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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 121, April 2022

Category: feedstocks,biorefining
Published: 14/04/2022
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock and Biorefining sector.

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According to the IUCN, palm oil accounts for 35% of global vegetable oil, using just 10% of the land allocated to all oil crops. Further, nine times more oil per unit area can be produced via oil palm, in comparison to other oil crops. This, its associated relative low cost and wide range of applications – including in foods like cake, chocolate, and margarine, as well as cosmetics, shampoo, and cleaning products, and as a feedstock for biodiesel, has led to an increase in demand for palm oil.

According to Our World in Data, oil palm crop production increased almost four times over the 20-year period from 1998 to 2018, from 18.2 million tonnes to 71.5 million tonnes. However, with the pandemic, and rising awareness regarding unsustainable palm oil production via deforestation, causing a decline in biodiversity and native wildlife populations, and methane emissions from palm oil refinery wastewater, global production has somewhat stabilised in recent years. Malaysia is currently the second largest producer and exporter of palm oil in the world, after Indonesia. In mid-March 2022, Malaysian palm oil futures were down almost 10% in a single day. Crude Palm Oil Futures (FCPO)...

Other News this Month Includes:


  • RSB Board approved modifications of RSB Standards for palm-based agricultural processing residues


  • Drax stops sourcing biomass from Russia
  • Eni and the Republic of Benin signs an agreement for jointly initiatives in the agro-industrial sector
  • More...

Research & Development

  • Cemvita launches the Gold Hydrogen Program for subsurface biomanufacturing of hydrogen
  • Machine learning-informed and synthetic biology-enabled semi-continuous algal cultivation
  • More...

Wood & Crop

  • UK Pellet Council and FSC remove recognition for Russian and Belarus pellets
  • The viability of South African sugarcane as feedstock for sustainable aviation fuel production

Other Feedstocks

  • Honeywell introduces new technology to produce key feedstock for plastics


  • Port of Rotterdam Authority raising land level for ‘green’ companies
  • Techno-economic evaluation of a biorefinery to produce several platform chemicals from spruce


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