EU ethanol production expands again

By | September 23, 2010
After a nearly 60 percent growth in 2008, European ethanol production increased by 31 percent in 2009. Total EU production in 2009 was an estimated 3.7 billion liters up from 2.8 billion liters the previous year.

The biggest producer was France with an annual output in 2009 of 1 billion liters, an increase of 25 percent compared to 2008. The second largest producing country was Germany, which increased its production by 32 percent to 750 million liters. Spain was in third place with 465 million liters, a 46 percent increase from 2008. In six out of 18 producing member states the production declined while the rest either increased or kept production steady.