ExxonMobil algae ad banned
A TV ad for ExxonMobil featuring a scientist talking about researching algae as a source of biofuel cannot be screened again after a complaint to advertising watchdogs.
Is bio-methane the greenest?
In the ongoing debate about the suitability and sustainability of biofuels for vehicle transport in the UK, the potential of bio-methane is often forgotten
Taking energy from waste without the carbon
It sounds impossible, but it's not. Bill Butterworth reports on a technology which turns waste into compost, and uses it to grow biofuels
Environmental Legislation Summary June 07
Recent changes to legislation which will impact on the environmental sector in the UK, Europe and internationally come under the spotlight in this Semple Fraser and Edie News monthly round-up of new law and policy. Among the developments this month we see proposed changes to vehicle emissions standards from the EU, the final arrival of the REACH chemicals regulations and an update to biofuel tax rules in the UK.
Our fleet managers need the continental touch
Noel Lock urges the government to take notice of the environmental credentials of liquid petroleum gas as a serious alternative fuel for our business fleets
Investment in a growing market
Deforestation accounts for a huge 25% of global CO2 emissions. But this is set to change, as forestry in the developing world is becoming a lucrative investment
Graham Hilton of EIC says, if fuel-price hikes and environmental catastrophe fail to prompt swift action on biofuels, it is difficult to guess what will
Fuel of the future
Camilla Anderson talks to James Beal of Renewables East, a company at the forefront of the drive to convert motorists to the cause of biodiesels
Volcano generators and algae jet fuel: the best green innovations of the week
In a week that warned of a lifetime of high atmospheric carbon concentrations, edie has rounded up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that could mitigate carbon effects and create a sustainable, if slightly altered, future.
Biodieselgate? British industry leads EU on elimination of palm oil biofuels, says REA
The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has revealed that UK importation and consumption of palm oil-based biodiesel for use as a feedstock for vehicles still stands at 'zero' for 2015/16, in light of new data which shows that cars and trucks were responsible for almost half of all of the palm oil used across Europe in 2014.
Green transport target will be scrapped post-2020, EU confirms
EU laws requiring member states to use "at least 10%" renewable energy in transport will be scrapped after 2020, the European Commission confirmed, hoping to set aside a protracted controversy surrounding the environmental damage caused by biofuels.
Electric cars to become 'hallmark' of VW's portfolio
Automotive giant Volkswagen (VW) has unveiled new transformative outlines for its future projections, which will see the company make electric vehicles (EVs) its new "hallmark", in an attempt to rectify the recent emissions-rigging scandal.
Biodiesel worse for the environment than fossil fuels, warn green campaigners
Instead of reducing levels of pollution, the use of biodiesel in transport will increase emissions by 4% - the same as putting an extra 12 million cars on the road in 2020 - green campaigners have said.
Airbus and Boeing thrust sustainable aviation into spotlight
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus is teaming up with Siemens to introduce a range of hybrid passenger planes, while rival Boeing has partnered with NASA to reduce emissions through lighter wing designs.
FedEx plans to deliver 'future of aviation' with biofuels drive
The world's largest express transportation company is pioneering the use of sustainable aviation fuels through a new partnership which will see millions of gallons of biofuel produced from waste wood biomass.
Liam the robot and Disney World powered by tomatoes: the best green innovations of the week
After a week that saw the Energy and Climate Change Committee's (ECCC) embark on a new exploration into innovation in the energy sector, edie rounds up the latest low-carbon technologies and innovations that could accelerate the global green industrial revolution.
UPS calls for 'level playing field' of low-emission fleets
EXCLUSIVE: Packaging and transportation giant UPS has called on the UK Government to create a 'level playing field' by allowing the transport sector to create a better support system for vehicle electrification and enable more investment into biofuels.
