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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 64, July 2017

Category: feedstocks
Published: 13/07/2017
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.

Foreword

Following last month’s general election result in the UK, the Conservative minority government has come under heightened scrutiny, and their environmental and energy policies are no exception. The Committee on Climate Change has praised the UK’s progress in reducing greenhouse emissions by 42% since 1990, but has warned that continued government commitment is required if the UK is to reach its overall targets of 80% reductions by 2050. Since 2012, the UK’s reductions in emissions have been footed by the power sector, with emissions actually increasing elsewhere. The Committee argues that current policies are not enough to bring about this change, and that new policies must come into play in order to...

Other News this Month Includes:

Policy

  • Looking ahead to post-Brexit UK grain exports
  • Norway commits to palm-oil biofuel ban
  • Continued government action needed to reduce UK emissions
  • Resource Management Industry sets out Government targets

Markets

  • Wood chip trade up 75% over 15 years
  • Demand for high-quality oils set to squeeze Rapeseed stocks
  • Sugar market set for shakeup with imminent EU deregulation
  • UK continues tendency towards net wheat import​

Research & Development

  • Biomass still top renewable energy source in the world
  • Corn Chemical Competition Launched
  • Velocys to develop Biomass to Liquids plant​

Wood & Crop

  • Wood still dominating UK non-domestic biomass use
  • UPM looking to Carinata as alternative fuel crop
  • NWH group acquires wood-processing facility
  • Bamboo as feedstock for bio-based ethyl glycosides
  • Drax to forego pellets in favour of gas?
  • Fife biomass plant denied planning permission after public outcry​

Other Feedstocks

  • Best practice guideline for Waste Incineration released by EU
  • Shell partners with SBI to produce biofuels from waste oils

Events

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