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Biodiesel by region

In some countries, filling stations sell bio-diesel for less than diesel from petroleum.

This article describes the use and availability of biodiesel in various countries around the world.


  • Argentina 1
  • Australia 2
  • Brazil 3
  • Belgium 4
  • Cambodia 5
  • Canada 6
  • China 7
  • Costa Rica 8
  • Czech Republic 9
  • Estonia 10
  • European Union 11
  • Finland 12
  • France 13
  • Germany 14
  • Hong Kong 15
  • India 16
  • Indonesia 17
  • Israel 18
  • Italy 19
  • Malaysia 20
  • Lithuania 21
  • Norway 22
  • Pakistan 23
  • Papua New Guinea - Bougainville 24
  • Spain 25
  • Singapore 26
  • Taiwan 27
  • Thailand 28
  • United Kingdom 29
  • United States 30
  • Uruguay 31
  • See also 32
  • References 33
    • Notes 33.1
    • Further reading 33.2
  • External links 34


Argentina’s biodiesel industries are booming as a result of domestic demand along with strong export markets. Biodiesel production in Argentina grew from 130,000 tons in 2006 to 2.5 millon tons in 2010, expecting to produce 3 million tons by 2011. Argentina is a net exporter of biodiesel, nearly all of which was shipped to Europe, overtaking in production the U.S. this year. Argentina ranks as the world’s fourth largest producer (by 2011, after Germany, France and Brazil), due to its rapidly emerging domestic market. Argentina is considering a raise from B7 to B10, increasing consumption to 1.3 million tons per year but negotiations need to happen with the automotive industry first.

The Argentine biodiesel industry is mainly based on the use of soybean as feedstock. Production is geographically concentrated in the provinces of Buenos Aires and Santa Fe. Almost all major players in Argentina’s vegetable oil industry own or are constructing biodiesel plants.[1]


The Fuel Standard (Biodiesel) Determination 2003 was signed by the Minister for the Environment and Heritage on 18 September 2006. The determination sets out the physical and chemical parameters of the Biodiesel standard. It also sets out the associated test methods that the Government will use to determine compliance.

Biodiesel subsidies are to be phased out by 2011, after the passing of the Fuel Tax Bill 2006.

All of the metropolitan trains and most of the metropolitan buses in Adelaide (capital of South Australia) operate on a B5 blend. The South Australian Government has stated that it will soon move to B20 or possibly higher blends.

Several councils (local Governments) across Australia are using B20 (including Townsville City Council, Adelaide City Council, Sydney City Council and Newcastle City Council).


Brazil opened a commercial biodiesel refinery in March 2005. It is capable of producing 12,000 m³ (3.2 million US gallons) per year of biodiesel fuel. Feedstocks can be a variety of sunflower oil, soybean oil, or castor bean oil. The finished product will be a blend of diesel fuel with 2% biodiesel and, after 2013, 5% biodiesel, both usable in unmodified diesel engines. As of 2005, there were 3 refineries and 7 that are planned to open. These three factories were capable of producing 45.6 million of liters per year.

Petrobras (the Brazilian national petroleum company) launched an innovative system, making biodiesel (called H-Bio) from the petroleum refinery. In Brazil, castor bean is the best option to make biodiesel, because it's easier to plant and costs less than soybean, sunflower or other seeds.


In Belgium, there are refineries in Ertvelde (belonging to the company Oleon) and at Feluy.


In Cambodia, the biodiesel industry was founded with the establishment of Biodiesel Cambodia. Biodiesel Cambodia worked on different grass-roots projects, developing models that produced biodiesel from both waste cooking oil and from the oil found within the seed of the local, wild growing, Jatropha Curcas plant. Biodiesel Cambodia has been actively promoting biodiesel use and the cultivation of Jatropha as a biodiesel feedstock crop. The company established the first Jatropha-biodiesel refinery in Phnom Penh, where it produced B100 biodiesel fuel which was used to run the British Embassy's fleet of diesel vehicles with excellent results.

