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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 131, February 2023

Category: feedstocks,biorefining
Published: 09/02/2023
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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Oils, suitable for making biofuels, can be produced from crops such as soybean and oil palms. These products have traditionally been grown for food purposes but have increasingly been used as a substitute for fossil-derived oils in products, such as lubricants, and in bio-fuels. These products have many advantages over fossil products but as they grow in tropical environments, cultivation of large areas of these crops has led to significant rainforest destruction. To limit the market pressure leading to this destruction some organisations have removed palm and soy oil from their products and some nations have imposed import limitations particularly on their use for biofuel production..

In Germany, palm oil use in biofuel production has been banned from 2023 and some ministers are recommending a move away from use of food crops for production of...

Other News this Month Includes:


  • Biomass for UK Energy
  • German minister proposes to remove crop-based biofuels
  • More...


  • PlanET Biogas has formed PlanET Organics to focus on food waste
  • Perhutani to build up biomass based businesses
  • More...

Research & Development

  • Aston University receives grant for lab-scale centre developing low carbon hydrogen from biomass 
  • Valorization of Lignin under Mild Conditions: Biorefining Flavonoids and Lignin Nanoparticles

Wood & Crop

  • Casterra collaborates to cultivate commercial scale castor crops
  • IGC forecasts lower global rapeseed harvest area for 2023
  • More...


  • Phillips 66 ISCC PLUS certified to produce feedstocks from waste plastics at its Sweeny refinery
  • AFYREN to build second biobased organic acids plant in Thailand
  • More...


  • Veolia turns sewage into energy to help Scottish Water achieve net zero
  • LIFE uses algae to create valuable products


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