Japan's eco-additive battle at full throttle

Kovac, Matt
May 2007
ICIS Chemical Business;5/14/2007, Vol. 2 Issue 66, p13
Trade Publication
The article reports on the competition between the Japanese government officials and major oil executives to control cleaner-burning fuel additives that will be adopted by motorists. According to a source, some officials at Japan's Ministry of Energy, Trade and Industry (METI) are intent on pushing the biofuel initiative to meet Kyoto Protocol emission targets, using ethanol as a blend in gasoline. However, Japanese refiners are resisting the push in favor of ethyl tertiary-butyl ether (ETBE).


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