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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 68, November 2017

Category: feedstocks
Published: 15/11/2017
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.


This month there is a lot of news from the policymakers over at the European Union, which has in some cases proved controversial. The EU’s ENVI committee has recently voted to completely phase out crop-based biofuels by 2030, an issue that remains controversial as those who oppose crop-based biofuels believe their effect on land use is too great for the amount of greenhouse gas mitigation they achieve, while their supporters argue that, with proper management, land-use change can be minimised while still delivering significant emissions reductions. The vote was a close one, with the motion to phase out crop biofuels passing by 32 to 29, with the proposed legislation surpassing previous drafts of the revised Renewable Energy Directive, which had proposed a cap, but not phase-out, of crop biofuels. The vote wasn’t all bad news, however...

Other News this Month Includes:


  • EU ENVI committee backs biomass power, snubs crop-based biofuels
  • EU's separation of land use and bioenergy issues prompts anger
  • Nigeria to build crop processing plant to reduce dependence on oil
  • Letter argues biofuel palm oil ban doesn't accomplish aims​


  • Microbial fibre company begins trading
  • AHDB analysis predicts continuing high UK wheat prices
  • Drax confirms sale of Billington Bioenergy
  • Enviva has strong third quarter​

Research & Development

  • Research identifies sorghum varieties with higher ethanol yield than maize
  • Report finds 27 million tonnes of bio-material available for use in Scotland
  • Metsä bioproduct mill comes online
  • Chinese farmers need trust to supply straw for biomass power​

Wood & Crop

  • 2016 a record year for Enplus wood certification scheme
  • Update on US pellet production
  • Port of Tyne receives record pellet delivery​


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