Two-thirds of Europeans want more biofuels

By German Bioethanol Industry Association | February 27, 2017

A large majority of Europeans want biofuels production and use to grow, according to the German Bioethanol Industry Association.

A recent Europe-wide opinion poll found that 69 percent of consumers surveyed in the 28 EU member states are in favor of increased use of biofuels, with only 15 percent opposed and 16 percent with no opinion on the matter.

Responses from more than 11,000 participants were analyzed in the poll commissioned by the European Renewable Ethanol Association. In Germany, the majority of poll participants (61 percent) supports the use of biofuels; 23 percent are opposed and 16 percent have no opinion. In France, 73 percent of consumers are in favor of biofuels, 13 percent are against and 14 percent of respondents have no view.

Dietrich Klein, secretary general of German Bioethanol Industry Association, said France's stronger pro-biofuels attitude, compared with Germany, reflects an information shortfall in the latter country. “The results of the survey show that consumers in France are better informed than consumers in Germany about the positive contribution bioethanol makes to combatting climate change,” he said. “German consumers do not realize how much bioethanol reduces carbon dioxide emissions.”

Klein added that a government study in Germany found that the aggregate effect of ethanol-blended fuel use in the country reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent in 2015. “Consumers are not aware either that this enabled total savings of 1.8 million [metric] tons of climate-damaging CO2 emissions in the transport sector," he said, pointing out that the information shortfall has a pronounced negative impact on climate protection. “The marketshare of Super E10, which is by far the most environmentally friendly and climate-friendly fuel, is currently 12.6 percent in Germany, which is considerably lower than the 40 percent share it has achieved in France. By adopting Super E10 as the standard petrol type, along with Super Plus, an additional 1.2 million [metric] tons of CO2 emissions could have been avoided in the transport sector in 2015.”