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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 58, January 2017

Category: biofuels,nnfcc
Published: 30/01/2017
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.


Recently, biofuels policy has been under the spotlight on both sides of the pond, for different reasons. Here in Europe, the European Commission has announced its updated energy policy running through to 2030, detailing how the EU can reduce emissions in the energy sector. However, it has stripped all emissions reduction targets for road fuel, and not announced any new ones, in a move that many in the biofuels sector believe could be hugely damaging. German bioethanol company CropEnergies has criticised the EC, claiming that this new directive will see an increase in fossil fuel usage and associated increase in emissions. They also argue that........

Other news this month includes:


  • Farms under threat from biofuels reduction
  • New head of EPA stands by current Biofuels program
  • EPA denies petition for waiver of 2016 biofuel quota
  • Germany ups Climate Protection Rate
  • Widespread Biomass deployment will boost Dutch economy


  • UK Biofuels consumption increases in Q3 of 2016

Research & Development

  • Neste partners with Bioenergy La Tuque
  • Bacterial process converts CO2 to CO
  • $12.9m for Bioeconomy projects
  • Supercritical Water Gasification of Peach Scraps produces intermediates of bio-based chemical synthesis
  • Bio-Based Membrane developed for ETBE Purification


  • Leaf opens yeast drying facility in US
  • CropEnergies criticises European Commission biofuel proposals
  • EPA approves bio-isobutanol as fuel


  • Increase in Yeast sugar-to-oil conversion efficiency
  • GM unveils biodiesel option on new cars
  • ExxonMobil & Synthetic Genomics continue Algae biofuel research

Aviation Fuel

  • LanzaTech receives DoE grant for jet fuel facility
  • Turkey's bio-based jet fuel demand forecasted

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