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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 121, April 2022

Category: biofuels
Published: 28/04/2022
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.

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Because of methanol’s high octane and oxygen content, it is blended in low quantities with gasoline to substantially reduce vehicle exhaust emissions – a solution that was economically viable before biofuel blending mandates or government subsidies, according to the Methanol Institute. Alternatively, it is used in biodiesel production, methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) production – another chemical which is blended with gasoline for cleaner burning, or in dimethyl ether (DME) production, a promising fuel in its own right (in LPG blends) or for use in diesel engines. Methanol is also being examined as a marine fuel that, when obtained from biobased resources, can provide a sustainable alternative to heavy fuel oil (HFO) to help meet strict emissions regulations in the shipping industry.

Danish shipping company Maersk has recently established six partnerships with various companies to support global green methanol production, to source over 700,000 tonnes/year of methanol fuel by the end of 2025 via these offtake agreements. The partnering companies are based across the world, but the resulting projects from these partnerships will be built in...

Other news this month includes:


  • UK fuel duty cut
  • Industry supports UK mandate on SAF
  • Norway proposes to drop double counting for waste derived fuels


  • oneworld® Alliance members plan to purchase up to 200 million gallons of SAF per year from Gevo
  • Repsol builds Spain’s first advanced biofuels plant in Cartagena
  • More...

Research and Development

  • Increasing moves towards 100% biofuel for aviation
  • Methanol from steel mill gas


  • EU renewable ethanol makes contribution to Europe’s energy independence and food security
  • Technip Energies and Clariant sign agreement for sunliquid® cellulosic ethanol license projects


  • HVO for rail transport

Aviation and Shipping Biofuel

  • Maersk to ramp up methanol for marine applications
  • TotalEnergies and ENEOS to study sustainable aviation fuel production at ENEOS Negishi Refinery
  • More...

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