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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 80, November 2018

Category: feedstocks
Published: 16/11/2018
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.


Thanks to fears that the growing of crops for use in energy, or as feedstocks for biobased products, results in unsustainable competition with food crops, the land-use change brought about by cultivation of feedstock crops is always heavily scrutinised. This month, there has been controversy about precisely how any land-use change is accounted for. Under the US Renewable Fuel Standard, all crops intended for use as biofuel feedstock must be grown on land that had previously been farmed before the Standard came into effect. This legislation is in place in order to protect wild native grasslands. The EPA’s manner of measuring this has been criticised by environmental groups, as it merely involves comparing current energy crop areas with 2007 levels (the year the Standard came into force). Critics believe that this allows for the legislation to be circumvented, as long as an equivalent amount of existing cropland is.........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • European Parliament approves RED II agreement
  • US departments encourage Congress to recognise biomass carbon-neutrality
  • US environmental groups claim oversight in feedstocks land-use monitoring
  • UK government celebrates first ever "Green Week"
  • Christmas TV advert highlighting palm oil use banned​


  • Despite increase, Stobart still not supplying to capacity
  • Stora Enso acquires Swedish cellulose company
  • Record Brazilian soybean exports expected​

Research & Development

  • Algae "switch" to increase starch production
  • Strategies to improve biorefinery yields of different feedstocks
  • BBSRC commits funding to bioeconomy networks​

Wood & Crop

  • US wood pellet supply
  • Falling crop supplies in UK and EU
  • Slight tightening of wheat stocks
  • AEG to build CoalSwitch plants in US
  • Enviva to supply Mitsubishi with pellets
  • Funding granted for Canadian pellet plant
  • Fire prevention regulations settled for waste wood sector​

Other Feedstocks

  • UK government to take action on food waste
  • Improving algal productivity by increasing CO2 uptake​


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