International Sugar Journal

Political pressure and high costs challenge ethanol industry [Full subscriber]

After the stormy years of growth in the early 2000’s the sector has now reached a plateau which will only be followed by new growth phase if there is a technological breakthrough in the field of next generation biofuels or a general consensus about the sustainability of ethanol production. Both do not seem to be just around the corner. In addition high grain prices are hitting the profitability of biofuel producers and if this were not enough policy-makers seek to cut back support. Even though biofuels are not going to disappear from the renewable energy map the industry increasingly finds…

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