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NNFCC News Review: Bioenergy Issue 120, March 2022

Category: bioenergy
Published: 17/03/2022
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the bioenergy sector.

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This month sees significant activities in Europe regarding the bioenergy sector. RED II has set targets for electricity, heating, and cooling generated through renewable means to demonstrate greenhouse gas (GHG) savings of 70% compared to a reference fossil fuel from January 2021, and 80% from January 2026. This sub-legislation is important, to ensure that new bioenergy technologies, processes, and industrial facilities can meet wider energy mandates and targets laid out by various initiatives, delivering genuine GHG savings in a sustainable way, supporting net zero ambitions nationally and globally.

The current ‘global energy crisis’, kickstarted by an accumulation of factors, has been amplified by tensions from Russia’s recent invasion into Ukraine. Europe imports almost 40% of its natural gas, approximately 2.3 billion m3/week, from Russia. As a result of Russia threatening to cut exported gas supplies in response to economic sanctions imposed upon them, the EU are looking... 

Other News this Month Includes:  


  • Commission announces ground-breaking biomethane target to cut dependence on Russian gas


  • French investment in Croatian biomass plants
  • bp to spend more on bioenergy
  • Veolia and Braskem to cooperate to produce energy from eucalyptus biomass

Research and Development

  • BECoop self-assessment tool supports the development of bioenergy projects

Biomass Heat and Power

  • Coalswitch - benefits of biocoal


  • A way out of the EU gas price crisis with biomethane
  • World’s largest biomethane refuelling station opens in Avonmouth

Energy from Waste

  • EPA selects 11 organisations to receive $2 million to help tackle climate crisis through food diversion
  • Veolia Energy Recovery Facilities achieve new record energy output

Carbon Capture

  • Marubeni Corporation sign agreement with PT Pertamina (Persero) for pulp mill CCS project
  • New study shows bio-CCS could create 28,000 new jobs in Sweden


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