Sep 13 (Renewables Now) - China plans to introduce a country-wide use of ethanol fuel by 2020, according to a document on Wednesday published by the National Energy Administration.
Besides being in line with efforts to reduce pollution, the plan will help the country tackle its large corn reserves, amassed as a result of a previous farming support policy.
Currently, some provinces in China have mandates for E10, a blend of 10% ethanol and 90% gasoline. According to state agency Xinhua, China uses almost 2.6 million tonnes of bioethanol per year, and gasoline mixed with ethanol represents one fifth of its annual gasoline demand.
The newly unveiled plan includes an objective for large-scale production of cellulosic ethanol by 2025.