Study: US biofuels policy contributes to global warming

(Reuters) — US renewable fuel mandates are contributing to global warming, boosting carbon emissions as farmers turn carbon-rich areas like wetlands and forests into cropland to grow corn, soy and wheat for biofuels production, a study presented on Wednesday said.

Braskem signs partnership with Haldor Topsoe to develop biobased MEG

SAO PAULO — Braskem, the American producer of thermoplastic resins, and Danish-based Haldor Topsoe, a company in catalysts and surface science, have signed a technological cooperation agreement to develop a pioneering route to produce monoethylene glycol (MEG) from sugar. The agreement calls for the construction of a demonstration plant in Denmark, with operation slated to begin in 2019.

US sets final anti-subsidy duties on Argentine, Indonesian biodiesel

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) — The US Commerce Department on Thursday said it set final anti-subsidy duties on biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia, pushing soyoil futures to a two-month high even though the decision was expected.

Icahn subpoenaed by US on biofuels dealing

NEW YORK (Reuters) — Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has been subpoenaed by the US Justice Department over his efforts to overhaul the US biofuels program during his time as an unpaid adviser to President Donald Trump, his company said in a securities filing.

Diamond Green Diesel initiates engineering review for proposed expansion

IRVING, Texas — Darling Ingredients Inc. and Valero Energy Corporation announced that in anticipation of growing demand for renewable diesel due to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and global low carbon markets, they will initiate an engineering and construction cost review to analyze an additional project growing annual production capacity to 550 MMgal at the Diamond Green Diesel (DGD) facility in Norco, LA.

Enerkem biofuel facility receives approval from EPA to sell ethanol

MONTREAL — Enerkem Inc., a waste-to-biofuels and renewable chemicals producer, announced it has received approval from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to sell cellulosic ethanol produced at its Edmonton, AB, Canada facility under the US renewable fuels standard (RFS).

Peru, Argentina to seek resolution to biodiesel dispute

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) — Argentina and Peru are seeking to resolve a dispute stemming from Peru's decision to apply anti-dumping tariffs on imports of Argentine biodiesel a year ago, Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said on Friday.

DuPont to sell cellulosic ethanol plant in blow to biofuel

CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) — DuPont Industrial Biosciences, a unit of DowDuPont Inc, on Thursday said it halted operations at a 2-yr-old ethanol plant and will sell it, dealing another blow to efforts to create biofuels without using food crops.

Indonesia 2017 biodiesel use to reach 2.53 MMkl

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) — Indonesia's unblended biodiesel consumption is expected to come in at 2.53 MM kiloliters (kl) this year, said Dono Boestami, the chief executive of the Indonesia Estate Crop Fund, a government agency that overseas consumption of the fuel.

Icahn refinery cuts biofuels short amid reform standstill

NEW YORK (Reuters) — Carl Icahn’s oil refining company CVR Energy has significantly unwound a large short position in the US biofuel credit market, more than halving its outstanding blending obligation, the company said on Wednesday.