EPURE members produced 5.57 billion liters of ethanol in 2020


Members of the European Renewable Ethanol Association (ePURE) produced 5.57 billion liters of ethanol and 6.16 million tonnes of co-products in 2020, according to verified data released by the industry group.
The figures showed a significant increase in the production of ethanol for industrial use, including for disinfectants and hand sanitizers.
Over 98% of the raw materials used to produce renewable ethanol by ePURE members – including grains, sugars, waste and residues – were grown or purchased in Europe.
Of the total ethanol production of ePURE members in 2020 (the most recent year for which data has been compiled and audited), over 79% was for fuel consumption, with an average of over 75% greenhouse gas savings compared to fossil gasoline. .
Of the remaining ethanol production in 2020, 5.6% was for food and beverage uses and 15.2% for industrial applications, including hand sanitizers and other hygienic uses.
When the COVID-19 pandemic erupted in early 2020, several EU ethanol biorefineries quickly adapted their production to provide ethyl alcohol for medical use, while continuing to produce fuel ethanol renewable energy with low carbon emissions.
“Renewable ethanol is more than a fuel,” said Emmanuel Desplechin, general secretary of ePURE. “These figures confirm the additional benefits of European ethanol production, in particular by offsetting the need to import soybean meal for animal feed and ensuring a large supply of alcohol for medical and industrial use. This is in addition to the vital role renewable ethanol must play to meet the ambitious decarbonization targets of the EU’s Green Deal, as an immediate, cost-effective and socially inclusive carbon reduction solution for fueling vehicles. ‘today and tomorrow.
ePURE represents 35 members (including 19 producers) with around 50 factories across the EU and UK, accounting for around 85% of the EU’s renewable ethanol production. Statistics compiled from ePURE members and certified by the audit firm Copartner.


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