New sustainability roadmap launched as shipping industry hits troubled waters over emissions
A coalition of businesses and NGOs including AkzoNobel, Unilever and WWF is introducing a 2040 roadmap and set of shared commitments to help the shipping industry navigate the 'significant challenges' it faces on reducing emissions.
ExxonMobil explores biofuel extraction from agricultural waste
Oil powerhouse ExxonMobil will explore new ways of producing biofuel from agricultural waste, after agreeing a partnership with biodiesel producers Renewable Energy Group (REG).
US Navy launches first biofuel-powered ship
The first ever US Navy ship to run on an alternative fuel blend as part of its regular operations, has been deployed from California.
Football star Flamini unveils secret biofuel company
Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini has this week revealed an eight year secret plan that has seen him set up a market-leading biofuel technology firm in a sector worth up to £20bn.
New emissions figures give boost to UK renewable fuel industry
Emissions from arable land in the UK could be 15% lower than previously thought, according to new estimates, marking a potential boost in the amount of crops grown specifically for use in renewable fuels.
United Biscuits crunches emissions with waste cooking oil-fuelled fleet
McVitie's biscuits, Jaffa Cakes and Twiglets are taking greener journeys to retail partners thanks to the extension of a biofuel project from manufacturer United Biscuits, which sees its delivery trucks powered by used cooking oil.
Oil and gas majors investigate 'fuels of the future'
Two of the world's largest oil and gas companies have announced new research partnerships with universities in a bid to accelerate progress towards the 'sustainable fuels of the future'.
TUI plans to 'step lightly' with aviation emissions
The world's largest travel and tourism business has embarked upon an ambitious new sustainability strategy with a particular focus on next-generation fuel development to slash airline emissions.
Aviation & maritime emissions will rocket without clear targets, report warns
Global carbon emissions from the world's aviation and maritime sectors could rise 250% by 2050 without tangible targets from governments to reduce carbon rates, a report has warned.
Government dishes out £25m for 'next generation' waste to biofuel plants
Whisky, forestry and household by-products will be turned into biofuels thanks to new funding awarded today by the Department for Transport.
Aeroplane efficiency more than a decade behind schedule
Despite a 45% reduction in average aircraft fuel burn in the last 40 years, the aviation industry is still around 12 years behind efficiency targets set by the UN's aviation body.
Renewable energy becomes second largest source of global electricity
Renewable electricity generation outpaced natural gas this month to become the second largest source of electricity worldwide, according to the International Energy Agency.
GALLERY: Top 10 sustainability stories in July 2015
The story of July has been cuts and lots off them.
Aston University researchers pioneer portable biofuel facility
Aston University has developed new technology to convert waste and residues, such as babywipes, into biofuel.
Sustainability stats: This week in numbers
The past seven days saw the UK's poor air quality hit the headlines, with London's pollution issues causing particular concern for politicians and environmental groups alike.
Railway stations go full steam ahead with coffee recycling scheme
The company that owns and operates Britain's stations, Network Rail, has announced a new partnership to turn coffee waste into biofuel.
Steel giant plans €87m commercial-scale biofuel plant
The world's largest steel producer, ArcelorMittal, has announced plans to build a ground-breaking €87m biofuel production facility in Belgium.
Virgin Atlantic decouples profitability from carbon
Virgin Atlantic has cut its carbon intensity by 2% in the past year thanks its growing fleet of fuel-efficient aircraft.
UK failing on renewable heat and transport targets
The UK is falling behind on two out of three of its 2020 renewable targets, according to analysis from energy watchdog Keep on Track.
EU agrees to burst biofuels bubble after 2020
After more than 10 years of debate, the European Parliament has today (28 April) agreed new laws to limit the use of crop-based biofuels across the continent.
EU agrees 7% cap on 'harmful' biofuels
The European Parliament's Environment Committee has agreed to cap the amount of crop-based biofuel used in the transport sector at 7%.
Record-breaking 2014 for global renewables growth
2014 was the best year ever in terms of renewable capacity added, as 103GW of capacity was brought online around the world.
