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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 84, March 2019

Category: biofuels
Published: 28/03/2019
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.


By far the biggest news of recent weeks, as far as biofuels are concerned, has been the publishing of the European Union’s revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II). Setting out legally-binding targets for members states’ renewable energy, and the terms therein. It is one such term that has been the source of much debate, not just in recent weeks, but for a long time now: palm oil. One of the biggest criticisms of so-called “first generation” biofuels – those produced directly from crops or forest biomass – is that their production results in Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC). ILUC is the theory that any land allocated for producing biomass for biofuels, when it would otherwise be used for growing crops, results in additional land being cleared elsewhere. It is.........

Other news this month includes:


  • EU rules palm oil biofuels unsustainable


  • DfT publishes UK biofuels statistics
  • Gevo to supply advanced biofuels to HCS​

Research and Development

  • UK Transport emissions back down to 1990 levels
  • Novel electrochemical process to convert CO2 to ethanol
  • REACH process to efficiently produce biofuels from biomass feedstock
  • Biofuels from Ghanaian cocoa pods​


  • Ensus bioethanol plant resumes production
  • Brazil's GranBio ethanol plant to recommence operation​


  • Next Renewable Fuels buys land for advanced biodiesel plant

Aviation Biofuel

  • Swedish report recommends 30% aviation biofuel blend by 2030
  • Aerion developing supersonic jet engine to run on biofuels​

Other Biofuels

  • 1 million miles driven by Aberdeen's hydrogen buses
  • Large-scale Dutch trial for shipping biofuel
  • IKEA testing marine biofuel​

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