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Backman, Erik, 2011. Etanol : ett hållbart tankande eller ett kortsiktig tänkande?. First cycle, G2E. Umeå: SLU, Dept. of Forest Resource Management



Ethanol fuel is a biofuel, which been widely reported in the public debate and on the fuel market the last years. Ethanol is sold as both E85 and as a five percent admixture of all petrol sold in Sweden. Research studies on ethanol fuel often focus on environmental issues surrounding the production and utilization of ethanol as a fuel, and omits the private and business aspects of the subject. The purpose of this study is to illustrate the economics of ethanol as a fuel. How the Swedish market for ethanol is and how it evolved over time and what the future prospects are. The method is based on the following questions: Is ethanol an economically sustainable option for the consumer? How is ethanol competing to other fuels on the market? Is it room for further ethanol from the forest industry? The study was conducted by a qualitative market research, where representatives from three different car dealers have been interviewed to reflect their views on ethanol sales. They interviewed persons had a number of questions surrounding their sales of ethanol cars and how they analyze the future ethanol market. The qualitative interviews are interspersed in the results of the study along with a literature review that provides an overview of biofuels and ethanol. The results of the study show that ethanol is highly a subject to competition of other fuels and that there is great uncertainty about the ethanol as fuel. Today, more consumers choose diesel instead of ethanol as a fuel. The decisive factor for the consumer is always what it cost to drive the car. The future prospects for ethanol depends on the strategic decision taken about ethanol and biofuel, in Sweden and in the EU.

Main title:Etanol
Subtitle:ett hållbart tankande eller ett kortsiktig tänkande?
Authors:Backman, Erik
Supervisor:Athanassiadis, Dimitris and Carlén, Ola
Examiner:Roos, Anders
Series:Arbetsrapport / Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Institutionen för skoglig resurshushållning och geomatik
Volume/Sequential designation:326
Year of Publication:2011
Level and depth descriptor:First cycle, G2E
Student's programme affiliation:SY001 Forest Science - Master's Programme 300 HEC
Supervising department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Resource Management
Keywords:Drivmedel, biobränsle, skogsråvara
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Forestry - General aspects
Forestry production
Forest engineering
Deposited On:31 May 2011 13:12
Metadata Last Modified:20 Apr 2012 14:19

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