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Denmark sees future in bioethanol

The Danish government announced on Wednesday that it would promote the production of bioethanol from cereals. Government spokesman on energy affairs Lars Christian Lilleholt, predicted that 6% of the nation's fuel supplies would come from bioethanol by 2010, the Copenhagen Post reports.

The announcement represents a U-turn for the government, which had previously stated it wanted to wait for second generation bioethanol production methods that extract energy from organic waste and provide increased environmental benefits.

Still some critics
Bioethanol could provide an important supplement to the country's fuel needs, according to Lilleholt. "Even though Denmark is currently self-sufficient in oil, that won't be the case in the foreseeable future," he said. Some industry experts were critical, however, of the government's first steps toward encouraging bioethanol production. Birgitte Ahring, head of BioGasol, a company developing second generation bioethanol, criticised the government for a lack of ambition.
"In my opinion, we could easily have two production facilities here so we could reach biofuel levels of 12%," Ahring told daily newspaper Berlingske Tidende.
Still, parties on both sides of the political fence have been positive about the proposal so far and plan to review it more closely.

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