to slow renewable energy momentum

The expansion of renewable energy will slow over the next five years unless policy uncertainty is diminished, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on 18 August in its third annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report. According to the report, power ...

16 Jun 14 The Canadian firm transforming your sofa into biofuels

In Edmonton, Canada, something as mundane as municipal waste treatment is attracting worldwide attention. The waste is the same as at municipal waste plants around the world – shoes, sofas and other items that can't be recycled and are destined ...

13 Jun 14 EU agrees plan to cap use of food-based biofuels

EU energy ministers agreed a deal on 13 June to limit production of biofuels made from food crops, responding to criticism these stoke inflation and do more environmental harm than good. The ministers' endorsement of a new compromise overcomes a ...

03 Jun 14 Flexible Biofuel Policies for Better Food Security

In this column, José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), looks at the challenge facing policymakers in fostering biofuel production while protecting food supplies. Modern biofuels have become a fact of ...

02 Jun 14 PANGEA launches bioenergy funding scheme with Everest Energy and Embark

In Belgium, Partners for Euro-African Green Energy (PANGEA), Embark Energy, Education, and Entrepreneurship (Embark Energy) and Everest Energy Group (Everest Energy) have announced a partnership under the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4ALL) to support current efforts to ...

28 May 14 EU backs deal to limit use of food-based biofuels

EU diplomats on 28 May agreed to limit production of biofuels made from food crops in response to widespread criticism that they stoke inflation and do more environmental harm than good.The compromise, agreed by diplomats in a closed-door meeting, follows ...

16 May 14 Addax Bioenergy starts sugarcane bioethanol and power production in Sierra Leone

Addax Bioenergy is pleased to announce that its facility in Makeni, Sierra Leone, has started producing sugarcane bioethanol and renewable electricity. The company  will produce 85,000 m3 of bioethanol per year by end 2016.The pioneering project involves  the development of a ...

09 May 14 Angolan bioenergy company starts producing sugar and ethanol in September

Angolan bioenergy company Companhia de Bioenergia de Angola (Biocom) is due to start operating in September,  when the project will be launched with estimated production of 18,000 tons of sugar and 3,000 cubic metre of ethanol per year,  the company’s ...

24 Apr 14 Local production for local use is the ‘biofuel’ model that works in Vermont

In Vermont the term “biofuel” and “bioenergy” are commonly used to refer to woody biomass (e.g., chips and pellets),  anaerobic digestion (e.g., new manure and food scrap digester at Vermont Tech), and on-farm biodiesel production. A scale-appropriate model of local ...

20 Apr 14 Corn biofuels worse than gasoline on global warming in short term – study

Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for  global warming in the short term, a new study shows, challenging the Obama administration's  conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help ...

05 Mar 14 New UN-led global partnership to boost the green economy

A new partnership led by the United Nations is set to have a significant impact on the economies of 30 countries and could boost global clean technology development and resource efficiency to unprecedented levels. The Partnership for Action on a ...

04 Mar 14 Malaysia’s Plans to Boost Biofuel to Help Palm, Embas Says

Plans by Malaysia, the world’s largest palm oil producer after Indonesia, to increase consumption in biodiesel may support prices, said Douglas Uggah Embas, Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister. Proposals to implement the B7 program next year will result in annual ...

26 Feb 14 Biofuels made from rubbish 'could power 16% of EU road transport'

Fuel made from waste could replace 16% of all the fuel used on European roads by 2030, cutting spending on oil imports and boosting the rural economy by up to €15bn, according to a joint report by industry and NGOs. ...

24 Feb 14 The Inter-American Development Bank and Novozymes to support the development of sustainable bioenergy solutions

Novozymes and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) signed a three year memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support the development of sustainable advanced bioenergy solutions in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The collaboration responds to the United Nation’s Sustainable Energy ...

03 Feb 14 Petrobras and Fiat sign Memorandum of Understanding for research

Fiat Automóveis and Petrobras signed a memorandum of understanding on 31 January to collaborate on research and development projects for innovative technologies and processes in the areas of fuels and motors. Teams from the two companies will share technical information ...

22 Jan 14 Boeing, United Arab Emirates Partners Look to Harvest Biofuel from Desert Plants

Boeing and research partners in the United Arab Emirates have made breakthroughs in sustainable aviation biofuel development, finding that desert plants fed by seawater will produce biofuel more efficiently than other well-known feedstocks. The Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC), affiliated ...

16 Jan 14 Draft Biofuels Regulatory Framework published for public comment

The Department of Energy (DoE) of South Africa published its draft position paper on the South African Biofuels Regulatory Framework, which included the mandatory blending regulations and a pricing framework, in the Government Gazette for public comment. According to the ...

14 Jan 14 EU Sees Rising Food Output by 2023 on Export and Biofuel Demand

European Union production of foodstuffs from cheese to poultry to wheat is predicted to climb by 2023 on demand for exports and the manufacturing of biofuels from grains, the 28-nation bloc said. Annual grain output is seen climbing to 316.1 ...

14 Jan 14 Boeing aims to seek approval for green diesel as jet fuel

U.S. aircraft maker Boeing Co. aims to seek approval from regulators around the world to use "green diesel" as a jet fuel, the company said, which could cut carbon emissions without boosting costs. Green diesel is made from oils and ...

14 Jan 14 UN climate chief calls for tripling of clean energy investment

The United Nations climate chief has urged global financial institutions to triple their investments in clean energy to reach the $1 trillion a year mark that would help avert a climate catastrophe. The UN's Christiana Figueres urged institutions to begin ...

14 Jan 14 Prickly Pear Cactus: Nuisance or Bioenergy Opportunity?

In much of west Texas, the iconic Prickly Pear cactus — with its plum-like fruit and forbidding spiked pads — is at best considered a nuisance, and at worst a downright hazard to livestock. But in most of the rest ...

16 Dec 13 New UNEP media campaign: 'We Have The Power: Efficient, Renewable, Affordable. A UNEP Contribution to Sustainable Energy for All"

UNEP, in collaboration with the Magnum Photo Agency, launched on 27 November 2013, a new media campaign entitled ‘We Have The Power: Efficient, Renewable, Affordable. A UNEP Contribution to Sustainable Energy for All’. We Have The Power: Efficient, Renewable, Affordable ...

12 Dec 13 EU governments fail to agree limits on food-based biofuels

Energy ministers from the 28 EU member states failed on 12 December to agree on a compromise deal to limit the use of transport fuels made from food crops, which critics say pushes up food prices and can do more ...

23 Oct 13 Biofuels Producers Hunting Foreign Fields

With nearly 70% of global biofuels production centered on the United States' corn and Brazil's sugarcane harvests, concentrated commodity feedstocks have been the common denominator in biofuels industry growth over the past decade. Advanced biofuels companies seeking to produce next-generation ...

11 Oct 13 Biofuel development should not compromise food security, says CFS

Following a week of intense discussions, the Committee on World Food Security stressed the link between biofuels and food security, saying that the "progressive realization of the right to adequate food for all" should be a priority concern in biofuel ...

11 Oct 13 Next-Generation Biofuels Are Inching Towards Reality, Gallon by Gallon

Whatever happened to next-generation biofuels? Made from sources like corn stalks or what straw that don’t compete with food, unlike current biofuels, next-generation biofuels were going to be greener and more efficient than corn-based ethanol, which is still the dominant ...

12 Sep 13 Food price fears push EU lawmakers to put a lid on biofuels growth

The European Parliament has voted to limit the use of fuels made from food crops because of fears that biofuels can push up grain prices or damage the climate, further undermining the once booming industry.Lawmakers voting in Strasbourg on 11 ...

09 Sep 13 G20 Leaders Adopt Declaration, Action Plan

The Group of 20 (G20) held its annual Leaders' Summit in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation, to work towards strengthening economic growth and creating jobs. The resulting G20 Leaders' Declaration addresses: enhancing trade, financial regulation and consumer protection; promoting development for ...

07 Sep 13 What happened to biofuels?

Scientists have long known how to convert various kinds of organic material into liquid fuel. Trees, shrubs, grasses, seeds, fungi, seaweed, algae and animal fats have all been turned into biofuels to power cars, ships and even planes. As well ...

30 Jul 13 Report: EU biofuel consumption increased in 2012

EurObserv’ER has released its annual Biofuels Barometer, reporting increased biofuel consumption within the European Union last year. Between 2011 and 2012, consumption grew by 2.9 percent, to nearly 14.4 million metric tons of oil equivalent (Toe). According to the report, ...

11 Jul 13 Alternative biofuel crops to fuel the future of the poor

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) have launched the IFAD-ICRAF Programme for the Development of Alternative Biofuel Crops, an initiative focused on providing clean energy for rural communities, enhancing local food security and ...

11 Jul 13 EU lawmakers back limit on some biofuels, more votes to follow

EU politicians on 11 July backed a new limit on crop-based biofuels, to fix the bloc's policy on transport fuels once thought to protect the climate but now suspected of doing more harm than conventional oil. The vote in the ...

11 Jul 13 Brazil's UNICA welcomes parts of European Parliament biofuel vote, cautions about threat to WTO compliance

The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) issued the following statement on the European Parliament Environment Committee's vote Thursday on biofuels and the issue of indirect land use change, or ILUC: "UNICA welcomes European Union policymakers' diligence and efforts in pushing ...

08 Jul 13 FAO Assesses Tanzania’s Forest Resources

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Government of Tanzania, with financial support from the Government of Finland, are carrying out a mapping exercise of Tanzania's forests to assess its resources, including the size of the ...

01 Jul 13 Seaweed biofuels: a green alternative that might just save the planet

Producing biofuels in the sea removes at a stroke many of the serious problems with conventional biofuels. Many millions of pounds are being invested in seaweed research from Vietnam to Israel to Chile because producing biofuels in the sea removes ...

26 Jun 13 Presentations of the new HLPE Reports “Biofuels and food security” & “Investing in small holder agriculture for food security”

The High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) launches today its two new Reports prepared for the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). "Investing in small holder agriculture for food security": investment for agriculture and especially ...

13 May 13 Biofuel From Wood: Researchers Look For Best Enzymes

Huge amounts of fossil fuel could be replaced by biofuels if it was possible to extract them from the very plentiful waste product lignocellulose. Importantly, its use in biofuel production does not interfere with the animal or human food chain. ...

07 May 13 Biofuels industry sent ‘three mails an hour’ in ILUC lobby offensive

Biofuels companies and associations sent EU cabinet members three e-mails an hour, many containing catastrophic warnings, in the run-up to a recent European Commission proposal to account for greenhouse gas emissions that the fuel crops might indirectly cause.http://www.euractiv.com/energy/biofuels-industry-sent-mails-hou-news-519531

10 Apr 13 IEA publishes global update of advanced, cellulosic projects

The International Energy Agency Bioenergy Task 39 group recently published a report that outlines progress on more than 100 advanced biofuel projects under development worldwide. The report, titled “Status of Advanced Biofuels Demonstration Facilities in 2012,” is the second edition ...

09 Apr 13 Sustainability Certification in the Biofuel Sector - A Case Study of Brazilian Ethanol

The European Union (EU) and the United States have adopted aggressive programs to promote the greater use of biofuels. One of the goals is to reduce carbon emissions by replacing gasoline with low carbon fuels. Individual EU countries have adopted ...

04 Mar 13 Beta Renewables sees 2015 as boom year for cellulosic biofuels

Biofuels made from wood waste and sugarcane have languished well below expectations for years but new production coming on line promises explosive growth by 2015, the chief executive of producer Beta Renewables said on Monday. The United States produced just ...

14 Feb 13 EU Commission to launch bioeconomy observatory

The European Commission will establish an observatory to map progress and measure the impact of the development of the European Union's bioeconomy, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn announced today. The observatory will gather data to follow ...

08 Feb 13 Initiative to support second generation biofuels launched in Brussels

The founding Members of the Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels are the CEOs of Chemtex, British Airways, BTG, Chemrec, Clariant, Dong Energy and UPM. Their strategy is to accelerate research and innovation into emerging biofuel technologies, including algae and new conversion ...

25 Jan 13 Court Overturns E.P.A.’s Biofuels Mandate

A U.S. federal appeals court threw out a federal rule on renewable fuels on 25 January, saying that a quota set by the Environmental Protection Agency for incorporating liquids made from woody crops and wastes into car and truck fuels ...

24 Jan 13 Novozymes New CEO Says Biofuels May Supply 90% of Revenue

Novozymes A/S (NZYMB), the world’s biggest maker of enzymes used in laundry soap, may get 90 percent of its revenue from biofuel makers by 2030 if more governments start promoting renewable energy, the company’s next CEO said. The company currently ...

23 Jan 13 Shrub Willow: Building a Better Biofuel

The shrub willow, a plant normally planted as ornamental hedges or used in  weaving baskets, could now be one of the next mainstream biofuel crops used as a low-impact energy source to replace corn. Since 1998, Prof. Larry Smart ’87, ...

17 Jan 13 UN Secretary-General Outlines Ways to Advance Sustainable Development

In a lecture delivered at Stanford University on 17 January, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described the current state of the world and "the future we must shape together." He outlined three ways to navigate our way through this "Great Transition," ...

16 Jan 13 Bioenergy: Biofuel production on the margins

An analysis published on Nature shows that fuel made from wild, herbaceous vegetation grown on land currently unsuitable for cultivating field crops could contribute substantially to the United States' targets for biofuel production.http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature11853.html

16 Jan 13 Zayed Future Energy Prize Recognises 2013 Finalists

The Zayed Future Energy Prize 2013, which culminated a year-long, four-stage evaluation process, honored Siemens, d.light design, Ceres, and Dr. Jose Goldemberg. In the Global High Schools category, the winners include Secundaria Tecnica 120 School from Cuernavaca, Mexico (Americas); Okehampton ...

10 Dec 12 Greenhouse gases database now available on FAOSTAT

A new domain on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has just been released on both FAOSTAT and it's new pilot version FAOSTAT3. This is intended as the first in a range of services aimed at agri-environmental indicators, to help member countries ...

07 Dec 12 FAO report links high food prices to biofuel demand

Biofuels account for the largest source of new demand for agricultural production and have helped drive price volatility in grain crops like wheat and maize, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization says in a new report. Biodiesel accounted for 80% ...

27 Nov 12 EU Commission backs controversial sustainable palm oil scheme

The European Commission has approved a scheme that would certify as sustainable transport fuel made from palm oil, condemned by environmental groups as one of the most damaging sources of biodiesel. The Commission made public on Tuesday a decision taken ...

20 Nov 12 Africa-Brazil Agricultural Innovation Marketplace: a partnership to enhance agricultural innovation and development

The Africa-Brazil Agricultural Innovation Marketplace is an international initiative supported by different donnors aiming to link brazilian and african experts and institutions to develop cooperative projects. The Marketplace aims to benefit primarily smallholder producers. The objective of this initiative is ...

16 Nov 12 GBEP advances capacity building for sustainable bioenergy

Rome, Friday 16 November 2012 – The 14th Steering Committee of the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) met at FAO Headquarters today and endorsed the way forward for the GBEP programme of work, under the reconfirmed chairmanship of Corrado Clini, Minister ...

16 Oct 12 EU Commission weakens biofuel rule changes: draft

The European Commission has watered down proposals to reduce the indirect climate impact of biofuels, but is sticking to a strict new limit on the amount of food crops that can be used to make fuel, draft legislation showed. The ...

11 Sep 12 EU proposal would limit use of crop-based biofuels

The European Union plans to impose a limit on the use of crop-based biofuels over fears they are less climate-friendly than initially thought and compete with food production, according to draft EU legislation. The new rules, which will need the ...

04 Sep 12 Joint statement from FAO, IFAD and WFP on international food prices

Tackling the root causes of high food prices and hungerby José Graziano da Silva, Kanayo F. Nwanze and Ertharin Cousin* The current situation in world food markets, characterized by sharp increases in maize, wheat and soybean prices, has raised fears of ...

31 Aug 12 Unlocking Sugars in Agricultural Waste for Biofuel Production

The Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (ACIB) has found ways to make these renewable sugar resources available for industry and for the production of biofuels from agricultural and biowastes. According to Professor Christian Kubicek of the Technical University of Vienna ...

30 Aug 12 Greener cities crucial to African food security

Africa's urban population is growing faster than that of any other region, but many of its cities are not keeping pace with the increasing demand for food that comes with that growth. A new FAO publication says policymakers need to ...

23 Aug 12 United Nations climate fund inaugurates first meeting

A United Nations fund aimed at mobilizing resources to help developing countries mitigate the impact of global warming has kicked-off its first official meeting, it was announced on 23 August. Established by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) ...

