Biodiesel Prices Overview

Market Overview

Quarterly Update on Global Biodiesel Market
For the Quarter Ending September 2020
The producers of Biodiesel in the southeast Asian countries were heard releasing sufficient volumes to cater to the increased overseas and domestic demand. The outbreak of Covid-19 impacted the supply of used cooking oil in China, which is the country’s main and primary biodiesel feedstock. As per our Q3 estimates, the regional demand stood low, but the production has increased on the back of robust demand from the European Union. With around 42 biodiesel plants projected to start operations by the end of 2020, the sentiments are turning bullish as the year-end approaches. In Indonesia, prevailing concerns due to government's inability to keep pace up with the biodiesel blending program, widened the price gap between gasoil and palm oil.
North America
Biodiesel producers in the US ramped up production rates seeing favorable gains during the peak demand season in summers. The third quarter reported marked increased in the production of Biodiesel in the US, as the demand was supported by a mandate on consumption and buoyant fuel demand for the conveyance of goods by the heavy vehicles. USDA data shows that US exported Biodiesel to seven countries with Canada as the top destination with volume reaching 56904 metric tons in September.

The supply of biodiesel started picking up in Europe starting July 2020, with a strong rise in the consumption patterns. Lack of imports from Asia and Argentina, led to shortage in supply of FAME (Fatty Acid Methyl Ester) in September 2020.  At the end of Q3, the supply of rapeseed-based biodiesel remained enough. Due to its summer blend properties, the demand for FAME 0 remained robust across Europe. In addition, UCOME (Used Cooking Oil Methyl Ester) was experiencing better demand than other biodiesel grades after its demand faded by the end of Q3.

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Critical examination of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the global supply chains and shift in demand patterns with change in buying behavior of consumers across the globe.
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Pricing is captured through exhaustive primary interviews with domestic and international manufacturers, traders and importers and customers on monthly and yearly basis.

Finally, region-specific markets for Biodiesel are analyzed and region-wise demand pattern is tracked.


Biodiesel is made from a blend of resources such as recycled cooking oil, vegetable oils, and animal fats. Biodiesel is a renewable, biodegradable, and clean-burning diesel substitute that can be used in diesel engines. As per its technical definition, Biodiesel is a liquid fuel which should meet certain legal diesel motor fuel specifications to be utilized as an automotive or industrial fuel. Therefore, raw vegetable oil cannot be termed as “Biodiesel”, as it cannot meet the diesel fuel specifications. The largest source of oil comes from oil crops such as rapeseed, palm, or soybean. Rapeseed represents the greatest potential for biodiesel production in the United Kingdom. At present, biodiesel is mainly sourced from waste vegetable oils that come from restaurants, industrial food companies such as Birdseye, etc. In cold weather, the performance of the Biodiesel depends on the blend of Biodiesel, the feedstock, and the petroleum diesel attributes. In a general scenario, blends with lower percentages of biodiesel perform superior in cold temperatures.