Germany’s certified bioethanol output in 2015 reached 739,821 tonnes, marking a 1.8% year-on-year rise, the German Bioethanol Industry Association (BDBe) said.

More specifically, about 467,273 tonnes were produced from food crops, which is 1.8% less than a year before. In contrast, there was a 9% increase to 264,665 tonnes in bioethanol production from sugar beet.

About 3.4% of Germany's grain harvest and 9.8% of the sugar beet produced in the country were used for bioethanol making.

The 2015 bioethanol volume also includes 7,884 tonnes of second-generation ethanol made from other feedstock such as food waste and residues. This is 3.9% below 2014 levels.

Bioethanol is used in Germany in the Super and Super E10 fuel blends. BDBe’s chief executive Dietrich Klein said that in 2015 that renewable fuel has achieved an average carbon dioxide (CO2) emission reduction of 66% when compared to fossil fuel.