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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 69, December 2017

Category: biofuels
Published: 22/12/2017
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.

Foreword 

The biggest news here in the UK biofuels sector has been the shutdown of Vivergo’s bioethanol plant in Hull. The plant is one of the most significant contributors to the UK’s biofuel production, and a massive asset to the UK bioeconomy. Vivergo has  raised concerns about the long-term certainty of the UK ethanol market and has stated that the plant shutdown is due to the lack of a roll-out framework for E10 fuel in the UK.. The company are taking the opportunity to use the shutdown to perform routine maintenance work on the plant. Vivergo may well re-open then plant in the future, but they insist they will wait for more favourable market conditions before they do so......

Other news this month includes:

Policy

  • Vivergo shuts down plant in response to RTFO reforms
  • EU ruling blow for first-generation biofuels
  • 10th Anniversary of the US Renewable Fuel Standard​

Markets

  • Vietnam prepares to transition to E5

Research & Development

  • Learning from bacteria to break down lignin
  • New US grant to pursue microbial biofuels
  • Conversion of dairy waste into biofuel​

Bioethanol

  • Celtic Renewables to build commercial-scale bio-butanol plant
  • New joint venture to operate Brazilian ethanol storage site​

Biodiesel

  • New biodiesel demonstration plant in Norway
  • Neste to expand production capacity in Singapore​

Other Fuel

  • DHL to offer biofuel shipping option 
  • Aviation only viable sector for "E-Fuels"
  • UPS increases biogas fuel use
  • ETI reports on emissions of biogas vehicles​

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