Biofuels in Europe EuropaBio position and specific recommendations

17.08.2007

Biofuels in Europe EuropaBio position and specific recommendations

1. Biofuels worldwide

Today, the global biofuels market consists of approximately 85% bioethanol and 15% biodiesel. Bioethanol is produced and consumed mainly in Brazil and North America. On the other hand, Europe is the world leader in biodiesel production and this fuel represents about 3/4 of the European biofuels market.

The following figures1 illustrate the medium-term worldwide projections for global biodiesel and ethanol production respectively. By 2010, it is estimated that global biodiesel production will be three times that of 2005, while the global biofuel ethanol production in 2010 is expected to be close to double the output in 2005. Probably the vast majority, if not all, of this increased production will employ first generation technology, and agricultural crops will continue to account for the bulk of raw material used by the sector, while second generation technologies (e.g. cellulosic ethanol and biomass-to-liquid biodiesel) will enter mainstream commercial production after 2010.