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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 142, January 2024

Category: feedstocks
Published: 18/01/2024
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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An increasing use of food crops to produce biofuel and industrial products has the potential to cause tension in established markets. Indian reports stress that the escalating demand of corn driven by ethanol production comes in direct competition with its poultry feed market. Amid such concerns, the All India Poultry Breeder Association (AIPBA) proceeds to urge the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying to reconsider the 50% import duty on corn.

Vegetable oils are also in high demand. The USDA anticipates that the levels of global production and processing of oilseeds in the crop year 2023/24 are set to hit record highs. The increasing demand is evidenced by the increased volumes destined for US-based renewable diesel production.

Certain efforts have focused on circumventing the ‘food vs. fuel’ debate by investigating feedstocks outside the first-generation group. Tensei, leading feedstock technologists, have joined forces with the iCAST consortium i.e., a partnership between British universities, to investigate finding new value in waste coming from the paper and fruit industries. At a commercial level, Dutch Paques Biomaterials and Looop will work in partnership in producing PHA (Polyhydroxyalkanoate) from agri-food waste streams by means of synthetic biology...

Other News this Month Includes:


  • ISCC PLUS certification completed for Scanfill and Polykemi


  • Viewpoint: RD capacity to impact feedstocks trade flow
  • Paques Biomaterials and Looop partner in producing PHA
  • More...

Research & Development

  • From trash to treasure – finding new value in agricultural waste with Tensei
  • Renfuel Receives Grant to Demonstrate Enhancement to Patented Catalytic Esterification Process.

Wood & Crop

  • New workshop report published on novel crops and forestry species for industrial biomass
  • Record year for oilseed production


  • Neste’s crude oil refinery in Finland to be gradually transformed into a renewables and circular solutions refining hub
  • Petrobras Technology Enables Riograndense Refinery to Process 100% Renewable Feedstocks 


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