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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 83, February 2019

Category: feedstocks
Published: 14/02/2019
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.

Foreword

There are two important research stories this month that add to the ongoing land-use debate surrounding biomass crops. A recurring concern is that land utilised for growing biomass for biofuels or materials is land that could otherwise be used for food provision, considered a higher priority use for the land. The crux of the debate has been around how much land is considered acceptable to be used for biomass, a value that is typically considered to be higher by stakeholders in the bioeconomy. There is a secondary concern, that in an effort to not impinge on food cropland, more non-cropland will be converted in order to make way for biomass crops.  This is one of the key concerns that has focussed attention on the use of palm oil, where increased oil demand has been linked to deforestation in Indonesia and Malaysia. In a further contribution to the debate, an article recently published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics analysed.........

Other News this Month Includes:

Markets

  • Indonesia to challenge EU palm oil ruling at WTO
  • Some biobased sectors in EU rely heavily on feedstock imports
  • Biofuel plant shutdowns felt across UK grain market

Research & Development

  • Study encourages farmers to supplement crops with lignocellulosic biomass crops
  • Novel "biosolarisation" process for crop pest control
  • UK emissions continue to fall
  • Novel softwood pre-treatment technology​

Wood & Crop

  • Corn ethanol's effect on US crop area negligible
  • Funding for farmers who provide feedstock to paperboard mill
  • Ørsted releases biomass sustainability report
  • WWF opposes Iceland supermarket's boycott of palm oil
  • Indian crop waste seeing use as biomass feedstock​

Other Feedstocks

  • Dutch pilot plant to produce products from bio-waste and residue

Events

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