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Coverage of ethanol since June 20, 2023.

EPA approves year-round sales of higher ethanol blend in 8 Midwest states

"...The biofuels industry and politicians of both parties have portrayed ethanol as a product that helps farmers, reduces prices at the pump and lessens greenhouse gas releases because the fuel burns more cleanly than straight gasoline. However, environmentalists and others have said increased ethanol production can increase carbon releases because it results in more corn production, leading to increased use of fertilizer and greater releases of nitrate. Synthetic and natural fertilizers also are a leading source of water pollution..."

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Commercial production at new Methanex plant in Louisiana delayed after problems

"...VANCOUVER Methanex Corp. says commercial production at its new methanol plant in Louisiana has been delayed due to complications during the late stages of its initial startup process..."

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We could cut half the planet's emissions with energy efficiency. So why aren't we?

"...James Newcomb, a senior expert at the clean energy nonprofit RMI, said hes not surprised that policymakers sometimes neglect energy efficiency. One reason could be human nature: People have a tendency to solve problems by adding stuff, rather than cutting back. This additive bias, as scientists call it, could make policymakers lean toward building large solar and wind farms instead of cutting back on energy use..."

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The CHFCA is excited to welcome Greenfield Global as a new member

"...Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Greenfield Global is family-owned and operated and has been awarded Canadas Best Managed Companies Platinum-level designation since 2015. Greenfields low-carbon ethanol helps industry decarbonize and meet net-zero targets, while its team of researchers and engineers continue to innovate and produce other sustainable fuels and chemicals such as green hydrogen, green methanol, sustainable aviation fuel, and renewable natural gas. The companys mission statement is to unlock the potential of people, partnerships, and nature to accelerate sustainable solutions for the health of the planet..."

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Suncor Energy CEO says company committed to decarbonization, is accused of greenwashing Globalnews.ca

"...But Rich Kruger was accused by some MPs of greenwashing his industry's efforts to address climate change, including after he said he hadn't yet read in detail the fine print on new federal regulations to cut emissions from gasoline and diesel. The regulations took effect July 1, requiring gasoline and diesel producers and importers to offset their emissions through various investments, such as replacing power sources at oil extraction sites with renewable or lower-emitting energy, investing in the production of biofuels like ethanol or investing in electric-vehicle charging infrastructure. Bloc Quebecois MP Mario Simard tried to have Kruger explain the cost the new clean fuel regulations will have on his company, whether those costs will be passed on to consumers and how they compare to Suncor's main climate investment of installing a carbon capture and storage system..."

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Methanex to idle one methanol plant, restart another

"...Methanex announced it has signed a two-year natural gas agreement with the National Gas Company (NGC) of Trinidad and Tobago to supply its currently idled Titan methanol plant in the Caribbean Island nation..."

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Toymaker Lego to stick to its quest to find sustainable materials despite failed recycle attempt

"...Also known as green methanol, e-methanol is composed of waste carbon dioxide and hydrogen, created by using renewable energy to split water molecules..."

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Two Liberal MPs butt heads over radio ad addressing climate misinformation

"...Screenshot of a July 27 post on Fredericton MP Jenica Atwin’s Facebook page. Screenshot taken by Canada's National Observer on Aug. 4, 2023In a phone interview with Canada’s National Observer, Atwin said the ad is about “setting the record straight” and “giving people alternative information that's not coming from the industry itself or a provincial government who likes to, you know, bend to the industry..."

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Methanex earnings beat expectations, share falls four per cent

"...Methanex has stakes in methanol production in the U. S. , New Zealand, Trinidad, Chile, Egypt and Canada..."

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New emissions targets may sink LNGs pitch as a shipping fuel

"...The new accounting method means LNG can no longer sail under the radar when it comes to emissions, said Elissama Menezes, global campaign director for the Say No to LNG coalition. “It’s a huge step and quite exciting to see,” Menezes told Canada’s National Observer. What people are reading Canada’s Conservatives are courting constitutional chaos By Max Fawcett | Opinion, Politics | July 11th 2023 “At the end of the day, it really brings some accountability to the shipping sector, which for too many years has not really been responsible for the whole footprint of its emissions..."

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Climate policies and fossil fuel: Clean fuel regulations and carbon pricing explained

"...One way to create credits is by investing in technology that directly reduces emissions from gasoline and diesel, such as installing carbon capture and storage systems at an extraction site, or using zero-emitting electricity such as wind or nuclear instead of coal or natural gas to power a refinery..."

