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Singapore to implement SAF mandate starting in 2026

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By Erin Voegele

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The government of Singapore has unveiled an action plan that aims to decarbonize the country’s aviation sector. The program will, in part, require flights departing Singapore to be fueled with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) starting in 2026.

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The U.S. Grains Council’s Latin America office recently collaborated with several other groups to organize the “Sustainable Mobility: Opportunities of Ethanol in Guatemala” conference in Guatemala City.

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Raízen, an integrated energy company, and Wärtsilä, the global leader in power system technologies for marine and energy markets, signed a decarbonization agreement in order to advance decarbonization of the marine sector.

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The U.S. exported 155.64 million gallons of ethanol and 992,827 metric tons of distillers grains in December, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on Feb. 7. Exports of both products were up.

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According to new statistical reports released on Feb. 8 by the Renewable Fuels Association, the value of the U.S. ethanol industry’s exports soared to a record level of just over $7.1 billion in 2023.

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Legislation currently pending in Washington state aims to require airport operators to make a minimum 10% blend of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) available to private jets owned by individuals or businesses once certain conditions are met.

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Legislation introduced in the New Jersey Senate on Jan. 29 aims to establish a low-carbon transportation fuel standard (LCTFS) that would reduce the average carbon intensity (CI) of gasoline and diesel by 10% below a 2019 baseline by 2030.

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ClearFlame Engine Technologies announced on Jan. 17 that it has completed the first sale of its FuelAdaptive truck to Vander Haag's Inc., which will use ClearFlame's truck to deliver parts to its 11 locations in multiple states.

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The U.S. EIA expects average U.S. retail gasoline prices to decrease in 2024 because of increased inventories related to increased refinery capacity. In 2025, slightly reduced gasoline consumption is expected to further decrease prices.

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The RFA showcased the world's first plug-in hybrid electric flex fuel vehicle at the Washington, D.C. Auto Show. The vehicle is a converted 2022 Ford Escape that combines the benefits of an FVV with a battery electric vehicle (BEV).

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Legislation introduced in the New Mexico House of Representatives on Jan. 3 aims to establish a technology-neutral clean transportation fuel standard that would reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by at least 30 percent by 2040.

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The International Energy Agency released a new report on Jan. 11, Renewables 2023, predicting that global biofuel demand will expand by 38 billion liters (10.4 billion gallons) between 2023 and 2028.

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The U.S. Grains Council has added Mark Ingebretson as its sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) global policy consultant. He will help develop strategic plans and programming focused on SAF policies for the Council’s international offices.

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The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has announced its Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee will hold an in-person meeting on Jan. 25 in Washington, D.C.

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The 2024 National Ethanol Conference kicks off in San Diego on Feb 19, marking the first time since 2017 the event will be held in California, the country’s largest ethanol-using powerhouse

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The U.S. exported 115.94 million gallons of ethanol and 829,911 metric tons of distillers grains in November, according to data released by the USDA on Jan. 9. Exports of both products were up when compared to the prior year.

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USGC leaders traveled to Senegal in December to examine the results of recent training and market development programs the USGC has sponsored over the past five years and to learn more about the local agricultural industry and domestic policies.

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U.S. Grains Council staff and member representatives visited Lagos and Abuja in November to engage with policymakers and major market players.

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The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service announced on Jan. 8 that it is now accepting applications from U.S. exporters that wish to join an agribusiness trade mission to New Delhi, India, in April. Ethanol is among the products the mission may address.

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Montana has become the 49th state to approve the sale of E15 following updated fuel regulations that went into effect on Jan. 1. The fuel blend, which contains 15 percent ethanol, can now be sold in all states except California.

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U.S. Grains Council staff traveled to Turkey in November to support and learn more about the country’s growing interest in aquaculture cultivation and the associated need for corn-fermented protein and high-protein DDGS.

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In December, a U.S. Grains Council ethanol delegation traveled to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), to participate in the 28th Conference of Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Dec. 22 announced that it would reopen two rail crossings in Texas. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor expressed gratitude to biofuel champions on the Hill who helped ensure the crossings were reopened.

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Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor is urging U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection immediately reopen rail operations in Eagle Pass and El Paso, Texas, noting that those closures are having a severe impact on agricultural trade with Mexico.

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The RFA on Dec. 20 joined dozens of agriculture and other organizations in asking U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to reopen two rail bridges to Mexico, in El Paso and Eagle Pass, that are critical to reaching export markets.

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UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced sugarcane processing was up during the second half of November. Ethanol production and sales were also up when compared to the same period of last year.

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The January issue of Ethanol Producer Magazine addresses the importance of export markets to the U.S. ethanol industry. The issue also provides an update on Clear Flame Engine Technologies and discussion of plant hygiene solutions.

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The U.S. Grains Council and the USDA hosted a conference in Japan on Nov. 30 focused on the use of ethanol in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The event attracted more than 90 key Japanese officials, researchers, and industry leaders.

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Europe needs a new way to think about biofuels and its contribution to transport de-fossilization—as well as the strategic importance of ethanol production. As the EU enters a new political cycle, there is some cause for optimism.

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Still facing obstacles in historically large markets like Brazil and China, exports of U.S. ethanol and distillers grains met expectations in 2023, thanks to their largest customers in North America and myriad small and mid-sized buyers around the world.

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