In Washington, D.C., U.S. Grains Council representatives traveled to Indonesia and Thailand to engage with their governments and help develop biofuel policies that include a larger role for ethanol trade. Indonesia’s mandate that was established in a national ethanol policy in 2006 has been mostly unmet, so USGC is hoping to help develop a consistent supply chain for biofuels there. USGC then traveled to Thailand which has a national blend rate of 12% with domestic sugarcane and cassava-based ethanol and has a strong flex-fuel vehicle program making it a good collaborator on engine technology as well as biofuels.
“Indonesia is forecast to be the sixth-largest gasoline market by 2022,” Brian Healy, USGC manager of ethanol export market development told Agriculture. “Additionally, Indonesia has a goal for renewables to represent 23% of their energy mix by 2025 and to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 29% by 2030. Ethanol has a great opportunity to help Indonesia meet these ambitious goals.”