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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 80, November 2018

Category: biofuels
Published: 30/11/2018
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.


Normally, within these pages, our focus is on the more common forms of biofuel – namely, bioethanol and biodiesel – and indeed, the latest statistics have shown that biodiesel is the dominant biofuel here in the UK, with 59% of the biofuel accredited under the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation being biodiesel this past year. However, this month, there are several interesting stories relating to a less-well-known form of biofuel: biomethane.

Unsurprisingly, biomethane can be converted into Compressed (CNG) or Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) fuel in the same manner as methane from natural gas. This fuel is sometimes used as a fuel for HGVs, as it causes lesser engine degradation, and has lower emissions when compared to diesel and gasoline.........

Other news this month includes:


  • Crop-based biofuels to be phased out of EU targets by 2030
  • US considers reduction in future biofuels targets​


  • Biodiesel dominates UK RTFO
  • US biofuel waivers policy prompts price slump
  • Chevron becomes biggest refiner to receive US biofuel waiver
  • Biodiesel prices less tied to oil price​

Research and Development

  • "Mobile units" produce biofuels by pyrolysis of waste wood
  • Genetically engineering yeast to produce isobutanol
  • Report into natural gas-powered vehicles​


  • Ensus shutdown preceded by record year


  • Biodiesel by-product could be used as fuel addititive
  • Malaysia to mandate 10% biodiesel blend​

Other Biofuels

  • Transport fuel biomethane opens up for farm producers
  • Biogas to be used for shipping fuel
  • Nottingham's biogas-powered buses receive national award​

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