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Vinçotte Requires Carbon 14 Analysis for OK Biobased Certification

Published on October 16, 2009

Belgian inspection, testing, and certification body Vinçotte has launched the OK Biobased eco-label to help manufacturers of biobased products inform consumers that their goods are from biologically renewable sources. Products eligible for the OK biobased eco-label include those made, wholly or in part, from materials of natural origin. Applicants are required to submit carbon 14 […]

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EPA Says Use ASTM D6866 to Measure Biogenic CO2 in Emissions

Published on October 12, 2009

  The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) final greenhouse gas mandatory reporting rule allows owners and operators of general stationary units combusting a mix of biomass-derived and fossil fuels to use ASTM D6866 in determining the exact percentage of biogenic CO2. The reporting rule applies to all companies with facilities that produce a minimum of […]

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BMH Enviro’s Waste Crusher Produces RDF with 70% Biocarbon Content

Published on September 25, 2009

BMH Enviro’s Tyrannosaurus® heavy-duty crushers convert waste into refuse-derived fuel (RDF) that has 70% biogenic carbon according to CEN 15747, a method that can determine the renewable content of RDF. Using RDF with high biomass carbon content helps companies lower their greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and obtain more carbon credits in cap-and-trade programs.

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What Makes the USDA BioPreferred Label Different from Other Ecolabels?

Published on September 11, 2009

Several Ecolabels are used in different parts of the world. The European Union has a simple yet artistic Flower Ecolabel, Germany has its own Blue Angel, and the Scandinavian countries have their Nordic Swan. Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, and Japan also have their Ecolabeling systems in place. The U.S. Department of […]

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USDA Requires ASTM D6866 Biobased Testing in Labeling Program

Published on August 3, 2009

To increase public awareness and promote the use of biobased products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is establishing a voluntary labeling program. Under the proposed BioPreferredSM labeling rule, manufacturers and vendors who want to participate in the program may submit ASTM D6866 certification to prove the biobased content of their products.

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WCI Recommends ASTM D6866 Testing for Mixed Fuels Emissions

Published on July 17, 2009

The Western Climate Initiative mandates that owners or operators of general stationary combustion units using mixed fuels and waste-derived fuels use ASTM D6866 to determine the biomass fraction of their carbon dioxide emissions. Mixed fuels are mixtures of biomass/biomass fuel and fossil fuel. Waste-derived fuels are those derived from wastes, excluding materials that are pure […]

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Beta Introduces ASTM D6866 to Global Fuels Conference Participants

Published on June 24, 2009

Beta Analytic representative Mauricio Larenas talked about ASTM D6866 and its application to the cement and lime industries during the 3rd Global Fuels Conference for Cement and Lime held in Toronto, Canada, on June 15-16, 2009.

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Beta Joins 3rd Global Alternative Fuels Conference for Cement and Lime

Published on June 17, 2009

Beta Analytic attended the 3rd Global Alternative Fuels Conference for Cement and Lime held in Toronto, Canada, from June 15 to June 16, 2009. The conference at the Sheraton Centre Toronto was sponsored by the Cement Association of Canada.

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Beta Public Comment: EPA Renewable Fuel Standard Program

Published on May 28, 2009

Thierry Sam Tamers, Beta Analytic director, recommends the use of ASTM D6866 to measure the biomass fraction of municipal solid waste in a public comment submitted to the U.S. EPA in connection to the revised Renewable Fuel Standard Program.

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Beta Public Comment: WCI Essential Requirements of Mandatory Reporting

Published on May 20, 2009

Beta Analytic submitted a public comment to the Western Climate Initiative relating to the latter’s essential requirements for mandatory reporting final draft. Beta noted that sewage is not 100% biomass.

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