19 Aug 12 Biofuel fails EU sustainability test, German researchers claim

The growing row over biofuels is ready to flare up again with German researchers claiming to have found evidence that European-produced biodiesel does not meet the sustainability targets claimed by Brussels. Two experts at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena say ...

17 Aug 12 COMAC, Boeing to refine jet fuel from cooking oil

The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China and US aerospace giant Boeing will work together to refine used cooking oil into aviation biofuel. The two companies jointly opened an aviation energy conservation and emissions reduction technology center on Thursday in Beijing, ...

10 Aug 12 US drought, food prices fan fears of new crisis

Global alarm over a potential repeat of the 2008 food crisis escalated after data showed food prices had jumped 6 percent last month and importers were snapping up a shrivelled U.S. grain crop, helping drive corn prices to a new ...

11 Jul 12 Increased productivity and a more sustainable food system will improve global food security

While international agricultural commodity markets appear to have entered calmer conditions after record highs last year, food commodity prices are anticipated to remain on a higher plateau over the next decade, underpinned by firm demand but a slowing growth in ...

27 Jun 12 ECOWAS agrees on principles of regional renewable energy and energy efficiency policies

The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) held a regional workshop at the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) during which the main aims and components of a regional renewable energy and ...

22 Jun 12 Rio+20 Italo-Brazilian sustainable energy agreement

Italy's Environment Minister has signed a bilateral agreement with Brazil for the promotion of sustainable energy. The signing took place during the UN Rio+20 Conference on sustainable development in Rio de Janeiro, and is geared to promoting the spread of ...

22 Jun 12 Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge

USAID has partnered with the Government of Sweden, Duke Energy, OPIC, AfDB and USDA to create a program which seeks to address the development barriers at the critical nexus of energy and agriculture.  Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge works ...

20 Jun 12 The Global Bioenergy Partnership promotes transition to modern sustainable bioenergy at Rio+20

Rio de Janeiro, Wednesday 20 June 2012 – Access to clean and affordable energy is a prerequisite to sustainable development. The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) promotes the transition away from the unsustainable, traditional ways of deriving energy from biomass and ...

20 Jun 12 At Rio+20, the biofuels industry takes a turn in the spotlight

Azul, Embraer, GE, Amyris, KLM, Honeywell’s UOP, Aeromexico, GOL, WWF, GBEP and Novozymes showcase new advanced biofuels technologies, perspectives. In Brazil, the Rio+20 sustainable development conference is now well underway, with side events also drawing in the crowds as NGOs, ...

30 May 12 World’s oldest source of consumer energy could play crucial role in meeting future electricity and heat demand

Biomass-based energy – the oldest source of consumer energy known to mankind – has great potential in helping efforts to tackle climate change as well as meeting growing global demand for electricity and heat in a secure and sustainable way. ...

19 May 12 Fact Sheet: G-8 Action on Energy and Climate Change

At the Camp David Summit, G-8 Leaders recognized that the development of and universal access to environmentally safe, sustainable, secure, and affordable sources of energy is essential to global economic growth and to their overall efforts to address climate change. ...

11 May 12 Countries adopt global guidelines on tenure of land, forests, fisheries

In a landmark decision the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) endorsed on 11 May 2012 a set of far-reaching global guidelines aimed at helping governments safeguard the rights of people to own or access land, forests and fisheries. The ...

20 Apr 12 Mexico passes tough climate-change law

A climate-change law passed by the Mexican Legislature will be one of the strongest national climate-change laws on the books, environmentalists said. The bill passed in Mexico's lower house on 19 April with a vote of 128-10 and was later ...

19 Apr 12 Pennycress? Yep, It’s the Next Big Biofuel

Get ready to hear a lot about pennycress biofuel this year. Pennycress sounds like a name that belongs to an unassuming little weed commonly found along roadsides – and it does – but a while back the U.S. Department of ...

18 Apr 12 The ECOWAS Regional Bioenergy Forum promotes Sustainable Bioenergy for West Africa

A three-day Bio-energy Forum for the ECOWAS Region, held from March 19 to 21, 2012 was successfully concluded in Bamako, the Malian capital, as part of efforts to support the development of regional and national bio-energy strategies to assist the ...

17 Apr 12 Piebalgs: EU energy aid to include gas, exclude biofuels

Some of the EU’s millions of euros of energy aid to the developing world could be spent on gas projects, EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs has told EurActiv. But biofuels, nuclear and coal energy will not be funded. “I cannot ...

13 Apr 12 Regional Bioenergy Strategy Framework for West Africa adopted in Bamako, Mali

In the process to develop a Regional Bioenergy Strategy, the ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) co-organized the ECOWAS Regional Bioenergy Forum held in Bamako, Mali, from March 19 to ...

11 Apr 12 Getting bioenergy off the starting blocks in north-west Europe

Reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill sites in Europe is the aim of a new EU-funded bioenergy project that has just kicked off. Bringing together researchers from Belgium, Germany, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, the BioenNW ...

11 Apr 12 Upcoming Sustainable Biomass for Electricity Conference

Acknowledging the important role of biomass in de-carbonizing the global energy system and the readily available and cost effective potential for emissions reduction that could be achieved through the large deployment of sustainable biomass for electricity production, UN-Energy, in cooperation ...

09 Apr 12 Fact Sheet: The U.S.-Brazil Strategic Energy Dialogue

On 9 April 2012, President Obama and President Rousseff reviewed the accomplishments of the presidential-level Strategic Energy Dialogue (SED).  On the occasion of President Obama’s March 2011 visit to Brazil, they announced the creation of this Dialogue to support the ...

05 Mar 12 New tools help countries harness the potential of bioenergy, avoid pitfalls

FAO has just released a suite of guidance documents and policymaking tools that governments can use to help rural communities benefit from bioenergy development and ensure that biofuel crop production does not come at the expense of food security. Materials ...

16 Jan 12 The Global Bioenergy Partnership publishes report on sustainability indicators for bioenergy

Rome, 16 January 2012 - The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) announces today it has published its report on sustainability indicators for bioenergy, providing an invaluable resource in helping countries assess and develop sustainable production and use of bioenergy. The report ...

12 Jan 12 Who’s in the lead? Algae around the world

Who’s in front in the development of algal-based fuels and biomaterials? India, China, Japan, Australia, Taiwan, Israel, the EU, or the US. In New Mexico, Dr. Jose Olivares is head of the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB), ...

05 Jan 12 The 7 Paths of the New Agriculture

Biofuels booming? It’s not just the new transformative processing technologies, it’s the new agriculture. Here’s what’s going on, by whom, and where, when and why. New Agriculture has arisen in recent years, with new solutions to the old dilemma: how ...

27 Dec 11 The 11 Top Biofuels Trends of 2011

It’s that holiday time, time to look-back with misty eyes at the glories of yesteryear. In our case, at the 11 Hottest Trends of 2011, in what proved to be a vintage year for biofuels. There were IPOs a go-go, ...

27 Dec 11 Christmas waste can fuel 20 trips to moon

If discarded wrapping paper and Christmas cards in the UK were collected and fermented, they could make enough biofuel to run a double-decker bus to run more than 20 trips to moon. This has been stated by a study at ...

27 Dec 11 Malaysian headache from Indonesian duty cut

Indonesia's move to further lower its crude palm oil (CPO) export duty from 20% to 16% in the final quarter of 2011 is giving an additional headache to Malaysian palm oil refiners, oleochemicals and biofuel operators alike. This drastic move ...

04 Dec 11 Biowaste: Driving Fuels

The Green House Gas (GHG) reducing credentials of biofuels - particularly first generation biofuels produced from oil or grain crops - has been the subject of much debate. However, emissions reduction is only part of the picture. Assuming a medium-term ...

29 Nov 11 "Energy-smart" agriculture needed to escape fossil fuel trap

The global food system needs to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels to succeed in feeding a growing world population, FAO said today. "There is justifiable concern that the current dependence of the food sector on fossil fuels may limit ...

15 Oct 11 Comment on “Indirect land use change for biofuels: Testing predictions and improving analytical methodologies” by Kim and Dale: statistical reliability and the definition of the indirect land use change (iLUC) issue

A group of researchers submitted a response to a paper on indirect land use change (ILUC) by S. Kim and B. Dale. The central message of this short communication is that "Indirect land use change for biofuels: Testing predictions and ...

05 Sep 11 Global Production of Biofuels Regains Momentum

Global production of biofuels increased 17 percent in 2010 to reach an all-time high of 105 billion liters, up from 90 billion liters in 2009. High oil prices, a global economic rebound, and new laws and mandates in Argentina, Brazil, ...

30 Aug 11 Research: From Panda Poop To Biofuels

Giant pandas are cute and bamboo eating machines, and it’s their fiber-rich diet that could make this endangered species an ally in our quest to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Researchers at Mississippi State University said they have identified ...

30 Aug 11 How elephants could solve the biofuel problem

When it comes to weaning the world's motorists off their addiction to fossil fuel, few would have bet on finding part of the solution in the pungent depths of elephant droppings and a Swiss compost heap. A biochemical cocktail based ...

29 Aug 11 Seaweed seen as viable biofuel source

U.S. scientists say a newly engineered strain of yeast can convert seaweed into biofuel in half the time needed previously. University of Illinois scientists say red seaweed can yield the fermentable sugars glucose and galactose, but yeast normally prefers glucose ...

25 Aug 11 UNEP releases Bioenergy and Water Nexus report

Water use for bioenergy production is the subject of the new UNEP report released on 25 August at World Water Week, entitled “The Bioenergy and Water Nexus.” Jointly produced by UNEP, the Oeko-Institut and the International Energy Agency, the report ...

03 Aug 11 Growth slowing in EU biofuels market

Europe's appetite for biofuels increased but slackened its pace of growth in 2010, the third consecutive year the growth rate has declined, French analysts said this week. In its annual report released on 1 August, the Paris renewable energy group ...

01 Aug 11 Tequila plant could produce biofuel

Agave, a plant normally used to produce tequila, has been found to offer significant advantages as a biofuel feedstock. The crop can be grown on marginal agricultural land, while thriving in dry environments and yielding high sugar content, according to ...

26 Jul 11 New Study Finds U.S. Ethanol Production Growth Has Not Triggered Indirect Land Use Change

A new study published in the July 2011 Biomass and Bioenergy Journal on indirect land use change (ILUC) due to biofuels production indicates that the real impact of U.S. biofuels production on ILUC domestically and internationally is negligible or nonexistent. ...

19 Jul 11 First EU sustainability schemes for biofuels get the go-ahead

Biofuels can represent an environmentally-friendly replacement of fossil fuels. However, we need to make sure that tropical forests and carbon rich peatlands are not turned into oil palm or sugarcane plantations. We also have to guarantee that compared to fossil ...

19 Jul 11 What's Driving Food Prices in 2011?

A new report from Farm Foundation, NFP finds that while some of the same factors that drove commodity and food price increases in 2008 are at work today, new and very different factors have also emerged. The report, What’s Driving ...

15 Jul 11 Forests soak up third of fossil fuel emissions: study

Forests play a larger role in Earth's climate system than previously suspected for both the risks from deforestation and the potential gains from regrowth, a benchmark study released on 14 July has shown. The study, published in Science, provides the ...

05 Jul 11 The rising Tigers of the China bioenergy trade

Given the current state of Chinese domestic demand and supply,  exports in the bio-based sector have generally been in the realm of technology, and a growing but non-transformative trade in food/energy feedstock out of Southeast Asia – such as the ...

27 Jun 11 FAO's new leader lays out his plans

The director-general elect of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the UN agency that deals with world hunger, on 27 June pledged to work for a minimum consensus to avoid paralysis of the organisation. Graziano's close victory comes at a time ...

24 Jun 11 Are biofuels the future of flight?

Are biofuels the future of flight?Some commercial passenger jets will begin flying on biofuels within months, as the airline industry attempts to shed its image as a major source of global pollution. Industry insiders say other companies are sure to ...

23 Jun 11 G20 ag ministers will stand behind biofuels despite report

G20 Agriculture ministers announced June 23 at a G20 meeting in Paris that the group would remain supportive of biofuels policies. Just days before the meeting ethanol supporters had urged the group not to turn on biofuels, despite a report ...

23 Jun 11 Airlines in EU biofuels pact to cut pollution

European airlines, biofuel producers and the EU Commission signed up on 22 June to produce 2 million tonnes of biofuel for aviation by 2020 even as debate rages over how green such fuels actually are. A report by 10 international ...

22 Jun 11 G-20 to Press U.S. to End Aid for Biofuels Industry

The U.S. will face new pressure from fellow Group of 20 nations to end government aid for the biofuels industry at a meeting of farm ministers in Paris on Wednesday and Thursday, said trade diplomats and analysts. The biofuels industry ...

13 Jun 11 Putting nature back into agriculture. Save and Grow farming model launched by FAO.

FAO announced on 13 June the launch of a major new initiative intended to produce more food for a growing world population in an environmentally sustainable way. FAO's call for sustainable crop production intensification, more than half a century after ...

10 Jun 11 Renewables to supply 80% of the world’s energy needs by 2050

Renewable-energy sources are expected to contribute up to 80% of global energy supply by 2050, according to a new report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) after a review of 164 scenarios. “The report clearly demonstrates that ...

10 Jun 11 Mixing fossil fuels with biofuels obligatory in Mozambique as of 2012

Mixing fossil fuels with biofuels will be obligatory in Mozambique as of 2012, and the government expects the measure to reduce the cost of importing oil derivatives, specifically gasoline and diesel, Mozambican newspaper Notícias reported. The regulation recently approved by ...

10 Jun 11 Scrap biofuel support to curb food costs: agencies

Governments should scrap policies to support biofuels because they are forcing up global food prices, according to a report by 10 international agencies including the World Bank and World Trade Organization. The report adds to growing opposition to biofuels targets ...

09 Jun 11 IDB launches regional initiative to support Sustainable Aviation Biofuels in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced today the approval of a regional cooperarion to help public and private institutions develop a sustainable biojet fuels industry employing different kinds of local organic feedstock. This initiative will fund consultancy services, knowledge development, ...

06 Jun 11 Finnish professor wins top bioenergy prize

Professor Sipilä, Vice-President of strategic energy research at the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT), won the prize for his leadership in the development of biomass conversion technologies and for promoting biomass as a sustainable energy source within Finland.http://www.renewableenergyfocus.com/view/18450/finnish-professor-wins-top-bioenergy-prize/

24 May 11 The Global Bioenergy Partnership agrees on a set of sustainability indicators for bioenergy

Rome, Tuesday 24 May 2011 - The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) announces today that it has agreed on a set of voluntary, practical and science-based sustainability indicators with the aim of helping countries to assess and develop sustainable production and ...

13 Apr 11 Mossi & Ghisolfi Starts to Build Bio-Ethanol Plant

Gruppo Mossi & Ghisolfi began building the world’s first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in northwestern Italy, the company said on 13 April. The first stone for the 110 million-euro ($159 million) factory was laid on 13 April, Tortona, Italy-based Mossi ...

08 Apr 11 Boeing, Yale partner on landmark jatropha study

In Seattle, Boeing released research conducted by Yale University’s School of Environmental Studies showing significant potential for sustainable aviation fuel based on jatropha-curcas, an oil-producing, non-edible plant. The study shows that, if cultivated properly, jatropha can deliver strong environmental and ...

08 Apr 11 UN official exhorts countries to work harder to build climate change consensus

The top United Nations climate change official urged countries on 8 April to work harder for further progress on combating global warming this year, saying there were positive discussions on the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emission reduction at this ...

29 Mar 11 Brazil top for biofuel investment, but more needed

Brazil needs to invest more in biofuel production despite ranking as the No. 1 destination for investment in renewables, to meet higher future demand, analysts F.O. Licht and an industry official said on 29 March. Brazil drew one quarter of ...

22 Mar 11 BEFSCI questionnaire launched

FAO’s Bioenergy and Food Security Criteria and Indicators (BEFSCI) project recently launched a survey of bioenergy feedstock producers. As part of BEFSCI's work on good practices, the survey aims at making available through its web site practical information on the ...

04 Mar 11 German Consumers Are Wary of New E10 Biofuel

Germany recently began introducing gasoline containing a higher percentage of biofuels. But consumers have so far been skittish, leading to production chaos and shortages of traditional gasoline. Some politicians have called for laws mandating that biofuels be scrapped altogether. It ...

02 Mar 11 Biofuels only major way to decarbonize road fuel: BP

Biofuels represent the only way to significantly reduce carbon emissions in road transport fuel and are likely to account for at least 12 percent of supply by 2030, an official with oil giant BP said on 2 March. "There is ...

