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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 95, February 2020

Category: feedstocks
Published: 13/02/2020
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.


Land use, and how best to manage the limited space and resources available, is a common debate in the bioeconomy. The ‘food versus fuel’ debate as an example is perhaps the first thing to spring to mind. In order to advise the UK’s agricultural industry on how to manage land use and reduce emissions, the CCC (Committee on Climate Change) has produced a report titled ‘Land use: Policies for a Net Zero UK’. There are multiple aspects, but part of this report suggests expanding the UK’s bioenergy crops area. This includes miscanthus, short rotation coppice and short rotation forestry.
Interestingly, recent statistics from DEFRA also include details on the land use of bioenergy crops in the UK. In 2018, just over 1.6% of the UK’s agricultural land was used for bioenergy crops, and this further..........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • Agriculture Bill progresses
  • China tightening of waste plastic import regulations affects EFW plants
  • Coal power end brought forward one year
  • Reducing waste plastic export and policing net zero​


  • UK GHG emissions continue to fall, but transport struggles
  • State of the industry from biomass leaders
  • Pellet production grant for Skeena Bioenergy​

Research & Development

  • 1.6% UK agriculture for bioenergy crops
  • Cyanobacteria analysis
  • CCC on UK bioenergy crops land use​

Wood & Crop

  • Waste biomass towards net-zero in California
  • Changing pellet demand in Japan
  • Sugar beet again in Scotland?
  • Barry Biomass in final commissioning phase​

Other Feedstocks

  • Biobased adhesives analysis
  • £27.5m plastic recycling plant
  • Closed loop recycling project​


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