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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

9 November 2006

Paper on Biodiesel blend fuel standards released


The Australian Government has moved a step closer to setting quality standards for diesel/biodiesel blended fuels with the release of a discussion paper on the issue.

Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, said the discussion paper sets out and assesses the technical issues relating to diesel/biodiesel blends and canvasses a number of potential management options.

“Currently fuel quality standards exist for petroleum diesel and for biodiesel, but not for blends of the two,” Senator Campbell said.

“As part of the Australian Government’s continuing work to improve air quality and deliver cleaner fuels, the Government has been systematically establishing national quality standards for a number of different fuels.

“The purpose of fuel standards is to minimise the impact that fuels have on our atmosphere and, consequently, on the air that we breathe.

“Developing quality standards for these types of fuels is also an important measure to help address market barriers and consumer confidence in the biofuels industry.

“The discussion paper, Standardising Diesel/Biodiesel Blends, does not put forward a Government position. It seeks comment from all stakeholders on how best to address these issues and to standardise diesel/biodiesel blends in the Australian market.

“I invite all interested parties to submit their opinions on this issue,” Senator Campbell said. “By doing so they will be contributing to the development of quality standards for diesel/biodiesel blended fuels.”

Comments on the discussion paper can be submitted until January 2007. They will then be reviewed and a Government position will be drafted and released for further public comment.

A copy of the paper can be found at: www.deh.gov.au.

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