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First-Ever State of the Ethanol Industry Report Released

First-Ever State of the Ethanol Industry Report Released

01 July 2014

EU - The European Renewable Ethanol Industry Association (ePURE) has published its first ever State of the Industry Report, provinding an overview of the situation of renewable ethanol production and consumption in Europe today.

The report also sets out the opportunities and challenges for the industry’s future. The impact of EU policy on the ethanol industry is closely examined throughout the report.

The conclusions of the report are as follows:

  • Renewable ethanol made in Europe is a valuable source of energy making Europe more independent in the supply of its energy needs.
  • In additon to the most cost-effective renewable fuel to decarbonise the transport sector, the European ethanol industry generates high-quality, protein-rich animal feed, which helps to fill Europe’s gap in protein needs. By using crops in an optimal way, renewable ethanol made in Europe has little or no adverse land implications.
  • Today's highly innovative ethanol plants are true biorefineries providing feed, food, fuel and ?ber from a variety of raw material be it agricultural crops, waste or residues. Renewable ethanol made in Europe is an incredibly versatile product, a crucial chain in the bioeconomy we are building

“Renewable ethanol, already contributing positively to Europe’s innovation, job creation, climate goals and energy security, will have an increasingly important role in meeting these challenges in the future. We produced this first ever State of the Industry Report because we felt it was high time to show the facts about the European ethanol industry and to flag up its potential for the future,” said Rob Vierhout, ePURE’s Secretary General.

According to the National Non-Food Crops Centre, over the last decade, the renewable ethanol industry in Europe has boomed. While still in its infancy, the EU is the third largest ethanol producer in the world, behind the USA and Brazil, with new technologies and processes being developed to help grow and maximise production potential.

Ethanol production plays a key role in helping Europe meet renewable energy and fuel targets, including reducing greenhouse gas intensity of fuels in road transport by 6 per cent by 2020. As a second generation biofuel, cellulosic ethanol can use a wide range of feedstock in its production, including agricultural residues and waste. Using enzyme and yeast extraction techniques, a transport fuel is produced that has the potential to replace over half of the fossil fuels in the EU by 2030.

One of the by-products of ethanol production is DDGS, which can be used as a high-quality animal feed. By replacing the existing feed which is predominantly imported soya, DDGS has the double benefit of reducing imports and also the land used to grow it. 

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You can view the full report by clicking here.

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