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EU regulations will incentivise higher ethanol consumption in 2020
2020 is likely to prove a strong year for the European ethanol industry, as member states leave headroom for a cap on crop-based biofuels production which will limit volumes to 2020 levels over the course of the next decade.
Antonio Vallespir: bioenergy portfolio diversity and the rise of ethanol
We spoke to Antonio Vallespir, CEO at Vertex Bioenergy, about the political attitude towards ethanol in Europe and his expectation for growth Spain and across the continent.
Will Finland be able to reach 30% biofuels in road transportation by 2029?
Timo Ritonummi is Deputy Director General of the Energy Department at Finland’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. In our interview with him at the World Ethanol & Biofuels conference, he explained why he is confident that the country can meet its ambitious targets of 30% biofuels and 10% advanced biofuels in road transportation by 2029 – and why achieving the same gains in the aviation sector may prove more difficult.
How currency trends influence the trade in agricultural commodities, with Eddie Tofpik
Eddie Tofpik is Head of Technical Analysis at ADM Investors Services International. His analysis of FX and commodity futures markets is freely available online and is a valuable resource for market participants from a variety of industries, including sugar and ethanol.
Unlocking the full potential of renewable ethanol, with ePURE President Alarik Sandrup
Alarik Sandrup is the recently appointed president of ePURE, the European Renewable Ethanol Association, where he advocates for greater use of ethanol to help meet the EU’s transport decarbonisation targets. He is also the Director of Public and Regulatory Affairs at Lantmännen, a Swedish agricultural cooperative. In our interview with him at World Ethanol & Biofuels, we discussed EU policy makers' attitude towards ethanol, how to reduce GHG emissions from feedstock cultivation, and why Sweden is leading the pack in terms of renewable fuel consumption.
Opportunities for Russian molasses and sugar beet pulp: Q&A with Sucden’s Marina Sidak
Marina Sidak is Head of Analytical Service for one of Russia’s largest sugar producers, Sucden Russia. In our interview with her at the World Ethanol & Biofuels conference, we discussed the market outlook for the two most important sugar beet co-products, molasses and sugar beet pulp, and what can be done to help develop Russia’s fledgling ethanol industry.
Raizen Q&A: RenovaBio, Brazilian corn ethanol and the importance of alternative markets
Paulo Corte-Real Neves is Ethanol & Oil Products Trading Director at Raizen, a leading Brazilian sugarcane producer jointly owned by Cosan and Royal Dutch Shell. We sat down with him at the World Ethanol & Biofuels conference to discuss the RenovaBio programme, California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard and emerging competition with corn ethanol produced in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso.
Growth Energy’s Craig Willis talks small refinery exemptions and US ethanol exports
Craig Willis is Vice President for Global Markets at Growth Energy, a trade association representing the US ethanol industry. We caught up with him at the World Ethanol & Biofuels conference in Brussels to discuss the state of ethanol policy in the US, and what Growth Energy is doing to open up other markets for US exports, including Brazil and India.
The EU biofuels market in 2020
What market forces will influence European ethanol and biodiesel production and consumption in 2020? This analysis from F.O. Licht considers each of the key European markets in turn, before assessing the outlook for imports of used-cooking oil from Asia and ethanol from the US.
Tanzania is about to become a proving ground for clean cooking fuels
In the city of Dar es Salaam, in Tanzania, one of the most ambitious clean cooking projects is about to go to market. This city of over 4 million, known for its sandy beaches, rapid urbanisation and large Swahili speaking population, will be a testing ground for the large-scale deployment of ethanol as a cooking fuel.
Trade and technology will be focus of 2019 World Ethanol & Biofuels conference
On the 5th – 7th November, more than 500 leading players from the US, Europe, Asia, South America and Africa will be returning to Brussels to take part in most influential global biofuels event, the World Ethanol & Biofuels conference.
European ethanol industry needs market reforms to counter growing trade threat
Recent changes in the EU’s trading relationships with the US and the Mercosur trade bloc may render the European ethanol industry uncompetitive. Taking measures to safeguard the EU’s domestic production base will bring benefits for the economy and the climate.
Ethanol turns into a cash cow for India's sugar mills
Surplus sugar production, low prices and much needed policy changes are spurring sugar mills in India to turn to ethanol to pump up profits. This analysis from F.O. Licht explores the recent successes for ethanol in one of the world’s fastest growing markets.
IEA: Biofuel consumption needs to triple to meet sustainable development goals
The growth in transport biofuels consumption needs to increase considerably to stay in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, according to the International Energy Agency.
New study highlights southern Africa's impressive sugarcane bioenergy potential
A recent study by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has found that there is significant potential for an expansion in sugarcane bioenergy production in seven southern African countries.
Overcoming the barriers to entry for aviation biofuels
Aviation is both one of the fastest growing emissions sources and one of the most challenging to decarbonise. With the appropriate policies in place, biofuels may yet prove to be the industry’s most powerful weapon in the struggle to reduce emissions.
Palm oil biodiesel’s contribution to carbon emissions, explained
Following on from a controversial decision by the European Commission to phase out palm oil biodiesel, we examine the evidence for palm oil’s land use impacts and effect on net carbon emissions.
F.O. Licht's World of Biofuels 2019
From US corn ethanol through to Argentine biodiesel, this is F.O. Licht's comprehensive assessment of the pricing dynamics, regulations and crop conditions that will shape the global biofuels market over the next 12 months.
Realism on biofuels and decarbonisation: Q&A with Charles-Albert Peers
Charles-Albert Peers is the Chairman of ePURE, the European renewable ethanol producers association. In our interview with him at the World Ethanol & Biofuels conference, we discussed the emissions savings ethanol can deliver in the near term, and the difficulties involved with investing in second generation biofuels production.
Improvements in ethanol production technology: an interview with Scott Kohl
Scott Kohl is Vice President of Technology and Process Improvement at White Energy, a biofuels producer based in Texas. We caught up with him at the World Ethanol & Biofuels conference to find out how ethanol production technology is improving, and why DDGS fractionation can help to command higher prices from the animal feed market.
What Canada's Clean Fuel Standard means for ethanol producers: Q&A with Andrea Kent
Andrea Kent is Vice President of Government and Public Relations at Greenfield Global Inc. We spoke to her at the World Ethanol & Biofuels conference about Canada’s ambitious Clean Fuel Standard, its likely implications for the ethanol industry, and the need for a joined-up approach to decarbonising the country’s transportation system.