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Biofuels mandates around the world

The US based “Biofuel Digest” released its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at biofuels mandates in 64 countries. The bulk of mandates come from the EU-27, where the Renewable Energy Directive specified a 10 % renewable content by 2020 but has been scaled back to the 5-7.5 % range. 13 countries in the Americas have mandates or targets in place or under consideration, 12 in Asia-Pac, 11 in Africa and the Indian Ocean, and 2 from non-EU countries in Europe. Besides the EU, the major blending mandates are set in the US, China and Brazil.

The Digest does not believe that mandates are outdated, with enhanced mandates in Queensland, Finland, Norway, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Argentina and Brazil in the past year. But also low carbon fuel standards are popular, and Canada is moving in that direction. California is a model for low carbon standards. Currently, California uses seven different low-carbon fuels derived from 26 different feedstocks, making up 11.3% of its fuel consumption. Growth of petroleum consumption has slowed to a mere 0.5% quarterly, while low-carbon fuels grew at 1.6% quarterly.

Source: www.biofuelsdigest.com/bdigest/2016/12/28/biofuels-mandates-around-the-world-2017/