China FlagChina has become the world’s third largest manufacturer of ethanol.

The increase comes after the Chinese government ramped up the production of ethanol from non-grain feedstocks including straws, cassava and bagasse.

The issue of food security led the government to curb the cultivation of first generation crops for use in biofuel production.

Most recently the nation has seen an ethanol plant come online in Guangxi, which processes 200,000 tonnes of cassava, and a 10,000-tonne straw-to-ethanol facility is due to begin construction next year.