DEUTZ approves engines for the use of alternative fuels

DEUTZ has approved the latest generation of its entire TCD engine range for operation with alternative fuels. This will make a further significant reduction to the carbon footprint of combustion engines and even raises the prospect of running such engines on a carbon-neutral basis. For DEUTZ, this represents the next logical step in its efforts to develop sustainable and efficient drive systems. mehr...

Germany's most beautiful oil fields – Resource and climate protection in transport

When rapeseed blossoms in springtime, millions of bees and the wind together provide the foundation for rapeseed oil production, with the rapeseed grains from the pods being pressed in oil mills. This is how rapeseed oil and rapeseed meal is produced. mehr...

E-mobility - alternative fuels and their development for use in plug-in hybrid vehicles

The cars of the future will also be powered by electricity. Even today, the proportion of hybrid vehicles, which have an electric motor and a combustion engine, is increasing (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles, PHEV). This affects refuelling habits, since the hybrid drive causes the effective fuel consumption to fall meaning fuel remains in the tank longer than before. mehr...

UFOP welcomes vote to exclude palm oil for biofuel use

The European Parliament has approved the initiative report on the subject “Palm oil and the uprooting of rainforests” with an overwhelming majority. The European Parliament supports the move to exclude palm oil as a raw material for energetic use from 2020, at the same time acknowledging the sustainability of biofuels made from oil plants (rapeseed and sunflower) grown within Europe. mehr...

TFZ-KOMPAKT 13 "Climate protection by rapeseed oil fuel"

The content of this brochure published by the Bavarian „Technologie und Förderzentrum Nachwachsende Rohstoffe“ - TFZ - (Technology and support center for renewable ressources) is concerning the reasons why farmers should use rape seed oil as an alternative sustainable fuel instead of fossil diesel and what are in total the GHG benefits if e. g. also the rape meal is taken into account (substitution method). These „effects“ had not yet been taken into consideration in Annex V of the REDII proposal. mehr...

DGMK-Information 10/2015

The use of Biodiesel as a blend component in heating oil is intensively investigated in several projects of the German Scientific Society of Mineral Oil, Natural Gas and Coal (DGMK). The brochure comprises the current projects of the corresponding DGMK-committee "Fuels". mehr...

Information about the conversion of the biofuel promotion from an energy quota to a greenhouse gas quota starting in 2015

In the amendment to the law for promoting biofuels dated July 15, 2009 (Federal Gazette I p. 1804), the German Bundestag already stated that the energy-related biofuel quota would be converted to a greenhouse gas quota starting in 2015. mehr...

ECOFYS Study – "Greenhouse gas impact of marginal fuels"

Biofuel emission savings „80% better than thought“: Production of biofuels from crops such as rapeseed bring savings of GHG emissions that are 80% higher than levels calculated by the EU’s executive since it underestimates emissions from fossil fuels that are first of all replaced by biofuels, e.g. from oil sands. The new study of the institute Ecofys, Netherlands, comissioned by the European Oilseed Alliance, EOA, (UFOP is a member of this alliance), the European Biodiesel Board (EBB) and the European Vegetable Oil&Protein Meals Industry (Fediol), confirms that the existing fossil fossil comparator of 83,8 gCO2/MJ underestimates the existing emissins of fuels from so called „marginal oils“. Ecofys proposes a conpararotot of 115 gCO2/MJ. mehr...

Biodiesel Approval for the Operation of Heavy and Light Duty Vehicles (B100)

It has been around now for some 15 years – the manufacturers’ Biodiesel approval list; its updated version is now available. The use of Biodiesel has undergone massive changes in recent years. The approvals for passenger cars expired upon the introduction of new exhaust gas after-treatment systems, and the importance of Biodiesel as pure fuel decreased significantly, not least due to the economic framework conditions. mehr...

EU leaders are halting further decarbonisation of the transport sector

The UFOP fears the phasing out of the decarbonisation strategy in the transport sector (the replacement of fossil fuels with biofuels), which has been followed until now, should there be no update to the initial targets for the reduction of green house gas emissions in the transport sector, which are binding for all member states. mehr...

12th international conference “Fuels of the Future 2015”

The 12th international conference “Fuels of the Future 2015”, which will be held at Berlin’s new CityCube from 19-20 January 2015, will dedicate both conference days to a broad range of topics along the biofuel value chain. mehr...

Despite Biofuels – Warehouses for grains, oil seeds and vegetable oil are overflowing

The Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) is following the current reporting regarding the situation on the most important agrarian raw materials markets with great concern. mehr...

A complete Euro 6 range

Scania now offers no fewer than eleven Euro 6 diesel engines, ranging from 250 hp to 730 hp. Customers across Europe who are considering buying their first Euro 6 truck can rest assured that by choosing Scania they will get proven, reliable technology that provides cost-effective performance. Scania also offers two Euro 6 gas engines and two biodiesel engines, suitable for a variety of applications mehr...

AMF Annual Report 2012

The AMF Annual Report provides information on the Advanced Motor Fuels Implementing Agreement, on the status of advanced motor fuels in AMF member countries and worldwide, and on the work carried out by AMF in individual projects (Annexes). In addition, the AMF Chairman provides an outlook on advanced motor fuels. mehr...

Comments and summary of the European Commission’s proposal to modify the EU biofuel policies of 17th October 2012

The Deutsche Biomasseforschungszentrum (German Research Centre for Biomass – DBFZ) was commissioned by the Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e. V. (UFOP) to explain the proposals by the EU Commission regarding the amendment of the Renewable Energies Directive and the Fuel Quality Directive in a technical paper, with commentary on the most important key points. mehr...

