Japan: Japan to Accept U.S. Corn Ethanol in Bio-ETBE

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Japan is likely to finalize a determination in January, 2018, that will allow the use of U.S. corn-based ethanol in the production of bio-Ethyl Tert-Butyl Ether (ETBE) from 2018. The determination is the conclusion of several expert committee meetings to assess the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission value of U.S. corn ethanol, and a method to ensure that it meets Japan’s 50 percent GHG reduction requirement. The final decision will be followed by a public comment period, allowing implementation of the new regulation as early as Japanese fiscal year 2018 (April, 2018, to March, 2019).

Japan: Japan to Accept U.S. Corn Ethanol in Bio-ETBE