Global Ethanol Market Size, Share, Opportunities, COVID-19 Impact, And Trends By Grade (95% Ethanol, Absolute (99-100%) Ethanol, Denatured (Either 95% Or Absolute) Ethanol), By Source (Natural, Synthetic), By Application (Personal Care & Cosmetics, Household Products, Food Additives, Fuel, Others), And By Geography - Forecasts From 2020 To 2025

Published:  Oct 2020 Report Code: KSI061613828 Pages: 106

The global ethanol market is estimated to increase at a CAGR of 1.77% from a market size of USD38.826 billion in 2019 to achieve a market size of USD43.136 billion by the end of 2025.

Ethanol, also known as ethyl alcohol or grain alcohol is a clear, colorless liquid used in varied real-life applications. Potential applications include personal care and cosmetics, beverages, solvents, fuel, and many other applications. The market is projected to grow during the forecast period owing to the growing demand for clean fuel that contributes to reducing carbon emissions.  Ethanol is either produced naturally or through synthetic mode. It is naturally produced from corn grain, sugarcane, or cellulosic feedstocks like woodchips or crop residues. For household applications, ethanol is used for varied cleaning applications. For maintaining safety and discourage drinking of pure ethanol from household cleaning products, a bitter flavored, denaturant is added. This makes the product unfit for consumption, while the properties of other substances remain the same. As ethanol is highly flammable, it is recommended to not use the products close to open flames. Additionally, ethanol inhalation has the capability to cause coughing, headaches as per the CDC. The product gained recognition as Generally Recognized as Safe, GRAS for use in food products. This is due to the fact that ethanol is a pure form of alcohol and its use in food along with consumption is regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, and other organizations.

The current novel coronavirus pandemic situation led to a decline in ethanol production, causing a decline in the market as well. The supply chain disruptions of the raw material, workforce shortages, forced shutting down of manufacturing plants, and travel bans have put an impact on fuel demand, further contributing to impacting the market growth, amid the pandemic, in 2020. However, post-covid, i.e. after the adoption of the new normal, the market is predicted to experience a steady growth till the end of the forecast period. Furthermore, the increasing demand for hand sanitizers is further offering an opportunity for market growth as many hospitals, government organizations and households are looking forward to increased production of hand sanitizers. Hence, ethanol producers around the globe are geared to fulfill this high demand, further providing an opportunity for market growth between late 2020 and by the end of 2025.

On the basis of geography, the United States from the North American region is predicted to be the largest producer. This is followed by Brazil, the European Union, China, and Canada. In addition, most of the major manufactures are based in the United States, further bolstering the market growth in the country during the forecast period. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the global production of ethanol is continuing to increase from 2013 to 2019.

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The USA and Brazil are estimated to produce over 80% of the total global ethanol. Majority of ethanol in the United States is produced from corn, on the other hand, in Brazil, most of the ethanol production is done via sugarcane.

Significant partnerships and collaborations by the companies for expanding ethanol production are augmenting the market growth during the forecast period.

A collaboration between Attis Industries Inc and Novozymes was announced in 2019 for the production of renewable fuel. Novozymes is geared to offer enzymes that are required by Attis for conversion, sugar out of pulp in all the planned biorefineries. Novozymes contains a broad product portfolio of biotechnology for supporting commercial biofuels production, in addition, there is a capability to increase the production as required for supporting Attis growth plans. The company, Attis, has converted the pulp extracted from the patented biomass processing into high sugar yields through the utilization of Novozymes’ enzymes. The strategic partnership is further focused on improving the value, yield, and process efficiencies. Also, the sugars utilized for producing the Novozymes enzymes will be used for the manufacturing of cellulosic ethanol, thus, helping in contributing to the growing market for cellulosic biofuels. This is in accordance with the EPA renewable fuel standard.

A collaborative partnership was announced in 2020 between Sekab E-technology AB and Praj Industries. The organizations signed a partnership agreement for the production of sustainable biofuels and chemical commodities. Praj Industries, based in India aims for scaling, integration, and optimization of celluapp technology platform that is developed by the Sekab. The technology is advanced for coniferous residue conversion into biofuels, bio-based materials, and green chemicals. The company, Praj, is experienced in delivering ethanol plants that are based on agricultural residues. To combat climate change issues, the two companies are geared for the production of sustainable biofuels, biochemicals, and materials. The partnership is further focused on enhancing the production of bioethanol at the global level.

The collaboration between ADM and Dupont Industrial Biosciences, a subsidiary of DowDuPont was announced in 2018 for the development, production, and marketing of cellulase enzymes for grain-based ethanol plant operators. The enzymes help in hydrolyzing corn fiber for fiber breakdown, further allowing more sugars for liberation and fermentation into ethanol. The ethanol produced may qualify for D3 RINS under the Renewable Fuel Standard, where D3 refers to cellulosic ethanol and RINS is an abbreviation for a renewable identification number.