Elsewhere in Cambodia, there is a refinery in Sihanoukville belonging to the charitable organization Planet Biodiesel Outreach Cambodia. They are producing 1,000 liters per month and selling it in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville to help raise funds for their charity. They run a school for impoverished Cambodian children and provide food, clothing, education, school supplies and transportation free of charge. They run their school bus on 100% biodiesel that is sustainably produced from waste vegetable oil.


The Government of Canada exempted biodiesel from the federal excise tax on diesel in the March 2003 budget. However Government of Canada re-introduced federal excise tax on Bio-Diesel in the March 2013 budget and takes effect on April 1, 2014.[2]

  • Quebec - Rothsay of Ville Ste Catherine, Quebec, produces 35,000 m³ of biodiesel per year. The shuttle bus connecting students between the two campuses of Concordia University are run solely on Biodiesel.[3]
  • Nova Scotia - The Provincial Government of Nova Scotia uses biodiesel in some public buildings for heating as well as (in more isolated cases) for public transportation. Halifax Regional Municipality has converted its bus fleet to biodiesel, with a future demand of 7,500 m³ of B20 (20% biodiesel fuel mixture) to B50—reducing biodiesel content in low temperatures to avoid gelling issues—and 3,000 m³ split between B20 and B100 for building heat. The municipality forecasts a greenhouse gas reduction of over 9,000 tonnes CO2 equivalents (4,250 tonnes from fleet use and 5,000 tonnes from building heating) if fully implemented. Private sector uptake is slower—but not unheard of—possibly due to a lack of price differential with petroleum fuel and a lack of federal and provincial tax rebating. Ocean Nutrition Canada produces 6 million US gallons (23,000 m3) of fatty acid ethyl esters annually as a byproduct of its Omega-3 fatty acid processing.
  • Ontario - Great Lakes Biodiesel the Largest Producer of Biodiesel in Canada. Annual Production: 170 million liters per year. Completed and started production in October 2013.

Methes Energies Canada Inc. of Mississauga is processing out of two facilities (Sombra and Mississauga) with a production capacity of 55 million liters of biodiesel per year. Biox Corporation of Oakville is building a biodiesel processing plant in the Hamilton harbor industrial lands, due for completion in the first half of 2006. There are also a few retail filling stations selling biodiesel to motorists in Toronto and Unionville. SIL-TRI Biofuels in Hamilton also delivers B1-B100 blends in bulk for commercial users.

  • Arborg. In addition, biodiesel is made by individuals and farmers for personal use.
  • British Columbia - the cooperative association proves a successful structure for micro-economy-of-scale biodiesel production reaching the end-user. Vancouver Biodiesel Co-op, Nelson Biodiesel Co-op, WISE Energy and Island Biodiesel Co-op are notable examples.

The Canadian government has stated a goal of producing 500 million liters of biodiesel by 2010."Welcome to Canada Clean Fuels". Retrieved 2008-05-12. 


At least two publicly traded companies, China Clean Energy, Inc. and Gushan, manufacture and sell significant amounts of biodiesel in China.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a large producer of crude palm oil and this has spurred interest in biodiesel. Currently several small biodiesel production projects are starting in the country. There are also biodiesel reactor manufacturers in Costa Rica which provide equipment to the Central American and Caribbean region.

Czech Republic

Czech production of biodiesel was already above 60,000 m³ per year by the early 1990s and is now even larger. Many of the plants are very large, including one in Olomouc which produces almost 40,000 m³ per year. From the summer of 2004, Czech producers of biodiesel for blend receive a subsidy of roughly CEK 9.50/kg. All Škoda diesels built since 1996 are warrantied for DIN EN 590 biodiesel use.


Biodiesel is available at some fuel stations.

European Union

According EU Strategy for Biofuels at year 2010 target is 5.75% market share for biofuels.[4] At year 2020 the target is 10% market share.

European standard DIN EN 14214 and DIN EN 590 describes the physical properties of diesel fuels.

