China is already the third largest producer of ethanol in the world behind Brazil and the US. However, General Motors wants to make the industry sustainable just as it is trying to do here in the U.S. with its investments in Coskata and Mascoma. To that end, the company held a workshop on sustainable non-food biofuels for media in Beijing China this week. GM is working with the China Automotive Energy Research Center to support the development of sustainable biofuels policies in China.
As you might remember, the EU wants all state members to use 10 percent of biofuels by 2020 at pumps. The way this policy gets implemented is left up to the will of each country, either by mandatory blends or sales quotas. Such is the case of Spain, which has just started to make biofuel blends/quotas a real thing. The idea is that Spanish gas stations should supply 1.9 percent biofuels at pumps, either directly blended in fuels or at separate pumps, by 2008. The amounts become mandatory for 200
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