US Commits to Supplying Japan with Bioethanol | Economic news

TOKYO (AP) — U.S. officials are touting bioethanol in Japan, which lags other countries in using green fuel made from corn and other crops.

The United States is a major producer of corn, and an embassy official said the United States would be a “reliable supplier” of bioethanol.

“U.S. ethanol is a powerful tool for Japan to fight climate change, support consumers facing high prices, and enhance energy security,” said Aaron Forsberg, Minister of Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy. United, in a conference center in Tokyo.

Cooperation on biofuels between the United States and Japan is part of a broader partnership between President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on defense, technology and climate change.

A workshop in Tokyo on Wednesday allowed the Japanese government, academics and industry representatives to learn more about bioethanol from US experts.

Bioethanol can be used as fuel for vehicles and aircraft and offers a cleaner alternative to petroleum.

Compared to countries like the United States and Brazil, where bioethanol is commonly used, Japan is catching up. The need for alternative fuels has become more pressing with the war in Ukraine and concerns about rising oil prices and climate change.

Japan imports almost all of its oil, as well as its bioethanol. Japan has denounced the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but has not yet eliminated its imports of Russian oil, as it promised.

“Japan has set an important goal to be carbon neutral by 2050,” said Yuki Sadamitsu, director general of the natural resources and fuels department at Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Tourism. industry, during the workshop.

Boosting the use of bioethanol will be crucial to achieving this goal, Sadamitsu added.

Forsberg noted that Japan was among the lowest in the world for its blending rate of ethanol with gasoline at around 1.7%, and urged Japan to raise it to 3%, noting that there was “sufficient room for growth”.

The United States can show how to mix while maintaining vehicle compatibility and discuss costs and benefits, as well as provide a steady supply, he said.

“As Japan updates its policy on biofuels for transportation over the next few years, we look forward to sharing our experience in expanding the use of biofuels,” Forsberg said.


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