agriculture biofuel News

  • Energy Department Joins Navy and Agriculture Departments to Invest in Drop-In Biofuel for Military

    Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman joined Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Secretary Ray Mabus of the U.S. Department of Navy, on September 19, 2014, to announce awards for three commercial-scale biorefinery projects that will help meet the transportation needs of the U.S. military and private sector. Together these three projects will ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • AP article overlooks positives in agriculture, unfairly criticizes biofuels

    A recent article by the Associated Press attacks American agriculture by blaming biofuels for harming our natural resources. Unfortunately, the story recycles the same tired arguments, and overlooks several facts that deserve to be highlighted. The article’s main conclusion is that biofuels have incentivized farmers to plant corn, and this increased corn production has led to environmental ...


    By National Farmers Union

  • When biofuels and biosecurity meet

    “New agricultural non-food crops, especially those developed to meet the growing demand for biofuels and other renewable industrial needs in the 21st Century, will have to meet triple bottom line – people, planet, profit – criteria,” says CSIRO Entomology’s Dr Andy Sheppard. “Sustainable management of pests in new crops and minimisation of any invasive threats these crops pose to the environment ...

  • Wastepaper could be biofuel source

    Converting waste such as paper and cardboard into biofuel is a neglected option that could provide clean energy, cut the amount of municipal waste and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, researchers say. Around 83 billion litres of ethanol could be produced from waste paper, according to their model. This could replace five per cent of the world's global petrol demand. Moreover, ethanol produced ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Grass Is Greener For Biofuels Future

    A genetically-engineered bacterium developed by scientists in the US can produce ethanol biofuel from coarse, wild-growing switchgrass, rather than using vital food crops such as maize. Scientists in the US claim they have developed a simple, one-step process that turns plant tissue into biofuel. A genetically-engineered bacterium can convert switchgrass into ethanol directly, without any ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Biofuels benefit billionaires

    Biofuels will serve the interests of large industrial groups rather than helping to cut carbon emissions and ward off climate change, according to research to be published in the International Journal of Environment and Health this month. Simone Vieri of the University “La Sapienza” of Rome, Italy, explains that ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Food as fuel - are biofuels to blame?

    The United Nations has accused the US and the European Union of having taken the "criminal path" by contributing to an explosive rise in global food prices through using food crops to produce biofuels. This comes in the wake of skyrocketing prices and plummeting food supplies in the developing world. But many questions remain as to whether biofuels are the root cause of the current world food ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Calculating carbon payback times for biofuels

    Biofuels can only contribute to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions if crop production does not lead to further deforestation in tropical regions. New research introduces the concept of ecosystem carbon payback time (ECPT), which can be used to help identify the best means of expanding biofuel production worldwide, without causing unacceptable levels of carbon emissions from crop production. ...

  • IEA technology roadmap biofuels for transport

    A new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA)<http://www.iea.org/> says that the widespread deployment of biofuels can play an important role in reducing CO2 emissions in the transport sector and enhancing energy security, when produced sustainably. With the transportation sector growing considerably, and demand for transport fuels rising globally, the IEA ...


    By International Energy Agency

  • Towards a more sustainable future with biofuels

    Biofuels have a role in future energy production. However, the way in which they are produced and managed can determine if they benefit society, the economy and the environment, concludes a recent report on the sustainable production and use of biofuels. The report examined the life cycle of biofuels for impacts on the climate and environment, focusing on first generation biofuels, such as ...

  • EPA proposes reducing biofuel mandate

    The Obama administration on Friday proposed to reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply for the first time, acknowledging that the biofuel law championed by both parties in 2007 is not working as well as expected. While the proposal highlights the government's struggle to ramp up production of homegrown biofuels that are ...


    By Associated Press

  • Roundtable for Reporters – Biofuels for National Security

    Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO):       WHAT:   The U.S. Department of Defense is the ...

  • Leading world organisations warn on biofuels

    A report by a coalition of leading inter-governmental organisations has called for an end to all subsidies and targets for biofuels. The report, whose backers include the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the World Trade Organisation, also calls for an acceleration in research into alternative ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and securing energy supplies. At a time when the ...

  • Roundtable reveals international biofuel standard

    Biofuels offer the promise of a low-carbon fuel that could power vehicles and stimulate the world's rural economies. Yet biofuels are also among the most vilified of environmental technologies. Ethanol refineries are not always clean. The labor on biofuel farms is not always fair. The diversion of feedstocks from food to fuel may be driving up global commodity prices. And the forests, fields, and ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Roundtable for Reporters – Biofuels for National Security

    Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO):       WHAT:   The U.S. Department of Defense is the ...

  • Global Markets and Technologies for Biofuel Enzymes

    Bharat Book Bureau(http://www.bharatbook.com/market-research-reports/alternative-sources-market-research-report/global-markets-and-technologies-for-biofuel-enzymes.html) has recently added the market intelligence report titled " ...


  • Ethanol in the Classroom: Educating the next generation of biofuel visionaries

    Education is a critical aspect of all successful innovations and fundamental to efforts to change the way things have always been done. Our nation’s current energy crisis is no exception. That is why the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and the Renewable Fuels Foundation (RFF) are partnering with teachers and the National FFA Organization to provide tens of thousands of high school students ...

  • NRC drives strategy to commercialize biofuel from algae

    Canada"s National Research Council is collaborating with a number of industrial partners to commercialize technologies for algae cultivation, biomass handling, oil extraction and ultimately, fuel production. NRC is committing approximately $5M in funding through the National Bioproducts Program and the ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Woodland biofuels selected as GoingGreen Global 200 winner

    Woodland Biofuels, an Ontario-based cellulosic ethanol company, has made the 2011 GoingGreen Top 200 for being one of the most promising private greentech companies on the planet. Inclusion in the GoingGreen Global 200 signifies industry leadership and a game-changing technology that is likely to disrupt existing markets and entrenched players. Woodland was selected by the AlwaysOn editorial team ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Euro MPs urged to drop EU biofuels targets

    As the European Parliament is preparing for a crucial vote on a new European law for renewable energy tomorrow, international environment organisations are calling on MEPs to vote against proposals to massively expand the use of biofuels. The groups argue that the widespread use of biofuels will do more harm than good and must not distract from the successful development of clean energy. ...

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