Hydrocarbon Processing BASF sells bioenergy enzymes business to Lallemand BASF has sold its bioenergy enzymes business to Lallemand's subsidiaries, Danstar Ferment AG and Lallemand Specialties Inc. This includes the Spartec® product portfolio and related technologies in development. Brazil's Raizen launches second-generation ethanol plant, mulls new contracts Brazil's Raizen inaugurated its second cellulosic ethanol plant as part of a plan in which four more production units will be opened by the 2025/26 harvest. Verbio commences biorefinery conversion project in Indiana (U.S.) Verbio has begun converting its South Bend ethanol plant into a cutting-edge biorefinery. With a groundbreaking ceremony, Verbio aims to integrate renewable natural gas (RNG) and bioethanol production through innovative methods. Editorial Comment: Boosting bio-content in processing feeds: Challenges and solutions driving the energy transition Around the world, nations have instituted pathways to reduce emissions within their economies. These initiatives include various investments in carbon mitigation strategies such as boosting domestic renewables capacity, utilizing low-/zero-carbon fuels for power generation (e.g., green hydrogen), adding carbon capture technologies to projects and industrial installations, and increasing bio-content in transportation fuels, among others. US appeals court upholds biofuel blending mandates for 2020-2022 A U.S. appeals court upheld a rule from President Joe Biden's administration that set the amount of biofuels that oil refiners were required to blend into the nation's fuel mix from 2020 through 2022, rejecting a challenge by oil refiners to the mandates. SAFFiRE Renewables biofuel pilot plant to be developed in Kansas On its path to opening a facility designed to turn agriculture residue into a scalable biofuel business, SAFFiRE Renewables, LLC plans to break ground on its pilot plant near Liberal, Kansas, in late 2024. Brazil's Timbro to export 40% more sugar, enter ethanol market in 2024 Brazilian international trade platform Timbro expects to increase its sugar exports by more than 40% in 2024 to 2 MMt, while also expanding operations to enter the ethanol market. U.S. EPA to announce temporary expanded sales of higher-ethanol gasoline blend The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to temporarily expand sales of higher-ethanol blends of gasoline this summer, a win for the corn ethanol industry that will likely see demand increase. Biden administration's (U.S.) initial SAF subsidy model to raise climate hurdle for ethanol The Biden administration will release a preliminary climate model for its SAF subsidy program in the coming weeks that is more restrictive than what the corn-based ethanol industry had expected. INEOS O&P UK announced a proposal to cease production of ethanol from its Grangemouth site INEOS O&P UK announced a proposal to close the Ethanol Plant at Grangemouth in Q1 2025 and will start consultations in Grangemouth with its employees and the Trade Union about this proposal.