IEA is a Brussels-based trade association representing producers of ethanol, produced synthetically or by fermentation of agricultural feedstocks for industrialuse in Europe. It is a not-for-profit organisation and complies strictly with Belgian and European laws.
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.


Current members are:

Note: VDAHV includes:


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

  • 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.