Thailand decreases 2036 renewables goal by 37 percent

By Staff Report | July 14, 2017

Thailand reduced its renewable and alternative energy target for 2036 by 37 percent as it grapples with uncertainty in molasses and cassava feedstock production.  

Under its Alternative Energy Development Plan, Thailand set a goal to increase renewable and alternative energy use from 7 percent in 2015 to 25 percent in 2036, as well as ethanol consumption from 1.18 billion liters in 2015 to 2.6 billion by 2036. Thailand’s original goal for ethanol consumption was 4.1 billion by 2036.

Molasses, cassava and sugarcane supplies are expected to decrease, delaying the country’s plan to eliminate E10 blends, in favor of higher blends such as E20 and E85.

The current production capacity includes 1 billion liters of molasses-based ethanol, 100 million liters of sugarcane-based ethanol, and 700 million liters of cassava-based ethanol.