Global Fuels Alliance: Use of biofuels increasing

Source: Grand Island Independent • Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013

According to the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA), 62 countries now have biofuel-friendly policies in place that have driven global demand to more than 1 million barrels per day.

“It is amazing to watch the growth of the biofuels industry from a global perspective,” said Bliss Baker, spokesman for the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance. “Today, governments have embraced biofuels in every corner of the world, from Australia to Zimbabwe.”

Nebraska is the world’s third leading biofuel producer at more than 2 billion gallons per year. Brazil and Iowa are first and second, respectively. The United States and Brazil account for more than 70 percent of the world’s ethanol production.

One of the latest countries to enact a biofuels mandate is India. Currently its mandate is set at 5 percent ethanol content and scheduled to increase to 10 percent as soon as production capacity is in place. India has ultimately set a goal of 20 percent for all biofuels content by 2017.

Baker said the GRFA’s new Interactive World Biofuels Map shows that biofuels production and policies are no longer limited to the United States and Brazil, but have spread to numerous countries that are struggling to reduce GHG emissions and their reliance on crude imports.

To view the new GRFA website and Interactive World Biofuels Map, go online to