March 4 (Renewables Now) - The Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANP) announced on Monday that the new minimum requirement for the mandatory use of biodiesel in regular diesel sold in Brazil is now 12% (B12).
Prior to the new measure, which took effect on March 1, the blending requirement was at 11%, established on September 1, 2019, the agency stated.
According to the schedule in CNPE Resolution No. 16 of October 29, 2018, and ANP's No. 621 order of August 6, 2019, the addition of biodiesel is set to be rising by one percentage point per year through March 2023, when all diesel sold to the final consumer will contain a 15% share of the cleaner fuel.
The Ministry of Mines and Energy expects that, with the introduction of B12, the demand for the biodiesel will increase to about 1 billion litres (264.17 million gallons) this year, with diesel consumption jumping 17% year-on-year with 6.9 billion litres.