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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 93, December 2019

Category: feedstocks
Published: 09/12/2019
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.


More often than not, people think about feedstocks for the bioeconomy and think about land-based crops such as wood and rapeseed or recycled and waste materials. The sea also holds a vast wealth of resources – the exploitation of which perhaps is less commonly featured in these news reviews. This month, there are several examples of materials using other interesting biobased feedstocks originating from the deep. Fish waste that is destined for landfill has been used as the base feedstock for a biobased plastic called MarinaTex, ideal for single-use packaging as it’s translucent, flexible and biodegrades after four to six weeks and is suitable for home composting. Algae too, has been considered a valuable crop for both fuel and products. While it has perhaps struggled to gain the commercial success it promises on paper, it still has potential as a feedstock and one company Vollebak has been using it to make T Shirts. Finally, within the pharmaceutical market, seaweed has been employed as a raw material for the production of Oligomannate, a new Alzheimer’s disease treatment recently approved for use in China. Back on land, sugarcane is a crop used often for..........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • Recyclers want action over plastics in compost
  • Netherlands may drop use of 'double counting' for used cooking oil
  • French MP's fail to curb tax breaks for Palm Oil
  • Dutch voting on tax on imported RDF​


  • Coke and can manufacturers in war of words
  • UK oilseed prospects not looking bright

Research & Development

  • Sugarcane bioenergy pros and cons
  • Pathway to succinic acid
  • Catalysis of lignin breakdown
  • Seaweed derived drug to treat Alzheimers
  • Biotechnology to help plants grow in saline conditions​

Wood & Crop

  • 10,000 acres of hemp
  • Eucalyptus firewood plantation in UK
  • Danish Asnaes biomass plant starts generation

Other Feedstocks

  • Soy based motor oil
  • Water disposal costly for oil industry
  • Plastic from fish waste
  • Unilever to secure recycled plastic
  • CO2 to protein with Drax support​
  • Plant and Algae T Shirt
  • US grocery chains have not addressed waste reduction​


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