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Setting the Ethanol Limit in Petrol

Environment Australia, 2002


About this document

This paper provides an opportunity for public comment on the most appropriate ethanol limit in petrol and/or the assessment method to determine the limit. The limit will be regulated under the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000.

The Act provides the framework for the establishment of national fuel standards for automotive use. The main object of the Act is to regulate the quality of fuel supplied in Australia in order to: a) reduce the level of pollutants and emissions arising from the use of fuel that may cause environmental and health problems; (b) facilitate the adoption of better engine technology and emission control technology; and (c) allow more effective operation of engines.

The first set of standards, for both petrol and diesel, came into effect on 1 January 2002. The Government determination on environmental standards for petrol and diesel is at Appendix A. Work is under way to develop operability standards for these fuels.