According to the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance, 62 countries now have biofuels friendly policies in place that have driven global demand to over 1 million barrels per day.
"It is amazing to watch the growth of the biofuels industry from a global perspective," said Bliss Baker, spokesperson for the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance.
To illustrate new biofuels policies and production, the GRFA released a new Interactive World Biofuels Map. GRFA said the map shows that biofuels policies are no longer limited to the United States and Brazil, but have spread to countries that are looking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on crude imports.
One of the latest countries to enact a biofuels mandate is India. Currently the country's mandate is set at 5% Ethanol content and is scheduled to increase to 10% as soon as production capacity is in place. India has ultimately set a goal of 20% for all biofuels content by 2017, GRFA said.
"Enacting biofuels friendly policies in developing countries and growing economies like India will be crucial for the continued growth of the global biofuels industry and reducing our reliance on crude imports," Baker said.
GRFA also noted that several African countries now have implemented biofuels policies.
"Countries like Nigeria, Ethiopia, Sudan and Mozambique all now have biofuels friendly policies in place to encourage the use and production of renewable fuels," Baker said. "In total, ten African countries have implemented biofuels friendly policies to reduce their crude oil reliance.
To view the new GRFA website and Interactive World Biofuels Map please visit www.globalrfa.org.