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China to cultivate biofuel use

By Zhou Yan  (China Daily)

14:05, February 29, 2012

An Air China Ltd plane is fueled with a mixture of jet fuel and biofuel in Beijing. The market value of Chinese aviation biofuel will exceed 120 billion yuan ($19 billion) by 2020 and 30 percent of the country's jet fuel will come from biofuel by then. (Photo / China Daily)

BEIJING - China is expected to use 12 million metric tons of aviation biofuels by 2020, accounting for 30 percent of the country's total use of jet fuel, according to Li Jian, deputy director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

The market value of jet biofuels will exceed 120 billion yuan ($19 billion) by 2020, Li said on Tuesday. He said the new carbon-emissions tax the European Union is imposing on airlines will prompt China to develop jet biofuels, which will be put into wide commercial use before 2020, when the country is expected to be using more than 40 million metric tons of jet fuel a year.

Li said China now has the technology needed to produce jet biofuels and only needs to produce the substances more cheaply to sell them commercially.

China currently consumes about 20 million metric tons of jet fuel a year.

Jet biofuel, made from renewable resources, is considered to be cleaner for the environment, giving off less carbon during production than traditional jet fuels.

Statistics from UOP LLC, a subsidiary of Honeywell International Inc, suggest that the use of biofuels can help reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by as much as 85 percent below the level released by burning fossil fuels.

Because of the aviation industry's greater emission of greenhouse gases, by 2020 the Civil Aviation Administration of China wants to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions of greenhouse gas by 22 percent below what they were in 2005.

China Petrochemical Corp, or Sinopec Group, which contributes 73 percent of the country's output of jet fuel, announced on Tuesday that it had successfully produced jet biofuel at its chemical plant in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.

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