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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 63, June 2017

Category: biofuels
Published: 30/06/2017
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.

Foreword 

As the debate rages on and on about RED II across Europe, the biofuels industry has found itself caught up in the centre of that maelstrom. An eternal sticking point for the crop-based biofuels industry is that it takes up agricultural land that could otherwise be used for food, or that it results in non-agricultural land being acquired to grow fuel crops. This latter point is the lynchpin of the arguments against palm oil’s use in biofuel, as frequently palm oil is cultivated unsustainably, leading to reductions in rainforest. This month, Norway has already voted to ban palm-oil based biofuel outright - something the European Parliament continues to mull over.
However, it is not palm-oil that has been making unwelcome ripples in the biofuels sector, but........

Other news this month includes:

Policy

  • Corn ethanol reaches limit in US, advanced biofuels must fill gap
  • RED II biofuels proposals scrutinised
  • European Commission's plans to modernise European trasport
  • Norway commits to palm-oil biofuel ban
  • European Parliament still considering Palm Oil ban​

Markets 

  • Limited market share slowing down german biofuels

Research & Development

  • Cellulose structure discovery could improve biofuel production
  • Biofuel algae genome sequenced​

Bioethanol

  • Americans appreciate ethanol option for small engines

Biodiesel

  • UPM's BioVerno becomes world's first RSB certified wood-based biofuel
  • Statkraft to make secondary biofuels from woodchips​

Aviation Fuel

  • DLR in pursuit of "designer" aviation biofuels

Other Fuels

  • Study conducted into vehicle biomethane uptake
  • 30 biogas buses for Nottingham​

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