China’s biofuel forest could be as big as England


China, the world’s third-largest ethanol maker, will use 32.9 million acres (13.3 million hectares) of forestland, equivalent to the size of England, to grow trees that can be harvested to make bio-fuels.

China plans to grow trees bearing nuts or fruits high in oil content to produce alternative fuels and boost farmers’ incomes, Cao Qingyao, a spokesman at the state forestry administration said, according to a transcript of a press briefing in Beijing on Wednesday.

The world’s second-biggest energy user may spend 1.5 trillion yuan ($192 billion) in the next 15 years to increase the use of renewable resources to cut the nation’s reliance on oil. The government will subsidize biomass projects, especially those in bio-diesel and ethanol, the ministry of finance said in November.

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