German ethanol production rises, consumption falls in first half

By Ann Bailey | September 14, 2015

Ethanol production in Germany grew slightly more than 5 percent to a total of 370,484 metric tons from production during the same period, last year, the Federation of German bioethanol fuel industry said. Last year, 352,033 metric tons of ethanol were produced in Germany from January through June.

Ethanol consumption in ETBE oxygenate and E85 blends, however, fell to 562,459 metric tons from 583,909 metric tons in the first half of 2015, a 3.7 percent decline, the Federation of German bioethanol fuel industry said.

Sales of E85 fell 29.5 percent to 3.7 million metric tons from 507,051 million metric tons and sales of Super E10 fell to 1.25 million metric tons, an 11 percent decline from the first half of 2014. The 1.25 million metric tons represented a market share of 14.1 percent, a 1.4 percent decline from 2014. Sales of ETBE, meanwhile, fell by 20.2 percent to 57.9 metric tons from 72,491 metric tons during the first six months of 2014.

On the ethanol production side, a total of 136,608 metric tons of sugar beets were used to make ethanol in Germany in the first half of 2015, a 21 percent increase over the same period last year, the industry organization said. But, meanwhile, the amount of ethanol produced from feed grains declined by 2.3 percent and ethanol produced from other substances, such as food industry residue, fell to 4.15 metric tons.

The decline of 3.7 percent in bioethanol consumption during the first half of 2015 suggests the introduction of greenhouse gas abatement rates has not worked as planned, said BDBe CEO Dietrich Klein. The legislation aimed at the fuel sector which reduces emissions by 4 percent should be implemented in 2016, instead of 2017, Klein said.