Latest Directive on the Promotion of the use of biofuels and other renewable fuels for transport Stories

2011-08-17 15:07:44

Despite growing evidence that biofuels may not be the cure-all once envisioned, many countries are still rushing headlong with biofuels development policies that experts say are having negative as well as positive impacts on the sustainable-energy dream. That's the topic of the cover story in the current edition of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), ACS' weekly newsmagazine. In the article, C&EN Contributing Editor Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay points out that belief in biofuels'...

2009-06-01 17:52:00

GBC Asked to Contribute to Implementation of Presidential Biofuels Directive WASHINGTON, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- In his effort to develop a national biofuels strategy to reduce America's dependence on imported oil, President Barack Obama invited the Governors' Biofuels Coalition to partner with key members of his Administration to achieve his vision for energy independence. In a May 27, 2009, letter to Coalition Chair Gov. John Hoeven of North Dakota and Vice Chair Gov. Chet Culver of Iowa,...

2009-05-06 13:11:00

President Responds to Governors' Biofuels Coalition Recommendations WASHINGTON, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to recommendations from the Governors' Biofuels Coalition, President Barack Obama issued a presidential directive charging key members of his administration with shepherding the development of the U.S. biofuels industry. The directive creates the nation's first comprehensive biofuels market development program; coordinates infrastructure policies; and identifies policy options to...

2008-12-05 15:06:28

The European Union has agreed to have 10 percent of its vehicle fuels sourced with renewable fuels by 2020 in spite of warnings from scientists. Scientists have said that turning forests or grasslands into farmland to make up for acreage lost to biofuel production undermines the claim that biofuels is a clean source of energy, Deutsche Welle reported Friday. But an agreement between the European Parliament, the European Commission and European Union member states, upholds the 10 percent...

2008-09-05 12:00:35

The parliament of New Zealand has passed the Biofuel Bill in a bid to reduce the country's dependence on imported oil and also reduce the cost of transportation fuels, according to PetrolWorld. The bill includes controls to guarantee that New Zealand-origin biofuels emit less greenhouse gases than fossil fuels, and do not compete for food resources. According to PetrolWorld, Brian Cox, executive officer of the Bioenergy Association of New Zealand, said: "This is the first step to ensuring...

2008-07-09 06:00:27

By James Kanter European officials have proposed scaling back dramatically their goal of increasing Europe's use of biofuels, a major about-face on a central environmental and energy issue. At the same time, a new report by the British government cast fresh doubt on fuels made from crops as a way to the fight climate change. Until recently, European governments had sought to lead the rest of the world in the use of biofuels, aiming to derive 10 percent of Europe's transportation fuels...

2005-11-10 11:40:00

By Nigel Hunt LONDON -- Five percent of all motor fuel sold in Britain will have to come from renewable sources by 2010, UK Transport Secretary Alistair Darling said on Thursday. The requirement will lead to a 20-fold increase in biofuels use, which currently stands at about 0.25 percent of all road fuel sales, and the announcement received a largely positive response from the farming and renewable energy sectors. "I'm very positive (about the announcement). It is unusually unambiguous and...

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