Double counting has major effect on biodiesel sales

UFOP demands cap for biodiesel from waste oil. The sale of biodiesel fell again by 2.8 percent to a total of 2.34 million tonnes in 2012. For the Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e. V. (UFOP), the German oilseed grower organisation, this reveals a clear continuation of a worryingly negative trend. mehr...

Biodiesel 2011/2012 Report on the Current Situation and Prospects – Abstract from the UFOP Annual Report

Extracts from the UFOP report 2011/2012. The extracs gives an overview about the development of Biodiesel production and sales in Germany and describes the political discussion and decisions affecting Biofuels. mehr...

Videos: Sustainability of biofuels

Biofuels play an important role in the energy concept of the German government. In order to guarantee the sustainability of biofuels rules were enacted. The videos explain the principles of the German "Biofuel Sustainability Ordinance". mehr...

Preliminary Study

Since the agricultural price explosion of 2007/08 for basic foodstuffs and the subsequent decline in 2009, intense discussions have commenced concerning the potential negative consequences of high and volatile prices for world nutrition. Public and published opinion also appears to clearly point the finger at other guilty parties. The UN special correspondent de SCHUTTER, for example, maintains that the biofuel subsidy destroys the rainforest and drives food prices higher (Agra- Europe, Nov. 2011). And the Welthungerhilfe together with IFPRI clearly determine the following in their report on the World Hunger Index: “Biofuels are the main cause for higher and more volatile agricultural prices” (Oct. 2011). mehr...

No Agreement in EU Commission regarding Indirect Land Use Changes – UFOP welcomes intensive discussion

German and European oilseed growers are relieved that the debate centred around appropriate consideration of indirect land use changes (iLUC) has not yet come to a conclusion even after statement in the committee of the Commission on Monday last week. The responsible Directorates General “Climate Protection” and “Energy” have so far not been able to agree on a proposal. mehr...

FAME for Blends

Frequently, requirements exceeding the current Biodiesel standard EN14214 are demanded in order to assure a high quality of blend fuels. Involving experts from the mineral oil industry, the AGQM working group “Fame for Blends” therefore discussed which additional parameters would be a logical addition to a recommendation for a purchase specification, and which existing parameters could be tightened to contribute to the quality of the final blend fuel by using a high quality FAME component. mehr...

Sustainability has its price – UFOP demands surcharge

On the occasion of the presentation of the estimated area under rapeseed for 2011, the chairman of the Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e.V. (UFOP), Dr. Klaus Kliem, demanded a different market price in favour of rapeseed with sustainability certificate. The reason for a reasonable price difference between rapeseed with and without sustainability certificate was to recover the extra cost of certification, registration, administration and control. The cost of certification had to reflect in the price, Dr. Kliem insisted. mehr...

Renewable Energy Projections as Published in the National Renewable Energy Action Plans of the European Member States

This report presents an overview of all data that have been published in the National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs). In this version of the document (dated 1 February 2011) all 27 European Union Member States have been covered. mehr...

UFOP recommendations for the practical application of the sustainability directive to oilseeds for biofuel production

Effective 1 July 2010, biofuels will only be considered for blending purposes or tax relief if the prescribed sustainability certificate has been issued. Precondition for the sustainability certificate is that comprehensive documentation of the complete chain to farm level is available. The basis is a statement by the farmer to make sure that, nationally, the crop has not been grown on protected areas and, internationally, that rain forest has not been cleared. mehr...

International biodiesel markets – Developments in production and trade

The global biodiesel market has shown an exponential growth in production and trade across the past decade. Nowadays, more biodiesel than ever before is sourced from abroad and procurement areas – especially of large scale producers and traders – span the globe. While this trend is bound to continue, markets and trade developments are still strongly linked to support and trade policies. Furthermore, the biodiesel industry is strongly linked to other sectors (agriculture and mineral oil industry in particular) and faces significant market disturbances some of which have led to various inefficiencies in the past. Due to the pace of this market development, a methodological assessment and understanding of the numerous influencing factors was needed to reduce uncertainties and risks for those involved. mehr...

Property Demands on Future Biodiesel

Rapeseed oil methyl ester (RME) is currently not suitable for diesel particulate filters. The boiling characteristic of RME is an additional problem that presumably limits its further usability in Euro VI engines. Currently, hydrogenated vegetable oil (HVO) is in the state of obtaining acceptance as alternative fuel in the German legislation and is in the focus of discussions world-wide. HVO has physical and chemical advantages versus RME. In case RME should continue to be an appropriate fuel its molecule structure must be designed - probably by means of plant breeding. It is important to lower the boiling line by achieving chain lengths between 2and 16 carbon atoms and to have in mind the oxidation stability by focussing the number and the position of double bonds. Moreover, aspects of emissions and health effects must be kept in mind. Besides plant breeding, research should focus on highly efficient biotechnical transesterification, producing simultaneously shorter chain lengths. The phosphorus and metal contents of future biodiesel must become significantly lower than the specification limits that are valid at present. mehr...

Biodiesel 2010/2011. Report on the Current Situation and Prospects – Abstract from the UFOP Annual Report

Extracts from the UFOP report 2010/2011. The extract gives an overview about the development of Biodiesel production and sales in Germany and describes the political discussion and decisions affecting Biofuels. mehr...

CO2 Mitigation through Biofuels in the Transport Sector – Status and Perspectives

This study analyses and compares all international, publicly accessible publications about all biofuels for transportation currently used (e.g. biodiesel and bioethanol as well as those potential future biofuels like BTL). mehr...