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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 136, July 2023

Category: biofuels
Published: 26/07/2023
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.

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Hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), or renewable diesel, is a biofuel which is used as a substitute for fossil diesel fuel. HVO can be produced using a wide range of vegetable oils and animal fats including oils from crops, for example, rapeseed, oil palm, soybean and sunflower, as well as used cooking oils and other waste oils. Treatment of these oils with hydrogen at high temperatures and pressures induces reactions such as hydrogenation and hydrocracking to leave hydrocarbons suitable for use as a drop-in diesel fuel. Biodiesel can also be produced through transesterification of vegetable oils but this product is chemically different from fossil diesel and is regulated to be used as a blend rather than a drop-in fuel. 

In an effort to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2040, Suttons Tankers has started a trial to use HVO as a drop in replacement for...

Other news this month includes:


  • Warning that unachievable SAF targets could cause high costs for passengers
  • EC allows Chevron’s purchase of Renewable Energy Group
  • More...


  • Gasum acquires ownership in Liquidgas Biofuel Genesis AB
  • Biofuels displacing distillate fuel oil on the US West Coast
  • More...

Research and Development

  • Sustainable fuels made from air and plastic waste
  • Korean Air partners with GS Caltex for SAF tests


  • CropEnergies ethanol outlook 
  • Pertamina to produce bioethanol from sugarcane and cassava


  • Rolls-Royce approves its Kinetic PowerPacks for HVO
  • Indonesia plans to hike biodiesel mandate in next few years
  • More...

Aviation and Shipping Biofuel

  • IATA releases methodology to track air industry net zero progress
  • Twelve announces plans for production of SAF from CO2
  • More...

Other Biofuels

  • Offshore hydrogen project selected for European Commission funding
  • Vale partners with Wabtec for locomotive fuels study 
  • More...

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