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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 112, July 2021

Category: biofuels
Published: 28/07/2021
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.

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Renewable (or advanced) methanol is produced from sustainable sources, such as biomass or carbon dioxide and hydrogen produced from electricity. Its proven efficiency as a transport fuel, along with the greenhouse gases emissions savings it is associated with, have made it an attractive investment and an instrumental tool for the decarbonisation of the world economy.

GIDARA Energy is opening its first advanced biofuels facility in Amsterdam. Called Advanced Methanol Amsterdam (AMA), the facility will convert non-recyclable waste into advanced methanol, which will then be used for fuel blending. This will be counted towards REDII’s emissions reductions targets and biofuels incorporation quotas. GIDARA will be using the commercially proven HTW® biomass gasification technology to convert the feedstocks into methanol, and aim to reach near-zero greenhouse gas emissions by keeping waste to a minimum across the entire value chain...

Other news this month includes:


  • WTO to review EU treatment of palm oil
  • Nationwide campaign on E10 introduction in UK
  • More...


  • New JV to produce rDME
  • Greenergy sale consideration
  • More...

Research and Development

  • New advanced waste to methanol plant in Amsterdam
  • Sweden invests in advanced methanol production
  • Sweden’s Preem to produce gasoline from wood residues


  • US Ethanol plant closed over its use of pesticide treated grain and resulting problems
  • EU ethanol sets new record for greenhouse-gas reduction
  • Versalis teams up with Saipem to promote PROESA cellulosic ethanol technology


  • Covenant Energy to produce renewable diesel
  • Neste to look to Canadian forestry for feedstock?
  • Borders Maltster turn to HVO

Aviation and Shipping Biofuel

  • LNG for container shipping
  • Appointment of Koch Project Solutions for U.S. SAF facility
  • New world first for port of Antwerp: methanol powered tugboat

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