German B100 sales nosedive in 2009

By Ron Kotrba | March 23, 2010
Posted March 29, 2010

German oilseed promotion organization UFOP has analyzed official statistics published by BAFA, the German federal office of economics and export control, on the nation's domestic consumption of biofuels from 2007 through 2009. UFOP's analysis confirms a dramatic decline in German B100 sales.

Domestic German consumption of B100 in 2009 was down nearly 78 percent from 2008, dropping from 1.1 million metric tons (approximately 330 million gallons) of B100 in 2008 to 240,600 tons in 2009.

Even though pure B100 consumption in Germany is down significantly, 2009 saw a big rise in use of biodiesel as a blend component due to the move from B5 to B7. In 2008, German consumption of biodiesel for blending reached just more than 1.6 million tons, but in 2009 this had risen to nearly 2.3 million tons, constituting a 41 percent increase. UFOP noted, however, that this increase fails to compensate for the drop in pure B100 consumption.
 
 
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