APIC '12: Ethanol food vs fuel debate spills into renewable chemicals

17 May 2012 07:41  [Source: ICIS news]

KUALA LUMPUR (ICIS)--The debate over food versus fuel for ethanol feedstocks is surfacing in the renewable chemicals arena, a consultant said on Thursday.

For one example, US household goods giant Procter & Gamble is sensitive about the use of renewable chemicals produced from feedstocks that could possibly be caught up in the food debate, said Mark Morgan of information provider IHS.

The fuel ethanol industry has been dogged for years by claims that world food supplies and costs are being negatively influenced by the demand for corn and sugarcane for transport fuel.

Around one-third of the US corn crop now goes into ethanol production, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

Procter & Gamble aims to use 100% renewable or recyclable materials in all products and packaging, Morgan told the annual Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference (APIC).

Other major companies with ambitious plans for renewable chemicals included soft-drink maker Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, food makers Heinz and Nestle, and retailer Target, he said.

By: Stephen Burns
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