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Europe has been the dominant region for biodiesel production with increased production each year since 2005. North America has been a distant second led by the United States until 2009. In 2009, U.S. biodiesel production fell by over 10 thousand barrels per day while continued growth in Central & South America and Asia & Oceania surpassed North America in production of biodiesel for the first time. The declining biodiesel production in the United States beginning in 2008 is likely due to changes in Federal subsidies for biodiesel as well as changes in foreign trade policy and the downturn of the economy.
World Biodiesel Production by Region and Selected Countries, 2005-2009
(Thousand barrels per day)
|Central & South America||0.5||2.2||15.2||38.6||57.9|
|Asia & Oceania||2.2||9.1||15.8||28.8||38.5|
*Other includes Africa, Eurasia and the Middle East.