The EU and environmental organization e.g. Greenpeace demand transparent criteria for sustainable biofuel production. Concern includes deforestation for oil palms in Indonesia and deforestation in Brazil.[5]

Consumption of Biodiesel in the
 European Union (GWh)[6][7][8][9]
# 2005 2006 2007 2008 2010
1  Germany 18,003 29,447 33,800 28,819 25,993
2  France 4,003 6,855 14,121 23,501 23,532
3  Italy 2,000 1,732 1,580 6,481 15,088
4  Spain 270 629 3,012 6,036 13,803
5  United Kingdom 292 1,533 3,147 8,040 9,616
6  Poland 152 491 291 3,961 9,179
7  Austria 920 3,878 2,206 2,171 4,749
8  Portugal 2 818 1,570 1,545 3,783
9  Belgium 0 10 1,061 1,002 3,223
10  Sweden 97 523 1,195 1,511 2,035
11  Czech Republic 33 213 327 881 2,006
12  Romania - 32 465 700 1,464
13  Greece 32 540 945 880 1,449
14  Slovakia 58 48 896 617 1,408
15  Hungary 0 4 23 942 1,357
16  Netherlands 0 172 2,559 2,349 1,101
17  Ireland 9 8 201 465 694
18  Finland 0 0 1 133 615
19  Slovenia 110 149 151 259 485
20  Luxembourg 7 6 484 482 466
21  Lithuania 87 162 489 532 404
22  Latvia 29 17 20 22 217
23  Bulgaria n.a. 96 23 342 185
24  Cyprus 0 0 9 165 174
25  Denmark 0 0 0 0 8
-  Estonia 0 7 6 32 0
-  Malta 8 10 21 11 0
 European Union 26,110 47,380 68,602 91,880 123,035
1 toe = 11.63 MWh, n.a. =not available


Neste Oil is producer of NExBTL renewable diesel oil. NExBTL is first renewable fuel suitable for all diesel engines in the world. Neste Oil claims EN-590 outperforms both regular diesel as well as other biodiesels on the market.


The French government have ambitious objectives of incorporation of biofuels in fuels: 5,75% (energy value) in 2008, 7% in 2010 and 10% by 2015. [10]


According to the Union zur Förderung von Öl- und Proteinpflanzen UFOP (Union to promote oil- and protein plants), in 2006 the sale of biodiesel through German gas stations rose to 2,000,000 m³, although it is only available at privately owned filling stations and generally not available at outlets operated by major petroleum companies, such as Shell and Esso/Exxon (the petroleum companies see biodiesel as competition to their core petroleum business). In 2004, 45% of all biodiesel sales went directly to large end users, such as trucking companies.

In Germany biodiesel is, for the most part, produced from rapeseed. Sales in Germany stood at two billion litres (about 600 million US gallons (2,300,000 m3)) in 2006. This amount was sufficient to meet the average yearly consumption of well over 2,000,000 automobiles. Diesel engines have become increasingly popular in Germany and almost half of all newly manufactured cars are diesel powered. This is in part due to the greater efficiency of diesel engines, the desire by consumers to use environmentally friendlier technologies and lower taxes on diesel fuel that make it cheaper than gasoline.

Verbio is a biodiesel and bioethanol producer in Germany. They currently produce 400,000 tons of biodiesel from rape seed oil, soybean oil and fatty acids, selling the product to markets in the E.U.

With 1,900 sales points, equal to one in every ten public gas stations, biodiesel is the first alternative fuel to be available nationwide. The industry is expecting a surge in demand since the authorisation at the beginning of 2004, through European Union legislation, of a maximum 5% biodiesel addition to conventional diesel fuel. In Germany biodiesel is sold at a lower price than diesel from petroleum.[11]

Hong Kong

Dynamic Progress International is the largest biodiesel producer in Hong Kong, the feedstock for the biodiesel it sells locally, being used cooking oil also sourced locally. In November 2011, Dynamic Progress International was chosen in an open tendering procedure, to supply over 3.5 million litres of B5 diesel to various Hong Kong Government departments on a 16-month contract. [For more details about the Hong Kong Government contract, go to then select ‘2011’ and ‘December’] Another biodiesel plant is currently under construction in Hong Kong on the Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate by the ASB Biodiesel (Hong Kong) Limited. Upon completion, ASB Biodiesel will become the biggest biodiesel plant in Hong Kong. [12]


