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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 92, November 2019

Category: biofuels
Published: 28/11/2019
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.

Foreword 

Biomethane is at the forefront of the news this month for the consumer, with multiple shops in the UK detailing how their use of biomethane as a transport fuel is making them more sustainable. Only so much biomethane can be generated, and there are multiple uses for it including injection into the gas grid, heat and electricity generation, as well as using it as a transport fuel. Biomethane as a transport fuel is mostly reserved for shipping and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs). On the road to decarbonisation, solutions that may apply to cars and other vehicles may not apply so well to HGVs. Range, horsepower and carbon emissions all contribute to the debate, as well as availability. Taking HGVs electric for example in the same way as cars also presents practical challenges. Both electric and gas vehicles have infrastructure requirements, and biomethane in cars just isn’t as feasible as it is for a larger HGV. One of those using biomethane in their HGVs is.........

Other news this month includes:

Policy

  • Norway jet fuel policy looks achievable

Markets

  • Gevo to supply Seattle
  • BTG and Goodfuels plan a biorefinery
  • Coporate biofuel programme from KLM​

Research and Development

  • Ethanol demand on land use
  • EPA challenges result in shift to R&D
  • FRA review of 2020 vehicle models​

Bioethanol

  • New York approves E15

Biodiesel

  • Hotel biodiesel
  • Use of Neste's renewable diesel
  • Testing biodiesel content​

Aviation Biofuel

  • Biomass to jet fuel for Velocys
  • LanzaTech scales up its jet fuel​

Other Biofuels

  • Supermarket trucks cut emissions
  • John Lewis to use biomethane
  • F1 to up biofuel use​

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