Ethanol consumption in Central America
A handful of Central American countries produce ethanol. El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua generated a combined 346 million liters of ethanol in 2011, according to CIFOR, but less than 10 percent of this fuel was consumed in the region (most was exported to the United States and Europe). Recent biofuel blend mandates in Guatemala, Costa Rica , and Panama will require domestically consumed fuel to be mixed with up to 10 percent ethanol in the next few years.
What are the major barriers to biofuel consumption in Central America? What policy measures or financial incentives might facilitate domestic use of ethanol? Will biofuel blend mandates make a difference?
The Project Team
Energy & Climate Director
Central America Fellow
Senior Project Advisor
INCAE Research Fellow
The Worldwatch Institute is a global leader in international renewable energy market and policy analysis. Each year, Worldwatch contributes to the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report, a leading reference publication that details worldwide renewable energy trends. Current projects include the production of comprehensive sustainable energy roadmaps for the governments of the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Jamaica as well as a food and agriculture project titled Nourishing the Planet.
In this project, the Worldwatch Institute is collaborating with the INCAE Business School’s Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS) as a regional implementation partner. As INCAE’s principal research organization and ‘impact center’, CLACDS serves as an action-based think tank for the region’s governments, international organizations, private sector and civil society.