Renewable fuel organizations form global alliance

By Kris Bevill | February 04, 2009
Web exclusive posted March 2, 2009, at 9:26 a.m. CST

Leaders of some of the world's renewable fuel organizations have joined forces to create the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance. Members include the United States' Renewable Fuels Association, the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association and the European Bioethanol Fuel Association. Together, these organizations represent 29 countries and more than 60 percent of the global biofuels production.

GRFA Executive Director Bliss Baker said the organization is committed to expanding the use of renewable fuels around the globe and founding members felt it vital for renewable fuels to have a voice at the international level.

According to Baker, one of the non-profit's areas of focus will be to expand the role of ethanol in developing countries and that includes an agenda to engage the World Bank to direct investments toward biofuel infrastructure, specifically in Africa.

At a teleconference to announce the formation of the GRFA, it was noted that Brazil was not a founding member. RFA president Bob Dinneen reported that there have been conversations between members of the GRFA and UNICA, Brazil's sugarcane industry association. "They are considering joining and quite frankly we expect them to join," Dinneen said. "They are a critical player in the biofuels industry."

The new association will base its operations in Toronto and plans to begin holding regular meetings beginning in March.