15 September 2015

QUEENSLAND Government has introduced legislation into State Parliament today that will require fuel sellers to meet targets for the sale of ethanol-blended petrol and bio-based diesel.

Minister for Energy and Water Supply Mark Bailey said the proposed mandates will help Queensland transition to a clean energy economy, grow our biofuels and bio-manufacturing sectors and boost jobs across the industry, especially in regional Queensland.

“Earlier this year I released a discussion paper, Towards a clean energy economy: achieving a biofuel mandate for Queensland, and my department and I have been consulting widely with industry, interest groups and motorists on our biofuel mandate policy,” Mr Bailey said.

“Nearly 300 people attended community forums held across the state throughout June, and we received 88 submissions in response to the discussion paper from a range of groups including fuel suppliers, ethanol producers, consumer representatives and members of the community.

“This strong feedback demonstrates a high level of interest in our biofuels industry and has helped shape the development of the Liquid Fuel Supply (Ethanol and Other Biofuels Mandate) Amendment Bill 2015.

“The Bill introduced into Parliament today includes an initial 2% ethanol mandate for petrol and a .5% biobased diesel mandate.

“In practical terms, this mandate will require E10 to make up 20% of regular petrol sales in Queensland.”

Extracted in full from the Daily Mercury.