India to Mandate Ethanol

India, which is the fourth largest global producer of ethanol (Behind Brazil, U.S, and China) will require refiners to blend 5% ethanol in gasoline starting in October 2006, and depending on the success of this mandate it will increase the requirement to 10%.

China, with its economy growing at a 10% growth rate, knows it needs to dissociate with its dependence on oil and gasoline as record prices are too high. An economy similar to Brazil's is idealized to fit China. "Many Chinese companies and also the central and local governments are very interested in the Brazilian experience to use ethanol and produce ethanol," said Liu, a professor in the department of chemical engineering at Beijing's Tsinghua University.

It is good to see this international exposure as there has been very little news beyond Brazil and the U.S. relating to this demand. Which country is next?


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  • 6/1/2006 5:12 PM Stephen wrote:
    I like India's aggressive behavior in dealing with this issue, though this is just a small step. America should take a hint and the government should mandate at least E5 in all our stations

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  • 6/3/2006 2:38 PM gridflash wrote:
    China needs ethanol worse than we do and they know it. The problem is that they don't have enough arable land for food crops, let alone fuel crops.

    We are currently in discussions with several investment consortiums in China about transfer of US technologies that might provide solutions. But none of them are simple all of them require the development of collateral infrastructures.
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