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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 81, December 2018

Category: biofuels
Published: 27/12/2018
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.

Foreword 

There is big news across the Atlantic in the US: recently the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has come under fire due to its deployment of its biofuel waivers. Under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in the US, all oil refiners are mandated to produce increasing volumes of biofuels. Small refiners that believe they will suffer undue financial hardship as a result of this may apply for a waiver of their biofuel mandate. However, these waivers have been granted in increasing numbers under the current administration, and to refiners many would consider to not be “small”. However, this month there has been a break in the clouds over the US biofuels industry: the EPA has announced that 2019’s advanced biofuel target will be raised by 15% on what was originally planned. This is a boon for the US biofuels industry, and for fuel decarbonisation in US, but this has not completely taken the heat off the EPA. The biofuels sector, and the agriculture sector – responsible for production of biofuel feedstocks – have been demanding.........

Other news this month includes:

Policy

  • US raises advanced biofuel mandate
  • Norway to ban palm oil biofuel
  • UK publishes bioeconomy strategy​

Markets

  • Car oil demand may peak, but other vehicles will still increase demand
  • Factors affecting biodiesel market​

Research and Development

  • Report outlines massive increases in biofuels necessary for climate mitigation scenarios
  • Reviewing advanced biofuel policies in European countries
  • Drax in partnership to reduce shipping emissions
  • Fulcrum BioEnergy to build plant in Indiana​

Bioethanol

  • Ethanol could lead decarbonisation of road fuel - Global Markets for Growth Energy
  • Brazil's RenovaBio policy aims to attract new bioethanol investment
  • VERBIO acquires DuPont's Nevada bioethanol plant​

Biodiesel

  • Volkswagen launches biodiesel
  • Singapore expansion gives Neste more options

Aviation Biofuel

  • Finnair puts decarbonisation in the hands of its customers

Other Biofuels

  • Project successfully trials drop-in shipping biofuel

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