Oct 21, 2011 - Biodiesel production in the European Union (EU) declined slightly year-on-year in the first two quarters of 2011, the first fall since data started being collected, the European Biodiesel Board (EBB) reported this week.
The EBB said its estimates showed that output shrank particularly in the second quarter of the year and cited higher imports from countries such as Argentina and Indonesia and circumvention measures from North America as factors behind the decline.
The fall came even as utilisation of the union's biodiesel capacity stands at 44%.
The EBB said that in 2010 biodiesel production rose by 5.5% to 9.57 million tonnes, a significant slowdown from the 17% rise in 2009 and the 35% expansion in 2008.
Germany and France are by far the region's biggest biodiesel producers, with Spain and Italy coming next.
Europe had biodiesel production capacity of 22 million tonnes in July this year, while the number of existing biodiesel plants was 254, a slight increase on 2009.