China has for the first time set a nationwide timetable to promote the use of ethanol-added gasoline for vehicles, as part of the country's efforts to clean up pollution and optimize its energy mix.
According to a plan jointly released by 15 government departments, including the National Development and Reform Commission, the National Energy Administration and the Ministry of Finance, the country will implement use of ethanol-added gasoline by 2020, while targeting the large-scale production of cellulose ethanol and the world-leading position in advanced liquid biofuel technologies by 2025.
"The plan was unveiled as the country is pushing the use of biofuel, which is renewable, applicable and environmental-friendly. It is an ideal alternative to fossil fuel," a senior National Energy Administration official said.
The plan also said the government aims to build an ethanol production base in the country's northeast, without giving further details.
China is the world's third-largest bioethanol producer and uses nearly 2.6 million tons a year.
Gasoline blended with ethanol accounts for one-fifth of its annual gasoline consumption.