Biodiesel is now being produced locally in India for use in stationary engines and large or slow engines like those in trains, trucks and tractors. Efforts are also on to use ethanol as a substitute for petrol. Biodiesel is rapidly replacing both kerosene (which was used illegally and inefficiently) and diesel as a more efficient, cheap, and clean alternative for large engines. Today plans are being chalked out to cultivate non-edible seed oil trees such as Pongamia on barren land to use their oil for biodiesel production. The Southern Railways have been very supportive of the program and various state governments recommend planting these plants in unused areas through aid from the government sectors. Biodiesel-blends are being used to run state transport corporation buses in Karnataka. The University of Agriculture Sciences at Bangalore has identified many elite lines of Jatropha curcas and Millettia pinnata (Pongamia tree). Castor is already a well established crop in India with several very high yielding varieties in the market. Large-scale activities have been initiated quite recently. For example, the government of Karnataka has distributed several million saplings of Pongamia to farmers for planting along borders of farmland and in waste lands. Large-scale plantations have been initiated in North-East India and Jharkhand by D1 Williamson Magor Bio Fuel Limited, a joint venture between D1 Oils of U.K. and Williamson Magor of India. The hilly areas of the North-East are ideal for growing hardy, low-maintenance plants.

IndianOil Corporation has tied up with Indian Railways to introduce biodiesel crops over 1 million square kilometers. Also, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh have tied up with IndianOil to cultivate large tracts of land with jatropha, the former crop of choice for Indian biodiesel plans. Jatropha is now being replaced by Pongamia and Castor due to its very (comparative) high cost of cultivation. In order to organize the industry, the BioDiesel Society of India has been formed to encourage energy plantations for increasing feedstock supplies.


Since September 2005, the Eterindo Group has been producing biodiesel using palm oil. Currently the production capacity of the Eterindo Group has reached 120,000 tonnes of Biodiesel annually. Meeting the standard requirements of ASTM D-6751 and EN 14214, in 2006 the group begin to export its biodiesel to United States, Germany and Japan. It is now exploring another export destinations, i.e.: Asia Pacific countries, etc.


Biodiesel is not yet sold on the market, things start to change and biodiesel is being produced in two small-scale experiments. The amounts produced in these experiments are up to 10,000 liters a month. The lack of production of biodiesel in Israel is in contrary with the Research and Development abilities of the country, for Israel is a center of development for agriculture technologies. The Israel North Recycle Group (INRG) is forecasting much progress in the next year, including consumption agreements with municipal bodies, as part of the wider view of the municipalities on the subject.


Italy has the capacity to produce over 2,711 million litres of biodiesel each year, but due to competition from imports, production has decreased to about 500,000 tonnes in 2012.[13] Consumption was 1,681 million litres in 2011, and was expected to be 1,573 million litres in 2012.[14]


The biodiesel industry has been identified as one of the 12 National Key Economic Activities (NKEA) under the Tenth Malaysia Plan.[15]

Projects requiring Malaysian and Indonesian palm oil as feedstocks have been criticized by some environmental advocates. carbon dioxide that is never reabsorbed by the smaller oil palms. If true, then biodiesel production from plantation-grown palm oil may be a net source of atmospheric carbon dioxide. How these issues are resolved may determine whether Malaysia eventually becomes a major producer of biodiesel.

The palm oil industry has recognized this concerned and in conjunction with the WWF has formed the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) which endeavours to ensure development of palm oil in a sustainable way. In 2014, after many delays Malaysia began the introduction in the sale of B5 biodiesel in most petrol stations in the country.[16][17] This would be eventually replaced by B7 and finally B10 biodiesel blends in late 2015.[18][19]


There are two biodiesel producing plants in Lithuania. One in close to Mažeikiai (Samogitia) and other in Klaipėda free economic zone. Most of biodiesel produced in Lithuania is consumed at the local market and a fraction exported.


