An efficient producer pathway granted by the Environmental Protection Agency to the Little Sioux Corn Processors in Marcus, Iowa, will allow the ethanol plant to generate renewable identification numbers under the Renewable Fuel Standard program for non-grandfathered ethanol volumes. The facility has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 26.8% versus baseline gasoline, EPA documents indicate.
Members of the Biofuture Platform, which includes 20 countries, signed the Scaling Up the Low Carbon Bioeconomy declaration at the UN Climate Change Conference to help advance the worldwide bioeconomy. Achieving the goals set out in the Paris Agreement would be impossible without expanding the bioeconomy and boosting the use of sustainable biofuels, said the International Energy Agency and the International Renewable Energy Agency, both Biofuture Platform members.
Clean technology firm bio-bean and Royal Dutch Shell will use waste coffee grounds to produce biofuel to power buses in London. "It's a great example of what can be done when we start to reimagine waste as an untapped resource," said bio-bean founder Arthur Kay.
RPC MandH and Braskem will produce packaging made from ethanol-based bioplastic sourced from sugarcane for men's cosmetic brand Bulldog. "Bulldog is proud to be the first men's skincare brand in the world to use plastic from sugarcane in our packaging," said Bulldog Skincare For Men founder Simon Duffy.
A hearing on CRISPR genome editing held by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions focused on ethical and regulatory concerns surrounding the technology. "Protecting the rights of research participants will only strengthen the work of the scientists and the biotech companies who are doing such exciting work in gene editing," said Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.
Scientists in New Zealand are mulling the use of gene drive technology to cut the country's pest population, including mice, possums and rats, according to a study in the journal PLOS Biology. "The bottom line is that making a standard, self-propagating CRISPR-based gene drive system is likely equivalent to creating a new, highly invasive species -- both will likely spread to any ecosystem in which they are viable, possibly causing ecological change," said Kevin Esvelt from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The world is on track to invest $7 trillion in renewables by 2040, resulting in 50 gigawatts of new installed wind capacity and 75 GW of solar annually, according to International Energy Agency's World Energy Outlook 2017. The report said, however, that low-cost renewables need the support of stable policies in order to reduce emissions enough to combat climate change.
Competitors in the eight-month Volvo Ocean Race dock at 12 cities around the world. The race uses its reach to build awareness of issues such as plastic waste and climate change in partnership with the UN Environment Clean Seas Campaign.
Apex Clean Energy is still seeking a power purchase agreement for its planned 75-megawatt Rocky Forge Wind farm in Virginia, even though it hoped to break ground on the project this month, according to the company. A representative wrote on Monday that Apex is looking for the "right partner" and has yet to set a construction start date.
Kansas utility Westar Energy has proposed a new fixed-price program that will allow it its corporate and industrial customers to buy wind energy at a lower rate than it currently offers. "Westar's ability to procure local, low-cost bundled renewable energy and offer that product to businesses considering locating or expanding in Kansas will help set Westar and Kansas apart from other utilities and other states," it said.
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