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NNFCC News Review: Feedstocks - Issue 55, October 2016

Category: feedstocks,nnfcc
Published: 12/10/2016
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the feedstock sector.


November 2016 is set to go down in climate change history as the month the world’s first ever universal and legally binding global climate deal enters force. Drafted late 2015, the Paris Agreement set out a global action plan for climate change mitigation from 2020 including limiting the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C. However, in order for the agreement to actually commit countries to take action, it was necessary for at least 55 countries of the 195 in the original agreement which together represent at least 55% of total global GHG emissions to ratify. These minimum thresholds were superseded earlier this month following ratification by the European Parliament (of which EU countries represent 12% of global emissions)....


  • UK to ratify Paris treaty
  • Latest UK FIT deployment statistics published
  • RSB certification scheme re-accredited by EC
  • Policy Exchange report criticises UK support for heat pumps
  • Seaweed for biofuels


  • Global pellet market marches on
  • Impact of Drax biomass conversion on wider regional economy quantified
  • Chinese urban population prepared to pay for green power

Research and Development

  • Ionic liquids for biomass pre-treatment
  • Researchers support biomass gasification
  • Guayule rubber for tyres
  • US Sandia lab targets soil bacteria to access lignin feedstocks
  • Chevron and Iowa State University develop biomass liquefaction biorefinery
  • New moves in US to reduce lignin content of poplar
  • Clariant produces isobutene from straw

Wood & Crop

  • California to support biomass power
  • Mersey Gateway gets biomass power plant
  • CropEnergies UK Ensus bioethanol plant to move back to full capacity
  • Iona Capital invests in Welsh wood-fuelled CHP

    Other feedstocks

    • Fibre from waste
    • Lanzatech produces test volumes of jet fuel from waste gas feedstocks
    • Waste to Energy gasification plant approved for Corby, UK
    • Greenpeace activist block palm oil refinery at Port of Rotterdam
    • CETA agreement - a threat to European ethanol industry?
    • Fischer Tropsch plant for Oklahoma
    • Ginkgo Bio-works and Genomatica alliance to develop biobased chemicals


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