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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 82, January 2019

Category: feedstocks
Published: 24/01/2019
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.


Underpinning the modern transition into more sustainable production and consumption of goods and services, lies the concept of circular economy: that once something has been used, it needn’t “drop-out” of the economy, and instead can be re-used to continue to generate value. Waste management has become one of the significant issues in the transition to a circular economy, as repurposing and recycling of waste is the preferred way to derive continued value from waste. Duly, recycling and waste management have been under policy scrutiny in recent years, and the UK government has now published its eagerly-awaited Resources & Waste Strategy. As is to be expected from such a strategy, the overwhelming focus is on the development of a more robust recycling ecosystem in the UK. It notes that currently there is inconsistency in how recyclable waste is handled around the UK, and the Strategy strives for consistency in such matters. As far as the bioeconomy is concerned, there is big change with regard to.........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • UK Waste Strategy published
  • Separate food waste collection for UK
  • Strong hints that universal food waste collection in pipeline for UK
  • US adopts mandatory labelling for "bioengineered" products​


  • Japan ups wood pellet imports as biomass power continues rise
  • 2018 strong year for pellet market growth​

Research & Development

  • Novel liquefaction process for waste wood
  • Promising results for algae-derived poultry feed
  • Waste valorisation technology to produce fuels from sewage sludge
  • Research grant for algal polyurethane development
  • CRISPR gene editing to boost growth rates in camelina and rice​

Wood & Crop

  • Tree for shading coffee plants could be source of biomass
  • Investment drives higher timber yields in Eastern Russia
  • ENplus to undergo revision process
  • Futerra begins construction of 120,000-ton capacity torrefaction plant​

Other Feedstocks

  • UK recycling rate down
  • Renewable gas production and use by US's largest recycler​


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