The Association

iEthanol, The European Industrial Ethanol Association (EIEA) is a Brussels-based trade association representing producers of ethanol for industrial use in Europe. It is a non-profit organisation and complies strictly with Belgian and European laws.


The Association acts as a focused voice for the European industrial ethanol sector, being produced by fermentation and /by hydration of ethylene. It is the only European association dedicated to non-fuel use of ethanol, a field of activities where there are many crucial issues in terms of classification, trade protection, human exposure or tax implications.


iEthanol aspires to be the bridge between European, National and regional authorities and its members acting as a source of informations, datas, experience and know- how for ethanol production, uses and social issues.

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iEthanol aims at developing strong links with associated industries.

Commons interest

Other associations represent agricultural ethanol only, particularly for fuel use, i.e. used as a biofuel blending component for use in gasoline (petrol). For further information please see Library and Links.



In line with the importance of ethanol to society, iEthanol’s mission is to:

  • Representing the interests of the industrial ethanol sector to European policy makers, National EU Members Governments and other industry groups in order to promote fair investment ground, good production conditions, fair world wide competition and maintain a healthy European market for industrial ethanol”.

  • Provide accurate and up-to-date information about ethanol for industrial use, and to enter into dialogue with all stakeholders.

  • Promote and protect the long-term future of the industry in Europe.

  • Ensure fairness in trade and customs to support the above

The Association’s purpose is to act as a focused voice for the European industrial ethanol sector, for ethanol produced by both synthetic and agricultural means. It provides a forum for industrial ethanol producers to meet and discuss European and global developments of a legislative and political nature relating to the production, sale, import-export, development and use of ethanol.

It provides its members with logistical support for the purpose of taking appropriate political action in defence of industrial ethanol at European and world levels, to ensure that relevant legislative developments take account of the need to maintain fair market conditions within the EU.

It aims to ensure that the industry using ethanol for industrial purposes is governed by suitable and fair standards in terms of health and the environment, trade, customs, competition, and state aid.

It provides a platform for sharing specific information about industrial ethanol and promotes dialogue with all interested parties.



A staff that will work hard to meet or exceed the needs and expectations of the members in the association actions

A commitment to continually update the association’s products and services in order to reflect both the most current needs of the membership and the trends affecting the industrial ethanol industry.

A leadership on the Board of Directors and staff that consistently acts professionally and ethically toward the community and the membership in its principles and with the financial resources entrusted to the association.

Furthermore, iEthanol will work on promoting towards its members the production of Industrial ethanol following International Labour Organisation and EU Sustainability rules amongst its members and partners, i.e.:

    • Obey the Law
    • Respect Human Rights and Labour Standards
    • Drive their businesses in an ethnical and environmentally responsible manner
    • Commit to continuous improvement in key areas of its business


Membership of iEthanol is open to those involved in the production of ethanol for industrial use, for ethanol produced by either synthetic and agricultural means.

iEthanol wishes to be inclusive, and could represent the interests of not only direct producers, but also those involved in the distribution of industrial ethanol – providing there are no conflicts of interest between their activities and the objectives of iEthanol.

iEthanol membership is open to associations, such as national ethanol associations.

iEthanol is growing strong links to downstream user associations such as Cosmetics Europe, A.I.S.E., CEPE and Spirits Europe.

Common Interests

Our common interests are reflected generally in iEthanol’s mission. Specifically, iEthanol will for example: