GVR Report cover Biodiesel Market Report

Biodiesel Market Analysis By Feedstock [Vegetable Oils (Canola Oil, Soybean Oil, Palm Oil, Corn Oil), Animal Fats (Poultry, Tallow, White Grease)], By Application (Fuel, Power Generation), And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2025

  • Published Date: Jul 2017
  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-513-7
  • Number of Pages: 110
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2016

Industry Insights

The global biodiesel market size was estimated at USD 28.04 billion in 2016. Growing demand for biodiesel to replace traditional fossil fuel in automotive and power generation applications is expected to drive industry growth.

Capital investment and technology know-how are expected to be the key parameters for the industry players to establish themselves in the industry. The market is highly fragmented owing to the presence of many suppliers. However, the demand-supply gap owing to inadequate production capacities and wide scope for R&D in the feedstock selection for the product manufacturing is expected open opportunities for new industry players.

U.S. vegetable oil biodiesel market

Vegetable oil was the most preferable source for biodiesel production in the U.S., wherein soybean dominated the industry owing to high production volumes in the region. Initiatives taken by the U.S. government to promote biofuel in order to lower VOC emissions and dependency on crude oil are likely to drive growth.

The product can support the existing engine designs in automobiles which are expected to have a positive impact on the product demand. Furthermore, biofuel mandates given by governments across the world are expected to fuel industry growth. However, fluctuating raw material prices are expected to impact product pricing over the projected period.

The increasing threat of fossil fuel depletion and the need to include renewable sources of energy in the energy mix for sustainable growth is anticipated to drive the demand for biodiesel. The product can be manufactured in the existing diesel manufacturing facility unlike other biofuels, which is expected to impact the industry on a positive note.

The processing cost of vegetable oils based biodiesel is relatively low as compared to animal fat owing to the easy manufacturing process, abundant raw material availability, and high oil yield. However, biodiesel prices do not vary significantly across the globe, as the manufacturers in a different region, use different feedstock, which is easily available in the market.

Application Insights

The demand for the product was dominated by the automotive fuel segment, which accounted for over 75% of the overall market. Increasing demand for fuel in commercial cars to replace crude oil is expected to have a positive impact on the industry. The fuel is beneficial to the environment as it reduces the effect of greenhouse gas by emitting lower VOC contents as compared to traditional diesel.

The rise in the sale of electric vehicles is anticipated to hamper the growth of the market over the forecast period. For example, in 2017, Tesla is planning to enter the Indian market with electric vehicles as the country is the fourth-largest automotive market and electric vehicles would reduce the pollution level significantly. This innovation is expected to hamper product demand in fuel applications.

The product finds application in the marine industry and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.4% from 2017 to 2025 as it is biodegradable, free of aromatics & sulfur, and non-toxic. Furthermore, the growth of the agricultural sector coupled with increasing mechanization of the sector is expected to drive the product demand in agricultural applications over the projected period.

Governments across the various countries in the world are continuously trying to adopt a renewable source of energy to generate power to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, the demand for the product in power generation applications is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.6% from 2017 to 2025.

Feedstock Insights

Vegetable oil dominated the industry accounting for 90.9% of the overall feedstock consumption for biodiesel production owing to technology know-how by the majority of the manufacturers and high oil yields offered by these products. Soybean oil, canola oil, and corn oil are the major feedstock used for the production of biofuel. However, the selection of raw material varies dramatically from region to region based on the raw material availability and cost associated with this feedstock.

Biodiesel market

Palm oil is expected to be a major feedstock for the market and was extensively used for biodiesel production in countries including Indonesia, Thailand, Germany, France, and Colombia. Indonesia and Thailand dominated the palm oil production accounting for over 80% of the overall production, with a major share of the product was utilized for biofuel production. Whereas the European countries were dependent on the imports of feedstock from these Asian countries for the production of biofuel.

Other vegetable oils including UCO, and rapeseed accounted for a major share in the industry accounting over 35% of the overall feedstock demand. In Asia Pacific, China, and India are expected to be the key markets for UCO based biodiesel (UCOME). However, uncertainty regarding product availability has been a key concern for the UCOME manufacturers in these regions, thus impacting the growth.

Animal fat-based biodiesel is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.4% from 2017 to 2025. The growth of the animal slaughtering across various parts of the world coupled with the low cost over vegetable oils is expected to have a positive impact on this feedstock segment growth. However, the low raw material availability as compared to its counterparts is expected to hamper the growth over the projected period.

Regional Insights

Central & South America is expected to be the fastest-growing market, growing at a CAGR of 11.0% from 2017 to 2025. Initiatives are taken by the government of Brazil, Colombia, and Argentina to promote the biofuel sector in order to reduce fossil fuel imports are expected to have a positive impact on industry growth.

India is expected to be one of the fastest-growing markets for the product as the demand for diesel-driven vehicles in the region is increasing at a significant pace. The government initiative to boost green fuel to substantially reduce pollution and reduce dependency on crude oil is expected to propel the market growth over the forecast period. Furthermore, the government of India also planned to blend 5% biodiesel by 2022 which is anticipated to propel the growth over the projected period.

In China, UCO is the most primary feedstock used for the manufacturing of biodiesel. The country has over 25 bio-refineries as 2017, with the majority of them using UCO as their raw material. The majority of the UCOME produced in the country is used for industrial applications, which accounts for over 50% of the overall consumption. Agriculture and fishing equipment is expected to be the second-largest application for the product in China, accounting for over 15% of the total demand.

Europe has been the largest market for the product over the past few years owing to the early adoption of the product in the region coupled with high government focus to replace carbon-emitting sources with bio-based products. In Europe, rapeseed oil, soybean oil, palm oil, animal fats, UCO, and sunflower oil are the most common feedstock used for fuel manufacturing. The region has over 245 refineries as of 2017, which produced over 25,000 million liters of biodiesel in the same year.

Competitive Insights

Capital investment and technology know-how are expected to be the key parameters for the players to establish their business. Furthermore, the industry is expected to witness partnerships and collaborations among the manufacturers in order to produce high product volumes to meet the rising demand.

The companies have their production sites close to ports enabling smooth distribution of the fuel. The distribution is carried out by the sales unit or through vendors strengthening the sales network. As a result, the transportation cost reduces which is expected to increase the profit margin for the company over the forecast period.

There are several biodiesel producers across the major economies, however, the production capacity is unable to meet the surging demand for the product which decreases the competitive rivalry owing to the high demand-supply gap. The existing manufacturers are expected to invest to enlarge production capacities and expand geographical reach in order to strengthen their market presence.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2016

Forecast period

2017 - 2025

Market representation                                                

Volume in Million Liters, revenue in USD Million and CAGR from 2017 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S., Germany, UK, France, China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia

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Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments covered in the report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional & country levels and provides an analysis on the industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global biodiesel market on the basis of feedstock, application, and region:

  • Feedstock Outlook (Volume, Million Liters; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Vegetable Oils

      • Canola oil

      • Soybean oil

      • Palm oil

      • Corn oil

      • Others

    • Animal Fats

      • Poultry

      • Tallow

      • White grease

      • Others

  • Application Outlook (Volume, Million Liters; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Fuel

      • Automotive

      • Marine

      • Agriculture

      • Others

    • Power Generation

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Volume, Million Liters; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • The U.S.

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • UK

      • France

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Indonesia

      • Thailand

    • Central & South America

      • Brazil

      • Argentina

      • Colombia

    • Middle East & Africa

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