Lignofuels Market - A Global and Regional Analysis: Focus on Source, Processing Technology, End User, and Region - Analysis and Forecast, 2023-2032

Nov 2023| BIS828A| BIS Research

Report Highlights

Global Lignofuels Market to Reach $3,341.6 Million by 2032

Lignofuels Market Overview

Ongoing research and developmental endeavors have yielded more sophisticated processes for lignofuels’ production, enhancing their cost efficiency and effectiveness thereby propelling market expansion. State-of-the-art technologies in integrated biorefineries, such as the Neste Porvoo Refinery in Finland, demonstrate the utilization of lignocellulosic sources for biofuel production. Supportive policies and incentives worldwide are driving the rapid growth of the lignofuels industry. For instance, the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandates the incorporation of renewable fuels, including cellulosic biofuels, into transportation fuel, ensuring a stable market for lignofuels. Within the European Union, the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) establishes targets for renewable energy in transport, promoting the adoption of biofuels and lignofuels.

Market Lifecycle Stage

The lignofuels is in its initial stage of commercialization, while some of the sources, such as algae-based biomass, are in their developing stage. The ecosystem of the lignofuels market comprises lignofuels manufacturers, technology providers, blenders, and end users. The market is still developing, with Europe at the forefront, followed by other regions such as Asia-Pacific and Japan, China, North America, Rest-of-the-World.

Industrial Impact

Both private and public investments in lignofuel projects are nurturing innovation and scalability. Sectors such as aviation and shipping are beginning to embrace lignofuels as a viable and sustainable fuel source. The initiation of biofuel testing in commercial aircraft by companies such as Boeing and Airbus signifies a significant shift toward sustainable aviation, expected to foster lignofuel growth.

Various global initiatives and policies related to lignofuels are as follows:

Global Initiatives:

Advanced Biofuels Collaboration: Associations such as the Advanced Biofuels Association (ABFA) and the Advanced Biofuels Business Council (ABBC) in the U.S. are fostering the advancement and utilization of advanced lignofuels, stimulating market growth.

Renewable Energy Support: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) supports the global transition to sustainable energy sources, including cellulosic ethanol, through research and policy advocacy.


U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): The U.S. RFS mandates the integration of advanced biofuels, including lignofuels, into the nation's transportation fuel supply, ensuring a burgeoning market.

European Union's Renewable Energy Directive II: The EU RED II establishes binding targets for the incorporation of renewable energy in transport, promoting lignofuels. Moreover, numerous countries, such as Finland and Sweden, have introduced national bioeconomy strategies that underscore the role of lignofuels in a sustainable and circular economy.

Market Segmentation:

Segmentation 1: by End User

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Marine

Based on end user, the lignofuels market was led by the automotive segment in 2022.

Segmentation 2: by Source

  • Dedicated Energy Crops
  • Agricultural Residue
  • Forest Residue
  • Urban Waste

Based on source, the lignofuels market is estimated to be led by the agricultural residue segment during the forecast period of 2023-2032.

Segmentation 3: by Processing Technology

  • Thermochemical
  • Biochemical

Based on processing technology, the lignofuels market was led by the thermochemical segment in 2022.

Segmentation 4: by Region

  • North America - U.S., Canada, and Mexico
  • Europe - Germany, France, Sweden, Finland, and Rest-of-Europe
  • China
  • U.K.
  • Asia-Pacific and Japan - Japan, India, ASEAN, and Rest-of-Asia-Pacific and Japan
  • Rest-of-the-World - Middle East and Africa and South America

In the global lignofuels market, Europe and China are anticipated to gain traction in terms of lignofuels production, owing to the increased mandates related to ethanol blending in the regions.

Recent Developments in Lignofuels Market

  • In May 2023, Dow and New Energy Blue LLC. announced a partnership to create sustainable plastic materials from corn residue.
  • In November 2022, Shell entered into a long-term agreement with Brazil's Raizen to purchase a total of 3.25 billion liters of sugar-cane cellulosic ethanol.
  • In September 2022, Nuseed broadened its bioenergy portfolio, acquiring assets and forming a long-term alliance with GranBio to expedite the global expansion of energy cane.
  • In August 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the nation's premier 2G cellulosic ethanol biorefinery, the Indian Oil project, located in Panipat, Haryana, India.

