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First-generation biofuels are
being phased out by RED II, from a 7% cap on the share of first-generation
biofuels in road and rail transport in 2020, to 3.8% in 2030. The reduction is driven
by concerns surrounding deforestation, possible impacts on food prices and the
potential for indirect land use change to reduce their effectiveness in
addressing climate change. Thus, space efficient cultivation of oilseed crops
for biofuels, and partnerships which allow the most effective cultivation and
subsequent processing of relevant feedstocks, are pivotal.
Bunge, the world’s largest oilseed processor,
has recently formed a 50/50 venture with Chevron, to help develop low carbon
feedstocks for renewable fuels. With Chevron’s funding and Bunge’s expertise in
oilseed processing, particularly soybean facilities, Chevron will be able to
utilise the resulting oil as feedstock for biodiesel and jet fuel manufacture.
Elsewhere, an agreement has been signed concerning project developments of
oilseed production and vegetable oils as feedstock for biofuel production, whilst
Other News this Month Includes:
- US DOE request for information on biomass conversion
- Industry fight to support UCO exports from Indonesia
- GCEH acquires European camelina leader, Camelina Company España S.L.
- LANXESS and Matrìca team up to produce sustainable preservatives from
renewable raw materials
Research & Development
- Cost competitiveness of sustainable bioplastic feedstocks – A Monte Carlo
analysis for polylactic acid
- Genetic determinants of ammonium excretion in nifL mutants of Azotobacter
Wood & Crop
- Australian Cotton tipped for second best year on record
- Enviva to double wood pellet output
- Morrisons becomes first supermarket to partner with coffee pod recycling
- Sugarcane Biorefineries: Status and Perspectives in Bioeconomy