USGC takes trip to Indonesia and Thailand on biofuel collaboration

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.”

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