Government to relax biofuels targets after production fails to take off
Posted: June 11, 2012 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: biofuels, Philippines, Policy
The DOE will submit the proposal to the National Biofuels Board
From Manilla, the Philippine government’s Department of Energy said it will relax targets for the adoption of biofuels after domestic production failed to pick up as expected. Undersecretary Jose Layug Jr. underscored the need for the government to revise its mandates, according to the article from InterAksyon, the online portal of a Philippine television station.
“The Biofuels Act of 2006 mandates a minimum blend of locally sourced biofuels into all vehicle fuels. At present, the country derives bulk of biofuels from sugarcane and coconut to produce ethanol for gasoline and coco-methyl ester for diesel, respectively.
“The minimum blend for diesel was set at one percent — called B1 — in 2007 and 2 percent (B2) in 2009. For gasoline, the target blend was pegged at five percent (E5) in 2009 and 10 percent (E10) this year.
“The biofuel mix are to be increased in the succeeding years, but the government is pessimistic about meeting the targets, Layug said. He said a 20-year program is a “more realistic number’ as it takes into account local biofuel and food production to ensure that these do not compete with each other.”