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Biofuels - production worldwide 2000-2018

Global biofuel production from 2000 to 2018 (in thousand metric tons of oil equivalent)

by T. Wang, last edited Sep 9, 2019
Biofuels - production worldwide 2000-2018 In 2018, global biofuel production levels reached 95.4 million metric tons of oil equivalent, in stark comparison to the 9.2 million metric tons of oil equivalent that was produced in 2000. Growth has largely been driven by policies that encourage the use and production of biofuels due to the perception that it could provide energy security and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in relevant sectors. Biofuels can be beneficial due to its limited environmental impacts in comparison to fossil fuels as well as its consumption of waste materials that would normally be discarded. Blending mandates, sustainability criteria, fuel quality standards, and import tariffs have impacted the biofuel market. The global biofuels market is expected to reach a market size of 132.7 billion U.S. dollars by 2023.

Production of biofuels

The most common biofuels are bioethanol and biodiesel. Bioethanol is synthesized from carbohydrates like cellulose biomass. Coarse grain and sugarcane are two of the most common ethanol feedstocks but this may vary regionally. Biodiesel is generated from fats and oils. Vegetable oil is one of the most common feedstocks used in biodiesel production, while non-agricultural feedstocks like waste are becoming more relevant in regions like the United States and Europe.
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Global biofuel production from 2000 to 2018 (in thousand metric tons of oil equivalent)

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