Germany produced 738,169 tonnes of certified bioethanol in 2016, including 12,310 tonnes of ethanol made from residues and food waste, the German Bioethanol Industry Association (BDBe) said.

The total annual output was down by 0.22% year-on-year. Meanwhile, the volumes of ethanol from non-food sources reached their highest level ever, with production rising by 56% from a year ago.

About 534,589 tonnes of bioethanol were produced from food crops, or 14% more than in 2015, while bioethanol production in the sugar and beverages sector fell by 28% to 191,270 tonnes.

Bioethanol is used in Germany in the Super and Super E10 fuel blends. In 2016 the renewable fuel achieved an average reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of 70% when compared to traditional gasoline.