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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 106, January 2021

Category: biofuels
Published: 26/01/2021
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.


Last year saw the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis which brough the whole of the transport sector to a halt for several months. As a result, fossil-based gasoline and diesel demand dropped globally by about 90,000 barrels a day compared to 2019. The reduction in oil-based fuel consumption in turn led to a drop in biofuel consumption – for the first time in two decades – as most commercial fuel blends now require a share of biofuel to be added. More particularly, US and Brazil ethanol along with European diesel took the biggest hit.

As we begin this new year, we look to the future...

Other news this month includes:


  • Airlines join NGO calls for tougher EU biofuel regulations


  • Renewable gas use increases in US transport
  • Glencore completes acquisition of Orsted's LNG business
  • More...

Research and Development

  • Rheological studies of municipal sewage sludge slurries for hydrothermal liquefaction biorefinery applications
  • Advances in upgradation of pyrolysis bio-oil and biochar to improve bio-refinery economics
  • More...


  • Using waste CO2 from corn ethanol biorefineries for additional ethanol production: life‐cycle analysis
  • US report examines benefits of switch to E15​

Aviation Biofuel

  • IATA call for more effort on sustainable aviation fuels
  • RSB officially recognised by ICAO for CORSIA
  • More...​

Other Biofuels

  • Airlift photo-bioreactors for Chlorella vulgaris cultivation in closed-loop zero waste biorefineries​

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