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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 100, July 2020

Category: feedstocks
Published: 16/07/2020
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.


The Netherlands is having an interesting month for biomass power. According to a recent report from the USDA, the Netherlands have doubled their wood pellet imports to 1.22 million tons in 2019, and this is expected to double again this year. This comes as a study titled ‘Availability and Application Possibilities of Sustainable Biomas’ from the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency  concludes that the use of biomass is essential for the country to reach net-zero. However, biomass power and forestry land management have been hotly contested topics – some environmental activists in the Netherlands and elsewhere remain concerned about the use of forest biomass to reduce carbon emissions.
Most of the biomass supplied to the Netherlands as well as to the UK is from the US. Last March, the UK saw..........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • US environmental lobbyists attempt to dissuade UK support for biomass


  • Vattenfall calls for clear statement on biomass by Dutch Government
  • Sleaford REP sold to Greencoat Capital​

Research & Development

  • Covid-19 dents investment in renewables but still shows positive growth
  • Ireland go above and beyond recycling and recovery targets
  • Dairy waste streams to bioproducts
  • Debate over burning dead trees in US​

Wood & Crop

  • Using biomass for heating cuts NOx emissions
  • Bagasse fuels Brazil
  • Wood pellet industry responds to critics
  • Hemp revival for UK?
  • Biomass seen as essential for Netherlands to meet climate goals
  • Netherlands imports more than 1m tonnes of pellets​

Other Feedstocks

  • EU and UCO origins
  • Seaweed to chemicals
  • Recycled materials in construction sector
  • Longest period for coal-free generation comes to an end in UK​


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