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  • MEPs vote to cap biofuels

    25 Feb 2015

    The European Parliament has voted to limit the use of biofuels made from food crops, in what is being seen as a compromise between the views of environmental groups and industry.

  • MEPs set to vote on biofuels cap

    24 Feb 2015

    The Environmental Committee of the European Parliament will today decide whether or not to put a cap on the use of food crops in biofuels. The vote on biofuels reform comes amid claims from environmental campaigners that growing crops for use in biofuels is causing global deforestation and contributing to rising greenhouse gas emissions.

  • World's first seawater bioenergy pilot project under development in Abu Dhabi

    10 Feb 2015

    A pilot-scale bioenergy facility that will use seawater irrigated desert land to produce both bioenergy and food in the water is under development at the Masdar Institute (MI) of Science and Technology, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The project is expected to be operational in late summer 2015.

  • Ensus shuts down Teeside bioethanol plant

    10 Feb 2015

    Ensus has temporarily stopped operations at its bioethanol plant in Teeside due to competition from US imports and continuing regulatory delays.

  • EuropaBio to award €10,000 to 'most innovative' biotech SME

    09 Feb 2015
    The European Association for Bioindustries (EuropaBio) is inviting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the biotechnology industry to apply for the annual Most Innovative European Biotech SME Award. The €10,000 prize will be awarded to companies in three categories: healthcare, agricultural and industrial biotech.
  • Enerpellets announces US expansion plans

    09 Feb 2015

    European wood-pellet producer Enerpellets Group are to build a $60 million pellet plant in Florida with an production output capacity of 250,000 tons per year.

  • New Bioeconomy Alliance calls for EU action on bioeconomy strategy

    05 Feb 2015

    The newly-formed European Bioeconomy Alliance (EBA) has called for more predictable policies which will create “a long-term strategy for a competitive, dynamic and sustainable bioeconomy in Europe.”

  • Celtic Renewables wins Rushlight Bioenergy Award

    04 Feb 2015

    Celtic Renewables won two awards at this year’s annual Rushlight Awards for its pioneering work in producing advanced biofuel from by-products of the whisky industry.

  • US Department of Energy invites comments on Engineered High Energy Crops proposals

    02 Feb 2015

    The US Department of Energy's (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy is welcoming comments on its Engineered High Energy Crop (EHEC) program's draft environmental impact statement. The statement assesses the possible environmental impacts associated with the DOE's intention to trial the effectiveness of EHECs in several southeastern US states.


  • Horizon 2020: funding new technology for the UK biobased economy

    29 Jan 2015

    More than 20 delegates attended the Horizon 2020 funding workshop hosted by the NNFCC at the York Science Park on 28 January. There were representatives from over 18 different institutions and companies, including Yorkshire Universities, FERA, Biomimicry UK, Eon, Enterprise Europe Network, ADAS and the University of York. The attendees discussed EU funding opportunities and new technology in the biobased economy.

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