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UNICA: Corn ethanol production continues to grow

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By Erin Voegele

February 02, 2024

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UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has released data showing ethanol production was up significantly during the first half of January, with corn ethanol production up more than 50%. Ethanol sales were also up during the two-week period.

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European renewable ethanol producers have launched a legal challenge to the EU’s FuelEU Maritime Regulation on the grounds that it fails to properly recognize the proven benefits of sustainable crop-based biofuels.

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U.S. Grains Council staff and member representatives visited Lagos and Abuja in November to engage with policymakers and major market players.

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Europe needs a new way to think about biofuels and its contribution to transport de-fossilization—as well as the strategic importance of ethanol production. As the EU enters a new political cycle, there is some cause for optimism.

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Still facing obstacles in historically large markets like Brazil and China, exports of U.S. ethanol and distillers grains met expectations in 2023, thanks to their largest customers in North America and myriad small and mid-sized buyers around the world.

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U.S. Grains Council staff and member representatives in November visited Lagos and Abuja to engage with policymakers and market players regarding the possibility of Nigeria lifting the current suspension of its E10 mandate.

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The Council of the European Union on Oct. 9 adopted regulations for the ReFuelEU initiative. The new law aims to boost both the demand for and supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) within the European Union.

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A three-person delegation recently visited India from the U.S. to search for new outlets for exports to the fifth-largest market for U.S. ethanol during the 2022/23 marketing year, according to the U.S. Grains Council.

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Following USGC’s Ethanol Summit, a delegation of 40 people from 15 Latin American countries participated in three field visits to learn more about the ethanol production, supply and marketing chain in the U.S.

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The U.S. Grains Council in October conducted a mission to Germany and Poland, aiming to expand support for bioethanol within the European Union and explore potential markets in area.

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UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that both sugarcane processing and ethanol production were up during the first half of October. Ethanol sales were also up when compared to the same period of last year.

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Aemetis Inc. announced that its Universal Biofuels subsidiary in India, owner and operator of a 60 MMgy biodiesel plant, was selected by India’s three government-controlled oil marketing companies to supply an estimated $150 million of biodiesel.

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European ethanol producer CropEnergies AG on Oct. 18 announced that fiscal third quarter revenues, EBITDA and operating profit are expected to be down when compared to last year due to normalized ethanol prices.

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UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that sugarcane processing and ethanol sales were both up during the first half of September. Ethanol production was down slightly when compared to the same period of last year.

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UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced sugarcane processing and ethanol production were both up during the second half of August. Ethanol sales for the full month were up more than 9 percent from last year.

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The European Commission on Sept. 14 announced it will implement retroactive surveillance measures on imports of ethanol from several countries, including the U.S. The surveillance measures are to remain in effect for three years.

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President Joe Biden on Sept. 9 joined leaders of India, Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Mauritius and the United Arab Emirates to launch the Global Biofuels Alliance. The launch took place on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in New Delhi.

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The USGC conducted several events across Asia this summer to inform local government officials and industry leaders about the positive impact of implementing higher ethanol blends in their countries.

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The USGC and PTT Group, the largest energy conglomerate in Thailand, recently co-organized an immersion tour to that country for nine officials from the Philippines Department of Energy to study the implementation of E20 fuel blends.

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European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) members produced produced 5.9 million metric tons of food and feed coproducts and 4.5 million metric tons of ethanol in 2022, according to an audit released Sept. 6.

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To showcase the benefits and opportunities of blending ethanol with gasoline, the USGC hosted a Latin American delegation with representatives from Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Chile, Peru and Colombia in early August.

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A report commissioned by the U.S. Grains Council outlining the decarbonization potential of ethanol in Indonesia was recently presented at a national energy event organized by the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.

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Toyota Kirloskar Motor, an India-based joint venture between Toyota Motor Corp. and Kirloskar Group, on Aug. 29 unveiled a prototype of a BS 6 (stage II) electrified flex fuel vehicle (FFV) that can be fueled with ethanol blends beyond E20.

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Sugarcane processing in the south-central region of Brazil was up significantly during the first half of August, according to data released by UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association. Ethanol production and sales were also up.

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Vietnam has revised the Most-Favored-Nation (MFN) tariff on ethanol, reducing it from 15 to 10 percent. The new tariff rate went into effect on July 15, 2023, and applies to both undenatured and denatured ethanol.

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The role of biofuels in the transition from a fossil-based economy to carbon neutrality has been the subject of intense and often misinformed debate, but optimism is growing that Europe could soon move to a more constructive discussion.

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UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, announced that mills in the south-central region of the country processed a record volume of sugarcane during the second half of July. Ethanol production and ethanol sales were also up.

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UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced sugarcane processing and ethanol production by mills in the south-central region of the country were both up during the first half of July.

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U.S. Grains Council leaders, Chairman Josh Miller and President and CEO Ryan LeGrand, traveled to Seoul, South Korea, in July for the 2023 Role of EcoFriendly Fuels in Realizing 2050 Carbon Neutrality symposium.

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European ethanol producer CropEnergies AG has announced ethanol production and earnings were both down during the fiscal first quarter of 2023-’24. The company attributed the declines to maintenance shutdowns and normalized ethanol prices.

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