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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 128, November 2022

Category: biofuels
Published: 21/11/2022
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.

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1st generation (1G) bioethanol from sugar crops is a mature technology, used globally, for biofuel production, providing benefits to the environment, energy and food security. Renewable ethanol for fuel use offsets GHG emissions from fossil fuels; produces important co-products such as animal feed and has the potential to help decarbonise the aviation sector by replacing liquid fossil fuels. 1G bioethanol continues to be deployed globally but increasingly alongside 2nd generation (2G) bioethanol. Other technologies are also developing in this sector increasing the importance of bioethanol further, including converting ethanol to chemicals or to gasoline or kerosine equivalents.

Shell has signed an agreement with Raizen in Brazil for an expansion in 2G cellulosic bioethanol production with five new plants producing cellulosic ethanol from sugarcane residues. This would bring the total number of cellulosic ethanol plants owned by Raizen in Brazil to nine, with Shell agreeing to offtake 3.2 billion litres of ethanol over the life of the agreement...

Other news this month includes:


  • UK Government accepts biodiesel import measures
  • E10 petrol becomes standard for Northern Ireland on 1 November 2022
  • Zero-emissions target for new vehicles under first deal of EU’s Fit for 55 package


  • Neste and Rolls-Royce form a partnership to move from fossil fuels to renewables#
  • Goodshipping and DHL expand sustainable shipping partnership
  • Praj signs MOU with ESIIC to develop 1G and 2G ethanol in Egypt from sugarcane

Research and Development

  • Shell Brasil starts in five-year agave research project at Unicamp
  • Isotopic tracer for marine biofuels successfully tested by Goodfuels, Norden, Control union and IDS


  • Shell and Raízen sign 3.2 billion litre cellulosic ethanol deal
  • Associations highlight importance of renewable ethanol
  • More...


  • PepsiCo launches HVO-fuelled logistics in the UK
  • AFKLMP Cargo, Jan de Rijk Logistics introduce new HVO-powered long heavy vehicle
  • Lafarge Canada teams with 4Refuel to use R50 diesel in Vancouver Area

Aviation and Shipping Biofuel

  • Project Speedbird: BA, LanzaJet and Nova partnership approaches large-scale SAF production
  • JetBlue Accelerates Transition to Sustainable Aviation Fuel
  • More...

Other Biofuels

  • Renewable propane partnership between SHV Energy and GTI Energy

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