Biodiesel has been launched across all of Norway. Starting from 2008, the B5 diesel has been the standard fuel at almost all stations, and the transformation from normal diesel will be completed within 2008


In Pakistan Biodeisel has been launched by Pakistan State Oil in the Sindh province. Although details about the Biodeisel are still cloudy as there was almost no media campaign, the mix used is E10.

Currently ethanol is being derived from Sugar Mills, that produce it as a by product and in many cases, use it to power their own mills.

Papua New Guinea - Bougainville

Biodiesel is produced from Copra oil (oil extracted from coconuts) in a processing plant at Buka on the island of Bougainville, vehicles which run on this fuel have a sticker on the doors which says "powered by Coconuts". This fuel is cheaper and more readily available than imported PetroDiesel. The oil-company StatoilHydro has recently started to distribute biodiesel too.


It is possible to buy biodiesel, mixed with diesel fuel, in more than 480 petrol stations around the country.[20]


Two biodiesel plants will be built on Jurong Island, Singapore's petrochemicals hub. The first plant, by Peter Cremer (S) GMBH, will have a capacity of 200,000 tons/year and it is expected to be ready by early 2007, while the second is a joint venture between Wilmar Holdings and Archer Daniels Midland Company, to be operational by end 2006 with an initial capacity of 150,000 tons/year.

Natural Fuel Pte Ltd, has mechanically completed a 600,000 tons/year biodiesel plant in early 2008 - making it one of the world's largest biodiesel located in a single site.

Singapore was selected for the companies' first biodiesel plant in Asia because of its excellent connectivity. There is easy access to abundant palm oil feedstock from the neighboring countries of Malaysia and Indonesia. Also, Singapore has terminal facilities which allow the biodiesel to be shipped to markets around the world.[21]

Neste Oil is building NExBTL renewable diesel oil plant, production 800,000 tons/year. According plan it will be ready 2010.


In 2004, several companies started making biodiesel, and has produced more than 5,000 kilotons in a year since then. In 2006, the Bureau of Energy launched the first biodiesel buses on Earth Day.


Thailand was the first country to launch biodiesel as a national program on July 10, 2001. It was reported that the work was initiated by the Royal Chitralada Project, a royal -sponsored project to help rural farmers [18]. International co-operation among ASEAN country was also starting by the Renewable Energy Institute of Thailand (Dr. Samai Jai-In) and Asia-Pacific Roundtable for Sustainable consumption and Production (Dr. Olivia Castillo,[22] ). The primary aims of the project in Thailand are:

  • an alternative output for excess agricultural produce
  • substituting diesel imports

In 2007, several biodiesel plants are operating in Thailand using the excess palm oil / palm stearin and in some cases, waste vegetable oil as raw materials. The production capacity is about 1 million litre/day and should reach 2 million litre by early 2008. About 400 petrol stations are now distributing B5 (5% biodiesel with 95% diesel) in Chiangmai and Bangkok. The national biodiesel standard has been developed based on the European standard. The target of the Government is to mandate B2 by 2 April 2008 and to increase to B5 by 2011 which will require almost 4 Million litres/day of biodiesel [19].

The raw material will most likely come from palm oil, coconut oil, Jatropha Curcas Linn, and tallow. Several pilot plants are now operating such as the Royal Chitralada Projects [20], Rajabiodiesel in Surattani [21], Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency [22], Royal Naval Dockyard,[23][24] MTEC [23], and Tistr [].

United Kingdom

Biodiesel is sold by a small but growing number of filling stations in B5 and B100 blend, including a significant fraction of supermarket filling stations.[25][26] Some farmers have also been using small plants to create their own biodiesel for farm machinery since the 1990s. Several Co-ops and small-scale production facilities have recently begun production, typically selling fuel several pence per litre less than petrodiesel. The first large-scale plant, capable of producing 50 million litres (13 million US gallons) a year, opened in Scotland in 2005, soon followed by a large plant co-owned by Tesco and Greenergy (Tesco sell 5% biodiesel at many of their petrol stations. The Fuel conforms to standard EN590 which allows up to 5% biodiesel inclusion [25]). Biodiesel is treated like any other vehicle fuel in the UK and the paperwork required to register as a producer is a major limiting factor to growth in the market. Although since July 2007 home users may produce 2500 litres per year for personal use without registering or paying duty.

