bp taps Nuseed to supply low-carbon biofuel feedstock
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bp taps Nuseed to supply low-carbon biofuel feedstock

BP Products North America Inc. has entered into a long-term strategic offtake and  market development agreement with Nuseed that will see bp, or its affiliates, to purchase Nuseed Carinata oil to  process or sell into growing markets for the production of sustainable biofuels. 

Nuseed Carinata is a non-food cover crop that can be used to produce low-carbon biofuel feedstock  that is independently certified, sustainable and scalable. 

Increased global demand for biofuels is being driven by the need to access sustainable sources of  energy to help achieve global greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets. 

“Sustainable biofuels have a vital role to play in decarbonizing transport,” said Carol Howle, executive  vice president, trading & shipping at bp. “By working with Nuseed, we can use their sustainable  feedstock to help decarbonize challenging transportation sectors such as aviation, supporting the  production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and other biofuels.”  

“Nuseed Carinata is a proven, drop-in solution for  biofuel processors that’s ready to scale globally on existing farmland between main food crops.  Nuseed Carinata demonstrates how agriculture and energy companies can work together to meet  demand for biofuels that lower lifecycle carbon emissions. This agreement enables us to accelerate  the expansion of Carinata production to increase biofuel feedstock sustainably, while supporting  higher economic returns on Nuseed’s investment in the Carinata platform,” Nuseed Group Executive Brent Zacharias said.

The agreement is for an initial 10-year term and will see Nuseed continue to develop and expand its  existing network of growers, channel and supply chain partners to deliver Carinata oil to bp or its 

affiliates, with key steps of crop production independently audited and certified. The Carinata oil will  be processed by bp or affiliates through its bio refining footprint and also sold into growing markets  for the production of sustainable biofuels, utilizing the global reach of bp’s Trading and Shipping  (T&S) team to accelerate market adoption of Nuseed Carinata as a sustainable biofuel feedstock. 

Nuseed is currently increasing commercial production in Argentina and planning expansion programs  in South America and the United States. Initial research and market development programs are also  underway in Europe and Australia. bp expects to initially target low-carbon biofuel markets in Europe  and North America. 

“The agreement between bp and Nuseed will assist with the rapid expansion of  production, with bp standing as a committed buyer of feedstock and marketer of resulting fuels,” said Zacharias.

bp is already an active participant in the biofuels supply chain. bp produces renewable diesel from  biomass-based feedstocks, including in the United States where it recently announced a project to  expand renewable diesel production capability to an estimated 2.6 million barrels a year in 2022.  Globally, the bp group aims to more than double its bioenergy portfolio by 2025 and to quadruple  it by 2030 compared to 2019. 

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