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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 110, May 2021

Category: biofuels
Published: 26/05/2021
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.


The revised version of the Renewable European Directive (RED II), released in December 2018, set a target of 14% of fuel consumed by rail and road transport to be produced from renewable sources by 2030. In addition, RED II introduced a 7% cap on the share of food-based biofuels for all Member States. This cap applies to biofuels produced from sugar, starch-rich and vegetal oil-based feedstocks. As an alternative to food-based biofuels, the EU is promoting the development and deployment of advanced biofuels and sets a climbing sub-target for their incorporation of 0.2% of all biofuels by 2022 and 3.5% by 2030. In July the EU Commission will publish amendments made to the RED II targets, however a draft document released in advance shows an increased target share for renewables in transport from 14 to 26% by 2030. The sub-target for advanced biofuels incorporation is also raised from 3.5 to 5.5% by 2030.

The new amendments do not include any changes on the capping of first-generation biofuels (i.e. produced from food-crops), which remains a polarising topic within the Union...

Other news this month includes:


  • Transport Committee listens to evidence on road pricing
  • US DOE supports biofuel projects
  • More...


  • High-blend renewable fuels assurance scheme
  • Neste shows interest in efuels
  • More...

Research and Development

  • Shchekinoazot and Haldor Topsoe partner to discover opportunities for CO2 emission reduction
  • Neste is testing renewable gasoline in Sweden for possible commercialization internationally


  • Praj to set up India’s largest capacity sugarcane syrup based ethanol plant for Godavari Biorefineries
  • Vivergo Fuels site in Hull set to re-open, as Department for Transport mandate E10 fuel from September


  • NRMM looks to biodiesel

Aviation Biofuel

  • More SAF announcements as demand grows
  • Air bp scores a hat trick of sustainable aviation fuel projects at three new locations in the UK
  • US Politicians meet with airlines to discuss sustainable aviation fuel

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