The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalised regulatory changes to allow the year-round sale of petrol blended with 15% ethanol (E15), ending the summer time ban that has been in place since 2011.
NEXT Renewable Fuels (NEXT), USA, and oil and gas giant BP have entered a long-term feedstock supply agreement, in which NEXT will buy 2M tonnes/year of renewable feedstocks from BP for its planned renewable diesel facility in Port Westward, Oregon.
Agricultural firm Solfrut has teamed up with the Argentinian San Juan province government to invest US$14M into upgrading its existing olive oil production plant, which would become the largest in South America when completed.
Major soyabean growers in China are expected to expand their plantings by 10% this year from last year’s 3.6M ha in order to rapidly increase domestic supply while cutting the country’s dependence on imports, reports Xinhuanet.
The USA is revising its rules on the import, transport and release of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in its first comprehensive revision of these regulations since they were established in 1987.
EU law enforcement agency Europol has seized 150,000 litres of fraudulent olive oil and arrested 20 people in a joint operation with the Italian NAS Carabinieri and the Tribunal of Darmstadt in Germany.