Central America Seeks to Unify Biofuel Standards

The region is analyzing technical and environmental criteria for biofuel production.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Costa Rica's Energy Director, Gloria Vila, indicated that, "as part of the customs unification project we are trying to standardize criteria across all countries relating to biofuels".

Quality requirements for biodiesel have already been unified.

"This means that the requirements should be met by the final product but that each country is free to draw up legislation and choose its raw materials," reports Laprensagrafica.com.

The next step is Ethanol.

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Biofuels: Strong Potential

August 2008

Sugarcane ethanol from Latin America needs to be an integral part of the United States’ energy strategy.

The new federally-mandated Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) calls for the United States to raise its annual biofuel production from 6.5 billion gallons per year (bgy) in 2007 to 36 bgy by the year 2022.

El Salvador: Study on Ethanol Production

July 2009

The results of a study on the country’s biofuel production possibilities will be presented tomorrow.

The research required an investment of $4 million, and was carried out by Arkel Sugar, Inc. (Arkel), Delta-T Corporation (Delta-T), Energy and Security Group (ESG) and Hart Energy Consulting.

Guatemala: Proposal for Ethanol for Use in Cars

July 2012

Every year 65 million gallons of ethanol is produced and exported in its entirety because the country lacks standards for blending it into the gasoline used by vehicles.

An article in Siglo21.com reports that "The Organization of American States (OAS), Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG) and the Renewable Fuels Association (ACR) have proposed a national program to promote the development of biofuels" for Guatemala.

Use of Ethanol Promoted in Guatemala

April 2013

Authorities are pushing for a pilot plan to blend ethanol in gasoline used by vehicles.

The signing of this agreement is being pushed by the Department of Sustainable Development at the Organization of American States (OAS). According to Ruben Contreras, representative of the entity, the country has a mature ethanol industry and this will also help clean up the environment.

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