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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 74, May 2018

Category: feedstocks
Published: 24/05/2018
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.

Foreword

Back in December of last year, we reported on a new tool an interactive map had been published showing, at the greatest ever resolution, all of the world’s available cropland. This at the very least provided an interesting representation of the global food situation (and some fun in the NNFCC office). The tool’s developers used it to determine that there was 20% more available cropland on Earth than previously thought, providing hope for future agricultural developments, both for food production and the bioeconomy. One other kind of land classification that hasn’t been so meticulously studied is marginal land; this kind of land is difficult to define, but is broadly accepted to be land that is not easy to directly profit from. Marginal land has often been touted as the solution to.........

Other News this Month Includes:

Policy

  • Variety in European biowaste collection
  • US proposes labelling for bioengineered food​

Markets

  • Veolia launches organic resource trading platform
  • High global wheat production leaves little room for market problems
  • EU Sugar Market feeling strain
  • Strong demand for biomass in Asia​

Research & Development

  • Paper seeks to improve wood properties
  • Funding for seaweed-to-biofuel project
  • Tool aims to identify marginal land suitable for bioenergy crops

Wood & Crop

  • UK pellet shortage explained
  • Project to develop polyamides from pulp waste
  • Increase in capacity for Immingham pellet-handling facility
  • Latest Enviva Track & Trace statistics
  • Landmark land-use certification for UPM
  • Wood Recyclers Association calls for clarity on acceptable wood fuel​

Events

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