United States

Biodiesel is commercially available in most oilseed-producing states in the United States. As of 2005, it is somewhat more expensive than fossil diesel, though it is still commonly produced in relatively small quantities (in comparison to petroleum products and ethanol). Many farmers who raise oilseeds use a biodiesel blend in tractors and equipment as a matter of policy, to foster production of biodiesel and raise public awareness. It is sometimes easier to find biodiesel in rural areas than in cities. Similarly, some agribusinesses and others with ties to oilseed farming use biodiesel for public relations reasons. As of 2003 some tax credits were available in the U.S. for using biodiesel. In 2004 almost 30 million US gallons (110,000 m3) of commercially produced biodiesel were sold in the U.S., up from less than 0.1 million US gallons (380 m3) in 1998. Projections for 2005 were 75 million US gallons (280,000 m3) produced from 45 factories and 150 million US gallons (570,000 m3).[27] Due to increasing pollution control requirements and tax relief, the U.S. market is expected to grow to 1 billion US gallons (3,800,000 m3) or 2 billion US gallons (7,600,000 m3) by 2010.


Uruguayan law 18.195 stipulates a minimum of 2% of biodiesel in diesel since January 2009 and 5% from January 2012.[28] As of March 2009, state fuel monopoly ANCAP pretends to start blending biodiesel for automotive use in late May or early June 2009.[29]

See also



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  2. ^ "Budget 2003: Building the Canada We Want". Finance Canada. 2008-11-18. Retrieved 2010-08-01. 
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  5. ^ Biofuels barometer Euroberv’er – July 2009, no 192 s.54-77
  6. ^ Biofuels barometer 2007 – EurObserv’ER Systèmes solaires Le journal des énergies renouvelables n° 179, p. 63-75, 5/2007
  7. ^ Biofuels barometer 2008 - EurObserv’ER Systèmes solaires Le journal des énergies renouvelables n° 185, p. 49-66, 6/2008
  8. ^ Biofuels barometer Eurobserv’ER – July 2009, no 192 p.54-77
  9. ^ Biofuels Barometer EurObserv'ER - July 2012, no 210, p.42-62
  10. ^ "Biomas, Biofuels The French situation Ghislain Gosse (Inra)" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-12-09. 
  11. ^ Biodiesel
  12. ^ "Development of a Biodiesel Plant at Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate". 2008-10-06. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  13. ^ 2012 Italian biodiesel outlook plunges 32 percent
  14. ^ Italian Biofuels 2011
  15. ^ "Malaysia's Biodiesel industry at a standstill". 2011. Retrieved April 24, 2011. Unithan said it was sad to see the biodiesel industry, which has been identified as one of the 12 National Key Economic Activities (NKEA) under the Tenth Malaysia Plan, 
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  20. ^ Viaintermedia. "Energías Renovables, el periodismo de las energías limpias". Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
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  22. ^ "". Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  23. ^ "ไบโอดีเซล". Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
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  27. ^ Scherer, Ron (2006-07-18). "Do-it-yourselfers turn diner grease into biodiesel fuel". Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  28. ^ Ley Nº 18.195: Agrofuels - Parliament of Uruguay.
  29. ^ Ancap comenzará a mezclar etanol con las naftas en junio - Diaro El País de Montevideo (in Spanish)

Further reading

  • ^ Buckland, Helen. "The oil for ape scandal" (PDF). Friends of the Earth. Retrieved 2005-12-14. 
  • ^ Monbiot, George. "Worse than fossil fuel". Retrieved 2005-12-14. 
  • ^ Thurmond, William. "Biodiesel 2020: A Global Market Survey". Retrieved 2006-11-05. 

External links

  • Towards Sustainable Production and Use of Resources: Assessing Biofuels, United Nations Environment Programme, October 2009
  • Find Biodiesel - an open directory of biodiesel availability around the world with interactive maps
  • World Bank, Biofuels: The Promise and the Risks. World Development Report 2008: Agriculture for Development
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