From 2008 to 2009, biodiesel production in the European Union (EU) jumped 16.6 percent, bringing total output up to nine million tons, according to data released by the European Biodiesel Board (EBB). The increased production further cements the EU's position as the worldwide leader in biodiesel production. Though a 16.6 percent increase in biodiesel production is substantial, it is dwarfed by the swelling increases witnessed in year's past. The EU's year-over-over increases in biodiesel production eclipsed the 50 percent mark in both 2005 and 2006.

While biodiesel production increased in the EU as a whole, several individual countries, including Germany, Greece and the UK, reported a decrease. With gains reported in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland and Spain, the EU's biodiesel production now represents 65 percent of worldwide output. Click here (PDF) to read the entire report about the production of biofuels in the EU.

[Source: European Biodiesel Board via Green Car Congress | Image: Sashafatcat - C.C. License 2.0]

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