Philippines: Biofuels Annual

Philippine ethanol production in 2019 is expected to increase to 320 million liters (ML) from 296 ML the previous year due to increased capacity utilization amidst declining sugarcane production and high prices. Blending peaked at 10 percent in 2014 but declined to under 9 percent in recent years. There are moves to allow molasses imports, but this will require an amendment to existing laws. For biodiesel, consumption growth is driven by increased diesel use since 2009 with the blend rate peaking at 2.8 percent in 2016 due to increased motor vehicle sales. The planned 5 percent blend in 2015 has not happened due to feedstock supply concerns. The Philippine Department of Energy has maintained the current ethanol and biodiesel blends (10 and 2 percent, respectively) through 2019, but it is unclear when and whether blend targets from 2020 onward will be revised.

Philippines: Biofuels Annual