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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 79, October 2018

Category: feedstocks
Published: 29/10/2018
Author: NNFCC
FREE THIS MONTH - Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.


One of the biggest environmental news stories of recent weeks, and arguably of the whole year, has been the very sobering publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s report on global warming. Previous editions of this report have highlighted the potentially disastrous effects of the planet warming far beyond pre-industrial levels, including the oft-touted melting of the polar ice caps, resulting in a rise in sea-levels, but perhaps more significantly, a major disruption of ocean currents, and thus dramatic changes in weather patterns. The latter presents a potentially huge threat to global agriculture, throwing doubt on the sustainability of future food supplies. The IPCC has previously recommended that global temperature not be allowed to rise more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels, but now, in light of further research, the IPCC has chosen to lower this to 1.5°C, citing research that has found the effects of this temperature rise would be less drastic than those of a 2°C rise, including.........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • Palm Oil producers come out swinging in face of EU legislation
  • European Commission announces bioeconomy measures for 2019


  • High pellet prices predicted in future
  • Versalis purchases Italian bioeconomy companies​

Research & Development

  • Capturing CO2 from air to make fuel
  • Latest IPCC report recommends global warming threshold of 1.5C
  • "Lignin-first" approach to utilisation of lignocellulosic biomass
  • Project investigates fructose production from woody biomass​

Wood & Crop

  • Increase in UK woodland area
  • UK cereal production down in 2018
  • Sappi adopts Verve brand for dissolved wood pulp
  • France set for black pellet production plant​

Other Feedstocks

  • Utilising disposable nappies as feedstock
  • EMBRACED project pursues alternative waste biorefinery for nappies
  • Coffee waste for biofuel
  • Non-food biomass for aromatic chemicals production
  • Fischer-Tropsch process licensed for municipal solid waste conversion​


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