28 Feb 11 Danish 2050 energy strategy focuses on wind and bioenergy

The Energy Strategy 2050 looks at how Denmark could become independent from coal, oil and gas by 2050 and significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, using more renewable energy. The initiatives in the Danish Energy Strategy 2050 aim to reduce ...

25 Feb 11 Spain brings in measures to lower oil costs

Spain, aiming to reduce its dependence on oil as crude prices surge, will raise biofuel blending and lower both speed limits and rail fares, Deputy Prime Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said on 25 February. The minimum proportion of biofuels to ...

17 Feb 11 Reducing poverty by growing fuel and food

Producing food and energy side-by-side may offer one of the best formulas for boosting countries' food and energy security while simultaneously reducing poverty, according to a new FAO report published on 17 February. The study, "Making Integrated Food-Energy Systems (IFES) ...

03 Feb 11 The Emerging Biofuels Potential-Algae Fuels

t is reported that the food prices remain upward trends at the beginning of 2011 in China and the raw material shortage situation for food industry may continue haunting for a while. In order to guarantee food security, more new ...

31 Jan 11 Shell exits algae as it commences “Year of Choices”

Last year , Shell’s chief technology officer, Gerald Schotman, told Reuters that Shell will narrow its research paths in advanced biofuels from 10 advanced technologies to five in 2011, and described 2011 as “the year of choices”. Last week [after ...

28 Jan 11 Agave Fuels Interest as a Bioenergy Crop

Agave, currently known for its use in the production of alcoholic beverages and fibers, thrives in semi-arid regions where it is less likely to conflict with food and feed production. Agave is a unique feedstock because of its high water ...

13 Dec 10 Grounds for hope for the climate change agenda

The official communique from the Cancún climate change conference cannot disguise the fact that there will be no successor to the Kyoto protocol when it expires at the end of 2012. Japan, among others, has withdrawn its support for efforts ...

09 Dec 10 Analysis: EU biofuels squeezed by green doubts, tight budgets

The European Union's biofuels industry looks set to struggle to attract funds to expand with a challenging investment climate made more difficult by complex questions about the sector's environmental credentials. The eurozone's economic crisis is taking a toll as biofuels ...

09 Dec 10 Review Highlights Knowledge Gaps Surrounding Biofuels and Land Use Change

The development of biofuels has increased exponentially over the past decade, and will continue to do so as many countries seek to move away from dependence on fossil fuels. However, increasing use of biofuels raises serious questions about changing land ...

29 Nov 10 A causal descriptive approach to modelling indirect land use change impacts of biofuels

E4tech has just completed a study for the UK Department for Transport on the Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) impacts on the GHG emissions of biofuels. The report is entitled "A causal-descriptive approach to modelling the GHG emissions associated with ...

23 Nov 10 Brazil airline successfully tests aviation biofuel

Brazil's largest airline announced on 23 November that it has successfully conducted what it called the first experimental flight in Latin America using aviation biofuel. TAM Airlines said in a statement that the 45-minute flight of an Airbus A320 using ...

23 Nov 10 Report: Europeans strongly support biofuels

The European Commission released the results this month of a biotechnology report that explores public perceptions of biotechnology, including biofuels. Over all, the Eurobarometer survey found that 80 percent of Europeans are either in favor of, or unopposed to, biotechnology. ...

25 Oct 10 U.N. wants water, biofuel balance

Water used for the production of crops used for biofuels may create more problems than are solved, a U.N. environmental study found. Achim Steiner, the executive director of the U.N. Environment Program, said in a statement that increasing the water ...

23 Oct 10 Malaysian palm oil products not affected by EU RED

The European Union Renewable Energy Directive (EU RED) and its sustainability criteria will not affect Malaysia’s palm oil exports to the EU market for consumer products like food, cosmetics and detergents, according to ambassador and head of the EU delegation ...

22 Oct 10 UNEP Official Side Event at DIREC 2010: Considerations, policies and measures to promote sustainable bioenergy development

UNEP will be holding an official side event on the occasion of the Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference (DIREC) on 28 October 2010. The side event  "Considerations, policies and measures to promote sustainable bioenergy development" features an interactive discussion on ...

18 Oct 10 Disputes lurk behind biofuel projects — study

Tanzania urgently needs to put in place a policy framework to guide biofuel crops production and stave off the danger of serious food shortages in communities around biofuel plantations, a new study has warned. “The government of is on the ...

18 Oct 10 Global consultations on cassava as bio-fuel open

Mr Kwesi Ahwoi, Minister of Food and Agriculture of Ghana, on 18 October noted that the commercial cultivation of cassava as an alternative source of bio-energy, would not compromise Ghana’s agricultural lands or threaten its food security. The Minister argued that Ghana has ...

23 Aug 10 Experts urge faster and more relevant U.N. climate reports

The U.N. panel of climate scientists should be more nimble at highlighting global warming trends and at fixing mistakes, experts said ahead of the planned August 30 release of a review of the group's work. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked ...

11 Aug 10 Potential for drop-in biofuels in New Zealand

A report recently published by New Zealand Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Jan Wright calls for a more strategic approach to biofuels development within the nation. The report, titled “Some biofuels are better than others: Thinking strategically about biofuels,” addresses ...

09 Aug 10 Hawaii sugar grower working to power Navy

The federal government has turned to a 130-year-old Hawaii sugar grower for help in powering the Navy and weaning the nation off a heavy reliance on fossil fuels. It will spend at least $10 million over the next five years ...

08 Aug 10 Mexico Eyes Big Role in Jet Biofuel Industry

Mexico has its sights set on becoming a major player in the production and consumption of renewable jet fuels.“Mexico is in a privileged position, compared with other countries, to become one of the driving forces in the development of biofuels ...

02 Aug 10 World Bank reverses: “The effect of biofuels on food prices has not been as large as originally thought.”

In Washington, a newly released report from the Development Prospects Group at the World Bank, “Placing the 2006/08 Commodity Price Boom into Perspective”, concludes that “…the effect of biofuels on food prices has not been as large as originally thought, ...

26 Jul 10 EU biodiesel 2009: ups and downs

On the surface it all seems good news for Europe’s biodiesel industry with capacity growth at 16.6%, but a worrying number of idled plants put its true potential at bay. The total production figure of 9 million tonnes is overshadowed ...

23 Jul 10 Africa Can Grow Biofuel Crops Without Harming Food, Habitats, Study Shows

Africa can grow biofuel crops on a “significant scale” without damaging food production or natural habitats, researchers said. A study of biofuel production in Senegal, Mali, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia and Mozambique found enough land is available to “significantly” raise cultivation ...

22 Jul 10 Jatropha - a bioenergy crop for the poor

22 July 2010, Rome - Using the energy crop jatropha for biodiesel production could benefit poor farmers, particularly in semi-arid and remote areas of developing countries, according to a report published by FAO and the International Fund for Agricultural Development ...

12 Jul 10 New JRC methodology to verify biofuel sustainability

How does Europe measure the success of its environmental measures? Part of the answer lies in an important new tool developed by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) to ensure that European biofuels and bioliquids meet top global standards. ...

12 Jul 10 EU, Brazil, Mozambique to sign bioenergy pact

The European Union and Brazil will sign an agreement with Mozambique this week to develop bioelectricity and biofuels projects, officials said on 11 July. The agreement will be signed during a summit of European and Brazilian leaders in Brasilia on ...

28 Jun 10 G8 welcomes the work of the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) and commits to facilitating swift adoption of voluntary sustainability criteria and indicators

In the G8 Leaders Declaration "Recovery and New Beginnings" the G8 Partners committed to building low carbon and climate resilient economies to address climate change and increase energy security, recognizing the opportunities provided by a transition to low carbon and ...

22 Jun 10 New USDA Report will provide roadmap to achieve America's renewable energy goals

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that on 23 June USDA will be releasing a report outlining both the current state of renewable transportation fuels efforts in America and a plan to develop regional strategies to increase the production, marketing and ...

19 Jun 10 FAO Releases Report on Bioenergy and Food Security in Tanzania

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report on “Bioenergy and Food Security: The BEFS Analysis for Tanzania,” which aims to support the development of bioenergy policies that are aligned with Tanzania’s poverty reduction and ...

16 Jun 10 Farmers stand to gain from bioenergy development in Thailand

Improvements in agricultural productivity and responsible management of natural resources in support of the biofuel sector will unlock additional benefits for farmers, industry and the environment, an FAO statement said today. Findings emerging from the FAO Bioenergy and Food Security ...

10 Jun 10 Commission sets rules for green biofuel label

To ensure that biofuels contributing to the EU's 20% renewable target are produced in a sustainable manner, the European Commission called for industry and governments to set up certification schemes. The Commission today (10 June) adopted a package on the ...

24 May 10 Tanzania: Feedstock Crucial for Biofuels Production

A bioenergy and food security analysis in Tanzania has indicated that price of the feed stock would play a crucial role in ensuring that biofuels produced in Tanzania are economical. The analysis shows that over 25-50 per cent reduction in the ...

17 May 10 UN names Costa Rican to head climate change body

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday appointed Christiana Figueres of Costa Rica as the new U.N. climate chief. She is an expert on climate negotiations and the daughter of the country's former president. Figueres, who has been a member of Costa ...

09 May 10 Countries Set Indicators for Bioenergy

A global initiative has started defining indices and criteria for the development of the biofuel sector worldwide. Representatives of the G8, the group that includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States, together with ...

03 May 10 Better together

Modern bioenergy offers immense opportunities for sustainable development and climate change mitigation but brings with it significant challenges. The European Union is not alone in recognising this dilemma and that many of bioenergy’s challenges have ramifications well beyond its borders. ...

20 Apr 10 European Commission, partner of the Global Bioenergy Partnership

The Official Journal of the European Union of April 20, 2010, has published Commission's decision that allows it to become a partner of the Global Bioenergy Partnership, an organization that brings together public, private and civil society stakeholders in a ...

26 Mar 10 EU biofuels target borderline sustainable, report finds

Going beyond a 5.6% share of biofuels in transport fuel could harm the environment, found a new report made public by the European Commission yesterday (25 March), suggesting that the EU's current target is only borderline sustainable. The report, compiled ...

24 Mar 10 Malaysia to switch to biofuel next year

Malaysia, the world's second-largest palm oil producer, will make it mandatory for all vehicles to use biofuel from next year, the government announced on 24 March. The plan will now be implemented in stages in several central states from June ...

19 Mar 10 Ferrari tops Bahrain GP using Shell biofuel

The Ferrari F10 Formula One cars that dominated the Bahrain Grand Prix last Sunday used an advanced blend of biofuel made by Shell. Shell announced last Monday that the 2010 season Formula One fuel supplied for Scuderia Ferrari contains an ...

18 Mar 10 Danisco backs Novozymes' 2nd-gen biofuel cost view

Danish food ingredients and enzymes maker Danisco "agrees fundamentally" with rival enzymes producer Novozymes' view of the costs of producing second-generation bioethanol, Danisco's chief executive said. Novozymes and Danisco last month launched new enzymes for producing second-generation biofuels -- fuels ...

18 Mar 10 KLM wants to offer biofuel flights from 2011

Dutch airline operator KLM, part of Franco-Dutch Air France-KLM said on 18 March it wanted to make commercial flights which use biofuel from 2011. Last November, during a 1.5 hour KLM flight above the Netherlands, one engine of a Boeing ...

17 Mar 10 Planes may fly mostly on biofuels with 10 year

Within a decade, passenger planes will be flying on jet fuel largely made from plants -- flax, marsh grass, even food waste -- as airlines seek to break away from the volatile oil market and do their part to fight ...

09 Mar 10 ‘Gribble’ marine pest may be key to biofuel breakthrough, say scientists

A marine pest could be the key to a biofuel breakthrough, say scientists. Gribble, which resemble pink woodlice, plagued seafarers for centuries by boring through the planks of ships and destroying wooden piers. But now environmental scientists are taking a ...

08 Mar 10 The View From Big Oil

These days, giant oil companies find themselves trying to balance two big pressures on their business. Governments are trying to slash carbon emissions—but the world's thirst for oil is growing by leaps and bounds. Peter Voser, chief executive officer of ...

08 Mar 10 Huge land deals threaten poor country farmers: UN expert

Subsistence farmers in developing nations are at risk because farmland equivalent to the total amount available in France has been negotiated away to foreign investors since 2006, a UN expert said Monday. "I am extremely doubtful and worried to see ...

04 Mar 10 Bumpy ride with biofuels

Biofuel and synthetic fuel stocks have languished on the Australian stock exchange. As this was being written, Altus Renewable was struggling to get away a $12 million initial public offering.The company's plan sounds environmentally friendly. It aims to produce biofuel ...

26 Feb 10 EU rules out binding green criteria for biomass

The European Commission yesterday (25 February) ruled out binding EU-wide sustainability criteria for biomass, offering member states recommendations for national action instead. The European Commission said the wide variety of biomass feedstocks make it impossible to devise a harmonised scheme, ...

22 Feb 10 The Long Road to an Alternative-Energy Future

New energy technologies are coming that will shrink our use of fossil fuels and cut emissions of greenhouse gases. But even if you combine all the current alternatives, they aren't likely to make much of a dent for quite a ...

17 Feb 10 Jet biofuesl take off

Jet fuel is responsible for upwards of 40 percent of an airline’s operational costs, making this industry particularly sensitive to volatility in the oil market. As a result, airlines, airplane manufacturers and federal governments are major stakeholders in the effort ...

15 Feb 10 Sustainability Certification: Welcome to the Maze

After a long struggle to get the European law on renewable energy in place, the biofuels industry is now approaching the second hurdle: implementation. One issue that will cause uncertainty for the industry will be delivering proof that biofuels comply ...

03 Feb 10 Obama urges greater use of biofuels

The Obama administration gave a boost to the corn and coal industries Wednesday February 3, announcing a series of moves to accelerate biofuel use and deploy so-called clean-coal technology on power plants. Unveiling the actions in a meeting with energy-state ...

30 Jan 10 China Leading Global Race to Make Clean Energy

China intends for wind, solar and biomass energy to represent 8 percent of its electricity generation capacity by 2020. That compares with less than 4 percent now in China and the United States. Coal will still represent two-thirds of China’s ...

04 Jan 10 The Global Social Benefit Incubator reserves up to 8 of the 20 scholarships for organizations focused on rural electrification

The Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI™) is the signature program of Santa Clara University's Center for Science, Technology, and Society (CSTS).  The GSBI is a mentored, management training program, which empowers social entrepreneurs to develop financially sustainable and scalable organizations ...

30 Dec 09 Toyota Tsusho to Produce Jatropha as Alternative Fuel

Toyota Tsusho Corp., the trading affiliate of Toyota Motor Corp., plans to start growing jatropha next year as it bets that higher crop yields and oil prices will make the plant a profitable alternative fuel. Fuel made from jatropha seeds ...

24 Dec 09 India approves new policy to promote biofuels

In a bid to promote cost-effective clean energy sources, India on Thursday approved a new policy that calls for blending at least 20  percent biofuels in diesel and petrol by 2017, apart from extending incentives to encourage its production in ...

16 Dec 09 U.S.-Brazil Biofuels Partnership Steering Group Meeting

The Steering Group of the U.S.-Brazil Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to Advance Cooperation on Biofuels met December 15, 2009, in Washington, DC to assess accomplishments to date and discuss the best ways to advance the partnership. The governments discussed progress ...

09 Dec 09 Brazil defends biofuels at Copenhagen summit

Being the world's largest producer and exporter of ethanol it is natural for the Brazilian government and its partners to push biofuels as the only real alternative for a world trying wean itself away from fossil fuels that contribute to ...

05 Dec 09 Who’s at the Climate Talks, and What Do They Seek?

Representatives of nearly 200 nations are gathering from 7 to 18 December in the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (15th Conference of the Parties “COP 15”) to discuss on global warming. As big greenhouse gas emitters, the United States and ...

02 Dec 09 Jatropha Takes Root in Brazil

A Brazilian start-up is testing the possibility of implementing a large-scale biofuels project using jatropha, a family of hardy, succulent plants. The company, BioVentures Brasil, is getting $1 million from the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) for a pilot project on ...

30 Nov 09 Shell reins back expectations for use of biofuels

Advanced biofuels will not be in widespread use until about 2020, the chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell has said, puncturing hopes that they could be on the verge of a commercial breakthrough. Peter Voser, who took over at the ...

