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NNFCC News Review: Biofuels Issue 67, October 2017

Category: biorefining,biofuels
Published: 30/10/2017
Author: NNFCC
FREE THIS MONTH - Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biofuels sector.


The big news in renewable transport (but not necessarily biofuels) this month has been the announcement by the Dutch government to ban the sale of any vehicles with internal combustion engines by 2025. This is obviously great news for the Netherlands’ transport emissions, but bad news for biofuels. Many countries are going for a similar approach, tailoring their transport policies in order to transition fully to electric cars in the future, but in the meantime, biofuels can provide an immediate and cost-effective way to decarbonise transport fuel during that transitional period. This is reflected in policies such as the UK’s RTFO and the USA’s RFS.  Both see the importance of low carbon biofuels even though the UK has mooted a ban on conventional petrol- and diesel-powered cars by 2040.
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Other news this month includes:


  • All Dutch cars to be zero-emissions by 2030
  • NBB defiant as EPA doesn't raise biofuel volumes
  • Letter argues biofuel palm oil ban doesn't accomplish aims


  • UK's 2016 waste-derived fuel exports expected to exceed 3m tonnes
  • EU decision to lower anti-dumping duty on Argentinian biodiesel proves controversial​

Research & Development

  • Scientists convert CO2 and methane to fuel at room temperature
  • Algal bioreactors may result in stronger algal strains for biofuels​
  • BDI develops algae biomass technology for biofuels
  • ABBA project to demonstrate potential of wood-based biofuels
  • Velocys anounces their first US biorefinery
  • US researchers seek to improve biofuel yield of switchgrass​


  • China seeks to reduce corn stocks by producing bioethanol
  • Fifth plant approved to use Edeniq's cellulosic ethanol technology​


  • Aemetis hits commercial scale with Enzymatic Biodiesel

Aviation Fuel

  • Qantas anounces biofuel-powered flights from 2020
  • Novel process for jet fuel from eucalyptus​

Other Fuels

  • Biogas truck to collect food waste in Bristol

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