Romania expects to increase blending mandate by almost double

By Staff Report | July 21, 2017

Romania expects a drastic decline in bioethanol production in 2017, but will increase its bioethanol blending mandate, according to the European Renewable Energy Directive.

Biofuel is expected to to rise slightly in 2018, if imports slow down. Romania hasn’t changed its 4.5 percent bioethanol blending mandate since 2014, but will increase it in 2018 to 8 percent.  Legislation has the target blending rate for biofuels set at 10 percent by 2020.

Romania has only one bioethanol plant, producing 80,000 metric tons per year from corn. The plant has experienced financial problems and minimized production. Romania has access to only specific feedstocks because of the lack of infrastructure, high financial risks and uncertainty in production resources. The country relies largely on first-generation biofuels.

 Romania has a 24 percent renewable energy consumption goal for 2020, but reached 24.8 percent in 2015. It is among 11 European Union member states that achieved its 2020 target in 2015.