China plans to use bioethanol gasoline nationwide by 2020, the National Development and Reform Commission and National Energy Administration (NEA) said on Wednesday.
“The plan was unveiled as the country is pushing the use of biofuel, which is renewable, applicable, tech-savvy and environmental-friendly. It is an ideal alternative to fossil fuel,” a senior NEA official said. Ethanol fuel, known as E10, contains 10 per cent of ethanol. It is commonly used worldwide since it is believed to cut carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide emissions and help ease the energy supply bottleneck.
China is the world’s third-largest bioethanol producer and uses nearly 2.6 million tonnes a year. More than 40 countries and regions consume about 600 million tonnes of ethanol fuel every year, accounting for around 60 per cent of the world’s annual gasoline use.
The plan is aimed at building an advanced liquid biofuel system and put into operation a demonstration facility that will be able to produce 50,000 tonnes of cellulosic ethanol per annum by 2020.