German bioethanol demand up four-fold

Figures for the first half of 2009 show an improvement in Germany’s bioethanol market.

The industry suffered a stagnant production spell in 2008, but now Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) figures for the first half of 2009 show that the German bioethanol industry is building up with demand rising almost four-fold compared to 2008.

New legislation regulating biofuels in Germany imposing a cap and higher taxes and problems with more expensive and restricted supplies of raw materials pushed performance down in 2008.

BAFA data shows that bioethanol production was up 61% during the first half of 2009, with demand standing at 453,000 tonnes. This figure is more than 3.6 times demand in the same period of 2008, which stood at 91,000 tonnes.

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