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Government support for ethanol and biodiesel in China
Global Subsidies Initiative
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This new report by GSI finds that China provided a total of RMB 780 million (US$ 115 million, roughly US$ 0.40 per litre) in biofuel subsidies in 2006. Total support is expected to reach approximately RMB 8 billion (US$ 1.2 billion) by 2020, according to official sources. This is likely to be a significant underestimate, as it does not include support to feedstocks, such as the RMB 3'000 (US$ 437) per hectare per year available from 2007 for farmers growing feedstock on marginal land. A domestic biofuels industry seemed an attractive option to Beijing as a means of improving energy supply for China’s soaring transport needs, reducing air pollution and building a "new socialist countryside" by creating alternative markets for grain and opportunities in China’s poor rural areas.
Added on 13 November 2008
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