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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 94, January 2020

Category: feedstocks
Published: 16/01/2020
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.


By now most people will be fully back into work mode, the Christmas period over for another year. The trimmings have all come down and the Christmas trees are all back in their boxes. Unless your Christmas tree is a real tree, in which case, have you ever given any thought to its end-of-life? The UK government estimates eight million Christmas trees will be coming down this year and suggests they are either replanted or recycled, which sees them shredded into chippings for alternative uses.

Talking of planning to use a waste for alternatives uses, McDonalds and Ford Motor Company are to team up to make use of coffee chaff as part of a composite for vehicle parts. Coffee chaff is a by-product of the roasting process, and there’ll be plenty of chaff considering the amounts of coffee that McDonalds go through. Using the chaff as a feedstock and mixing it with plastic can create components for vehicles that are 20% lighter, reducing fuel consumption.

Pellet supply and demand on a global level is..........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • Policy Exchange calls for increased forest planting in the UK


  • Squeeze on biomass supply as demand expands
  • Pellet growth for Japan
  • Pellet growth for Russia​

Research & Development

  • Synthetic biology underpins CO2 consuming E. coli
  • New report shows textile improvements and challenges
  • Microalgae-based wastewater treatment
  • Mapping global biomass resource in forests
  • Latest on UK biomass use for energy​

Wood & Crop

  • Bed Maker goes carbon neutral with help of hemp
  • US sees growth opportunity in pellet supply to Asia
  • Hazardous waste wood
  • Christmas tree disposal​

Other Feedstocks

  • EU incineration legislation comes into effect
  • Coffee chaff for car parts
  • Recycling the 'difficult' plastics
  • Japan likely to increase PKS demand
  • Wastewater to fuel in US
  • DfT advanced Fuel projects​


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