Exploring the World of Biofuels: From Waste to Energy

Exploring the World of Biofuels: From Waste to Energy


Jan 2, 2024

Blog Energy and Resources Exploring the World of Biofuels: From Waste to Energy

In today, the biofuels market has been evolving as a part of the broader renewable energy sector. Biofuels are fuels derived from renewable biological sources, such as plants or microorganisms, that can be used as an alternative to traditional fossil fuels. These sources include crops like corn and sugarcane, as well as non-edible biomass like wood and algae. Biofuels are considered more environmentally friendly than fossil fuels because they can be produced from organic materials and have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Biofuels offer a more sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative. They can be used in various sectors, including transportation, heating, and electricity generation. Common types of biofuels include ethanol biodiesel, and biogas. BCC Research’s latest projection on report biofuels: global markets, will increase from $125.9B in 2023 to $143.8B in 2028, representing a 2.7% CAGR from 2023 to 2028.

According to the IEA, the U.S., Canada, Brazil, India, and Indonesia are the countries have strong biofuel policies that strongly support the development of biofuels. North America accounted for 45.8% of the global biofuel market, followed by South America 29.7% and Europe 14.4%. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), biofuel demand is expected to increase by 6% in advanced economies from 2022 to 2024. Biofuel consumption is expected to increase by about 2% in 2023.

What is Driving Biofuels Industry Market

Environmental concerns, government policies, incentives, energy security, increasing demand for transportation fuels, and growing demand for sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) are the several key factors who driving the biofuels market. There are different types of biofuels or renewable fuels: ethanol, biodiesel, and advanced biofuel. Today, biofuel is seen as one of the primary options to move towards a more sustainable world by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, especially from the transport sector. Globally, the share of biofuels used in the transport sector in 2022 is 4.3% and is likely to increase to 5.4% in 2027.

Here are some notable companies that are involved in the biofuels sector:

Biofuels: Global Markets

The global market for biofuels is estimated to increase from $125.9 billion in 2023 to reach $143.8 billion by 2028 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.7% during the forecast period of 2023-2028.

  • Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)- Founded in 1902, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is an agricultural processor and food ingredient provider in the U.S. The company has evolved as a significant player in the biofuel industry. The company produces biodiesel and ethanol. The company produces biodiesel using a transesterification process using vegetable oil as feedstock.
  • Cargill- Cargill is an American multinational corporation that engages in the processing of agricultural products, commodities trading, and provision of food products. Cargill has been involved in the production of biofuels since the early 2000s. Cargill is the third-largest FAME biodiesel manufacturer in the U.S. As of January 2022, the company’s total biodiesel capacity was 146 million gallons.
  • Chevron Renewable Energy Group- Chevron, one of the world’s leading oil and gas companies, acquired Renewable Energy Group (REG), a biodiesel and renewable diesel-producing company, in 2022. The REG company is now known as Chevron Renewable Energy Group.
  • Green Plains- Founded in 2004, Green Plains, a biorefinery company, produces low-carbon fuels. The company has 11 biorefineries that process around 330 million corn bushels each year and convert them into biofuels, feedstock for advanced biofuels, and animal feed. The company has 11 ethanol plants in Tennessee, Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Illinois, which can produce 958 million gallons of ethanol annually.
  • HF Sinclair- Founded in 1947, HF Sinclair is an energy company producing diesel, jet fuel, fuel oil, base oil, renewable diesel, gasoline, and other products. The company has seven refineries across six states: New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Utah, and Washington. The company’s renewable diesel unit has three facilities, and the annual production capacity of renewables is 380 million gallons.

The biofuel market is dynamic and influenced by a combination of technological, economic, regulatory, and environmental factors. Continued advancements in technology, supportive policies, and public awareness will likely shape the future growth and sustainability of the biofuel market. BCC Research estimated the biofuels industry market will increase from $125.9 billion in 2023 to $143.8 billion by 2028, reflecting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.7% during the forecast period (2023-2028). This growth trajectory is supported by a comprehensive overview of biofuel types, manufacturing methods, feedstock options, plant costs, and operating margins provided in the report.

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