Due to lower than expected demand, France’s Avril Sofipreteol announced on 21 April that it would cut its biodiesel production this year, Biofuels Digest reported.

Demand was expected to be 928,000 tonnes this year, compared to 1.5M tonnes last year.

The fall in demand was attributed to a combination of factors, including higher rapeseed prices, instability in the demand structure from unstable EU biodiesel blending policies, competitive drop-in biomass-based fuels and overcapacity in the EU biodiesel market, Biofuels Digest said.

Avril Sofipreteol did not say how much production would be cut by.