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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 83, February 2019

Category: biofuels
Published: 28/02/2019
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.

Foreword 

Support for renewables is spreading throughout the world. Spurred on by the Paris Agreement in 2016, countries are introducing policies aiming to curb their greenhouse emissions, and to likewise improve their resource efficiency. On the whole, progress is being made, but the reality is that the majority of this progress is being made in the heat and power sectors. Transport is lagging behind, and has seen much lower decreases in emissions since records were begun. The main reasons for this are twofold: the high consumer cost of electric vehicles, and continued controversy surrounding the sustainability of biofuels. However.........

Other news this month includes:

Policy

  • Six EU members states notified of breaches of renewable fuel directive
  • Palm oil deemed unsustainable by European Commission - except from smallholdings
  • Finland passes ambitious biofuel targets
  • EU push for freight biofuels​

Markets

  • UK fuel pumps to be labelled with biofuel content
  • EU clears US soybeans for biofuel
  • Targray opens EU biodiesel trading desk

Research and Development

  • Despite UK emissions falling, transport sector lags behind
  • Sustainable biorefinery from lignin​

Bioethanol

  • Ensus bioethanol plant reopens

Biodiesel

  • Japanese firms partner to produce algal biofuel
  • Queensland biodiesel plant under construction​

Aviation Biofuel

  • China's biggest airline completes first intercontinental biofuel flight

Other Biofuels

  • Nottingham to double size of biogas bus fleet
  • BioMCN to produce methanol from green hydrogen

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