26 Nov 09 China Joins U.S. in Pledge of Hard Targets on Emission

The Chinese government announced on 26 November that it had set a target to slow the growth of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, a day after the Obama administration set a provisional target for reducing United States emissions. The ...

25 Nov 09 N.Zealand passes climate change emissions law

New Zealand's parliament approved  on 25 November a scheme aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions, but critics immediately said it did not go far enough in the fight against global warming. The trading scheme, which allocates credits to polluters and ...

24 Nov 09 Purdue to lead second-generation biofuels impact analysis

Purdue University has been awarded a grant to conduct analysis of the global impacts of second-generation biofuels. According to Tom Hertel, ag economics professor at Purdue University and project co-investigator, the team’s research will be a continuation of previous work ...

23 Nov 09 KLM Carries Passengers in Biofuel Test Flight

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines successfully demonstrated on 23 November the use of renewable jet fuel on the first test flight to carry passengers. The KLM demonstration is the fifth biofuel-blend test flight in the past two years. Like previous flights ...

18 Nov 09 FAO Summit boosts agriculture to end hunger

The three-day World Summit on Food Security ended on 18 November after committing the international community to investing more in agriculture and to eradicating hunger at the earliest date. FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf, who hosted the event, said the Summit ...

17 Nov 09 UPDATE 1-New food price crisis a matter of time-UN

A new food price crisis is only a matter of time, the U.N. food envoy said on 17 November, criticising world leaders for not tackling what he saw as the key factors behind price spikes in 2008 -- speculation and ...

01 Nov 09 Ethiopia to develop biofuels to cut oil imports

Ethiopia wants to emulate Brazil by developing biofuels to cut its dependence on oil imports that cost the Horn of Africa nation more than a billion dollars a year, a government official said. Ephrem Hassen, coordinator of biofuels development in ...

23 Oct 09 Carbon advantage of biofuels may be overstated

The world's policymakers and scientists have made a critical error in how they count biofuels' contribution to human-generated greenhouse-gas emissions, according to a paper published on 22 October in the journal Science. Although the article addresses a wonkish subject -- ...

19 Oct 09 Big Oil Looks to Biofuels

The biofuels industry, hit hard by the global credit crunch, is getting a shot in the arm from a new source–the oil majors. Among the oil companies, BP PLC and Royal Dutch Shell PLC have been the most active investors ...

16 Oct 09 U.N. calls for more sophisticated biofuels debate

Countries must adopt a much more sophisticated approach to developing biofuels as a green energy option if they are to benefit the economy, the environment and society as a whole, the United Nations said on 16 October. A major U.N. ...

10 Oct 09 Energy: Crisis Has Hurt Investment in Renewables

In Latin America, Brazil is the leader in the development of renewable energies, while nations like Mexico, Peru, Chile and Argentina are taking slow steps to change their energy mix. "This is not the best time for alternative energy sources," ...

05 Oct 09 Ghana: Country Needs Biofuel Policy Before It's Too Late

Ghana is blessed with plant resources such as oil palm, maize, sugar cane, cassava and jatropha which can be processed into ethanol and biodiesel. However, recent development in biofuel production in Ghana has led to calls on government to develop ...

05 Oct 09 Public fury halts biofuel onslaught on farmers

Tanzania has suspended investments worth millions of dollars after a storm of protest over the eviction of farmers to make way for biofuels. The country will not start any new agrofuel project before the government reviews the selection criteria for ...

05 Oct 09 Change on climate: India ready to quantify cuts

In a significant shift in its stand ahead of the Copenhagen meeting, India has, for the first time, said reduction of its greenhouse gas emissions is as much a part of its climate change strategy as adaptation efforts, and that ...

23 Sep 09 Obama’s Speech to the United Nations General Assembly

Text of President Obama's speech to the United Nations General Assembly on 23 September 2009, as released by the White House.http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/24/us/politics/24prexy.text.html

23 Sep 09 2050: A third more mouths to feed

Producing 70 percent more food for an additional 2.3 billion people by 2050 while at the same time combating poverty and hunger, using scarce natural resources more efficiently and adapting to climate change are the main challenges world agriculture will ...

22 Sep 09 Hu Jintao’s Speech on Climate Change

Transcript of the speech given on 22 September 2009 by President Hu Jintao of China to the United Nations General Assembly, as provided by the Federal News Service.http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/23/world/asia/23hu.text.html?_r=1

14 Sep 09 Novozymes eyes Chinese biofuel boom

Denmark's Novozymes (NZYMb.CO), the world's biggest industrial enzyme producer, was hit harder than it expected in the financial crisis, but growing biofuel demand in China and elsewhere will underpin future growth, a senior company official said. Novozymes predicts China's biofuel ...

23 Aug 09 Ghana Debates Viability of Biofuels

Africa is central to the worldwide growth in biofuels, with Dutch, American, Swedish, Japanese, German, and British firms all competing for farmland to grow the next generation of energy producing crops. Some farmers in Ghana are concerned about what biofuels ...

20 Aug 09 Colombia plans nine new biofuel plants by end of 2011

Nine new biofuel plants should come online in Colombia before the end of 2011, the presidential press office said in a statement, according to BNamericas. The new facilities include one biodiesel plant and eight new ethanol plants. Five biofuel plants ...

19 Aug 09 Financial solutions for green and bio-energy in Dominican Republic by public-private alliance foundation, ResearchPays and United Nations Office for Partnerships

Financial solutions for the emerging bio-energy industry and development of green energy (including sugar-based ethanol and bio-diesel) in the Dominican Republic were center stage in a recent meeting at United Nations Headquarters that was organized by The Public-Private Alliance Foundation ...

19 Aug 09 Mozambique: Government Approves New Projects for Biofuels

Mozambique's Council of Ministers approved in Maputo, on Tuesday, another two major projects for the production of biofuels, as part of Government's strategy to reduce dependence on imported fossil fuels. Both Enerterra SA, a company with Portuguese and Mozambican interests, ...

16 Aug 09 A New Test for Business and Biofuel

An unusual experiment featuring equal parts science, environmental optimism and Native American capitalist ambition is unfolding on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation in southwest Colorado. With the twin goals of making fuel from algae and reducing emissions of heat-trapping gases, ...

14 Aug 09 NASA looks at plant biomass as new source of biofuel in space

NASA research scientist Chad Paavola has a problem to solve: When astronauts leave the earth for long periods of time, they’re going to need to produce plants for food and the air they breathe. Some of the crops will be ...

10 Aug 09 Time 'runs short' on climate deal

Time is running short to agree a new treaty on global warming amid deep divisions over key issues, according to the UN's top climate official. Speaking at the start of the latest round of UN discussions, Yvo de Boer said ...

04 Aug 09 U.S., China And Climate Change

United States Special Envoy for Climate Change Issues Todd Stern told senior visiting Chinese government officials that under the administration of President Barack Obama, climate change has "risen to the top of the U.S. national security set of priorities." Speaking ...

25 Jul 09 EU environment ministers unite on climate change action

EU environment ministers met to discuss a common stance on tackling climate change, committing to a 30 percent reduction of carbon dioxide and financial support for developing nations. Sweden's Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren says the European Union will use all ...

24 Jul 09 Global Biofuel Market to Top One-Quarter Trillion

The dream of cellulosic ethanol powered vehicles and biorefineries is slowly coming to life, climbing through contentious issues of fuel versus food, low petroleum oil prices and sustainability. Brazil is growing quickly alongside the expanding biofuel market with predicted long ...

23 Jul 09 UN climate expert warns against carbon tariffs

The head of a U.N. panel on the science of climate change says trade tariffs in a House-passed bill to limit heat-trapping pollution have only served to irritate international negotiations and could undermine U.S. efforts to persuade developing countries to ...

13 Jul 09 Exxon to Invest Millions to Make Fuel From Algae

The oil giant Exxon Mobil, whose chief executive once mocked alternative energy by referring to ethanol as “moonshine,” is about to venture into biofuels. On 14 July, Exxon plans to announce an investment of $600 million in producing liquid transportation ...

10 Jul 09 Study Urged on Water Demands of Next-Generation Biofuel Feedstocks

Extensive studies are needed to understand the water needs of biofuel production from cellulosic feedstocks or other next-generation sources, federal auditors said in a preliminary report released on 9 July, following a House hearing on the impact of energy generation ...

09 Jul 09 G8 invites GBEP to boost technological cooperation and innovation in bioenergy

In the G8 Leaders Declaration "Responsible Leadership for a Sustainable Future", the G8 partners stated that a comprehensive strategy to ensure sustainable development and long-term energy security must envisage a portfolio of different energy sources. They underlined the essential role ...

29 Jun 09 New generation biofuels seen in 2010 at earliest

The first biofuels produced using new generations of biomass raw materials could be available in commercial volumes from 2010 at the earliest, German junior Environment Michael Mueller said on 29 June at the European Biomass conference in Hamburg. Germany is ...

29 Jun 09 UK proposes $100bn global climate fund

Prime Minster Gordon Brown outlined the UK's vision for a global climate deal on Friday (26 June), calling for $100 billion per year by 2020 to finance adaptation in developing countries. "It is a credible number against which countries can ...

27 Jun 09 Barack Obama's US climate change bill passes key Congress vote

America has taken historic action against climate change, with the US Congress voting to reduce the carbon emissions that cause global warming. The house of representatives has voted 219 to 212 to bind the US to cutting carbon emissions by ...

24 Jun 09 Jatropha tree examined as a biofuel alternative

What some see as the biofuel of the future starts out as short, thick stems with a few leaves sticking out at sharp angles. But in just a few years, they will be tall, leafy trees with bright green spherical ...

22 Jun 09 War-Time Fungus Joins Elephant Dung to Make Biofuels

When the U.S. Army fought in the Pacific during World War II, it discovered a fungus eating soldiers’ cotton tents. Six decades later, scientists have genetically engineered the organism to make cheaper biofuels. Danisco A/S of Copenhagen cultivates the fungus ...

11 Jun 09 European Algae Biomass Association launched

The European Algae Biomass Association (EABA) was officially presented in Florence, Italy on 4 June. The launch of this new association is a further step towards integrating industry and the scientific community in order to market algae biomass commercially. The ...

03 Jun 09 Ethanol to take over 75 pct Brazil car fuel market

Sugar cane-based ethanol fuel is expected to take over 75 percent of Brazil's light vehicle fuel market, shrinking gasoline's stake to 17 percent by 2020, the head of the state-run oil company said.The flex-fuel engine technology, which is now included ...

26 May 09 Caps, Trades and Offsets: Can Climate Plan Work?

It sounds like alchemy, an act of bureaucratic magic. Under the climate-change bill just approved by a House committee, the U.S. government would literally make a commodity -- as tradable as a Pontiac or a pork belly -- out of ...

25 May 09 G8 Ministers: Invest in Energy, Keep Prices Stable

Energy ministers from the Group of Eight industrialized countries urged their governments and the rest of the world on 25 May to keep investing in new and cleaner energy sources, despite the economic crisis. Concluding a two-day summit in Rome, ...

24 May 09 U.N.'s Ban urges business to back climate policies

Industry should play its part in the fight against climate change by persuading governments to aid carbon cuts rather than lobbying against them, the U.N. Secretary-General told a business conference on Sunday. The May 24-26 World Business Summit on Climate ...

23 May 09 Getting Ethanol Right

US Congress ordered in the 2007 energy bill, which required a quadrupling of annual ethanol production to 36 billion gallons by 2022. In practical terms, this meant more traditional corn ethanol, until other more advanced forms of ethanol could make ...

23 May 09 Climate Change Bill passes House Energy and Commerce Committee

Climate Change bill passes House Energy and Commerce Committee. Yesterday the House passed a landmark Climate Change and Energy bill in the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The bill now heads to Transportation, Agriculture and first Ways and Means.  The ...

21 May 09 Cap and trade, with handouts and loopholes

Al Gore calls it “one of the most important pieces of legislation ever introduced in Congress”. Joe Barton, a Republican congressman and global-warming sceptic, says it will put the American economy in a straitjacket. For something that practically no one ...

20 May 09 UN hopeful about climate change

The head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change says he has seen "encouraging developments" in recent climate change negotiations.His comments come as the first "negotiating text" for the UN's December climate change conference is published on the UNFCCC ...

17 May 09 Africa may benefit from global climate change fight

Climate change is here, it is real and has to be dealt with urgently. African and European institutions should work together to take advantage of the existing and emerging opportunities to counter the threat posed by this global public danger. ...

06 May 09 EPA Proposes Changes To Biofuel Regulations

The Obama administration waded deeper into climate regulation yesterday, proposing new standards for alternative motor fuels and setting off a debate among ethanol producers and environmentalists about scientific assumptions that could be worth billions of dollars to industry. The Environmental ...

29 Apr 09 Biofuels Battle: Chemistry Versus Biology

There are 1,865 biofuels companies out there, and sometimes it seems that there are at least 1,865 different ways of turning every manner of biological material into fuel for a car, truck, train or plane. A big part of the ...

21 Apr 09 U.S. Congress begins drive for climate change bill

The U.S. Congress began work on a bill that would fundamentally change the way American factories and power plants use and supply energy as part of the Obama administration's drive to cut harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Over the next five ...

21 Apr 09 Indigenous groups hold Alaska climate change talks

Indigenous peoples, who have been hard hit by the ravages of global warming, were gathering in Alaska on 20 April for talks on the impact of climate change on native communities. "The indigenous community worldwide really wanted to have an ...

08 Apr 09 Study shows bioenergy benefits for rural poor

Bioenergy, when produced on a small-scale in local communities, can play a significant role in rural development in poor countries, according to a new report jointly published by FAO and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). The study, “Small ...

07 Apr 09 Oil Giants Loath to Follow Obama’s Green Lead

The Obama administration wants to reduce oil consumption, increase renewable energy supplies and cut carbon dioxide emissions in the most ambitious transformation of energy policy in a generation.But the world’s oil giants are not convinced that it will work. In ...

05 Apr 09 Will Obama's Revolution Deliver Energy Independence?

Steven Chu, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist who is President Obama's energy secretary, recently gave a speech in which two key words never passed his lips. He talked about energy efficiency, electricity transmission lines and renewable energy sources. He waxed eloquent ...

01 Apr 09 Bacteria can boost biofuels growth on barren soil

Scientists have found a way to grow plants for biofuels onunproductive, barren or contaminated soil, without appropriating fertile croplands - just add the right kind of bacteria. “If we have bacteria that can help plants to grow better, we can ...

31 Mar 09 Airlines May Use Biofuels on Commercial Flights Within 5 Years

Airlines may win approval to start using biofuels for their flights as early as 2010 and find commercially viable solutions within five years as they seek to cut carbon emissions and trim dependence on petroleum-based fuel, the International Air Transport ...

31 Mar 09 S.Africa still stuck on biofuels strategy

South Africa has made no progress in developing its biofuels policy, hampering the potential growth of the sector in Africa's biggest economy, industry officials said on 30 March. Andrew Makenete, president of the Southern African Biofuels Association said South Africa ...

27 Mar 09 Fat vs Fuel, Part I: Biofuels Digest special report on Indirect Land Use Change and biofuels emissions.

For some time, the phrase “indirect land use change” has been floating around the biofuels industry. It represents a proposition that increased biofuels production in the United States, by causing prices to rise, encourages increased planting of biofuel crops. By ...

27 Mar 09 “Fat vs Fuel”, part II: Biofuels Digest special report on Indirect Land Use Change, biofuels emissions, and American overeating

Are biofuels really a major, major driver of land use at all? Actually, no. Energy crops are a marginal use of land, compared to meat.  About 70 percent of US corn and soy production is devoted to feed, not food, ...

23 Mar 09 Biofuels for the poor

After being criticized for being slow to develop the local biofuel industry, the Indonesian government has finally issued two important policies; first, a decree issued last year obliging industries and the transportation sector to use biofuels; and second, its recent ...

17 Mar 09 Shell's renewables strategy to focus on biofuels

Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Europe's largest oil company, said its alternative energy strategy will focus more on biofuels than wind or solar energy, but revealed that investments in the sector are still only a tiny fraction of its overall business. ...

12 Mar 09 2nd generation bioethanol: first plant in Italy in 2010

Mossi&Ghisolfi Group will build in Italy the first plants for semi-industrial production of second generation bioethanol. The announcement was given by Vice President Guido Ghisolfi in occasion of the 2nd Bio-Ethanol Conference "Second Generation Bioethanol: a realistic challenge", held on ...

09 Mar 09 Ticket to Nowhere?

The aviation industry is scrambling to find ways of reducing its carbon emissions, including testing biofuels in commercial airliners. Tests so far show biofuels work as well in the air as on the ground. (In other words, they work.) But ...

