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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 145, April 2024

Category: biofuels
Published: 29/04/2024
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.

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Following its first consultation in 2022, the government is further moving towards its vision to transform the UK into a global leader in the development, production, and use of SAF. It has confirmed its 10% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) target by 2030 for fuels used in flights departing from the UK, in a move that is expected to lead to a substantial increase in the country's SAF production capacity. Under the new mandate, SAF will constitute 2% of total UK jet fuel demand in 2025, and then increase by 8% leading up to 2030, and progressively reach 22% in 2040. Thereafter, the transport ministry has confirmed that the obligation will remain at 22% until there is greater certainty regarding SAF supply with potentially additional revisions of the mandate. Under the EU’s ReFuelEU Aviation rules, EU countries are expected to increase the SAF content in blends up to 2% by 2025, 6% by 2030, 20% by 2035, 34% by 2040, 42% by 2045 and 70% by 2050.

Its ambitious 10% SAF target for 2030, if approved by the parliament, is expected to require some 1.2 million tons of SAF in 2030. The current SAF production capacity is around half of that demand, so a further 0.6 million tons remain to be sourced by unannounced capacity or imports, according to a recent report by environmental consultants ICF. To help meet the expected demand, the ministry has launched a consultation for SAF revenue certainty mechanism. This mechanism aims to reduce the risks of uncertain revenues for emerging SAF plants, which helps attract investment into UK SAF projects and increase domestic SAF production.

In terms of feedstocks, the mandate also introduces a cap on the type of feedstocks that can be used in the hydro-processed esters and fatty acids (HEFA) process. HEFA is currently the most widely used method for producing SAF... 

Other news this month includes:


  • Aviation fuel plan supports growth of British aviation sector
  • Consultation outcome: Pathway to net zero aviation - developing the UK sustainable aviation fuel mandate
  • Open consultation: Sustainable aviation fuels revenue certainty mechanism


  • Creating Zaffra, a new sustainable aviation fuel brand
  • EU auditors sound another warning: Europe needs more than one solution to de-fossilise road transport
  • More...

Research and Development

  • U.S. Department of Energy announces $18.8 million to advance mixed algae development for low-carbon biofuels and bioproducts


  • RYAM's Tartas plant successfully ships inaugural truckload of 2G bioethanol
  • Southwest airlines acquire SAFFiRE renewables and strengthens focus on sustainability


  • British truck racing championship makes commitment to using sustainable fuel – HVO
  • Phillips 66 announces major milestone in production of renewable diesel

Aviation and Shipping Biofuel

  • to use Sustainable Aviation Fuel at London Stansted Airport
  • Harwich factory to make jet fuel out of faeces in world first
  • More... 

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