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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 71, February 2018

Category: feedstocks
Published: 07/02/2018
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.


We’ve talked on many an occasion about the need for robust management practices in order for the bioeconomy to be provided with the required level of feedstock. Usually, this management takes place on a relatively small scale: each individual forest is managed to sustainably provide the greatest amount of woody biomass, while crop fields are likewise planted in order to give the maximum return based on an understanding of crop response to key inputs, However, switching to new crops can be an expensive undertaking, and thus plenty of research and information is required beforehand to ensure that the right crops are being grown in the best locations.
With that in mind, there is some interesting new research from...

Other News this Month Includes:


  • Consumer demand will drive packaging to renewable feedstocks – EU chemical sector needs to take note
  • ADBA welcomes UK soil health plan


  • Global wheat stocks expected to drop
  • Developing the Canadian cannabis value chain
  • Carillion collapse raises fears for waste sector SMEs
  • Changes to WRAP will see job losses​

Research & Development

  • Mapping the most suitable energy crops across the US
  • IEA explores climate benefits of woody biomass
  • New Canadian pilot plant to develop wood-based chemicals
  • Myanmar businesses seek to use rice husks as biomass
  • Funding opportunity for biomass feedstock genomics research
  • M&S to pursue biobased recyclable packaging​

Wood & Crop

  • German rapeseed emissions lower than touted
  • Alkol Biotech to supply feedstocks to Europe's "largest" biorefinery
  • Long term prospects of Michigan forest biomass
  • UPM's Brassica earns RSB certification
  • Latest Enviva Track & Trace statistics​


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