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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 74, May 2018

Category: biofuels
Published: 31/05/2018
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.

Foreword 

Back in January of this year, the European Parliament voted to approve amendments to the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive, thus forming what has become colloquially known as RED II. While many in the biofuels sector have celebrated the reforms and their commitment to increased levels of biofuels, the reforms have also received criticism for the cap they have placed on crop-based biofuels. The intention behind this policy is to reduce the wider sustainability implications of biofuels: biofuel feedstocks include palm oil, the harvest of which is a highly controversial issue that the EU is seeking to distance itself from. Unsustainable palm oil harvest can actually result in greater net CO2 emissions than fossil fuels. However, some NGOs based in Eastern Europe have spoken out against this cap, claiming that all crop-based biofuels should not be painted with the same brush as palm oil. They have called for a more nuanced approach, that recognises the individual sustainability impacts of each......

Other news this month includes:

Policy

  • Ireland commits to crop-based biofuels
  • Ethanol groups sue US EPA over biofuel waivers
  • Non-profit organisations argue against EU crop biofuel limit​

Markets

  • New funding for Dutch shipping biofuels company

Research & Development

  • Global Bioenergies begin project to establish isobutene value chain
  • Swedish plant to produce biofuels from lignin
  • Finnish progress into algal biofuels
  • Global Bioenergies joins projects to diversify isobutene feedstocks
  • Sweetwater to build biorefinery plant​

Bioethanol

  • Mushroom bacterium could produce butanol biofuel

Biodiesel

  • Cross-Solent ferry to run on biodiesel
  • Velocys licenses Red Rock biofuels plant​

Aviation Biofuel

  • Study begins into feasibility of jet fuel from forest biomasss

Other Fuel

  • Tripling in CNG's biomethane fuel demand
  • Novel process for algal hydrogen production
  • Södra and ANDRITZ to produce biomethanol​

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