About Methanol

The Methanol Institute (MI) serves as the global trade association for one of the world’s most vibrant and innovative industries. Founded in 1989, MI now serves its members in every corner of the globe from our offices in Singapore, Washington, D.C., Brussels and Beijing.

Methanol (CH3OH) is a liquid chemical used in thousands of everyday products, including plastics, paints, cosmetics and fuels.  Methanol is also an energy resource used in the marine, automotive, and electricity sectors, and an emerging renewable energy resource.

Some of our recent initiatives include: Supporting the development of a methanol economy in India; participation in and co-funding of leading marine pilot programs in Sweden and Singapore; the production of an updated Methanol Safe Handling video; helping to produce industrial boiler and cookstove standards in China; and representing the methanol industry through the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) which led to the confirmation of interim guidelines for methanol as a marine fuel. We have also published a Renewable Methanol Primer which is available HERE.


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    fast FACTS

  • 75 million tons
    annual methanol

  • 24 billion gallons /
    91 billion liters

  • 3,000 Cargo Ship
    Tankers (assumes
    each ship holds 25,000 tons)

  • 50,000 Barges
    (1,500 tons each)

  • 750,000 Rail Cars
    (100 tons each)

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