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Canada must speed decarbonizing ports to slash rising shipping emissions

"...Upwards of 80 per cent of world trade is transported by ships burning fossil fuels that churn out three per cent of the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions. “And those of global emissions are set to go to 13 per cent by 2050,” Dancey said. What people are reading Wildfire smoke proof young people must take action By Alex Neufeldt | Opinion | June 19th 2023 International ships burning fossil fuel produce 1 billion tonnes of CO2 each year..."

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Jobs in ethanol

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Finance Director

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Biofuels Advisor

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention ethanol.

RealAg Radio, June 6: Milk to ethanol, estimating N, and conservation easements

Duration: 54:45

"...Thanks for tuning in to this Tuesday edition of RealAg Radio! We're kicking off “Tuesdays with Lyndsey” this week..."

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First vodka, now ethanol: Dairy Distillery sets its sights on fuel from milk

Duration: 9:52

"...Ontario-based Dairy Distillery has already proved you can make amazing things from a “waste” product, through its creation of Vodkow vodka using milk permeate..."

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RealAg Radio, July 6: The push for ethanol, an opportunity to participate, and the falling knife of the markets

Duration: 52:59

"...Weve got a lot to cover on this Wednesday edition of RealAg Radio, brought to you by North Star Systems Inc..."

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Herd-Boss gets back to simple design for efficiency sake

Duration: 4:37

"...Designed and manufactured in the U. S. , the Herd-Boss is meant for feeding bulk rations to livestock with minimal stopping or cleaning out, efficiently covering more ground..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about ethanol.

Why is LEGO Abandoning the Recycled Plastic Project?

"...Made from hydrogen derived from electrolysis powered by clean energy, this could prove to be truly zero carbon polymer resin..."

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How Airlines Are Racing to Clean Up the Skies With Green Fuels

"...Pre-COVID, aviation was one of the fastest-growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions, rising by about 2% every year since 2000..."

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Can Nuclear Powered Ships Clean Up Shipping?

"...The U. S. , China, and South Korea are developing thorium molten salt reactors, as well as small modular reactors for ships, submarines, and offshore power plants, could nuclear energy be the answer? How does nuclear compare to diesel for transportation? Lets explore nuclear power for shipping and when, or if, it can be the future of transportation & cargo shipping..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about ethanol relevant to the latest news.

Maritime Energy Transition: Future Fuels and Future Emissions

"...This review provides an outlook on fuels that could help shipping respond to the decarbonization effort including Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), methanol, ammonia, and hydrogen..."

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Life cycle assessment and techno-economic analysis of sustainable bioenergy production: a review

"...We discuss life cycle assessment in terms of concepts, methods, impacts, greenhouse gases, land use, water consumption, bioethanol, biodiesel, biogas, and techno-economic analysis..."

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Wastewater-Grown Algal Biomass as Carbon-neutral, Renewable, and Low Water Footprint Feedstock for Clean Energy and Bioplastics

"...Summary Although wastewater-grown biomass has acceptability issues, it offers certain environmental benefits, including atmospheric carbon capture, phycoremediation of pollutants, and water recycling..."

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Biomethanol production from renewable resources: a sustainable approach

"...The abundant availability of various kinds of biomass and their use as feedstock for the production of gaseous and liquid biofuels has been considered a viable, eco-friendly, and sustainable mode of energy generation..."

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Recent advances in methanol production from methanotrophs

"...There are conventional chemical routes for methanol production such as, steam reforming of natural gas to form syngas, followed by catalytic conversion into methanol; direct catalytic oxidation of methane, or hydrogenation of carbon dioxide..."

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A review of the potential application of lignin in the production of bio-binder: challenges and opportunities

"...Under this domain, the invention of bio-ethanol also known as 2G-ethanol from crop residue (lignocellulosic biomass) took place and is contributing toward rural development and energy independence..."

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Biofuel-Integrated Routes

"...Pigments, vitamins, or essential polyunsaturated fatty acids can first be extracted from microalgae before lipid extraction for biodiesel followed by fermentation of defatted biomass for bioethanol..."

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Oxygenation influences xylose fermentation and gene expression in the yeast genera Spathaspora and Scheffersomyces

"...Under high aeration, most species switched from ethanol production to xylitol accumulation, despite the availability of ample oxygen to accept electrons from NADH..."

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Bioethanol-gasoline blend a promising fuel for motorized two-wheelers: optimization of operating conditions for minimum regulat

"...The enhanced octane number was observed at higher ethanol-gasoline blends, along with a considerable reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases like methane and NOx..."

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Bi-objective Synthesis of CCUS System Considering Inherent Safety and Economic Criteria

"..., greenhouse, urea synthesis, methanol production, and enhanced oil recovery)..."

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