In 2019, Germany produced 543,000 tonnes of fuel bioethanol, down 12.8% year-over-year, partly reflecting adjustment of production to weaker demand and volatile prices at the start of the year, according to data from the German Bioethanol Industry Association (BDBe).
Sales of bioethanol in the fuel sector declined by 2.2% to 1.16 million tonnes, in spite of a slight expansion of the petrol market by 1% to 18 million tonnes. Still, drivers bought more Super E10 and its market share increased to 13.7% from 12.9%. Bioethanol consumption as admixture was down 0.4% to 1.07 million tonnes.
Total bioethanol production in 2019 was 651,565 tonnes, down 13.5% year-over-year. The main raw material was feed grain. A significantly lower proportion was produced from sugar beet due to sugar demand.
BDBe said that because of the coronavirus pandemic forecasts for 2020 are difficult. While demand for fuel bioethanol is decreasing significantly across Europe, there is strong demand for bioethanol for disinfectants.
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