Biofuels vital to UK decarbonisation, finds report
The UK transport industry must embrace biofuels if it is to meet EU decarbonisation targets, a Government-backed report has claimed.
Biofuel from whisky: Scottish pioneers receive funding boost
The world's first producer of viable biofuel capable of powering cars from whisky production residues has secured a new £500,000 investment to scale up industrial production.
Bioeconomy ready to boom, says Government report
The UK bioeconomy could be worth £100bn a year with Government support, claimed a new report from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
ETI launches project to upgrade UK's EV charging infrastructure
The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) is seeking partners to assist in a new project aimed at developing a refuelling infrastructure for low-carbon vehicles across the UK.
Focus on green tech to tackle climate change, says Sir David King
Green technology should be as much a focus of tackling climate change as the United Nations negotiations leading up to a crunch conference in Paris this December, the UK's top foreign office adviser on climate said on Tuesday.
MEP's slap new limits on biofuels from food
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted to limit the amount of food crops used in the production of biofuels, but environmental groups say the new laws don't go far enough.
Biofuel from trash could create green jobs bonanza, says report
Creating biofuels from waste produced by industry, farms, and households could generate 36,000 jobs in the UK and save around 37m tonnes of oil use annually by 2030, according to a new report.
Sustainable aviation: Increase in biofuel use 'on the horizon'
A new report outlining the uptake of biofuels across the aviation industry claims that airlines are poised to shift up a gear on integrating sustainable biofuels into their operations.
New lobby group demands EU support for bioeconomy
A new pan-European bioeconomy lobby group has been launched in Brussels, with a stated goal of helping the bloc become a 'leader in the bioeconomy'.
Biofuels don't harm food production, trade group insists
A biofuels industry group has struck back at a recent WRI report which questioned the sustainability of bioenergy, claiming it presented 'false data' on the environmental impacts of the technology.
Dedicating land to bioenergy won't curb climate change, says WRI
Do not grow crops for energy instead of food. That is the message of a new report from the World Resources Institute (WRI), which claims that dedicating crops to generating bioenergy is too inefficient to solve energy crises and makes it harder to sustainably feed the planet.
ED Davey: UK falling short of renewable heat and transport targets
The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey has admitted that the UK is in danger of missing renewable heat and renewable transport targets for 2020.
Biofuel potential 'must be realised' to help Europe reach 2020 energy targets
Biofuels produced with low or no risk of indirect land use change (ILUC) could contribute significantly to achieving the European Union's 2020 climate and energy targets in transport.
Groundbreaking biofuel project brings new life to Cornish mine
A pioneering research project to clean up a flooded Cornish tin mine is using algae to harvest the precious heavy metals in its toxic water, while simultaneously producing biofuel.
Biofuels 'essential' in reducing transport GHG emissions
At the Lima climate summit, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) restated the importance of biofuels, such as ethanol, in reducing GHG emissions in the transport sector.
United Biscuits powers lorry fleet with waste cooking oil
International biscuit and cake manufacturer United Biscuits (UB) has developed a sustainability scheme which will see the use of waste cooking oil to power 12 lorries in its fleet.
Bioenergy makes record contributions to UK energy mix
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) has released its latest quarterly energy trends publication, highlighting the growing contribution made to the UK's electricity production by biomass power and biofuels as well as the vital role they play in the reduction of CO2 emissions.
Finnair flies to Climate Summit using recycled cooking oil
Finnish airline Finnair will operate a demonstration flight from Helsinki to New York with an Airbus A330 that uses sustainable biofuel.
First commercial-scale biofuel plant opens in US
The USA's first commercial-scale biofuel plant is now open and will eventually produce more than 110 million litres of fuel a year from corn waste.
Shifting biofuels goals could threaten industry development
US and EU moves to reduce overarching biofuels targets may damage the industry's growth and its place in tomorrow's renewables mix.
