The federal Biomass Research and Development Board unveiled a multiagency strategy March 5 to accelerate innovative technologies that harness the nation’s biomass resources for affordable biofuels, bioproducts and biopower. The Bioeconomy Initiative: Implementation Framework was developed by the B&RD Board - an interagency collaborative co-chaired by USDA and U.S. DOE - to guide such efforts.
If done sustainably, biofuels are one of many solutions to reduce petroleum dependency and carbon emissions contributing to global warming. The most known biofuels today are ethanol from sugarcane and corn (30 billion gallons annually) and biomass-based diesel - including methyl ester biodiesel and renewable diesel - from vegetable oils and animal fats (10 billion gallons per year).
Meridional TCS, a multi-national company that produces and distributes ingredientes and oleochemical products for various markets ranging from animal nutrition to industrial and biofuel markets, closes the year 2018 with two important achievements.
Meridional Ingredients presents its Best Lec® line with certified Soy Lecithin food or non-GMO option
Aware of the progressive need to offer complete and versatile solutions, Meridional Ingredients is a division of Meridional TCS Group, specializing in products for human and animal feed added to logistic services with excellency and international recognition.
Jair Bolsonaro’s energy team is keen to push for the sale of prized Brazilian crude deposits in an auction that could give Big Oil access to more black gold than all of Mexico’s proved reserves.
A group of researchers from Spain and Greece are using glycerine co-product of biodiesel to substantially improve the thermal properties of ceramics. The new technique may be employed in the production of insulating bricks for the building industry.
The Global Oleochemicals Fatty Acids Market is valued at $16.4 billion and is expected to reach $30.62 billion by 2022 growing at a CAGR of 8.1% from 2014 and 2022. Some of the key drivers of the market include consumer-driven demand and recyclability.
By invitation of the Brazilian Agency for Export and Investment Promotion (Apex-Brazil) and the Brazilian Ministry of Development, Meridional TCS received the trophy as winner of the 4th Prize Export is Innovation at a ceremony held in São Paulo, Brazil.
In his interview, Edward Davey analyzes the ‘bottom-up’ approach that has characterized the COP21, with individual countries called to put forward their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to tackle climate change. “Clearly it wasn’t my preferred approach,” he says, “and it wasn’t what the UK really wanted".
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and its members announced new commitments to reduce the industry’s environmental impact, but warned that their efforts would only make a dent in global sustainability goals if they had government support.