DOE proposes hike in Bio-diesel fuel blend
Subscribe Now August 03, 2013 at 10:35am
Zenaida Monzada, officer-in-charge of the Oil Industry Management Board of the DOE said their agency wants to gather reasonable basis on the way to push the Bio-fuels Law, particularly on the use of Bio-diesel.
She said that the Blend 5 of the bio-diesel (B-5) is excluded in the Bio-fuels Law, though this policy encourages the use of more Bio-fuel to substitute the petroleum-based fuel.
“From the DOE perspective, it is aimed at reducing dependence on imported oil, while using locally-produced substitute,” Monzada said.
She said the use of Bio-fuel lessens the outflow of foreign exchange.
Monzada also said the use of Bio-fuel also supports the advocacy for clean air given that its by-product is Oxygen and not Carbon dioxide which contributes to global warming.
She said the demand for Bio-diesel also aims to improve the plight of coconut farmers.
“The DOE is now looking into how to use more the Bio-fuels,” Monzada said.
She also explained that the use of five percent Bio-diesel in the mixture of diesel fuel is encouraged, because of its proven compatibility with diesel-fuel engines.
Monzada said based on the Worldwide Fuel Charter, five percent of Bio-diesel blend is compatible with diesel-fed engines.
She said car engine no longer needs modification even with the use of five percent Biodiesel Blend.
Monzada said the current Bio-fuels Law only mandates the use of up to two percent of Bio-diesel.
“It means B-5 can be used on conventional vehicles and it is advantageous to the country because of the many coconut plantations in the country which guarantee supply of Bio-diesel,” she said.
Monzada urged the National Economic and Development Authority to come up with its own national study on the impact on increasing the price of the Bio-diesel to various sectors.
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