China seeks to double ethanol production by 2020

In China, the country is looking to double ethanol production to 4 million metric tons by 2020 as it aims to work through its untenable grain stocks. The country had aimed for 4 million tons of ethanol production by 2015 but its tight hold on grain kept that from happening.

Second-generation from crop waste associated with grain production, like corn stover, is seen as key for meeting the 2020 targets despite acknowledgment that the technology is not ready for prime time.

Feedstocks such as cassava and other non-grain feedstocks will be prioritized as well as grain not fit for human consumption.

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