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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 132, March 2023

Category: biobased
Published: 30/03/2023
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.

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From 2035 the UK is due to cease sales of private vehicles which produce tailpipe emissions. This decision locks the UK into EV and hydrogen fuel cell technologies as it excludes biofuels and sustainable synthetic fuels (e-fuels) which utilise existing internal combustion engine technologies. In reality, there will remain a significant number of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles running on liquid fuels both in the UK and worldwide, beyond 2035, as early scrappage of these vehicles would come at a high environmental cost. Therefore, it is important to consider biofuels and synthetic fuels as a solution to cover the transition period.

The UK Transport Committee has urged the government to give strategic priority to investment into low-carbon fuels. Whilst the committee recognises the value of electrification technologies in transportation, they also highlight the risk of...

Other news this month includes:


  • UK Transport Committee urges government investment in low-carbon fuels for aviation and rail
  • German government plans to approve the sales of 100% synthetic fuels in Germany welcomed
  • More...


  • Cepsa invests in new Spanish 2G biofuel plant
  • BP plans green hydrogen cluster in Valencia region of Spain
  • More...

Research and Development

  • ONE completes successful biofuel trial 
  • Viridos raises $25M Series A funding for algae biofuels research


  • Brazil reintroduces import tax on US ethanol 
  • Co-operation on cellulosic ethanol development in Japan


  • ASCO invests in renewable diesel fleet for its UK operations
  • Higher Malaysian biodiesel blending 
  • More...

Aviation and Shipping Biofuel

  • Boeing purchases twice as much SAF
  • Velocys and Bechtel JV collaboration to develop SAF 
  • More...

Other Biofuels

  • Amogy ammonia powered tug to be launched in 2023 

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