09 Mar 09 IEA's Report on 1st- to 2nd-Generation Biofuel Technologies

It is increasingly understood that 1st-generation biofuels produced primarily from food crops are limited in their ability to achieve targets for oil-product substitution, climate change mitigation and economic growth. Their sustainable production is under review, as is the possibility of ...

05 Mar 09 Mozambique: Great Potential Claimed for Biofuel Expansion

There is enormous potential for the expansion of biofuel production, and Africa is the continent that enjoys the best climatic conditions to grow the crops that can be turned into biofuels, declared Mozambican Energy Minister Salvador Namburete on 5 March, ...

04 Mar 09 2nd generation bioethanol, the first european plant will be in Italy

Italian chemical group Mossi & Ghisolfi, M&G, announced to build  a pilot bioethanol plant in 2010. The announcement was made at the 2nd Bio-Ethanol Conference "Second Generation Bioethanol: a realistic challenge", held on 4 March in Milan and  organised together ...

23 Feb 09 EU prepares trade duties for U.S. biofuels

The European Union is preparing to impose trade duties on biofuels imported from the United States to prevent American producers from putting European producers of biodiesel out of business. The European Union and the United States generously subsidize their biodiesel ...

12 Feb 09 Ethanol, Just Recently a Savior, Is Struggling

Barely a year after U.S. Congress enacted an energy law meant to foster a huge national enterprise capable of converting plants and agricultural wastes into automotive fuel, the goals lawmakers set for the ethanol industry are in serious jeopardy. The ...

10 Feb 09 EU readies details of bioenergy policy

The EU is preparing to present a template for national biomass action plans, after endorsing new renewables legislation last year that is set to increase the bloc's bioenergy production, Paul Hodson, deputy head of unit in the European Commission's energy ...

09 Feb 09 EU-funded study opens the door to new innovations in biofuels

An international team of scientists has provided major insights into the underlying genetics of Postia placenta, a brown-rot fungus known for its efficient break-down of cellulose, a structural component of plant cells.The results, published in the Proceedings of the National ...

06 Feb 09 Agriculture Secretary in Talks to Raise Ethanol Blend

The U.S. Agriculture Department is in discussions with the Environmental Protection Agency about raising the amount of ethanol blended into the U.S. gasoline supply, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. “I do think it’s important for us to look for ...

30 Jan 09 Indonesia says plans to subsidise biofuel in 2009

Indonesia's government is planning to pay a subsidy to biofuel producers starting this year to encourage them to remain in the business and promote widespread use of the alternative energy source. The government wants to make the use of biofuel ...

29 Jan 09 The Next Big Biofuel?

Renewable energy, it turns out, does grow on trees. The fruit pods plucked from jatropha trees have seeds that produce clean-burning diesel fuel. But unlike corn and other biofuel sources, the jatropha doesn't have to compete with food crops for ...

27 Jan 09 Obama, Silva discuss biofuels and US-Brazil ties

President Barack Obama and Brazil's president had their first leader-to-leader conversation Monday 26th, spending 25 minutes discussing issues ranging from biofuels to the global financial crisis. The spokesman for President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Obama called Silva to ...

21 Jan 09 Don’t wait to produce renewable energy sustainably, urges IUCN

A hands-on guide to producing bioenergy without harming the environment was launched on 21th January by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to coincide with the World Future Energy summit in Abu Dhabi. IUCN’s publication, Implementing Sustainable Bioenergy ...

20 Jan 09 President Obama hails new 'Age of Responsibility'

President Barack Obama, in his inaugural address to the packed crowds on the National Mall in Washington DC, told his rapt audience that America needed a "new era of responsibility" to deal with both the financial and environmental crises his ...

20 Jan 09 The Arab royal who's going off oil

Oil-rich Abu Dhabi breaks ranks with its petro-giant neighbours and commits to a sustainable energy future at the World Future Energy Summit. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi, has decreed that 7% of power will ...

06 Jan 09 A move toward veggie power aloft

Burned by the cost of jet fuel, the aviation industry is trying everything from algae to camelina and jatropha as alternatives, but specialists say that some of the new fuels, which include coal, might simply trade one set of problems ...

05 Jan 09 Australia, ethanol to 'eat into grain crop'

The new ethanol mandate for unleaded petrol in NSW will chew up 20 per cent of the state's grain crop, raising the prospect of food price hikes nationally and the possibility that grain may need to be imported. Federal Resources ...

31 Dec 08 Airline tests tropical fruit fuel

A passenger plane has completed a two-hour test flight partly powered by fuel derived from a tropical fruit. Air New Zealand hailed the flight as a "milestone" in the development of sustainable fuels that could lower aeroplane emissions.One engine of ...

29 Dec 08 Now, foreign policy objectives to drive India’s energy security goals

In a move that formally acknowledges the government’s desire to leverage India’s status as one of the world’s largest consumers of oil to its diplomatic advantage, the country’s energy purchases will now officially be guided by foreign policy objectives. The ...

26 Dec 08 Ministry Cabinet of Ukraine calls to support biofuel production

In order to provide effective functioning of the agro industrial complex the Ministry Cabinet of Ukraine offers to the Ministry of Industrial Policy, the Ministry of Fuel and Energy and the National Agency of effective use of power resources to ...

25 Dec 08 Thai PM: to promote alternative fuels, continue nuclear study

The Thai government is planning to promote the use of alternative fuel, not only to reduce dependency on petroleum fuel but to also help bolster demand for agricultural products, newly appointed Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said Thursday.  The government will ...

24 Dec 08 India's Renewable Energy Sector and Green Energy Index Unaffected by Global Economic Slowdown

The global slowdown can be a tempting excuse for most to put ecological concerns on the furlough. But India is moving purposefully towards sustainable development, understanding the fierce urgency for economically sound, socially equitable and environmentally responsible progress. At a ...

16 Dec 08 Obama's energy and environment team announcement

"The future of our economy and national security is inextricably linked to one challenge: energy," President-elect Barack Obama said at a Chicago press conference on 16th December announcing the leaders who will guide his administration's policy on energy and the ...

08 Dec 08 Planet under pressure

This week, ministers and officials gather in Poznan at the start of a one-year countdown to the Copenhagen summit, at which experts say a deal must be reached if we are to have a chance of averting catastrophic warming.The negotiation ...

03 Dec 08 Hopes for renewable energy directive agreement by Christmas

European negotiations on renewable and low carbon energy legislation are continuing this week, with hopes of a resolution on measures including the Renewable Energy Directive before Christmas.Two of the main issues to be discussed are expected to be biofuels sustainability ...

24 Nov 08 Brazilian President Wants Europe to Invest in Biofuel in Africa

The president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, defended three-sided cooperation so as to enable biofuel production in Central America, the Caribbean and Africa. He talked during the closing of the International Conference on Biofuels, November 21, in the ...

21 Nov 08 Ethanol under fire from crisis and critics

The financial crisis was inevitably invited to the first International Conference on biofuels, held in Sao Paulo from Monday 17 to Friday November 21, tarnishing the diplomatic offensive prepared for many months by the government in Brasilia. Second largest producer ...

20 Nov 08 South Korean company takes over part of Madagascar to grow biofuels

Daewoo Logistics is taking a 99-year lease on 3.2 million acres of land, half the size of Belgium, to grow maize and biofuels, building its own roads and other infrastructure to service the new farms that will be created on ...

20 Nov 08 Joint Statement by the United States and Brazil Announcing the Expansion of Cooperation on Biofuels to Advance Energy Security and Promote Sustainable Development

The U.S. and Brazilian governments said they will expand biofuels cooperation to move forward several of their shared energy goals. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer and Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim said their expanded collaboration in biofuels would advance ...

18 Nov 08 Honesty About Ethanol

One of the 2007 energy bill’s most ambitious provisions — the ethanol mandate — has turned out to be its most troublesome. The provision would boost ethanol production from 7-plus billion gallons today to 36 billion gallons by 2022. In ...

17 Nov 08 50 Countries Discuss in Brazil How to Make Biofuel Without Harming the World

Brazil more than pointing out its great capacity for production of biofuels wants to show during the International Conference on Biofuels, which began November 17, in São Paulo, that agroenergy is a viable alternative for several countries as complementation of ...

13 Nov 08 IEA report on oil gets angry Opec reaction

Opec has made a scathing attack on a report from the International Energy Agency which says that the world's existing oil producers face a “huge challenge” to keep up with a projected rise in global demand. This year's World Energy ...

06 Nov 08 The role of agricultural biotechnologies for production of bioenergy in developing countries

The FAO Biotechnology Forum is hosting an e-mail conference entitled "The role of agricultural biotechnologies for production of bioenergy in developing countries". Organised in collaboration with the FAO Working Group on Bioenergy, the conference takes place from 10 November to ...

29 Oct 08 European biofuels win last-minute reprieve

The European Commission has amended its values for the amount of greenhouse gas emissions biofuels release so that certain fuels produced in Europe that previously would not have met new "green" thresholds approved by MEPs now meet them.The commission has ...

23 Oct 08 UK announces world's largest algal biofuel project

The world's biggest publicly funded project to make transport fuels from algae will be launched today by a government agency which develops low-carbon technologies.The Carbon Trust will announce a project to make algal biofuels a commercial reality by 2020. The ...

17 Oct 08 Report published on bioenergy, agriculture and rural development in West Africa

Rome, Thursday 16 October 2008 – The eight member countries of the Economic and Monetary Union of West Africa (UEMOA) – Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal, and Togo – have the natural resources, the land ...

15 Oct 08 U.N. Agency Says Benefits of Biofuels Outweigh Risks, Urges Careful Management

The State of Food and Agriculture 2008, presented on October 7 by the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), is the United Nations' most comprehensive look yet at biofuels, which produce around 2 percent of the world's transportation fuels.The use ...

10 Oct 08 World Food Day stresses climate change and bioenergy effects on poor

Climate change and bioenergy are the focus of this year’s World Food Day activities, expected to involve over 150 countries. FAO celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October, the day on which the Organization was founded in 1945. ...

08 Oct 08 Biofuels and the global food crisis - Are biofuels an evil or a new opportunity?

Agricultural commodity prices are rising sharply on the global markets: in early 2008 the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) index stood 53 per cent higher than a year before. In particular, the vulnerable countries are suffering from higher expenses ...

07 Oct 08 The challenge of biofuels

Currently two types of biofuels are being used in significant amounts around the world: ethanol and biodiesel. Ethanol is produced in large amounts from maize in the United States, sugarcane in Brazil and in smaller amounts from wheat and sugar ...

07 Oct 08 Reviewing biofuel policies and subsidies

Biofuel policies and subsidies should be urgently reviewed in order to preserve the goal of world food security, protect poor farmers, promote broad-based rural development and ensure environmental sustainability, FAO said today in a new edition of its annual flagship ...

29 Sep 08 IEA urges governments to adopt effective policies based on key design principles to accelerate the exploitation of the large potential for renewable energy

The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that nearly 50% of global electricity supplies will have to come from renewable energy sources if we want to halve CO2 emissions by 2050 in order to minimise significant and irreversible climate change impacts. ...

19 Sep 08 EU biofuel panic threatens planet - Brazil envoy

Europe's heated debate over biofuels risks weakening one of the world's best tools to fight climate change and one of the developing world's best hopes for economic growth, Brazil's ambassador to the EU said on Friday. "What I fear is ...

19 Sep 08 EU faces pressure from overseas biofuel-makers

A decision by a key European Parliament committee last week to beef up sustainability criteria for agrofuels and tilt the Union's biofuel policy towards non food-based biofuels due to concerns over rising commodity prices has irritated top biofuel-exporting nations Indonesia, ...

11 Sep 08 EU legislators call for more modest biofuels goal

European legislators said Thursday that ambitious targets for using crop-based biofuels should be pared back dramatically, prompting the fledgling industry to fire back with a campaign warning that alternatives might be no cleaner.The European Parliament's influential Industry Committee endorsed the ...

12 Aug 08 Biofuels: the sweet smell of power

Last year's transport panacea - biofuel - has become this year's pariah. Fuels that were previously touted as green have been accused of producing almost as many emissions as they save and in the process driving the price of food ...

29 Jul 08 New Report from Harvard Kennedy School Researchers Calls for Changes to Biofuels Incentives

Despite pressure from biofuel critics, governments should avoid simplistic and precipitous changes in course such as rollback or moratoria on existing biofuels mandates or incentives, according to a new report from the Harvard Kennedy School which stems from a two-day ...

24 Jul 08 Gassing Up With Garbage

After years of false starts, a new industry selling motor fuel made from waste is getting a big push in the United States, with the first commercial sales possible within months.Many companies have announced plans to build plants that would ...

17 Jul 08 OECD issues report critical of biofuels, favours moratorium

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in a study published Wednesday found that costly public support for biofuel production has but a limited impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and on improving energy security. The OECD found that in ...

16 Jul 08 World Biofuel Leaders to OPEC: Who Are You Trying to Kid?

The world biofuels industry issued a sharp rebuke to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its president, Chakib Khelil, in the pages of the Financial Times on 16 July. In a full page ad, the biofuel industries of ...

08 Jul 08 G8 invites GBEP to develop science-based benchmarks and indicators for biofuel production and use

In the G8 summit's declaration on Environment and Climate Change, the G8 partners agreed to "support the work of the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) and invite it to work with other relevant stakeholders to develop science-based benchmarks and indicators for biofuel ...

08 Jul 08 IEA's Tanaka says oil prices would be higher without biofuels

Biofuels in the US and Europe are playing a critical role in the current tightly supplied oil markets, the International Energy Agency Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka said on 8 July downplaying criticism of the industry and doubts over its sustainability. ...

08 Jul 08 Energy efficiency can only be improved through a sectoral approach: G-8

Group of Eight (G-8) leaders said that improvement of energy efficiency and reduction in Green House Gas (GHG) emissions could only be achieved through sectoral approaches and through dissemination of existing and new technologies in a manner compatible with economic ...

30 Jun 08 EU biofuels target 'probably a mistake,' France says

The noose is steadily tightening around the neck of EU biofuels targets, with France on 30 June saying that the EU's 10 percent biofuels target may have to be reconsidered, in the latest attack on the renewable energy drive. With ...

26 Jun 08 Lean, green and not mean

The United States may drop a tariff on Brazilian ethanol. But the industry is still the victim of much misplaced criticism. America’s thirst for ethanol is set to grow in line with targets in last year’s Energy Independence and Security ...

20 Jun 08 GBEP establishes task force on sustainability

On June 18th, the Steering Committee of the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP)  met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and agreed to form a sustainability taskforce that will develop global criteria and indicators to contribute to the sustainability of bioenergy.The GBEP ...

20 Jun 08 GBEP launches task force on sustainability

The Steering Committee of the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 18 and agreed to form a sustainability taskforce that will work with a wide range of stakeholders to develop a set of science-based ...

19 Jun 08 New study to force ministers to review climate change plan

According to a report commissioned by the British government to a panel of experts chaired by Ed Gallagher, head of the Renewable Fuels Agency, the rush to develop biofuels has played a "significant" role in the dramatic rise in global ...

17 Jun 08 G8 science ministers commit to more sustainable energy research

The first ever meeting of G8 science and technology ministers highlighted the crucial role of science in resolving global issues. Ministers from the Group of Eight (G8) countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the UK and the United States) ...

13 Jun 08 Brussels urged to take on US over biodiesel

Europe's biodiesel producers urged on Friday the European commission to levy punitive duties on US rivals after Brussels launched formal anti-subsidy and anti-dumping investigations into imports from America. In a move likely to escalate a trade war between the EU ...

06 Jun 08 Food Summit calls for more investment in agriculture

The Summit on soaring food prices, convened by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), has concluded with the adoption by acclamation of a declaration calling on the international community to increase assistance for developing countries, in particular the least ...

01 Jun 08 Fill it up with sugar to decrease prices

Biofuels are regularly cited as a major cause of the current food crisis, with phrases such as “biodiesel is exacerbating world hunger” and “bioethanol is to blame for the rise in food prices” becoming clichéd. These assertions not only overstate ...

28 May 08 The sweet hereafter

Biofuels are now seen as polluting and as a threat to forests and food production. But Brazil is still pinning its hopes on becoming a big player in sustainable sugarcane ethanol and related technology.Are biofuels really less sustainable and more ...

21 May 08 New Trend in Biofuels Has New Risks

In the past year, as the diversion of food crops like corn and palm to make biofuels has helped to drive up food prices, investors and politicians have begun promoting newer, so-called second-generation biofuels as the next wave of green ...

