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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 79, October 2018

Category: biofuels
Published: 31/10/2018
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.


The UK bioeconomy is still reeling from the closure of the Vivergo biofuels plant, as reported in these pages last month. Vivergo were one of the cornerstones of the UK bioeconomy, but their loss painted a wider, grimmer picture of the state of the UK biofuels industry. The chief reason cited by Vivergo for their closure was a bioethanol market that was not sustainable: the price of ethanol was far too low to justify the cost of production. This effect has been compounded this month with the closure of another plant: CropEnergies’ Ensus plant in Teesside has “paused” production, awaiting friendlier market conditions. This mirrors Vivergo’s initial decision to do the same, but the plant did not last long after reopening. While this doesn’t quite amount to a crisis for the bioethanol sector, it does highlight how much investment and support is still needed to......

Other news this month includes:


  • UK transport emissions strategy criticised
  • Estimated timeline for introduction of year-round US E15
  • Differing stances on airline carbon regulation​


  • Biofuels Barometer shows increase in EU biofuel use
  • Second UK ethanol plant to pause production​


  • Ethanol squeeze prompts US plant closures
  • White Paper argues case for US corn ethanol
  • Clariant begins construction of Romanian ethanol plant
  • Ace Ethanol begins plant construction
  • Expansion for POET bioethanol refining plant​


  • Red Rock biofuels licenses Fischer-Tropsch technology
  • Biodiesel from coffee waste​

Aviation Biofuel

  • Norway to mandate aviation biofuel from 2020
  • First commercial flight with LanzaTech's biobased jet fuel​

Other Biofuels

  • Low biofuels uptake threatens shipping carbon targets
  • First UK recycling group to use biogas-fuelled lorries​

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