July 6 (Renewables Now) - The Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy has made changes to the rules on the voluntary share of biodiesel mixture in regular diesel in order to boost the biofuel use in the country.
According to the ordinance published Wednesday in the Official Gazette, some consumers can now use lower percentages such as B15 (15%) and B18 (18%).
Overall, the new measure allows large consumers served by their own supply diesel tanks, such as carriers and bus companies, to use up to 20% biodiesel in their supply. In agricultural, industrial and railroad use, the blend can reach up to 30%. For experimental and specific uses or other applications, it is possible to use 100% biodiesel, the ministry stated.
This measure is aimed at increasing the consumption of biofuels, especially in the South and Midwest regions where biodiesel is usually cheaper than regular fuel. The government also hopes this change to help promote new competitiveness for the sector, wich in turn can reduce prices as well as follow in line with the National Biofuels Policy (RenovaBio).