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  • EU’s sunflower harvest hit by dry summer conditions December 9, 2022
    This year’s harvest of sunflower seed came in considerably lower than 2021 due to extreme dry weather conditions within the EU-27. It was also short of the long-term average. According to the latest EU Commission’s estimate, 9.3 million tonnes of sunflower seed were harvested in the European Union in 2022. This was around 10% less […]
  • Global Bioenergies delivers SAF for tests by French armed forces December 8, 2022
    Global Bioenergies has delivered a 200-litre batch of sustainable aviation fuel for tests commissioned as part of the GENOPTAIRE project funded by the French government defence procurement and technology agency (DGA).  The project, which forms part of the ministry’s defence energy strategy, seeks to promote technological advances in the design and use of military platforms […]
  • CropEnergies to use sustainable ethanol for production of ethyl acetate December 8, 2022
    CropEnergies is set to build a plant for the production of renewable ethyl acetate from sustainable ethanol. The plant will be built in the Zeitz Chemical and Industrial Park, Elsteraue, Germany. The supervisory board of CropEnergies has given the green light to the investment into what will be the first production plant in the new […]
  • Views sought on updated list of sustainable biofuel feedstocks December 8, 2022
    The European Commission has asked to hear views on the long-awaited update of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) Annex IX. This draft act is open for feedback for four weeks until January 2. This feedback will then be taken into account for finalising this initiative. The Commission added that the feedback received will also be published on its […]
  • IEA: biofuel feedstock supply crunch within five years December 7, 2022
    Biodiesel, renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) producers are headed for a feedstock supply crunch during 2022-2027 if current trends do not change, the International Energy Agency (IEA) revealed. In its main case, demand for vegetable oil, waste and residue oils and fats increases 56% to 79 million tonnes over the forecast period. Fuels […]
  • IATA: 30 billion litres of SAF to be produced by 2030 December 7, 2022
    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates that sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production will reach at least 300 million litres by the end of the year — a 200% increase on last year’s production of 100 million litres. More optimistic calculations estimate total production in 2022 could reach 450 million litres. Both scenarios position the […]
  • Virgin Atlantic purchases 10 million gallons of SAF from Gevo December 7, 2022
    Virgin Atlantic will purchase 10 million gallons per annum of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced by Gevo. The fuel will be supplied by Virgin Atlantic’s joint venture partner, Delta Air Lines. The agreement with Delta builds on the existing long-term partnership between Delta and Gevo and increases the use of SAF from the US West […]
  • JetBlue takes to the skies with new SAF agreement December 6, 2022
    JetBlue and Fidelis New Energy announced a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to provide the airline with at least 92 million gallons of blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). This will be delivered from Fidelis’ Grön Fuels GigaSystem™ at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge in Louisiana, US. This SAF is expected to be delivered over the […]
  • New EU law ensures ‘deforestation’ products like palm and soy not sold in EU December 6, 2022
    MEPs have reached a preliminary deal with EU governments on a new law on deforestation-free products. This will make it obligatory for companies to verify and issue a so-called “due diligence” statement that goods placed on the EU market have not led to deforestation and forest degradation anywhere in the world after 31 December 2020. According to […]
  • Biofuel producers feel the heat in an uncertain world December 6, 2022
    This is rapidly developing into a decade of uncertainty with the global recovery from COVID-19 now being joined by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The severe physical costs of the pandemic, coupled with the horrific aggression of the Kremlin’s war on its neighbour, have inevitably thrown the world into a human, economic and industrial crisis which […]