Bioethanol as a growth market
Bioethanol has long established itself as the world's No. 1 biofuel and the bioethanol market has continued to grow rapidly in recent years. The increasing use of bioethanol as a replacement for fossil fuels has already been pushed for years in Brazil and the USA.
Against the background of the present regulations on biofuels in the EU and the objectives set by the Paris Climate Agreement, market researchers predict a dynamic growth of the European bioethanol market.
Bioethanol - Biofuel No. 1 worldwide
Thanks to its excellent positioning CropEnergies is well prepared for the strong growth of the bioethanol market in Europe and will be one of the companies to take a major share in it. Together with its subsidiaries in Germany, Belgium, France and the UK CropEnergies AG has expanded its annual production capacities to approximately 1.3 million m³ of bioethanol.
In 2016, the world production of bioethanol remained at the previous year's level of 117.7 (117.5) million m³. The fuel sector continued to account for 84% of it. World leader in the production of bioethanol is the USA with 59.5 million m³, followed by Brazil with 27.8 million m³.
For 2017, the global production is expected to remain stable with 117.6 million m³.
In the USA, bioethanol is mainly used as a 10% petrol additive. E10 is the standard petrol fuel there. E15 has been available at petrol stations since 2011.
In Brazil, it is offered both as a pure fuel (E100) and is also blended with conventional petrol with a content of 20 to 25 vol.-%. Roughly 90% of the new vehicle registrations in Brazil are Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFVs) which can run on regular petrol, bioethanol or a mixture of both.
Growth in the EU
As a result of the Biofuels Directive of 2003, both the use and the production of bioethanol rose steadily for a long time in the EU. Due to the declining demand for petrol fuel in the EU and the fact that there were little or no changes in blending obligations, fuel ethanol consumption in the EU declined again by 1.7% to 5.2 (5.3) million m³ in 2016. The overall production of the EU declined slightly as well to 6.8 (7.3) million m³ in 2016. Therefore the potential of bioethanol to reduce greenhouse gases in a fast and cost-effective way is still not fully utilized.
With the implementation of the "Renewable Energies Directive", that prescribes a mandatory part of 10% renewable energies in the transport sector by 2020, the consumption of bioethanol in the EU is expected to rise. One example has been the availability of E10 in Belgium since 1 January 2017.
Renewable Energies Directive (PDF, 1.28 MB)
Growth in Germany
In Germany, which still represents the largest market of bioethanol in the EU, the fuel ethanol consumption remained at the previous year's level of 1.5 (1.5) million m³ in 2016. This represents a saving of approx. 1 billion litres of petrol.
Even though the E10 sales declined slightly with the market share decreasing to 13 (14)% in 2016, the fuel is still the second most important petrol-engine fuel in Germany.
Fact Sheet bioethanol
Benefits of European bioethanol
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