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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 73, April 2018

Category: biofuels
Published: 30/04/2018
Author: NNFCC
FREE THIS MONTH - Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.


This month has seen some excellent news for the biofuels sector, with the UK’s updated Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation coming into force. This legislation is the primary driver behind biofuels development in the UK, but there have been recent fears that it hasn’t provided enough of an incentive for the sector. Thankfully, however, these fears have been allayed as the latest version of the RTFO has successfully passed through parliament and come into force.

Underpinning the entire legislation is the biofuel blend target, which has increased from 4.75% to 12.4%. Transport fuel producers now have until 2032 to achieve this target. In addition to the overall target, there is the introduction of an additional......

Other news this month includes:


  • New UK RTFO comes into force
  • RTFO reform prompts Vivergo to resume production
  • New Fuel Standard to regulate Canadian green fuels
  • Indicators of US Bioeconomy


  • Increased imports affecting EU biodiesel production
  • Japan to allow imports of US bioethanol

Research & Development

  • Life Cycle assessment of alternative shipping fuels
  • Control of fermentation with light
  • Results of EU advanced biofuels project
  • Global Bioenergies tests 34% renewable gasoline blend on track
  • Microbial butanol production on multiple simultaneous substrates


  • Aemetis ethanol plant a step closer to construction


  • Catalytic process to extend hydrocarbons allows biodiesel from sugar
  • Impoving E coli production of biodiesel blending  agents
  • Red Rock finally receives clearance to build biofuels plant
  • Review of biodiesel in Indonesia

Aviation Biofuel

  • Commerical flights may now run on ethanol
  • Global Bioenergies seeks to incorporate isobutene in jet fuel

Other Fuel

  • Green Biologics and Kingsford launch biobased lighter fluid

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