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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 77, August 2018

Category: biofuels
Published: 31/08/2018
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.

Foreword 

There is plenty of news this month from Asia, particularly India. Currently, India has the third-highest level of crude oil imports in the world, costing the country over 70 billion US dollars per year. India’s government has now decided that the solution to this problem lies in biofuels. To specifically tackle the issue, the government has pledged to invest in 12 biorefineries, looking to up the nation’s bioethanol production to 4.5 billion litres annually. This is particularly significant as income levels are rising in India, leading to more citizens opting to drive cars and increasing petrol consumption. The government hopes that by making the switch to biofuels, petrol consumption will decrease, with the added effect of reducing the country’s carbon emissions. India’s target is to reach......

Other news this month includes:

Policy

  • India to offset oil bill with biofuel usage
  • US Senators seek increase in biofuel targets
  • Indonesia introduces tougher biofuel mandates
  • Delay of UK E10 introduction criticised
  • US corn farmers fighting to save market in face of ethanol policy​

Markets

  • Indonesia seeks palm oil deal
  • High production sees reduction in US ethanol prices​

Research & Development

  • Enzyme discovered that could boost biofuel production
  • Identifying barriers to biobased hydrocarbon production
  • "Two-Faced" membranes could see biofuels applications
  • Biofuel from forestry waste​

Bioethanol

  • China reaffirms support for bioethanol
  • Novel seawater process developed for bioethanol production​

Biodiesel

  • Rise in UK biofuel supplies over the past year

Aviation Biofuel

  • India's first biofuel test flight
  • Neste unperturbed by cancellation of Geneva project​

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