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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 131, February 2023

Category: biofuels
Published: 27/02/2023
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.

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Diesel is used for a wide range of purposes i.e. trains, ships, cars, heavy goods vehicles, heavy plant equipment, agricultural equipment and electricity generation. Diesel vehicles can be substituted with electric or hydrogen fuelled alternatives to reduce the environmental impact. It is also possible to use renewable fuels such as biomethane, this has been publicly demonstrated on some bus networks and in many trucking fleets. However, each of these methods requires costly replacement or alterations to vehicles. Diesel power units are more readily decarbonised by substituting fossil diesel with renewable diesel or Fatty Acid Methyl Ester (FAME) often referred to as bio-diesel. This has in recent years extended to use of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO)  which is much closer in properties to fossil diesel so can be used directly as a drop in fuel or blended with fossil derived diesel in high volumes.  FAME can only be used as a blend with fossil diesel up to 7% in most cases. A higher blend of FAME is possible but requires engine modifications. 

The UK has launched the second phase of a project to support...

Other news this month includes:


  • UK fund to replace red diesel with greener alternatives
  • EPA approval for ethanol as a feedstock for SAF


  • Global biofuel demand increasing
  • Topsoe and steeper energy cooperate for waste-to-biofuel solution
  • More...

Research and Development

  • Rio Tinto finishes trial into renewable diesel
  • Rolls-Royce tests MTU engines fuelled with pure hydrogen


  • Europe over reliant on fossil fuels and needs to promote biofuels
  • Blast at Belgiums largest ethanol plant but production continues


  • Jersey switches government vehicles to biodiesel
  • Fire at Neste HVO plant dampens HVO output
  • More...

Aviation and Shipping Biofuel

  • UAE companies explore production of sustainable aviation fuel with BP
  • United Airlines in joint venture to produce SAF from ethanol using novel pathway
  • More...

Other Biofuels

  • UK’s first waste-to-dme plant one step closer to construction as planning permission submitted
  • BP reveals plans to evaluate expansion of Germany’s green energy port with a new hydrogen hub

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