EPA Says Palm Oil Falls Short Of Renewable Fuels Standard

Law360, New York (January 27, 2012, 7:14 PM EST) -- Biofuels made from palm oil fail to meet a renewable fuels standard because of excessive greenhouse gas emissions, according to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report released Friday.

An analysis of palm oil used to produce biodiesel and renewable diesel reveals the fuels fail to reach the minimum threshold of a 20 percent reduction in lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions, only achieving reductions of 17 and 11 percent, respectively, compared to the petroleum baseline, according to the agency's findings.

The national Renewable Fuels Standard requires increasing amounts...
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