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Biofuels Theme Analysis Report Overview

Biofuels generate a lower carbon footprint across their lifecycle when compared with fossil fuels. Moreover, their emission footprint can be significantly reduced further by capturing CO2 during their production. Hence, biofuels are considered as alternatives to fossil fuels in decarbonizing various industries. Renewable fuels that are produced using advanced biomass, such as wastes from agriculture, forestry, food processing, and non-edible crops, are rapidly gaining popularity among refiners globally. The use of advanced feedstock as opposed to edible biomass eases food security concerns which have aggravated globally in recent years.

The Biofuels thematic intelligence report provides an overview of the current landscape along with industry, technology, and regulatory trends. The report also includes key players and value chain. The report provides an industry-specific analysis based on GlobalData databases and surveys.

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Regions Covered Global
Value Chain ·        Biomass Sourcing

·        Pretreatment

·        Conversion

·        Storage and Distribution

·        End-Use Industries

Leading Adopters ·        BP

·        Eni

·        Marathon Petroleum (MPC)

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Biofuels – Key Trends

The main trends shaping the biofuels theme over the next 12 to 24 months are industry, technology, and regulatory trends.

  • Industry Trends: Some of the industry trends impacting the theme include the potential to reduce emissions, decarbonization of aviation and shipping, incentivization of biofuels, and the conversion of oil refineries to biofuel plants.
  • Technology Trends: Carbon capture in biofuels, genetically modified algae, and biodiesel in engines are some of the technology trends impacting the biofuels theme.
  • Regulatory Trends: There are various regulations for the use of biofuels depending on the area of application. For example, in the transportation sector, all biofuel blends must comply with the ‘Guidelines for sale of Biodiesel for blending with high-speed diesel for transportation purposes -2019’ in India. Different regulations will be applicable to the heating sector. Like sectors, regulatory trends may vary according to regions and countries.

Biofuels – Industry Analysis

The biofuel consumption growth can be mainly attributed to favorable government policies supporting biofuel usage in transportation. Furthermore, the IEA indicates that the demand for biofuels could grow at an even higher rate if its cost of production falls. During 2019-2021, the average price of biofuels had gone up in several geographies including the US, Brazil, and Europe, mainly due to the rise in feedstock costs. These rising feedstock costs compelled some countries to ease or defer their biofuel blending mandates.

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Biofuels - Value Chain Analysis

The biofuels value chain includes biomass sourcing, pretreatment, conversion, storage and distribution, and end-use industries.

Biomass sourcing: Biofuel manufacturers require various types of biomasses for their processing needs. Their requirements are met through long-term contracts with suppliers for procuring and storing biomass feedstock. These suppliers source biomass from various industries including wood processing, agriculture, sugar mills, fish processing plants, and even sewage treatment plants from urban areas. A reliable raw material supply coupled with an optimized logistics chain is pivotal for making commercially viable products.

Biofuels Value Chain Analysis

Biofuels Value Chain Analysis

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Leading Companies

Some of the leading oil and gas players associated with this theme are:

  • BP
  • Eni
  • Marathon Petroleum (MPC)

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This report:

  • Assesses the potential for biofuels, particularly renewable fuels, in addressing the concerns of industrial decarbonization.
  • Highlights the various industry, technology, and regulatory trends influencing the biofuels theme.
  • Evaluates the global active and upcoming renewable fuels capacity across standalone, co-processing, and crude oil conversion refineries.
  • Analyses the overall biofuels value chain and identifies major players across different elements of the value chain.
  • Provides an overview of the competitive positions held by leading oil and gas players in renewable fuel production.

Reasons to Buy

  • Know about biofuels, both conventional and advanced, and their potential role in the global energy transition.
  • Identify the key trends supporting the global adoption of biofuels.
  • Review the capacity additions in renewable fuel plants across major geographies.
  • Understand the biofuels value chain and identify the oil and gas leaders with this space.
  • Identify and benchmark key oil and gas players in the biofuels theme.

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Table of Contents

  • 1. Executive Summary
  • 2. Players
  • 3. Technology Briefing

    • 3.1. Defining biofuels
    • 3.2. Types of biofuels
    • 3.3. Applications of biofuels
    • 3.4. Advantages and disadvantages of biofuels
    • 3.5. Biofuel production process
    • 3.6. Biomass – the key raw material for biofuels

  • 4. Trends

    • 4.1. Industry trends
    • 4.2. Technology trends
    • 4.3. Regulatory trends

  • 5. Industry Analysis

    • 5.1. Global biofuel production and consumption outlook
    • 5.2. Competitive landscape
    • 5.3. Timeline

  • 6. Signals

    • 6.1. M&A trends
    • 6.2. Venture financing trends
    • 6.3. Patent trends
    • 6.4. Company filing trends

  • 7. Value Chain

    • 7.1. Biomass sources
    • 7.2. Pre-treatment
    • 7.3. Conversion
    • 7.4. Storage and distribution
    • 7.5. End-use industries

  • 8. Companies
  • 9. Glossary
  • 10. Further Reading
  • 11. Our Thematic Research Methodology
  • 12. About GlobalData
  • 13. Contact Us

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