Green Fuel Scandal in Paradise: China's Biodiesel Dilemma

Written By Luke Sweeney

Updated May 15, 2024

I’ve always heard the phrase “When someone tells you who they are, believe them.” 

If that saying holds true on a global scale, China has repeatedly told the world what it stands for. 

Whether it's lead paint in kids toys or cancer-causing chemicals in talcum powder, shoddy manufacturing is the risk that comes along with dirt-cheap prices. 

The nation’s most recent scandal luckily doesn't involve anything meant for kids, but it’s arguably just as dangerous. 

The Chinese resort island of Hainan is at the center of a massive green fuel scandal that has left its eco-obsessed European customers in a frenzy. 

Hainan, known for its sun-soaked beaches and picturesque landscapes, has been the hub for nearly a third of China's biodiesel exports. Hainan-registered companies exported a whopping 498,000 tons of biodiesel during 2022, making up 28% of China's total outbound shipment, according to Bloomberg. 

Their share of exports jumped to 31% in the first quarter of 2023, with total exports for the quarter reaching as high as 205,000 tons. Nearly all of these cargoes were bound for the Netherlands, a large consumer market and home to major European ports.

But there's one glaring issue: The island has no capacity to convert used cooking oil, the most obvious choice for feedstock, into biodiesel. 

So what's going on here?

Industry insiders, speaking anonymously at a recent Singapore conference, suggest Hainan might be serving as a black market transshipment hub. 

The alleged scheme involves mixing fuels with cheaper non-renewable feedstock and then mislabeling the product to qualify for European green incentives. 

The problem is it's incredibly difficult to check what's blended into biodiesel, making it easier for China to get away with this for years. 

And while the Netherlands may take its green commitment seriously, other nations are more than happy to take China’s word for it and collect whatever subsidies their government is willing to dish out. 

If true, this scandal could result in greater scrutiny, quality inspections, and even punitive tariffs on Chinese products, hurting the entire industry. Producers from both China and Europe are understandably worried, as non-compliant cargoes could undercut their businesses and diminish the credibility of green energy initiatives worldwide.

The Solution Is Obvious: CHECK YOUR SOURCES!

When it comes to green energy, it's crucial to trust the nation that is producing it. After all, why pay the green tax on a product that isn’t green?

China makes up for its lack of trustworthiness by offering the best prices in the industry, but it turns out that might not be enough for the world anymore. 

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Luke Sweeney
Contributor, Energy and Capital

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