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NEWS UPDATE November 15, 2022

Top Story

Biodiesel Pushes for Multi-Year RFS

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted November 15, 2022

With EPA expected to release a Renewable Fuel Standard proposal in a couple of weeks, the biodiesel industry is calling on the agency to expand its RFS volumes on a much-higher growth trajectory than the industry has ever seen. EPA is set to release what is expected to be a multi-year set of RFS volumes for 2023 and beyond on Nov. 30. Clean Fuels Alliance America CEO Donnell Rehagen said during a press briefing Monday that his industry has always been in a position to produce more biomass-based diesel than what the RFS called for. [ read more … ]

SAF

Biofuel Research: Full Decarbonization of U.S. Aviation Sector Is Within Grasp

By Arizona State University  •    •  Posted November 15, 2022

The study, led by a team of Arizona State University researchers, found that planting the grass miscanthus on 23.2 million hectares of existing marginal agricultural lands – land that often lays fallow or is poor in soil quality – across the United States would provide enough biomass feedstock to meet the liquid fuel demands of the U.S. aviation sector fully from biofuels, an amount expected to reach 30 billion gallons/year by 2040. [ read more … ]

Commentary

The Biofuel Boom Needs Greater Oversight

By Felicity Bradstock, Oilprice.com  •    •  Posted November 15, 2022

There is great optimism around the future of biofuels, offering the potential for net-zero carbon emissions across several highly polluting industries, such as aviation and shipping. However, to encourage the development of an international biofuels market, governments must establish standards across the industry, supported by national policies and regulatory bodies that can certify different biofuels for use across a variety of industries [ read more … ]

Pollution

Methane emissions from 15 meat and dairy companies rival those of the EU

By Matt Krupnick, The Guardian  •    •  Posted November 15, 2022

The combined methane emissions of 15 of the world’s largest meat and dairy companies are higher than those of several of the world’s largest countries, including Russia, Canada and Australia, according to a new study. The analysis from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and Changing Markets Foundation found that emissions by the companies – five meat and 10 dairy corporations – equate to more than 80% of the European Union’s entire methane footprint and account for 11.1% of the world’s livestock-related methane emissions. [ read more … ]

EVs

The Wrong Americans Are Buying Electric Cars

By Kyle Stock, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted November 15, 2022

EV adoption is finally ramping up in the US. But what the fever line doesn’t show is that it’s lumpy. A large share of battery-powered cars are being bought by households that already own an EV, or two or three for that matter. The EV early adopter has given way to the superuser or, some might say, the hoarder. And despite their good intentions, these double-dippers may unwittingly be shrinking the climate benefits their cars can offer. “A, the wrong people are buying these cars,” says Ashley Nunes, a Harvard economist studying this dynamic. “And B, the way those people are using these cars makes it very difficult for them to deliver an emissions advantage.” [ read more … ]

Auto Makers Shift to Lower-Cost Batteries for Electric Vehicles

By Mike Colias, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted November 15, 2022

In the race to build a more affordable electric car, auto makers are turning to a lower-cost battery type that could lead to less-expensive options, but deliver less driving range. Several major car companies plan to deploy lithium-iron-phosphate batteries, known as LFP, a type commonly used in China, the world’s largest market for electric cars. Those iron-based battery cells cost less than the nickel-and-cobalt combination used widely in North America and Europe. [ read more … ]

Meet the Biden official overseeing $7.5B for EVs

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted November 15, 2022

Gabe Klein is a key figure in the Biden administration’s plans to build out infrastructure for America’s future electric cars, buses and trucks. But his biggest accomplishment may involve bicycles.
In September, Klein, who has run transportation departments in Washington and Chicago, was named executive director of the new Joint Office of Energy and Transportation, which was created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law signed by President Joe Biden last November. [ read more … ]

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