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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 92, November 2019

Category: feedstocks
Published: 14/11/2019
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.


It’s been a wet couple of weeks for us here in Yorkshire, with heavy rain devastating parts of Northern England and the Midlands. Flooding and water-logged fields are preventing farmers from undertaking their winter sowing, with some farmers indicating that they won’t be able to get on their land for several months. This crisis serves to highlight the importance of robust business strategies, and not just on a national level as globally the agricultural industry regularly falls victim to the weather. Resilience to such issues is needed especially when considering climate change and the subsequent erratic weather we expect to see in the future. A provisional estimate for wheat and barley production in the UK in 2019 is considerably higher than 2018 levels, leaving significant availability for export, however, this trend is unlikely to continue in 2020 as significant areas of wheat have not been planted due to the current wet weather. Feedstock prices and availability are likely to feel the impact. With an expanding bioeconomy in Europe and increasing imports of biological resources, global land-use requirements and availability necessitates..........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • Dutch waste import tax
  • Cash to plant new trees in UK​


  • UK returns as net exporter of wheat
  • Global cropland footprint of EU non-food sector​

Research & Development

  • US to quantify sorghum sustainability
  • EUBCE outcomes
  • Supergen funding for bioenergy processing pathways research
  • Pyrolysis oil LCA study
  • Forest researchers support biomass use for energy

Wood & Crop

  • Waste wood gasifier opens
  • Lignin and ethanol fuel for shipping
  • Rice residues put to use in the Philippines
  • GoodChips' wood chip certification
  • Sustainability advisory board for Drax​

Other Feedstocks

  • Lanzatech looks to materials market for its flue gas ethanol
  • Call to ban waste plastic export
  • Plastic to hydrogen plans​


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