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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 97, April 2020

Category: biofuels
Published: 30/04/2020
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.


As could be expected during the Coronavirus pandemic, many industries, including the biofuels industry, have been disrupted. Used cooking oil (UCO) markets in Europe are expected to struggle in the coming months. Collection is an integral part of the process, and the current restrictions widespread across Europe makes collection of UCO difficult, although it is likely that larger companies won’t be hit as hard. Chinese UCO has already been through a rough patch, what with their peak in the pandemic earlier in the year, but now that it sweeps across the rest of the world exports are unlikely to find the demand. The palm oil market too is struggling, with prices having fallen nearly 3% in Malaysia, in part as a result of domestic stocks but export demand has slowed. The Malaysian government too has decided to postpone the rolling out of B20, which won’t be doing any favours for the current biofuel market.
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Other news this month includes:


  • US coronavirus relief falls short for biofuels industry
  • Brazil ethanol support dependant on banks​


  • Palm oil price response to Covid-19
  • Malaysian palm oil difficulties
  • Shell commits to net-zero in 30 years
  • Soybean demand increase predicted
  • Rapeseed doing well despite Coronavirus​

Research and Development

  • Synthetic palm oil brewed like beer
  • Agave – tequila and biofuels?
  • Biofuels towards cost parity with petroleum
  • Panda digestion key to biofuel production?
  • US biofuel jobs on the increase​


  • Ethanol production falls to 6 year low in US
  • Bioethanol to santiser expansion​


  • Used cooking oil supplies hit

Other Biofuels

  • RNG for US distributor fleet

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