In 2020, a strategic partnership was announced among Clariant’s Business Line Biofuels and Derivatives and Chemtex Global Corporation for second-generation biofuel projects. The two parties collaborated for the marketing and sales of Clariant’s sunliquid technology licenses, in addition to the services for advanced biofuel plants located in China. The country is the largest passenger vehicle market in the world; hence, the environmental impact has become a challenge for the government of China. The state government, in 2017, endorsed a novel strategic plan for utilizing bioethanol generated from agricultural residue for motor vehicles. The joint offerings of the two companies are poised to provide an extensive package of 2G ethanol technology licenses and EPC services. Thus, enabling consumers in China for successful designing, building, and operation of their own full-scale plants. Clariant will be offering its technology licenses and technical services along with starter cultures from its proprietary enzyme and yeast platform. Chemtex, on the other hand, will be providing EPC services.

Recent product launches by companies for ethanol production or the launch of ethanol products are further providing an impetus in surging the market growth during the forecast period.

It was announced in 2019 that Phibro animal health Corp’s ethanol performance group expanded their customer solutions portfolio by releasing novel yeast products for addressing the needs of the evolving market. The yeast products are launched for ethanol production, realizing the important role of yeasts in the production of biofuels. The group is a long-time industry pioneer in antimicrobials and offers solutions for various ethanol producers on the basis of its core competencies that include fermentation, infection management, and animal feed co-products. The product portfolio includes cleaning aids, corn oil recovery, processing aids and now the company announced the proprietary yeast products, namely phibroADY and fortiphi. These represent state-of-the-art product offerings. PhibroADY has the capacity to perform robustly throughout a wide range of operating conditions. The yeast has an efficient performance characteristic for higher ethanol production. In addition, the yeast has a fast fermentation kinetic and shows higher longevity, staying viable late in fermentation. On the other hand, Fortiphi yeast is a specialized nutritional supplement for industrial yeast. This is particularly designed for grain mash fermentation for the production of ethanol. The product consists of premium organic and inorganic compounds that are selected for assisting in improving the fermentability of standard grain mashes. Furthermore, the inclusion of inactivated yeast culture, vitamins, and essential minerals help in providing a balanced supplement for supporting yeast growth and metabolism.

DuPont Industrial Biosciences announced the launch of three next-generation yeasts in 2018 through its innovation hub for the enhancement of yields, speeding up fermentation, and reduction of energy and chemical consumption. The novel products comprise DuPont Synerxia Thrive, next-generation in yeast for the fuel alcohol industry, DuPont Distillase DXT for advanced glucoamylase blend, and DuPont Optimash AX. The three products are game-changers for the ethanol fuel market. Synergia Thrive GX is the advanced version of the company’s Synerxia fermentation systems. This helps in offering a novel option in high yield yeasts for assisting in the development of ethanol. The product is the latest yeast product for utilizing a carbon-efficient pathway leading to increased growth of around 3%, in comparison to the conventional yeasts.

The other product, Distillase DXT is an advanced glucoamylase blend, the new member of the Distillase line. The product is developed the providing help to consumers for extracting more value from the liquefied grains via a combination of advanced glucoamylases, trehalase, and cold cook alpha-amylase. The product is optimized for the complete conversion of starch to sugar that is poised to increase the yield to around 1% compared to other trehalase-based blends. Also, it is designed to pair with synergia thrive GX.

The third product increases liquefaction. It is an addition to the popular Optimash range.

Global Ethanol Market Scope:

Report Metric Details
 Market size value in 2019  US$38.826 billion
 Market size value in 2025  US$43.136 billion
 Growth Rate  CAGR of 1.77% from 2019 to 2025
 Base year  2019
 Forecast period  2020–2025
 Forecast Unit (Value)  USD Billion
 Segments covered  Grade, Source, Application, And Geography
 Regions covered  North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific
 Companies covered  Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, ADM, Bunge North America, Inc., Gevo, Pacific   Ethanol, Inc., Green Plains Inc., Greenfield Global, Cargill, Incorporated, Kanoria   Chemicals & Industries Ltd., Jubilant Life Sciences Limited
 Customization scope  Free report customization with purchase



  • By Grade
    • 95% Ethanol
    • Absolute (99-100%) Ethanol
    • Denatured (Either 95% or Absolute) Ethanol
  • By Source
    • Natural
    • Synthetic
  • By Application
    • Personal Care & Cosmetics
    • Household Products
    • Food Additives
    • Fuel
    • Others
  • By Geography
    • North America
      • USA
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • South America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Others
    • Europe
      • UK
      • Germany
      • France
      • Others
    • Middle East and Africa
      • UAE
      • Israel
      • Saudi Arabia
      • Others
    • Asia Pacific
      • Japan
      • China
      • India
      • Australia
      • Others

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. What will be the ethanol market size by 2025?
A1. The global ethanol market is estimated to reach a total market size of US$43.136 billion in 2025.