21 May 08 Grand Issues in Sustainability - Biofuels and Sustainable Development

A high-level international scientific workshop dedicated to the prospects for biofuels as an “engine” of sustainable development was held on 19-20 June at Venice International University on San Servolo Island, Venice. The workshop, which saw the participation of Corrado Clini, ...

15 May 08 FAO Director-General responds to criticism by Senegalese President

In a 10-point press statement, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf responds to recent criticisms of the Organization by the President of Senegal.http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2008/1000840/index.html

12 May 08 Biofuels debate - Only 2% of palm oil is used for biofuel

Facing the critics coming in thick and fast on the use of biofuels, the Secretary General of EBB (European Biodiesel Board) Raffaello Garofalo, pinpointed some neglected aspects of the current situation. EBB, said Garofalo, is ready to take up the ...

07 May 08 Biofuels answer to climate change: UN, EU

Biofuels must be developed more selectively to prevent competition with food-related crops, but they are still an answer to climate change, United Nations and European Union officials said on Tuesday at a three-day conference on climate and energy security in ...

01 May 08 Inequality and biofuels. Not all sources are equal. Possibilities are.

Food crisis and biofuels are often associated. According to FAO, though, a primary cause for food crisis is the rapid increase and diversification of food demand, particularly in emerging economies like China and India. A reason for the current  inadequate ...

28 Apr 08 Food crisis and biofuels

In a letter to the italian newspaper Corriere della Sera Corrado Clini, chair of the Global Bioenergy Partnership, defends biofuels from the critics of being responsible for recent food rises.Clini points out how ethanol and second generation biodiesel derived from ...

26 Apr 08 IEA: Biofuels a 'critical' energy source

Biofuels are critical to meeting current and future fuel demand despite their possible role in driving up food prices, the International Energy Agency says."If we didn't have those barrels, I am not sure where we would be getting those half-a-million ...

26 Apr 08 UN says oil rise hits food prices harder

The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates biofuels have contributed to about 10 per cent of the current food price rise. It argues that the surge of oil prices - through costlier fertiliser and diesel - is having a ...

24 Apr 08 Bring on the Right Biofuels

Fads come fast and furious in our viral age, and the reactions to them can be equally ferocious. That’s what we’re seeing right now with biofuels, which everyone loved until everyone decided they were the worst thing since the Black ...

21 Apr 08 Lula and Clini defend biofuels from critics

Corrado Clini, Chair of the Global Bioenergy Partenrship( GBEP), backed brazilian president in defending biofuels production from critics of competing with food production. Ethanol and second generation biofuels have a huge potential of sustainable production, according to Clini.http://www.e-gazette.it/index.asp?npu=154

21 Apr 08 GBEP publishes its third newsletter

GBEP has published its third newsletter. To read the newsletter, click here.

17 Apr 08 Merkel, Like Lula, Rejects Biofuels as Root of Food-Price Rises

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today in Freiberg, during a visit to a biofuel plant , that soaring prices for rice, milk and other staple foods are not related to global demand for biofuels, and can instead be ascribed to ...

17 Apr 08 Brazil rejects biofuels critics

The Brazilian president has rejected criticism that his country's production of biofuels has forced a surge in global food prices and harms the environment. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva accused critics of being driven by economic and political interests, and ...

15 Apr 08 The biofuel factor in rising food prices

Growing demand for food in emerging nations, wheat crop failures, currency fluctuation, speculation in the commodities market, hastily conceived government policies, and the growing demand for biofuels have all,among other factors,converged to drive up the price of food, experts say.While ...

10 Apr 08 Letter to PM Yasuo Fukuda of Japan on rising food prices

Gordon Brown has written to the Japanese PM to asking him as chair of the G8 group of industrialised nations to take action to deal with rising food prices.The letter was also sent to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, ...

10 Apr 08 PM writes to G8 urging action on food scarcity

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown raised fresh concerns about the impact of biofuels yesterday, as he put rising food prices on the world agenda by writing to fellow G8 leaders to prepare an international package on food scarcity.He wants the ...

10 Apr 08 Suspend 10 percent biofuels target, says EEA's scientific advisory body

The EEA Scientific Committee has made public an opinion on the environmental impacts of biofuel use in Europe. The Scientific Committee recommends a new, comprehensive scientific study on the environmental risks and benefits of biofuels, and that the EU target ...

10 Apr 08 Brazil's president says biofuel crops are not pushing up food prices

Brazil's president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, speaking after meeting Dutch Prime Minister at the start of a two-day state visit, insisted Thursday that crops used for ethanol are not responsible for driving up food prices, and said Haiti — ...

07 Apr 08 Grains Gone Wild

Over the past few years the prices of wheat, corn, rice and other basic foodstuffs have doubled or tripled, with much of the increase taking place just in the last few months. According to Paul Krugman, economist and New York ...

05 Apr 08 UN chief calls for review of biofuels policy

The UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, while attending Nato summit in Bucharest last week, has called for a comprehensive review of the policy on biofuels as a crisis in global food prices - partly caused by the increasing use of crops ...

03 Apr 08 Development meeting in Miami likely to push Latin America biofuels

As Inter-American Development Bank officials gather this week in Miami for their annual meeting, they say they want to make sure that smaller countries considering biofuels for domestic needs or for export to Europe and the gas-guzzling U.S. do so ...

02 Apr 08 Costly food? Investors only partly to blame

Investors say high prices are supported by fundamental supply-and-demand factors like a higher-protein diet in emerging economies like China, demand for biofuels made from corn, soybeans and palm oil, and drought in some important grain exporting nations. But investors, who ...

28 Mar 08 Shell researching non-food crop biofuels

Oil company Royal Dutch Shell and U.S. bioscience firm Virent Energy Systems are to research a petrol alternative from non-food crops that would reduce CO2 emissions without driving up food prices. Shell said in a statement that unlike ethanol, currently ...

28 Mar 08 A sustainable biofuels consensus

A group of 17 experts gathered in late March in the Rockefeller Foundation’s study and conference centre in Bellagio, Italy to analyse the possibility of fostering free global trade in biofuels. They produced a “Sustainable Biofuels Consensus”, including eight key ...

26 Mar 08 U.N.'s Pachauri urges caution in biofuel use

The world must take care when developing biofuels to avoid perverse environmental effects and higher food prices, Nobel Peace Prize winner and climate change scientist Rajendra Pachauri said on Wednesday. Pachauri, in Brussels for talks with European Union lawmakers, said ...

25 Mar 08 Top scientists warn against rush to biofuel

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown is preparing for a battle with the European Union over biofuels after one of the government's leading scientists warned they could exacerbate climate change rather than combat it. In an outspoken attack on a policy ...

20 Mar 08 World Bank seeks $5 bln for clean energy fund

Donor commitments to finance a World Bank clean technology fund for developing countries have not yet reached the $5 billion target. Talks with donors are determining their interest in contributing to the fund and with developing countries on its design, ...

19 Mar 08 Dutch minister sees no need for biofuels moratorium

A national moratorium on the use of biofuels would not stop other countries producing unsustainably and a better strategy would be to develop industry standards, the Dutch environment minister said on Wednesday."We (had) better show how it should be done ...

16 Mar 08 G20 backs climate fight, argues over industry caps

After three days of talks near Tokyo to discuss ways to tackle rapidly rising emissions, G20 nations ranging from top carbon emitters the United States and China to big developing economies Brazil, Indonesia and South Africa backed U.N.-led efforts to ...

14 Mar 08 Boeing and Continental Airlines will test a plane that runs on biofuel

Continental Airlines is teaming up with Boeing and engine maker GE Aviation to test a plane powered by a new generation of renewable fuels. The agreement makes Continental the first major U.S. airline to formally dabble in alternative energy.http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/boeingaerospace/2004281463_continental14.html

14 Mar 08 The 'war' on biofuels comes to Brussels

EU leaders have just agreed to try and get legislation on the bloc's ambitious green targets approved by early next year but criticism about the role of biofuels as part of the pollution-reducing measures has been growing.http://euobserver.com/9/25831

13 Mar 08 Italy leader of biofuels

At the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference on 8 March 2008, a discussion on present and future role of biofuels was carried out at the side event organized and introduced by Corrado Clini, Chair of the Global Bioenergy Partnership and ...

13 Mar 08 New biofuel production process created

U.S. scientists have developed a process that might be able to convert brewer's mash and other kinds of plant products into ethanol or other biofuels.http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Science/2008/03/13/new_biofuel_production_process_created/5820/

10 Mar 08 The role of bioenergy in cutting greenhouse gas emissions

The "roadmap" that has come out of the talks at the Bali Climate Change Conference  in December starts a further two-year process of negotiations designed to agree a new set of emissions targets to replace those in the Kyoto Protocol ...

10 Mar 08 USA place their bets on biofuels. Italy to have the first plant for second generation biofuels.

USA place their bets on renewables: President George W. Bush, speaking last week at the Washington International Renewable Conference, underlined the role of the new law in establishing new technological standards for renewable energies and for biofuels in particular. Guido Ghisolfi, ...

07 Mar 08 GBEP recognised as key forum for working towards the sustainable development of bioenergy

The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) brought together key speakers from the public and private sector for a panel discussion on “Bioenergy and sustainable development: opportunities and challenges.” The event, held yesterday in the context of the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference ...

06 Mar 08 UN warns on food price inflation

The head of the UN World Food Programme, speaking yesterday at the European Parliament, has warned that the rise in basic food costs could continue until 2010 and blamed soaring energy and grain prices, the effects of climate change and ...

05 Mar 08 US calls for renewed efforts towards renewable energy

At the opening of the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference or WIREC 2008, the US government called for the expansion of the use renewable energy such as wind and biofuels to help prevent global warming and reduce reliance on foreign-produced ...

05 Mar 08 Critics say U.S. biofuel funding too small

The Bush administration will invest $18.4 million in biofuel projects through grants to U.S. corporations and universities, Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer said yesterday at the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference. But some of the more than 5,000 attendees openly questioned ...

04 Mar 08 Brazil's Petrobras creates subsidiary for biofuels, plans to raise oil output

Brazil's state-run oil firm Petrobras will create a subsidiary to run its growing operations in biofuels, including biodiesel and ethanol, the company said. The new subsidiary will coordinate biofuel investments that currently are run by various units of the company.http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/03/04/business/LA-FIN-Brazil-Petrobras.php ...

26 Feb 08 EU states push for early adoption of biofuel standards

Member states are teaming up with MEPs in pressuring the Commission to include binding sustainability criteria in a revision of EU-wide specifications for transport fuels. Representatives of EU governments agreed on 22 February that biofuel sustainability standards should be included ...

26 Feb 08 Energy and climate change after the Bali Conference

The Bali Conference was expected to indicate guidelines and a “roadmap” for reducing greenhouse gas emissions with the commitment of those countries, USA, China and India among the others, that are not currently participating the Kyoto obligations. Bali’s final  outcomes were ...

21 Feb 08 Biofuels Essential in Meeting Future Energy Demand, Shell Says

Biofuels, made from corn, sugar and other crops, will be essential in meeting the world's future energy needs, said Niel Golightly, vice president of communications at Shell today. Companies including Shell, Chevron Corp. and BP Plc are all investing in biofuels.http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aYXqj1XAzf0E ...

21 Feb 08 Brazil president defends biofuels at climate meeting, says production won't hurt Amazon

Speaking at an international conference on climate change and deforestation in Brazil,  President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva insisted that rich nations must bear most of the cost of fighting global warninghttp://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/02/21/america/LA-GEN-Brazil-Climate-Change.php

20 Feb 08 Brazil Hosts Climate Change Forum

Encouraged that all major U.S. presidential candidates vow to protect the environment, lawmakers from industrialized nations and big emerging economies met in Brazil to craft solutions to global warming and rising deforestation.http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5g1JSga_CNGr6cpuIGcVrNxOuOBOAD8UUBVO80

15 Feb 08 Investment fund giants demand 90% reduction in carbon emissions

Some of the largest institutional investors in the world have called on the US Congress to introduce a mandatory national policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90% below 1990 levels by 2050. The group of 40 investors, ...

15 Feb 08 Oil groups urge for clarity on tackling emissions

Three of the world’s biggest oil companies have called for governments to take a clear lead on policies for curbing dioxide emissions, warning that uncertainty will damage investment and destabilise energy markets. However, there are still differences within the industry ...

08 Feb 08 Biofuels Deemed a Greenhouse Threat

The benefits of biofuels have come under increasing attack in recent months as scientists have taken a closer look at the global environmental cost of their production. In particular the emission effects of the huge amount of natural land that ...

08 Feb 08 FAO unveils new bioenergy assessment tool

A decision-support tool developed by FAO will help ensure that countries can enter the rapidly growing field of bioenergy industry to produce benefits for the poor without jeopardizing their food security. The tool, an “analytical framework”, has been designed by ...

08 Feb 08 Working together to promote bioenergy

According to Bioenergy International there is a role for bioenergy in Italy, actively sustained by the campaign "Sustainable Energy for Europe. Within it, the role of the Global Bioenergy Partnership is underlined.

06 Feb 08 Italy opens to bioethanol production

As high energy prices and the battle against pollution spur companies to seek an alternative solution, Mossi & Ghisolfi has announced the construction of Italy’s first, world-scale bioethanol plant. This announcement was made at an international conference organised together with ...

06 Feb 08 Benzine naturali low cost ad Alessandria

Mossi & Ghisolfi is diversifying in another example of technological innovation by Italian companies in the field of new fuels. M&G is building the biggest European bioethanol plant in the North of Italy, embracing second-generation technologies. “Crop-based fuels pose a ...

05 Feb 08 Italy's M&G to build bioethanol plant

Italian chemical group Mossi & Ghisolfi announced plans to build a 200,000-tonne bioethanol plant in the north region of Piedmont. Corrado Clini, chairman of the Global Bioenergy Partnership, said M&G's project is set to be the biggest in Europe and would ...

04 Feb 08 GBEP publishes its second newsletter

GBEP has published its second newsletter. To read the newsletter, click here.

31 Jan 08 M&G has its bets on ethanol

The Italian company Mossi & Ghisolfi has its bets on the production of ethanol of second generation, says Italian newspaper Sole 24. With an investment of 120 million euros in research and a new production plant in Italy which will produce ...

30 Jan 08 SA can lead on biofuels

South Africa is expected to lead the biofuels industry in the southern African region despite government’s controversial decision to exclude maize as feedstock for the production of biofuels late last year, an expert at global professional services group Ernst & ...

29 Jan 08 Getting the most out of Europe's bioenergy potential

A new report by the European Environment Agency confirms that there is a large potential for bioenergy production from agricultural biomass in Europe. However, the increasing demand for biofuels raises concerns about additional pressure on Europe’s environment and farmland biodiversity. ...

24 Jan 08 EU States handed ambitious renewable energy targets

The European Commission put forward ambitious targets yesterday to boost the EU's overall consumption of renewable energies to 20% by 2020. But while the plans to promote technologies such as solar and wind were largely welcomed, Brussels faces widespread criticism over controversial biofuels targets.http://www.euractiv.com/en/energy/eu-states-handed-ambitious-renewable-energy-targets/article-169799

24 Jan 08 A national platform for biofuels is presented in Bologna

Biofuels Italia, a national technology platform, will be presented in Bologna on 28 January. The platform allows Italy to join the debate on biofuels by bringing together about 100 organisations including leading oil and car companies, research centres and trade ...

23 Jan 08 EU backs biofuels research initiative

Amid the row over the potential increased use of biofuels to fight climate change, the European Commission has reinforced its support for their use by backing an EU research platform. The European Biofuels Technology Platform initiative brings industry and academia ...

21 Jan 08 Call to abandon biofuels target

The Environmental Audit Committee says biofuels are ineffective at cutting greenhouse gases and can be expensive. It also says problematic emissions from cars can be cut more cheaply and with lower environmental risk. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7199073.stm

19 Jan 08 A New, Global Oil Quandary:Costly Fuel means Costly Calories

Rising prices for cooking oil are forcing residents of Asia’s largest slum, in Mumbai, India, to ration every drop. Bakeries in the United States are fretting over higher shortening costs. [..] This is the other oil shock. From India to Indiana, ...

15 Jan 08 EU reviews biofuel target as environmental doubts grow

A European drive to run vehicles on biofuels instead of petrol and diesel to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is to be reviewed after concerns about its environmental impact. Stavros Dimas, the EU environment commissioner, said a European target to boost ...

13 Jan 08 Sending Carbon Dioxide To Sea

As the discussion of global warming becomes more serious, there is more talk about options for dealing with the carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere.Some people say we could store millions of tons of carbon in the ocean if we ...