Boeing teams up with South African Airways to make jet fuel from tobacco plant
Aircraft giant Boeing, South African Airways and jet fuel provider SkyNRG have announced they are collaborating to make sustainable aviation biofuel from a new type of tobacco plant.
Low-carbon policies drive investment in greener vehicles
The positive impact that environmental policy can have on the green growth of a sector has been seen in the UK car industry, with increased investment contributing to a significant reduction in tailpipe emissions over the past 10 years.
Biofuel and low-carbon truck investment stalls
Policy and investment in the UK's low-carbon truck and biofuels sector has stalled in meeting air quality emissions targets and CO2 reductions.
Wind and other renewables generated a fifth of Britain's electricity in early 2014
New windfarms, strong winds and a good winter for hydropower plants sent renewable energy generation surging to 19.4% of all electricity from January to March.
Low-carbon transport report highlights importance of sustainable biofuels
A new report that assesses how Government can best achieve the UK's 2020 renewable transport target has been hailed as 'an important step forward' for the sustainable biofuels industry.
Food and biofuels likely to be hit by rising water risks to corn supplies
High water stress is jeopardising one-third of the world's corn crop, sparking food and biofuel security fears within the agricultural industry and related supply chains.
Renewable energy employs 6.5m worldwide, report finds
The increasingly important role that renewable energy plays in job creation and economic growth has been further highlighted by a new report which reveals that 6.5 million people were employed in the industry last year.
Renewable electricity generation up 28% in the UK
Renewable electricity generation increased by 28% in 2013 to 52.8 terawatt-hours (TWh), up from the 41.3 TWh recorded in 2012, according to official figures.
London firm turns waste coffee grounds into biofuels
Bio-bean, a new London-based company, has announced that it plans to recycle waste coffee grounds and convert them into biofuels.
London bus pilot powers up with waste biodiesel
More than 100 London buses will run on fuel derived from used cooking oil and other food waste in a pilot scheme announced today by London Mayor Boris Johnson.
Biodiesel bonanza from London's takeaways
Used cooking oil could fuel a fifth of London's bus fleet, according to new figures published this week.
Motorists to pay more as Gov 'underestimates cost' of biofuels in petrol
The cost to motorists of adding biofuels to petrol will be as much as £224m more each year than Government estimates, according to new research published today.
EXCLUSIVE: DECC's plans for biomethane 'anti-competitive' says UPS
Internal conflicts in Government are restricting the use of biomethane in the transport and logistics sector, which could potentially decarbonise heavy truck fleets, says UPS' director of sustainability for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Peter Harris.
UPS: en route to a fuel efficient future
From using electric vehicles in New York City during the 1930s to operating one of the world's largest fleet of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, UPS has long practiced environmentally-conscious innovations. Leigh Stringer looks into the company's approach to further reducing its CO2 emissions
Demonstrator waste biofuel projects get £25m boost
Transport Minister Norman Baker has announced £25m of capital funding to enable the construction of demonstration-scale waste-to-fuel and other advanced biofuel plants in the UK.
European Parliament votes for controversial biofuel cap
The European Parliament's environment committee (ENVI) has today voted in favour of legislation to cap the percentage of biofuels in European renewable energy transport targets at 5.5%.
European Parliament urged to vote against 'unfair' biofuel cap
The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has called on the European Parliament Environment Committee (ENVI) to vote against proposals to reduce EU renewable transport targets this Thursday.
Biffa slashes vehicle fleet emissions by closing loop on waste oil
Biffa has set up a closed loop process to power an entire municipal waste collection fleet with used cooking oil, resulting in a 78% reduction in CO2 emissions.
ADBA chief: Food waste collections critical to future of biomethane
Local authority collected food waste was singled out as the most important feedstock to help accelerate biomethane production for the transport sector.
'Wastes for vehicle fuels win-win' says sustainable transport minister
The Government has voiced strong support for waste-generated biomethane to drive uptake of renewable gas-powered vehicles.
