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NNFCC News Review: Feedstock Issue 90, September 2019

Category: feedstocks
Published: 12/09/2019
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the Feedstock sector.

Foreword

Sustainable land management involves using resources for human needs and protecting and maintaining the land and its resources. It is a multifaceted topic that is regularly cropping up. Last month’s edition included details on an IPCC report that considered how best to manage rising global temperatures with only a finite amount of land. This month sees another report on sustainable land management, but from the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification – Science Policy Interface. Specifically, it provides guidance on how to use land management techniques to maintain or increase soil carbon, which has the double benefit of improving soil fertility and being a much-needed carbon sink to mitigate climate change. Utilizing wood as a source of energy is one way of becoming more environmentally friendly with our energy usage, but the benefits are offset if sustainable forestry management practices are not implemented. Recently an article in National Geographic highlighted..........

Other News this Month Includes:

Markets

  • Danone invests in biomass to support carbon neutral ambitions
  • Biomass power plant outages cause problems in UK wood supply sector
  • Support for coir​

Research & Development

  • Impact of forest pest invasions on biomass resource quantified
  • Sustainable forest use in Austria supports bioenergy
  • BioBase4SME Network
  • Researchers quantify environmental footprint of EU non-food crop demand
  • Carbon Benefits of Sustainable Land Management​

Wood & Crop

  • Deep water marine terminal for pellets from US
  • Australia to back medicinal Cannabis production
  • Expansion of pulp production for Lenzing
  • Poland moves to biomass
  • Miscanthus-to-ethanol conversion technology
  • Diageo invests in biomass for African breweries
  • UU uses willow to provide energy and cut flood risk​

Other Feedstocks

  • Hydrogen from biogas
  • Burberry opts for nylon from recycled waste
  • Novel process for harvesting algal biomass
  • Researchers making protein-rich yeast biomass ‘out of thin air’​

Events

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