Biodiesel use in EuropeNot only in the US but also in Europe is biodiesel becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to mineral oil-based fuel. In Europe around 50 manufacturers produce approximately 1.5 million tonnes of biodiesel, with a total capacity of around 2.1 million tonnes Germany is the biggest market in the world and produced about one million metric tonnes in 2004. France produced 310,000 metric tons biodiesel in 2003. In the US biodiesel is mainly produced from soybean oil but in Europe the main source of biodiesel is rapeseed oil. In other tropical countries also palm oil is used as source.
European legislation for biodieselThe European Parliament has approved a directive which will come into effect in 2005. This Directive requires member states to ensure that a minimum proportion of biodiesel and other renewable fuels is brought onto the European markets. By the end of 2005 about 2 percent of fuel should be from renewable sources and by 2010 this should increase to 5.75 percent.