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France includes biobased ETBE and isooctane as eligible biofuels

Bio-isobutene, incorporated in the form of ethyl tert butyl ether (ETBE) and isooctane, has now been included on the list of biofuels in the order related to the General Tax on Polluting Activities (TGAP) published in the Journal Officiel on July 18.

Fermentation unit of Global Bioenergies Leuna biomass-to-isobutene demo plant (photo Gunter Binsack).

Fermentation unit of Global Bioenergies Leuna biomass-to-isobutene demo plant (photo Gunter Binsack).

With this new joint order by the Ministry of Ecological and Inclusive Transition, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Ministry of Action and Public Accounts, French road fuel distributors, especially oil companies and major retailers, are now being encouraged to include these two renewable isobutene derivatives in the formulation of gasoline in addition to traditional sustainable biofuels like ethanol.

According to France-headed industrial biotechnology process developer Global Bioenergies, future bio-isobutene process plants will benefit from this order, which acts as a favourable tax system.

Bio-isobutene will be converted on-site into renewable, sustainable compounds, which will be directly usable by distributors to formulate quality gasoline, in accordance with the needs of all drivers, with no restrictions or changes to vehicles or to the distribution network.

This decision further supports the Global Bioenergies project. With this order, we can already look forward to the large-scale deployment of our renewable gasoline production process, thus fulfilling a dual promise of an improved carbon footprint by road transportation along with a reduction in particulate emissions, with a positive impact on health, said Bernard Chaud, Director of Industrial Strategy at Global Bioenergies.

On average, fossil road transportation fuels consumed in France – gasoline and diesel – currently have almost a 7 percent renewable content.

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