09 Jan 08 The hidden costs of biofuels

While biofuels have been touted by some as an ideal replacement for fossil fuels, as so often happens, the situation is more complicated than it appears at first. There is a wide variety of methods and raw materials available for ...

04 Jan 08 Burning biofuels may be worse than coal and oil, say experts

Using biofuels made from corn, sugar cane and soy could have a greater environmental impact than burning fossil fuels, according to experts. Although the fuels themselves emit fewer greenhouse gases, they all have higher costs in terms of biodiversity loss ...

24 Dec 07 Clini, the difficult merging of climate protection and energy security

Corrado Clini, elected Man of the Year by Italian newspaper Staffetta Quotidiana, talks about global warming, public administration's failings, EU's energy policy and the need of defining a national strategy.To read article in Italian click here

21 Dec 07 Corrado Clini, Man of the Year

The Italian specialist newspaper Staffetta Quotidiana has elected Corrado Clini, GBEP Chair, as Man of the Year. This is a homage to a civil servant that has for years dedicated himself to energy and environment issues as well as for his ...

19 Dec 07 GBEP launches its first newsletter

The Global Bioenergy Partnership has launched its first newsletter which will cover the Partnership's activities as well as other bioenergy related topics.To read the newsletter, click here.

18 Dec 07 Food and Fuel compete for land

For years, cheap food and feed were taken for granted in the United States. But now the price of some foods is rising sharply, and from the corridors of Washington to the aisles of neighborhood supermarkets, a blame alert is ...

10 Dec 07 Energy: the new frontier of power

Gold in our times has three colours: the black of oil, the green of energy sources derived from crops and blue of the atmosphere and water. This survey of Brazil's energy landscape mentions how the Global Bioenergy Partnership has highlighted ...

10 Dec 07 New Global survey lets on-the-ground climate decision makers be heard

A survey of 1,000 climate decision makers and influencers from across 105 countries conducted by GlobeScan in the two weeks leading up to the Bali Climate Conference, found that decision makers rate bio-fuels produced from crops like corn as having ...

06 Dec 07 Bioenergy, a force that doesn't upset life's cycles

In this three-page article, GBEP Chairman Corrado Clini, summarises the outlook for world energy demand and carbon dioxide emissions and argues that the most should be made of existing resources and technologies while investments are made in alternative energy sources. ...

04 Dec 07 Research 'must be expanded' to address food prices

International agricultural research must be accelerated to find solutions for the world's poor amid rising food prices, say food research experts. Joachim von Braun, director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), made the call today (4 December) ...

03 Dec 07 "Green" Hopes

“We need to commit ourselves to halving out dependence on fossil fuels by 2030: today we pollute 30 times more than is indicated by the Kyoto Protocol,” according to Corrado Clini, GBEP Chair and Director General of the Italian Environment ...

30 Nov 07 The energy that integrates or disintegrates South America

While South America as a whole is a net exporter of crude oil, Brazil and Venezuela stand out as the major exporters while other countries rely on imports. Brazil’s focus on biofuels such as ethanol, however, hasn’t eliminated the need ...

23 Nov 07 Trade barriers stifle bioenergy market

Trade barriers are hindering development of a global bioenergy market, claimed the organisation set up at the 2005 Gleneagles international summit to advance bioenergy. "Trade policies are a key factor for developing a global market for biofuels," said Corrado Clini, ...

23 Nov 07 Biofuels can help the energy crisis

The report on the state of development of bioenergy in G8 +5 countries was presented at the 20th World Energy Congress in Rome. The document highlights how exploiting the full potential of bioenergy requires overcoming environmental and social limits and ...

22 Nov 07 Half starved: to eat or to travel?

The FAO and the United Nations have called for a halt in the trend towards using agricultural products to make biofuel. The FAO, in its latest report, also notes the widespread concern about spiralling food costs. Those who have entered ...

19 Nov 07 Biodiesel “2.0” to halt rally in grains and crude oil

“Bioenergy is already available as a real alternative to fossil fuels and at the same time, as demonstrated by Brazil’s example, can spur development in the poorest regions of the world,” said Corrado Clini, GBEP chairman and director general of ...

19 Nov 07 “New agriculture” needs new FAO

On climate change, energy supply, natural resources depletion, population movements, and indeed on the very health and security of nations, agriculture is central both to the problem and to its resolution,” FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said, addressing FAO’s supreme governing ...

17 Nov 07 The AR4 Synthesis Report launched

The last part of the AR4 Report "The Synthesis Report" was launched on the 17th of November at the 27th Session of the IPCC, Valencia, Spain. The report states that urgent action must be taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or climate change ...

16 Nov 07 Bioenergy: “Clini’s report”

In 2030, fuels of non-fossil organic origin could cover 20% of world energy demand, rising to 30-40% in 2060. Biofuels like biodiesel and ethanol could satisfy by 2030 about 8% of world demand for liquid fuels. These are some of ...

16 Nov 07 Bioenergy's advantages and issues

Staffetta Quotidiana published the GBEP “Media Pack”, produced to accompany the GBEP Report and detailing the current situation of bioenergy in G8 +5 countries. It highlights key themes, such as sustainability, climate change, technology and trade.

15 Nov 07 Bioenergy can satisfy energy demand and alleviate poverty

Capturing the full potential of biofuels means overcoming environmental and social constraints and removing trade barriers, which are hindering the development of a worldwide market, a new report said. Potential conflicts between bioenergy production and the protection of the environment, ...

15 Nov 07 Caution is needed

Biomass needs to be sustainable too. The development of bioenergy must be carefully managed so as not to put at risk the food security of the poorest. So says the report of the Global Bioenergy Partnership. Bioenergy can meet many ...

15 Nov 07 “Second-generation” biomass at the World Energy Congress

Renewable energy sources are witnessing an investment boom, from wind and biomass to solar and even geo-thermal energy, according to Ernest Monitz of the MIT of Boston. Corrado Clini, director general of the Ministry for the Environment, said that dedicating ...

15 Nov 07 UN Group blames rich countries for high food prices

A United Nations-backed bioenergy group said yesterday that rich nations' demand for biofuels is to blame for high food prices. Corrado Clini, chairman of the Global Bioenergy Partnership, said the high prices can be resolved without impacting biofuel development if ...

14 Nov 07 In 2030, 20% of energy to come from organic fuels

Fuels derived from non-fossil organic sources (biomass) may account for 20 percent of world energy demand in 2030, climbing to 30-40 percent in 2060. These are figures revealed in the report of the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP), presented at the 20th World ...

14 Nov 07 The petroleum of the 21st century will come from the fields

Bioenergy is forecast to cover 20 percent of world energy demand by 2030, rising to 30-40 percent in 2060. That’s according to Corrado Clini, chairman of the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP), who presented the report “A Review of the Current ...

14 Nov 07 Brazil and Netherlands join the Global Bioenergy Partnership

During the 4th Steering Committee held in Rome on Monday 12th November 2007, the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) welcomed Brazil and The Netherlands as new partners. GBEP brings together public decision-makers, representatives of the private sector and civil society as ...

13 Nov 07 GBEP presents A Review of the Current State of Bioenergy Development

The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) has launched its report, “A Review of the Current State of Bioenergy Development in G8 +5 Countries”, on Tuesday November 13th during the 20th World Energy Congress (WEC) in Rome. The report provides a survey ...

13 Nov 07 Managing away from “splash and dash”

Turning over good agricultural soil to the production of raw materials for biofuels makes little sense but it is a stepping off point in the drive towards greater fuel sustainability. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has distanced itself from ...

13 Nov 07 Bioenergy growth must be carefully managed

Capturing the full potential of biofuels means overcoming environmental and social constraints and removing trade barriers, which are hindering the development of a worldwide market, according to a new report released by the Global Bioenergy Parnership (GBEP).http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2007/1000702/index.html

13 Nov 07 Bioenergy: what needs to be done, according to Clini

Bioenergy may account for 20% of global energy demand in 2030, according to the report of the Global Bioenergy Partnership presented in Rome today. The potential for biomass and biofuels to meet growing energy needs “is there and the theoretical ...

13 Nov 07 Caution needed in developing bioenergy

The full development of biofuels’ potential requires an effort to overcome environmental and social limits and the removal of trade barriers, which are hampering the development of a global market, according to a report by the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP). ...

13 Nov 07 Bioenergy group criticizes US, European approach to biofuels

The conflict between growing crops for food vs. biofuels can be resolved if the United States, Europe and other rich countries drop protectionist policies and work with developing nations to increase the use of the eco-friendly propellants, a U.N.-backed bioenergy ...

07 Nov 07 FAO forecasts continued high cereal prices

Unfavourable weather, low stocks, tight supplies amid strong demand cited as causes in the latest Food Outlook report issued today by FAO in London.[..]Soaring petroleum prices have also driven up prices for agricultural crops by raising input costs and by ...

06 Nov 07 The Western appetite for biofuels is causing starvation in the poor world

It doesn't get madder than this. Swaziland is in the grip of a famine and receiving emergency food aid. Forty per cent of its people are facing acute food shortages. So what has the government decided to export? Biofuel made ...

05 Nov 07 Biodiesel: taxes and subsidies under scrutiny

Europe has reached its 2 million hectares target and Brussels is now thinking about reducing subsidies to help a market which has already launched. [..] “The possibility of modifying the energy trend towards less carbon-intensive sources, explains Corrado Clini, GBEP ...

03 Nov 07 Global food crisis looms as climate change and fuel shortages bite

Soaring crop prices and demand for biofuels raise fears of political instability. Empty shelves in Caracas. Food riots in West Bengal and Mexico. Warnings of hunger in Jamaica, Nepal, the Philippines and sub-Saharan Africa. Soaring prices for basic foods are ...

01 Nov 07 Europe and US set to strike biofuels deal

The European Union and the US are likely to strike a provisional deal next week on common standards for trading biofuels, the first fruit of a new effort to increase EU-US trade and investment. An announcement is planned at the ...

31 Oct 07 Campaigners warn EU biofuel targets could hit world's poor

Leading aid agency Oxfam urged the European Union on Thursday to ensure that its plans to fight global warming by switching to biofuels don't hit farmers in poor countries expected to grow the crops needed to run Europe's cars.http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/11/01/europe/EU-GEN-EU-Oxfam-Biofuels.php

30 Oct 07 Biofuels: an everyday story of special interests and subsidies

Energy security and climate change are two of the most significant challenges confronting humanity. What we see, in response, is the familiar capture of policymaking by well-organised special interests.http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/40a71f96-8702-11dc-a3ff-0000779fd2ac.html?nclick_check=1

29 Oct 07 Singapore strives to lead next round of biofuels race

Second-generation biofuels, made from products like waste from agriculture and forestry, may not yet be a commercial reality, but that is not preventing Singapore from trying to position itself to become a major processing and trading hub in Asia for ...

24 Oct 07 Opening up the international biofuels market says GBEP chair, Dr Clini

Trade in biofuels and biofuels feedstocks is currently too low, says Dr Corrado Clini, Director General of the Italian Ministry for the Environment Land and Sea and Chairman of the Global Bioenergy Partnership.European and US systems of subsidies and incentives ...

19 Oct 07 Feeding Africa

We have witnessed a dramatic rise in agricultural prices worldwide this year, says FAO's Director General Jacques Diouf. Driven by a strong demand for biofuels due to concerns over climate change, the price of rice, wheat and maize have reached ...

18 Oct 07 EU cuts back on biofuel crop subsidies

A special farm aid scheme aimed at developing Europe's energy crop sector will be scaled back, after it emerged that farmers have already massively shifted production towards biofuels, overshooting a two million hectare target, the Commission has announced.http://www.euractiv.com/en/sustainability/eu-cuts-back-biofuel-crop-subsidies/article-167713

18 Oct 07 Driving under the influence

Under the blazing sun of fall, corn is ripening for harvest on California farms. This year, farmers all over the state will grow tens of thousands of acres more than ever, an increase of 78 percent over last year. In ...

17 Oct 07 Cut trade barriers to make biofuels a global commodity, says GBEP chair Dr Clini

While American farmers are in the midst of harvesting a record-setting corn crop and while ethanol and biodiesel production increases exponentially around the globe, the level of international trade in both biofuels and biofuels feedstocks remains woefully low, says Dr. ...

15 Oct 07 UN expert urges farmers to halt biofuel production in effort to reduce hunger

A U.N. expert on the right to food called Monday for a five-year moratorium on the production of biofuel out of concern that it was contributing to hunger by using up increasing amounts of farmland. On the eve of World ...

12 Oct 07 Gore and UN climate panel win Nobel prize

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and the U.N. climate panel won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for helping galvanize international action against global warming before it "moves beyond man's control." Gore, who lost narrowly to Bush in the ...

11 Oct 07 Panel Sees Problems in Ethanol Production

Greater cultivation of crops to produce ethanol could harm water quality and leave some regions of the country with water shortages, a panel of experts is reporting. And corn, the most widely grown fuel crop in the United States, might ...

05 Oct 07 Wheat prices hit record-high levels

International wheat prices have increased sharply since June, hitting record highs in September in response to tightening world supplies, historically low levels of stocks and sustained demand, according to FAO’s latest Crop Prospects and Food Situation report. Maize prices are ...

04 Oct 07 Energy official says US will regulate carbon emissions, but unclear how and when

The United States is moving toward the regulation of carbon emissions, said Dan Arvizu, director of the National Renewable Energy Lab, even though the Bush administration adheres to a voluntary approach to controlling the primary gas blamed for climate change.http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/10/04/europe/EU-GEN-Netherlands-US-Global-Warming.php ...

03 Oct 07 Will biofuel leave the poor hungry?

It is one of the most hotly debated environmental topics of the year - whether the drive to produce alternative so-called green fuels will take food from the mouths of the hungry. "If you start to fuel cars with crops," ...

29 Sep 07 As Prices Soar, U.S. Food Aid Buys Less

Soaring food prices, driven in part by demand for ethanol made from corn, have helped slash the amount of food aid the government buys to its lowest level in a decade, possibly resulting in more hungry people around the world ...

28 Sep 07 Biofuel trial flight set for 747

Air New Zealand says it plans to mount the first test flight of a commercial airliner partially powered by biofuel. The 747 flight is one part of a deal signed by the airline, engine producer Rolls-Royce and aircraft manufacturer Boeing ...

25 Sep 07 IPCC AR4 Synthesis Report out soon

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is currently finalizing the Synthesis Report of its Fourth Assessment Report on Climate Change 2007(AR4). The Synthesis Report, which will summarise the core findings of the 4AR, is due out on 12 Nov ...

24 Sep 07 Italy discovers the environment element with GBEP

Energy issues are not anymore just about costs but also about the environment.

21 Sep 07 EU citizens air doubts about "clean fossil fuels"

Over two-thirds of respondents to the Commission's public consultation on an EU Strategic Energy Technology Plan are sceptical about the likely contribution of so-called clean fossil fuels, notably carbon storage, to the fight against climate change. The potential of clean coal and other technologies for reducing global CO2 emissions will ...

19 Sep 07 The misguided politics of corn ethanol

A recent report by the Organization for the Economic Cooperation and Development called on the United States and other industrialized nations to eliminate subsidies for the production of ethanol which is driving up food costs, threatening natural habitats and imposing ...

18 Sep 07 Biofuels look to the next generation

Biofuels are being hailed by politicians around the globe as a salvation from the twin evils of high oil prices and climate change. The boom in biofuels in the US stems from the drive to reduce dependence on imports of ...

13 Sep 07 Doubts raised over EU biofuels target

A European drive to source a tenth of vehicle fuel from plants by 2020 may have to be scaled down. Brice Lalond, the head of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Developmentés round table on sustainable development said it may ...

10 Sep 07 OECD warns against biofuels subsidies

Governments need to scrap subsidies for biofuels, as the current rush to support alternative energy sources will lead to surging food prices and the potential destruction of natural habitats, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development warned.http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/e780d216-5fd5-11dc-b0fe-0000779fd2ac.html

10 Sep 07 New report on Government support for ethanol and biodiesel

The International Institute for Sustainable development has issued a new report entitled Biofuels- At What Cost? The report addresses government support for ethanol and biodiesel production in selected OECD countries. http://www.globalsubsidies.org/IMG/pdf/biofuel_synthesis_report_26_9_07_master_2_.pdf

28 Aug 07 Global wheat production to rise

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates this year's global wheat production 3.6 per cent higher than last year. The output of rice and coarse cereals is also 5.3 per cent more than last year's harve

24 Aug 07 German Biodiesel Industry Peaks, Trouble Ahead

In 2006, biodiesel sales in Germany rose to 2.8 million tons, accounting for almost 5 percent of the country's total transport fuel sales. According to spokesperson for the German Environment Ministry, Tobias Dunow,  "More pure biodiesel would require a new ...

