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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 94, January 2020

Category: biofuels
Published: 30/01/2020
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.

Foreword 

As the fuels market, and indeed many other industries, shifts towards biobased and increases its sustainability, it is important to be able to communicate accurately any such improvements to the consumer and other stakeholders. Reducing climate change and global emissions is a big challenge and efforts towards this goal shouldn’t be ambiguous. Any misunderstanding or confusion can lead to a distrust of the industry and in addition, deliberate miscommunication when conveying sustainability credentials, understandably, causes scepticism as well as the lack of perceived environmental effects. This marketing technique – falsely advertising or exaggerating environmental benefits – is known as greenwashing.
A recent example is the Italian oil company Eni, who had claimed that their diesel is ‘green’ and ‘sustainable’ in advertisements across multiple platforms. Eni’s Diesel+ uses.........

Other news this month includes:

Policy

  • Electric cars to go wireless for taxis

Markets

  • Brazil ethanol sales
  • License agreement on Sunliquid ethanol in China
  • Eni fined for greenwashing​

Research and Development

  • Shipping industry towards decarbonisation
  • New biofuel method could reduce costs
  • Funding for green fuel projects
  • ‘Insignificant’ link between US biofuel policy and deforestation​​

Bioethanol

  • Attempt at increasing ethanol in India
  • Ethanol content set to increase in Canada​

Biodiesel

  • UCO powers transit vans
  • HollyFrontier uses Topsoe fuel technology

Aviation Biofuel

  • Plan to eliminate emissions by 2030

Other Biofuels

  • 64 biomethane buses
  • Cost of hydrogen
  • Biogas for transport across the EU

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