Special committee nods to 7-10% biodiesel blend in Brazil
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Brazil's National Development Special Committee approved on Wednesday a bill project establishing as mandatory a 7% biodiesel share in mineral diesel.
Named PLS 613/2015, the new document also envisages a gradual increase in the blending requirement over the next three years, until it reaches 10%. After a period of trials and tests with motors and engines, those who proposed the bill also want to increase the biodiesel share to 15%.
The increased use of biodiesel benefits Brazil's agriculture sector and also reduces the costs related to imports of regular diesel. For senator Blairo Maggi, the new bill represents a win-win situation for the country's environment and farmers. According to the government, the soy biodiesel emissions are 70% lower than these from fossil diesel.
After the Special Committee approval, the document will now be considered by the House of Representatives.