France’s decision to increase biofuel blending in regular motor vehicle fuel from 7.5% to 7.9% in 2019 and 8.2% in 2020 has been welcomed by French liquid chemicals firm Global Bioenergies.

The mandates are part of the 2019 finance bill, passed by the French National Assembly last December, with an ultimate blending target of 15% in 2030.

"This ambitious, sustainable progression will enable a continual increase in the consumption of biofuels in France,” Bernard Chaud, head of industrial strategy at Global Bioenergies, said on 7 January.

The bill gives priority to local feedstock and includes provisions to support biofuels made from residual or lignocellulosic matter.

"France has chosen the incorporation of sustainable biofuels as one of the main ways to accomplish its energy and environmental transition,” said Global Bioenergies CEO Marc Delcourt.

“Other European countries are adopting the same approach, in some cases, even more intensively. For example, Finland is promising an incorporation rate of 40% in 2030, and Norway has decided to implement the first worldwide mandate of biofuel incorporation into jet fuel, in an amount of 0.5% in 2020.”

He said his company’s process to produce renewable hydrocarbons for road and air transport would be needed to continue the transition.

Global Bioenergies has developed a process to convert sugar, crops and agricultural and forestry waste into isobutene, one of the most important petrochemical building blocks that can be converted into gasoline, jet fuel, cosmetic ingredients, plastics and elastomers.