Crop Energies plans to build a commercial-scale plant to produce ethyl acetate at the Zeitz Chemical and Industrial Park, Elsteraue, Germany. Feedstock will be ethanol produced from biomass.
EU + UK sugar production to fall in 2022/23 [Full subscriber]
With the 2022/23 campaign in full swing in the European Union, sugar production is forecast to fall by 6.9% to 15.5 million tonnes following a drop in beet acreage and a severe summer drought in many parts of the trading bloc, according to the European Commission.
Germany – Anklam sugar factory 70% self-sufficient in energy as the 2022/23 campaign commences [Full subscriber]
With the multi-month 2022/23 campaign in full swing in Europe, for most sugar factories, the concern about access to natural gas from Russia has driven them to modify their operations where they can. Cosun Beet’s Anklam sugar factory can cover 70% of its energy needs from its sources, says the factory’s manager Matthias Sauer.
Germany – Sugar companies given the go-ahead to help each other in the event of gas shortage impacting factory operations [Full subscriber]
The Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) has given the German sugar industry the green light for the country’s major sugar manufacturers to cooperate in the event of gas supply shortages impacting factory operations.
Germany – Nordzucker switches back to oil power from gas as 2022/23 campaign beckons [Full subscriber]
Germany’s second-largest sugar producer Nordzucker is switching back from natural gas to oil in its beet sugar plants in Lower Saxony during the 2022/23 campaign commencing on September 3rd.
Germany – Südzucker to shift to coal power as the threat of Russian gas supply free looms – sugar price to rise [Full subscriber]
Südzuker prepares to shift to coal as Russian gas supplies to Western Europe slow in the wake of the Ukraine war, according to local press reports.
Germany considering phasing out biofuels by 2030 [Full subscriber]
The war in Ukraine has reignited the “food vs fuel” argument surrounding crop-based biofuels, with Germany’s environment ministry, led by its minister Steffi Lemke working on a proposal to phase out the use of biofuels produced from food and feed crops by 2030.
Germany – WVZ lodges complaint with the EU against coupled payments for beet growers in some member states [Full subscriber]
The German sugar industry’s association Wirtschaftsvereinigung Zucker (WVZ), has lodged a complaint with the EU Commission against coupled payments for the cultivation of sugar beet enjoyed by growers in several countries in the EU.
Germany – Cultivars tolerant to Syndrome Basses Richesses disease to be introduced in 2022 [Registered]
The bacterial disease SBR (Syndrome Basses Richesses), spread by the leafhopper (Pentastridius leporinus), is prevalent in Germany and Switzerland. It can decrease beet yields by 45%. However, researchers from the NIKIZ project have identified several varieties with tolerance to SBR disease. Thus, several recommended varieties are expected to be available for beet growers in Germany in 2022.