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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 140, November 2023

Category: biofuels
Published: 29/11/2023
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.

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Aviation accounts for a relatively small share of global emissions (estimated around 2-3%) but is one of the most challenging sectors to decarbonise. Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) emerge as a promising solution, capable of emitting up to 80% less carbon dioxide than conventional jet fuel. These fuels can be sourced from various feedstocks, including waste fats, oils and greases, municipal solid waste, agricultural residues, and non-food crops grown on marginal land.

With the potential to contribute around 65% of the emissions reduction required by aviation to reach net-zero in 2050, a substantial increase in SAF production is essential. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) projects a need for nearly 450 billion litres of SAF annually by 2050. The most significant acceleration in production is expected in the 2030s as global policy support expands, SAF competitiveness against fossil kerosene increases and credible industry offsets become scarcer. A crucial element to consider in any effort to increase SAF production should be promoting the development of new feedstocks to help reduce production costs and secure adequate supply.

Encouragingly, SAF adoption in the aviation sector is already on the rise, as evidenced by Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation's recent milestone...

Other news this month includes:


  • RTFO Scheme for Ireland launched and RFAS looking to expand
  • Brazil approves biodiesel imports for blending


  • SUEZ collaborates on development of UK's first industrial-scale waste to low-carbon LPG plant
  • Petrobras partners with European Energy to explore e-methanol opportunities
  • More...

Research and Development

  • UAE researches production of biofuels from halophytes


  • BGW installs Whitefox bioethanol system


  • Scania inaugurates biodiesel pilot in Abidjan
  • China plans pilot projects to boost use of biodiesel

Aviation and Shipping Biofuel

  • First-ever 100% SAF-fuelled commercial transatlantic flight
  • Gulfstream leads the way in transatlantic flights powered by biofuel

Other Biofuels

  • Wales’ first-ever biomethane refuelling station for HGVs opens
  • Wärtsilä launch ammonia-fuelled dual fuel marine engine

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