RACQ today welcomed the release of the State Government’s discussion paper to plan for the future of Queensland’s biofuel industry.

RACQ executive manager Public Policy Michael Roth said the Government’s proposal for a phase-in of ethanol-blended fuel with a two percent mandate would be supported by RACQ.

“Motorists have become more comfortable in recent years with using ethanol-blended fuels, with E10 widely available in south east Queensland,” Mr Roth said.

“We think it’s now time for further discussion on an ethanol mandate, and the two percent mandate proposed in the discussion paper is a good benchmark, which will roughly double current sales of ethanol.

“However it’s critical that Queensland motorists are still able to choose their preferred fuel at the bowser and a two percent mandate ensures regular unleaded will remain available across Queensland.

“When the mandate is in place, almost 90 percent of vehicles in Queensland will be compatible with E10 and this number will increase.”

Mr Roth said any future policies would require an education campaign from Government to ensure motorists are making informed decisions on the fuel they buy.

RACQ’s policy on ethanol-blended fuels is available at www.racq.com/FuelsAndEnergy.

The State Government discussion paper is available here.

Extracted in full from Bundaberg News Mail.