Report Synopsis

Report Metrics Details
Base year considered 2023
Forecast period considered 2023-2032
Base year market size $1,706.9 Million in 2023
Market size forecast $3,341.6 Million by 2032
Growth rate 7.75%
Units considered $ Million
Segments covered By End-user, By Source, By Processing Technology, By Region
Industry covered Advanced Materials & Chemicals
Regions covered North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Japan, Middle East and Africa, South America
Countries covered U.S., Canada, Mexico, Germany, Sweden, France, Finland, Rest-of-Europe, U.K., China, Japan, ASEAN, India, Rest-of-Asia-Pacific and Japan, Rest-of-the-World
Companies studied
  • New Energy Blue, LLC
  • Lessaffre
  • Enerkem
  • Praj Industries
  • Raizen
  • Gevo, Inc.
  • Clariant AG
  • LanzaTech Global
  • Granbio
  • Aemetis, Inc.
  • BlueFire Renewables
  • Ensyn Corporation
  • Red Rock Biofuels LLC
  • American Process
  • Axens

Demand - Drivers and Challenges

The following are the demand drivers for the lignofuels market:

  • Government Policies Benefiting Lignofuels
  • Collaborative Efforts of Government and Manufacturers for Promoting Sustainable Biofuels
  • Availability of Waste and Residues Feedstock to Benefit Lignofuels

The market is expected to face some challenges:

  • Slower Commercialization of Lignofuels
  • Variations in Feedstock Prices across Regions and Countries

How can this report add value to an organization?

Product/Innovation Strategy: The product segment helps the reader to understand the different sources and processing technology involved in the lignofuels market. The source segment has been segmented into dedicated energy crops, agricultural residue, forest residue, and urban waste. The processing technology segment has been segmented into thermochemical and biochemical. Moreover, the study provides the reader with a detailed understanding of the lignofuels market based on end users, including automotive, aerospace, and marine. The increasing adoption of lignofuels in renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel is expected to fuel market growth in the future.

Growth/Marketing Strategy: The lignofuels market has seen major development by key players operating in the market, such as business expansions, partnerships, collaborations, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures. The favored strategy for the companies has been business partnerships to strengthen their position in the lignofuels market. For instance, in May 2023, Dow and New Energy Blue LLC. announced a partnership to create sustainable plastic materials from corn residue.

Competitive Strategy: Key players in the lignofuels market analyzed and profiled in the study involve lignofuels manufacturers and the overall ecosystem. Moreover, a detailed competitive benchmarking of the players operating in the lignofuels market has been done to help the reader understand how players stack against each other, presenting a clear market landscape. Additionally, comprehensive competitive strategies such as partnerships, agreements, acquisitions, and collaborations will aid the reader in understanding the untapped revenue pockets in the market.

Key Market Players and Competition Synopsis

Lignofuels, an increasingly promising alternative to conventional fossil fuels, are currently experiencing a notable surge in popularity due to a convergence of factors. These factors encompass environmental concerns, technological advancements, and supportive government policies and initiatives.

In light of the growing awareness of climate change and environmental degradation, lignofuels have emerged as a sustainable solution. They are derived from lignocellulosic feedstocks such as non-food crops, agricultural waste, and forest residue, offering a carbon-neutral or even carbon-negative alternative to traditional fossil fuels. For instance, the expansion of the lignofuels market is evident through the rising adoption of wood-based lignocellulosic feedstocks in biofuel production, as seen with Finland's UPM company.

Some of the prominent producers of lignofuels are:

Company Type 1 (by Source): Dedicated Energy Crops

  • Gevo, Inc.
  • Aemetis Inc
  • BlueFire Renewables
  • Axens

Company Type 2 (by Source): Agricultural Residue

  • New Energy Blue, LLC
  • Enerkem
  • Praj Industries
  • Clariant AG
  • Raizen
  • Gevo, Inc.

Company Type 3 (by Source): Forest Residue

  • Lessaffre
  • Ensyn Corporation
  • Red Rock Biofuels LLC
  • BlueFire Renewables
  • American Process
  • Axens

Company Type 4 (by Source): Urban Waste

  • Enerkem
  • LanzaTech Global
  • BlueFire Renewables

Various other players are also involved in the market, which has been covered in different sections of the report.

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