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Our team of biofuels specialists have a detailed knowledge of the major biofuels markets of Brazil, EU and USA as well as the many emerging markets around the world.

The biofuels team has a detailed knowledge and understanding of biofuels policy by market, a prerequisite to understanding how each biofuels market works. The team also works closely with our raw materials teams ensuring that we are able to provide objective analysis of both the product and raw material markets. We continually monitor and analyse developments in this sector which means that we are able to help clients to plan effectively and to identify successfully and seize opportunities as well as pre-empt threats.

Find below details of the broad range of LMC consultancy services that we can provide, or contact our Biofuels experts if you have specific consultancy requirements that LMC can address.

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Examples of consultancy projects
The study reviewed key factors such as the outlook for biodiesel supply and demand through 2020, biodiesel price projections (delivered and FOB) to 2020, distance to markets, quality specifications and security of raw material supply. The study also identified the major biodiesel suppliers, especially those targeting the EU market providing best estimates of capacity data by company and plant. Finally, the study reviewed the competitiveness of the project compared to both existing and other planned biodiesel projects targeting the EU

This included an analysis on the market outlook for ethanol, wheat and DDGS. The market outlook for wheat looked at both future demand for wheat in the EU and its potential impact on prices. The market outlook for DDG was analysed with reference to developments in the US ethanol market, where a surge in dry milling has boosted the availabilty of DDG. The implications of this for DDG pricing in the EU were assessed. The study also examined the energy balance of wheat ethanol and its potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In the final part, future policy developments impacting on ethanol at both EU and national levels were discussed.

The report analysed investments in refineries, biodiesel, fatty acids and fatty alcohol plants. The study considered alternative methods of moving downstream (greenfield investment, acquisition of an existing company, a toll processing venture and/or a joint venture with possible candidates) and assessed their advantages and disadvantages.


A comprehensive analysis of the carbon footprint of palm oil and biodiesel production. The report detailed the energy balance of palm oil products. The likelihood of qualification of biodiesel for EU sustainability criteria was discussed and recommendations were made for further greenhouse gas savings at different stages of production.

The report provided a clear map of trade flows of fuel ethanol from third countries to the EU and within the EU. The report analysed the form and volume under which ethanol enters the community, under what trade regime (full duty, reduced duty, and duty free), the origin of ethanol and how this ethanol is used within the petrol stream (direct/splash blending, ETBE, other chemical blend). The report concluded with an analysis of the impact of imports on the price setting of fuel ethanol traded within the EU.

A detailed analysis of the field and factory production costs for ten sugar mills in the state of São Paulo, all of which were visited during the course of fieldwork for the study, describing the key influences on costs in the field and in the factory, and giving detailed cost profiles for each of the mills visited.

In order to assess potential supply risks, the study assessed the economic competitiveness of biomass production for use in a biogas project. A model was constructed to evaluate production costs and the  gross margins from supplying  biogas feedstock in comparison to relevant alternative crops considering different oil price scenarios.

A detailed analysis of the global ethanol market, highlighting the major markets and the key players. The report explained the dynamics of global ethanol prices, focusing on the importance of Brazil and the interaction between sugar, ethanol and world oil prices. Forecasts of future global supply and demand, disaggregated by region and major producing/consuming country were provided to 2015

LMC provided an assessment of the feasibility of using low or medium grade palm oils - palm fatty acid distillate (PFAD), palm acid oil and palm sludge oil - as feedstocks for a biodiesel plant in Malaysia. The report examined the quality and supply of these feedstocks in Malaysia, as well as the market demand and prices for these raw materials. Finally, it analysed logistical costs, plant location, capacity and the potential demand for the biodiesel produced.

The report presented projections of future production, consumption and prices, including global supply curves for each oilseed (for both oilseed production and processing) at various periods following liberalisation.

The project involved the collection and analysis of information necessary to assess the market risk for the Project, including analysis of pricing, quality and volume sourcing of feedstocks as well as the transport logistics, marketing strategy and market potential for by products.

The report identified and quantified the availability of lignocellulosic and other biomass resources for the production of biofuels based on advanced conversion technologies. This focused on the potential use of forest and wood processing waste, agricultural waste as well as municipal waste.

This project devised a method that would enable an ethanol producer to stabilise its costs and revenues. The  study  explained the rationale for applying a formula and how the price formula would impact on the price volatility and the average price paid for feedstocks and received for ethanol. The report also identified and quantified the key advantages for blenders in order to help make a convincing case for its adoption.

This report benchmarked the competitiveness of ethanol production by location, choice of crop (corn, wheat, tapioca, sugar and molasses) and process. The report specifically focused on Brazil, Thailand and Central Europe and assessed the raw material advantages, disadvantages and risk of all three options.

The study examines the choice between mandating the use of biofuels in blends with fossil fuels and using taxation to provide price incentives for the incorporation of biofuels into the fuels.

Price forecasts were developed for the US and EU market under alternative energy prices. These forecasts were subjected to sensitivity analysis in order to measure their affect on the returns of a proposed ethanol project.    

This included value chain analysis from cane juice to ethanol (Brazil), maize to ethanol (US), soybean to biodiesel (US), rapeseed to biodiesel (EU), wheat to ethanol (EU).  

A comparison of the value added through the marketing chain from planting to first processor for wheats of different quality, and destined for different end-uses, in the UK and France.

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