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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 142, January 2024

Category: biofuels
Published: 01/02/2024
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.

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The European Court of Auditors warned that the lack of foresight and a long-term perspective, the hefty amounts of R&D funding required (exceeding €430 million between 2014-2020) and the high-cost constraints associated with commercialisation, are painting a bleak picture for the future of the Biofuels sector. However, investments for biofuels are still proceeding across the European region.

In the UK, the latest round of funding agreed under the Advanced Fuels Fund of the Department for Transport (DfT) will provide £53m to support nine further projects to convert waste materials and by-products into biofuels. Alfanar received £8.66m to support the development of their Lighthouse Green Fuels (LGF) advanced SAF project in their Teeside facility. LGF is thought to be the largest advanced SAF facility development in Europe. Hutanbio also secured investment from the UK governments Clean Growth Fund to accelerate the commercial use of its third generation HBx biofuel oil for use in maritime applications.

As far as biofuel policy is concerned, the European Commission has opened the long-awaited Union Database for Biofuels (UDB) for online registration by biofuel operators. The purpose of this database is to help ensure market transparency and traceability in the supply chain for fuels reducing the risk of irregularities. The EU has also recently initiated anti-dumping investigations related to Chinese biodiesel imports. According to the EC, domestic producers have submitted evidence of biodiesel imports from China entering the EU at artificially low prices, leading to a drop in domestic production...

Other news this month includes:


  • European Union Database for Biofuels set up by Commission
  • Foggy future for biofuels in the EU
  • Thailand: Officials seek end of biofuel subsidy


  • EU to investigate Chinese biodiesel dumping allegation
  • Ryanair signs SAF agreement with Enilive
  • More...

Research and Development

  • Study finds low-carbon bio-alcohols and bio-ketones have high potential for vehicular emissions abatement
  • Green ammonia could decarbonize 60% of global shipping when offered at just 10 regional ports
  • China Unveils State-of-the-Art Technology for Biodiesel Fuel Manufacturing


  • CropEnergies with significant reduction of revenues and results in the first nine months of the financial year 2023/24
  • US groups eye growing bioethanol market in Japan


  • Greenergy expands biodiesel manufacturing plants
  • New York City's first renewable diesel station opens in Greenpoint

Aviation and Shipping Biofuel

  • Government agrees £53m to fund development of green aviation fuel
  • Alfanar’s Lighthouse Green Fuels, a green aviation fuel plant, secures additional £8.66 million in government funding
  • More... 

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