With rising environmental concerns and a need to find a replacement to fossil fuels has given the global biofuels market a considerable boost. While biofuels are renewable and ecologically less harmful, their performance stands on a comparable measure to standard conventional counterparts. Moreover, ever fluctuating market prices of standard petroleum (crude as well as by-products) have further necessitated a need for a much more stable alternative. In lieu of such concerns, governments of many prominent and emerging economies have given the go to investing more in R&D towards biofuel production.
Values at US$ XX in 2017 and growing at a CAGR of XX%, the global biofuels market is expected to be valued at US$ XX by 2022.
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First generation biofuels haven’t gained quite much acceptance in the global market, primarily owing to their process of production. First gen biofuels are synthesised by the biomass method, making use of oils, sugars, starch and typical food crops, directly competing with resources laid aside for food production.
Owing to such growing controversies, manufacturers have started shifting focus towards the production of second-gen biofuels. The biomass method also aids these, however, only the left-over wastes from food cultivation are made use of (wheat straw, maize stalks, etc).
The continually fluctuating prices of fossil fuels have been a concern to the market since long. While producers of the raw product enjoy full control over the market, potential processing companies and clients always face the bitter bite. Arguably, this is the primary reason for the sudden growth of the global biofuels market in the last two-three decades. Not only do they provide with a price steady alternative, but their performance is not too distinguishable from standard fossil fuel counterparts. Moreover, targeted research has also made it possible to blend biofuels with conventional petrol and diesel, establishing new opportunities and avenues. Primary among them is the rising production of FFVs (flexible fuel vehicles), which make use of these blends to power themselves.
While price fluctuates might be a reason, ecological concern over rising emission rates has also aided the market. Thanks to the increasing social responsibility to transition towards renewable counterparts, general acceptance for biofuels came rather unchallenged. In many cases, governments themselves have provided funds and resources to aid research and production. However, first-gen biofuels haven’t received much acclaim or acceptance owing to their direct competition with food.
The market is segmented based on fuel type as well as feedstock type. Under fuel type, the market is segmented into ethanol and biodiesel. Of these, ethanol has proven to be the more accepted option, primarily owing to its higher compatibility in already working models.
Under the feedstock branch, the market is segmented into ethanol feedstock and biodiesel feedstock. While first gen feedstocks have been shunned by most, second gen ethanol counterparts have been gaining quite the popularity in recent times. An obvious reason to this lies in the very nature of second gen’s production process. While it provides with a means to effectively dispose of/reuse wastes, there is no direct competition with food either. Also, biodiesel produced from rapeseed stock is of particular interest to many. Since biodiesels synthesised from rapeseed have in general a lower freezing point, they provide very effective renewable alternatives in many colder regions.
At present, the US and the EU are the largest consumers in the global market, the US being the larger of the two. While these two may lead the current charts, Asia is poised to make a stance somewhere in between, experiencing the fastest growth in the sector. Also of notable interest is Latin America, which like Asia, ranks in abundant resources that aid towards biofuel generation.
Key players in the market include INEOS, Neste, ADM and Renewable Energy Group. Other prominent players are Gushan, Henan Tianguan, Shell, Petrobras and Jilin.
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Market Size & Forecast 2016 to 2022
Supply & Demand Value Chain
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US and Canada
Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Rest of Latin America
EU5 (Germany, France, Italy, Spain, U.K.)
Nordic Countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden)
Benelux (Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg)
Rest of Western Europe
Rest of Eastern Europe
Australia and New Zealand
Rest of Asia Pacific
Middle East and Africa
GCC countries (Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE and Kuwait)
Rest of Middle East and Africa
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