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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 139, October 2023

Category: feedstocks
Published: 13/10/2023
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock and Biorefining sector.

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While sustainability lies at the heart of the bioeconomy it is regularly questioned. According to EIT Food, a European Knowledge and Innovation Community, the increase in demand for biofuels crops has extended farming onto marginal lands, contributing to biodiversity loss and water contamination. They also argue it has inflated agricultural commodity prices and thereby aggravated food insecurity. Moreover, farming currently accounts for approximately a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions and erodes 24 billion of topsoil annually.

To address these challenges, a growing number of farmers, industries and policymakers are turning to regenerative agriculture. Regenerative agriculture seeks to restore and enhance the health of our ecosystems, soil, and crops. It supports practices such as cover cropping, reduced tillage, and diverse crop rotations, all of which help sequester carbon, enhance soil fertility, and reduce the need for chemical inputs.

Promising prospects for sustainability lie within emerging cover crops, which offer a compelling response to concerns about allocating land to biofuels... 

Other News this Month Includes:


  • Bulgaria extends import ban on Ukraine's sunflower seed


  • KBR and SolydEra collaborate to revolutionize clean ammonia production
  • Petronas and Idemitsu collaborate on research for non-edible oil SAF feedstocks
  • ADM and Syngenta sign MoU to support low-carbon next-generation oilseeds and enhanced varieties

Research & Development

  • Belize to launch project to make biofuel from seaweed clogging coasts
  • Yokogawa Solution Service and Phytochem Products collaborate to valorise untapped resources derived from vegetable oil production
  • Study demonstrates quantitative prediction of the solvent fractionation of lignin

Wood & Crop

  • Mercer Lignin Center opened – a groundbreaking facility featuring Valmet LignoBoost XS
  • Argentina's soybean production expected to double in 2023-24


  • LG Chem and Eni Sustainable Mobility assess feasibility of new potential biorefinery in South Korea
  • SGP BioEnergy to develop and supply industrial hemp to fuel SGP’s Golden City Biorefinery in Panama
  • More...


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