21 Aug 07 Food & Fuel: Biofuels Could Benefit World's Undernourished

"Biofuels for Transport: Global Potential and Implications for Energy and Agriculture," authored by the Worldwatch Institute and published by Earthscan finds that rising food prices caused by heavy demand in biofuels could benefit the world's rural poor.http://www.renewableenergyaccess.com/rea/news/story;jsessionid=8B4AEBA8C358B728734848BF690A370B?id=49689

15 Aug 07 Biofuels should benefit the poor, not the rich

Much of the current debate on bioenergy, focusing on negative aspects such as sharply increased food prices and erosion of biodiversity, ob-scures the sector's huge potential to reduce hunger and poverty, says Jacques Diouf, FAO's Director General in the FT ...

14 Aug 07 UN urges rethink on biofuels

The Director-General of FAO, Jacques Diouf, has called for a high-level meeting to be held in June 2008 'to lay down rules for the international bioenergy market'. The bioenergy strategy should focus on ensuring that a large percentage of the ...

09 Aug 07 A look at US-Brazil ethanol trade and policy

Brazil and the USA are experiencing an ethanol investment boom. Paul W. Gallagher, associate professor from Iowa State University, says that agriculture in both countries is being reorganized to boost biomass production, but duties and tariffs may finally dictate the ...

09 Aug 07 Increasing Grain Prices Making Operating cost of First-Generation and Second-Generation Biofuels similar; Capital Costs Remain an Impediment

According to Biofuels, Bioproducts & Biorefining (BioFPR) journal, increase in grain prices are now resulting in similar operating costs for first and second generation biofules.http://www.greencarcongress.com/2007/08/increasing-grai.html

07 Aug 07 Brazil Invests $50 M in Ethanol from Sugarcane Projects

The State of Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and Dedini S/A Industrias de Base joint venture is investing US$ 50 million for research and projects focused on advancing the obtention of ethanol from sugarcane in Sao Paulo, Brazil.http://www.renewableenergyaccess.com/rea/news/story?id=49561

07 Aug 07 Expert: Biofuels will help fight hunger

There is a common idea that biofuels will increase food prices and that they are not energy efficient. A far more complex reality is that they may temporarily increase food prices, but this doesn't imply people will starve. On the ...

04 Aug 07 U.S. House passes contentious energy bill

The U.S. House of Representatives approved US$16 billion in taxes on oil companies, to boost incentives for renewable energy. Earlier, the House had approved a companion energy package aimed at boosting efficiency and expanding use of biofuels, wind power and ...

03 Aug 07 EU braces for next round of 'difficult' energy talks

European legislators are preparing to change EU's future energy policy. Commission proposals on energy market liberalisation are due in September. Proposals related to renewables and CO2 are scheduled for the end of the year. A Commission proposal for a framework ...

01 Aug 07 Africa starts to gear up for biofuels

African nations are launching projects to produce cheaper biofuels in a move to increase its economic fortunes. Last July South Africa began construction of Africa's first production plant for ethanol, a fuel made from the sugars found in grains. South ...

30 Jul 07 Indonesia to make biofuel mandatory

The Indonesian government will make the use of biofuel mandatory. The National Biofuel Development Committee is conducting a study to determine how the regulation could be applied.

30 Jul 07 Biofuels to keep global grain prices high - Toepfer

German grain trading house Toepfer International said that rising biofuels production will keep grain and oilseed prices high in the coming year. Annual results shows that higher prices were needed to stimulate farmers to raise global grain and oilseed production ...

27 Jul 07 EU Biofuels Barometer: Germany & France in the Lead

According to Systèmes Solaires-Le Journal des Énergies Renouvelables, EU biofuel consumption in the 25 member states reached 5.38 million tons of oil. Germany was the largest European Biofuel consumer last year with a  consumption estimate of 2.8 million tons of ...

27 Jul 07 Biofuels: Impact on agriculture 'modest' says Commission

The impact of biofuels production on land-use and cereal prices is becoming a public concern. By 2020, 10% of biofuels use in transport would produce limited pressure on agriculture markets.http://www.euractiv.com/en/environment/biofuels-impact-agriculture-modest-commission/article-165913

21 Jul 07 Brazilian government to outlaw sugar cane planting in Amazon and Pantanal

There is a common thinking that the sugar cane from which the fuel is derived, is grown in the Amazon rainforest or contributes to its deforestation. The Brazilian government clarified misunderstandings on the country's sugar cane production for ethanol industry. ...

19 Jul 07 EC public consultation "Biofuel issues in the new legislation on the promotion of renewable energy"

In the context of its renewable energy policy, the EU has agreed to a target of 10% biofuels in its fuel use by 2020. However it seeks to encourage the use of sustainably produced biofuels, whether from the EU or ...

18 Jul 07 Corn biofuel dangerously oversold as green energy

According to a new biofuels review using corn-derived ethanol may be oversold as green energy. Scott Cullen of the Network for New Energy Choices (NNEC) said "There are smarter solutions than rushing straight to corn-based ethanol." 27% of the (US) ...

18 Jul 07 Interview: Biofuels hampered by 'scale problem'

According to UOP, Honeywell-owned company, one of the leading companies in the development and licensing of processes and technologies for upgrading petroleum to products, first-generation biofuels should be seen as a milestone for developing of new alternative fuels because it ...

17 Jul 07 Biofuels: ''We are nowhere near an economic solution''

The president and CEO of the Honeywell-owned company UOP, Carlos Cabrera told EurActiv why he believes policymakers should shift their attention to second-generation biofuels if they want to substantially reduce CO2 emissions in the transport sector. http://www.euractiv.com/en/energy/biofuels-near-economic-solution/article-165623?_print

13 Jul 07 IEA calls for OPEC to increase production

The IEA forecasts that global oil demand in 2015 would rise by close to 10 m barrels a day, to 94.8m b/d. This year the demand for oil was 1.8%, and it will accelarate to 2.5 % in 2008.http://www.ft.com/cms/s/46120380-3115-11dc-891f-0000779fd2ac.html

11 Jul 07 Spaghetti is the latest victim of biofuel boom

The price of pasta is becoming the latest victim of the global rush on crops used for the biofuel industry. Prices would rise because of a poor wheat harvest, and large numbers of farmers had started growing crops for the ...

09 Jul 07 EU highlights biofuel drawbacks

The European Commission called for the increased use of biofuels to help fight global warming but warned that production had to be carefully managed to avoid damage to the environment.http://www.eubusiness.com/Energy/1183636805.22/

09 Jul 07 FAO fears long-term food price hike due to biofuels

FAO and OECD predict that for the next decade food prices will rise because of the growing use of crops like cereals and other commodities in order to feed the demand for biofuel industry. The impact on developing countries, for ...

06 Jul 07 Latin America and the Caribbean: uneven progress in hunger fight

Despite positive results in the fight against hunger in many parts of Latin America and the Caribbean, progress has not been evenly distributed, said FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf at the meeting today in Brazil.“Climate change and the development of bioenergy ...

05 Jul 07 UN official says biofuels a food supply risk

Herald Sun-5 July 2007. The head of the UN Environment Program said Cuban leader Fidel Castro and others are justified in raising concern about the potential for ethanol production to threaten food supplies for the poor. [..] "What President Castro points ...

05 Jul 07 EU eyes imports to quench biofuels thirst

High-level conference in Brussels, EU leaders said that Europe must open its doors to imports of biofuels from developing countries in order to reduce its oil dependency and cut carbon emissions. http://www.euractiv.com/en/trade/eu-eyes-imports-quench-biofuels-thirst/article-165289

05 Jul 07 EU, Brazil joins in strategic partnership

The first-ever EU-Brazil Summit held on July 2007 in Lisbon. The partnership is meant to improve cooperation between the EU and Brazil in areas like trade, renewable energy and the fight against poverty.http://www.euractiv.com/en/trade/eu-brazil-join-strategic-partnership/article-165263

04 Jul 07 China announces 'Agricultural Biofuel Industry Plan': new crops, higher targets

China’s Ministry of Agriculture released the Agricultural Biofuel Industry Plan yesterday This plan will provide guidance for country’s growing demand for biofuels. The plan focuses on a number of new crop bases to provide sufficient resources which means a shift ...

04 Jul 07 Growing bio-fuel demand underpinning higher agriculture prices

Increased demand for bio-fuels is causing fundamental changes to agricultural markets that could drive up world prices for many farm products, according to a new report published by the OECD and FAO. The OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2007-2016 says temporary factors ...

03 Jul 07 Portugal to invite Brazil as EU partner, Lula to be present at high-level biofules meeting

EU has announced that it will invite Brazil into a select club of EU strategic partner countries. Brazil is a major biofuel producer and plays a crucial role in mitigating climate change. Portugal and Brazil have been cooperating intensively on ...

03 Jul 07 Humans use or abuse quarter of all energy from plants

According to a global analysis of agricultural production, nearly a quarter of the energy processed by land plants is either harvested by humans or lost due to our activities. http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/story/0,,2117393,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=18

01 Jul 07 Biofuels `top priority` for Fiji government-teams up with India and Brazil

Many of these island nations, in Pasific ocean, spend more than twice as much on imported oil as they do on health care. Fiji is endowed with a large potential for biodiesel production from coconut and palm oil and for ...

27 Jun 07 Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht to invest in ethanol

Constructora Norberto Odebrecht SA, Brazil's largest construction company, is planning an initial US$2.6 billion investment to spearhead activity supporting the use of ethanol.http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/06/27/business/LA-FIN-Brazil-Odebrecht-Ethanol.php

27 Jun 07 BP and Associated British Foods join forces to build £200m biofuels plant

BP and Associated British Foods are working together to build £200m biofuels plant to keep up with the rising demand for greener petrol. Among environmentalists there is a growing fear about the effect on habitat caused by intensive farming.http://environment.guardian.co.uk/energy/story/0,,2112403,00.html

26 Jun 07 The Next Generation of Biofuels

At the 23rd International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo in St. Louis, Missouri, Thurmond's ethanol study  Ethanol 2020: A Global Market Survey was released. "If the promises of competitive, large-scale cellulosic ethanol production are realized, and if nationalist import/export policies for ...

22 Jun 07 Global Bioenergy Partnership: first results from the G8

Corrado Clini and Alexander Mueller presented in recent weeks, during the G8 meeting at Kuehlungsborn, the results of the first year of work of the Global Bioenergy Partnership. According to Clini, who is chairman of the partnership, “the development of ...

20 Jun 07 Investor Flock to Renewable Energy and Efficiency Technologies

According to a trend analysis from the UN Environment Programme, climate change worries coupled with high oil prices and increasing government support top a set of drivers fueling soaring rates of investment in the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries. ...

19 Jun 07 Tanzania to become first African member of the Global Bioenergy Partnership

With a particular interest on developing countries, the Global Bioenenergy Partnership (GBEP) will act as a bridge to promote bioenergy, encourage its production and act as a channel to facilitate a global political forum. Currently, the GBEP includes 10 national ...

08 Jun 07 Global Bioenergy

The results of the first year of activity of the Global Bioenergy Partnership, chaired by Corrado Clini, have been presented at Kuhlungsborn, during the G8 summit. The GBEP was set up in 2005 by the G8 +5 countries  as part ...

07 Jun 07 Global Bioenergy Partnership at the G8 Summit. Clini: "We are on the right track"

The first year activity results of the Global Bioenergy Partnership were presented at the GBEP Press Conference in KÏ‹hlungsborn, during the G8 Summit.  (Italian)http://www.ansa.it/ecoenergia/notizie/rubriche/biomasse/20070607174134326991.html

07 Jun 07 G8 invites GBEP to build a sustainable bioenergy future

In the G8 summit's declaration Growth and Responsibility in the World Economy, the G8 invites GBEP to take an active role in building a sustainable bioenergy future, especially in the transportation sector. The G8 partners agreed to "avoid possible negative side-effects ...

07 Jun 07 Biofuels no threat to Opec, says IEA

The next decade biofuels would satisfy only a small portion of the world's demand as the need for oil grows. Claude Madil, the Head of International Energy Agency, told Financial Times that there will be a need for an increase ...

06 Jun 07 Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels Announces First Draft of Principles for Global Stakeholder Feedback

A draft of global principles for sustainable biofuel production and processing has been approved by the Steering Board of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) and presented to stakeholders for comment. RSB is an international initiative that aims to bring ...

06 Jun 07 Biofuels 'will push up oil price'

The Financial Times has quoted Opec Secretary General, Abdalla El-Badri as saying that investing in biofuels could push oil prices "through the roof". He added that Opec members had so far maintained their investment plans but he warned: "If we are unable ...

01 Jun 07 Japan aims to fire up biofuel production with massive subsidies

In its efforts to increase the use of biofuel to meet commitments under the Kyoto Protocol agreement, the Japanese Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry has decided to subsidize three prospective biofuel manufacturers. Source: Biofpr

01 Jun 07 Finland's Pekkarinen wants vehicles' use of biofuel to rise to by more than 30 % by 2020

Finnish Trade and Industry Minister, Mauri Pekkarinen has committed to an increase of at least 30 % in the use of biofuels for all vehicles by 2020 as he considers the current 10 % target increase insufficient, according to media ...

30 May 07 New World Bank report on Biofuels Trade

The report "Considering Trade Policies for Liquid Biofuels" addresses the benefits and risks associated with trade in liquid biofuels. The report asks how liberalizing trade in liquid biofuels might affect biofuel production and consumption. Focusing primarily on ethanol and biodiesel, ...

25 May 07 The IPCC 4th Assessment Report

The 4th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on climate Change presents key mitigation technologies and practices and highlights the important contribution of bioenergy to climate change mitigation.http://www.ipcc.ch

23 May 07 The UK Biomass Strategy published.

The UK Biomass Strategy is seeking to realise a major expansion in the supply and use of biomass in the UK. It also meets the commitment made in the energy Review (2006) and in the Government's response to the 2005 ...

18 May 07 UNFCCC Interim Session creates upbeat move to post-Kyoto regime

The Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies on 7-18 May 2007 in Bonn left participants in an upbeat mood. The UNFCCC executive director felt that the conference served to "come closer to broadening negotiations on a post-2012 regime".http://unfccc.int/files/press/news_room/press_releases_and_advisories/application/pdf/20070518_final_sb26_english.pdf

14 May 07 UN CSD-15 ends in disarray

The members of the 15th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, which ended on 11 May 2007, did not reach agreement on a negotiated outcome. The EU and Switzerland rejected the Chair's proposed text. The G-77/China accepted it ...

09 May 07 Global Bioenergy Partnership web site launched today

9 May 2007 - The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) today unveiled its web site at the GBEP's 3rd Steering Committee meeting in New York. http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2007/index.html

08 May 07 UN Energy Report. Sustainable Bioenergy: a framework for decision makers

A comprehensive report from UN Energy, a group of 20 UN Agencies and Organizations, assesses the likely impact of the fast-growing bioenergy market.http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2007/1000553/index.html

05 May 07 Myanmar plans sharp increase of biofuel output in 2008

The Myanmar Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation has projected a sharp increase of biofuel next year to substitute diesel, to be supplied from Jatropha physic nut plantations. Source: Biofpr

26 Apr 07 Asian and European Ministers eager to boost Renewables together

The 3rd Asia-Europe Environment Ministers' Meeting (ASEM), held in Copenhagen from April 24-26, gave a strong signal for renewable energy as a means to "boost economic performance and ensure energy security, while at the same time reducing emissions of greenhouse ...

02 Mar 07 Press Conference launching International Biofuels Forum

Today's launch of the International Biofuels Forum would contribute to creating a world market for alternative fuels, resulting in economic, social and environmental benefits for developed and developing countries.The forum, a joint project of Brazil, China, India, South Africa, the ...

10 Jan 07 A Renewable Energy Roadmap: Paving the way towards a 20% share of renewables in the EU's energy mix by 2020

The roadmap proposal includes an overall binding 20% renewable energy target and a binding minimum target of 10% for transport biofuels for the EU by 2020." Each Member State will determine the best renewable energy mix for its own circumstances ...

22 Sep 06 Global Bioenergy Partnership Secretariat up, running

Located at FAO headquarters and supported by the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, the Secretariat's mandate is to facilitate a global political forum to promote bioenergy and to encourage the production, marketing and use of "green" fuels, ...

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