16 April 2008 16:12 [Source: ICIS news]
TORONTO (ICIS news)--Germany has enough feedstock to meet its biofuels blending targets from domestic and EU production and does not need to import from South America or elsewhere, local biofuels producers' group VDB said on Wednesday.
It was responding to claims by German oil refining association MWV that ?xml:namespace>
The EU was estimated to harvest some 256m tonnes/year of grain in 2008 alone, VDB said.
In addition, about 2.8m hectares of previously idled arable land would come back into production this year, adding some 10m tonnes of grain production, enough to meet the ethanol quota, said VDB.
VDB was particularly opposed to bioethanol imports from
While the oil industry kept importing large volumes of ethanol, in
However, MWV said there was a need for large and increasing biofuels imports, in a report on its website.
The study also predicted global production shortfalls, rationing and higher food prices through 2010 – in particularly in developing countries - if biodiesel and bioethanol production from food crops was not reduced.
Germany earlier this month scrapped plans to raise bioethanol blending to 10% content from 5% but still plans to raise biodiesel blending to 7%, from 5%.
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