2002 Review-International

International involvement is, and will continue to be, a defining characteristic of our editorial reach, largely a value handed down by our publisher BBI International, which is engaged in ethanol promotion all over the world. In 2002, EPM covered a plethora of international news. Beyond the U.S., nations with perhaps the highest coverage in EPM in 2002 were India, Taiwan, Ukraine and Germany. Note: expect to find in-depth coverage of Canada's rising ethanol industry in our next issue.
By | December 01, 2002
Beginning in February, EPM made serious, and deliberate efforts to cover India's developing ethanol industry which is now taking shape after many months of planning. We were the first to announce that the nation had attracted top international ethanol industry suppliers and service providers to its shores. We also announced that BBI International's Conference Division had begun planning a biofuels conference in conjunction with the Confederation of India Industries (CII) in New Dehli. The conference was labeled "Biofuels: Driving India's Future," and held November 7-9, EPM reported and promoted.

In November, as news of the conference's success spread back home in the U.S., EPM Publisher and BBI International President Mike Bryan said, " Currently nine states and two provinces have a government mandate to use 5% ethanol blends in 100% of the gasoline sold year-round, beginning in January 2003. However, there is growing pressure to move that level to 10%, even before further legislation is officially approved. But all indications are that it will likely begin at 5% with a general understanding that 10% is the ultimate goal."

UkraineEPM was pleased to publish ethanol developments in the Ukraine, reported first-hand from the Ukrainians themselves in June. This month, EPM received an update from Roman Shpek, an ambassador:

"The release of the European Commission's proposal, Biofuel Directive. . . has encouraged Member States and some other European countries to reconsider the general principles of their energy policies towards. . . biofuels. The European biofuels market could become a substantial market, as it is driven by greenhouse gas reduction, Kyoto Protocol targets, and oil and gas depletion considerations. Ukraine believes that speedy production and delivery of Ukraine biofuels to the EU, starting with Germany. . . could correspond in the best way with EU interests. . ."

During the first week of September, Mike Bryan traveled to Taiwan on behalf of the U.S. Grains Council to discuss the options for replacing MTBE with ethanol. EPM shared Bryan's Taiwan experience with our readers: "The trip served to bring a heightened awareness to the mounting concern in Taiwan over MTBE in the groundwater as well as logistical issues that may be encountered if ethanol were to be used as a replacement fuel component," Bryan told EPM.

In December, Bryan toured across the U.S. with delegates from Taiwan who traveled here to learn more about ethanol production.

"The ethanol industry in Germany is ready to roll as soon as future producers have some degree of certainty that imports from Brazilian ethanol made from sugarcane will not flood the market. The primary feedstock for ethanol production in Germany will be beet molasses and barley, some raw sugar and eventually, as the technology evolves, the processing of beet-pulp into ethanol. For now, however, the focus is using the available sugars and adding value to the German beet farmer's bottom line," EPM reported in November.

Two companies that already have plans completed for ethanol production are Nordzucker (North) and Suedzucker (South), EPM reported.