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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 85, April 2019

Category: feedstocks
Published: 11/04/2019
Author: NNFCC
FREE THIS MONTH - Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.


Making a product or process biobased should never be considered as the sole end-goal. Even if a product can successfully be produced from biomass feedstock, there are a number of sustainability factors to consider, including land-use change impacts, processing energy costs, and (in the case of agricultural feedstocks) water usage. More on the latter later, but it is considerations like these that have led to bioeconomy processes diversifying their feedstocks from the “traditional” bioeconomy pantheon, such as palm oil, wood pellets, and wheat. Recent shifts towards waste biomass as feedstock have been championed by industry and government alike, owing to their effects of increasing resource efficiency, contributing to a circular economy, while diminishing the need to deal with the difficult and contentious issues around sourcing of virgin biomass. One such area where use of wastes  has become of interest has been biofuels.........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • Lawsuit aims to remove biomass support from RED II
  • London introduces ultra-low emissions zone
  • Ugandan law to hold scientists responsible for GM crop safety​


  • 17% increase for US pellet exports

Research & Development

  • Diversifying biobased jet fuel feedstocks
  • Government-backed Carbon Capture advisory group
  • Identifying risks from water scarcity
  • US agencies to collaborate on bioeconomy advancement
  • Europe's largest dairy cooperative targets zero emissions
  • UK emissions report published​

Wood & Crop

  • Study identifies potential cold-tolerant miscanthus strains
  • UK's largest wood gasifier opens
  • New council to push for plant-based products
  • Enviva supply pellets to Tees Renewable Energy Plant​

Other Feedstocks

  • Flushed toilet paper as chemicals feedstock
  • Making fibres from old cotton clothes
  • UPM develops adhesive that doesn't interfere with paper recycling​


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