MPs call to scrap biofuels support in face of rising food prices
MPs have today issued calls to exclude agriculturally-produced biofuels from the UK's existing biofuels support mechanism, the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO).
Biofuel waste offers concrete gains for greener cement
Waste from biofuel could drive the production of more sustainable concrete through a pioneering closed loop process.
World urgently needs thriving biofuels industry, says Porritt
Growth in the biofuels industry is being 'stifled' by continued lobbying from the oil and gas sectors, according to the founder and director of Forum for the Future.
Clean energy continues ascent as major economic force
The clean energy sector is predicted to almost double over the next decade, despite the economic crisis slowing demand for a host of clean technologies.
Company forest footprint disclosures on the rise
The number of companies voluntarily disclosing their forest footprint has increased by almost 15% compared to last year, according to a report.
UK power from renewables increases to 11.7% in third quarter
Electricity generated from renewables increased from 9.1% in the third quarter of 2011, to 11.7% in the third quarter of 2012, according to latest figures.
British Airways takes off with waste-sourced aviation biofuels
British Airways has entered into a joint venture to source aviation biofuel from waste in Europe's first commercial-scale low carbon jet fuel production facility.
Dirty biomass could lead to 'carbon fraud' claim green campaigners
Burning wood in power stations is worse for the climate than burning coal, a recent report from green lobbyists warns.
Biofuel industry 'needs time to mature'
Biofuel is not only helping decarbonise the UK's transport sector it is reducing the need to import livestock feed from the Americas and South East Asia, says the National Farmers Union (NFU).
European Commission's proposals spark fire in biofuel industry
Europe's biofuel industry has threatened to sue the European Commission if it goes ahead with its proposal, announced today, to limit global land conversion for biofuel production due to their indirect effect on CO2 emissions.
Growing concern over biofuels as global food crisis looms
Governments have gathered in Rome for World Food Day to discuss the global food price crisis today, as the EU prepares to announce reforms addressing social and environmental impacts of expanding land use for biofuels.
British engineers create petrol out of thin air
A British firm has become the first in the world to demonstrate CO2 air capture technology as a viable industrial project.
Audi powers up with biofuels from wastewater
Audi is pioneering the development of eco-fuels from wastewater which will offer sustainable alternatives to petrol and diesel.
Scotland ferments whisky biofuel in world first
A Scottish whisky distillery is set to become the first in the world to have its waste by-products converted into biofuel in a pilot demonstration project.
Cut in EU role for food-crop biofuels is welcomed
European Commission thinking on which biofuels are sustainable, and should be encouraged, and which aren't, appears to be moving in the right direction according to the 'greener transport' campaign organisation, Transport & Environment (T&E).
Aviation needs innovative ideas to take off for sustainable future
The future of aviation will see a significant drop in carbon emissions, despite an increase in flights, if the industry takes on innovative ideas to reduce its impact on the environment, according to aircraft manufacturer Airbus.
Regulation stability will encourage investment in fuel alternatives says BP
Uncertainty around biofuel regulation is likely to have a significant impact on businesses investing in the development of fuel alternatives, says BP Biofuels ceo Phillip New.
LCA impacts sorely lacking in biofuels policy
The Government must demonstrate a greater understanding of life cycle assessment (LCA) impacts if policy drivers are to be effective in developing the biofuels market, a leading research body has said.
Shell to pioneer advanced biofuels from crop waste
Shell is developing low-carbon biofuels from inedible plants and crop waste that could potentially be blended at higher concentrations with petrol and diesel.
Affordable biofuels take flight with airline pledge
Boeing, Airbus and Embraer have joined forces in a bid to accelerate the development and roll out of affordable aviation biofuels.
Sewage set to power commercial-scale algae biofuels
An EU-backed €12M algae biofuel demonstration project which aims to produce commercial-scale energy from sewage is set to go ahead in Spain later this year.