Q2. What is the size of global ethanol market?
A2. Global Ethanol market was valued at US$38.826 billion in 2019.

Q3. What are the growth prospects for ethanol market?
A3. The ethanol market is estimated to increase at a CAGR of 1.77% over the forecast period.

Q4. What factors are anticipated to drive the ethanol market growth?
A4. The ethanol market is projected to grow during the forecast period owing to the growing demand for clean fuel that contributes to reducing carbon emissions.

Q5. How is the global ethanol market segmented?
A5. The global ethanol market has been segmented by grade, source, application, and geography.

1. Introduction
1.1. Market Definition
1.2. Market Segmentation
2. Research Methodology
2.1. Research Data
2.2. Assumptions
3. Executive Summary
3.1. Research Highlights
4. Market Dynamics
4.1. Market Drivers
4.2. Market Restraints
4.3. Market Opportunities
4.4. Porters Five Forces Analysis
4.4.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.4.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers
4.4.3. Threat of New Entrants
4.4.4. Threat of Substitutes
4.4.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Industry
4.5. Industry Value Chain Analysis
5. Global Ethanol Market Analysis, by Grade
5.1. Introduction
5.2. 95% Ethanol
5.3. Absolute (99-100%) Ethanol
5.4. Denatured (Either 95% or Absolute) Ethanol
6. Global Ethanol Market Analysis, by Source
6.1. Introduction
6.2. Natural
6.3. Synthetic
7. Global Ethanol Market Analysis, by Application
7.1. Introduction
7.2. Personal Care & Cosmetics
7.3. Household Products 
7.4. Food Additives
7.5. Fuel
7.6. Others 
8. Global Ethanol Market Analysis, by Geography
8.1. Introduction
8.2. North America
8.2.1. North America Ethanol Market, By Grade, 2019 to 2025
8.2.2. North America Ethanol Market, By Source, 2019 to 2025
8.2.3. North America Ethanol Market, By Application, 2019 to 2025
8.2.4. By Country United States Canada Mexico
8.3. South America
8.3.1. South America Ethanol Market, By Grade, 2019 to 2025
8.3.2. South America Ethanol Market, By Source, 2019 to 2025
8.3.3. South America Ethanol Market, By Application, 2019 to 2025
8.3.4. By Country Brazil Argentina Others
8.4. Europe
8.4.1. Europe Ethanol Market, By Grade, 2019 to 2025
8.4.2. Europe Ethanol Market, By Source, 2019 to 2025
8.4.3. Europe Ethanol Market, By Application, 2019 to 2025
8.4.4. By Country UK Germany France Others
8.5. Middle East and Africa
8.5.1. Middle East and Africa Ethanol Market, By Grade, 2019 to 2025
8.5.2. Middle East and Africa Ethanol Market, By Source, 2019 to 2025
8.5.3. Middle East and Africa Ethanol Market, By Application, 2019 to 2025
8.5.4. By Country United Arab Emirates Israel Saudi Arabia Others
8.6. Asia Pacific
8.6.1. Asia Pacific Ethanol Market, By Grade, 2019 to 2025
8.6.2. Asia Pacific Ethanol Market, By Source, 2019 to 2025
8.6.3. Asia Pacific Ethanol Market, By Application, 2019 to 2025
8.6.4. By Country Japan China India Australia Others
9. Competitive Environment and Analysis
9.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis
9.2. Emerging Players and Market Lucrativeness
9.3. Mergers, Acquisitions, Agreements, and Collaborations
9.4. Vendor Competitiveness Matrix
10. Company Profiles 
10.1. Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
10.2. ADM
10.3. Bunge North America, Inc.
10.4. Gevo
10.5. Pacific Ethanol, Inc.
10.6. Green Plains Inc.
10.7. Greenfield Global
10.8. Cargill, Incorporated
10.9. Kanoria Chemicals & Industries Ltd.
10.10. Jubilant Life Sciences Limited

Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation


Bunge North America, Inc.


Pacific Ethanol, Inc.

Green Plains Inc.

Greenfield Global

Cargill, Incorporated

Kanoria Chemicals & Industries Ltd.

Jubilant Life Sciences Limited


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