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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 76, July 2018

Category: feedstocks
Published: 24/07/2018
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.

Foreword

We begin on a controversial issue: palm oil. Few bioeconomy feedstocks have caused as much debate, with said debate centred firmly on palm oil’s impact on biodiversity in the parts of the world where it is grown. Much has been made of the fact that oil palm is typically associated with rainforest deforestation, and the associated threat to biodiversity. However, a report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has introduced an alternative perspective. The report concludes that banning palm oil would most likely increase the production of other oil crops to meet demand for oil, displacing rather than halting any significant global biodiversity losses caused by palm oil.

Part of the appeal of palm oil is the fact that its yield is so great relative to the amount of crop area required. Other oil crops may require up to nine times as much land to produce an equivalent oil yield. Thus, the IUCN argues.........

Other News this Month Includes:

Policy

  • EU enforces new waste recycling targets
  • ISCC certificate fraud​

Markets

  • New partnership to boost EU market access to mycelium products
  • Biomass demand squeezes waste wood market
  • AEBIOM rebrands to Bioenergy Europe​

Research & Development

  • New project to investigate marginal land for growing industrial crops
  • New enzyme shows promise for lignin conversion
  • IUCN report finds Palm Oil to be a lesser evil regarding biodiversity
  • Reports into global impact of agricultural biotechnology
  • Field trials confirm algae more productive in polyculture​

Wood & Crop

  • World's largest Dissolving Wood Pulp plant announced
  • Bush encroachment provides ample Namibian biomass resource
  • Use of waste wood within UK increases
  • Florida lignin plant opened
  • Japanese and Korean contracts for Canadian pellets​

Other Feedstocks

  • Plastic bags still viable for food waste recycling
  • Report into UK waste production and use
  • Companies turning food waste into useful fibres
  • Statistics on Scottish waste
  • Leaf secures feedstock for Malaysian biorefinery
  • Lottery funding for UK waste food charity​

Events

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