Lignin Bio-oil Market Size & Share, by Process (Pyrolysis, Liquefaction); End-Use (Chemical, Petrochemical, Automotive, Energy) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2024-2036

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  • Published Date: Sep 15, 2023
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2024 - 2036

Lignin Bio-oil Market size is poised to cross USD 7 billion by the end of 2036, witnessing around 5% CAGR during the forecast period, i.e., 2024– 2036. In the year 2023, the industry size of lignin bio-oil was close to USD 1 billion.  The growth of the market is set to expand on account of growing pollution from fossil fuel. Global CO2 emissions from energy increased by about 0.8%, or approximately 320 million tons, in 2022, hitting an all-time high of over 35 billion tons. Hence, there has growing urge to replace fossil fuel with lignin bio-oil, further boosting market growth.

Due to its aromaticity and renewability, lignin is a possible replacement for conventional fossil resources in the production of biofuels. Additionally, the government is also encouraging the use of lignin bio-oil in order to achieve the target of zero emission. Therefore, this could also encourage market expansion. 

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Lignin Bio-oil Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges

  • Growing Production of Paper & Pulp: About 190 million metric tons of pulp for paper has been generated worldwide in 2021. Hence, the production of lignin bio-oil is also growing. The waste of paper when production known as lignin is extracted when producing paper. Hence, further, this extracted lignin is used in producing valuable products like as bio fuels.
  • Rising Use of Lignin Bio-oil in Chemical Industry: Lignin bio-oil is used as feedstock in the manufacturing of various chemicals such as phenolic compounds, aromatic chemicals, and more. Furthermore, there has been growing research in this field. However, this method is estimated to have huge popularity in the future since it will cut the need for fossil fuels.
  • Surge in Application of Lignin Bio-oil in Aviation: Even though lignin bio-oil is not extensively used as replaced fuel option for aviation, owing to growing pollution its use is slated to increase. This industry has been exploring various fuel alternatives; however, lignin bio-oil is one of the preferred alternatives since it has high velocity and energy density.


  • Lack of Knowledge Among People – Since lignin bio fuel is developing concept is not highly commercialized. Therefore, not a large number of people are aware of it. Moreover, a large number of developing nations find comfort in fossil fuel as it is considered to be difficult to quit it. Therefore, this factor is set to hinder market expansion.
  • Consist of Complex Composition
  • Availability of Alternatives 

Lignin Bio-oil Market: Key Insights

Base Year


Forecast Year




Base Year Market Size (2023)

~ USD 1 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2036)

~ USD 7 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)
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Lignin Bio-oil Segmentation

End-Use (Chemical, Petrochemical, Automotive, Energy)

The automotive segment in the lignin bio-oil market is anticipated to grow at a share of about 50% during the coming years. This is could be owing to growing pollution caused by automotive. Over 6 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide (GtCO2) were created by the worldwide transport industry in 2021, making it one of the greatest polluters. Passenger cars accounted for about 38 percent of the emissions during that year. Hence, the utilization of lignin bio-oil is growing in automotive.

Process (Pyrolysis, Liquefaction)

The pyrolysis segment is set to rise at a share of approximately 70% over the forecast period. In a lack of oxygen, pyrolysis is a quick and easy thermochemical process for converting solid biomass into bio-oil. In fast pyrolysis, the substances in the reactor are heated to the desired temperature at a rapid pace, and lignin is quickly broken down into volatiles that are rapidly condensed into liquid. Fast pyrolysis's adaptability and simplicity of utilization render lignin conversion more efficient and practical. As a result, biomass pyrolysis is an effective way to surge the market demand.

Our in-depth analysis of the global market includes the following segments:


  • Pyrolysis
  • Liquefaction



  • Chemical
  • Petrochemical
  • Automotive
  • Energy

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Lignin Bio-oil Industry- Regional Synopsis

APAC Market Forecast

The Asia Pacific lignin bio-oil market is set to capture share of about 35% during the forecast period. The growth of the market in this region could be primarily attributed to growing agriculture waste which could be further utilized in extracting lignin. About 499 million of agriculture waste is produced in India every year.  Hence, this could also encourage sustainability in handling agriculture waste along with boosting market share in this region.

European Market Analysis

The Europe market for lignin bio-oil is also poised to grow over the projected period. This could be on account of rising investment in the manufacturing of lignin bio-oil. Also, since, the material from which the lignin is formed is easily available in nature the cost of the final product is also reduced. This has influenced the Europe market to adopt lignin bio-oil.

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Companies Dominating the Lignin Bio-oil Landscape

    • UPM-Kymmene Corporation
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Borregaard ASA
    • Domtar Corporation
    • Stora Enso
    • Lignol Energy Corporation
    • Ensyn Corporation
    • American Process
    • LignoTech Development Ltd.
    • RenFuel AB
    • Ligno Biotech Sdn Bhd 


In The News

  • UPM-Kymmene Corporation invests in a biorefinery in Leuna, Germany, as the next transformational growth step and enters the biochemicals industry. A variety of biochemicals made entirely from wood will be produced by the biorefinery, enabling a shift from fossil raw materials to sustainable substitutes in a variety of consumer-driven end uses. The investment gives UPM access to entirely new markets with significant future growth possibilities.
  • The new lignin factory owned by LignoTech Florida in Fernandina Beach was formally inaugurated on June 26. A manufacturing capacity of 100,000 metric tons of dry lignin is represented by the 110 million USD investment. The capacity can eventually be increased by 50,000 tons in a second phase that is planned. The factory has been in test operation for a while and is now manufacturing lignin that can be sold.

Author Credits:  Smruti Ranjan, Rajrani Baghel

  • Report ID: 5228
  • Published Date: Sep 15, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The major factors driving the growth of the market are growing production of paper & pulp, rising use of lignin bio-oil in chemical industry, and surge in application of lignin bio-oil in aviation.

The market size of lignin bio-oil is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 5% over the forecast period, i.e., 2024 – 2036.

The major players in the market are UPM-Kymmene Corporation, Borregaard ASA, Domtar Corporation, Stora Enso and others.

The automotive segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2036 and display significant growth opportunities.

The market in the Asia Pacific region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2036 and provide more business opportunities in the future.
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