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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 107, February 2021

Category: biofuels
Published: 24/02/2021
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.

Foreword 

In 2018, 65% of all palm oil imported by Europe was used for energy purposes. About 12% of that share was used in electricity and heating, while 53% was used for the production of biodiesel for road transport. The rest was used for food and animal feed production. However, concerned NGO’s point to the potential detrimental environmental impacts of palm oil production which, when plantations and sourcing are poorly managed, lead to unchecked deforestation, soil degradation, and habitat and diversity loss in chasing these market opportunities.

As a result of the difficulty in accurately identifying the global impacts of biofuel sourcing on the environment, the newly revised European Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) has opted to limit the use of biofuels from food-crops

Other news this month includes:

Policy

  • Malaysia squares up to EU over palm oil restrictions in fuels
  • Austria to end crediting biofuels from palm oil in July​

Markets

  • ECB Group and BP enter into advanced biofuel agreement
  • Finnish forestry group UPM presses ahead with biorefinery plans
  • More...

Research and Development

  • Variable demand as a means to more sustainable biofuels and biobased materials
  • Biofuel trials for international shipping with Mercedes-Benz
  • A review on the production and characterization methods of bio-based lubricants

Bioethanol

  • UGI International Partners with bioLPG Producer Ekobenz

Biodiesel

  • Greenergy look to Tyre Pyrolysis for diesel fuel
  • Diamond Green Diesel expansion in US​​

Aviation Biofuel

  • EU Aviation proposals for 2050
  • Alcohol to jet facility for Europe
  • More...​

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