Author Archives: Jorrit G

Sustainability certification for biobased chemicals & materials

(work in progress)

For a full version of this blog post click here (word version, includes comments by Roald)

Key points

  • Costs of sustainability certification do not appear to be very high; around €10.000 to €20.000 for medium sized companies;
  • Sustainability criteria for biobased chemicals and materials are in the making, but look set to be more stringent than those for biofuels;
  • Competition over feedstock with biofuel uses is already displacing use for biochemical production, as markets for biofuel enjoy policy support, whilst those for biochemical use do not. This is set to increase with the revised Renewable Energy Directive, which will increase double counting of biogenic residue and by-products use for fuel production. Differentiated sustainability criteria will further erode the attractiveness of the use of these feedstocks for biochemical production;
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Market protection for sugar, ethanol and biobased chemicals & materials

(work in progress)

For a full version of this blog post click here (word version, includes comments by Roald)

Key points

  • Pending reform of the European sugar market will decrease sugar prices for food use, but strongly increase prices for industrial uses of sugar. This is good news sugar producers that use residue streams including cellulosic material, but not good news for industrial sugar users;
  • Trade barriers between global and EU markets are (and will remain after reform) prohibitively high for sugar, very high ethanol, but very low for biobased chemicals and materials. This is highly likely to shape competition and localization decisions of bio-refinery plants, especially as feedstock costs are lower outside of Europe as well

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