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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 75, June 2018

Category: feedstocks
Published: 15/06/2018
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.

Foreword

Any technological sector involving work with biomass will be highly nuanced, particularly when it comes to sustainability. It is dangerous to paint all biomass technologies as simply being sustainable, as the supply chains are intricate with many factors at play. It is this nuance that has resulted in controversy over the USA’s Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to classify all forest biomass as carbon neutral when used for energy. While this is broadly correct in theory: any carbon dioxide emitted by the biomass when it is burned has previously been absorbed by the harvested tree and emissions will be recaptured through subsequent forest growth. However, there are more factors at play, with most arguments raging around how the source forest has been managed and how this impacts on overall carbon sequestration compared to alternative ways in which the forest might have been managed or its products utilised. It’s also about how the forest as a whole is managed rather than individual stands. As we said, its complicated! How forest resources are managed can also have knock-on environmental effects beyond.........

Other News this Month Includes:

Policy

  • US EPA classes forest biomass as carbon neutral
  • OECD report into meeting bioeconomy policy goals​

Markets

  • Yorkshire feed wheat trading at a premium
  • Investors urge G7 to phase-out coal​

Research & Development

  • Torrefaction improves efficiency of biomass use
  • Novel method to measure productivity in individual algal cells
  • Algae to produce salmon feed from distillery waste
  • GM camelina may produce engine lubricants
  • AHDB publishes crop rotation guidance
  • New Vibers bioplastic from potato waste and miscanthus
  • Atmospheric carbon hits 800,000-year high​

Wood & Crop

  • Assessment of EU forestry biomass production
  • Palm Oil ruling for Total prompts protest from French Farmers
  • Japanese project to generate bioenergy from Cambodian rice husks
  • Growing interest in industrial hemp
  • US pellet production report​

Other Feedstocks

  • EU plastics waste production and consumption statistics

Events

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