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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 139, October 2023

Category: biofuels
Published: 26/10/2023
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.

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Biofuel production is not progressing fast enough for the global energy sector to reach net zero emissions of CO2 by 2050, according to the latest update of the International Energy Agency’s Net Zero Roadmap, with availability of feedstocks, and food and fertiliser prices posing substantial challenges.

Currently, only 10 Exajoules (EJ) of the estimated 100 EJ of total potential resource base of sustainable bioenergy (solid, liquid and gaseous) are being utilised for biofuel production. Biofuel production has increased by 4% per year over the last five years, but it needs to expand by an annual average of 13% to reach the 11 EJ projected for 2030 in the Net Zero Emissions (NZE) Scenario.

The future of biofuels demand hinges on policy mandates. Whilst some policies are already in place, there is a growing need for more, particularly in developing countries. Currently, over 80% of biofuels consumption is concentrated in the United States, Brazil, Europe, and Indonesia, where a combination of regulations, financial incentives, and technical standards supports their expansion. In the US, the Federal Aviation Administration recently announced nearly $300 million in funding for projects to help achieve America’s goal of net-zero emissions from aviation by 2050 as part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda...

Other news this month includes:


  • Multi-million-dollar investment to drive American aviation towards achieving net-zero goals
  • Global biofuel production ‘too slow’, according to IEA
  • Indonesia saved 27.8 million CO2e thanks to B30 in 2022


  • Repsol opts for Honeywell’s Ecofining™ technology for biofuel production in Spain
  • EDL selects JM and bp to aid SAF production in Germany
  • More...

Research and Development

  • Ingenza and Phibro Ethanol to work on novel yeast strain that will increase yield in bioethanol production
  • UK’s scientists power storm-tracking weather radar with biofuel for the first time


  • Raízen and Wartsila to investigate use of ethanol in maritime transportation
  • India: Numaligarh Refinery to start ethanol production next year


  • FedEx Express begins renewable diesel trial to cut carbon-emissions in UK truck network
  • Enilive powers Lannutti's fleet with 100% renewable raw material-derived diesel
  • Certa inaugurates HVO fuel station for motorists in Ireland

Aviation and Shipping Biofuel

  • Ryanair completes purchase of 500 tonnes of SAF from OMV
  • Rolls-Royce reaches next milestone on its path to decarbonise business aviation
  • Indonesian airline Garuda tests palm oil-blended jet fuel

Other Biofuels

  • Colas Rail UK partners with G-Volution to test bio-LPG fuel cell for locomotive

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