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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 75, June 2018

Category: biofuels
Published: 06/07/2018
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.

Foreword 

Fittingly, for such a significant issue, there is hugely significant news from Europe. With the second phase of the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive - colloquially known as REDII – set to come into force, negotiations over the exact nature of the reforms have been in full swing for some time. Chief among the issues at hand has been the exact proportion of member states’ energy consumption must come from renewables. There was a discrepancy between the targets desired by the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union. The latter sought a target of 27%, while the former was pushing for a higher target of 35%. It has been reported that after an all-night negotiation session, the so-called “trilogue” (the Council, the Parliament, and the Commission) reached an agreement of a target of 32% renewables. Member states have until 2030 to achieve this target, however, unlike the first wave of targets, they are not applicable at the national level. Instead, member states must......

Other news this month includes:

Policy

  • RED II targets finalised
  • US to up biofuels mandate in 2019
  • US ups isobutanol blend limit
  • UK funding competition  for low-carbon fuels development​

Research & Development

  • Scientists increase plant fermentation rate by 30 times
  • Biofuels from lignin?
  • BioMonitor project seeks to address information gaps in the bioeconomy​

Bioethanol

  • Lanzatech receives backing from BASF

Biodiesel

  • Czech company to produce waste cooking oil biodiesel

Aviation Biofuel

  • Flight from Toulouse to Hong Kong powered by biofuel
  • Funding for waste-to-jet fuel project​

Other Fuel

  • Green gas spreading as fuel in the UK
  • RED II agreement welcomed by UPM Biofuels
  • First UK filling station to offer hydrogen alongside conventional fuels​

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