Major Biofuel Producers by Region

Like fossil fuel production, biofuel production is limited to regions in which particular biofuel crops grow. Production is also impact by government subsidy and other political factors. This article takes a look at where biofuels are produced and the reasons why.

Region

Fuel Production (liters)

Major Feedstock

Europe

10 Billion

Corn/Soybean

North America

40 Billion

Corn/Soybean

South America

25 Billion

Corn/Sugar Cane

Africa

(including Middle East)

2 Billion

Animal Dung/Jatropha

Australia/ Asia

4 Billion

Palm Oil

TOTAL

~81 Billion

Corn

world map of total biofuel production by region

Major Biodiesel Producers by Region

 

Even though the United States leads in total biofuel production, the vast majority of what is produced is ethanol and it is produced using first-generation food crops, such as corn. The trouble with ethanol is that, while it is a great fuel additive, it is a poor standalone fuel. Biodiesel, on the other hand, is a superior standalone fuel and can be used in conventional engines with little modification. The other reason that diesel production lags in the U.S. is that regulations on diesel emissions are much higher and the technology never caught on the way it did in Europe. Ranking regions by biodiesel production, we find the following.

Region

Biodiesel Production

(liters)

Major Feedstock

Europe

7 Billion

Canola/Soybean/Barley

North America

3 Billion

Soybean

South America

4 Billion

Castor bean/Sunflower

Africa

(including Middle East)

Limited

Limited

Australia/ Asia

1 Billion

Soybean/Jatropha/used cooking oil/Coconut/Palm

TOTAL

15 Billion

 

Wolrd Map of Biodiesel Production By Region

Bioethanol Production by Country

Ethanol is the older biofuel in that the means of its production have been known for some time and it has played an important role as an additive in fuels for many years. Some countries use ethanol almost exclusively for fuel, while others use it only as an additive and as an export product. The chart below takes a look at the major ethanol-producing countries of the world.

Country

Ethanol Production

(liters)

Major Feedstock

United States

40 Billion

Corn/Wheat

Brazil

25 Billion

Sugar Cane

China

3 Billion

Corn/Cassava/Rice

Canada

2 Billion

Corn/Wheat

India

1 Billion

Sugar Cane/Molasses

France

1 Billion

Wheat/Sugar Cane/Sugar Beat

Germany

750 Million

Wheat/Sugar Cane/Sugar Beat

Australia

500 Million

Sugar Cane

World Map of Bioethanol Production By Region