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USGC: Workshop promotes ethanol blending in African markets

By US Grains Council | May 03, 2022

In cooperation with the African Refiners and Marketers Association, the US Grains Council recently hosted a forum with African industry players and government officials to discuss finished fuel standardization, the path to domestic production and a case study of specific markets that have adopted an ethanol blending policy. .

The March 31 virtual workshop addressed technical issues such as standardization; adopt the use of ethanol in fuel in terms of specifications; writing ethanol fuel specifications; as well as best practices in monitoring and compliance with standards.

“Africa is a region with a growing gasoline market, and the E10 is a starting point for new policies across the continent,” Taieb said. “This workshop is part of the Council’s webinar series of technical workshops to support and engage efforts to support the global use of ethanol.”

Following this workshop, the Council organized an ethanol trade mission to Nigeria and Ghana, which is taking place this week. During the mission, the Council engages with industry stakeholders and government groups to promote and market the octane economy of ethanol, the environmental benefits in reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and CO2 emissions and support policy development.

The Council’s regional office in Tunis actively manages programs to develop or expand the use of ethanol in more than 20 countries and in Europe. These efforts are focused on increasing the value of ethanol in the region, especially as countries strive to meet their GHG emission reduction commitments under the Paris Agreement. Ethanol offers a pathway to meet these commitments by reducing the carbon intensity of transportation fuels.

Following the success of this workshop, the Council plans to organize other regional workshops to meet technical needs and foster policy development.