IMPROVED environmental impacts, creating rural jobs, delivering economic development, and providing greater energy independence.

These are just a few of the benefits of enhancing the renewable fuels industry in Queensland, according to Larissa Rose, managing director of Queensland Renewable Fuels Association.

Ms Rose visited Dalby this week, meeting with Western Downs Regional Council representatives on Monday and speaking on 4DDD radio on Tuesday to update and inform locals on the benefits of renewable fuels and the ethanol mandate.

From January 1, liable fuel retailors will be required by law to ensure that up to 3% of their regular unleaded and ethanol-blended petrol sales are bio-based fuels, such as ethanol.

“It’s important that we engage and inform all different parts of the supply chain involved,” she said.

“The main message is about cleaner fuels. This is a locally produced fuel. When consumers use E10 in this region, they’re using ethanol from down the road.”

Wayne Newton, president for grains for AgForce, said AgForce had been a strong proponent of biofuels production in Queensland.

“We’ve certainly got a vested interest in producing the grain, but longer term we think the use of biofuels is more sustainable and a cleaner way to approach liquid fuels,” he said.

“Certainly a lot of farmers are very pro ethanol and biodiesel and use biofuels as much as they can.”

Extracted from Dalby Herald