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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 87, June 2019

Category: biofuels
Published: 27/06/2019
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.


One of the barriers to biofuels permeating the market further is the limit on bioethanol blending here in the UK. Currently, standard gasoline contains 5% bioethanol  known as E5, however, the UK has already agreed legislation that would allow the blending of up to 10% ethanol in gasoline but the country  lags behind other nations in implementing the new blending rates: Brazil has a minimum legal blend of E20, the USA likewise mandates E10 – and this month cleared E15 for use year-round – and many EU countries also have higher blends widely available. The UK government has been dragging its heels on the introduction of E10, despite pressure from the biofuels sector. A consultation was launched last year, but the response has yet to be published. Now the all-party parliamentary group for British Bioethanol has warned that without introduction of E10, the UK’s bioethanol industry is likely to decline and eventually disappear. The beginnings of this have already been seen with the closure last year of Vivergo’s ethanol plant, one of the largest in Europe. This comes in the wake of a report by ePURE, surveying their members to ascertain typical greenhouse gas savings from using bioethanol as transport fuel, finding that.........

Other news this month includes:


  • UK pump labelling scheme to raise biofuels awareness
  • Lack of support for UK E10 see decline of British ethanol industry


  • Fuel ethanol America's biggest agricultural export
  • UFOP fears low palm oil price could see usage for biofuels increase

Research and Development

  • EU GHG savings from ethanol continue
  • Novozymes launches technologies for bioethanol industry
  • Royal DSM expands product offerings for biofuels sector​


  • US approves year-round E15 use
  • Novel technology to improve corn oil yields for ethanol


  • Next Renewable Fuels to develop biodiesel facility
  • Total's La Mede biodiesel plant to begin production​

Aviation Biofuel

  • Japan's largest airline to fly with Lanzatech biofuel
  • KLM agrees deal for aviation biofuel development and use
  • Virgin Australia clocks millionth kilometre on biobased jet fuel

Other Biofuels

  • Five new biomethane refuelling stations for the UK

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