Germany produced 370,484 tonnes of bioethanol in the first half (H1) of 2015, or 5.2% more than a year ago, the German Bioethanol Industry Association (BDBe) said.
Demand for the fuel declined by 3.7% to 562,459 tonnes.
According to the newly-released figures, food crops again accounted for the largest share of Germany’s bioethanol output at nearly 63.4%. Meanwhile, there was a 21.1% year-on-year jump in the production of ethanol from sugar beet. It reached 131,608 tonnes in H1, taking a 35.5% share.
Just 4,154 tonnes of ethanol were produced from other sources, such as food waste.
On the demand side, there was a 1.1% decline to 501,550 tonnes in the sale of bioethanol in petrol blends. ETBE (ethyl tertiary butyl ether) demand declined by 20.2% to 57,848 tonnes and sales of E85, the 85% ethanol fuel, fell by 29.5% to 3,698 tonnes.
BDBe’s chief executive Dietrich Klein said that the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets for transport are not working as planned. He urged decision makers to introduce in 2016, one year earlier than planned, the 4% emission reduction rule for the petroleum sector in Germany.